Something a parent once said has totally stuck with us and we would like to share it. It was so beautifully said. When refering to putting his children in daycare he expressed that he and his wife were basically “looking for an extended family.” A nurturing environment where their children would be welcomed as if it were their second home. A place where they could learn through play, to feel comfortable, and learn how to interact with other children as well as adults. Mmmmmm…..sounds nice huh?
They also felt it was important for them to form a relationship with the caregivers by having bits of conversation upon arrival and departure times. Just getting to know a little bit about their lives. He also went on to say that he felt that daycare is a very “personal ” thing, after all, those are the people being entrusted to watch his young children when he couldn’t be there! Nothing to be taken lightly. It was also his opinion that communicating through e mail was not ideal. You are there twice a day so why the need for that? In making the final decision to place their children, they wanted to be sure they were on the same page with the center’s philosophy.
Thanks so much for your input Peter! We so think you hit the nail on the head here. When you walk through the door of a child care center with your infant , toddler, or preschooler it should feel more like a home , not an institution. We hope others agree with you as they make such an incredibly important decision in leaving their little ones in the hands of others. After all, when it comes down to it, they are helping to raise your children!
~ Jackie & Jo- Jo