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8 Reasons that Daycare Sucks

By Beth Anne Ballance |

As I pointed out yesterday, there are a ton of reasons to adore daycare Socialization and learning and life skills are among the top of them and we are extremely happy with our decision as a family for our son to attend daycare.

On the other hand, it’s not always cupcake unicorn sprinkles.  Sometimes it’s rough, like when he’s sick and we fight over who has to stay home.

Or when I’m running in the door at 5:59pm because a project went over and he’s the last kid there.  Yeah, that’s no fun either.

But here are the day-to-day things that make daycare kind of a drag and me long for the days of the one-on-one nanny:

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Reasons Not to Choose Daycare


Saying goodbye every morning is the worst, especially when he's going through an especially hard separation anxiety phase. He cries and you still have to walk away. Every. Single. Day.

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0 thoughts on “8 Reasons that Daycare Sucks

  1. Sarah says:

    I definitely agree with most of what you included here! Especially around goodbyes, being frazzled and commuting. But things such as loudness, throwing, attitude, etc., are normal (albeit frustrating and ear piercing) behaviors for toddlers. Toddlers, regardless of whether or not they attend daycare/preschool, do these things!

  2. Angela says:

    Although I know it’s the only option for some parents, I would not recommend it. I was a daycare teacher in the 2 year old’s classrooms for 5 years. This was not my chosen profession, nor what I went to college for. I worked at both a regular daycare, and a very pricey one. Nothing was different except the newness of the building. First off, turnover is very very high. And most “teachers” do not have all of their c.p.r. & first aide certifications up to date, let alone real “qualifications” when they start. They are usually given 60 days to get it, some times much longer. This they must pay out of their own pocket. The money that the teachers make is usually just barely above minimum wage, so what really do you expect from these ladies? The directors are all about numbers, or filling up each and every class, no matter what. They will sell you on the facility just like a car salesman. Lunches and snacks are promoted as very healthy, and varied. Don’t believe it! The daycare does not want to spend a lot of money on food, they get the cheapest food they can. Usually tons of crackers/carbs & chicken nuggets. Vegies are usually from a can. Send your own food!!! Your child’s teacher is not in the room that much if you drop off early and pick up late. There is an opener and a closer to each room. The closer is usually a girl just over 18 years. And don’t forget your teacher goes to lunch and someone else comes in then too. So your child could be with as many as 4 other teachers that you barely know. Directors send kids home sick with a fever or vomiting. However…most parents load their kids up on Tylenol before school to at least go in to work for half a day. Teachers know this, we can tell. So all of the other kids in that class become exposed, thus the cycle starts. If your child whines a lot or is the trouble maker, the teachers will not like you or the child. It will get passed on through the facility to other teachers about your child’s issues. This will proceed him before he graduates to the next classroom. If you do have to put your child in daycare, make sure it does not except low income children that the government pays for the daycare. You get more unstable children, lice, and violence in your room then. Also, school age programs are run better and have more qualified people. Kids are old enough to tell you if things are not good. Overall, ask the teachers themselves on the tour how long they have been there, NOT the director. If the teachers are more grandmotherly age, they are better. More patient, don’t have their own little ones to worry about, and don’t miss as much work. Most women work at once daycare less than 2 years. Lots skip around to find better hours. And last, when on the tour, check and see how clean things really are…like corners and bathrooms!

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