Somehow the stars have once again alligned. I got the magic call from not one but two of the places he is on waitlists for that they both have a spot for Roman.
How to choose?
Both are located very close to home and both are registed and received high rating from the Ministry of Children Services. They both have the same teacher- child ratio and all staff are ECE's. Both have about the same outdoor play facilities and programming. Both have alot of documentation around communicating about the child's learning. The cost is about the same and they both have room in the next few weeks.
Day Care A is a YMCA day care program at a local community centre. There are ten spots in their toddler program. It is a play based learning philosophy. What stands out for me is that they have an animal in each room for the kids to care for, in the todder room it's Alice the Bunny and the food is provided by a catering company. The food philosphy is outstanding and totally in line with my values around the importance of nutrition. It's all organic, healthy, and local when possible. For example, when I look at the menu today lunch is Carrot and Flax Fish Filet with brown rice, snow peas and carrot wheels and seasonal fruit for snack time with an oatmeal cookie.
Day Care B is a Ministry run centre located in an old age home. There are twenty spots for toddlers broken down into two groups. What stands out to me is that they do more theme based programming and have an opportunity once a week to interact with the seniors. The food however also stands out but not in a good way. It's the same industrial cafeteria food that they serve to the seniors. When I was there the eggs looked like they were of the powdered variety and the fruit from a can.
So I am looking to you for advice. After all the basic research was done how did you choose the best fit for your child? If you could give one piece of advice on choosing a day care what would it be? I trust your collective wisdom and would be so grateful for a little advice.