A few months ago, I wrote about my daycare dilemma. I had many options to ponder – part-time nanny, nanny share, home daycare, daycare centre – but I wasn’t sure which was the best for us.
After 3 home daycare interviews and a tour of the daycare centre that offered us a spot, I’m very happy to announce that we’ve chosen the daycare centre.
We made our decision back in June, just before we left to visit my family. We literally had 48 hours to decide after taking the tour.
Reasons we chose a daycare centre over home daycare
- Reliability – open Mon-Fri 7am to 6pm except stat holidays
- Flexibility – we can take our family vacation whenever we want, not based on someone else’s schedule
- Regulated and Secure – Safety plans, log in/out sheets, communication books. I really like the process of how a daycare centre is run.
- Experience – All staff have mandatory education levels, first aid courses, etc.
- Kid-friendly building – Built in 2011, it’s new and designed for kids in mind (little toilets and all!)
- Fits our lifestyle – cloth diaper friendly, breast milk bottle friendly, flexible nap schedules. They are willing to work with us to make it work for Wyatt.
- Long-term potential – Wyatt can stay in the centre until he reaches school-age, potentially longer depending which school he attends.
Downfalls to going with a daycare centre
- Less personal – Wyatt will not always be taken care of by the same person, but that also means he’s adapting. On the flip side, I was worried about a day home being too personal. I mean if you have an issue with a single care provider, it becomes personal.
- Busier atmosphere – even though Wyatt will be in the infant room, there is lots of activity going on in the centre. I found it overwhelming. I just hope my little man adjusts ok and isn’t too overstimulated. Wyatt is so curious and loves bigger kids. I’m sure this downfall will end up being a positive in the end.
The current situation
Now…here’s the biggest catch: We had to take the spot for July 1st. We are already paying for daycare even though Wyatt won’t be attending full-time until October.
This may sound crazy, but the odds of us getting another centre spot in our city before October 1st were slim to none. We figured the financial output is worth the long-term gain.
They also told me I am free to do drop-in care as I need it. Basically, we are paying for the spot and we are free to use it as we please. They are always staffed to accommodate him as if he is there full-time. I’m going to drop him off Thursday morning for an hour while I have a dentist appointment.
I’m not going to deny it. The whole concept of dropping him at daycare is heartbreaking. I worry whenever he’s not with me or his Dad. Will they catch onto his queues? Will he be upset the whole time?
The plan is to phase Wyatt in gradually until I return to work. The Daycare Director was awesome and very encouraging. She actually suggested the gradual transition. I plan to drop him off for appointments over July/August, and put him in 1-2 days a week in September building up to my full-time return to work.
As for my work situation, I can’t spill the beans just yet on what’s happening. I will when I am able to. I feel like the Universe has answered many of the requests I’ve put out there. Finding a daycare we are comfortable with was just the start.