My son will be 2 next summer and I think that for both financial and social reasons, it will be a good time to change from a nanny to a day care/preschool setting for the 2-3 days per week that I work. Does anyone have any amazing programs to recommend that have part-time (probably 3 days per week) options? I know there are a couple of great Montessori programs, but I love being home with him on the 2 days I don't work, and am not ready to have him in school on those days, though I probably will when he turns 3. I'm open to home daycare, or a center or preschool if it was very warm. Full days would be good, so I don't have too many balls in the air with worrying about someone picking him up and bringing him home, but I'd be open to a part day if it seemed like a good fit for him.
We live in Newton, but I work in Longwood so could easily bring him to Brookline or Jamaica Plain in the morning on my way in to work.
PS Someone recently mentioned Little Feet day care in Brookline to me--does anyone have experience with this program?
I don't have any experience with Little feet. But, I live in Brookline and have my child at Russell Cooperative in Watertown square which is close to you depending on what part of Newton you live in. They will accept a child at 2 years 9 months and it is a play based, waldorf inspired preschool of mixed aged children from 2 9' to age 5. It is a warm, loving, and nuturing place. There is no academic component only a real fostering of imaginative play and the sharing of that play with other children. I know that there is a family daycare that many Russell families use that is also holistic, play based and waldorf inspired. Sometimes working parents pick their children up after the day at Russell is over and bring them right to the family day care to remain until after the work day. (I wish I could remember the name of the day care. If you're interested, I will ask my child's teacher, and get back to you!)
My daughter has been at Peabody Terrace Children's Center (PTCC) in Cambridge, which uses a Reggio Emilia inspired approach, for the past 2 years. PTCC has a full-time art teacher and dedicated studio space as well as music class, "Rainbow Dance," yoga, etc. While I'm still learning about Reggio schools and their philosophy, I see my daughter's teachers incorporate child-led exploration, a focus on nature, and detailed documentation of children's experiences into the curriculum. There is also frequent communication (both formal and informal) between parents and teachers. Both my husband and I attended Montessori schools for pre-school and early elementary years, and Reggio seems a less structured approach that fits our daughter well. I'm not sure about current enrollment, but contracts generally run from August though July with full and part-time options.