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Old 09-02-2011, 11:42 AM   #11
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Re: Which daycare would you go to?

It depends on what is most important to you. I would imagine the larger one has more structure, activities and social opportunities but just from your avi picture, the smaller might be a better fit for his age. I have 7 under 4 years old. I feel comfortable with that amount but understand that some people don't.

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Old 09-02-2011, 01:33 PM   #12
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Re: Which daycare would you go to?

#2 for sure.

If #1 has 8 kids in her care with your LO under two, she's breaking WI licensing. In-home state licensed homes can have up to 8 kids in care, but kids under 2 count as two spots. My kiddos go to a WI in-home state licensed center -- because YDD is under 2, the max number of kids is 7. If there is another under 2, the max number of kids drops to 6. WI state licensed in-home centers can only have 2 kids under 2 years old. Even if her DH is there all of the time, the same kid limits apply if she's licensed as in-home and not a group center. Also, do you know that you can check her licensing/violations on-line?

If DCP #2 is only watching 3 kids and she has those certifications ... absolutely a better choice IMO. Sounds like she's following the laws.

Good luck! Child care decisions are some of the hardest.
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Old 09-02-2011, 01:41 PM   #13
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Re: Which daycare would you go to?

I'd go with the SAHM with the 3 children based on the smaller ratio.
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Old 09-02-2011, 02:09 PM   #14
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Re: Which daycare would you go to?

#2. There is nothing wrong with being unlicensed as long as she is within her legal capacity. I'd prefer the one on one that she could more easily provide with having fewer children. (This is coming from a provider who has 4 children in care- 3 of whom are not my own, and my baby on the way in October)
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Old 09-02-2011, 04:15 PM   #15
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For the most part I'd say #2. Not being licensed wouldn't mean a lot to me since she has experience. But, an extra hour a day is kind of a big deal for me. If I felt my kiddo was safe at the other I would seriously consider it too.
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Old 09-02-2011, 05:07 PM   #16
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I'd be leaning towards the un licensed one (it it legal to watch for more than one family with no license where you are?)
I think 8 is way too many, all under age 3. Here you can only have two under 2 and I forget how many over age 2 at the same time. Even with her occasional Dh help it sounds way too many, she'd still be alone with them sometimes.
same here.
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Thanks for the input everyone. I just left my notice with the licenced in home care DS was at for 4 days. We will be starting with the SAHM on Monday!
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