Searching for the Perfect Daycare

It’s amazing how a 10-minute phone call can forever change your life. On May 31, just 5 days after Monkey turned one, I was informed that I was laid off from my job of 11 years and that my final day would be June 30. I immediately had a massive panic attack because my life was forever changed with that phone call and I didn’t know what the future had in store.

I was lucky enough to work from home, which meant I could care for Monkey. But I knew our time together at home, all day, every day would come to an end. It is very hard to find a work from home job while earning a decent salary. After a few days had passed, it was time to move forward, which started with updating my resume. I worked for the same company for the past 11 years, so I had a lot of experience and knowledge to bring to another company. Finding a job was very stressful but thankfully I had great support from my husband, family, and friends who helped me throughout the entire process.

I knew I had to start looking into daycare, as an option for Monkey, as all of the jobs I came across were “in office” jobs. I asked mommy groups and neighbors where their children attended daycare. In Maryland, they offer a tool to search for daycares to look up their history, inspection results, etc. This tool was very helpful, as I was able to rule out some daycares, just based on their ratings, violations, etc. Check with your home state, as I am sure all states offer a similar tool for parents. Below are two links just for an example.

Maryland

Florida

Before touring daycare facilities, I had a long list of questions. These included sick policy, how often diapers are changed, daily schedule, etc. I wanted to be fully prepared when touring the facilities, as I knew it would be an overwhelming experience. Monkey has never spent more than a few hours away from me, so this would be a major adjustment for both of us.

Thankfully, I was able to land a job as a digital marketing associate for a medical device company. My tentative start date was scheduled for August 1, depending on when I was able to find daycare. We toured a daycare facility, which was 2 minutes from my new job. The facility was up to date, clean and staff was very friendly. We were put on a waiting list, but the director was confident that we would be selected. Reality set in when I received a phone call that Monkey would be starting daycare on August 1. I was flooded with all emotions, as I was excited to start a new job, sad to be away from Monkey, scared leaving him strangers, and nervous for what was yet to come.

Ultimately, when it comes to finding the best daycare, it is what makes YOU feel comfortable as the parent. What your friends or neighbors may like about their daycare, you may not like. Do not rush into making this decision, as it is a very important decision to make. Check to see if the daycare will provide a trial run, even if it’s for a few hours to see if your child enjoys their new surroundings. At the end of the day, you want to make sure you and your child are comfortable with the daycare facility. Whether it’s the traditional daycare, in-home daycare, or a nanny.

Stay tuned to read all about Monkey’s first day at daycare. It’s a story that my husband and I will remember forever.

Kay – The Rookie Mom

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For more tips on finding the perfect Daycare/Preschool because it is such an important decision; check these posts out:

Choosing a Preschool that’s Right for You!

Daycare Diaries

 

Daycare Dilemma

 

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1 Comment

  1. I love the idea of asking other mothers for a daycare referral. Other mothers would know the best daycare to go to so it makes sense to ask them first. Going to the same daycare as other moms would also mean that your child would have friends they are familiar with there.

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