My little boy is 18mths old and I need to put him into a pre-school does anyone know which one is best, he's such a sweet boy...

Samantha - posted on 04/23/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I am currently at uni doing a Bachelor of Science Degree, My babysitter is moving and I have to put my 18mth old into day car. This I am very aprehensive to do.... Can anyone let me know a fantastic place for him... He has the sweetest nature and loves children, he loves playing and working out how things work.....

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Esther - posted on 04/24/2009

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One more note, I find that my son has also really benefitted from the daycare developmentally. The other day we had a play date with a 2 year old (my son is almost 16 months old) and developmentally they were practically the same. Motor skills, language skills, walking, self feeding etc. there was barely any difference despite the 9 months difference in age. The 2-year-old stays home with his grandma. The kids in my son's class are all at the same level so it's not like he's exceptionally gifted and the 2-year-old is a perfectly healthy, normal kid as well. I think it's the structured environment, the social interaction with other kids (seeing another kid starting to walk can be very motivating to start walking too etc.), the attention to their development (and the research behind it) that make all the difference.

Esther - posted on 04/24/2009

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I LOVE my son's daycare. If I won the lottery today and could stay home, I'm not sure I would take him out completely. He is happy as can be to be there every day and whenever I watch the webcam (they have a webcam so I can watch him whenever I want) I see he's being kissed and cuddled or they are doing circle time and singing songs & reading books. The whole daycare experience has been absolutely wonderful for my family and unlike the other two moms, I MUCH prefer it over a home daycare or a sitter. So to each her own. Just wanted to put in my two cents as clearly people can have different opinions on this. I don't know where you live so I coulnd't possibly recommend any specific daycare, but I would suggest that you do your research, download some checklist from the internet with questions to ask (babycenter.com has some) and visit several before making a decision. I visited about 6 different centers when I was pregnant with my son and my husband and I finally settled on the one he's in now. I am grateful that he's there every day.

Tabitha - posted on 04/23/2009

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I found that if you contact your local health department, they have a list of registered sitters and most of the time these are better than daycare. They have a strict limit on kid to adult ratio and are watched pretty close for this. I found this to be a little less expensive and a little better environment. Try getting this list and calling some of the providers. Most have references that you can call and of course you can do the screening also. Most prefer to have you interview them to make sure that they are the best type of daycare for your child. Good luck in your search.

Teresa - posted on 04/23/2009

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I found a wonderful sitter for my son when he was little by going through the state registered home daycare providers website. I liked it much better than a daycare with tons of kids and not enough help. It was more like taking him to another grandma's house.

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