Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 10/7/2013 (1109 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Re: 'Babysitter' at daycare just 5: cops (July 10). I had a licensed home daycare for many years and loved my job. I have friends running unlicensed daycares who are wonderful providers, spending one-on-one time with the children in their care.
They also got their first aid in case of emergences. I hate to see unlicensed daycares all being painted by one brush. Parents need to ask a lot of questions, get referrals, and trust their gut instincts.
This case of a provider leaving the children alone is an exception, not the norm.
My children are now almost grown, but when they were younger, my husband and I couldn't afford licensed daycare. We were about $100 to $200 above the income limit to qualify for government daycare support.
If it wasn't for unlicensed daycares, either my husband or I would've had to quit our jobs.
There is definitely a need for unlicensed daycares for those parents who are not poor enough to qualify for subsidized daycare but not rich enough to afford the price of licensed care.