Is it the right time???

Manushka - posted on 05/27/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Hello Friends,



My daughter is almost 13 months now and I would like to know when is the right age to put her in a play school. I am a working mother and during the day she is with our full time nanny. Our nanny doesn't speak English fluently and that concerns me a bit but otherwise she treats our daughter like her own. I would like my daughter to get some good education while I am working. Please Advice and thanks in advance!

PS: she loves being around children.

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Alison - posted on 11/11/2010

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I do not think she NEEDS to be in daycare at 13 months. Children start actually socializing quite a bit later. I would say wait a bit and see how her language development goes. If at 2 years she is really behind, put her in daycare.

Faith - posted on 11/11/2010

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There's never too young of an age for a child's social interaction. It's wonderful for infant's and children to be around other children. As long as you feel you and your daughter are ready for the step, go for it. I know some play school's have age limitation's and restriction's, so you would just need to check with the school. Another advantage is that when kid's are really young yet, they seem to absorb and retain more information at a faster pace. There are so many thing's that a teacher could teach your daughter that I'm sure the nanny probably don't. A down fall of her going to school now, is she may have adjustment issue's at first if she's really attached to the nanny, and because of the change. This adjustment phase shouldn't last for long though. Just take time to weigh the pro's and con's before making a decision so you don't regret it, and do what you feel is right for you and your daughter.

Stephani - posted on 05/27/2009

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i think it would be good for your child to be in daycare my daughter started when she was 9 months old she is nwt almost 13 months as well. just be prepared for your child to get sick, she will be in a new environment and around new germs.a week after my daughter started she got a constant runny nose, which they said was just her bodies way of adjusting to the new germs. the only problem was that it kept backing up in to her ears so she has also had 6 ear infections. we go this Friday to get tubes put n her ears, other than that day care has been great for her and the ladies there treat her as if she were there own.

Danielle - posted on 05/27/2009

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I think that it will be a very good exsperience for your child. My daughter has been in day care since she was 5 months and she loves it. There are times that she is having so much fun she does not want to leave.lol. She has also learned so much. She comes home and is singing a song that I did not know she knew or counting. It is a very good thing for her and she loves playing with all the other kids.

Manushka - posted on 05/27/2009

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Quoting Sarah:

I am in a similar situation. My baby is almost a year old and have another one due in 2 months. He seems very attached to mom and dad and we are going to start him at Goddard school 2 days a week. If you are looking for edcucational day care you should check this out. It is expensive though.


Hi Sarah,



Thanks a alot for the advice, but I live in Dubai. I will have a look for a good day care here...Cheers!



 

Sarah - posted on 05/27/2009

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I am in a similar situation. My baby is almost a year old and have another one due in 2 months. He seems very attached to mom and dad and we are going to start him at Goddard school 2 days a week. If you are looking for edcucational day care you should check this out. It is expensive though.

Lisa - posted on 05/27/2009

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hi, i work as a nursery nurse (although i'm currently on maternity leave) and in my opinion, i think your daughter can only benefit from being around other children, as it will help her learn to play and socialise with others (plus she'll have a lot of fun playing, painting and 'cooking' etc) my nursery in particular takes children from 3 months old (but as a new mum myself, i feel this is a little too early, as you both need time to 'bond' 1st, plus you'd miss out on a lot of their development) i think that if your daughter is fine being with a nanny, then she should be fine in a nursery or playschool, and will probably enjoy it more as she'll make lots of new friends to play with (plus all nursery's have to supply children with a basic curriculum under goverment/OFSTED regulations- not sure about playschools though?) so your daughter will have alot of fun whilst also learning (and it should help prepare her for school). However, I think you should do whatever feels right for you both. best of luck to you both x

Doreen - posted on 05/27/2009

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I have had my 2 year old in daycare since she was 3 months old. Next week I will be putting my new son in daycare at 3 months as well. I would have been happy with them having a personal nanny at this early age but my daughter LOVES daycare. Being with all the kids, running around and playing/talking. I guess I would have liked to have waited till she was 8 months old or so. I would LOVE to stay home with my son for the same. By 13 months I think your child is more than ready for play school.

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