Finding “good” child care means finding something that is right for you, your partner or family, and of course, your child. Thinking about what you want and doing careful research will make it easier for you to find a good fit.
How to find child care
Here are some tips for when it’s time to decide on a child care provider:
- Find out what other people are doing: Coworkers can be a great resource, since they may have needs that are similar to yours in terms of flexibility, timing, and cost. Family and friends might also know about good local child care. Other women who take their children to the same pediatrician may be looking for child care at the same time, which can be helpful if you’re interested in something like sharing a nanny or resources.
- If you’re considering a daycare center: Daycares usually offer parents the chance to look in on a class and see what it’s like while it’s in progress. If you do this, check the ratio of caregivers to children – centers give parents official numbers, but getting to look at those numbers in action can have an impact on how you end up feeling about them.
- If you’re considering an individual care provider: Try to get referrals from friends, relatives, or coworkers, to get a sense of what they might be like. You can also ask for references from former employers as a way of getting a sense of how other families have felt about a care provider.
- Calculate the costs: Many states have assistance programs for childcare, which can help with costs for childcare, sometimes including transportation costs.
Your Barclays benefits & programs
Discount offers are available for ongoing child care tuition and Au Pair child care on the “Exclusives” page on our Perks at Work employee discount program website.
Barclays partners with Bright Horizons to offer employees help with seeking the care they need, such as center-based or in-home backup child care, elder care, and ongoing care. Bright Horizons also offers services like tutoring, test prep, and more.
Select the button below to visit the Bright Horizons website and get started today, or learn more from My Rewards (from Tools & Links on the Barclays intranet or home.barclays/myrewards/us). You can also download the Bright Horizons app from the App Store or Google Play, or call 1-877-BH-CARES (242-2737) with any questions.