Before having Little Bear I was keen to go back to work after 6 months, preferably 3 days a week but I wasn’t ruling out full time. But then he arrived. That changed everything!!
I work/ed in childcare and I think that may have been part of the problem. I have seen first hand how brilliant the staff and activities are, but I’ve also seen the other side – potentially high staff turnover, staffing inconsistencies, the time spent on paperwork…is that really want I want for him? Turns out it wasn’t, and I didn’t return to work.
Now his second birthday is looming (well, in May) and I’m starting to readdress the issue. I don’t doubt that we have a great time together, mostly, I just think he is getting to the point where he needs something to help his confidence and independence blossom…and let’s not pretend this isn’t a little bit about time for me too!
I’m still not convinced nursery is the way to go for us, I don’t need the hours it offers and I don’t need a setting that will see him from birth to school – we’re already halfway through that journey (*sniff* pass me a tissue). A nanny isn’t an option, and a childminder doesn’t appeal either. However, I think a playgroup may be the answer for us.
Reduced hours and fees compared to a nursery but still Ofsted registered, still following EYFS, still time away from me…sounds perfect! I’ve booked to view a couple next week, fingers crossed I will like one of them and can book him in before I change my mind. Where did my baby go?!
The Day Dreaming Mummy