We looked at so many centres before settling on the one we have DS1 in now. So many delivered "care" in ways I didn't agree on and I couldn't stand the thought of leaving DS1 there for even a second. It was hard for us as there's not a lot of vacancies in our area and we got lucky with a new centre where the carers actually care. DS1 had never been without DH or myself, never babysat by anyone, so it was important for us to have somewhere he would be given the attention he needed to adjust to a new environment. DH is a SAHD so we have a different situation to most people but it did mean that DH couldn't look for pt work until DS1 was setttled in and that took time. As it happened, the carers really put the effort into DS1 and, it took time, but eventually my non-sleeping baby ended up sleeping there and eating and...! And actually having fun and playing and wanting to go on his childcare days. In the baby's room, each child had their own "routine" on the whiteboard and this was adjusted depending on the child and day. So if DS1 woke up extra early that day, they'd note down he'd need a nap a bit earlier than normal. So, yes, some centres can give babies individual routines!
One place we looked at actually let kids cry. Full stop. If they cried. Let them cry. One poor bub was about 2 years old and he was hysterical the whole time we were there (over an hour). The carers said that he cries from the time he's dropped off until he has a sleep after lunch. Once he has a sleep he is fine. They said he probably needed a morning sleep but that wasn't part of their "routine" for the room. OMG. I just wanted to pick him up and cuddle him. And then, the absolute corker, I met his mum. I was at a conference, got talking to someone who mentioned she lived in the same suburb as me and we started talking about cc and then she mentioned her kid was at this particular centre. She said he cries most of the time he's there...he's been crying for a year! I asked her if his name was X and she said, "oh, you saw him there? Was he crying?". WTF?
DS1 is now in the toddlers room and they all have the same "routine" but this also works well because they all sleep at the same time and so none are waking each other up by sleeping and waking at different times. DS1 has some killer long sleeps there...I'm so jealous I can't get those good day sleeps out of him at home!