i'm giving birth in october. also staying at buona vista, holland dr. i enquired n theres a waiting list for d infants. finishing my ML in jan n most likely taking no pay leave for another 2 mths. my nx alternative is search for nanny nearby my inlaw place as my bto is end of nx yr. in law place has got dementia grandma n no place for maid to stay!worseOriginally Posted by chengtng:830080Hi All,
I will be returning to work after my ML in Nov, and we are looking for infant care facilities near the Dover / Buona Vista / Holland area. A maid is out of the question has it is very hard to trust a stranger to look after your precious little one... Do children who are sent to infant care develop slower than children who are taken care of by their own parents or grandparents? I'm truly concerned as I'm worried that the infant care teachers would not put in any effort at all to help a child (especially a quiet child). Any thoughts on this?
We've shopped around the area, and found only 3 IFCs. My First Skool is completely full, and we weren't too impressed by the infant care at One-North, so we were thinking of LSH By-the-Vista (also because we dont't know of any infant care facility which is nearby). Just wondering whether anyone has any thoughts to share? My principal concerns are as follows:-
- Any idea about the hygiene standards of LSH BTV? (I am concerned because I've exhausted ALL my annual leave for this year to spend as much time with my child as possible post delivery, so I'm not sure how I would be able to care for my little one if he falls sick.)
- How are the infant care teachers at LSH BTV? I've heard stories about some infant care teachers simply leaving kids in beds/rockers staring into space all day. My little one hardly ever vocalises boredom. He simply waits for me to approach and then flashes me a toothless grin each time.. I'm worried he'll be neglected!
- Any instances of things like, diaper rash at LSH BTV (which of course shows that the child is not properly taken care of)?
- LSH BTV told me that they would help the infant develop according to interests. How effective is this? My child is missing some milestones so I would just like to know whether they would help him learn things like flipping / rolling / crawling etc.
- What are the methods of teaching? Any flash cards, books etc.? From my visit, it seemed as if there were only very few toys... Not much material to work with it seems. If we are dissatisfied with the materials, would we be able to provide them with materials like books / flash cards?
- How patient are the teachers at LSH BTV? My little one has problems feeding from a bottle (I'm training him now and trying to wean him from BF, so I'm expressing and saving milk instead). It usually takes him a long time to finish a bottle, and he makes things difficult like arching his back, uses his hands to try and dislodge the bottle from yours, kicking all the way through a feeding, but still manages to finish eventually because he's actually hungry. Not sure if the teachers at LSH BTV would have the patience to finish feeding him. I'm worried because at the last checkup we brought him to, he seemed a little underweight.
Sorry about the multiple questions! But I would really appreciate any comments / suggestions, or even referrals to good infant care centres in the area! Or just people to shed some light in the area of infant care. I've been experiencing a lot of nay-sayers who claim that infants are just left to rot in beds / rockers all day, and that the teachers are too busy to do anything constructive with your child! It's a pity that this is Singapore and it's simply difficult to survive on one income. Thanks much in advance!