Perhaps something that many people don’t consider when house hunting, is the amount of childcare available in their area. Not only do you have to consider whether places will have openings for new children, but you also have to consider the type of daycare that each one is. For this reason, it’s a good idea to investigate neighbourhoods that offer multiple options.
Fully funded daycare facilities are usually the most desirable places for child care, but can be quite expensive if you don’t qualify for subsidies. These daycares are usually built and designed a lot like public schools: they have large well equipped classrooms, large yards, playground equipment and lots of staff. Some of the biggest reasons why these places are preferred is because they are closely monitored by governing bodies, ample staff provides increased security for your child and ensures they are getting enough attention.
These are daycares that are run out of a private residence, and usually only involve up to five children in attendance at any given time – although they may actually take care of more than five kids over the course of the week if you consider part-time care, after school care and kids who don’t attend regularly. Home-based caregivers have a very limited amount of space and it may difficult to find one accepting new children.
Daycares with a specific agenda
Some facilities cater to a specific group, such as those run out of churches. Others may be language based (French) or focus on a particular cultural subset. This is an important factor to take into consideration, especially if your child belongs to no particular subset (religious/cultural/linguistic).
If you live within a ten minute drive of a dozen different types of childcares, several may be out of your price range, a handful may be full and another few may exclusive to a certain group. At the end you will likely be left with only a handful of options, and even those may not be what you had in mind. Research childcare in neighbourhood you think you’d like to move to.