Resuming work after maternity leave means facing a big problem: to whom do I leave my son? The options are usually two: leave it to a trusted person, a nanny or a grandfather, or send it to the nest. But for some years now there has been a third choice that can be considered a middle way: the tagesmutter. It is a woman, almost always a mother, qualified as an educator, who welcomes a small group of children into her home.
Let’s see some features:
What does the term tagesmutter mean?
It is a German word and means ” mother of the day “. In fact, this service was born in the countries of northern Europe and has spread to Italy since 2004.
How does the service work?
The tagesmutter can accommodate up to five children in its home at the same time.
The service does not have predetermined times, but they are agreed with the tagesmutter based on the needs of the parents. Only the hours used are paid.
How does it differ from the nest and the nanny (or grandparents)?
The child is followed by a figure that will become an important reference for him, like a nanny or a grandfather, but he is a professionally trained person (and constantly updated).
Like at the nursery, the child will not be alone but will share the days and activities with other children, in order to have the first socialization. But the group will be very small, no more than five, with the advantage that in a micro-group the spread of diseases is certainly lower. Furthermore, the environment is the family one of a house.
Another peculiar aspect of the service is that each individual child is followed in accordance with his times and habits, continuing the educational line of the parent thanks to a continuous exchange of information between the tagesmutter and the family.
What quality guarantees do parents have?
The tagesmutter never operates in isolation, but in agreement with a cooperative through a contract that guarantees rights and duties. The coordinator’s checks are surprising (cleaning, food) and the psycho-educational assistant’s interventions are regulated by monthly meetings: activities are suggested and monitored, individualized educational paths are elaborated.
Furthermore, a team of experts is always available to families through the tagesmutter cooperative.