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Anonymous posted in Child Care 7h ago

This is not going to sound good.

This is so inappropriate, prejudicial, and likely sexist of me but I am having a really hard time. My daughters preschool (she’s 2.5) has hired a male teacher. They’ve done this before but the male teachers have always ended up in the older wing. They’ve hired one now for my daughters age group and I just don’t feel okay about it. I know, I know. I KNOW. but I’m still having a hard time. I gues... More

  • Amanda
    2h ago

    One thing worth considering is that the male teacher was likely hired because he was the best candidate and has the best qualifications. I’ve known a lot of male teachers & caregivers in early education and they’ve all been WONDERFUL! They’re in the profession because they truly want to be.

  • Anonymous
    1h ago

    This is probably the wrong thing to say, but women can be abusers too.

Anonymous posted in Child Care Tuesday


What’s a good way to interview a potential babysitter? And also what’s a good environment to do it in?

  • Amanda

    A few more tidbits from the babysitter's side: I was always interested in knowing about a family's relationships with previous sitters (Are they still on good terms with past sitters? Did any sitters resign for worrisome reasons?) The families I most enjoyed working for always let me know that I was welcome to anything in the pantry (I was always respectful, though, and ate very few sn... More

  • Sara

    Definitely first have a phone call to weed out people who just aren't a good fit (they aren't available when you need them, they don't have experience with your age kids, they don't drive and you need a driver, their parenting philosophy is very different from yours, etc.) After that, I'd say definitely do a paid trial. I have always first hired babysitters as "mother&#... More

Anonymous posted in Child Care Jan 16

Is it better to use a day care center or in home daycare provider?

Any parents have done research on both and have experience with both and have recommendations? I am in the San Francisco Bay Area in California (South Bay) but welcome suggestions from parents in other areas too.

  • Tiana
    Jan 16

    It really depends! So many factors to consider. Depends on the age of the child, the offering that the center has, the ratio, the additional extracurriculars, languages spoken. Etc Many home daycares are homely but with no field trips or additional activities. But many speak other languages besides English. Larger centers may have webcams and a more “professional” feel, but more turnover an... More

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