ENTER THE GIVEAWAY HAPPENING THIS MONTH HERE!
We’ve been talking a lot about adjusting to a daycare and choosing a daycare but there has been nothing about what to do when you don’t like your current daycare. Hopefully, none of you will ever have to be in a position like this, but things can happen that can make you unsure if it is a continued fit for your family. In cases like that, I hope that these tips can provide you with some insight and clarity. We have had a few families in the 9 years that I have been doing this (full-time) decide that we weren’t a good fit and that’s okay! Here are some tips to help with the issue at hand!
BE WILLING TO WORK WITH THE DAYCARE
Sometimes, the issues can be solved so the child can continue to stay at the daycare. In my opinion, if a solution can be worked out so your child doesn’t have to be uprooted and re-adjusted to a new daycare that is best. Of course, I also know that sometimes that can’t be helped. If an issue can be fixed, be willing to work with the daycare to help a problem be solved.
If you or your child is having an issue with your current daycare, don’t be afraid to speak up! The issue can’t and won’t be solved unless you say something! More than likely, the daycare provider or whoever is involved will be willing to work with you if you assert your concerns! Be involved in the whole process from bringing up the issue to working towards solving it.
CONSIDER ALL YOUR OPTIONS
If the solution to your problem can be solved with a bunch of options, be sure to weigh each one carefully before you choose one. Sometimes, pulling your child out may be something you want to do, even if it isn’t needed, but is that what is really best for your child? Sometimes, the only option is to pull your child out of the daycare. If the issue you have is with another child (bullying or bad influence), maybe the child is on their way out or the provider has been considering kicking the child out. Be sure to consider all options carefully because it may have huge consequences for yourself or others.
CONSIDER PROVIDER’S INSIGHT & OPINIONS
Sometimes providers can provide some insight and opinions to help solve the problem at hand. At our daycare, my mom has a Bachelor’s degree in Education, has taught early education, and has owned a daycare for 20 years. For me, I have worked in daycare environments for 9 years full-time, grew up in daycare, and have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. We have a bunch of insight and would never offer advice that was not in the best interest of the child (even if it meant the child was no longer with us). I can’t speak for all providers, but at least for us (and I’m sure there are more people out there like us), we care more about you and your child having a good fit in an environment than you being with us.
DON’T FEEL BAD OR GUILTY
You, as a parent or guardian, are charged with the best interest of your child(ren). If that means pulling your child out of their current daycare, no matter how bad a situation it may put the provider in, please don’t feel bad or guilty for it. We all know that you are doing what you think is best. Don’t feel bad or guilty for addressing an issue that needs to be addressed. As daycare providers, we want to make sure that you and your child feel safe in our care. Issues will come up. We want to work with you to make sure they are resolved as fast and fairly as possible!
Be on the lookout for part two in a couple weeks!