(Closed) How to find a good day care?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I started with asking friends and co-workers but didn’t get many responses so I turned to researching ratings on my state’s Department of Family and Protective Services website.  I narrowed down what I considered acceptable “findings” at several day cares and then set up tours with those that passed my criteria.  The daycare we ended up choosing had some nice brochures with alot of the questions that I was going to ask and even more that I hadn’t thought to ask.  Take a look at some of these and see if they get you started on the right foot for putting together question lists.  Good luck!  It was hard to make the decision and when you are in a time crunch I imagine it is even more stressful.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I know you’re not in Texas but maybe you have a similar website through your state.  That’s the link I used to see inspection results.  I asked about child/caregive ratio, toured the facilities and met with the caregivers, looked to see how clean things were, asked about curriculum, checked out any outdoor play areas, etc.  Oh, and some provide meals and some don’t.  And some places have stronger security measures than others.  We’re still not 100% sure which one we’re going with but are strongly leaning towards one that is closest to us and came highly referred by friends/co-workers instead of the ones that are fancier. 

I’m curious about your nanny situation.  I hope everything is ok.  Since I work at home part of the time, I didn’t think bringing a nanny in would work for me (I imagine me checking in way too often).  I interviewed one in-home daycare and was turned off because we’d need a back-up plan during this woman’s vacations and holidays and sick days and emergencies…  Good luck!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2007 - Rosary Chapel & Monterey Marriott, Monterey, CA

We went completely from word of mouth… then toured the 2 centers that were an option (did this at 13 weeks pregnant), and put our names on both waiting lists.

I would have only gone with an in-home option if I had a trusted friend refer me to their care. Our friend highly recommended our daycare center, and through the friends who were there as well, we easily made our decision. 

Since then, two of our friends have sent their babies there as well and are happy. 

I wish I had better information or a yelp-ish kind of website. Sadly, I just don’t trust the Internet for unbiased reviews on anything anymore. And in this case, I would seek out as many personal opinions you can!

I would ask about nap times, transitions to toddler care (which will happen at around 1 year), food options, how many full-time children they have, activites and daily schedule, and who the normal caretakers are and what the rotation is? 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

@Mrs. Spring:  This seems to be a starting point.  There is a facility search link on this page

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

i would say to ask friends/co workers…

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Sorry to hear about your nanny!

My best friend is a little over 8 months pregnant, and she and her husband have toured EVERY daycare in our town.  She narrowed down her choices based on recommendations.  She is a dental hygenist, and she said she literally asked every patient she had, and ended up finding someone who was unlisted, referral only. 

Good luck! I can’t believe Addie is 9 months old…I remember reading your posts when she was born! Wow time flies!

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Oh, and although I would definitely research the state allegations, but wouldn’t dismiss it immediately.  I think of it the same way as a disgruntled consumer files a report against a company using the BBB.  There are two sides to every story.  It would definitely make me nervous, but I would do some research first.

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@Mrs. Spring: Hmm…I would be a little leery of why one daycare has a 2 year wait list, and the other has none.  Is the wait list one really good?  Or is the other one much more affordable? Just curious!

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