The minute you become a parent, you take on a huge responsibility. In addition to raising your child to love, respect, and learn, you have the responsibility to keep your child save from harm. If you work outside the home and have decided to have a childcare provider watch your child in his or her own environment, a place where familiar toys, games, and child furniture are found, great. However, instead of worrying all day about your child being properly cared for you, consider installing what is known as a "nanny cam."
As the parent and homeowner, you are not required to tell anyone that a hidden camera has been installed but if you know the person watching your child and you trust that person, you may feel more comfortable sharing that a camera has been placed in the home. Interestingly, many people have hired someone they know to provide childcare while at work and even informed that person that a nanny cam was capturing the day's activity only to discover the child was being abused. While it is rare for a child to be in harm's way, there is nothing wrong with being cautious.
The nanny cam comes in a variety of types, sizes, features, and prices so you would need to decide how much you could afford, the type of viewing you want, and whether you want one or more cameras placed throughout the home. The great thing about using a nanny cam is that because of the small size, the camera could easily be hidden in a clock, plant, bookshelf, picture, and other places that the childcare provider would never see. A popular choice nanny cam is one that would allow you to see things happening in the home from a computer at work and in real time.
Obviously, a nanny cam such as this is beneficial in that you would not be questioning the level of care being provided to your child while gone, only to discover after returning home and viewing the recording that problems existed. Instead, you could go with a nanny cam that would still record the interaction between the childcare provider and your child but also view everything via computer, again in real time. Although this type of system is a little more expensive, there is no price for your child's happiness, safety, and life.
It has actually become common for parents bringing someone into the home to provide childcare to install one or several nanny cams. If you have a decent budget, it would be worth choosing the one that provides real time streaming to your computer and records activity, but also a nanny cam that has both video and audio. After all, a childcare provider could be handling your child fine from a physical perspective, but be using harsh words that could also be damaging.
Obviously, as a parent the last thing you ever want to consider would be your child facing harm at the hands of his or her childcare provider. However, when it comes to children, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Never think of using a nanny cam as "spying" on the daycare provider but more of a tool for being a responsible parent who is taking a proactive approach to providing a child with a safe environment.