I have dts aged 2 and a ds aged 6 1/2. Dts not great speakers although improving and the fact that they're twins and premature obviously doesn't help. They're also august babies and I am concerned about how they'll do when they start school next year (nursery of school starts at 3).
I'm considering pre-school but the cost is putting me off. I've found a very nice quite small one (8 kids), 3 1/2 hours a little institutional but more about setting routines and teaching the basics of putting your things in trays than anything more than that. Please convince me it's really worth it or is there some way I can supplement what they're doing to help develop their language and social skills.
We have activity groups in the areas but they're all mother attended and most of the kids don't seem to interact that much.
They won't get more language input at preschool than they do from you at home - is that why you are thinking of putting them in? The level of attention you can give them at home will be far more than what they will get at preschool and as you know them better the language you use with them will be more relevant to them and better adjusted to their level. I would talk, sing, read and play more at home now and give them a chance to grow up a bit before nursery. If you want some evidence to back you up, try reading 'young children learning' by tizard and Hughes. They looked at children talking at nursery and to their mums and found that they got many more significant interactions and used more sophisticated language at home, regardless of whether their mums were middle class or working class - it wasn't what they expected to find stall.
I would read and use at home the Hanen book It Takes Two to Talk as that has brilliant practical strategies for encouraging slightly late talkers. My dd is just the same and the book really helped us. Our SALT advised against preschool until 3 for the same reasons the pp said. She advised using Hanen and that has really increased vocabulary for us
My b/g twins started pre-school (3 hours p/w) at 2 years old & I'd highly recommend it. They also go to private nursery 2 afternoons. You could give it a try & see how it pans out. Good luck in whatever you decide
Starting in November, my son (2.3 by then) will be going for four hours twice in a week in a group of eight children and two teachers. The preschool is highly regarded, friendly, low-key and my son loved the trial session (while we were there).
I'm still a little unsure, but I'm 27 weeks pregnant with DS2, exhausted, and need the break.