Before I had my baby, I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom. My opinion of daycare wasn't terribly positive, but as we all know, every family has to do what works for them, and so I decided to give it a try. Now that my son is almost 2, I have come full circle on day school, and couldn't imagine our lives without the lovely people at Canterbury. The director has been so helpful to me and is an absolute expert on early education. She schedules regular meetings with me to discuss his progress and milestones. He is physically and developmentally leaps and bounds ahead of many kids his age, and I think Canterbury has played an instrumental part in his advancement.
Infant Room: I toured several other daycares, and this was the only one where the ladies were heavily engaged (i.e. talking, singing, patting, holding, rocking) with all of their babies; not just one at a time. My two favorite caregivers have been there for years, and are so wonderful and genuinely loving. My little boy used to refuse to nap for me, but one of them showed me her secret patting trick and it works like a charm to this day! The infant room was the hardest for me at first, but I really can't speak highly enough of the women in there. They've become like family to me, and still come to my son's room to say hi to all of "their babies." All the toddlers stop and look up at them like little flowers to the sun, just beaming. It's so cute!
Toddler Room: Turnover is fairly common in the daycare industry. It's full of college kids and girls who are get engaged and move away. We had a bit of a rough patch last summer when my son first moved to the toddler room because he had a couple of different teachers in a row, but the director quickly sorted it out and hired two fantastic girls in his room. They are smart as whips, sweet, and endlessly patient. I remember thinking that daycare wasn't "school" and scoffing at the idea. 4 weeks into the Toddler Room, I changed my tune. My 1-year-old began signing about 20 words, identifying animals and making their sounds, and naming face and body parts. The Montessori program in the Toddler Room is no-pressure and largely play, but he is absolutely getting something from the little lessons. At 22 months, he speaks in sentences, can say his ABCs, count to 10, and sort and name shapes. He also made a best friend, which is super hilarious to me. :)
Twos Room: We haven't moved to this room yet, but it is a "pre-pre-school" room with one of my favorite teachers at Canterbury. The curriculum really picks up, and they begin working on potty training. One of my son's friends has moved over to that room, and in the last month, her language has exploded. She is speaking so clearly and singing songs. It's awesome!
In short, daycare is a very hard thing for us moms, but if you have to do it. this is a great one and I'm very happy with Canterbury.