There's so much stuff these days about the importance of preschool / early education for children's best chances at life... Or rather school. From all I've read I think this is baloney and actually Childcare is really only important for disadvantaged children - what kids need is love and attention and if you have a loving parent that reads and talks to their child, responds to their needs and provides opportunities for socialisation with other kids early learning isn't NECESSARY.
That's not to say I think Childcare is bad or that quality early learning facilities have no benefit. I just don't believe kids are better off in Childcare than being cared for by a loving relative.
But part of me wants to believe that my kids need Childcare because I need a break from them! My 2 older kids did 2 short days a week from about age 2 and my now 7 yo flourished when he attended preschool. My 2 year old will hopefully go 2 days a week from next year. We have no family in the county and I feel really quite isolated at times. I didn't plan on being sahm but we moved here from uk when my eldest was nearly 2 and I couldn't find work in my field and then any job I thought I might be able to do would've involved kids in long days for no real financial gain taking into account travel costs and Childcare.
Anyways I'm thinking of upping ms2's hours at care from 5-10. There is so much to do in the house with 3, she doesn't nap and they aren't all in bed until 9 so I find it really hard to find time for me to research my study options and having a bit more time just playing with other kids might be good for her? But for some reason I am balking at doing this. I feel like I'd be wasting our money and bad about myself that it means I'm not coping when I should be able to.
I guess this long winded post is just curiosity as to other people's attitude to Childcare.