Why Choose a TeacherCaregiver?
For over 20 years we’ve been helping families find extraordinary childcare.
TeacherCaregivers are the most trusted home childcare educators in the nation. Choosing a TeacherCaregiver can help you ensure that your child’s needs are met. We help your child reach his or her potential. Give your child consistent, personalized care and experienced teaching. Maximize your child’s cognitive, physical, social and emotional development in a fun, playful and loving environment.
TeacherCaregivers provide personalized childcare including:
- Music and dance
- Arts and crafts
- Nurturing engagement
- Physical and health-related play
- Neighborhood field trips and play dates
Personalized activities for happiness and success
- Engaging educational activities
TeacherCare’s Jenni Stone with Kevin
TeacherCare’s Jill Schmits with Sam
TeacherCare’s Darby Brown with Calhoun and Vivian
Some of our personalized services:
- Newborn to school-aged children.
- Teachers provide for all your child’s daily care including meals.
- Expand creativity and dexterity.
- Foster cognitive development.
- Enhance social and emotional confidence.
- One on one attention, focusing on your child’s learning skills.
- Skill focused teaching, with individualized learning plans.
- Your private teacher will execute a chosen curriculum.
- One on one education, based on your child’s needs.
- Hands-on, creative, and personalized education.
- Enhanced language skills, goals, and abilities.
- Language based on curriculum.
- Ability for you child to learn in a natural, motivational, and engaging environment.
- Opportunity to extend his or her gifts, strengths, and interests and launch them to the next level.
- Provide support, care, and a stimulating learning environment with individualized care and education plans.
- Behavior, task completion, and executive functional goals.
What you should know when you choose childcare.
All children have five childcare needs that are vital to their health and happiness. Leading researchers Dr. Brazleton and Dr. Greenspan define these needs as:
- Ongoing nurturing relationships. Every child needs a warm, intimate relationship with a primary caregiver. Infants, toddlers and preschoolers need these nurturing interactions most of their waking hours.
- Protection from physical and psychological harm.
- Experiences tailored to individual differences. Every child has a unique temperament. Tailoring early experience to nurture children’s individual nature prevents learning and behavioral problems and enables them to develop to their full potential.
- Developmentally appropriate experiences. Unrealistic expectations can hinder a child’s development.
- Limit-setting, structure and expectations. Children need adults who believe in their potential but understand their weaknesses. Children need incentive systems, not failure models.
Comparing your childcare choices:
Nannies and Nanny Agencies
A nanny is typically between the ages of 18 and 55 and works (and possibly lives) in your home to provide childcare and perhaps light housekeeping for 40 to 65 hours per week. Nannies generally provide daily care and child-related chores and errands. Nannies are not expected to provide educational opportunities for children. Most nannies hold high school degrees, however, education, skills, experience and language abilities vary widely.
Nannies may be hired through agencies, online or through word-of-mouth. Nanny agencies typically charge fees based on the nanny’s salary. Most nanny agencies check references and criminal backgrounds, and interview candidates by phone or in person. Online nanny services generally charge one-time fees to reach candidates and offer options for background checks.
Au Pairs and Au Pair Services
An au pair is a foreign national between 18 and 26 years of age who is enrolled in a cultural exchange program to learn another language and provide limited childcare services for up to 12 months. She will live in your house as part of your family and is entitled to a private bedroom. An au pair is normally expected to work between 25 to 45 hours per week and must have time off to attend language classes. Due to regulations, au pairs are typically not allowed to work over 45 hours per week or more than 10 hours per day. They cannot do any household work that is not directly related to children. Again, educational levels range, and most au pairs hold a high school degree and are not expected to provide educational activities for the children. Most au pairs are hired through international services.
A daycare center can be in a church basement, private home, stand-alone facility, or anything in between. Centers can care for your child all day, either full-time or part-time. Good centers provide both care and educational activities for your child in suitable surroundings. Daycares must be licensed and accredited, so be sure to see evidence of licensing. The staff-to-child ratio can vary, and understaffing is a problem that can lead to substandard care. High staff turnover is common in many centers and inconsistent staffing can create security or attachment issues with young children. Most parents choose daycare centers based on cost or the belief that daycare socializes their children. Research, in fact, shows that children under three do not benefit from large group settings. Common concerns with group care include frequent illnesses and aggressiveness due to lack of personal attention.
Babysitters and Family Daycare
Babysitters and family daycare are typically informal arrangements. Typical babysitter and family care arrangements are made for short-term situations.
TeacherCaregivers are generally between the ages of 21 and 50 and will work with your children in your home for 35 to 55 hours per week. Your TeacherCaregiver will handle the daily care of your child, and provide daily activities such as arts and crafts, storytelling, vocabulary development, music and dance, field trips and other activities and interactions that foster social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. TeacherCaregivers individualize routines and activities to meet the interests and needs of the child and family. They are educated and experienced in childcare and many hold advanced degrees. TeacherCaregivers typically stay with families for over three years. Your child is able to learn and grow in the best possible environment: your home, with all the advantages of socialization and outside experiences that individualized care provides.