I’m feeling surprisingly torn about a decision Chieko and I have to make regarding Ray’s daycare situation. When we heard in the fall that our school is opening a daycare on campus we were understandably excited. His current daycare is only a few minutes away from where we work, but gaining an extra 20 minutes in the morning not having to drop him off there would be huge, as would the time we save in the evenings when it’s time to pick him.
In the mean time, we’ve been able to find out virtually nothing about the new daycare facility, i.e. who the teachers are, what the place looks like, their philosophy on childcare. And Ray is comfortable and happy at his current daycare — he loves his teachers and seems to get along with the other kids. We are also happy with his daycare, and have more or less gotten used to the extra time it takes to get him there before work in the morning and to retrieve him afterward.
That said, we had decided we would move him to the school’s daycare in April, with the start of our new term at work. And then Chieko received an email this morning from a friend/colleague who has been involved in setting up the daycare. She told Chieko that there is only one kid currently registered to attend the new daycare — Ray would make two. Today is the deadline for other employees here to apply for a spot at the new daycare, and I’m hoping the numbers will increase. Otherwise, I’m having second thoughts about moving Ray.
The main reason I’m having second thoughts is that one of the major benefits of Ray’s current situation is that he’s learning how to socialize. Sharing a daycare with only one other kid would obviously hinder that. On the other hand, all of the individual attention he stands to receive isn’t a bad thing either — according to our friend, there will be three teachers at the school daycare. But I just picture Ray being lonely and bored.
So I’m curious what others would do if you were in our situation — uproot the boy for the sake of convenience, or stick with the ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ philosophy.
Sorry no pictures this time around; the way things have been going on this blog recently you’re lucky to get anything at all! Will try to put up a more picture-laden post soon (though they will probably be all of Ray).