What's a Daycare?

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What's a Daycare?
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Wed, 01-26-2011 - 8:32am

my DS asked me this the other day and i thought of this board.

 

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Wed, 01-26-2011 - 9:01am

I guess it depends on age. My oldest asks every question under the sun.

I would say. There are 2 types of daycare, in home and out of home.

An in home day care is usually

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Wed, 01-26-2011 - 9:25am
The daycare my son attends is very much like a 2-year-old appropriate preschool setting. It's all day, but they do little craft projects, read books, and play with toys. They have a little kitchen station. They eat breakfast and lunch at a little table. They take a nap. They play in the gym in the afternoon. There are three teachers (with somewhat staggered hours) who take care of 10 kids around the age of 2. 8 boys, 2 girls. Until January, only the 8 boys were in the class.

DD attends Pre-K, which is pretty similar, except they have stations (fine motor, science, etc.) and do more academic-y stuff like learn letters and how to write their names. Each day after Pre-K is officially over, they have a snack and go to the gym to play. On Fridays (not a Pre-K day), they get to go to the week's stations again in a less formated way and do little craft projects and draw and read books. She has one official Pre-K teacher (from the school district in our county) and two assistant teachers who work for the daycare.

The older kids who go there after school, eat a snack and then play in the gym. I think at some point they may go back to another room in the building to wait for their parents, but I'm not sure since we always pick up the kids while they are still in the gym.

I love this place. The director and assistant director, as well as all of the teachers are very nice and friendly. All of the teachers, even the ones who don't teach my kids' classes, know my kids' names and are just really great.
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Wed, 01-26-2011 - 9:33am
summer school is like daycare? my kids do camps in the summer, i don't call that daycare.

but thank you, there are daycare centers and at home providers, i agree..to back up a little what i wrote, my oldest daughter did experience daycare when she was an infant. for about a year, we did use a wonderful lady who offered that service out of her home but she's hardly someone DD remembers..perhaps if i continued working and my kids grew up used to outside arrangements the curiosity might be a little different.

 

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Wed, 01-26-2011 - 9:46am
How about daycare is a place where children go to play and learn when mom and dad can't be there?

I don't think summer school is like daycare, but summer camp is often used as childcare. Some of the camps my children attend, they would attend whether I was home or not, and some they enjoy but might not attend if they had a SAH parent. All have qualities that are similar to childcare (meal times, learning time, free time).
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Wed, 01-26-2011 - 9:52am

Not like summer school, summer camp.

My kids do summer camp for about 10 weeks every summer.

Summer camps are very much like day cares. They show up, play, hang with friends, do activities, eat lunch, do more activities, get picked up.

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Wed, 01-26-2011 - 9:54am

I think it's interesting that your DS has never heard of daycare.

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Wed, 01-26-2011 - 10:54am

I don't remember if any of my kids ever asked that question.

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Wed, 01-26-2011 - 11:49am

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Wed, 01-26-2011 - 2:33pm
<< it occurred to me that "daycare" isn't a topic of conversation IRL>>

Just because YOU have never had daycare as a topic of conversation IRL doesn't mean it isnt. It's a topic for many people.

That said ...
The various arrangements that exist have been a topic of conversation - casually, intertwined with other things; not a planned "discussion" - forever in our household. We've done 2-3 different types of arrangmenets ourselves. B ut I guess your children haven't had the conversation, probably because you've never used othercare.

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