As a new mom, sometimes the advice you get about what time, how many times, when, and where you should do this, that, and the other can be a little overwhelming. But when it comes down to it, you’re the parent and you know your child best.
Involve them in the jobs you do: i.e cooking, cleaning, shopping. If you are cooking for example, prepare an area near the kitchen where they can do play cooking further away but near enough for you to see them whilst doing yours. This will keep them busy whilst you accomplish your tasks.
There are general bits of advice that make sense. Call around uninvited to visit the creche. Get a real sense for how the place runs. Ask for confirmation that all the Montessori school teachers are fully trained in the Montessori method of education. A Creche in Cork we spoke to all confirmed that they had had their staff fully Garda vetted, which was excellent to hear. Not all Child Care Courses facilities can say this! Staff turnover in creches can be high. It’s always a good idea on your initial visit to ask one or two of the staff (ideally, not the one giving you the tour!) how long they have worked there. Anything more than 2 years could be an indication that it’s a nice place to work. Happy teachers and staff make for happy kids if you ask me!
Here are five tips from someone who has been a preschool/daycare teacher and director of 6 years, an at home daycare provider and someone who has already dropped two children off to school and daycare (20 and 13 now) as well as in the fall preparing my younger children for their first preschool experience.
Documents. Make the effort to obtain Letters of Recommendation from relevant witnesses like teachers, coaching, Child Care Course provider, religious leaders or anyone who has had an opportunity to observe your parenting abilities. Don’t bother with Letters from your Friends or Family. They will be ignored. School records, showing grades, absences, homework, etc can also be a great help.
Once you’re signed up, start tracking the foods you eat during the day. Just type in the food you ate in the search bar, and most of the time, you’ll find results. The Daily Plate’s database of foods is large, and always growing. You can find just about any food on this website. For each result, it will tell you all of the nutrition facts about that food. It’s just like looking at the label on the food package. Once you add a food onto your “plate”, you can adjust the serving you ate and what time of the day you ate it. The website will tell you how much of your daily calories you have left after adding a food.
I’m sure there are means of acquiring hours that I don’t know about (or forgot to mention). Feel free to post a comment to enlighten me and other readers!