Due to an unfortunate turn of events I have found myself unexpectantly unemployed. A month ago I was working in a job I adored and had zero plans of leaving. I had recently enrolled 21 month old DD into daycare, to attend 2 days per week, five hours a day. She has been to 3 sessions- the first 2 went well, the third she was becoming unwell (had a bad bout of a gastro like virus) and obviously didn't enjoy that day.
Anyway, I'm stuck as to what to do now. I no longer "need" the service as I'm not working, but a part of me would like to leave her in for one day for a few hours, mainly for the social aspect. I myself have worked in childcare and like the structure it teaches (also exposing her to more of the world and people, learning different things etc) and think it will be beneficial for DD.. but then I have so much doubt as well- she's only so young, I could wait another year, she was becoming really upset at drop off last time and cried the whole time for me (I know it due to her being unwell, but still it wasn't a nice time for her) and then there's the whole getting sick in the first place (I'm sure she picked up the virus from there, I know I can't wrap her up in cotton wool, but still )...
So at the end of the day, I'm torn. She's only a baby for such a short time and before I know it she'll be off to kinder etc... but then again, four hours once a week isn't a big deal.
Anyone else experience this or place their kids into care for reasons other than work?
Or were you reluctant like me?
Any helpful advice would be appreciated, I keep changing my mind about this...
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