thinking of switching day care

Christina - posted on 09/20/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Last spring the Director and Assistant Director quit the same day w/o notice from my daughter's day care. Ever since then there's been a lot of employee turnover and children leaving (though some were due to job loss/economic reasons, etc.) so it's been a little crazy. My daughter is extremely adaptable, even when she had a teacher for all of 2 months before she left! Anyway, a brand-new day care is opening up and some moms I know are going to send their kids there when it opens up next month. We went to an open house this weekend and really liked it. The owners are very nice and seem competent (current day care is corporate owned) and their fees are competitive so a little less than what we pay now, plus no BS fees, and a free week offer, etc. My biggest concern is that the new place is further from my house and my job, which means a longer commute for me @ night (my husband drops off and I pick up) when I already drive 45 minutes during rush hour. Now we also have an infant so we're paying a lot for day care and of course we want the best. My 2 year old is happy where she is, but I'm sure she'd adapt to the new place. I'm torn. Advice, please!!!

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Tiffany - posted on 09/24/2009

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That's a hard one. I would drive the extra time. It's for your child and you only want the best for them. Do they have a trial peirod so you can try it out first?

Kris - posted on 09/24/2009

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Every time I felt I needed to switch daycares it was for the better. Your looking at the things that will effect your day, The day for your child will be more consistent and more routine which gives them a easier day. My boys were in day care until they were school aged. Thats a lot of time to consider if you will be doing the same.

Heather - posted on 09/21/2009

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I also find comute time to be a BIG, on my list. I won't even take a job thats more than 30 min away. Is the lower cost of daycare enough to pay for the extra gas?

Alison - posted on 09/21/2009

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I always consider length of commute to be a huge factor in the quality of life equation - especially with young children. Do you like the other daycare (besides the high turnover rate)? I think that your children will adapt as long as it is a worthwhile change.

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