To daycare or Not to Daycare

Jessica - posted on 08/29/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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just curious to know everyones thoughts(positive and negative) on daycare. Is there an age that is too early?

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Tammy - posted on 09/27/2010

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I am very much opposed to daycare centers. I run an in-home child care service so that I can contribute financially to my family while raising my children. It works well for the most part, but isn't very flexible. I am just thankful that I can be the one who gets to see of the "firsts" and kisses the booboos!

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Katrese - posted on 09/11/2010

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Megan had been in daycare since she turned 5 months old. I have to say though that we are lucky because the daycare is very small and there are only 6 other children that attend. The sitter is fabulous and she has been doing this for 16 years. All three of her daughters help out (only 1 still lives at home) and the kids all love it. I was scared of the larger daycares and all of the horror stories but I think this is a time to trust your gut. Interview the facilities and if your gut tells you something isn't right then don't do it. Ask for references. I have had new parents call and ask questions before enrolling their kids with Ms. Debbie. The kids all love going and sometimes it is hard to tear them away.

Sarah - posted on 09/11/2010

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We have set up our lives as to not utilize daycare, and probably taking it a step further by homeschooling. ;-)

Then again, not all situations are like mine. I think that if you need to use it, I hope you find a good, caring one!

Sandra - posted on 09/10/2010

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if you feel comfortable with the daycare provider and trust them with your child, then there is no such thing as "too early" to go to daycare.

Mandy - posted on 09/04/2010

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If you have a choice, I would say try to avoid daycares. We haven't used daycare for our children. When they were old enough to start preschool, then they start school then. I agree with Brittany, once they are talking more and able to tell you if something bad happened to them, then they are old enough to go. There are plenty of free social activities that you can do with your 2yo. We go to storytime at the library, attend playgroup, go to the park or go to the play area at the mall. We even do some early preschool activities at home.

Chrissy - posted on 09/03/2010

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I'm so glad I put my son in daycare! He was hardly talking and in speech therapy for a year before I decided to see if going to daycare and seeing other children his own age talking would help. He was 2 when he started going. It has been great for my son, in just 5 month he has started talking more and knows all of his numbers and letters! Also seeing the other kids using the potty helps a lot with potty training! Just take your time and check out all the daycare centers in your area and bring your child, talk with the teachers in the room and see which one you child is more comfortable with.

Kelly - posted on 09/01/2010

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I have both my children at daycare, and both started when they were about 8 months old because I had to return to work. My eldest son loved it from day one and I think he would be devastated if we took him out! Our younger son took a little longer to adjust, but seems a lot happier now.



We do have a really great daycare though, and the workers are excellent and very loving. It's very easy to see the attachment between the kids and the workers. They have had the occasional accident there where the carers are unable to say what happened, but they are really good about letting us know when they see what happens (or see the injuries after the fact). In the end it comes down to how much of a big deal the kids make of it at the time. It may seem irresponsible, but at the same time I know the kids have gotten injuries on my watch that I don't always see at the time!



Basically though there are good and bad daycare centers. The important thing is to do your research and find one that your happy with. Most places should also let you do trials. This will let you know how your kids go and whether or not it is something they are ready for.

Brittany - posted on 08/29/2010

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hi jessica well i will not put Layla in daycare because i do not trust them people to not leave her in a hot car or to not hit her because i know a daycare worker who worked with kids that are 2 and 3 and she use to hit them and spank them and when i asked her why she did that she said because the are bad and the cant tell on her because the dont talk well enough so that right there tells me i cant trust my baby in a daycare or the people that work there and my nephews where is daycare and i would pick them up sometimes after work and they would allways be dirty and have bruses and cuts on them that they did not have befor the went there because i would take them and drop them off sometimes and then i would ask the daycare workers what happend they would allways say well we dont know and it happend so much my sister took them out of daycare so i only leave my baby with family or close friends

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