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Daycare preschool

First time mom here. I'm a stay at home single mom how is that possible it is lol I live with a family member because I'm newly separated my question is since I was a stay at home mom while married I never considered day care well my son turned two and I think it would be good for him and me to go for a couple days a week is he too old ? Is day care mandatory what is the difference between it and preschool? At what age do we go to preschool?

  • anonymous mom
    May 19

    So he’s definitely not too old, I know lots of kids at my daughters daycare center who don’t start till they’re two or older so the age isn’t important. If you think he’d benefit from being around other kids in a structured setting then daycare may be a great option. Be prepared for a few weeks of tears and separation anxiety but it will pass. My daughter is 20 months old and has been in daycare since she turned 12 weeks and I have to say it’s awesome for us. She loves going and talks about her teachers and friends all the time. She learns a lot there and I’ve also learned a lot about new easy activities for us to do at home. So overall daycare has been amazing for us. Daycare is not mandatory and it’s really up to you if you want to send your child or not. The main difference between daycare and preschool is age and in some cases structure. For the most part, as long as your child is under the age of 3 and not potty trained, they are considered daycare age rather than preschool age. In my daughters center she cannot even transition to preschool until she’s fully potty trained. I think it’s similar in other venters as well. However, there are many places that only offer daycare at any age. The biggest difference between daycare and preschool after age 3 is if your child is in daycare, their care takers will not be required to prepare them for kindergarten, but if they’re in preschool, they will be following lesson plans and preparing for kindergarten. That’s not always the case but in general that’s the main difference. Good luck!!

  • Elena
    May 20

    Thank you so much

  • Maeghan
    May 22

    Try a Mother’s Day Out! I’m also a single SAHM (the looks I get when I say that 😂). I’m starting my son in the fall (he’ll be 18 months) and I’m going to work there for a little extra money. Mother’s Day Outs are typically 2 (sometimes 3) days a week and they don’t stay as long- usually 9-2. Not great for everyone but hoping it works for us! I’m not comfortable (and it’s unnecessary for us) putting my son in daycare but also think socialization is important so this is a happy medium for us!