I did not plan on including child care in my “little things I’m thankful for,” but today when Clay couldn’t wait to go to school, it seemed fitting. Child care does not save me money or time, but it does save my sanity knowing that my kids are in a happy and safe environment when I am working and that makes quality child care invaluable.
When both kids were babies, we had nannies for the days that I went into the office (I worked from home twice a week). When Clay was 15 months old, we put him in a home daycare and Avery started there at 14 months old. The teachers there are like family to us. They adore our kids and the feeling is mutual.
Our daycare uses a preschool curriculum, but since he turned four this year, we sent Clay to preschool at our local elementary school to get him ready for kindergarten. His school is closed this week, so he is at daycare with Avery. Some kids might not like to go back to daycare after preschool, but Clay could not wait. He told me last night that he was too excited to sleep because he couldn’t wait to go to his “old school.” He was in my room at 5:00 a.m. and told me that his “old friends and teachers were going to gather around him because they would be so excited to see him.”
I’m not sure who was more excited when the kids arrived there this morning – Clay or his teachers. When I picked the kids up this afternoon, they went on and on telling me how well-behaved (maybe they could talk to his preschool teachers?) and smart he is. His daycare teachers were a big part of the kid he’s become, and for that, I’m so thankful.