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Anonymous posted in Child Care Thursday

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

    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

CP posted in Child Care Jan 09

What is too much?

My in-home daycare is on the more expensive side ($375/week, 8-5, no meals). They charge for all holidays, and take 4 weeks of personal time (unpaid) that amounts to over 6 weeks off a year. They use to give us 2 weeks a year worth of "sick time" where you don't have to pay if you aren't there. (This at least offset some of the incredibly high price) They just announced that t... More

  • Christine

    I am a Large Family Child Care Provider in the SF Bay Area. You get what you pay for and the fit is the most important after love and safety. We are opened almost all year except for legal holidays and a few days at Christmas. Serve 2 meals and 3 snacks. I have 5 employees + myself & a Papa. I like an above average ratio so eyes are on the kids in our large indoor and outdoor spaces. Minimu... More

  • Our Loving Village H.
    check_circleChild Care Provider Friday

    As a quality child care provider, I want chime in with the fact that parents need be mindful of their work-family-life balance as well as ours. Regardless of price, I am privileged that I am available to care for children most of their waking hours, day in and day out. I get it, parents have to work! I am a first time mom of boy-girl twins. 14 months old now. I have ran my home daycare since... More

Dan posted in Child Care Dec 23

Holiday gift for daycare?

Our infant has one main teacher and 4 other teachers that help out with him. There are also 2 support staff that see him and help out it seems often. How much should we gift in gift cards given it’s quite a lot of people.

  • Anonymous
    Dec 23

    I brought a dozen doughnuts and those gallon things of coffee from Dunkin and they were so grateful ☺️ it covered everyone and who doesn’t need coffee as a teacher lol

  • Jess
    Dec 23

    We got 2 dozen pastries for our daycare.... same situation. 2 main teachers but lots others that help or that have been her teacher this year. They liked it.

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