We've started visiting pre-schools and daycare/pre-schools in the last couple of weeks, all with an eye to the spring/summer/fall when the kid will be old enough (2-2.5, depending on the program) to enroll.
One place we visited yesterday morning seemed fine--it's a full-day pre-school/daycare combo running up through kindergarten--but in one 2yo classroom, the kids were all stoned, watching Barney. [Hah, I wish. Of course, I mean the OTHER Barney.]
Now, The Simpsons and The Wiggles notwithstanding, I'm sure we're more anti-TV than most people, and I can see the value/importance/plausibility of giving 2 year-olds a few minutes to chill and regroup in the middle of their day. But I was still pretty unsettled by it.
Is finding a roomful of preschoolers vegging in front of a TV a dealbreaker for anyone out there? Is it pretty common, so common you're surprised I'm even worried about it? How do you gauge the "right" use/amount of TV in a childcare/teaching situation? And what dealbreakers SHOULD I be looking out for [instead]?