As you know, I love Regan’s daycare. Well, I love the people at Regan’s daycare. I feel like I have a good relationship with them. Regan is comfortable there and loves her teachers. And it’s a Christian learning environment.
But those mickey fickeys are trying to nickel and dime me!
I received a letter stating my current balance and letting me know what other monies are due. Namely a registration and supply fee totalling $350. Now, I can barely pay tuition as it is, so the thought that I have to come up with an additional $350 just about sent me over the edge. And don’t let me pull her during the middle of the year, else I’ll have to pay a withdrawal fee.
Additionally, I have had some other unsatisfactory observations over the last few months. For instance, meals and snacks. She receives two meals and two snacks daily. However, I am so dissatisfied with the snacks that I provide myself them on a daily basis. When I pick up my child and see that she has had cheez-its or cheerios for a snack, we’ve got a problem. And chicken biscuit or those same damn cheerios for breakfast just isn’t going to get it. The only time she received fruit is at lunch. There is absolutely no nutritional value in a handful of cheez its. I consider cheerios “busy food” and something I give her when I am cooking to keep her occupied. It is not a meal.
A couple of weeks ago I picked her up and she was sitting in a high chair. A dirty high chair. And I know it was not her mess because it wasn’t even her room. And she was eating cheerios. I contained myself and made a mental note to start looking around.
Yesterday I had a talk with the director. He agreed with me about the meals and said they were looking for a new caterer. He understood my concerns about the fees and would look into the matter. Basically, he was trying to appease me, but the damage had already been done.
The hardest part about deciding to pull her is leaving her favorite teachers, but honestly she’ll be transitioning out of their class in another month or so anyway. So if we are making a change, might as well make it now.
Today I dropped baby off at a new daycare for a trial day. I haven’t enrolled her, but I want to see how she does in a new environment. We walked into the classroom and saw the children were having breakfast- pancakes and pineapple tidbits. Baby walked right over to the table, grabbed a chair and sat down. That child is serious about her meals!
I made small talk with the teacher while Regan sat and ate her breakfast. I felt kinda nervous about leaving her there, but I knew in my heart she would be okay. My baby is friendly and sociable and adapts well to her environment. I gave her a kiss on the forehead and told her I’d be back.
I peeked at her through the window and there were no tears. For her or for me.
I pray I am making the right decision.