Starting Daycare For Socialization…and a bit of a break for Mama!

So it is official – although I am only meeting with the daycare’s manager next tuesday, Sixtine will be starting daycare on the fourth of December. It will only be for an hour at first, so we both get to know the educators, the children and the place and they get to know  more about little Miss Sissi, her sleeping habits, what she likes, doesn’t like, her personality…

I have to say that this is something that makes me overjoyed for two reasons:

  1. I know my daughter and I can tell she has been craving the interaction. She is a very outgoing little girl, and she loves people – strangers, friends, family, you name it. And she especially love being around other children. I think it will be a great way for her to socialize, be challenged and stimulated, have lots of fun, and progressively get more independent, as baby two comes in the picture in March.
  2. After 13 months of being with Mama 24/7, we are both going to have a break from each other. And that makes me happy.

When the lady told me that she would be starting early December, I was both excited and somehow emotional…As much as I have been wanting this time to arrive, it is going to be an adjustment to take her there and let her alone with people for hours not knowing what is going on. It almost feels like taking her to school for the first time – my baby is growing so fast!

But I know she will have a wonderful time. I can feel it.

Plus, I am exhausted and I NEED time for myself.

Child Care Options

Our daughter is only 3 months and 3 weeks but I wish I had looked into our child care options much earlier.

In Prince Edward Island, it is recommended to register  as soon as you find out you are pregnant to ensure you get a spot for your child at the Early Childhood Centre of your choice. However, there are other options available: private centres, home daycares and babysitters, family and friends.

I have been posting here and there on forums and FB groups to find out what were the best daycares around according to parents on the island.

Unfortunately, my daughter is on the waiting list for all three Early Childhood Centres we have applied. And one of the “school” we were interested in doesn’t take children before they turn 16 months old. I am hopeful though, and will make sure she is looked after and taught to by wonderful people !

What were the reasons why you chose your current child care giver? Was it location, price, loyalty (you knew someone), or reputation?  Please share your experiences and recommendations with us !