It has been a while I haven’t post a new blog and I really missed doing it. I have been busy looking for a career.
This is always a dilemma for all parents who are working – who’s going to take care of my kid or children while we go to work?. Some parents would hire a Domestic Helper or have Granny take care of the children or put their children in Day Care Centers. I do not have any negative comments for those parents who leave their children with their DH nor leaving their children in a Day Care Center. For Me, it actually depends on the situation and their preferences. Like Us (me and hubby), We prefer to put our kid in Day Care Center because we know she will learn more and get to socialize with other kids than just staying at home with the DH. I also do not like to have other person in the house especialy a total stranger. We are a very hands-on parents and we like to do things on our own. If only the situation permits, I would stay home and be with my kid during her formation years and be a Homemaker. But the situation now is different, I have to go out and work.
I enrolled my daughter in one of the private day care center here in Singapore and I’m glad that its near our home and their facilities are good compared to other Day Care Centers. As always, it comes with a price. It is quite expensive but it’s ok.
The center is airconditioned and well kept. They have individual rooms for Playgroup, whole/half day care, play room/ computer room, a mess hall, nice toilet (it has shower area and wash area). The teachers are good, though, you really cannot expect them to speak good English but definitely they speak fluent Mandarin. The staffs are very approachable and you can always discuss your issues and concerns to them.
The Teacher turn-over in private day care is high. So expect to see new teachers every now and then. The parents are not allowed to stay in the receiving area which I think is good so your child will develop a sense of independency. There are times accidents happen inside the room such as bumping of head, falling from their chairs etc. you know kids will always be kids. My child is very active so I expect her to experience incidents like hitting her head on the floor or falling from chair or table. The Teachers always keep an eye of the children but sometimes you really cannot predict the behaviour of the children esp. for the very active ones like my kid. By the way, their tables and chairs are small. So far, my kid is fine. The teachers would normally inform us if there are small or big accidents happend in the class.
As early as 18 months, I initially put my child in Playgroup (a 3hr program). So, she can mingle with other children same as her age and to prepare her for the whole day program. She adjusted pretty well and learnt a lot. As early as 2years old, she knows how to sing the ABCs and count numbers 1-10. She knows how to read the capital and small ABCs. And now she could count from 1-15 and likes to write scribbles. They also have chinese lessons which I think is great.
All in all we are very much satisfied of the outcome and I think we did the right decision so far. Sometimes my kid doesn’t want to go home when I fetch her I don’t feel any guilt at all for putting my child in day care center. I already set my mind that this will be our system for the next couple of years so as early as 18mos old I have to prepare her. We just have to spend precious quality time with each other when at home.
Till then everybody. I’ll try to visit and post new blogs here as much as I can. thanks for reading. If you have comments please drop me a note.