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HELP daycare advise Long

So when i was pregnant I started talking to teachers I work with at my school since its 30 min from my house about daycares close by that are nice they all recommended one place so I reserved a place. Things got crazy with M being born and i never actually went to visit. Now today a week from when I have to return to work I made an appointment with the owner to see daycare and ask questions. When I pulled up she was in her van pulling out. She stopped got out and ran in to tell other worker that she would have to answer my questions and have me fill out paper. Then just left. The worker i then talked to knew nothing about anything besides the care of the kids. To top it off there were only 2 playpens that did not look comfortable no cribs the teacher said they did have a bassinet she could take out and clean up. There were no bouncy seats or swings so what would they do with dd when they couldn't hold her. I am stressed out I dont' know if I should just find some where in the town I live in 30 min from where i work or suck it up and have her at this daycare close by. It is terrible I almost feel bad for considering calling them and telling them shes not coming since they did save her a place. but at the same time I want what is best for dd. what to do?

Re: HELP daycare advise Long

  • Don't feel bad, they have waiting lists, the spot would be filled..

    Honestly if you aren't comfortable with that DC, take her somewhere else.  If you aren't happy, it will mean long days for you!

    GL!

  • I would search for another place.
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  • Did the people who recommended the day care have infants that went there and how long ago was it? Things could have changed. If they were recent, what do they say about these things? That sounds a little sketchy in my opinion and I wouldn't hesitate to look somewhere else. Don't feel bad and you need to do what is best for your LO or it will make it worse on you when you have to leave her. Does your state have a website that you can look up information on day cares on to see if they have violations and what they are for?
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  • I would look for a place that you feel good about.  It's a long ass day being away from LO when you like where they are.  I can't imagine having doubts.  No matter how long it takes you need to find a place where you feel good leaving your LO.

    My daycare is 35 minutes away from my work but 10 minutes away from my home.  It works out and I am so happy with where he is.

    Good luck!  It's so tough leaving them!  I hope you find a place soon! 

  • I would either call the director back and tell her you have some concerns and unanswered questions or start looking for a new daycare if you don't think you'll be happy with that one. It makes it so much easier to go back to work if you know your baby is safe and happy! GL!
  • imagedeeanneharris:
    Did the people who recommended the day care have infants that went there and how long ago was it? Things could have changed. If they were recent, what do they say about these things? That sounds a little sketchy in my opinion and I wouldn't hesitate to look somewhere else. Don't feel bad and you need to do what is best for your LO or it will make it worse on you when you have to leave her. Does your state have a website that you can look up information on day cares on to see if they have violations and what they are for?

    The teacher i talked to sent her kids there since babies. The youngest is now 3 so not to long ago. It is just not what i expected. A friend of mines mother does daycare and I know everyone who works there so I might just call her tomorrow and see if she has openings

  • imagewhitneyj988:

    imagedeeanneharris:
    Did the people who recommended the day care have infants that went there and how long ago was it? Things could have changed. If they were recent, what do they say about these things? That sounds a little sketchy in my opinion and I wouldn't hesitate to look somewhere else. Don't feel bad and you need to do what is best for your LO or it will make it worse on you when you have to leave her. Does your state have a website that you can look up information on day cares on to see if they have violations and what they are for?

    The teacher i talked to sent her kids there since babies. The youngest is now 3 so not to long ago. It is just not what i expected. A friend of mines mother does daycare and I know everyone who works there so I might just call her tomorrow and see if she has openings

    At least if you do that, you will have options. Let us know what you decide.

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  • Do they really leave the babies in the playpens all day long?  I personally would not like my LO just left to lie down all day long!  Was the caretaker to child ratio at least decent?

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  • imagetanya8:

    Do they really leave the babies in the playpens all day long?  I personally would not like my LO just left to lie down all day long!  Was the caretaker to child ratio at least decent?

    They had only 1 lady when i was there and there were 5 kids. I just felt like if LO was there she would have been just left laying some where because the teacher would have had to tend to the other little ones waking from naps and there was no where to have LO sit like a swing or bouncy seat there.

  • Trust your gut - they can always fill the spot.  I had reservations about my place and ended up being really unhappy with it.  Now we have to wait until January for DD to go to her new daycare.  You need LO to be somewhere where you will feel completely comfortable and not be worried about them all day.  Trust me, it makes leaving them twice as hard.
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  • I'd look around some more.

      To compare: my daycare has a 1:3 ratio, every infant has his/her own crib (we provide sheets & blankets), a boppy chair, an infant seat, 2 swings, a playmat, a tummy time mat, 2 bins of toys (one for clean, one that need to be washed after someone has played/drooled), books and a bumbo.  They told me to feel free to bring in anything special and they'll label it for the boys or they'll try to get one for us.

    There is room for 14 infants there and currently they have 1 day a week with 9 (3 teachers) and the rest of the week between 5-7 (2-3 teachers).

    Unless they have some of those things and they are just being cleaned/stored, keep looking on.  You don't want LO in a playpen all day.

     

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