I Had to Pick a Part Time DaycareCasey Mullins
It’s times like this I really miss my family. I had to go out of town in the middle of the week for work and while I generally leave Vivi with close family friends whom I totally trust, their situations didn’t allow for that to happen this week. Rather than trying to find temporary places and people to care for my beloved lovelies, I finally gave in and found a daycare that would take one or both of my girls in on a sporadic and part time basis. I travel for work about once a month, sometimes more and there are always occasions when having a helping hand that I trust would make the difference in a day, while Cody’s job is incredibly flexible (which I could not me more thankful for) I know he can’t take three days off a month to take care of the girls.
The thought of finding daycare for my kids has always frightened me a bit, I’m not immune to sensationalized news stories of daycare horrors and yet at the same time I was in daycare, hundreds of kids are in daycare and there are so many wonderful daycare workers out there who get a bad reputation because of the bad press of others bad behaviors. I knew what I wanted going in, and I’m pretty happy with what I found.
I knew there were red flags to look for when choosing daycare and one of the most comforting aspects of the particular one I chose was that the owner of more than 20 years was the one who answered the phone, told me there was plenty of love and care for the little ones, I could call anytime and even more importantly, I could drop by anytime. While I understand the importance of routine, a daycare that wasn’t open to prospective clients stopping by any time to at least look at the facilities would make me a little nervous. The owner then went into the details of state requirements, health requirements, the qualifications of her teachers (which were impressive might I add) so one afternoon I picked Cody up from work so we could have a look at the place.
We showed up right around the time they were getting ready to have everyone head home, the aura wasn’t chaotic or crazy, unlike 5pm at my house (phew!) While the facility was small, it was well organized and nothing was off limits to us. I felt comfortable, Cody felt comfortable and Addie said Vivi would only like it there if Addie could stay there as well (negotiation skills of a lawyer, that one.)
I miss my baby horribly, but she seems to have adjusted to her temporary arrangement (she apparently couldn’t/didn’t nap all that well) and I’m thankful to have a place I can trust when all my other resources are exhausted. (What would be nice is to have a grandma down the street. HINT HINT grandparents. Indiana is nice!)
What’s been your experience in choosing or selecting care for your kids outside your home?