Switching Daycares

Michelle - posted on 07/09/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I am thinking about switching my 3 year old daughter's daycare and I feel absolutely sick about it. I have had her in a St. Albert daycare for the last 2 years and over the past 6 months to a year the quality of care has been steadily declining. I am having a very difficult time weighing out the pros and cons of switching centers. If I find a new daycare there is no guarantee that it will be better than this one. There are some things I can make sure it offers in terms of staff, programming, menu, etc., but you don't really know how good a center is going to be until you try it. Also, the thought of taking my daughter out of her comfort zone is very difficult for me. She is used to this daycare and has made a few friends. I'm worried it will be hard on her and cause more harm than the daycare does. Consistency vs. the potential of better care. Has anyone been in this situation and have any words/advice to offer?

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Alisha - posted on 07/10/2012

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Have you talked to the administrator about your concerns? Have they done nothing? Switching daycares can be very hard, I have done it 3 times with my daughter, now 6 and at home with me full-time. She adjusted very well and each switch turned out better than the last. I mean, if you really need to, you can always switch back. Prepare for a bad few months adjustment period for you and her, but mostly YOU! Hope it goes well. It's tough making decisions for our children!

Faye - posted on 07/09/2012

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Please do the center's directer a favor and tell them what your experiances have been as of late. They may not be aware that the quality of care has dropped. If she has several class rooms, she may not realize that your daughter's room is lacking.



After you have given them a chance to fix the issues, then you can leave without feeling guilty that they do not know.



I have changed in home sitters mostly due to moving towns and had no choice. The other times I changed were either the sitter was having to go back into the work force herself (to help her family pay the bills) or I got tired having 2 different sitters for my children.



Your daughter will adjust to the new center given enough time. She will make new friends. Gather the phone numbers and addresses of her current friends and contact the parents for playdates.

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