|Park stop just after visiting home daycare 2/4.|
Because I didn't decide to do this program until December, there's no way we can get in to a group childcare centre, though there are lots in our area. The waiting lists are just too long. So a home-based FCC it is. There are tons in our area & many who have a spot open at the moment.
I've visited four homes & interviewed the daycare providers. They all seemed like nice people & love children, but two stood out as better for various reasons. One being convenience--because we'll be commuting via bike & transit, taking too much of a detour along our routes would add to the two hour daily commutes we'll each have.
Another factor, of course, is cost. The rates have varied from $900-$1300 a month for Monday-Friday, am-5pm care for a 2.5-year-old. I was a bit surprised to find that licenced child care centres are often in the lower range of those rates, or even cheaper.
Location & cost aren't the only things we looked at, of course. Cleanliness, the toys & environment, outdoor space, activities offered, food & experience of the provider were all important too. I was a bit surprised to hear that one of the women also works nights as well as providing care for three toddlers five or six days a week. I don't know how she has the energy to do that & I worry about the impact the sleep deprivation would have on her capability.
I'd really like to get this decided, though it'll be weeks before Sprout starts there. The stress of trying to figure this out, on top of potty training & a few other projects I have brewing is getting to me. Speaking of potty training, I need to go change Sprout's pants... Sigh.
Do you have children in care at a daycare in someone's home? How many places did you visit before you decided? Have you got any tips for me? (Please, no horror stories!)
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