I'm back with another toddler dilemma that we will soon be facing. Both J and I work full time. Luckily we have a great place for P to be while we are working. We take her to an in home sitter. Our sitter only watches a few other kids and luckily, one of the boys is right around P's age. There is also a boy who is two years older who has been a a great role model. Unfortunately he will not be returning next year.
We have a potential of a day care/preschool option through my work that would have P starting preschool at the beginning of the school year after she turns 3. She would be in preschool for a few hours a day, then they have unstructured day care the remainder of the day. We can do this for 2 years. The only catch is, this preschool is only available if there are enough kids and my work offers it.
I have always wanted P to get into more structure and around more kids sooner rather than later. Being an only child and only having a few kids at the sitter is great but also has it's problems. I really want to get her social skills developed. Preschool and more traditional daycare would really help with this.
My dilemma is that I am not sure if she needs two years of this or not. What do you think? Is two years of preschool necessary?