Daycare, Here We ComeBeth Anne Ballance
In just a few short weeks, I will be returning to the office full-time.
In the past, we had a nanny (my sister) that kept my son while I worked and then even moved in with us briefly while I worked from home. But for the past month, I have been balancing working from home in both writing and marketing with caring for my 2-year-old. It’s been quite a juggle — there are some days that I don’t open my Outlook e-mail until 10pm and there are some days when dinner is a frozen pizza. But Harrison and I have LOVED our time together although we’ve always known it was temporary.
So, now it’s time to find child care again.
In looking at all options, my husband and I decided to go with a daycare center over a private nanny or in-home daycare.
It was hard explaining to our nanny that after 2 years and wonderful care, we’ve decided to move on. But Harrison has been asking to be around more “babies,” as he calls other children. He squeals with delight whenever he sees another kid, adores playdates and parkdates, and even begs to go to Chick-Fil-A for lunch, just so he can “slide with babies.” The social interaction he will get with his daycare classmates cannot be beat.
Also, his speech therapist recommended that he at least be enrolled in a part-time preschool as she feels his speech will really explode around other children. He will be forced to communicate with his peers and teachers as they won’t anticipate his needs like Momma and Daddy and a nanny.
I’m feeling very confident with our decision, especially after touring the school, meeting the owners and director twice. Harrison and I will be visiting over the next two weeks for a few hours so he can get used to the surroundings and activity (remember, he’s never been in anything like this before!) and hopefully the transition will be smooth.
Have you ever switched childcare providors? Was it a tough transition? How did you make the decision?