DD is turning 3 and has been going to a sessional Montessori school 3 days a week for 2 hours each day . Next year she will attend 5 days a week for 3 hours per session . Although I'm absolutely happy with her Montessori school and I know that a lot of parents are dying to get their children in this school , I'm faced with a dilemma in particularly with the short hours offered . My concerns are :
1. My daughter is hyperactive and constantly moving about , I would say given a choice she will spend her time outdoors engaging in physical activities. 3 hours of kinder is hardly enough for her , when she comes home im really just trying to keep up with her . That's when the iPad comes in ( too much probably)
2. She has speech delay and working on her social development in terms of communication etc . ( she is extremely shy and often has a huge meltdown when strangers come up to her , especially male) . I feel like the Montessori methodology encourages the child to learn independently and respectfully without interfering other children's work . This is fantastic , so if i break the work cycle up within that 3 hours that she is there , she's only really getting 1 hour or so outdoor play and interaction with her peers. However I also see the importance of working individually ( dilemma dilemma !!)
In a way I know I'm getting anxious about DD doing short hours next year without the option of long day care when needed . I honestly get burnt out from time to time and rely on long day care to keep me doing ( currently she goes 2 times a week) . I want her to be able to attend a kinder program that suits her interest and needs but at the same time keeps us both happy if you know what I mean . I'm not happy with the kinder program at her current long day care as I've observed her teachers handling children quite roughly . We looked into a long day care 3-5 yo kinder nearby but my husband wasn't impressed . The only options left for us is ELC attached to a private school ( still can't justify the fee ), or one that is attached to a catholic school which I'm leaning towards . The hours are from 7-6 , which means we can claim CCR , but we are sacrificing the Montessori program that we have waited so long for . I guess I already know which path I'm going to go if I'm being realistic . I really wanted to hear other parents experience with ELCs attached to private or catholic schools . We are in Victoria and looking at Tintern Grammar and Nunawading Catholic .
Looking forward to hear your experiences and advice !