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Having been [livejournal.com profile] elf_baby's primary caregiver for the last year with only intermittent visitation with her dad, I'm starting to get very burnt out. I'm looking into finding a daycare I can send her to twice a week. Ideally, it would be Tuesday and Thursday that way I can go to my martial arts class while she is there. I want to send her there so she can have some social interaction as well as give me a break. I am hoping that having the two days a week will give me a chance to keep my place cleaner and to have time to work on my own spirituality a bit more.

The biggest hindrance right now is cost. I have found a place that has a full day twice a week program for $126 a week. That is very reasonable compared to some of the other places I've scoped and it includes two snacks and lunch. The program runs from 9am to 6pm. I sent them an email to see if they can accommodate the visitation schedule we have set up where she is gone three weeks every three months.

I have even figured out how I'm going to pay for it starting in January. Lance has no problems with it and is encouraging me to do it because it will seriously reduce my stress levels. And it will not change our budget by more than $15.

Here's hoping all of that falls into place.

certified child care

Date: 2010-11-15 02:53 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] gracedoyen.livejournal.com
When we were searching for childcare after Ender was born, I wanted to put him in a home-run daycare because of the small number of children and because that's how I grew up; I like the atmosphere of home-run daycares. I found the Virginia childcare and referal network, and here is the Ohio equivalent: http://www.occrra.org/members.php?pid=14

Basically, you can search for registered childcare providers in your area and see their records. This was very useful; there's a lady on our culdesac who runs a daycare and did NOT have very good reports or reviews. They include safety information in the reports. They are reports from regular inspections that make sure providers have proper safety locks, paperwork, etc. Anyway, highly recommend it, on the Virginia site there were a lot of good tips and articles about choosing childcare.

Good luck! :-)

Re: certified child care

Date: 2010-11-15 03:25 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] eiblyn.livejournal.com
I appreciate this link. I have never looked for childcare and I did not go to daycare or even have a babysitter as a child. I can count on both hands the number of times I had a babysitter. I have been perusing and contacted a few groups. Although I really am looking for more of a center-type of daycare. I think she gets plenty of home-style childcare at home *grins*.


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