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Play groups and Daycare

Postby mjs513 » 29 Mar 2012, 02:08

Just recently moved to the Taipei Xindian area and looking for good daycare for my almost 2 year old daughter. She had been going to a Taiwanese grandmother her whole life just about, so this is very traumatic for both of us, as I've already had to leave her at a place she didn't know at all. Any recommendations for preschools or certified nannies would be greatly appreciated. I'd like to check out as many as possible.

Also wondering if other mothers with toddlers have any play groups or get togethers that I could join. Would love to meet other moms and let my daughter make some friends.

Thanks!
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Re: Play groups and Daycare

Postby Isha » 29 Mar 2012, 09:54

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Re: Play groups and Daycare

Postby asiababy » 11 Apr 2012, 07:53

Hi there!
There is Taipei City Playgroup that meets every Thursday morning at different places round the city. They post every week on the old Parentpages site. Tomorrow they will meet atY17:

Greetings, Everyone!
The weather is questionable for this this Thursday so we will go to Y17, the Youth Activity Center, for some indoor fun.

Location: On Ren'ai Rd., Bulding No. 17, (at the intersection with Linsen S. Rd.) It is only two blocks from Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, parallel to Xinyi Rd.

Time: 10:00 - 12:30 (the morning session begins and ends from 9:30 - 12:30, and I should arrive some time around 9:45am.)

Description: There is a large climber with a ball pool, sand pit, playrooms with various toys and activities, and an area with balloons blowing around (my favorite!).

NOTE: ADULTS MUST WEAR SOCKS, but it is optional for children.

Cost: NT$210 that includes child and one adult, if you get the ticket from me. Please try to bring the exact cost if you can because I only have so much spare change. Thanks! (Infants who can not crawl or interact with any toys or equipment are free of charge). The regular cost for this place is NT$450, if you don't have bulk tickets.

NOTE: There is paid parking in the basement and it is located on the side of building facing Ren'ai Rd.

Hope to see you then!

Kelly & Baby Charlotte, #091-664-1144


Updates are posted here every week: http://www.taiwanease.com/en/forums/viewtopic.php?f=164&t=7804
You can also send me a PM with your facebook info and I'll have you added to the playgroup page, if you would like to be. (You have to be invited into the group.) There are quite a few parents in your area posting on that page.
Family-friendly events and destinations Taiwan-wide. http://kidzone-tw.blogspot.com/
Looking for like-minded parents, a friendly space to take your kids, and classes for English-speaking children? http://www.parentsplace.com.tw
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Re: Play groups and Daycare

Postby mangoholic » 14 Apr 2012, 00:18

My suggestion would be to put her into the all-day (8-hour) yo-yo ban (nursery school). We sent our (then) 2.5 year old son there, and the first few weeks were tough, but now, the situation is different. Kids should be around other kids playing, not staying at home all day with Mom or Dad. When I go into rural Cambodia and spend time with the indigenous people, I always see flocks of children running around and playing together. They are neighbors, cousins, siblings, etc. And I think that is how it should be -kids playing and running around with other kids all day long -and they can get that in the yo-yo ban, in addition to some language skills (well, at least for us, as our son was speaking English and very little Chinese at that point. Now, 7 months later, his Mandarin has surpassed his English).

Just find the local yo-yo ban, that's my advice.
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Re: Play groups and Daycare

Postby Isha » 14 Apr 2012, 00:42

mangoholic wrote:Just find the local yo-yo ban, that's my advice.


Could you please write the Chinese word for yo yo ban? Will mbe easier for google search.
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Re: Play groups and Daycare

Postby mangoholic » 14 Apr 2012, 17:46

幼幼班 -that's for young kids (under 3, I think). After that it's Xiao ban and then Da ban. Lots of kids, they learn something, they get to play, and you get your day free.
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