Dealing with staffing issues at daycare
Our daycare is currently having staffing issues in my daughter's class (kids under two). We are normally staffed with five teachers and two recently quit and haven't been replaced (so down 40%). The school doesn't have a good estimate for when the teachers will be replaced and isn't making any promising projections. It sounds like it could be 2020 before we have even one replaced. So at the moment, administrative staff and other teachers are filling in and ensuring the legal minimum staffing ratio is met. There's a lot more people in the room throughout the day for short bursts. This makes me concerned the quality of care will be significantly worse for some time, and with so many different teachers, the continuity of each kid's day (diapers, feedings) seems like it will be disrupted. It seems like part of my daughter's lunch wasn't fed to her on Friday, for example. And of course we are paying the same tuition. Has anyone dealt with this problem (major understaffing/ flux in care) before? Did you just weather it out or start planning for alternate care? We have otherwise been happy at this daycare, but I'm pretty nervous about the next few months and I'm not on any other waiting lists.