We're going to take a 3-week trip to Germany (from the US) in a couple of months to visit my parents. I've been eagerly awaiting this opportunity to create need for my 2-year-old to speak German.
I have a few friends with toddlers, but beyond play dates, I think it could be really helpful to send my son to daycare/kindergarten for a few days to give him German language/cultural/social exposure.
I've heard of people doing this before, so I'm hoping someone can share their experiences with finding a daycare and other logistics. How did it go for you? Thanks!
In big cities, there is a shortage of daycare spots for all residents, so I doubt you will find something. Maybe in private structures? You could also have a look at Tagesmutter? Maybe they have a kid on holiday at the time you visit?
No experience myself (I just sent my 6yo to a German school for a day, it was no problem), but our former neighbors, also German-French, had their son in kindergarten in his grandma's town a number of times while they were in Germany. I'm afraid I don't know any details, and I've lost touch with them.
Why don't you start by checking out what daycare structures (especially private, for the reasons Elodie mentioned) are in the area where your parents live? You can always ask them, at worst they say no.
Also, maybe your parents have neighbors with kindergarten-aged kids who could point you to other sorts of organized activities for kids your son's age?
Mayken: My girl and I are going to see her ml grandma in our ml country for the Easter weekend. (And buy more books!)
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Adam Beck: Mayken, I hope you two have a fun, book-happy weekend!
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Mayken: On the train from Paris to Cologne we sat next to another ml mother and daughter from our school! Only noticed when almost in Cologne. It's a small ML-ml world!
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Amy: Got fleeting impression during Skype call with daughter on holiday at grandparents' in ml1 country, that her ml1 pronunciation has improved! She even seemed more confident speaking in ml2!
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Adam Beck: Mayken and Amy, you and your kids are both doing so well! Keep up your wonderful efforts!
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Mayken: During the traditional German Easter fire, my daughter met her friend from her school day in the ml school! So many birds with one stone! (Sorry for the birds ;))
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