In our society at the present time, mothers of babies and young children often work outside the home. Without commenting on the implications for growing children, it can be said that this is a complicating factor of family life.
Options range from leaving the child with a relative or a hired caregiver in the child’s own home to having the child cared for along with a small group of children in someone else’s home or a larger group in a commercial day-care center.
For some children, day-care provides a transition from home to preschool. Under the best of circumstances, this is the case.
Determining if day-care is right for your child is a difficult issue. You must balance your child’s needs and readiness with your own needs and those of other family members.