With an ever increasing number of mothers working outside the home in Ireland, good quality childcare has become an urgent requirement. This book is about the concerns and anxieties parents can have in choosing to share the care of their child with someone else. It begins by looking at the needs of children and how these differ throughout the stages of early development. It goes on to define what exactly is "good quality" care for children and describes various options outlining the advantages and disadvantages of each. Guidelines are offered on how to find and choose arrangements that suit different children and parents. Finally, the issue of how to make arrangements work on an ongoing basis is discussed. This guide focuses specificially on the Irish situation and, with the help of information and questions, assists parents as they make this important choice for their children.