Finding quality childcare can be the bane of a lot of working moms existence. When the kids are born, we struggle with having to go back to work. We wonder how in the world we can find someone to love and care for our babies as much as we would. We wish we could always be there for them…always.
Drop Off Daycare: Because Every Mom Needs A Break Once In A While
But you know what? Sometimes kids can get a little overwhelming!
Sometimes we need a break.
I first discovered this amazing thing called drop off daycare when my kids were really little in Colorado. It was in a shopping center a block away from my house. I don’t even remember how or why we started taking the kids there, I just remember how amazing it was to go to Target all by myself for an hour on Saturday.
At first I felt a little guilty.
I mean, I’m at work 40+ hours a week and then when I get the chance to be home with my kids – I took them to daycare.
But you know what? I’m not sorry. Going grocery shopping with little kids is freaking HARD!
I was so happy to drop them off for an hour or two and get some errands done. I didn’t have to be stressed out, and when I picked them up, they were HAPPY.
They got to go play with new toys and make friends – it was really a win-win situation.
And then we moved to Arizona, one of my first questions to my new mom-friends was, “where’s the drop off daycare?”
They gave me a funny look and my heart sank.
You mean to tell me I just moved to a new city, a new state, with THREE kids and there’s no drop off daycare??!
I almost cried. Almost.
After a really long year, I found out about KidsPark. I had all but given up on drop off daycare when I received an offer to review KidsPark on my blog. I was so excited, I literally jumped up and ran to tell my husband about it.
Our experience at KidsPark
I took my two older kids to the KidsPark in Scottsdale, AZ recently for a quick 2 hour trip. I printed out the registration form in advance, so signing them in was a breeze.
Can you tell my kids had fun at Kidspark?? It’s the new drop off daycare I found (thank goodness!) Mom’s if you haven’t tried drop off daycare before – you need to! Check out all the fun we had at practicalmommy.com/kidspark. #KidsParkHappyParents #ad #kbnkids #kbnmoms #momlife #kidswillbekids #summerfun #practicalmommy
When we got there, the manager gave us a tour of the location, including an intro to the resident guinea pig. How cool is that?!
I dropped my kids off for two hours and went across the street to Starbucks for some blissful alone time. Glorious!
When I came back to pick them up – they didn’t want to leave! LOL They ran off and hid. When I finally got them to come out, they couldn’t stop telling me about the fun they had in the play house and the climbing mountain.
They can’t wait to go back!
What we LOVE about KidsPark
- No reservations are needed
- Pay hourly, only for the time you need
- Pick your schedule and pay only for the times you attend
- All teachers have an Early Childhood background and pass all background checks
- Team teaching enables multiple adults interacting and supervising your child(ren)
- Open late on Friday and Saturdays – now you can really plan Date Night
- You can even have a private birthday party there!
Click here to see if there is a KidsPark location near you!
5 Tips To Rock Your First Time Using Drop Off Daycare
None of these things are NECESSARY, they’re just things I’ve learned and want to pass on. Really they apply to lots of situations.
Prepare ahead of time
Check the website and call ahead before you visit. Make sure you know if the kids need to bring socks, go barefoot or need close-toed shoes. Do they need to bring their own snack? What is served for lunch and how much does it cost? Can you pay by cash, check, card?
Get all your questions answered, so you get there prepared!
Pro Tip: Get the registration documents on the website and fill them out ahead of time at home.
Don’t jump in to a full day of care (if you don’t have to). Take the kids for a short first visit so the get used to the place and the people.
Ask about special programs and events
Lots of times Kidpark sets up special events, movie nights, themed kid’s nights and other fun stuff. Ask about any planned events on the phone or when you drop off/pick up so you can make sure your kid’s have the BEST time possible.
Invite a friend
Everything is better when you bring a friend! Your kid will definitely meet new friends, but you might want to consider telling your kid’s friends parents when and where they are going. Especially for date nights!
Be prepared for mixed emotions
Sometimes kids are shy or anxious in new places. You know your kid best – you know how they are likely to react. Get ready for the emotions. I’ve found saying a quick, happy good-bye and not dragging it out works best. So many times, the kids calm right down as soon as mom or dad leave. You don’t want to prolong the time you say goodbye.
Pick ups can also be full of emotion. They are sure to be tired, so expect an early bedtime or nap. They probably have a few fun stories to tell. Make sure you ask them how they felt about their time and if they want to go back.
I want to hear from you!
Have you used KidsPark or another drop off daycare before? What did you think? Leave a comment with your thoughts.
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