We had pretty much the most different experience today in pre-schools and daycare we might have been able to have from our excursion on Friday
I had work all day, and got somewhere with it all. Again, I had a tremendous 1:1 and am really geared up for the week.
At 3:45 I headed home on my scooter (thanks, byzantine_ruins
!! And when I got home, we headed out to Seven Oaks. Two minutes later and two minutes late we were there! It took another ten or fifteen minutes to get through all the paperwork at the front desk, and then we were in for the tour. Lots and lots and lots of kids from 30 months to school age, as they have pre-school, kindergarten, and before and after school care programs. Huge classroom just for the pre-schoolers. A computer room, a gymnastics arena, and a huge, monitored outdoor play area. Teachers for each class, teachers for all the 'enrichments' (gym, music, computers, and art), plus a few more teachers just for the playgrounds and lunch areas. They have regular snacks, regular lunch (with caterer if you're willing to pay for it), and a specific schedule.
They have locked doors with PIN entry pads, computer based kid-in and kid-out facilities, front room security, and so many kids, Jet was dizzy.
He wanted to stay and did NOT want to go and did NOT want to move on to the next stage of the tour. He wanted to explore. But we couldn't do it too much. After the tour we ended up outside in the playground with the schoolkids and Jet was so small compared to them all. The pre-schoolers were in their classroom, but John and I wanted somewhere we could just think and talk. We did get to see the monitoring in progress, so that was good.
The schedule's amazing. The fees are fairly low compared to Joan, Wendy, and Brenda, but they have volume in their favor so far as price, and against them so far as care. 10:1 will be a far bigger ratio than Jet's ever had, but I could see him interacting with other kids a LOT more that way, too, which could be a very good thing. The flexibility of their scheduling is opening a LOT of possibilities for us, too. But it may depend on Jet wanting to be potty trained by June.
It took us a while to finally get Jet out of there, to the grocery store, and then home for dinner. So I think he'd really like it. But it'd be nice, too, to have the reuse/recycle kind of approach that Brenda has, that not everything has to be shiny new. Still, the opportunities... yeesh.
Anyway... John and I had a huge discussion about what we really wanted our work schedules to be... and he's leaning towards full days while I still kind of like my three-quarters days a lot... so we'll see how it works out.