For me i went very much on the feel of the plave, ut i also only had about two weeks to find somewhere seeing as the in home service had stuffed me around.
I liked thatthey were fine with cloth nappies and breast milk ( Ronin was the only kid not on formula) I didn,t ask many questions beyond cloth nappies though. One thing i did like about the centre i chose is they invited me to bring Ronin along to play a xouple of times before he started if I wanted to so we could both get a feel for the centre and the room.
Wow to the late toilet training, I think for room progression to the pre kindy which starts around two ish ( ratios recently changed so room ages changed a bit as well) they need to be mostly toilet trained.
Wow. That sounds like a bad vibe all around.
Madison comes home looking like she got into a jar of peanut butter and jelly or something crazy. I never send her in her best clothes.
Good Luck on finding a place. The only other question I would ask that hasn't been mentioned : Do they charge you for days your kid isn't there, like on vacation, etc.:
I hope you find a place that you like. Evan also comes home some days looking awful. They always tell what it was that made them so messy. One thing I love about our place, if we go in late or pick him up early, the teachers are always down at child level playing with/teaching them. We also get two weeks a year as vacation, we don't have to pay those weeks.
Aside from that minor logistical issue...DITTO CHECK OUT STRAUSS. Their adult/child ratio is the lowest in town (4:1), and the teachers are engaged with the children 100% of the time--no standing around chatting and ignoring screaming kiddos allowed. I have never once seen teachers slacking off, much less while a single child needed ANYTHING. Every single teacher in that school knows Adair by name and seem genuinely delighted to see her when we cross paths, although she's only ever been in one class there so far--it's such a caring community. They have an emergent curriculum that is definitely age appropriate and Adair has learned a lot from school already (right now they're studying space--yesterday Adair told me she "painted balls" ). While yes, she comes home 99% of the time coated in paint, dirt, and food residue, that just says to me that she's been having a grand old time and doing fun, messy activities. Parents are allowed and encouraged to drop in at any time and participate, hang out, whatever. They even have cameras in every room linked to a monitor in the office, so you can check in and see how your kid is doing after you left (I only ever did this the very first day, but it's nice to know the option is there.) I seriously could not possibly feel more comfortable with a place to leave my child for the day.
Also, I don't know where you live but Sandbox is supposed to be pretty good too. Don't know a ton about it but worth looking into if it would be more convenient for you.
We have an appointment at Strauss today, and at another one near my house.
DH says I shouldn't have said the kids looked dirty, he says they (and everything else there) looked dingy. The kids didn't look like they'd been doing messy activities, they looked unkempt. DH didn't like it there either.
I asked Rowan if she wanted to look at another school today, and she said "Hee-haw! Eyes! Nose! Donkey eating grass!" Because the daycare yesterday had animals, and they had a pony by the office. She thought the pony was a donkey.
I wish my in-laws would just watch her like they said they would, and then I wouldn't have to look at daycares until she turns 2, as per our original plan.
DD1 Rowan, 9/26/10
Expecting #2 in August 2013
I was wondering if that's what you meant. That's definitely no good...reminds me of a daycare my DH always used to drive past as a kid and still talks about with a vague horror.
Say hi to A & T!
Sorry about the inlaws. My mom is starting to make some noise about her one day a week...I mean really? That's why you MOVED HERE...to be close to your grandchildren. Give me a break.
How was Strauss? I ran into the director (Lyn) on my way out and she was really excited to have a friend of T's stopping by.
I inquired at the Sandbox2. It, Strauss, and the JCC are the only NAEYC accredited daycares in town, which come with the low student/teacher ratios, better education, higher cleanliness standards, and better curriculum. The Sandbox2 was full, doesn't accept infants part time, and was more expensive. So we didn't even bother touring. Their playground looked fantastic though!
Oh, and T's room definitely smelled of poo when we arrived but one of the new wee babies had just had an epic poop. So if you went in there and smelled poop just know that's abnormal and NOT indicative of their cleanliness. If one of the kids so much as gets a cold they bleach the entire room down and wash EVERYTHING. Their toys are always in excellent condition and they never have crappy battery operated toys. In fact, I think they're banned along with character toys.
ETA: I've heard great things about the JCC. My PI sent her DD there and loved it. They're just way to far north for us to even consider it. Its not that far of a hike for you though. Sandbox2 is pretty close to you. Still, Strauss is better
Last edited by TiggersMommy; 07-18-2012 at 08:56 PM.
We liked Strauss a lot. It was definitely much better than the one we looked at yesterday. We peeked into T's classroom, but it was empty - they had all been taken to another room. If we go there, they're going to put Rowan in a 2 year old class, so we spent more time checking out those rooms.
We have an appointment on Friday to look at one more, but it doesn't have the same level of accreditation, plus when I talked to someone on the phone, it was through a call center and she couldn't even properly pronounce the name of the street the school was on. So it's a big national chain school, and I don't know how I feel about that - DH and I both prefer to spend our money on locally owned businesses.
DD1 Rowan, 9/26/10
Expecting #2 in August 2013
Jackie--yeah, we parents all had to fill out a long survey a couple of weeks ago for the accreditation renewal. I understand what you mean about other places being good but just not having the time/money to get accredited, but I must say, I do like knowing that they are being held to such high standards!