Post # 1
DH and I are still in the process of coming up with a decision regarding daycare however, I was just curious as to what you all thought/would do…. So, baby KJ willl be here in March (wow, time is flying) and we found a licensed home daycare that we love…… We prefer a home daycare for now until he turns 2 or so (just our preference). Anyways, the provider is really nice, clean home, reasonably price, close to home, flexible hours, good references, etc….. However, there is one thing that we have a bit of a problem with and I wanted to know if maybe we are just freakin out because we are first time parents…… The provider actually take the four school age children to school and pick them up from school……. which means that when we drop the baby off on the way to work at 6 am, around 7 am she will load the van up with the kids, including Kj and one other small child to take to school (and again at 3 pm to pick the kids up).. I dont know….. I just like the idea of dropping off our child for daycare and knowing that he is stationary until we pick him up. i dont want to have to worry if they got into a car accident or not or if something happened…… But as i pointed out…… other than this issue, we love this daycare….
what are your thoughts/opinion?
Post # 3
I would be terrified of my infant traveling in a van full of kids every day. 🙁 I’m also a FTM so maybe I am paranoid too but that would absolutely freak me out. How far does she have to go? If it was a couple of back street blocks maybe…..
Post # 4
I know right…me toooooooooo. the school is right around the corner…. she has 4 school kids….1– 14 month old and then our baby….grrrr this is tough.
Post # 5
@trulyblessed: Hmmm that’s a tough one. I agree with travellingfool.
Post # 6
I would personally not be comfortable with it.
Post # 7
Nope. Dear Daughter has been with two licensed in-home providers and neither have driven her anywhere. I would not be okay with that, especially with a van full of kids. I know how hard it is to find a provider you click with, but a car ride twice a day every day leaves a lot of opportunity for an accident or something else to go wrong. I would keep looking.
Post # 8
If the school is just around the corner, why doesn’t she walk all the kids to school? I am sure that would make all the parents feel more comfortable!
Do you feel comfortable requesting this?
Post # 9
Oh hell no! I would not be comfortable with that at all.
Post # 10
I would be fine with it, I guess I don’t see the big deal? My mom was a daycare provider for about 5 years and I remember her making small errands with the kids, including taking a few of them home or to school. I know my cousin’s daycare provider has driven the kids around too, because we had her swing by my house while she was out once. I don’t see the issue.
Post # 11
I agree….. we.are definitely not comfortable with this and i know that i would worry everyday around that time of drop off and pickup whether or not they made it back ok….
Not sure how close around the corner the school is…… I am speaking with her again tomorrow to find out and will also ask about walking them.
Post # 12
It wouldn’t bother me especially if it was a fantastic daycare that I loved. But then again we are looking into childcare providers and we tend to prefer the ones that take the kids out each day whether to the park or just a walk etc.
I don’t believe you can live life thinking what if. They could take your child for a walk and something terrible could happen you just never know.
Post # 13
it really depends how much you trust the care taker. I used to be a nanny and I had full use of the parents personal vehicle because they trusted me. I never had a problem. My bigger concern would be that she is watching school age children with your infant. I’m not a fan of daycare in general but definitely not mixed age.
Post # 14
My first instinct was that I am not comfortable with it… However, my sister has been a “nanny” of sorts for a 2 year old little boy (and she has 3 kids of her own) and she’s watched him basically his whole life and she will drive around with him, he is just like one of her kids (and I actually call him my honorary nephew) so in that sense I don’t mind… But she definitely didn’t take him out when he was little little.
I say go with your gut. If you aren’t comfortable with it you aren’t comfortable. But I don’t think it will be easy to find someone who wouldn’t leave their house with your child EVER.
Post # 15
Umm to me this is a non issue. The issue for me would be not staying home with my kid to begin with. Once you get passed that hurdle I really wouldn’t balk at them driving a few blocks. Honestly I would want my child with someone who would take my child out: trips to the mall, park, doctor’s if necessary. I think you will be hard pressed to find a in home provider who never goes anywhere. Trust is the most important thing here.
Post # 16
i agree with you. i definitely dont have a problem with taking him out ever…… however, taking him to drop off and pick up school age children each day…. im not sure if I am comfortable with it…. They do go on field trips and take the kids out for recess when its warm out and I dont have a problem with that…… I was just thrown off by this only because I worked at daycare centers and home daycare centers becore back when I was in college and they never took the child out unless it was for recess or field trips…… I do however, think that a nanny situation is a bit different.