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Education > Early Childhood > Is Daycare the Only Option??
 

Is Daycare the Only Option??

While I was going to school, to get my degree---I was a teachers aide and illegally, they gave me my own pre-K classes.

I didn't put up much of a fight, I knew I was the best person for the job and didn't really understand the laws or guidelines, until afterward.

First of all, I am sure this is not the only facility to do this---and with the money we pay these days, for childcare, people need to be informed!

One of the things that always bothered me, was the fact that they allowed only VERY small portions for lunch. Not all children have the same appetite and many of them were starving, by 2 PM. The owner of this daycare, said that she felt this society is filled with obese children and they were only allowed X amount, what she felt was acceptable.

Then, anything special that we wanted to do for the kids, came out of our pocket, for supplies. I loved to make special things with the kids, projects that required more than just glue and paper(which was watched and controlled).

I witnessed MANY crabby girls and women, who took it out on the children. I wouldn't go as far as to say "abuse" but certainly not how I would want my child touched by a teacher. Sadly,I had a child, who was being sexually abused and the owner DEMANDED that I not contact the authorities.

I didn't listen to her demands and ended up as a witness but her own mother, dismissed it. Ultimately, I ended up losing my job of 5 years--2 years of teaching Kindergarten.

One thing that I would like to express, to those of you who have children in Daycare---do you really want a stranger, to you and your family, raising your children?? Do they teach the children the morals, that you would??

I have a very good understanding of the economy today and the cost of things--is it worth jeopardizing the future of your child? I know, not everyone can stay home with your children BUT with the cost of childcare these days, unless you make a 6 figure income, it really is a wash.

If your child is in a setting, that you are comfortable with, that is GREAT! I just hope that you will have a better understanding, what goes on behind the scenes, of a daycare. There is always going to be a owner, who is more worried about cutting corners, to increase his/her profit. Somehow, someway, this is going to benefit him/her--not your child!!!

Don't feel out of line, asking questions....make sure your child is getting the best care, possible. Listen to what your neighbors and girlfriends have to say. Don't be afraid to ask for the teacher's experience and references. Get what you are paying for---the best care possible, for your child!

I have been very fortunate, to able to stay home with my kids. I know not everyone is able to do this!! And no, not every facility has issues but the place that I was employed, has a very good reputation---I never would have believed it, if I hadn't lived it.

In the end, it is a business....a business to MAKE money!

Baby Center has a great breakdown of options:


https://www.babycenter.com/0_childcare-options-pros-cons-and-costs_5937.bc






posted on Mar 8, 2008 7:09 PM ()

Comments:

I agree about the question asking, 'Do you really want a stranger raising your children". Even at home babysitters are rare to find who are truly gems & worth their weight in gold. You made some really great points. I was fortunate to stay home with my son for most of his life and I wish more people were able to do that for their kid(s). I know my son's older now, but when I was single & working many hours more than I should've had to (for mere survival), I really regreted it and felt I'd lost touch with him. Although he was with family most of that time, it just isn't the same. I don't know, I guess it's all in what you need to do & how you view it & how you monitor it...... (am I rambling? lol)
comment by dkelly on Mar 10, 2008 6:08 AM ()
I had my older son in a very good daycare situation, run by some wonderful people. Younger son was an infant in a church daycare. Unfortunately not he greatest. I was happier when I found a lady in my own church who had her own kids to take care of him. That was much better.
comment by teacherwoman on Mar 9, 2008 6:36 PM ()
My son is 9 years old and has special needs (I realized something was off when he was about 4 years old). Anyways, since I have my fiancee to help out, I went three years as a stay-at-home mom, but it drove me nuts and wanted to go back to work. We couldn't afford day care and still can't, so on the week days, I work in the evenings, and the weekends, I work whenever since my fiancee has off those days. I have a trust issue with having someone that I don't know watching my own child. I only let the school, family, and friends watch him mostly. I mean, would I really be getting my moneys worth with someone that I don't know? Probably not. For the most part, it is just my fiancee and myself who watch over him.
comment by blogmom on Mar 9, 2008 6:33 AM ()
say too lol
comment by annaswalking on Mar 8, 2008 7:26 PM ()
My four year old has been in daycare for a year and a half. I am lucky because of the relationship I have built with the ladies down there, not that there has not been somethings I have had to confront them on. I think the most important things for parents to do is be aware and ask questions. I also don't agree with the small portions so I feed my son before and as as soon as he is home at 2:30. Very good post!
comment by wickedwitchofthewest on Mar 8, 2008 7:18 PM ()

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