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Sprout | Daycare Update

After many phone calls, emails and conversations with family, friends and co-workers, we believe that we're more prepared for what daycare will be for our family.  I had started with this post and I wanted to build from there as we grow closer to making a final decision.

Basically, aside from the obvious, our main concerns are these:
  • Finding someone who will work for us only when my husband is at school.
    • Not paying for Spring Break, Winter Break and Summer Break
    • Ideally, we would only want to pay when he's at the sitter.
  • Finding the right cost
  • Having a back-up plan
  • Being convenient to both of our commute routes
  • Having a connection & safety feeling immediately
  • Good communication
  • Someone who will claim on their taxes, the payment/fees so that we may also.
Surprisingly, we have found 4 companies, women, sitters that we're going to interview in the first few weeks of April.  We have a spreadsheet of what I already know about these different sitter options and there is a slight variation in each of them.  We're looking forward to putting faces to voices and get something more solid as an option.

It's been a tough road to get here and we've gone through a lot of conversations to find that it's just not a good fit.  We went into this knowing it wasn't going to be easy and we're prepared to know that it may still have some hiccups.  We're just happy to be here and ready to interview!


Allison said…
I hope you find someone you love!!
the grumbles said…
good luck, i found the search for a sitter super-stressful. the one we finally did find is fabulous though, so may you also be as lucky.

(a note on the no-pay breaks thing... maybe it's just down here, but almost everyone i know still has to pay their sitter over breaks. to "hold your place." maybe it's a regional thing? or an in-home daycare thing?
Jill said…
There are only two ladies that want us to put a "deposit" down on the breaks to promise we'll be back but that money is used toward the next due payment.

Other than that, they said... when your child isn't here, you aren't paying us.

Regional or not (aren't we in the same region?), I'm sure that people are flexible. It's just a matter of finding those people.

Plus, with my husband being a teacher, we were able to get some fabulous referrals from people that are in his distritic/building.
Cheryl E. said…
Good luck! Finding the right daycare person is very hard but once you have the right one it will ease your mind. Its so great knowing your child is safe and in great care.

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