When is the right time to start child care? There really isn’t a ‘right time’. Quite often the need for childcare isn’t about the development of the child, but the requirement of parents returning to work. *Melissa Bell *works full time and uses child care for her youngest daughter, Isabella. She does feel bad about placing her into childcare and feels that she suffers from ‘motherguilt’.
Dr Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett, an early childhood educator, reminds us that full time working mothers don’t own motherguilt, all mothers feel guilt as soon as they become mothers, and that means while we are pregnant as well. She recommends that we don’t let the guilt overwhelm us and that we do the best that we can with the resources available to us at the time.
Children love being in a social situation and learn alot from each other. Remember that it’s the parents that feel the separation anxiety much more keenly than the child. Follow a regular routine to help make drop off easier for both of you.