We have been sending LO (3 yrs) to daycare for a few months now. It was primarily to give her opportunities to socialise with other kids her age, as she is an only child. While she seems to enjoy her daycare activities, and talks about her friends, she doesn't engage with them, or talk to them or play with them. She does observe everything they do, though. Her 'teacher' isn't very ...uhm, how do you put it... interactive/encouraging with the kids.. I mean casual interaction and talking to the kids around, besides telling them what to do or teaching/telling stories. Is this how it is in most daycares in US? Are children usually left to themselves unless they are troublesome, with various scheduled activities offered to them, with only supervision/telling them what to do but little direct interaction/encouragement? I understand it is not easy to take care of so many kids, and the staff do have a lot of stuff to maintain as well.. I am not really looking for one-on-one care... more like watching her and pulling her in now and then when she stays aloof for long etc. Just want to know what I can expect.. Will a different type of care program eg. preschool program, or montessori or some other type of care setup address this better, or are they also the same?