Jeremy and I visited a daycare in our neighborhood this weekend –Tutor Time. So not an in-home but more of a facility. I’ll admit I’m a little apprehensive of those types of places (Kindercare, New Horizon, etc) due to bad press….but I was thoroughly impressed with this place.
First, their ‘programs’ seem right on track with what I would want: a daily/routine schedule that focuses on development. The infants are kept separate from the toddlers who are kept separate from the ‘older kids’. So the people looking after my baby are only interested in babies – not toddlers or school age kids. They’ll even teach baby sign language – which we definitely want to do at home. Basically, I want to ensure that wherever we drop our kid off for 9-10 hours a day will continue the same routine, values, expectations that we do at home.
Also, just the flexibly of the center is appealing. If someone is sick or needs a vacation, my child isn’t left without a day care provider. That is THEIR problem (hence, why I pay them), not mine (unlike with in-home where I would have to figure out a back up plan/provider).
However, as to be expected it is ridiculously expensive - $285 PER WEEK. So I will be talking to some in-home providers in my area…I have a referral for one that would only be $165 per week. But if I don’t find someone who makes me feel as comfortable as I felt with the Tutor Time program then I’ll figure out a way to make the extra $120 a week to supplement the difference!
And either way, bottom line… I already don’t want to give my baby up to daycare. I can’t imagine how hard it’ll be when I actually have to leave her. Although, I also have to admit that I think the interaction will be good for her. Either way, I'm still going to count on winning the lottery (but I guess I'll have to play it first).
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