Childcare Issues of Working People


Acquisition of infectious diseases at daycare facilities or in school, asthma, high cost of daycare, conflict with job hours and childhood diseases for example measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox etc. are among some of the problems people face daily in their lives. There are many illnesses that could be detrimental to a child’s health for the simple fact they are much more susceptible to these diseases and onset and progression may be very rapid. This can be a problem to people since they may have to take off work to address their children’s healthcare need (mori.com/polls2002).


Employers of these working adults could help these people by implementing flexible work schedules and practices to accommodate their special circumstances. Many adults have to make sure that children are dropped off at school or at daycare or nursery facilities before they report to work each day. This more often than not means that time needed to care for their kids interfere with work hours. In the case of sudden illness or injury a parent may have to leave work early or request days off work in order to address these childcare issues many times leaving employers shorthanded. This could be offset by big employers by way of having on site daycare and or nursery facilities to alleviate the burdens on these people. People would then be in close proximity to children and would dispel the need for possible long commutes to pick up children in case of emergencies. Employers can also provide help and guidance to working adults on finding good low cost daycare.


On the matter of cost to people who often may not be able to afford daycare, the government could facilitate lower cost daycare and nursery to individuals by offering these organizations tax incentives. Minimizing taxes would allow these facilities to pass on these savings directly to people, to whom they provide these services, therefore alleviating the economic burdens many people face in order to pay for daycare.


Many of the health issues stated above can be addressed by making sure kids receive proper vaccines when required. Public health provides vaccines for immunizations of children against most of the common communicable diseases. Working adults only need to ensure that their children’s vaccine requirements are met whenever necessary or as scheduled. In the case of asthma there are many drugs on the market for relief of and prevention of attacks, such as, nebulisers and spacers. People can also take steps to remove pets from the home that may influence allergy sensitization among young children.


In addressing infections at daycare facilities and school, people need to teach their kids good hygiene and sanitation practices. Train them to wash their hands before and after eating and after using the restroom for those in school that are responsible for their own cleanliness. For younger ones at daycare or nursery facilities ensure through research and investigation of previous history that staff practices proper hygiene and that medical staff is on hand to address emergency situations. Also make sure they are aware of control practices to contain any outbreak that may occur (mehtachildcare.com 8/1/03).