Visited 2 Daycares Today

United States
April 12, 2017 1:18pm CST
I was so hopeful that today would be the day I would find the perfect daycare for my granddaughter. We ventured out at 9 this morning. It was raining and by the time we reached the first daycare, it was pouring. Thankfully I always have an umbrella in the car. Little miss didn't like the daycare. It was a bit on the small side and really not large enough for 5 littles (my opinion). The other children were curious about my granddaughter and tried to engage her in play. She was happy when she found a basket of dinosaurs. She loves them. Shortly after we arrived the provider told me she was open 8:30-3:30. That isn't going to work for me. I had been working 7-4, but told the scheduler I would have to availability to reflect an 8-4 workday. I thanked the woman for her time and she wished me luck in finding someone to take my granddaughter. She tried to apologize for her hours, but I fully understand. She has children of her own that have extra-curricular sports after 3:30. She needs to be there for them. So, on to the next daycare. I wasn't too keen on the daycare being run out of her basement, but it was set up very nicely. It was a little cramped, but spacious enough for 5 children. I was impressed. She may have an opening soon. Not sure what that means though. I did forget to ask her if there was an alternate exit in case of fire and will ask that if we are offered a slot. I am waiting on paperwork from one of the child care associations and hopefully will be able to find someone from that list. But, for now it seems we may be home together for a while. I hope something gives soon. I really can't afford to not be working for an extended period of time.
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@jstory07 (70061)
• Roseburg, Oregon
12 Apr 17
I hope you will find something really soon.
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• United States
12 Apr 17
I am beginning to lose hope.
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@Corbin5 (116531)
• United States
12 Apr 17
So difficult to find a daycare that is a good fit for a child. I do hope you come across one soon so that you can get back to work.
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• United States
13 Apr 17
One of my friends is looking into another daycare for me. I hope that there is an opening.
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@Corbin5 (116531)
• United States
13 Apr 17
@ElusiveButterfly Me too! Such a darling baby girl needs the best daycare one can find.
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@Happy2BeMe (74936)
• Canada
12 Apr 17
I hope you are able to find the perfect daycare soon!
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• United States
13 Apr 17
I am trying to remain positive Laurel.
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@Happy2BeMe (74936)
• Canada
13 Apr 17
@ElusiveButterfly I know that is hard to do but the right one will come along!
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• United States
13 Apr 17
@Happy2BeMe a friend has offered to watch her on the weekends that I work. I may work on Saturdays for a while to get a little income. Hubby works on Saturdays as well, so it won't be too bad. Even if it is for just a few hours, it will be good.
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• United States
12 Apr 17
Finding the right/perfect daycare is a challenge I never had to deal with. Good luck!
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• United States
13 Apr 17
Years ago when my kids were little it seemed a lot easier to find a sitter for them. Now with all the rules and regulations it is more difficult.
@moffittjc (45390)
• Gainesville, Florida
13 Apr 17
I remember the struggles I went through finding a good daycare for my own two children when they were little. I searched quite extensively before I found the perfect fit. Good luck to you in your search, I hope you have success soon!
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• United States
13 Apr 17
I mentioned to my husband that I may not be able to get her into a daycare until May. He didn't say much about it. In fact, he didn't say anything in response. We sort of expected this to happen. I am happy that he is understanding and willing to do what is right for our granddaughter. Have been told that situations change in daycare at the drop of a hand. Some are on a waiting list for pre-school and they leave for that. So I am hoping that something will come up before May.
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@moffittjc (45390)
• Gainesville, Florida
14 Apr 17
@ElusiveButterfly Good luck to you in your search! I hope everything works out well for you and your granddaughter.
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• United States
17 Apr 17
@moffittjc thankfully I did find one and she starts on Tuesday!
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@dodo19 (33691)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
12 Apr 17
I hope you are able to find something for her soon. It could be good for her to have other kids to play with. But at least you are able to be there for her until you find a spot for her.
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• United States
13 Apr 17
She loves being around other children, and I like for her to be with other children as well. In the meantime, I take her for playtime at a friend's home. She has a 2 1/2 year old and they get along well.
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@dodo19 (33691)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
13 Apr 17
@ElusiveButterfly At least she is able to play with another child her own age, which is always good. Its good that she likes being with other kids.
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• United States
13 Apr 17
@dodo19 she hasn't had many younger children in her life to play with. I am glad to be able to get her out to socialize.
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@Blondie2222 (22595)
• United States
14 Apr 17
Well I hope you find someone to take care of your granddaughter so you can go back to work. Is there family that can watch her until you find a day care that fits perfectly ?? My sister had to find different sitters this week as her regular one went on vacation for spring break it is tough..
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• United States
14 Apr 17
FInally found one! I did a happy dance when she told me she could take her. I do have a couple of days where I need to either take time off or find someone else. I will probably take the day off.
@Blondie2222 (22595)
• United States
14 Apr 17
@ElusiveButterfly Glad you found one but sucks you will still have to take a day off. I hope they don't mind you doing that every week or is it just once a month you will have too?
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• United States
17 Apr 17
@Blondie2222 it will only be an occasional day off. I will enjoy the time with my granddaughter.
@Courtlynn (55262)
• United States
13 Apr 17
Im sorry those places werent that great and couldnt help you.
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• United States
13 Apr 17
The second one was the best. I liked the owner and how she had her daycare set up. Later that evening I spoke with a friend who had her daughter in her care at one point in time, she said she was great.
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@Courtlynn (55262)
• United States
13 Apr 17
@ElusiveButterfly that's great!
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• United States
14 Apr 17
@Courtlynn very happy to say that we got the slot for her. She starts Tuesday.
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• India
13 Apr 17
I agree. Finding the perfect daycare for your kid is very difficult these days. I hope you are able to find a nice daycare for your grand daughter pretty soon. All the best
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• United States
13 Apr 17
Thank you! I am patient and will wait for the right one to come our way.
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• India
14 Apr 17
@ElusiveButterfly hey I was just wondering if you found the daycare?
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• United States
14 Apr 17
@Blushandglow I did! Just posted about it.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
13 Apr 17
I wish you luck in finding the perfect place for your granddaughter. =)
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• United States
14 Apr 17
The lady I visited yesterday had an opening and I was happy to be able to say yes!
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• Jacksonville, Florida
15 Apr 17
@ElusiveButterfly Yay that's great! =)
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@Jessicalynnt (47880)
• Centralia, Missouri
13 Apr 17
day cares can be so silly expensive
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• United States
14 Apr 17
They are indeed. I didn't realize how expensive until I started this venture.
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• Centralia, Missouri
17 Apr 17
@ElusiveButterfly it's at the point where a min wage jobs would have a person losing money I think
@Gillygirl (17372)
• Sutton, England
12 Apr 17
I am sorry you still haven't found a place yet. I hope it will be soon.
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• United States
13 Apr 17
If it isn't soon, we will adjust.
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@Gillygirl (17372)
• Sutton, England
13 Apr 17
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@Susan2015 (21752)
• United States
14 Apr 17
Hope that you are able to find her a nice daycare soon.
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• United States
14 Apr 17
We finally found one! Yay!
@Raelove (17605)
• Saco, Maine
13 Apr 17
I was one of those lucky stay-at-home Moms who didn't have to worry about daycare. I did go to work when my kids were older, but by that time, my daughter was old enough to take care of her younger brother. Hope you find the right one for your granddaughter.
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• United States
14 Apr 17
Thankfully I did find one. Got a message yesterday that she had an opening. So happy!
• United States
13 Apr 17
I hope you fine the perfect daycare which meets all your needs and especially where your granddaughter will be happy
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• United States
14 Apr 17
The one I brought her to yesterday accepted her. She starts Tuesday.
@Morleyhunt (21017)
• Canada
12 Apr 17
I hope something comes up soon, but maybe for the little miss it's better that you spend more time with her while she adjusts. I know that it is a burden financially, but hopefully it works out soon.
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• United States
13 Apr 17
She does need lots of snuggles. I know she is still a bit insecure. Everytime we visit with her Aunt or Mother, she is whiny and needs lots of love when we get home.
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@jaboUK (55052)
• United Kingdom
12 Apr 17
It must be really difficult for you, I hope you find something soon.
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• United States
13 Apr 17
I am hoping that something comes along soon.
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@Juliaacv (33411)
• Canada
12 Apr 17
Things always happen for a reason, so if the reason right now is that your little granddaughter needs you to be with her, then the bills will just have to wait. Eventually an opening will come up at a day care acceptable to both you as her, but in the meantime, enjoy her and love her up as much as you can (which I know you already are).
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• United States
13 Apr 17
My husband will have to take up the slack and yes, money will be very tight. However, we have gotten by with much less. She seems happy and is adjusting well to her new surroundings. Once we get her bedroom set-up I know she will find new joy and perhaps a little insecurity. We will gradually move her to her own room to sleep in.
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@Shellyann36 (11273)
• United States
19 Apr 17
I am wishing you lots of luck. Quality daycares are hard to come by!
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