A community hub is a public space that brings several members of the community together to offer a range of activities, programs, and services. These public spaces make it possible for multiple services to be offered under one roof meeting the needs of a specific group or members of the community. In this article, we look at the use of community hubs as childcare service centers.
A community-based childcare service is one managed by the community with legal responsibility. Community management can take any form. This is dependent on the nature of sponsorship which may be local government, church organizations, recreational organizations, or local committees made up of members of the community.
The decision-making process involved in the control of community-based childcare services makes it different from management in other childcare services that are privately owned.
A community-based childcare service is managed by an organization based in the community through a membership made up of community members. The community elects the management committee which is accountable to the community.
The management committee can employ a director or coordinator to oversee the day-to-day running of the center. Services are offered to members of the community especially working parents with little children that might be of sleep regression ages needing special care.
There are advantages of community-based management in a childcare service center. These include the fact that families using the service can become part of the decision-making processes of the organization.
Also, members with a range of skills useful to the successful running of the center may be elected to the management committee. Thereby encouraging staff and family involvement in the center’s organization and activities.
Again, because the management and staff are drawn from the community, local issues are better understood and responded to using local resources, and surplus is put back into the community.