I always knew that I wanted a career working with children. I had originally hoped to be a teacher, but because I became pregnant, I decided to put that off. But things worked out fine because my husband saved a little money hoping that I would be interested in opening a daycare one day. I was definitely interested! Things were going good, but just last week I needed air conditioner repair in NYC when the old unit at the daycare went out in the middle of a very hot day.
It is often assumed that the weather never gets above 80 or so degrees here in the city, but that is not true. It can shoot up into the 90s easily in the hottest months. That is not to bad in your own apartment if you have lots of windows to open and a few fans. But when kids are involved, and the daycare building that I have has very few windows, then it can become sweltering inside rather quickly. Just like seniors, you can’t let little kids get hot or you can end up with health problems rather quickly.
All of my employees brought in fans from home. We had to open a door, but I made sure to stand near it at all times to make sure that none of the kids wandered outside. Then, one of my employees called a company to come look to see what we needed as far as the air conditioning goes. They showed up and said they had the exact model we have and could replace it within just hours. This made give a sigh of relief. I was pretty concerned that it could take many days. By afternoon, the place was nice and chilly again and he kids were busy playing as normal.