- 3 years ago
- Wedding: March 2011
My husband and I are going to need childcare for our daughter starting in January, when she is about 16 weeks old. Both sets of grandparents are in the area and are interested in helping out, but we don’t want to impose on them full-time.
Our current plan is for each set of grandparents to watch her one day a week, and to go to daycare the remaining three days. We feel like that gives our family a chance to spend time with her, and vice versa, but still gives her some socializing, etc. And hopefully cuts down on costs for us some, too. So now we are on the hunt for a facility we like that’s willing to accomodate a part-time schedule. I know that some places are flexible on that and others are not.
We made our first visit this morning and liked the place pretty well. It was affordable and clean and we liked the people. The facility is state and city licensed, but the teachers don’t have any kind of individual certification. Some do have some formal childcare education, but no one has a degree in it or anything. They’re hired based on their childcare experience, and of course have passed background checks, etc.
We have a few more visits set up and then will weigh our various options.
I guess my question is whether you think that’s important to have certified teachers at this age? I think I’d like to have her in a more formal setting with certified teachers in two or three years, when she’s ready for more of a pre-school curriculum, but do you think that’s important now?
We certainly don’t want to cut corners when it comes to our child’s care and education, but I’m not sure how important teacher certification is for babies. What criteria were must-haves for you? Any thoughts would be appreciated!