Tuesday, February 21, 2012

daycare/school

This was written on the daycare/school sheet yesterday:

“Victoria talked about having a baby in her belly”.

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Speaking of daycare/school, we are preparing to make a switch to a new place. I’m both sad and excited about it. She has been at the same “school” aka daycare center since she was 8 weeks old. The benefits of the place is that it is very convenient for both of us to pick up/drop off, it is sparkling clean, there is a little indoor gym and ample outdoor play area, they have a good curriculum, and she has met so many nice little friends there. The negatives are that for the amount of $$$ that we pay, we just aren’t seeing the return from the price premium. She has been left in wet/soiled underwear, there are 24 kids in her class, they do not provide lunch or breakfast (I have to make lunch every night which actually takes a lot of time), the teachers are so busy at the end of the day that they don’t have time to talk, they aren’t consistent with transfers to new classrooms, often violating their own ranges set out. The big push to move her was finding her poopy/peed up and being left that way several times. When I walked in I could immediately smell it, so you can’t tell me they couldn’t. I had a talk with the director because I was furious about this. It’s just basic care.

I originally put down a deposit for the new baby to start in July. Both kids would have run us major beaucoup $$$$ a month there. Yikes! I could understand if she was receiving extra exceptional care, but I don’t think she is currently. So I decided to check out what else was out there. I found a very close home daycare/school that takes only 30 children; there would be 12 in her class. They only take 3-4 infants. I went and checked it out and P did too. We both liked it. Plus, they provide breakfast if necessary and lunches AND it is $500 less a month. For both kids. That is a lot of $$$. There is no TV, outdoor play, and they too have a Pre-K program. So we decided to go for it. I made P tell the owner, I just couldn’t do it. March 1st she starts at the new place. I’m concerned. Transitions are difficult for her. I think she has some of mama’s anxiety issues. But P is going to take her and get her situated. I’m hoping we made a wise decision . I will miss the other kids and parents at the old daycare, but hopefully the new ones are friendly.

3 comments:

strongblonde said...

i LOVE the pics of V from the previous post :)

also--kids totally just repeat things, huh? t had a "daddy hair" touch him the other day and i was worried that he was going to go to school and say that a daddy hair scared him! wonder what they would think about that!

$500/month is a LOT of money! just think-you could put that away for college. or a new car. or an apt with the personal shopper :)

Barb said...

We have some of those same issues anxiety wise. I've found that most big daycares deal with the same issues you were discussing with hers, no matter how nice and expensive. sigh. Our at home, small daycare has been MUCH better and takes fewer infants too, though we still occasionally have some poopy issues. I think that just happens when there are a bunch of kids and one caregiver.

Gretchen H. said...

That is a lot of money! ANd that is just the money you are saving, not the money you are paying out. Too bad you can't ditch all the day care and stay home with them. ;)