A Quiz for You
"Is that Mary P?" The voice on the end of the phone is female, and young. Probably in her twenties. "Yes, it is." I know already this is a "daycare call". "Umm, I got your number from a neighbour? She said you lived on Sunshine Steet?" "Yes, I do." "And, like, I was wondering, what you could tell me about your childca - er, babysitting, whatever." All right. I have already decided that I have serious reservations about accepting this woman's child into my care. Most of you have hunted for childcare at one time or another. Now's your chance to put your expertise to use, or to try out the view from the other end of the interview: Anybody want to hazard a guess as to why she's made a bad first impression? I have three reasons already. She confirms this impression in our next exchange. "When do you need to start care?" I ask. "Um, next week?"
My reasons are in the post below.