My anticipated start date would be late july. I have not secured a job, but I am dreadfully looking at childcare options now. I have dd who will be 3 in April and DS who is 7 and will be 8 in july. I am finding it difficult to find a center that will meet all my needs for both children. I will be applying for jobs at the middle/high school level which mean early mornings. Most centers around here open at 7 that transport to my son's school. I would prefer to have them at the same location if at all possible to make drop off easier. I CANNOT rely on their father to keep them at all in the mornings even though we live 1 mile from each other and he could easily keep them until a decent drop off time. He refused last year so I won't be asking him again. So would you forgo everything and place the kids in the same center for the time/drop off to school convienence? At this point only 2 major chain centers will meet my needs. La petite and Kids R kids. I am almost dead set against La petite because I interviewed for a job at both companies though different facilities than the ones the kids would be attending. I did not like the layout of la petite at all, it appeared to open and likened to a mad house with such openness rather than actual doors for the kids to stay contained by age group. I have heard the kids r kids is pretty good in my location but have not toured or found out the price range but typically it is about 200$ week for dd and 100-125$ a week for DS for both before and afterschool care although I do not know for sure he will need care after school, it just depends on my hours.
I am not too keen on an in home daycare. I would prefer a church run center but the only one that transports to ds's school doesn't open until 7am and that would be too late for me to drop them off.