This mamabare has had the incredible good fortune of staying home with our littlest one for the past 17 months. We have been anticipating, however reluctantly, that moment when timetables will shift and responsibilities will be renegotiated. Yep, mamabare will soon return to a structured work schedule. Plans for this shift in family dynamic have not been taken lightly. We discuss at length, first prioritizing and then weighing the pros and cons of each childcare option available to us.
Of course cost of daycare is a huge issue. It does, however, vary too much from area to area and family to family to discuss here. Cost is by no means the only standard to look at when considering your choices though.
Here are the criteria we are using for choosing a high quality daycare in our area: