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    Can anyone explain to me how Occassional Care works?

    Do you call up on the day or do you have them down say 1 day per fortnight or do you call as you need??

    Anyone who uses it, how does your child adjust to it being only occassional??

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    It really depends on the individual centre. The one I have used in the past has required me to give them at least a day's notice, but then another one I know lets you call as you need.

    I have only used occasional care about 3 times and my kids aren't in any form of childcare and they found it to be fun! They thought it was me dropping them off at a play centre, so I had no dramas.

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    I use occasional care, but I book in one day a week during school terms. I can only book a month in advance and my spot isn't guaranteed.

    I book extra times if I have appts that the kids can't go to etc. We need to cancel the day before and you don't have to pay for the missed time. There is also a standby list so if you really needed them on a specific day and time you can go on that list and if there is a cancellation you get the spot (last minute though). You can book the day before, even on the day. Whether you get in just depends on numbers of staffe and children already booked in.

    You can send them for an hour or a whole day. Pays to book ahead if you can to make sure you get in.

    Like a PP said, my kids treat it like a nice play but it is my third that uses it. My older two are used to preschool, child care and playgroup.

    Nice carers make it a great place. You would get a vibe about them. My DD is always greeted at the door and helped to find an activity.

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    I think it totally depends on the centre..

    The one my DS goes to is in with a Kindy session, and they can have 10 maximum per session. I'm never guaranteed a spot and have to say yes or no a week in advance. I have to pay ($5) regardless of if he goes if he is booked in.

    Maybe ring around if you know a few, because from reading this it seems to differ a bit!

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    i use one that is booked in term blocks and paid in advance. if you miss days you can keep them as a credit and use them later. They will take the kids for extra days if they have free spots. But they are usually full with pre-booked kids and don't do casual bookings.

    Another place nearby does casual bookings and permanent bookings, so you can just call up and then drop the kids straight off if they have space. I never actually used it though cos the girls don't know them etc, on the few occasions i might have needed it, i didn't want to leave them with strangers.

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    I find it great for appointments etc, but it's pretty exy as there are no rebates where we go. It's $13 an hour for 2 kids. I have never had an issue getting a booking, but that's probably because my kids are older. It's hard to get if under 2 years.


 

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