How was the nursery? Mom goes back to work #3
As I wrote to you in my post Nanny or nursery? so Mama goes back to work #2 to decide what form of care would be best for our son, we had to check the ones that are available. So we unexpectedly decided to visit two nearby private nurseries. How was it?
Visit to nursery no.1
Small groups up to 15 people. No vacancies (waiting list).
On the entrance door to the nursery, we were greeted by a card in the style: NOTE IN KINDERGARTEN DIAGNARISED SCARLATINE. Watch your child.
Oki, we're not coming in, but the Headmaster, who just co-led the class, came out to talk to us. She told us from herself that the nursery / kindergarten is focused on the development of empathy, supporting the natural will to develop children. Interesting classes are planned for children, including philosophy, ethics, aesthetics, educational kinesiology, methods of a good start, fairy-tale therapy, as well as games with the English language.
She praised Mikołaj (of course!), That she maintains eye contact beautifully, that we can see how interested in the world she is, how she has beautifully developed cognitive functions ... . So we should not enter the kindergarten / nursery, because scarlet fever prevails, but the child can be touched and kissed 1 meter from the door?
I don't like how totally strangers touch my child, I won't mention kissing.
Of course, I have no objections to hugging, touching and kissing by people close to us and the Child, also Babysitter, if both parties (child + babysitter) need it at the moment, but we saw this lady for the first and so far the last. And it certainly was crossing our borders.
It also turned out that this institution is a nursery mainly in name, because it accepts the earliest 2-2,5 summer children and it is the independent children, at least for now it is not a place for us. It didn't make sense to keep asking specific questions.
Visit to nursery no. 2
The facility was much larger than the first, large garden, in which Children were playing, and three babysitters looked after them.
It was also here that the Director met us and showed us the facility. What overwhelmed me at the start were huge rooms. It felt like a big summer camp or a school canteen. In this great room, in the corner, there were beds for the smallest, and the nursery declared complete openness to children over 20 weeks of age. What I missed in this visit was a childlike attitude, stories about development, about the attitude towards the Child and its needs. Only: here is the hall, this is the auditorium, this is the kitchen, are there any questions?
Despite everything, it was not too bad, and then suddenly I saw the menu. And there are few vegetables in it, a lot of milk (probably the usual UHT), sugar, cocoa ... It turned out that Santa could eat a maximum of 0-20% of the daily menu, and giving up food would not reduce the price for the nursery. So we would have to pay for food anyway, while delivering lunch and dinner from home.
At the moment of adoption, Santa would be the youngest child in the facility, the only one who is not yet walking. Number of guardians of 2 persons for 16 children. Although it complies with the regulations, I personally think that with such babies it is a bit too little.
And most importantly, that is our fears. We do not think that with 2 babysitters at 16, they are able to give us 100% guarantee that our child will not eat anything from a friend's plate, drink cocoa from an adjacent mug or bottle. Parents. Children with severe allergies know well how this can end.
Our pediatrician was the next step that confirmed our decision regarding the best care for the Child. After analyzing all the pros and cons, we decided that Santa will stay at home until he is 3, because after reaching this age, the natural level of immunity in Children increases greatly. And a sick 3-year-old is a non-sick 11-month-old toddler. So… we started our search for a Nanny! What were? About this in the next post in the series, Mom returns to work. You can read the previous ones here.
I know that many mothers read us with similar dilemmas, many of you have babies in nurseries, many have been left with the child at home, and some have chosen Nanny. Share your experiences. We want to know everything 😉
I go back to work on Tuesday, my son is getting used to the nursery since September ... he has acclimatized well, apparently he has a good time, eats and sleeps ... but the problem is eternal infections from a cold - almost all the time from September - through cough - on average every 2 a week-to acute pharyngitis and laryngitis-3 weeks ago, and now she has scarlet fever ... if this goes on, I will have to go on a maternity leave; (
The most difficult decision that has to be made: (unfortunately I am also struggling with this dilemma ... in June I should return to work ... but the nursery ... somehow I don't see it ... how to choose nannies?
For now, I have the opportunity to stay with Mały at home, which I am very happy about. We'll see how long, but I would like to send him to kindergarten at the age of 3.
Cool! While running my own business, I do not have such a possibility, because after 4 years (I was sitting at home for the whole pregnancy), nothing would have remained from the company and brand for which I worked for 8 years ...
Our 2,5 summer son went to nursery at the age of 15 months. STATE. The best decision I could make. Private nursery is much worse, i.e. it looks beautiful, lots of nice toys, but so what, mainly storage. In the state school from 9, i.e. after breakfast and cleanliness training (potting and washing hands and faces), children until dinner, i.e. around 11, have thematic classes. Each week a different topic and various art classes (Piotruś, when he was only 16 months old, painted with paints, and with a brush, of course, drew, but also torn out of paper), movement, speech therapy, songs and dances. After dinner (often there is a fish, egg, and of course various vegetables), a nap, then afternoon tea and playing with children.
The biggest plus? Our son had 2 years 3 months already used the potty. From 17, get them yourself. And the biggest fun is painting 😉 and I'm not afraid of the walls at home, because I am asking myself for an apron, and when he finishes he calls and with raised hands goes to the bathroom to wash the paint.
Oh, and we have allergic children under special protection, all you have to do is provide a medical certificate
A great recommendation for a state nursery! I think that, like everywhere, it all depends on the people who create something, whether they have passion or not, whether they are devoted and whether they love what they do, are responsible, and not whether the nursery is private or public.
I don't have my children yet, but I would like my child to be at home until he is 3 years old. I went to kindergarten myself at the age of 3 and I think that is the "right age" 🙂
For sure, once you are a mother you will make the best decision for your baby and your family 🙂
Hello. I am a mother of 4 years old Kuba. Together with my husband we decided that I would be with my son until his 3 years and I do not regret a single day with him. From 3 years of being with my son, 4 years turned out to be because I had problems finding a suitable job. And now, my son is 4 years old: he is up to 30 on his own, can already distinguish half the letters from the alphabet and knows a lot of songs and rhymes. I am proud to have been with him for so long and have devoted all 4 years to him. Now I work where I wanted peace of mind for my son and his development and I devote myself to my career. This year has the best care in the world - my beloved grandmother, grandfather and she is only going to kindergarten until kindergarten and we don't regret our decision. The child is a child and if it is possible, it should be until kindergarten :))))
Well, you really can be proud! I know how hard it is to mobilize myself to work with a child, to learn together, to invent smart and educational games. And I envy such grandparents' care!