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When choosing a daycare what are some things you've found to be important? Is having a live video stream of the classroom a good thing or bad?

Having a really hard time choosing between one that's closeby but no reviews, and one that's a little farther with great reviews and wait list. Neither have live video whereas some others with crazy wait lists do.

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Light. Cleanliness and smell. Teacher ratios. How kind the teachers are. Opening hours. Door safety protocols (who can take your child)

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In addition to what others said I also watched how the kids reacted to the directors who took us on the tours. Did they know them and smile? Did the directors know the kids? It was very telling.

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I don’t really care for the live video stream since it could be hacked, people can screenshot/record what they want, etc.

I looked at class ratios, environment safety, hours, Covid protocols, whether the other kids looked happy, staff turnover rates, whether they served meals

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How long the teachers have been at the daycare.If attrition rates are high maybe means the teachers are not happy and could affect the care they give your child.

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Don’t rely on internet reviews, ask both to send you actual references of current moms and call them! Personally the convenience of a closer daycare is worth a lot to me, as are things like if they provide meals. Then it’s all about communication.. did you feel comfortable talking to the director? And how do you regularly correspond with the teachers? This has been tough with covid protocols so good to ask.

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The Gardner School by us refused to connect me to current families (acted like it was some kind of crazy privacy insult that I even asked) so I found families who went there on local moms Facebook groups and Nextdoor.

Everything on here is so great! And to answer your direct question: I don’t think video feeds are necessary.

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Second natural light and cleanliness.

I've seen ones with long wait lists that you couldn't pay me to sign up for. Towers of boxes and toys haphazardly stacked in various corners. They wear their outdoor shoes indoors and roll around on the ground. I want my daycare to feel like an extension of my house. Light, airy, and organized.

If they care about their appearance, I take it as a good sign that they'll care for my kid that way as well. So far, have not been disappointed.

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Natural light and daily time outdoors, no screen time, drop off flexibility, class size, sickness policy, kids seeing caregiver faces

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