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Chapter 12. Child Care: Life on the High Wire > How Do You Know What You Need?

How Do You Know What You Need?

Before you can decide on the kind of child care you will choose, figure out what you require and how much you can afford. Child care is an expensive proposition but one that may help you to get ahead at work or firmly establish your home business. Take a look at this child care worksheet and use it to see what option makes the most sense for you.

  • How many children do you have? _______________________________________

  • How old are your children? _______________________________________

  • How many days do you need coverage? _______________________________________

  • How many hours in a day do you need coverage? _______________________________________

  • Do your children have special needs? _______________________________________

    Allergies _______________________________________

    Transportation to afternoon specials _______________________________________

    Homework supervision _______________________________________

    Special dietary needs _______________________________________

    Physical, emotional, medical, or mental concerns _______________________________________

  • Do you travel often? _______________________________________

  • Do you have evening meetings? _______________________________________

  • Do you need someone to provide transportation for the kids? _______________________________________

  • Do you need someone to prepare meals for the kids? _______________________________________

  • Do you want child care in your home? _______________________________________

  • Do you want child care outside your home? _______________________________________

  • Does your work permit interruptions? _______________________________________

  • Does your work require you to spend a lot of time on the phone? _______________________________________

  • How much can you afford to pay each week? _______________________________________


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