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More structure or more play for a 4 year old?

I have two day cares available for my 4 year old son. One is rather academics based with time slots reserved for reading and math (about 2 hours a day). The other is play based with no formal education included. There are other differences of course, but these are the two basic ones I'm struggling with. I need to pick one. It's never too early to start learning, or is it? If you've been in a similar situation what has swayed your mind?
posted by anonymous on Jun 11, 2015 - 25 answers

Childcare strategies for work-at-home parents?

Is it possible to work at home with a nanny and 2 kids and actually get anything done? If not, can you suggest alternate strategies? [more inside]
posted by The Elusive Architeuthis on Jan 4, 2014 - 18 answers

Busy baby needs a place to chill out

Seattle, WA-Mom has obviously totally screwed up her day care search. Help please! [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse on Jul 15, 2013 - 10 answers

I know that none of those words go together.

Boston MetroWest parent filter: I need an affordable full-time preschool in Needham, MA or between Needham and North Waltham. And by "affordable" I mean < $1000/month. My son will be 3 in October. [more inside]
posted by woodvine on Jul 3, 2013 - 5 answers

Poppins? Mary Poppins? Are you there?

We need a nanny/childcare in Seattle STAT! Help Seattle MeFites! [more inside]
posted by pencroft on Apr 20, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me wrap my brain around this

I currently work about 20 hours a week at my job while my parents watch my 18-month-old. Today I'm considering whether to apply for a full-time, telecommuting job -- it's kind of my dream job. (And yes, it's a legit work-at-home job with a national org!) Please help me decide! [more inside]
posted by trillian on Dec 19, 2011 - 22 answers

How big a role should the neighborhood play in a daycare choice?

How do I interpret the crime statistics on a given neighborhood in my city? And is it then appropriate to make a judgment call on whether or not it's safe to put my child in a daycare there using that information? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Sep 21, 2011 - 21 answers

Interested in starting a home daycare. Tips please.

Interested in starting a home daycare. Tips please. [more inside]
posted by no bueno on Sep 19, 2011 - 10 answers

Chicago filter: Daycare help!

We are 12 weeks pregnant! Hooray! Now down to the nitty gritty, and I'm nothing if not a planner. First time mother, so this is all relatively new to me. I need some advice from the wise hive mind about childcare and the search for it in Chicago. My plan is to take about 3-3.5 months maternity leave and then head back to work full-time. We are due in late January, so I guess we would be looking to start daycare in early May. Question 1: When should I start looking seriously? I know this is early, but I don't want to miss the boat. Question 2: Any good recommendations? We are in the Logan Square area, but I would also be open to places in Wicker Park/Bucktown, Irving Park, or Roscoe Village. Question 3: What should I expect to pay for five full days? (I checked out some rates and they seemed insanely high to me, but maybe I just need to acclimate and adjust the budget accordingly). Thank you, everyone!
posted by knmr76 on Jul 7, 2011 - 14 answers

What should we be asking potential daycare providers?

What should we be asking about and looking for when selecting a daycare provider? [more inside]
posted by pixlboi on Jan 25, 2011 - 16 answers

Should we pay for a month of daycare when it sucked?

Childcare payment. What's the right and easiest thing to do? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Dec 21, 2010 - 22 answers

Help me manage the transition to daycare!

My 17-month-old is starting daycare for the first time. Should we send her for two, or three days per week? And what changes should I expect in her personality or our relationship as a result of this? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Aug 31, 2010 - 16 answers

How do you look for an hire a "manny" in Westchester, NY?

We need a new nanny, and I have two high-energy, high intelligence (G&T) boys. I'm thinking a manny might be the answer, but there are none on the typical sites like sittercity and craigslist. Any suggestions? Things to consider?
posted by digitalprimate on Jul 28, 2010 - 8 answers

How do average people afford daycare?

How do two 'middle class' average working parents afford daycare for their infant? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple on Jan 13, 2010 - 46 answers

Drop off child care in Manhattan?

What are some great places for drop-off child care in Manhattan? We need to be able to bring a 3-year-old and leave her in safe hands for a few hours. Any places that are open till late at night (midnight or 1 am)? Thanks.
posted by shivohum on Apr 23, 2008 - 1 answer

Evaluating child care providers

What are the questions we should be asking when evaluating a child care provider? [more inside]
posted by borrowed_tunes on Nov 7, 2005 - 12 answers

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