Does anyone know of a daycare/center where I can take my 1 year old and stay there and work on my laptop?

Jeanine C - posted on 02/19/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I've been a stay at home/work from home mom for her first year, but I would like for her to be in a daycare type of setting now. She needs the interaction and I need to get more work done.
I'm in the Philadelphia, PA area.

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Cecilia - posted on 02/20/2013

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ok that makes sense... I would think all of them would allow you to help her transition like that. If they aren't willing to, probably not a place you want her in anyways. Just explain the situation to them and ask if it is okay if you are working in a corner or what not while they care for her.

I was going to suggest head start then looked at the age. All head start programs allow the parents to come and go as they please( at least in my experience) So you know head start will take them at 3. So keep that in mind for the future. It will usually last 3-4 hours depending on the program in your town.

I think you still might be able to find someone to take her to the park for an hour or something for you. It shouldn't be that hard to find an older teen who would love that job. Give them some lunch money and send them off to play. I know it's winter right now so it isn't as much of a choice, unless there is a inside play gym somewhere near by.

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Jeanine C - posted on 02/20/2013

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Hi Celia, I just figured that I may need to stay at first, maybe to kind of ease her into it. I do eventually want to be able to just leave her there for a while, but I know at first, she's likely to be miserable with a bunch of strangers. If we kind of get to know them a little together, it won't be a jarring shock.
And yes, that's a good idea, a few hours at first. I can't hire someone to come to me, because right now, I live in a studio, so there's really no getting away from her lol.

Cecilia - posted on 02/19/2013

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Why do you need to stay there? One part of day care is learning to separate from the parent. Maybe you need to let go for a little bit, or hire someone to come to your house and watch her.
Mind you she does not need to stay in day care all day long. you can leave her for 2 hours at a time and get work done at home and come back for her.

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