At what age did you send your toddler to preschool?
We currently have a nanny who we love, and who is committed with us for a while longer. My husband and I have been talking about whether we would want to extend her, and for how long. Our daughter loves the nanny (as do we), but she is expensive (as she should be). While we have floated the idea of a nanny share recently and haven’t received a hard “no”, before we hired her, the nanny expressed a preference for only working with one child at a time. So while that isn’t totally off the table for the right situation, we aren’t counting on it.
We could transition into another nanny share when our contract is up for this nanny, but our strong preference is to only transition our daughter once, if possible (i.e. in a perfect world we would keep our nanny until we find a preschool that works for our daughter, and our daughter would stay at the same preschool until K).
I know there are preschools that have toddler programs, some of which accept kids as young as 18 months, although it seems like 24 months/2 years is more common for an early start. So my question is – for those of you who had a nanny or nanny share, at what age did you transition your child to preschool, and why? What factors did you consider? How did it go?
I’m especially looking for insight from those who transitioned to full-time preschool, as we need full-time coverage for our jobs.