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Old September 24th, 2013, 02:49 PM   #1
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Got a bambino on the way in December and we're starting to look into day care providers. I'm not sure of all of the questions I should be asking them. Any recommendations would be great.

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Old September 24th, 2013, 03:01 PM   #2
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Licensed by the state?
If not licensed, what is teacher to kid ratio? (state license dictates ratio and I think infants are 4:1 ratio)
What is the sick kid policy? - usually out for 24 hour after fever dies down
What is the vacation pay policy? Usually if you take your kid out for vacation, you pay 1/2 rate
Do you get daily progress reports?
What is provided by the day care? Food, diapers, snacks
What is the fee is for picking your kid up late?
What days of the year they are closed?
Look at their curriculum. Even the infants should have curriculum and not just drool on themselves all day.
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Old September 24th, 2013, 03:08 PM   #3
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Don't do day care. If you can afford it do in home nanny. Only way to go. The care.com is a good starting point.
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Old September 24th, 2013, 03:11 PM   #4
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daycare/pre-school is great for the kids to get them around other! look for one that will teach them things everyday not just some place for them to play!
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Don't do day care. If you can afford it do in home nanny. Only way to go. The care.com is a good starting point.
x2 x wife worked in day care for 10 years the shit happens and parents are never told about in amazing its mostly young girls that have no experience and have little to no experience with kids
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Licensed by the state?
If not licensed, what is teacher to kid ratio? (state license dictates ratio and I think infants are 4:1 ratio)
What is the sick kid policy? - usually out for 24 hour after fever dies down
What is the vacation pay policy? Usually if you take your kid out for vacation, you pay 1/2 rate
Do you get daily progress reports?
What is provided by the day care? Food, diapers, snacks
What is the fee is for picking your kid up late?
What days of the year they are closed?
Look at their curriculum. Even the infants should have curriculum and not just drool on themselves all day.
x2 good questions. also if your doing part time find out if you can drop them off on an off day and if they will charge you for it or not
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If daycare - make sure they have a CCTV system installed - and one you can view online.

Also, if CCTV, make sure they actually record what goes on and that YOU have access to it.
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Thanks everyone, had the first interview tonight and this was helpful.
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Also check the DHS website. They list any complaints and how they scored on inspections. Ask for references look for parents who are teachers or care providers.
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also check the dhs website. They list any complaints and how they scored on inspections. Ask for references look for parents who are teachers or care providers.
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Do your homework/research. Last thing you want to do is leave your kid with someone who is neglectful or abusive. Let that sink in.
Being a parent is awesome!

Slightly off topic now........ummmm how soon after birth are you looking for daycare?


Also. When I was a new dad I would drop in extra early for the fukc of it to pick my kid up and "check on things"

trust no one with your kid.
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I want to ask my daycare lady to see her boobies
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I don't understand why parents would have kids then take their loving little babies for strangers to raise and train.
The kids learn traits from the ones they are around the most and hopefully the daycare person is devoted to the children they care for more than the money they make.
What's more important? The life style you live or the children you bring into the world?
Is the cost of daycare close to one parents wage?
I have a friend that it was not cost effective for him and his wife to work. She made good money as a nurse so he stayed home to raise the boys.
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Old September 24th, 2013, 09:12 PM   #16
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Have the mom stay home and take care of baby. arrange your life style around it, get rid of the extra car, shut the cable tv off, get rid of your internet access etc etc.

My wife is going back to work now after seven years of being home with our youngest, she was home for eight years with our oldest.

It is the only way to go,

Change your life style to afford it, your family will be better off for it.

Get a second job if you have to.
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I have a friend that it was not cost effective for him and his wife to work.
Before we had our son we had this discussion. if she worked after paying for sitter, gas back and forth ect we would net like 100.00 or so a week. Since I work a goofy schedule, trying to keep our scheduling straight, her working, and knowing somebody else was raising our son we decided it wasn't worth it.

Since then, things have become quite a bit tighter, but, she loves it, our son is progressing quite fast with developmental mile stones,the house is clean, meals are home made and prepared for me, the kid has a constant person to mold and shape him as a person. Win win.

Different strokes for different folks.
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I don't understand why parents would have kids then take their loving little babies for strangers to raise and train.
The kids learn traits from the ones they are around the most and hopefully the daycare person is devoted to the children they care for more than the money they make.
What's more important? The life style you live or the children you bring into the world?
Is the cost of daycare close to one parents wage?
I have a friend that it was not cost effective for him and his wife to work. She made good money as a nurse so he stayed home to raise the boys.
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Have the mom stay home and take care of baby. arrange your life style around it, get rid of the extra car, shut the cable tv off, get rid of your internet access etc etc.

My wife is going back to work now after seven years of being home with our youngest, she was home for eight years with our oldest.

It is the only way to go,

Change your life style to afford it, your family will be better off for it.

Get a second job if you have to.
Thanks, I appreciate the insights, but that is not the advice I was asking for.
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Before we had our son we had this discussion. if she worked after paying for sitter, gas back and forth ect we would net like 100.00 or so a week. Since I work a goofy schedule, trying to keep our scheduling straight, her working, and knowing somebody else was raising our son we decided it wasn't worth it.

Since then, things have become quite a bit tighter, but, she loves it, our son is progressing quite fast with developmental mile stones,the house is clean, meals are home made and prepared for me, the kid has a constant person to mold and shape him as a person. Win win.

Different strokes for different folks.
^^ This is the family model. Kids thrive consistency. They may try and buck the system as they grow up but it is what grounds them to the family.
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Ask for references!!! Call everyone of them too!
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