Our daughter will be 3 in May and we're on the waiting list for our local kindergarten (10 min walk away). However, they say she may not get a place until she is at least 3 1/2 or 3yr 8mths. There are 2 childcare centres a short car trip away that may be
Of course I would prefer the closest kinder but I know she's ready for social interaction as she hasn't been to a daycare before. Currently she's mostly at home, or with grandparents or similar-aged cousins or once a week, and usually meet with a friend with similar-aged child once a fortnight.
It's so hard sometimes to make a clear decision when there is so much invested in it. And to be honest, it's hard to predict at this stage which centre she'll be happiest in and what will work for your family in terms of practicality and access. The convenience of the local kindy is great. If you could find some balance until she gets in there with playgroups and her getting together with other kids of the same age, this may address your concerns. I'd imagine you wouldn't want her to get established and settled at one of the other places and then need to move her when the local kindy place becomes available.
But it's not like she's not having other social access with other family members and cousins at the moment. And if she's happy and content and doing well in all areas of her development then perhaps the best option for you and her is to wait out the waiting period for the closest place?
I know I've not given you any clear answers but so often in parenting, this is the way it is. The fact that you're considering all these options and balancing up the pros and cons demonstrates how much you love her.
19 Apr 2015