Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: bet | 2010-11-23

Q.

14 month old, good for creche?

my boy is 14 months old, he is not yet walking. he goes around holding on to walls and coaches. I am thinking of putting him in a creche in January. is this a good idea? what is the right age for a baby to go to creche?

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

Do not be concerned about your son's walking. He is already holding on to things and trying to walk so it should not be too long before he starts walking by himself. There is no right age to send a child to a creche. It is always best for babies and toddlers to be looked after at home if this is possible.If you have to put him in a creche then January would be a good time to start.

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Posted by: Purple | 2010-11-23

Children play side by side rather than together until they are about two and a half, so if you are able to be home with your child or have your child with a nanny or a granny during the day until they are around that age, then try to do so. Your child will get one on one care and will not get sick nearly as often.

From about two and a half, if they aren''t going to have lots of chance to socialise while at home, then it is best to send baby to a play group or a pre-primary type of set up where they mix with children of their own age and do mostly play with some structured and unstructured activities.
If however your child is able to interact with other children in the neighbourhood for most mornings of the week, then its fine to wait until they are ready for proper pre-primary (at about age 3 turning 4) before you send them off to school.

Creche is really a child care option of last resort. However, if this is the only option available to you, it certainly isn''t going to do any harm, and most babies and toddlers in this country are cared for in creches, just be prepared for lots of illness (colds every few weeks, chest infections, runny tummy and vomiting) until your child is about 3 and stops needing to feel by putting toys in their mouth.

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