How can a daycare help?

Raquel - posted on 03/17/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )




My toddler is 29 months and has a speech delay. She already has been evaluated by a speech pathologist in order to start therapy through Early intervention. Even the pathologist and her pediatrician have recommended for us to put her in a daycare environment. As a mother who has stayed with her since she was born as a SAHM, it very frightening for me to put her in a daycare especially with her not being able to talk, but if she is only going to benefit from it I guess I have to give it some thought. What are your opinions about it?


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I had to put my daughter into daycare three mornings a week from the age of 16 months, which quite upset me at the time, because I felt she was still quite young to be separated from us for any length of time. I always felt, it was best to wait until they are about three years of age.

Well, my daughter is 30 months old now and she is doing fantastic in daycare! This is the age where they really start playing with each other and making up games.

At the same time they are still so innocent, they won't really pay much attention to your daughter not talking yet. After all, there probably will be younger kids around who are not talking yet either.

Also, staff are generally experienced and should help your daughter to settle in and play with the others.

If you are nervous, settle her in at your own pace.

My partner settled our daughter in and really took his time. He stayed with her at the beginning and only gradually started to leave her. Your daughter is older and probably will really enjoy the company of other children, so I doubt it'll take you long at all.

Also, you will get a good feel for the place and will probably feel much better about her being there. Don't be shy about asking any questions. A good facility will have a low carer to children ratio and a predictable routine everyday. Be confident and happy when you leave her, so she doesn't get the impression that there is anything to be worried about. Maybe limit it to just a few half-days a week and see how it goes.

Honestly, I don't think you have anything to lose and everything to gain here. She'll probably love it if you give her a chance to settle in.

Brittney - posted on 03/17/2012




Children put into a daycare setting are socialized, they learn from each other.

"Staff members at good centers are usually trained in early childhood education so they know what to expect from your child developmentally and are able to nurture his growing skills accordingly. If the center you're considering doesn't hire knowledgeable staff, keep looking.

Good daycare centers include a nice mix of activities during the day to teach different skills, such as singing, dancing, and storytelling. Scott Huber, whose three-year-old daughter Lindsay has attended daycare in Portland, Oregon, since she was two months old, says he likes the fact that his daughter spends her day doing projects and honing skills in a structured setting.

"They're not just playing all day," he says, "they're learning new things." Huber says he feels especially good about his decision to put Lindsay in a center when he sees the projects she does. "Many of the instructional projects are a good mix of left- and right-brain activities, usually made of simple objects like blocks or beans or vinyl letters for creativity, but presented in an organized, structured, and methodical way," he says.

Ongoing research by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development suggests that children in quality daycare centers may even have an intellectual edge over those in other kinds of care. When researchers compared kids in quality daycare to those in other, equally high-quality childcare situations, children in centers performed a little better on tests.

Finally, toddlers can benefit from the chance to socialize with other children, which they may not get to do as often or at all when a nanny or a relative cares for them at home."

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