So my husband and I moved mountains and upset our current provider to get my 3 year old DD into a great part time program . Max 4 kids, totally project and child driven environment with this AMAZING teacher. Little did we know that she's incredibly radical politically and ultra crunchy. We thought it would be fine...
Well, on the first day it seems we did a lot of very bad things by just walking through the door. Literally. No marked entrance or exit, so DD and DH were instructed to go back out and in correctly. In the rain. Okaley Dokaley. The doors are within 2 feet of each other.
I totally get the ban on toys and no shoes on. An action figure was found inside a shoe in her back pack . But the teacher searched my Kid's back pack and sent my DH away with anything she didn't like.
The instructor also disallowed my Kid's backpack and sippy cup, too, and sent it back with him.So this is where I am stumped. This is a part-day program, and some days my DH drops off and I pick up, because we have staggered work hours- sometimes it'll be vice versa. Well, we go places and do things afterwards. So, if she isn't allowed a back pack or sippy, how do we make sure she has what she needs for the rest of the day?
She uses a regular cup, but she needs a sippy for rides in the car. Same for the change of clothes, extra sweater, shoes, lunch, etc. She may not need all that stuff while there, but will need it for later in the day after she leaves. If it stays in her cubby, I don't see what the issue is.
As much as I want to be cooperative, my head is swimming at the logistics of taking my kid from place to place and not being able to pack a back pack for her for the entire day. I can't figure out how to be prepared for other activities like swimming, gymnastics, care provider and play dates then nothing for new place). That on top of lunch,
My DH takes public transit and parks his car in a lot, so we can't have stuff hanging out the cars. There are times my DH and I tag team so he might pick up or I as well as drop off depending on work and other responsibilities. So having proper stuff on hand would be a huge pain if she isn't allowed a back pack.
How do you all do it? I had no idea there was anything "wrong" per se about a back pack or
sippy? I carry a water bottle and roll laptop bag with alot of stuff and doing so has served me well. Tips?