What age should you put your child in preschool or daycare?

Brittney - posted on 03/01/2015 ( 4 moms have responded )




Our son is nearly 2. He'll be 2 June 20th. We take him to church daycare and I stay in there with him usually. We were wanting to enroll him in daycare mostly so he can get used to being around other children more. What age did your kids first begin daycare or preschool or pre k? I thought 3 was the age for pre k or pre school, but a church in my area has it for 2 year olds.


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Chana - posted on 03/04/2015




Jodi is absolutely right it all depends on your situation and what you need and want. I worked in a Pre-School/Daycare for 15 years and Jodi also got that right. You have to do what is best for you and your family just be certain to check it out and make sure they are doing things by the book because if they aren't doing it when you visit they aren't going to do it when you aren't there. Talk with other parents in your area because they can usually give you the best information on good centers. I have to be honest, I know the benefits of Pre-School and Daycare but I was able to stay home with my girls so I am. Now my oldest will start Pre-K in the fall and I am seriously considering putting the 2 year old in a program 1 or 2 days a week for a few hours just because she is terrible clingy and doesn't want me out of her sight. In the end you have to do what is best for your situation.

Joanne - posted on 03/04/2015




My mum says 2 so they can stand up for themselves and also they can tell you about their day. Although I personally put both my daughters in at 12 months old for just one day a week. Just for my own break and so they could learn to socialize and be away from me for short periods of time (6 hours). They still go there once a week and have best friends there!! I think my son will be a bit older by the time he goes there as he is nearly 10 months and I couldn't imagine sending him anytime soon!

Jodi - posted on 03/01/2015




It obviously depends where you live. Children don't go to pre-school here until they are at LEAST 3.5 years old.

With regard to daycare, research shows the best age to start often depends on the stimulation in the home environment. It has been demonstrated that children from low socio-economic or parents of lower education are actually better off in daycare from a young age, but in general, age 3 is identified as an appropriate age for daycare.

But let's face it, sometimes is simply isn't a choice. My son went to daycare full time from 5 months old. My daughter, not until she was 3, and even then, only 2 days a week.

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