There are distinct differences between home-based daycare, offered by a private individual, versus [daycare centers](/tips-choosing-safe-daycare-provider). Determining which environment is best for your child can be difficult – especially because each has their own benefits and disadvantages. While you are shopping around for a new daycare facility, you will want to explore both options and also get to know the main differences so that you can better assess which care environment suits your child’s needs, as well as your own care expectations.Home-based daycare typically has:
Child care facilities typically have:
Highlighting these differences is not meant to promote one type of daycare over another. Instead, what is most important when deciding on your child’s daycare is what you think is best for them – and which type more closely aligns with your parenting philosophies. To help you think more in-depth about how these differences will affect your child’s care and day to day experience, consider the following pros and [cons](/daycare-neglect-abuse) of each.