Was just wondering if you guys could give me some tips with all your combined experience on childcare..?
I work full time, and my husband looks after our 2 year old, but he's beginning to pull his hair out as Ben's just not entertained enough at home! We can't afford full time childcare, but could maybe do a few mornings a week - just wondered if you guys had any ideas?
It's hard for Shawn to meet other parents, as most Mum's seem to think he's cracking on to them when he chats to them in playgrounds (hehe!), and there aren't many Dad's out there that he's met..
Do you think playgroups/nurseries or childminders would be a good idea?? Ben's just turned two, and is very into singing and dancing at the moment!
I put both my children into nursery once they turned two, just for a couple of sessions a week. It helped them to make friends and learn it's ok to be away from mum and dad for a bit. The nursery Charlotte goes to is fab. They do dancing, music, dressing up, water play, painting, outdoor play, plus so much more. She loves going and I don't feel guilty about leaving her so everyone is happy.
Does your husband take Ben to any soft play areas?
I know I said nursery, but Jack went to a playgroup and it wasn't half as good as Charlottes nursery. He enjoyed it and made friends but nursery in my opinion is better.
I can understand both your husband and Ben getting fed up going to the same places all the time. Just keep an eye out in the supermarket or postoffice window, etc, for adverts for music groups or toddler dance classes.
Cameron goes to a childminder 2 days a week while i'm at work, which he loves!! There are 2 other boys there at the same time as him, one is just a few months older than him and the other is a year older. They all have a great time together and it's been so good for him to mix with other children of a similar age!!
When he turns 2 he'll also be going to a local nursery one morning a week!!
Good luck with the move and i hope you find some classes nearby!!
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