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I am new to this whole thing, but I am due to have my baby this summer. This coming fall, I will be putting her in daycare so I can go back to work.
I know that the larger daycare providers have really long wait lists, and I am checking some of those out, but I am really asking about the home daycare providers. If I wanted to call them for information on cost/wait list/vacancies/tour of facilities, when is the best time to call? During the day, after hours?
How far in advance should I be calling the home care providers? One lady said I should call back 1 month before I want to enroll her to see if there is space. Is that normal?
I would call during business hours, and if the provider can answer, they will. If not they can call you back when they have a moment during nap or after hours.
It makes sense that they need you to contact them when the date gets closer. Many home daycare providers only have licensing for 6-10 kids so there is no way of knowing if they'll have openings or not too far in advance. I just had a mother call me asking about care for the summer. I told her at this time I have the space, but I may not come summer. There is just no way to tell. Most daycares will allow you to hold a spot, but you'll have to pay for it. Good luck!