You get what you pay forI wouldn't always look fo the cheapest program or day care.
I worked as a beginner and intermediate instructor at a local resort and part of our duties was to do at least one day a week in "Peakers", which was the day care program. It was an underfunded mess. Often there were five or more kids for every instructor and no designated area to keep them, just a large table near the door in the lodge. We would be encouraged to drag all the kids out skiing every two hours and try to get them to have fun but 15 kids aged 3 to 8 and only 3 instructors is a formula for disaster. Often after 45 minutes simply dressing the kids outside, we would scramble around trying to keep track of the kids as they ran in all directions on the bunny slope while picking up the ones that fell over (they ALL fell over every 30 seconds). Every peaker day I would clock in dreading the harried, frantic shift that was to come. We often had to search when we realized we were a child short and once a kid just walked off and got on a lift (age 9) and all the instructors and patrollers were pulled from lessons to scour the mountain. It ended uneventfully with the child sitting on the slope two lifts away from the bunny area. He said he just wanted to go board.
I approached the ski school director on numerous occasions about the dangers we were putting the kids in and the liability that this put myself, my fellow instructors, the ski school, and the resort in. I was told by my boss that he sympathized with me but improvements "...just werent going to happen." I was then cautioned not to appraoch the resort manager about it, he was already sick of hearing complaints from other instructors. I left employment shortly thereafter because I knew that sooner or later something truly terrible was going to happen and I did not want to be a part of it.
The worst part? The parents were largely unaware of the way that "Peakers" was conducted. You get what you pay for. Pay for something safe. Just my $0.02 worth.