5 Feb

Eli had a fabulous first week at daycare. They went to the library for story time, they went to the bookstore, they went on neighborhood walks and visited the chickens down the street, they played and worked in the garden, I had a happy and tired boy each day. He also started taking off once I put him down inside the daycare to run to the back and bring out toys so that it quickly reverted back to how things were at Sharron’s, where I drop him off and he’s all “See ya Mom!” He had a little buddy named Sam and they loved each other quickly and mightily, playing with each other all day long and mimicking one another and following each other around.

So imagine my distress when an hour ago I got this:

Dear Families,

Today we received a call from the Washington State Department of Early Learning. We were informed that we are unable to care for children at our facility while we work on obtaining our license. They were under the impression, made by an anonymous phone call, that we have been running our program as a licensed facility rather than a “nanny share” as we were clear to title it.

Our license is in the works and will be obtained in 90 days. This is unfortunate for everyone involved and we regret to inform you and your family about this situation. We understand it is difficult to find quality care and know we are capable of providing that care, but- with out a facility to do so, it is very difficult. We are working with another close family on possibly having a nanny share at their home on Tuesdays and Thursdays. During this time we will promise the same quality care, philosophy, communication, and fun activities. If this accommodation would be of help to you, please contact us and we will help make this temporary transition as seamless as possible. In addition, if anyone has a space available for a modest four to five child nanny share on Mondays, Wednesdays, and or Fridays please let us know. Unfortunately, we are aware that this arrangement won’t work for everyone.

We regret the inconvenience we have caused any of you and the upset in your child’s routine and schedule. We understand related financial concerns and invite you to e-mail us with question or queries concerning refunds for care and deposits (if you choose to look else where) or the discounted rate for continuing along with our program which will soon resume, in three months time, without further disruption.

Again, we apologize for this upset and hope to be able to accommodate for your childcare needs. We realize this is an unfortunate letter to receive on the beginning of a weekend. Please understand we are VERY upset by this situation too, and are doing our best to compose ourselves and prepare for the future of the Berry Patch. In this respect we would ask to have this Friday evening to sort out the situations. We will be free to answer any further questions over the weekend or throughout next week.

*It’s Erin again. It took me a good 10 minutes or so before I could think straight. Of course we’re going to keep him there, we’re so happy with it. It’s just a matter of figuring out the next three months and hopefully he can get in on at least the Tues/Thurs thing if that can happen. Hopefully they’ll be able to find another place for the MWF, if I thought we could get away with 4 or 5 kids in this apartment I’d be tempted to try it although HELLO, third floor and also the people below us work nights, not really the best situation for a daycare above your head while you’re trying to sleep.

To sum up, I’m trying not to panic. It’ll work out one way or the other, I just hope it doesn’t involve a leave of absence on my part. I figure worst case scenario is that we can only get Tues/Thurs with them, then I’ll switch my schedule to 3 10s and working from home for the balance, and maybe we can mash together the 3rd day from Andy’s schedule or throwing myself at Sharron’s feet for the extra day a week. It’s going to take a lot of wrangling. Well, really worst case scenario is that they can’t even do Tuesday and Thursday in which case OMG I’M GOING TO DIE. Because not working means that’s savings for our vacation and AAAAHHHH I should stop updating now and watch some HGTV. So that’s what I’m going to do.

In other news, Eli had a really great first week of daycare. He had a lot of fun and made some friends and really loved it.


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