I am going back to work full-time in Sept. My second DS will be joining my first DS at his daycare. DS1 started at this daycare when he was 12 months and was there for a year on a full-time basis and for his second year while I was on mat-leave with DS2 he went 2 days a week to keep up the routine. So I've been happy with this daycare for two years and unless I find something closer to home, I will have both or one of my kids there for the next 2-3 years.
The tricky part which I'd like some feedback on: DS2 will be in the 'baby' class made up of 5 babies all around 12-14 months who will be looked after by a woman who only speaks Spanish (most kids and parents speak a mix of English and/or French). Apparently another woman, who speaks english, will be joining her in the afternoons to help with the babies. When DS1 was in the baby class there was an english speaking care provider so I didn't have this issue. My question is, do you think this will affect DS2 at all?
I have to say that when I first found out I wasn't please, but in reality I'm most concerned that DS2 is physically taken care of; fed, changed, comforted, smiled at, made to feel safe - all the things where language isn't really an issue. I figured that maybe he'd pick up on some Spanish words, make the connection to the English equivalent and his brain would sort it's self out and everything would be fine. Until today when another mum asked me what I thought and then went into a huge rant about how if we're paying big bucks then our kids should have care providers that speak the same language as we do at home. But if you do the math he'll be dropped off around 9 am and assuming the other woman comes around lunch or after nap then it will only be 3-4 hours in the morning where he has someone talking to him in a new language and then he'll have two people there until I get him between 3 & 4 pm.
Am I 'under' reacting? Is this other mum over-reacting? How much is this going to affect DS2 seeing as this will be the case for the time he's 12 months to about 20 months.
Just to add, all year long when I dropped DS1 off for his days I usually saw this woman with a little one parked in her lap (all the age groups have free play together in the morning) - either happily sitting there or being comforted because they were sad.
Any thoughts? Experience?