I was wondering since I might get this job soon about childcare. I have someone right now who I trust to wacth Sadie but I dont know if she will be available in 4 months when I would be done with training and if that is the case I would have to find somewhere else.
My question is how did you find your daycare/caretaker for your LO? Did you look online or go through an agency?
Also why did you pick them once you found them?
i know we live close to one another- we're going with a kindercare... we had a really hard time finding something we were comfortable with- you might for a bunch of different reasons. although they definitely have a lot of kids, the faciliy seems pretty nice, the teachers seem great, and the kids seem happy. something you might want to check out?
I'm sorry I have no advice for you. DH has an onsite daycare and that's where Rylee goes. It's the best in the area. But, we did look at outside daycares (just in case we didn't get in) and we just picked as few that other people recommended and went to visit.
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I live in a rural area, so when I needed to find a daycare for the boys I just found the ones in the yellow pages, then called and made sure they had openings, then went to visit the place.
During the visits, I could tell right away whether I like the place or not, I guess just my gut instinct.
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I went through a local economic opportunity agency and also word of mouth. Visited about half a dozen places and tried 2 others before settling on the one we're using now. It's run by a woman out of her home, but she is fully licensed and is awesome. Tons of toys and she plays/reads with the kids. She is always happy to see him, and he is happy to she her, which was not the case at some of the other places.
You can look online for questions to ask places and things to look for. I suggest you do a visit and ask all the questions you can think of. We also followed our gut instinct and it turned out really well for us.
I like the atmosphere of a large facility rather than an in home care for a few reasons. There are more kids for your LO to play with/bond with and you will have a guarantee of other LOs being the same age as yours. Also there are more people to watch eachother so I don't worry about neglect. Also, if your care provider is sick or on vacation it's the responsibiliyt of the center to get coverage rather than you.
Lilac and Primrose go to a nursery, we choose it because it fits in with our work schedules and I like the structure and the fact that the girls get used to be with a few different people, and with other babies. Primrose has been in daycare 2 or 3 days a week since she was 10 months old and had thrived, Lilac had her first practice morning this week and did fine.
I used to work at a kindercare. I would not recommend that particular one (poor staff) but maybe I just had a bad experience. I would visit any larger daycare and ask questions--a big one would be their changover rate. Our k-care was always changing teachers. The kindergarten room alone had 4 teachers in 9 months. The kids really need consistency so it wasn't an ideal situation. I'm sure theres lots of other ?'s to ask, but that was one big one I could think of when you find something. (this is just from experience working daycare, since I'm home with my kids I haven't had to pick one)