(Closed) Help me figure out my daycare situation!

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
3669 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Sanola831:  Definitely go with the at home daycare! 

Post # 4
3729 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: City, State

@Sanola831:  I would go in home in a heart beat. Especially for an infant. Once he is 2-3, then you can consider moving him to a more social environment, but for now, he needs all of the one on one development time he can get.

Post # 5
47187 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Sanola831:  I always chose licensed in-home care for my children. I liked that it was more similar to what my children would experience if I were able to be an at home Mom. As a shift worker, I also found them more flexible.

I have nothing against larger daycares, but our children will be institutiionalized soon enough.

Post # 6
1891 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I work at a daycare! Just partime, I’m a student. 

Anyways so of course ive thought about what I will do with my future children. My honest feelings: I HATE the infant rooms, love the older ones (3+ years). When they’re little the staff act like robots. Feed baby 1 then 2 then 3. Change baby 1, then 2, then 3. There isn’t much 1 on 1 attention for the babies, and I think lots of cuddles/love is important! 

Also it’s one of the top preschools in my area, 350$ a week. So I don’t think many people can do it much better. 

Have you considered a nanny? 

Post # 7
1891 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Oh. And the reason why I love the older rooms is the children love it there. They get so much socialization and tons of activities each week. 

Post # 8
3571 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Honestly this seems like a no brainer to me. More attention, youngest baby, not much more per week. I assume you visited and felt like it was worthwhile, the facilities were nice, and the children all seemed well cared for? Being licensed, does that mean they’re inspected? (In some states the licensing requirements for home daycares mean almost nothing at all). 

Sorry you have to go back! it must be super hard to think of leaving your LO.

Post # 10
12246 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Sanola831:  I’m certified by the state of Massachusetts and have a BA in Early Childhood Education.

Go with the home daycare!

5:1 is an INSANE ratio for infants. In Massachusetts, 7:2 is the highest ratio an infant room can go to, or 3:1.

I taught an infant room… 3:1 is hard. 5:1 is just BEGGING for accidents/neglect/oversight!

Post # 11
1891 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@Sanola831:  Yes, that is definitely a plus. Does she have maybe online reviews from past families? 

I would also assume she probably doesn’t have webcam service (most preschools are under camera the whole day). I would make clear guidelines with her on feedings/nap schedule. Our preschool has even had issues for letting babies sleep too long between feedings (sleeping baby, less work). Is the changing table sanitized between changes? How often do they change diapers? (Should be every 2 hours unless there is a bowel movement). How often is their SIDS check? (Simply placing your hand on their chest to feel breathing, every! 15 minutes). 

Sorry if this is more info than you wanted. Just trying to be helpful! 🙂

Post # 13
172 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Enoch Turner School House

I would go with the home daycare until they reach an older age where they would be ready for a larger class size. I work in daycare, and agree that 1:5 in the infant room is crazy, especially with multiples under 6 months! I would want smaller group and larger adult ratio for my young one if I had to do so!


Post # 14
340 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

A friend of mine had her son in a daycare centre but recently moved him to a home daycare. She had no issues with the care he received at the centre, but found that the home daycare’s proximity to her home, as well as the familiar environment, made it easier to keep her little guy on a regular schedule. Commute time is hard on a baby! Don’t know if this helps, but it’s something to consider. 

Post # 15
831 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@Sanola831:  Of those 2 choices, definitely the in-home! If you want to expand your options, you could consider a nanny share with a neighbor or friend. Then  you’d have 1 caretake for 2 infants!

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