Post # 1
I’m so frustrated and upset right now. Darling Husband and I had found a spot at an in-home day care right near my work. (I’m due in March, starting daycare in Aug ’11) I work about 45 mins from home, so I was very happy to be so close to our little one when he starts daycare. We had a contract and she agreed to hold our spot without a deposit or anything. She was really nice when I met her and I really loved her set up. Plus she was willing to do cloth diapers, which was important to us. She was also really reasonable with rates and such.
And… I just called to ask a question about the paperwork we are supposed to give her once the baby is born, and she told me she had to cancel on us because she had someone who needed immediate daycare for an infant. Obviously I understand wanting to be and stay full to make money, since we weren’t paying for our spot, but she didn’t even call us! I’m so mad and frustated. I just burst into tears after I got off the phone. I’m really glad this happened now, instead of after our baby is born, so we have time to get another daycare lined up.
Post # 3
Aw, that stinks! I can’t believe she didn’t call you! I’d be upset, too. But like you said, at least you found out now…thank gosh! You have a month or two to start looking again. I hope you are able to find a great one near your work! Good luck!!
Post # 4
That sucks!! But by then, the baby will be 7 months older…no way for her to have another baby at that point?? No kids here, but I have had to hear about the frustrations with finding day care from friends, so I can imagine what you are dealing with right now…
Post # 5
better this happened now! i wouldn’t want to use a daycare who thinks it’s acceptable to drop you without notice.
Post # 6
Oh man, I’m so sorry!! I know how frustrating it can be trying to find a decent daycare, especially one that’s reasonable. I find it extremely unprofessional that she couldn’t even be bothered to call you.
But I agree w/ @MrsSl82be:, maybe by the time you’re ready to go back to work, the daycare will have a spot open for you.
Post # 7
I would be pissed!! Here in Seattle you have to start looking for daycares 1 year before you are thinking of having children.
I would first ask her if there is a chance that she will have a spot when your baby arrives. If she says yes, I would then offer to pay a deposit to hold the spot (since she sounds like she likes the money.) If she says no, then I would then tell her that is it is completely unacceptable and you are not happy and that you will make sure to tell all your friends about not going to her. I know it’s harsh but look at the position she put you in because she had to make an exception to another last minute parent.
Oh, what does the contract say. Does it state that she has to notify of cancellations? I wouldn’t neccesarry sue her for this matter but I would possibly look into what I can do about it.
Sorry. and like others have said, at least you found out now. I just hope that your daycares don’t have wait lists like they have here in Seattle. We we honestly be screwed if we had 9 months to find a babysitter. We are planning on TTC at the end of the summer and I’m considering starting to look now. Yeah, it’s bad here in Seattle.
Post # 8
@ttn133: Do you have anything to back up the issue with finding daycare in Seattle or is it just the area that you are looking in?
Post # 9
What exactly did your contract say? I know at-home daycares are different but I used to work at one and we required a deposit and tuition payment if the spot was available because we had a waitlist. (If we had an opening on the 1st but that baby wasn’t going to start until the next month they would have to pay the weekly tuition to *hold* the spot). If you find a new place you love I’d be sure to reserve your spot with money.
Post # 10
@Miss Sapphire: I’m sorry, I don’t understand your question regarding back up. A few of my coworkers who recently have had children did tell me that finding childcare in Seattle is difficult and that some waitlists are very long.
Post # 11
I’m feeling better now. The contract says she needs to give 2 weeks notice, but our baby isn’t even born yet since she was just holding a spot. The new mom isn’t starting for two weeks, so I guess she can get away with it that way. We are looking at other places. I just can’t look past the unprofessional manner in which she handled this. If she had called and discussed it with us, it would be different. So we’re back on the hunt.
I’m usually pretty even with my emotions, but it takes something like this to really see how emotional I am while pregnant. Normally I’d be mad, but not to the point of being in tears and ready to leave work immediately.
Post # 12
Honestly, I would try to see the positive in this. You found out this woman is a FLAKE before entrusting your child with her! I don’t know where you live, but I bet there are other places that will do cloth diapers. All 3 DCs we interviewed took cloth.
Post # 13
I agree with cannotwait. Very disappointing, but better to have found out now that she is shady.
Post # 14
I can’t believe she didn’t call you! I’m so sorry. That seems so unprofessional 🙁
Post # 15
i would be super stressed by this but your young one isnt born yet and maybe she was thinking by the time you are ready to finalize plans that a spot would be open.