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Old 02-21-2011, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
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I know that a lot of top companies offer onsite daycare for their employees children. Does anyone have an employer that offers this and what does it entail? I imagine it does not offer discounts but rather the opportunity to not have to travel to take your child to daycare without having to add to your commute? Is this an advantage or disadvantage?

Thoughts? If you do utilize this service through your employer are you happy with it? Do you wish certain things were changed or offered that aren't currently?

TIA.
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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For about 15 years my prior employer had an on-site child care center. I was part of the developmental team which selected the child care company that we engaged to operate the center and I was part of the team that participated in developing the work rules as well. Employees did have a form of subsidized child care b/c the rates were less than quality competitors. In the summer we also had a program for children thru the age of 12, too. Employees paid for child care thru payroll deduction. The center was in a building on our campus and access was protected into the parking area and child care center was accessed by key cards only parents had (their employee badges were coded to open gates other ee's couldn't). It was a good program for retention and recruitment. We had an excellent program manager and staff; it was a certified program. However, over the years there was a component of executives and professional staff who voiced displeasure that the company was allocating funds for this benefit that not all employees needed/wanted. There were managers who did not want mothers to go to the center to breastfeeed or administer meds. A few years ago, as budgets became tighter, the Company discontinued the program. I believe a large reason was that the executive "champion" -- the VP of HR -- left the company. The children who attended the center formed strong relationships with eachother and so did the parents. Many stayed with the company until their children outgrew the center. The children I know who spent their early years at the onsite center are amazingly well adjusted kids/young adults now.
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Old 02-22-2011, 03:25 AM
 
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100 Best Companies to Work For: Best Benefits - on site childcare
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