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December 26, 2012 at 10:26 pm #606037
We have a toddler (14 months) currently in daycare, and have agreed it’s time to find another place. There have been a multitude of little things, and feel like our child needs a new environment.
Would love for there to be several children his age (early toddler-hood), activities (creative/academic), safe environment, intelligent staff with good common sense.
Pretty much what every parent wants!
We live in the Gatewood area, and would really appreciate any input.December 28, 2012 at 9:43 pm #780931
Try Lindsey Luoma at Earth Mother Preschool 206 714-1377
She is specialising in the under 3 crowd and is very nice.December 28, 2012 at 9:58 pm #780932
Try Loving Hands Childcare, Shelly Fredrickson on 11th Ave SW, she is amazing!!December 29, 2012 at 9:37 pm #780933
Renee has a great daycare with a beautiful view and spacious environment in Fauntlee Hills. 937-2206December 30, 2012 at 6:30 pm #780934December 30, 2012 at 6:53 pm #780935
Two heartfelt, thoughtful recommendations:
Playmates Daycare 206-762-1744 and Ages in Stages 206-438-4650.
Both in Highland Park; not far from you and really great locations for leaving West Seattle (via 509).
Both of these are worth checking out and best of luck to you!January 10, 2013 at 4:43 pm #780936
Thank you for your responses, so much.
Anyone else have any to recommend?
I appreciate your help.January 10, 2013 at 5:14 pm #780937
Our little girl (23 months) has been in Growing Years on East Marginal Way since she was four months. We’ve always been quite pleased with the infant and toddler care.
It’s not a glamorous facility, but it is always clean, organized, well staffed, and the prices are reasonable.January 10, 2013 at 5:19 pm #780938
Full disclosure on Growing Years – my wife works in the building (Federal Center South) so it is a huge logistical benefit for us to use this facility. Note that daycare is available for both Federal workers or anyone else.January 10, 2013 at 6:34 pm #780939
Hi, I’m Mindi and the owner of a small in-home daycare over on Fauntleroy. Our daycare is called The Munchkin Junction daycare and our very outdated website is: http://www.munchkinjunction.com
Our daycare is run by 2 moms and each and every day we feel privileged to have the opportunity to see the world through the eyes of a child, to join in their laughter and to be included in their games. This is how we have chosen to spend our days. Being mom’s we both understand how difficult it must be to leave your child in someone else’s care. Because of this, we can appreciate the trust you must put in us on a daily basis. We view our chosen profession as a career, not as just a job and we love what we do.
We take children over the age of 18 months (often negotiable if fully walking) and keep our ratio’s low. We generally have 6 kids for 2 providers.
Right now we have a part time position available and anticipate an opening within the next 3 months.
Feel free to drop us a note through our website and good luck in your search !January 10, 2013 at 7:30 pm #780940
My infant son just started at Bright Horizons and we love it so far. The toddler/preschool kids always look very happy.
I also have heard wonderful things about Fauntleroy Children’s Center.January 10, 2013 at 9:05 pm #780941
Thanks so much to all of you.
skeeter – I have heard of this place before, will def. contact them this time around.
And SarahScoot – I have heard nothing but great things about FCC – but the $1640/month price for our little guy is a bit steep for us!
Will def. keep them on our radar for PreSchool though.
And I will be in touch Munchkin Junction! Thank you for taking the time to post.January 11, 2013 at 5:33 am #780942
Home based preschools are awesome if you find the right situation, and usually less expensive than centers. Childcare resources rock, and a great way to find a licensed home. A few words of advise: A “real” preschool does not have to be licensed if they operate less then 4 hours per day, per shift.(however that means they do not have to do criminal background checks of their people). They may offer either am or pm, but the same children may not be present at both. Home child care that offers a preschool program is a great find. DEL of Washington has a web page to check for any complaints or ongoing problems, just by entering a phone number or name! Just remember to use your -gut feeling, and feel free to drop in ANY time. I have a son that is now 28 that was abused in a home setting and became a non speaker. And also a much younger son that was mistreated in a preschool setting, this past year.January 11, 2013 at 5:35 am #780943
Also on this topic some of these names mentioned above do have VALID complaints on the DEL website!January 12, 2013 at 1:10 am #780944
West Seattle YMCA and Little Pilgrims are both great places for kids.January 12, 2013 at 2:59 am #780945
OM goodness, i love little pilgrims. After my son was abused in a above mentioned childcare he became a non-speaker. Leslie a teacher at Little Pilgrims helped him become a speaker again!!! They all rock there!!!January 12, 2013 at 3:08 am #780946
Oh Pattilea I am sorry to hear your son was abused. We had a great experience at both Little Pilgrims, Kathy and Lorrie were the teachers back then, always as well West seattle YMCA I only had our daughter in part time care 2-3 days a week for 3 hours a day there the teachers back then were Shane and Noreen.
What I liked best at West Seattle YMCA was the fact I had part time care, Shane and Noreen took the kids to the garden area near Lincoln Park and the kids worked in the garden and donate the food to West Seattle Food Bank. They also took the kids to Merrill gardens to visit with the residents.
What I liked best about Little Pilgrims were the teachers, the interaction with the great families, a very loving and enriching learning environment.January 14, 2013 at 5:44 pm #780947
would you mind being in touch with me via email? I really want to learn more about the above mentioned childcare you were referring too.
sprechanzy at hotmail dot com
Thanks again for everyone adding to this post – I so appreciate the guidance.January 14, 2013 at 5:53 pm #780948
Little Pilgrims & West Seattle YMCA are definitely on our list to check for PreSchool.
We’re currently in need of a daycare/childcare situation for our 14 month old. Unfortunately he’s not old enough for those places yet :(January 21, 2013 at 11:30 pm #780949
Sassy – at 14 months of age your child should be old enough for the childcare at the YMCA:
Ys across the country offer quality full-day and partial-day child care for infants through preschoolers, enabling parents and family members to go to work knowing their children are in safe, stimulating environments.March 27, 2013 at 4:19 pm #780950
Munchkin Toyland is an in-home daycare/preschool in Arbor Heights. My daughter & my nephew both go there & love it! Nancy’s been doing this for over 20 years & it shows! They have a 1:4 teacher to child ratio, her backyard is amazing & she’s affordable!!! She has openings right now for infants & toddlers if anyone is looking. Contact Info: Nancy Richter 206-932-7345.
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