Not happy with current daycare, found 2 I like not sure which to pick

Tanya - posted on 06/05/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son will be 2 this month, and I dont feel his daycare is teaching him academics. 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 not sure at 2, if I should be stressing the academics or daycares should be more social and play skills. My oldest has disability so its almost like Im a new mom. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Sherry - posted on 06/07/2012

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Personally, I wouldn't worry about academics. He is still a baby! I think that social skills are much more important at this time. You can always spend time teaching him what you want him to know.

I would be concerned that there isn't a playground at the 2nd daycare.

Larissa - posted on 06/07/2012

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I am in the same boat as you are with my 1 year old son (he just turned 1). I think is important that kids, no matter how young, learn new things in a fun environment. My son's current daycare doesn't really teach anything and to make matters worse they have the TV on all the time! It is also quite a walk from where I live so every morning is a marathonic rush to drop him off and head to work but on the plus side is cheap and stay open until 7pm.

I found a new daycare right by the train station that is more of a school environment for a LOT more than what I'm paying now and after care (for which I'll have to pay extra since normal hours are 8:30-2:30 full-time) is until 6pm so I'll have to make sure I leave work on time to pick him up. I decided based on what they offer (including a small outside patio where they can play, which most daycares in my area don't have regardless of how much they charge) that this is the environment I want him to be in regardless of the cost. I am now looking for ways to make additional money for the increased expenses (since I don't qualify for assistance due to my income, go figures) since I am determined to give him the best. He starts Monday.

Good luck!

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It sounds like that you prefer the first one. It is worth giving it a trial basis to see if your son settles in it, if you find that it isn't suitable for him, then the other facility you could look into it more.

Certainly where I live, the children learn through play - still learning numbers, letters etc.. Just more in a fun/practical way. It is targetted at the younger children (my eldest was pre change, middle mid change and youngest is post change). My youngest has done things like make blackberry jam, gone for various trips locally (including looking at maps and working out where they are on the map) and other structured things, but been more on the fun side rather than sitting behind desks copying what's on the black board. Comparing my eldest and youngest - there isn't much in it, just a different way of teaching. Certainly there's been things like using Lego bricks, playing in the sand/water pit, painting. She's learnt various skills/knowledge without even realising it. They've even done some basic shopping and some cooking - so weighted out the ingredients, mixing etc.. Been told about the pancakes they made the mixture for, what she had to eat on them etc..

Also at home you can reinforce the learning by doing every day things - e.g. going shopping (stressful that it may be with children),saying things like can you help me find the flour, which coins/notes do we need to give at the till, can you spot x. Other little things like reading sign posts, noticing certain things on trips. It's amazing how many things children can pick up without realising.

All three of my girls are billingual (English and Welsh - home language is English, school language is Welsh), and now my eldest is learning French at school (starting from Welsh mainly). It has also been proven that children who speak/use two (or more) languages from a young age do better when they are older, especially if the two languages are used on a regular basis. With the centre you're interested in that teaches them another language - question I would ask is, what are the chances of the children carrying on using the second language out side the facility - e.g. home, on the street etc.. My girls use both Welsh and English both in school, home, on the street, basically anywhere locally.

Kristin - posted on 06/06/2012

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I would go with the first one, as the second one has no playground and I believe it is essential for children to be able to play outside. I am sure that you can get a daycare subsidy and if it is only a little more than you pay now it will be worth it for the sake of your child I feel. My child's daycare stresses academics through play and prepare the children for school which is what I like. I would go with your gut feeling and if it costs a little more so be it.

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