Post # 17
I would be okay with it if the educator follows all regulations and legislation. I would look into any legislation regarding ratio’s etc, and also make sure that she has her full license. In most education and care settings there will come a time when the educator will have to drive the children in their care, and if she is qualified or has experience I wouldn’t worry too much It’s normal for you to be worried about this too! I’m an early childhood student, and I’ve met quite a few parents who will worry about their children etc. The most important thing is communication between the two of you. Tell her about your concerns, so that she will be able to put your mind at ease. And once you have built a trusting relationship with each other you will feel better
You could also look into some readings or articles regarding your concerns.
Post # 18
Well… I am super paranoid about driving in general. I am this super freaky safe driver. I would not like it, personally. I mean, logically it is probably okay, but not for me emotionally- if that makes sense…
I have been a nanny for many families and when I had an infant and a 2 year old the mother had me run errands with the 2 year old, but she would stay home with the infant- just to be nice to me really/ make it less of a hassle in the grocery store. If you really like and trust the person, it is probably a non-issue…
Post # 19
I wouldn’t go for this at all for a few reasons. 2 babies and 4 grade school-aged children is a lot for 1 person to handle. An advantage of using home providers should be extra one-on-one time with an adult, but 6 kids is a lot to juggle. That is also a lot of time spent in a car – if you ever want to pick your baby up early or drop him off late, you will have to accommodate this woman’s school runs. That might get annoying fast.
i’m a former nanny who drove the kids around a lot – the difference is that all of my driving was to the benefit of the children. Your baby is just going to be stuck in a car to pick up/drop off other kids.
Post # 20
I know. and I am not saying that I have a problem with going places….. I get it…. and this is not a nanny but a licensed daycare provider who just happens to operate out of her home versus a center. I am not saying that others don’t do it however, I have never seen a daycare provider go to the mall or take the babies to a doctor appointment……other than a nanny in which you pay for that service or if someone who justnhappens to babysit do it….. But when I think about my eight week old schedule being….
6:00am – load him in car to drop off at daycare
7:15 – load in car to drop off the school age kids
3:00 – load in car to pick up kids
4:00 – we pick him up, load him in car to take him home……
and this schedule being everyday is just something I would have to really think about….. I think this is something she should have mentioned when we first met and spoke with her back in October. We just happened to get this information when I decided to meet her assistant this week because she is the one who will be watching our child. The actual owner has a full-time job…. somI wanted to meet the actual person who would be caring for our son….
However, this is new to us so I just wanted to know if we were first time parents freaking out lol.
Post # 21
Honestly it wouldn’t bother me. Our long time family friend (who watched my nephew for years) had a daycare and ran errands with the kids. She was great about giving her driving record to perspective new clients. Maybe ask your person about their accident/driving record, insurance and what would happen if their was an accident. Having the baby in the car 2 more times a day doesn’t bother me, are you really going to not take him out after you go home from work? That’s essentially the same thing. There are crazy drivers on the road and they will find you if it’s your car or the daycare car.
Post # 22
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@trulyblessed: I would assume then that she is alone in taking care of the children. That right there would bother me because I am in daycare licensing and you should always have two people present when they are caring for more than one child in diapers.
Post # 23
Yes it would bother me. I am really anxious about cars and road safety.
Post # 24
He’s too young. Perhaps if he were older it’d be okay.
Post # 25
I would just make sure that they are actually licensed, and that they are licensed to drive children in their vehicle. And that they are fully insured in case god forbid anything ever happened. Our DS goes to an in home family daycare with children of all ages and I think it has really been a positive thing for him. However they are not licensed to drive the children at all. Kids get picked up by the bus and dropped off by the bus. Does this daycare not have that option because they are too close to school?
Also having an 8 week old being packed up 4 times a day in a car is a little much in my opinion. Sorry you are in such a hard position.
Post # 26
I don’t see it as a big issue regarding safety, but more of an issue of quality of life for your baby. His entire schedule will have to be based on these car rides. I wouldn’t want my baby to be in that situation – I just think that is a lot for any person, let alone a baby.
Would it be an option to rearrange your schedule to drop your baby off after the 7am school run? That would at least eliminate one trip. Or maybe you could get home earlier so the daycare provider can drop your baby off after picking up the kids around 330?
It sounds nice the there would only be two babies at this daycare during the day.
Post # 27
Oh god, i am not a parent yet, but the idea of my kid getting in the car, when he is that little, with someone else, terrifies me…I don’t like it, things can always happen on the way to school as on the way back to the daycare place ….i personally would not do this….I rather my child be with me, if an accident were to occurred.
Post # 28
Thanks everyone… I definitely appreciate everyones opinion/advice…. it’s always good to hear both sides of how someone would handle things in certain situations. I totally understand that I could get into a car accident while transporting my son or that I may be transporting my son 4 times out of a day (although I don’t really do much, lol) however, there is something a little different (for me) with me, his mom doing it versus the daycare provider. Again, I will be a first time mom so I may just be freaking out just a bit, lol…. But I know that in the end, I have to do whats comfortable for us. Being only 2 months old at the time, I just think that this could totally throw off any type of schedule. I do know that he would be transported at times….. I am not saying that I have a problem with that…. but what I am saying is that I don’t know that I am comfortable with this being his schedule every single day. This is something that I never thought about or never thought to ask only because I have never seen it done (aside from nannies or if a family member keeps him etc…)…. not saying that its something wrong with providers that does transport the kids…. I am just saying that I haven’t seen it at the places where I have worked before back when I was in college.
I do need to check on the driving records and if she is able to trasport the children….. that is actually a good question. We also have appointments to meet with a few other providers prior to officially selecting.
Again, thank you for sharing your point of view (both sides)….. I really do like to hear things from a different perspective 🙂
Post # 29
I’m not a parent yet, but I went to an at-home daycare and she took us places. We went to the zoo, the mall, etc. Hell, the older kids (me and two others) sat in the back of her Jeep (like the cargo area). But that was 20 years ago, haha.
How far away from the school is she that the kids have to be driven? I walked to school from my day care.
Post # 30
LOL @cargo area…… I do think that baby sitters do that…. but wow I guess I look at a license child care provider at home and in center as the same thing……. but one just chose to do it in a home vs. a building….. lol…. If he was older than it would probably be a little different but as a newborn it just seems like its soooooo much……… his little schedule would be all out of whack, lol…. I think its time for my momma to retire, lol…. Thanks for your input!
Post # 31
In a lot of areas, children aren’t allowed to walk to/from school. In Texas, I think the schools are considered responsible if something were to happen to the child on the walk. :-/