Searching For A Daycare Provider Almost Made Me A SAHM

After exhausted all her options, one mom almost called it quits while looking for a daycare provider

I started searching for a daycare for my daughter about five months before I planned to return to work.

I quickly learned centre spots for twelve-month-olds in our city were few and far between. So a home daycare was really the only option available to us.

I interviewed five different providers before finally finding the woman we have now.

But the search was eye-opening and for a while had me questioning this whole “at-home” daycare thing in the first place.

While interviewing one woman, we sat in her living room, her television on as we spoke. She told me she basically considered herself a babysitter—the children in her care just played all day, the TV was never turned off and don’t worry, the small dog barking at me non-stop was great with children.

Another provider told me about the worst child she had ever cared for—the young boy apparently hit other children on a daily basis. When she told him to stop, he told the daycare provider, “It’s okay. Daddy hits mommy.”

“Oh my goodness,” I said. “What did you do?”

“I was just so glad when he left. They took him out of daycare after a few months,” she responded.

“You didn’t call the cops or children’s aid?” I asked.

She looked at me.

“No,” she said after a pause. Her answer hung in the air for a moment before I thanked her for her time, but I didn’t think it would work.

Then, there was the provider who checked every box. She spoke French; she had a daily routine with the children; her daycare space was full of books and Lego and art supplies. She seemed so lovely and I wanted to love her and say yes. My brain was saying yes. But I hesitated. I said I would let her know.

As I walked out the door, this woman smiled and said to me, “You have to go with your gut.”

Despite her being everything I wanted on paper, there was just something holding me back. And my gut said no.

I worried I had lost a great spot in a wonderful daycare, but a week later, I interviewed the woman who would become our daycare provider. Finally, everything clicked—including my gut. I actually felt like crying when I talked to the woman who became our daycare provider. It just felt right.

Finding daycare is not easy. Not everyone is going to find a daycare provider who makes them want to cry tears of joy. But if your gut is saying no, listen to it. They say there’s nothing like a parent’s intuition.

Go with your gut.

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