January 13, 2009
Daycare without a clue!
I'm lost when it comes to finding a good daycare. I found a whole list of them on the state website which was very helpful. It listed the hours of operation, occupant limit, license dates, owners, and phones numbers. I was able to pick out the ones I wanted to call. I know I need one that is open at least until 7:30pm which is hard to find. It's also hard to find one open on the weekends. I called several daycare yesterday. Most of them are open 24/7, some closed on Sundays and one closes at 10pm. I guess any of these times would work. The one closed on Sunday would mean DH couldn't sign up for a Sunday that I was working (which is only one to two times a month). We really only need care from approximately 2pm to 7:30pm but you can't pay by the hour. Prices seem to range from $90/wk to $125/wk. I asked, most of the ones I called, about meals. Most serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks. I think the time the child would be in daycare, they would get a snack and dinner. If DH had to work early, the child would get a morning snack and lunch also. I like the thought of dinner since by the time I would pick them up it could be almost 8pm by the times we got home. That's pretty late to fix dinner. Some of the daycare are "level 1" which I think the state is going to make mandatory within the next year or two. It would be bad to find a daycare and then have to switch if the state didn't approve later on. Most of them didn't have a problem with different children coming after I explained that we may have a child for a week, a month, or a year. As long has they have shot records and papers they don't care. I'm sure we can work something out with pay. I would hate to pay for time not used but on the other hand, I would hate for someone else to take the spot and the daycare be full. DH and I have to talk about how convenient the location is. I think most of them are about 10 minutes away from the house. I want to narrow it down to a few and then I think we should visit them to see how they "feel".