Sometimes when we take care of our kids, we forget to take care of ourselves. We would NEVER neglect to schedule the recommended pediatric appointments, but we put our own health care needs aside more often than we should.
Part of the barrier we have to getting and keeping ourselves healthy is childcare. For stay at home parents we often need part time, occasional child care but it is difficult or overly expensive to obtain.
If you need occasional child care in a high quality environment, I have a suggestion for you.
The Enchanted Forest is in the Spectrum Health South Pavilion at 80 68th St SE. It is on the corner of South Division and 68th street. It is close enough to M-6 to be convenient from a lot of locations. It is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am – 5:00pm.The phone number is 616 391-8207.
I went by there last week to look into another program for Maybelle that starts this fall, and as I was leaving it occurred to me that this is a place worth sharing.
You can make reservations or drop off children on a first come, first served basis. This is a licensed child care facility, so you do need to have the appropriate paperwork filled out ahead of time. The cost is $4.50 per hour per child and they can stay for up to 4 hours (depending on the availability that day).
The staff clearly loves children, and Maybelle threw a fit when we had to leave. The playroom is a great space, and there is also an outdoor playground. It is good to know we have something like this in town. Now you have it; go ahead and schedule that appointment for yourself. The kids will be fine!