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Daycare- close to home or work?

I might be getting a part time job but am wondering if daycare is best close to work or home. I have been a stay at home mom the last year.

  • Lindsay
    Oct 02

    I would say close to work if its a hard transition for you. That way you can visit if need be.

  • Holli
    Oct 02

    That’s a very good point. It’ll definitely be a hard transition for ME. Haha she’ll probably do great.

  • Charlie
    Oct 02

    I prefer close to home. Let’s say you need care on a day off. No fun to drive all the way to work to drop off. Work may change but home changes less too. If for some reason the job isn’t the right fit you can move work locations without having to change care.

  • Holli
    Oct 02

    Great point! In a case like that I’d probably rely on a friend but definitely something to consider

  • Julie
    Oct 02

    This was a big decision for us because we both work far from home in opposite directions (thirty to a million minutes away depending on traffic, lol). We ended up choosing a daycare that’s located AT my work and I have to say, it has been a great decision. Not so much for the visiting during the day...that stopped relatively quickly when I realized it was harder on both of us if I popped in and out during her day...but for other things, like emergency situations where she’s not feeling well and needs to be taken home, it’s better. Also, I cannot WAIT to see her at the end of the day and it’s barely a 2 minute drive. The cons for choosing a center near work are that your child now has a long commute and that takes some adjusting. Also, as Charlie said, if you’re sick or need to be close to home but have to leave your child at daycare for some reason that takes some juggling (to be honest I still struggle with this one because I don’t live near family and haven’t established a center or option to “drop off” near me and probably wouldn’t want to put her through a random stranger danger day). So it’s a big consideration if you don’t have childcare options near you. Overall I would recommend first lining up tours at places near your work and near your home. You might end up finding that the only place you like is close to work/home as it is!!

  • Rachel
    Oct 02

    We did close to home. For us, the city doesn’t plow well and so less time in the car in winter was the better decision for us. Plus the better rated daycare was closer to home!

  • Ashley
    Nov 08

    I’d personally choose work so that if something happens I’m closer.