(Closed) Kindercare

posted 4 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

My oldest daughter went to Kindercare from 4 to 10 years old (for before/after care for school and also for summer breaks). I thought it was good for what we used it for and really liked the director of the particular location we used. Honestly though, I would not choose it for my infant. I have used state licensed home-based care for both my girls when they were very small. I prefer it because I like my child in a homey atmosphere- the woman who watched my daughter in her home was seriously like another aunt. 

Post # 3
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Blushing bee

It would be hard for anyone to give you any input of significant value since there are hundreds of Kindercare centers….

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Although I’m sure all Kindercare’s are different, I have nothing but good things to say about our location.  I am almost positive that their curriculum, security, and programs are pretty universal as well.  My son was 15 months when we started there for half days and then he progressed into the toddler room and now the “discovery toddler” which is basically a pre-preschool.  His vocabulary really improved being with the other children.  It has also been good for him to have the structure of a classroom while still having fun. He likes having “his” time and enjoys playing and being with the kids.

As for their infant room I am not sure how that operates but when you take a tour you can see how clean it is, check for safety things on the floor and ask lots of questions like staffing, etc. Don’t be afraid to ask the staff on duty random quetions like what do you do if x, y, z happens.  They may give different answers than the coordinator. 

Good luck… we visited 6 daycares and 3 home daycares before we made our decision.  Its a very tough decision. Also do an unannounced drop by and peek into the rooms to see if the kids are being engaged and staff are actually paying attention to them.  We went around 4pm so “class time” was over and you can see how “free play” goes down. At one daycare we visited and one room had 4 infants (prob. 6-9 months old) propped up on the floor watching a movie while some chick was texting on her phone… It was awful.  Your paying good money for daycare make sure they are paying attention to your child.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Outdoor

I don’t have personal experience with kindercare but I study ECD and have worked in other childcare situations- What you want most for infant care is continuity of staffing. Does the same person care for the same infants every day? How long do most caregivers stay at the center? What is the ratio of adults to infants? You will want your baby to be able to form a relationship with their main caregiver, not just be watched by whoever happens to be scheduled that day, or have a new caregiver every month because turnover is so high. 

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I would visit the center and just watch how the childcare workers interact with the babies. Some people are just very nurturing and absolutely love their jobs and love the kiddos in their care, while for others it is just a paycheck (generally they don’t stay long).

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