Daycare decisions for a Organic Lifestyle
When chatting with a friend the other day, I got the question around who will care for my baby once I am done with my maternity leave. Obviously, I’ve thought about this before and knew we’d most likely have to look into daycare at some point. But then my friend proceeded to tell me that some daycares have a year waiting list and if I don’t get on it, we could get stuck without one. I called a local daycare and got into panic mode when they told me they were already filling up for Fall of 2012! That’s crazy…it’s a year away! I immediately booked an appointment to visit the center with my husband. I prepared a list of the following questions:
Daycare questions to ask:
Do caregivers have first-aid/CPR and child development training?
Is each child assigned to a primary caregiver?
How many children do you serve, and what are their ages?
What is the range of activities in which the children participate?
How large is the center? (There should be 35 square feet per child in order for each child to have enough room to play comfortably.)
Is the center licensed?
What happens if I need to bring my child early or pick him up late?
Do you let kids attend if they’re not potty-trained or if they have a runny nose or a cough?
How do you discipline kids?
Is there an outside play area? Do kids use it every day?
Do you ever take children on outings off-site?
Will I be charged if I take a vacation or my child is sick?
I just got home from the meeting at the daycare and want to cry. First of all, it smelled like poop. Okay, I know babies poop but I guess we are just not used to that smell just yet. As of right now, our home smells like Glade air fresheners and I would hope it stays that way. Secondly, I just left there with a bad feeling. Having my child cooped up in this little room all day with other screaming babies just gave me the creeps.
The pros, however, are that these facilities have excellent credentials, are certified in many different areas, and I do believe they have excellent intentions. They answered all of my questions very accurately and professionally. I also know that the children get tons of activity whereas a babysitter may be watching soap operas all day with my baby. However, I still can’t kick this feeling I have! For $1400 a month, I wanted to be in love with the place!
I just don’t have any other options. My husband and I both love our jobs and feel that we need the financial comfort of working. Our family members all work and can’t stay home with our baby. And then there is the question of a Nanny and if that would even make financial sense for one child?! So, my quest continues…I am on the hunt for a daycare that makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. Will that ever happen?!?! Please tell me yes