A quiet weekend
Not much going on in the shams this weekend. I spent last week investigating alternative childcare centres but have decided to leave the twins where they are after all that! Hopefully we have made the right decision.
They are at a nice community run place that feels like a home. That was/is a bit of the problem. Good intentions - but not the skills perhaps that are needed to bring out the best in Hannah bear. Besides internal wrangling and registration issues that have seen one director move on and an acting one take over.
The philosophy of letting the chldren play and devlop through their own interests at their own pace might work well for typically developing children - it certianly works for Kit who has made a 'best friend' there - he spends a lot of time in 'home corner' with his mate. Hannah however benefits from a more animated approach that encourages her to interact with her peers or prompts her into doing an activity like puzzles or cause/effect toys. She is an active and curious brat but a jump start can really benefit her - especially as she is the only under 2 they have that is not walking.
So I investigated another centre that was very enthusiastic and had a special needs coordinator who seems excellent. But somehow it feels wrong to move them because the staff where they are are inexperienced - after all - what did we know about T21 before Hannah? The staff there seem keen to learn - 7 of them came to a signing evening run by our early intervention program coordinator. So I am giving them another chance but if at the end of the next term I still feel that more 'child minding' is happening than 'child development'. I will have to consider moving the twins again.
So is this the beginning of my career as an advocate - am I failing in it already? Taking the easy option? I hope not. I have got a few ideas on how I can help the carers with Hannah and how I might make some constructive suggestions for interactions with her. Fingers crossed it works out. Here are some pics that I took - part of the plan to demonstrate the sort of play that it is good to encourage the bear to do or the sort of things that she enjoys that are especially good for her to do.
World Cup - Australia v Italy - I have to say that even I am enthusiastic. Never thought Australia would get to this point and as I have lived in the Leichhardt vicinity (full of Itlaian Austalians) for the last 20 years - it will be a great game. They are going to close Norton Street. In our pre baby days we would have walked up there but nowadays I think we'll set the alarm and get up and watch it from the comfort of the lounge room. They are selling half and half jerseys in the area too - as a local with no Italian heritage but a few good friends of that extraction I almost feel that we win either way!
Hannah loves 'row, row, row your boat ...'