Is gate-drop-off a regular practice for in-home daycares?
I recently started taking my daughter to an in-home daycare. I have no reason to question the providers. When touring, the place was immaculate and well setup for daycare.
That being said, I find it odd that their drop-off policy is to meet at the gate. I hand over my daughter to the provider, they lock the gate, and walk up to the house and go inside. In short, we do not see the interior of the home on a regular basis.
There are sound logistical reasons why it'd be a hassle to have each parent come passed the gate and into the home for each kid...so I get it. But it does feel strange from a parental-due-diligence perspective.
Is this a common practice? What is your experience with drop-off at your in-home daycare? Do you get to see inside the home?