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Here at Tiny Hiney Daycare we understand that you, as a parent or legal guardian, have a variety of choices when it comes to finding childcare for your little ones. To help give you an idea of why our current families have chosen us, we thought we might address some of the differences between a Registered In-Home Daycare, a Certified Childcare Center, and a Certified In-home Daycare.

Registered In-home Care: All in-home daycares (or homes in which three or more children without familial ties are being cared for on a regular basis) must register with the state of Oregon. Beyond occasional health and safety checks to make sure they are in compliance, the state is not often involved with registered in-home care. Because of this, kindergarten readiness and child development can be less of a priority to some providers of registered in-home providers.

Certified Childcare Centers: A certified childcare center differs from certified in-home care in that the space being used is not a living space, but a space designated solely for the purpose of childcare. The age groups are divided into different areas as space allows, and depending on the center meals are either provided or brought from home. Childcare centers, because of their square footage, tend to have large numbers of children. For some parents, this is a concern, and they worry that the sheer volume of children might affect the quality of care their child receives. Center based care does tend to put a high value on education (as they should!) but many centers choose to adopt one model of learning, or school of thought, when it comes to how they teach their various age groups. It can be hard to settle on just the Constructionist theory, or the Montessori Method, or the Waldorf approach, or especially overwhelming for first time parents without a background in early education or child development – and most centers do choose just one to work from.

Certified In-home Care: Here is where the two seem to meet! Combining a strong education base with the loving environment of a home, certified in-home care is held to a higher standard than a daycare than is simply registered. At Tiny Hiney Daycare our nutritionally balanced menus are approved by a USDA food program, and our preschool lesson plans are supported by the Funshine Express Fireflies curriculum. With these resources are staff are able to present new challenges and fun activities everyday for the children, combining monthly themes into all areas of our learning and play time, both indoors and out. Tiny Hiney Daycare also combines different approaches to early education and child development, with both structured learning and the personal growth a child experiences through their own experimentation and observation. At Tiny Hiney we understand that each child is different and has a different way of interacting with the world – this means that each child has a different learning style. Because of our in-home setting, we do have fewer total children so they each receive more support and attention than they might in a larger classroom. Tiny Hiney also believes in the value of mixed age groups, where nurturing relationships can form between children, fostering social and emotional development.

At Tiny Hiney Daycare we understand that it is no small choice to decide who will look after your children. We provide a safe, loving, educational home away from home, and we are thankful to the many families over the years who have trusted us to care for their children. Tiny Hiney strives for a partnership with the parents and guardians of the children we care for. We do our best for them so that you can be out in the world doing your best while away from them! It takes a village to raise a child, and we hope that this has made choosing your “village” a bit more simple.