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How do I choose between a day care that is logistically superior but in a depressing basement and a snazzy day care that has better facilities but is more inconvenient? Both take good care of babies.
posted by Maarika to human relations (34 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I had a plan for upcoming offspring's day care:
* send them to the church day care across the street from work for infant care
reasons: this is kiddo #1 so I want to be nearby, I can pop in to breastfeed (they send text messages), simple commute, super easy to bring them to the doctor for well baby visits (I work at a medical center), babies are too little to be brainwashed about Jesus, colleagues at work have babies there and like it
* then send them to an awesome Spanish-immersion day care in my neighborhood once they're ready for the toddler room
reasons: the food is amazing (organic, all cooked on site, I would love them to be my personal chefs), the increased cost of this day care is easily absorbed since their toddler price is equivalent of infant care at the other facility, toddlers can say words and thus get more benefit from language immersion
But today I visited the church day care by work, and it was in a super-depressing basement. The care seemed good for the infants, and my on paper reasons for wanting to pick it are still valid. But I can't shake the feeling of all the kids being trapped in a depressing church basement without natural light. It smelled like a musty basement, too, but that could just be amplified by my current ultra-sensitive pregnancy nose. There's a small outdoor play area, but it's only used by the older kids. In comparison, the neighborhood Spanish immersion school is above ground with many windows and is a much fancier place (decoration, equipment, and food-wise). It's also $65 more per week. But I wouldn't be able to drop in during the day.
Do babies notice depressing basements, or is this all my mental issue? Or is this one of those gut feelings that I should pay attention to? What should I do? I'm checking out a couple more day care centers next week to compare, but they can't beat the logistics of infant day care near work.