First time in daycare...help!

Catelin - posted on 07/31/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My daughter will be 18 mo. in September and this will be her first time in daycare (she stayed home with dad last year). What is your advice on finding quality care, especially for a young toddler? As a teacher, I want it to be stimulating for her, but she is too young for most pre-school programs. I just don't know what to do.

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Joy - posted on 07/31/2009

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Does your area have a childcare R& R (Resource and Referral)? Almost all states do, but some are bigger than others. You can call them and get a list of both centers and in-home providers. They have to meet minimum standards to be a part of the R&R. Of course you would still have to check them out, but it would give you a starting point!

Cathy - posted on 07/31/2009

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as a Toddler Teacher in a licensed child care program I have to say that one of the top things I am told by new parents to my room is that they are inpressed by how easily we relate to new children and to new parents....it is a hard transition to suddenly leave the most precious thing in your life with someone you don't know...make sure that the daycare has a curriculum even for their toddler room, we do and it makes our days run so much smoother and the parents know that we are not just babysitting, their children are learning as well...you will be able to tell also by your child's reaction to the new setting and the new people...yes there will be separation anxiety on everyone's part but if the program and the teachers are well versed in their job, it shouldn't last long and you will find that you are comfortable and your child enjoys her time with her new friends and teachers....

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