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Hi, can anyone tell me if you can make a coop preschool work when you also have a one year old at home? im not sure how to give time to the preschool, can i bring the baby as well?
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Yes! We started at our co-op preschool (Linda Beach Cooperative Preschool) with my son when he was 3 and my daughter was 1 and it worked great for us. The 3yo class meets only on Tuesday and Thursdays from 9 a - 12 pm. Our in-class participation requirement was about once a month. Both my husband and I took shifts in the classroom to fulfill our participation requirement. The days I was in the classroom, my husband either worked from home (worked great when my 1 yo had a morning nap) or he took the morning off.
Our co-op is focused on creating a community amongst our families and one way they facilitate that is to match parents with younger siblings for childcare swaps. It ends up being a play date for the younger siblings while one parent is in the classroom.
And now that my 3 yo is a first grader and that 1 yo is in the 4 yo class at Linda Beach, I offer to babysit younger siblings. Gives me an opportunity to get a baby fix without committing to having another baby ;)
It depends on the coop! You have to ask each one what their policy is. Most will allow a baby in a sling and then they get antsy about the little one running around, but often you can find another family with a kid your age -- esp in the larger coops -- and do a babysitting trade for your work days. But again, you have to just talk to each coop about their policies.
Hi there. Both our kids went to a co-op preschool and we loved the experience. It was such a wonderful community of children and parents -- some of whom we are still dear friends with. It does depend on the co-op whether you can bring your younger child to school with you for your work shift. Ours did not allow it, so my son usually stayed home with a babysitter or went to daycare on those days. I was working part-time, so we already had child care set up. If you are a SAHM, you will probably have to find a sitter or else start a babysitting co-op. Also, most co-op parent communities are super supportive, so you may be able to work out some sort of child care swap with another family. Even though coordinating work shifts and child care (not to mention all the other school jobs) was extremely exhausting, I wouldn't have changed it for the world. Feel free to contact me for more info and good luck on your journey!