Ok guys the time is getting closer, the time for me to return to work. Well ok, I still have 6 months but I need to find a day home as they tend to fill up fast and some even have waiting lists.
This is so super hard for me. I was never able to leave my dog in a kennel the 12 years I’ve had her because I felt guilty and this is my child! I have no idea how I am going to do this.
Being a kindergarten and grade 1 teacher I know the benefits that can come from being in a daycare or a day home. I’ve seen the students learn routines faster, participate in group activities more willingly and be better at socialization. They tend to be more outgoing and adapt to changes in routine more easily. I want Rylee to go to a day home.
But then the mom guilt kicks in! I’ve talked about that mom guilt before in a post. I start to feel as if maybe I should stay home with her. I mean financially it’s an option but I love my job. I tell myself that being a teacher, I know the skills to focus on to help her be ready for school. I can get her into groups and activities, she’s only this small for a short time. But isn’t also having a good job and working hard as a women something I want her to learn too.
Here’s my list of things to consider when visiting a day home for the first time.
- Are the facilities in working order and clean?
- Are there age appropriate toys?
- Is there a program or plan to see daily activities?
- Is there space or opportunities for outside play?
- Are there a variety of toys, centers and activities for the children?
- Are their snacks and meals provided and do they adhere to the Canadian Food Guide?
- Does the number of kids per adult ratio meet government guidelines?
- Does the worker have first aid?
- Does the worker have a criminal record check?
- What is the background training or experience of the worker?
- What is the discipline plan of the worker?
- Does the worker have references?
- What are the policies regarding sick children?
Am I missing anything? What did you look for when selecting childcare?