says my two-year-old daughter. She hasn’t been since December and I’m wondering now, should I be worried?
That’s T with in a pink-sweater with her cowboy boots on & F (her best-friend) in the number 17 shirt on. She used to love play-group.
Here in the UK, children as young as 8 months (maybe even younger, I think it depends on the parents) to about two years old attend play-group or toddler group at least once a week. Parents go with their kids and watch while they play and make sure they don’t get into mischief. It’s also like a social thing for the parents where you can meet other, that’s how we became friends with F’s parents (T’s best friend).
Once they’ve turned 2, parents have a choice whether they want their child to also go to play-school, it’s a lot like play-group, the only difference is, you can leave your child with them. Last year, T used to go to play-group on Wednesdays and play-school on Fridays. For an extra fee (a very small one at that), your child can have lunch with the other children (or you can prepare a packed lunch for them) and then stay till 3. T didn’t last till 3. When we called to check on her, the child-carers said that she wanted to go home. She hasn’t been to play-group or play-school since then.
We don’t really mind though and don’t want to force her to go if she’s not up for it. Although I do worry that she needs to socialize more and play with other kids, but I also have to remind myself that she’s only 2. I know it’s just a phase, I just hope she gets over it soon. She used to be so excited about play-group before. I want her to have more friends too, and not be like me who really is a bit of an anti-social. Haha.
Does your child go to play-school or the equivalent of play-school?