My DD is 12 months old, and I am getting ready to go back to work part-time. We are in a new city and I have just started looking for child care options and am feeling a bit overwhelmed. My husband's new employer's wife recommended a lady with a small, in-home care arrangement. We went to go visit her today and I got a good feeling. DD wanted to go to her to be held (which she rarely does, even with family).
I guess I am just feeling like a novice in this situation and am wondering if there are any "red flags" that I should be looking for that it wouldn't be a good situation.
The house was nice, clean, with a separate (apparently baby-proofed) area where the kids spend the majority of the day with lots of toys and no TV. The most she would have at a time is 4 kids, all around DD's age (7-18 months).
I am a nutrition counselor, so healthy food is sort of an issue for me. She said she provides this, but mentioned grilled cheese and pudding, which don't really do it for me. Would most DCP's be offended if I offered to prepare and bring food from home for DD? I'm just really picky about lots of fresh fruit and veggies, preferably organic (esp the really "dirty" ones like apples and grapes). I don't expect her to provide this stuff, but would like DD to have it, even if the arrangement is only 2 or 3 days a week.
I really appreciate any insight anyone has to offer. Thanks for taking the time to read this.
Leigh Ann, Wife to David:, Mama to Rowan. Exhausted and loving it (most days).