The NYT had an article this weekend about raising the price of their day-care costs.
I haven't read a post with so many stereotypical assumptions in a long time.
You daycare experience is so vastly different from mine, I don't know where to begin. For one thing, a 5-1 ratio for children under 1 is illegal in both jurisdictions my children where my children were in daycare. Same for the 16-1 for two years olds. The daycares my children attended had 4 or 5 caregivers for the infants (16 children). Three or four for the 2 years olds (16 children). For the 3 and 4 years olds they had a 8-1 ratio. Plus, one out of 16 children would be there from opening to shut down. The vast majority would be there for 8-9 hours. Parents would swap drop offs and pickup and stagger their work schedules.
I find it unconscionable that a daycare worker would NOT notify the authorities if they suspected neglect of a child. In my jurisdiction, they are *required* to report such things.
Yes! If I drop my child off at 7am and pick them up at 5-6pm that is 10-11 hrs/day. By the time I get home it is 6:30-7pm. To make dinner, do home work and get hem to bed by 8:30 I have spent 1.5-2 hrs with them. How effect am I being? Keep in mind my children are 1, 4 and 5. This was not working for ME. This may work for others. But when I think off the amount of time they spent there, the things I miss out on in their development, the things that the childcare workers teach them that I believe
I would rather raise them myself. :)
I am so bored with this argument.
How do you know that when they went home they went to bed?
Considering all of us WOHM's don't "raise" our children, do you really think we inforce strict bedtimes...our kids are raising themselves after all, when not in your care, of course.
What kidn fo daycare did you work in where you were allowed to physically bring home a child?
It's 1:4 in CT, Eileen, you are correct.
I had to laugh at the supposed people who drop their kids off for 13 hour stretches. Seriously, almost every couple I know tries their very hardest to decrease the amount of time their kids spend in daycare by staggering hours.
Very interesting thought...
the island unto one's self theory, that is.
Isolationism has worked so well on a global level throughout history. :)
Yes, I am homeschooling my children. I'm the best person for the job. :) My mom homeschooled me too. She had me in daycare only once (horrible daycare, closed not long after that) and in a private school until I was 10. We had really bad experiences. She expected to put us in school the next year (a different school) but homeschooling was so much better we begged her to let us stay home. Every year she had us take the standardized tests and said if we didn't do well we'd have to go to school the next year. Every year I was in the top 3% so I homeschooled until I graduated! :)