need pointers on picking right daycare

Tanya - posted on 06/05/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My son will be 2 this month, and I dont feel his daycare is teaching him academics and fine motor skills etc. He has been attending this daycare since he was 6 months old. When i drop him off the kids are playing lego, building blocks more free play. When I pick him up around 6pm the kids in the room are running wild. Most time there is incident report where my son hurt himself or ate something he was not suppose to. (he has food allergies). I narrowed down my new search to two daycares. One is a little more than what i pay now, but the place looks amazing. The kids are learning letters and numbers, they have a music class and when the kids go out to play they are doing stretches and playing more organized structured games. The other daycare is better than mine, but im not sure how much academics they teach, there is not a playground on site. They do have music class and even teach them another language. This one is open till 6:30pm and a little closer to my home. The first daycare is on the way to work but little ways from my home. I would rather send him to the first one, but I am trying to see if i can save money since bills/daycare are hard to manage with one income. Oh the first daycare i like the most is only open till 6pm.. HELP!! :)

Im extra concerned because my 9 year old has autism so Im not sure at 2 if I should be stressing the academics or daycares should be more social and play skills. I feel at 2 he should be learning colors, shapes, letters and numbers, when I get his progress report folder i just see basic drawings but nothing related to the above. I want to make sure he is getting proper teaching while i am at work since my oldest is delayed.

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Larissa - posted on 06/07/2012

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I replied to your post on the single moms forum, I would definitely go with the first one.

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