My daughters life with a nanny and daycare has not been all that normal.
From birth to 1, Hailey had a nanny that came to our house everyday and watched her from 7am-6pm. My nanny only spoke Spanish. I myself speak very little Spanish, but we were able to communicate and she was the most wonderful woman I had ever met. She cleaned my house, she took care of my child, she taught her to walk very young, she took care of my house and I don’t know how I would have survived without her as a new parent.
When we had to move, we decided Hailey needed to go into a daycare because she was not talking and she was very shy and did not like to talk to people outside of myself, my nanny, my husband and my mom/dad. She was super unfriendly.
When we moved, she went into a daycare and finally, she learned to talk and do other things, have fun, play, share, make friends, like people – all that fun stuff!
Now they moved her over to the preschool room because she is potty trained and will be 3 in a few months.
In my opinion as a teacher, I feel like there sound be structure in her preschool room. They should have circle time, they should be learning letters and numbers, there should be more pictures, more updates, newsletters, SOMETHING!
I love the teacher. She is a great person. I know she does her best, but I don’t think the center is set up to have any of those things, and if they have them, then there is no evidence of it at all! I have worked at a structured daycare where the kids still had fun an played but they learned things.
The other day I went in early to pick her up at 4:30 and they were watching tv. And I am not the one to be like OMG you are watching tv! I would totally be fine with it if it were like 5:30, or close to 6, getting close to closing time. But it had just turned 4:30 when I had got there, so who knows how long this was going on for? It was disheartening. I want my daughter learning letters and numbers, if I want her watching tv, she will watch it at home. Not at school.
I am looking into other centers for the summer and September. I don’t want her being one of those kids that goes into kindergarten and has no idea how to do anything. Kindergarten is rigorous and I don’t want her to be totally behind everyone else.