I am a stay-at-home mom of two handsome little princes. However, those two little princes can be rather mischievous and quite a handful during the day. As a mom trying to maintain a household, run a home business, be a wife and take care of my children; I found myself exhausted and run down. The stress of it all was causing me to have awful anxiety attacks and hindering me from even leaving my home for periods of time. So my husband and I decided part time daycare would suit my needs and help me get myself back together and also catch up with the demands of life.
Let me tell you, at first I was loving the extra free time. Not to mention the extra peace and quiet! Then after the first 3 weeks, it all went to hell in a hand basket! My youngest son came home from school severely fevered. I was rather disgruntled, to say it nicely, that they didn't even call me and say your child is sick. I immediately called his pediatrician and had him in the doctor's office the next day. They said he tested positive for RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus), which is a common and highly contagious virus that infects the respiratory tract of most children before their second birthday. My son went on to catch this horrible virus 4 times in a whole winter season while at daycare. He even gave it to his brother twice during this fiasco. My heart ached for my boys as I spent sleepless night after sleepless night fighting fevers and vomiting. Feeding them full of constant antibiotics, Tylenol, and Ibuprofen was heart wrenching as well!
I realized that it was all stemming from the daycare facility they were attending. I instantly pulled them out. Within 2 weeks they were fully functioning, healthy little boys again. We have had no issues through the spring or summer so far.
I kick myself in the behind because I should have noticed and reacted sooner to the reasons behind my children getting sick. I felt so guilty as a mom! I am so happy that they feel better and can play again like normal little boys should.
My best advice for moms or dads out there, is to really research your child's daycare they will be attending. Also, no matter where you place them, kids at a young age constantly spread illnesses around to one another. A daycare can't physically keep up with the disinfecting demands of a school facility. Children of young ages are constantly sticking toys in their mouths, wiping snotty boogers on surfaces, coughing, and even sneezing in the air. It's nearly impossible to prevent germs from spreading.
However, you run the risk of more sick children attending your child's daycare when they accept government assistance child care. These parents can't afford to not work and generally take their kids in wether they are sick or not. I know this to be a fact because I was an assistant manager at a daycare facility. I also was a 3 year old classroom teacher in a school program called Headstart (it is a school system that provides education to lower income families). So if this seems like a concern to you and you are able to financially afford private daycare or preschool child care; I suggest looking into these programs.
Another major con of child care is who is taking care of your child. No one is going to take better care of your child than yourself or your spouse. However, in today's society we need a two income household to survive. With this being said, make sure the facility has extremely accredited workers. They should have certifications in Child Care and CPR. They should also have at least 20 hours of child safety and cleanliness habits courses. Also, pay attention to their body language. Do they seem genuinely happy with the children? Are they intelligent enough to teach your child and expand a child's mind? I don't say this to be mean or judgmental. I say these things because your child is the most important thing in this world and you want them to be safe while thriving intellectually! I have seen too many under qualified teachers and the consequences to the children when these people are hired.
I hope some of these tips help you as a parent in deciding which facility to place your child/children in. We as parents have constant difficult choices to make when it comes to our children. So we must take extra precaution and always place their needs before our own. Good Luck!