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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

First day at daycare, for the 4th time

Today we prepared for our first day at the new daycare. Even though this will be our fourth daycare within 1 year it was still an exciting day. This daycare has a rabbit!

snowrabbit

The morning started with me fighting with Daniel over his choice of footwear. It snowed during the night so I wasn't feeling his choice of wanting to wear his new rain boots. After a mini tantrum I gave up and let him wear them.

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On the way I told him about his new daycare. There was a real live rabbit he will see and can say good morning to everyday. Also the daycare is very colorful and creative with many types of art work on the walls and all around. They even had photos of the first lady Michele Obama going threw exercises with some of the kids. My son reaction? He wasn't really impressed passed the rabbit.

daycare

I on the other hand was very hopeful that this daycare would finally be a good match for us. After checking in and setting up his cubbie, I took Daniel to class to see how he'd settle in. Being Daniel he ran into the room and started playing. Guess I don't have to worry about an adjustment period.

Before leaving I looked at the kids in the class and the class surrounding. This daycare has more Hispanic children as well as black children. I heard someone say Daniel looks like another child. I smile at this because that means he won't be one the few lighter hued children.

For the most our first day goes well. For the most part. There was that girl who asked me if my son was a girl. Umm. No. Not only did she mistake him for a girl but she also renamed him...with a girls name. I had to laugh. I was like...I just told you he's a boy and what his name is, why are you reimagining my child?! She said she didn't know. I thought they b'etter give me the correct child when I come back this afternoon. That's all I'm saying.

While I don't enjoy all the running around to get paperwork needed ever time we have to start a new daycare, I gladly do it to find a better place for my son. In truth I'm not a fan of children being in daycare before 3/4yrs. But I understand and see the need for them. I'm just tired of dealing with lack luster daycare's and their staff. I can't feel comfortable knowing my son is not being care for properly.

So until something changes and this daycare makes me or my son unhappy...we've settled into our new daycare...for the 4th time.

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3 comments:

Anonymous
at: December 19, 2010 at 12:42 PM said...

Nikki,
Was it a big issue about the other daycares having a larger amount of white kids? Did the staff treat Daniel different from the other kids? Just curious since 4 daycares in one year seems like a lot of change for a little one. Good luck with Daniel's new daycare.
Susan Shaw

meeshtastic says:
at: December 19, 2010 at 4:44 PM said...

I'm not looking forward to the day when preschool comes for this very reason. Since you've been through the process, what are your thoughts on what makes up a good daycare?

Nikki @ Mommy Factor says:
at: December 19, 2010 at 6:22 PM said...

Susan, white kids? Where did I mention white kids? They were none in any of Daniel's daycare. I changed daycare because my son kept coming home with injuries like the gash on his chin. I clearly wrote that the daycare were not looking after my son correctly.

MeeshtasticA good daycare will have staff from the director to the teachers who care for your child. You should be able to ask a questions and get answers not an "I dont know" about your child days activities and progress.

One great way to find a good daycare is to ask other parents both moms and dads. Lots of place look good on paper and when you tour but getting real feedback from parents with kids attending is also important.

Hope you find a good match when the time comes :)