Post # 1
- Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium
The little one is due in December,and I’ll take three months off once she’s here. We’re not totally sure what our lives will look like in terms of my work, but we need options. So, we’re touring a couple day care centers and also attending an info session on home day cares in our area. I have no idea what questions we should ask (or be prepared to answer). Can you guys provide some insight? What did you ask when you were looking for childcare? Thank you!
Post # 3
I got some really great feedback when I was asking this question last year… here’s the thread:
My biggest piece of advice in addition to the lists of questions in the thread is to go with your gut instinct. If something doesn’t seem right or if you don’t get a warm fuzzy feeling, keep looking.
We ended up finding an in-home day care provider and she’s been great. It’s cheaper than a facility, and DD hasn’t even gotten so much as a cold (so far, knock on wood- it’s bound to happen eventually). She’s been going there for 9 weeks so far.
Post # 4
I would also look up any complaints against the daycare. They have to report about licensed daycares, at least in Ontario.
Post # 5
@Mrs. Gremmlin: I know in my state, CT, you can dial 211 and it connects you with a state agency that has all sorts of resources like mobile crisis units and housing options for you and your child. There is also an option to speak with someone about the list of questions you should ask a daycare provider. It might be worth looking into your state to see if they have something similar OR try dialing 211, it may be a universal thing states offer.
Post # 6
Are you doing anything a little offbeat? I would consider asking them what their policies are. For example, we are planning to use glass bottles and we settled on two of the best daycares in the area that will take infants. One said no, it’s against regulations whereas the other said they prefer them. If nutrition and meals are a concern for you, I would ask them about when they start solids and do they expect you to provide the food or will they provide it? One place gives them the toddler/infant-friendly version of the normal meal whereas the other place will not provide food for the 1 and under room. Not sure if you will need to go on a waitlist (we have to at both places) but it’s always good to get clarification on how soon you should sign up and generally speaking, what is the likelihood of room opening up.
Truthfully, when I toured, they covered most of the questions we had going into it. So really it’s the more individualized concerns that I needed to ask about.
Post # 7
@Mrs. Gremmlin: we go to a home daycare and love it. I asked questions like would she provide food, who would be around the baby, would there be drug or alcohol use when she is there, how many kids etc.
Post # 8
- Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium
@DaneLady: Thanks so much for the link and extra info. My nieces went to a home daycare, and we’re looking into that option in September. One of the daycares we’re looking at has one of my nieces’ sitters in the infant room (they go way back… my oldest niece was a flower girl for her wedding). We’re really trying to stick with people who come highly recommended by people we trust.
@MrsPanda99: I’ve definitely decided not to look at some because of bad complaints. It’s really scary.
@MusicBee76: I haven’t heard of anything like that, but I’ll certainly look into it. Thanks!
@lilbluebird: Thanks for mentioning this– I didn’t think glass bottles would be an issue, and yes, we intend to use them (and fill them with my milk). She also may be raised vegetarian, but my husband and I haven’t quite agreed on that yet.
@Ninteenthchance: I’ve heard great things about home daycares– they are definitely on the list.
Thanks for all the great insight!
Post # 9
@Mrs. Gremmlin: Oh, I don’t know how type-A you are but DH and I are and the school we really prefer is a little more accomodating than the other one. For example, they have a personal care basket with the child’s specific diapers, sunscreen and wipes in case of allergies or sensitivity. The other school provides the wipes and you don’t get to bring in your own. Some schools will use their own sunscreen as well (versus having one per child). In addition, the one we like better is a true Montessori and because they believe in the child-led philosophy, they’re willing to work with us to transition from swaddling to sleepsacks to blankets as long as it’s safe and not against the law. The other school specifically said no swaddling by the time we enroll (at 3 months).
So all in all, if you are a bit particular or alternative, then I would definitely ask and not assume.