My husband and I have registered our son at Kids & Company in Halifax, the Barrington Street location. Our employer has a contract with this daycare. Our choices were very limited in any case as we needed part-time care and our son is an infant. I've since been trying to find out more information about the place. Since registering him, I found out via the CBC website that one day last spring, a 2 year old wandered off by himself on an outing to a park and was missing for a couple of hours. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nova-scotia/story/2010/05/05/ns-toddler-daycare-investigation.html
After that the facility came under investigation and a few infractions were found, 5 of 7 of which were solved within a couple of days http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nova-scotia/story/2010/05/07/ns-daycare-violations.html
I'm new to the child care scene so I'm not sure what to make of this. This kind of problem may be quite common, and our tour of the facility was a very good experience--the kids seemed happy and well cared for, the programs seemed good, the staff seemed nice enough, and most importantly for me, the facility is equipped with webcams so you can log in and check up on your child whenever you want through the day. But of course this news about the toddler getting lost really worries me. That said, I was a wanderer/runner as a child and got lost a couple of times, and I had a very devoted stay at home mother.
Anyway I'd love to hear from any parents whose children are in this daycare, or anyone else who wants to chime in. I suppose I'm mostly looking for reassurance because, at the moment, we have no other options for part-time daycare (I can work from home several days per week). Our son is very young and most daycares only take children who are 18 months and older; this is the only daycare we've found that will take infants part-time. When he's a bit older, I'd consider putting him in another facility full-time (we are on waiting lists for a couple of good ones) but right now, I'm thinking 2-3 days at a daycare and the rest of the time with me is preferable to full-time at a daycare. He will be starting at the daycare in about 3 months, when he will be 10 months old.
Thanks in advance for any advice you can provide.
- A worried mother