Let’s talk Daycares

Hello friends!

Hooray it’s FRIDAY!  We have absolutely NOTHING planned for this weekend and I am so excited for it. I think we plan on doing some yard work and perhaps I will get my bake on again this weekend…

I wanted to share a sweet $2 Target find,

Aren’t they so cute!? I love em.

This week Erik and I went to two different types of daycare centers, well one was a daycare center and the other was an at home daycare.  Unfortunately with the area we live in, we cannot afford to really live on one salary.  I mean we could do it, but we also like nice things and we like to travel, hence the need for a daycare for our little man.

The daycare center was small and quaint, and we really like that, but the infant room had 12 babies and three women taking care of them, in a room no bigger than my current office at work.  Don’t get me wrong the babies all looked happy but for us I think we want a little more personal attention for him when he is so young.

The in home daycare lady was awesome, she was so sweet and the way she spoke about the kids in her daycare made me feel as though she loved them all like they were her own kids.  She cooks them fresh food everyday, nothing ever from a jar, can or box, which I love, and only has 8-10 kids with 2 sometimes three people watching them.  The house was very clean and put together as well.  We just got a very vibe from this lady.  I have a list of references which I will be contacting soon, but we still want to keep our options open.  I think I would like to look at a few more in home daycares to compare them and see what we really like.

This is I think the hardest decision we have ever had to make so far, and it is really scary.  I am really nervous, and I think I will have a very very hard time dropping him off at any day care.  In a perfect world I would be able to find a job that allows me to work from home so that I wouldn’t have to leave him with someone else.. sigh…

I think we have decided to put our little man into an at home daycare until he is around 2, then move him to the daycare center that we liked, this way he will have the homey feeling when he is very young and as he gets older he can learn to socialize more with the other kids and learn.

Thoughts? Anyone with kids have any advice for me?????

 

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Let’s talk Daycares — 8 Comments

  1. Something I can comment on!! I have reevaluated our childcare options every couple years, visiting centers (both public and private), in-home daycares, and at-home providers (WAY more expensive). Personally, we’ve always gone with in-home care. I tend to consider it the “value” option. They’re usually reasonably priced, with fewer children, and you get a sense that childcare is part of the providers life, not just their 9 – 5 job that they clock in and out for. They also tend to be far more flexible if you’re running a few minutes late.

    With that said, there are a couple things to think about! First, make sure they have a backup plan in case of provider illness. You don’t want to have to take a sick day because your babysitter is sick. Second, Virginia has a suggested 16-points per person for watching children. Infants = 4 points, toddlers = 3, preschooler = 2, school age = 1. Make sure your provider either has just a few children or enough people!

    Good luck with finding someone and congrats!

    -Amanda

    • Thank you so much Amanda! I totally agree that the in home ladies seem to care more about the actual children as opposed to it being their 9-5. She is also flexible in the fact that if I wanted to take him there part time we can do that.

  2. Hey Scabes-

    I worked in a daycare for two years and now I nanny for a family of 3 and have been with them since the youngest was barely 6 weeks. I can tell you that even though the infant room employees in daycares choose to work there and we all adored our babies, ratios in daycares are constantly out of whack due to call outs, breaks, or just being short staffed in general. If you want more guaranteed one-on-one attention I would definitely say go with in-home daycare, assuming a nanny isn’t an option :). It wasn’t so much about it being “just a job” for the daycare workers (although one or two people did work there just for free daycare for their own kids) but you only have two hands and there is only so much attention to go around!
    The advice about back-up care is great too. Since I’m a nanny, if I call in sick, a parent has to call in sick. That’s the only catch about any in-home care. Although, daycares are generally closed for gov’t holidays and some in-home daycares don’t adhere to that.
    The daycare as he gets older is a great option for greater socialization, if the in-home daycare doesn’t have a whole lot of kids. Just be prepared for him to be sick all the time for the first few months! I started taking the almost 2 year old to “mommy and me” type classes twice a week and it has done wonders for him! Tiny Tots at Frying Pan Park is my favorite of all the ones I have taken him to. It’s a 45 minute pre-preschool type class.
    Hope some of this helps!

  3. Hi Dorsa,

    I don’t have kids, but (as you know) I teach Kindergarten. In addition to Kindergarten, I have worked in two different daycares with children aged 6 weeks – 6. The typical teacher-child ratio for babies is 1-4 in daycare centers. I worked in the baby room for a few weeks, and felt very overwhelmed for the first few days, but really got the hang of it. Although it may seeem that your baby might not be getting enough attention, every baby has their own schedule, so it’s really more like 2 babies per adult because the other two are sleeping. That being said, I agree with your choice to do a home daycare, and introduce him to a center at 2 years. As a Kindergarten teacher that gets new students from daycare centers and students that have never been in a school-like setting before, I really do believe it is beneficial to put them in a school-like environment. They seem more prepared for school and tend to have more respect for adults that they are not related to. I hope you find a place that you love. The school I work at has a daycare for 2-4 year olds on the same property. It’s called Grasshopper Green and Cynthia Vasquez (a graduate of AHS is the head teacher of the 2 year old class.) Might be worth a visit. Here is the website: link to grasshoppergreen.com Another plus about this daycare is that the 3-4 year olds also get Computer and Spanish classes in addition to Gym and Music (Music is taught by another AHS alum!)Of course, I am biased, but I worked for the daycare every summer of my college years, and I loved it so much that I came back. Definitely worth looking into! Happy Searching!

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