I always knew I would send him to an "institutional" daycare, as opposed to a home daycare. I liked the idea of having a lot of kids, and spending time with those of his same age. I also liked that our daycare was run by a not-for-profit organization rather than a business.
I also knew that I was not going to be a stay at home mom. I commend those people that do it, but I knew it wouldn't be for me. I enjoyed my maternity leave but was happy to go back to work. I am also not a teacher, let alone an early childhood educator. E learned a lot of things at school and they did a lot more with him than I could even think of. He liked being with his friends, and he is very prepared for JK.
It will be sad to say goodbye to his friends and teacher. I am still friend with people I went to daycare with (Little Peoples Place!!) but it is obviously different in a big city, none of his daycare friends are going to his new school.
Here is a collection of E's school photos over the three years he was there.
In this one he had only been there for about a month - I think he was still adjusting.
2 years old
3 years old
I also found some pictures that we took of the daycare's pictures.
Because the daycare is located near the lake they got to go for walks along there.
So excited ;)
I also wrote about the field trip to the aquarium here.