What is your opinion about Day Care?

Jennifer - posted on 09/09/2009 ( 39 moms have responded )

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I am trying to do a little research on day cares for one of my child care classes. If anyone could take this survey about their experiences with child care it would be greatly greatly appreciated...there are only 8 questions and your answers could help improve the current system! Thank you again...





http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=Q1...



I only need 26 more responses and I'm done -- thanks to everyone thats helped so far! I can't thank you guys enough!

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Rachel - posted on 09/16/2009

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I worked at a daycare my sr. yr. in high school and it was very poorly ran,so when i had my son i told my husband there was NO way he was going to daycare and we have been fortunate enough for me to be able to stay home with him. he is 3 and i think is fine with not being in daycare,he is a very happy child loves to play with other kids and does on occasion and i think will do just fine when he starts preschool next yr. having worked in a daycare ruined my view of them. kids were hit,if they werent the workers fav. they were ignored,they were hardly ever allowed to go outside to play even on good weather days,the lady that owned it was not a good owner at all,not even going to tell u the things she did! and for the lady that said u could be sued for slander...no u cannot because no actual name of the daycare was given or names of employees!!

Susan - posted on 09/13/2009

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The best daycare was; when my Dad and Mom took care of my Children-Susan A. Witek a good person in your home :;if they are very young-Susan A. Witek

Kristina - posted on 09/13/2009

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Quoting Lisa:

i worked at a daycare b4 i know how they are ran so i would not take my daughter to one !



I'm so sorry to hear that you had a bad experience working in childcare. I have worked at a daycare for almost 13 years, and all 3 of my children attended this daycare from the time I started working there until the present time. I have nothing to say but wonderful things about my experience there as a mother and an employee. I would just like to know if it was as bad as you say, did you step up and do/say something to stop the way it was "ran"? Because, as a mother and a former employee, it is your duty to make sure your children , as well as the children that attend this daycare are getting the best possible care.  Also, if your full name is posted on this web site, and you can't substantiate these allegations, you could be sued for slander.

Lisa - posted on 09/13/2009

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I have three children. When my twins were about 11 months old, we had to put them in daycare part time while I worked. They had previously been with their grandmother and I was confident leaving them with her. In teh daycare, they were very sick, often and I found that the ratios of caregivers to babies wasn't being followed. I pulled my kids and never went back. When I did go back to work again, I found a job from 3-11pm. We hired a college girl who was experienced in working with kids at a special needs preschool (our kids were not special needs) who came to our house from 2:30 until my husband got home. It was the best arrangement for us. She was always down on the floor playing with them. They loved to awtch out the window for her and I knew that we had done the right thing. I have been a SAHM since I left that joba nd wouldn't trade it for all the money in the world. My kids at 12 and 8 now and they love knowing that I am always available if they need me. All of that said, they did all attend preschool from the age of 3 until K, part time. It helped the twins to be individuals and helped my youngest separate from me.

Amy - posted on 09/12/2009

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Stewart rd church has a great day care and preschool. on stewart rd before meijers. Very clean adn organized. preschool is very educational. my son did hte 4 year old class and walked away counting to 100 and able to wrtie all his letters and numbers up to 15. they walk the kids back to the day care when done.

TINA - posted on 09/12/2009

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I have to say I agree I have also worked in daycare's and no one will do it like you will but it is the same when its time for school you and your child's teacher will never teach the same way and we sent are kids there everyday I will say do your research go to the location at different times to see what up just stop in if they are a good day care you will not have to call or set an apt to stop in ask the other parents what they think look them up online and see what people are saying Word of Mouth is big but MY/YOUR EYES work for me good luck

Jodie - posted on 09/12/2009

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I've had two children go through day care and my third I have kept at home. The first one hated it due to bullying by another little one that regardless of strategies in place, continued to happen. This affected her until she was 7. The second loved it until one term before she was due to start kindy, she too was subjected to bullying out of the eyes of carers. I chose to take her out of daycare and keep her with me before she attended kindy which appeared to be the right decision for her as she is a well adjusted, friendly 5 year old. My third socialises well, has no separation issues and is looking forward to starting kindy in the new year. I think where the child fits within the family unit makes a difference (1st, 2nd or 3rd child) and just because the centre and carers are great (as with schools), it doesn't necessarily mean there wont be issues with other children. Our decision now is to teach our children that they are not to bully others but treat them with respect however no one has a right to bully them and they have a responsibility to stand up for themselves. This seems to be working so far but that is really a whole other discussion.....

Debra - posted on 09/11/2009

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I worked in daycare for over 11 years. I can say there is good and bad things to putting your child into daycare but my own children will be staying home with me. You see all types of parents and teachers in daycare. You have the parent that brings their child in as soon as the daycare opens and picks them up when they close because they pay for that time. During their vacation off of work those children are still at the daycare. Others can't wait to pick their children up and feel guilty for leaving them at the daycare. Guilt is not always a good thing but they appear to care. I have worked with teachers that have hit children, been fired, and then gone an applied at other centers who haven't even checked references. All I can say is if you have to put your child in daycare do your very best to check the daycare out if it means just dropping in for a short visit to see how the school is managed at its hectic hours. (Lunch and Naptime)

Holly - posted on 09/11/2009

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The first problem people do when they get married is purchase a house way above their means. I stayed home with my children and now work in the school so I can get them on/off the bus and have the same vacation schedules. Many people who put their kids in daycare don't know their kids little quirks. I'm thankful that we live below our means. I feel sorry for "the jones'" because they feel so much better about having all this cool "stuff" or having their basement finished or something else. I'm rich in family, patience and time to oversee my children's homework and make sure they read so that they can be successful. Don't buy into all of the materialistic "junk" - it's more waste in your home and financially.

Lisa - posted on 09/11/2009

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i worked at a daycare b4 i know how they are ran so i would not take my daughter to one !

Sandy - posted on 09/11/2009

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I just took the survey. I have one daughter who was in daycare from the time she was 6 weeks old until she was 12. I am a single mom who raised my daughter on my income only (no child support) so I had no choice but to put her in daycare. I can honestly say she thrived in the daycare environment and today is a very bright and popular 16- year-old.

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It's expensive! I am staying at home because by the time I work I have $5.00 at the end of the month to show for it, the rest would go to daycare.

Veronica - posted on 09/11/2009

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I hope your research helps accomplish the improvement of the current day care system- good luck and thanks for doing this!

Jessica - posted on 09/11/2009

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Putting my baby in daycare was the hardest thing I've ever had to do, but she is with a wonderful woman who has been doing daycare for 20 years, has a great reputation and just loves my baby to pieces. Although I hate to leave her there everyday, I know she is getting great care and is loving seeing the bigger kids play (lots of positive stimulation). If you can find the right daycare that fits your needs, location and price range...then it is not so bad. Of course I would rather be home with her...:-)

Sheree - posted on 09/10/2009

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day care gives babies/toddlers the chance to grow up with great people skills~~ as posted before make sure you choos ethe right one~~ i am lucky to have a great child care for my girl and soonm y little bo, i am always greeted and i do actually have trust in the ladie sthat work there. i wouldnt allow my daughter to keep going if i didnt. at ifrst child care is daunting but Chanelle is in for two days per week and i love it becos she gest to socialsie with other childrena dn experience new things to what she wuld i f she were at home , whilst im able to do the housework,spend some time with our new little boy, do the shoppping and make sure theres nothing left to do til after she goes to bed!!

Danielle - posted on 09/09/2009

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I am also a Military wife....and I refuse for my child to be anywhere other than with the on base day care providers. My son has been with them since he was 6 weeks old and I couldnt be happier with it!

Yupawadee(Bird) - posted on 09/09/2009

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Quoting Monet:

I dont like the idea of leaving your most precious thing to people you dont know!!


sometimes you don't have much choice but completely understand what you mean.

Monet - posted on 09/09/2009

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I dont like the idea of leaving your most precious thing to people you dont know!!

Kristina - posted on 09/09/2009

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Hi Jennifer,



I just completed your survery. Hope it helps & good luck!!! :)

LISA - posted on 09/09/2009

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only if u must i work in dacare 4 5years and people do not take care of your kids the way u do sad to say

Carrie - posted on 09/09/2009

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good luck- I took the survey. I have had both of my children in daycare and consider it a great thing for them. The oldest will tell you he loves it! They do things for my kids that I couldn't think of or do for them. The key is to find the right daycare I think!

Yupawadee(Bird) - posted on 09/09/2009

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I took your survey but not sure if it will be any good to you as I now live in France.
Just wanted to add this bit too.
My 1st son went to a childminder from 12 months-( a person who cared for him and a few other children in their own home), he bypassed nursey and kindergaten and went straight into school without any difficulty, he was/is a very confident and outgoing child.
My 2nd had the best of both worlds I went back to work and he went to day nursery, the work thing didnt work out so I became a childminder and he got to stay at home some days and nursery other days. He needed the social aspect of Daycare that I couldn't give him at home and it really paid off, he wasn't as confident a child as his brother.
As a former childcare provider and mum I would say in general babies and children under 3 should be cared for in a home environment, people dont realise how beneficial this is to them, from 3 upwards they should attend a nursery setting to improve their social skills, this does vary from child to child, each one is different.

When looking for a childcare provider:- check the setting and safety measures, staff/ child ratio- too many children in 1 space isn't great, read any reports by a governing body, watch the staff and children- happy children and staff is a goooood thing! listen to your instincts. I like to make sure that at least half of the staff there are themselves parents, I cannot trust a place run by people who do not have children, yes you can learn from books but nothing beats hands on experience with children!!

I hope I have helped, best wishes

Stina - posted on 09/09/2009

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My kids were in daycare while I worked days for a while. We had no choice. And since my day started at 6 am, I had very limited options of daycare... we were stuck with the onsite place wich I had a lot of issues with. Pink eye breakouts, blankets not being kept seperate, my dd walking around with a sippy of juice, being told my 3 1/2 yo ds wasn't ready to toilet train.... When I was offered another job that paid less but allowed me to bring the kids with until Dad could pick them up, I jumped at the offer. They've been out of Daycare for a year. Have a surrogate Grandfather now who I help in the evening. The hours are strange- 5:30 to midnight. But with Dad picking them up, it works and I'm back to being at home with the kids... no more daycare.

There are many good daycares... but it's hard to find a good one that works with all work schedules.

Stacey - posted on 09/09/2009

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I just completed the survey. My six-year-old was in daycare from the time he was nine-months-old until he started school, and my two-year-old has been in daycare since he was six-weeks-old. I really think it is a great opportunity to little ones to interact with one another. However, never compromise your standards for your child's care. I am a military wife, and I refuse to leave my kiddos anywhere but in a military run daycare. I don't claim for these to be the best, but with me moving to new areas the military daycares they are the most consistent for my children.

Beth - posted on 09/09/2009

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Every family that can have a parent stay home with the house and children should in my opinion. Unfortuanately that is usually not possible. Daycare can be a wonderful experience for your child if it's the right daycare. Choose carefully.

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