Not just anyone can look after my precious babies, right?
I don't know about you, but this daycare stuff, before we have even begun, is emotionally exhausting. I know every single Mom has stories - good and bad - and will identify with me right now when I say it is hard to choose someone to look after your babies as you traipse off to work. I mean, in a way, they are like surrogate parents, but you don't know them, and you have to go on their word (and the word of parents who came before you) that they feed them healthy food, they teach them well, and they keep their cute little heinies clean. And, of course, you pay these people HANDSOMELY to do this.
That said, we think we have finally made our choice. It was hard. We had a second option that we thought was ideal, however when we zoomed in, she was an independent caregiver going against the 'recommended' laws regarding numbers of children and ages of children, and even though the parents seemed to think her care was great, the fact was that she had too many kids, at too young an age, and that didn't sit well with us. Tough choice, though, considering that there would be a $16/day difference between her and the more expensive option we are going with! Think about the money that adds up to over time...whooooo. You can see our dilemma, right?
But you go with your gut and you try not to put a price tag on something so utterly valuable and irreplacable. Whatever it takes.
For the Moms out there starting their search for care, here are some of the resources I found:
Wee Watch Agency
Tiny Hoppers (Kanata North location opening this Fall)
Glen Cairn Cooperative Preschool
Kanata Nursery School (website in development)
Katimavic Cooperative Nursery School
Community Child Care
What others are out there? What have your experiences been? Have you blogged about that first drop-off day and want to share?