Before DH would entertain the idea of baby #2 he wanted to get a better sense of what our options were for preschool for Noah. I insisted that we had plenty of time but he wasn’t budging. My hunch was that he was just stalling…but, he under estimated me haha..I set to searching for preschool information asap.
Our biggest concern was the logistics of daycare, preschool and our jobs. Most preschools around here are from 9:30am – 12 or 1ish. So that meant that one of us would have to take a long lunch break to shuttle Noah around, find another mom who’d be willing to shuttle or we move him from the current daycare to another daycare that offers pre-school in addition to regular daycare (basically one of the big centers that are almost twice what we pay for Noah at his current provider).
Then I started to look at what preschool offered and the necessity of it all. I didn’t go to preschool and I turned out just fine (no, really, I did!). I realize that preschool establishes behaviors that are helpful when they get to kindergarten (like general socialization, lining up, following directions, numbers, letters etc..) but as I looked that the course work they did in preschool I realized that our current daycare provider does all of that with her kids! For the kids that are old enough there is structured class time where they read stories, learn number, letters, etc.
So there appears to be no reason to change our routine or have to worry about shuttling him around. Elizabeth provides structured day activities that he’d receive in a preschool. Bonus!
My question to you, how do working parents swing preschool? do they? Is their only option to either forgo preschool all together or find a center that provides preschool like curriculum (which is often times more expensive)? I’m interested in any creative ways folks accomplished it – we’re pretty set I think but I’m always evaluating to make sure Noah’s thriving and developing properly.