I love Jack’s daycare, I really do. He goes two days a week and his teacher is fantastic. She’s the exact right mix of super sweet and on top of things. I’m incredibly impressed how she somehow manages to have her entire class adore her AND keeps a group of 2 year olds under control. I actually feel like Jack learns something new every single day that he attends, which is great!
We have had a couple small issues though, so when Jack moves up to the 3’s class and on to a new teacher, we are planning on re-evaluating to decide whether we will keep him there or move him somewhere else.
The daycare isn’t the cheapest option in the area (it’s not the most expensive either), but ‘cheap daycare’ doesn’t actually seem to be a thing that happens in reality. To give you an idea of the cost, we pay almost $700 a month.
Which brings me to one of my biggest pet peeves… upselling.
I feel like every week I’m presented with another “opportunity” to spend more money. One week it’s a special music lesson where I can opt to have Jack leave his class and do a 20 minute lesson with a group of other kids once a week. The next week, he’s invited to do special art projects… even though he already DOES art projects in his class, he can do “special” ones that will cost me an extra $15 for supplies.
Is this normal?!
We are already paying $700 A MONTH for him to attend the daycare (and that’s not even full time)! He’s ALREADY doing art projects and pretty much brings home something from school twice a week. WHY are they asking me for more money?
This week I got an email from the center director about upcoming holiday workshops. Yup, I can pay them EVEN MORE money (on a project-by-project basis) for Jack to make a holiday plate, a clay creation or an assortment of holiday cookies.
Are you freaking kidding me? What is wrong with the normal holiday projects that they will ALREADY be making in class?
I feel like I’m being nickel-and-dimed like crazy and it’s gotten to the point where I have a really bad taste in my mouth about it. I’m almost to the point of sending the center director an email… but first I want to know, is this typical of all daycare centers?
For any daycare parents out there, do you feel like they are always trying to upsell? Am I being a total Grinch about this, or would this drive you nutty too?