|On his way to childcare carrying his Chuggington backpack|
Anyway, our experience of childcare so far has been really positive. His carers know him so well. They are also really good at keeping us informed of his well-being. Sometimes they ring me just to let me know if Isaac is acting differently or if he is showing signs of being unwell even though he is not that ill. He comes home with all kinds of craft and art work using paint, glue, stuff that I would not use at home simply because I have enough cleaning to do and don't need more. I always tell his carers, wow he would not do this at home. To which they respond, that's why you send your kids to childcare! I agree! His childcare also has a huge backyard with outdoor play equipment and a sandpit. Sometimes when I pick him up and he is out in the backyard, he doesn't want to go home.
Isaac is 21 months now and he is really curious and adventurous. I try my best to give him things to keep him stimulated developmentally and also things that entertain him. If the weather is good, I take him to the playground for 30-45 minutes. Sometimes twice a day. We hang out in the backyard a lot watering plants, picking up stones, plucking weeds. However, I find that he wants more. I suppose he is finding that this is the same backyard and the same weeds I have been pulling out for the last 1.5 years and this is the same playground I have been going to for 1.5 years. He is no longer interested in the toys he used to play - all those Fisher Price drop a ball and I will light up and sing a song for you type of toys. Which is why I think he has so much fun at childcare. Did I mention music appreciation classes? Yes they have it every other week..how awesome is that? We will be sending him to swimming classes very soon. Will blog about it once he starts classes.
In January I return to work full-time. I am feeling more confident that Isaac is gaining lots from attending childcare. I have to also admit that I am a happier person on days when I am at work and Isaac is at childcare. I miss him terribly but at least I am not the exhausted mummy I am on days when I am at home on my own with my very active toddler. He is growing up so fast :)