How do you find quality daycare?
As a family that’s frequently on the move, finding sitters you trust isn’t just a one-time event but an every few years event. Made even more complicated that you’re new to an area and have only online reviews to go off of. Stress much? No one wants to leave their kids with a stranger, but sometimes we feel like we have no choice.
So how do you find daycare that’s not just acceptable, but great?
When our oldest was born, we’d lived in our new house all of a month. I didn’t know a soul. There was a daycare a few miles down the road, I was a newbie to picking them out, and I enrolled him in what ended up being a bad fit. I rushed into a situation because I didn’t feel I had a choice.
But then, I took my time. I was picky. Really picky. I did background checks, read reviews. And honestly, I trusted my gut.
I ended up finding a wonderful sitter. An amazingly patient woman who provides loving care.
It’s not rocket science, of course. Care centers like these exist. They are just hard to find.
Don’t be quick to jump into a decision as important as childcare. It will most definitely be stressful in the meantime, but worth it in the end. Talk to your work about keeping flexible hours. Hire a Care.com contact to come to your house until you find a daycare you fully trust. Juggle your spouse’s hours with your own. And most of all, remain picky.
The more you do it, the easier it will get. You know what questions to ask, where to find past Moms, and how to tell if you’ve found a dud. But eventually, you’ll find that shining star!
Picking childcare can seem stressful. It’s one of the most important decisions you will make. Don’t rush it and you’ll find your best match.
How did you find your current daycare?