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    Yes she my FDC lady ended up buying a can thing and would drive ds around which I was rather uncomfortable about. I found it was not much cheaper aswell.

    If u get a good DCC then they don't generally let ur kids cry. As of this year in qld they have lowered the number of children per teacher. My DCC is swamped with teachers, helpers, etc. I guess that's why my kids rush to go to Kindy and half the time don't say good bye because they are comfortable knowing all their needs are met.

    It's personal choice really. It depends greatly on the DCC or the FDC and also on your child. Check them all out. Turn up when they least expect it aswell so they are true to what they say. I have heard of a FDC where my friend kept noticing the carer was on fb all day. You will get good ones and you will get bad ones. Goes with all of them. They all look perfect on the day you go check them out cause they want your business. Take your inspector googles along and check what the kids are doing, how they feel, the surroundings, safety etc. hope this helps

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    I have had one FDC mum and I've had the worst experience. Once I picked up my son and he was sitting on the side of the rd with her 5year old daughter unsupervised (he was 1). The next time he was home unsupervised because she ducked off to drop her husband off at the mosque (2mins down the road but besides the point) and once again, he was under the care of a 5year old. I turned up unannounced and she pulled in beside me - without children in the car. The kids were inside. I immediately took him out of her care. That night he was violently ill and i noticed in his nappy there was rice in his poo. I called her urgently because I was concerned it was an allergic reaction or food poisoning. I asked her what he had eaten and she answered only what was in his lunchbox. What a load of rubbish- he was NEVER given rice. My bet is she was feeding him her food and keeping the packaged food for her school children. I am upset even just remembering how traumatic my experience with her was. Never again. I hope there are some
    Good ones out there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waitingfornumber2 View Post
    I have had one FDC mum and I've had the worst experience. Once I picked up my son and he was sitting on the side of the rd with her 5year old daughter unsupervised (he was 1). The next time he was home unsupervised because she ducked off to drop her husband off at the mosque (2mins down the road but besides the point) and once again, he was under the care of a 5year old. I turned up unannounced and she pulled in beside me - without children in the car. The kids were inside. I immediately took him out of her care. That night he was violently ill and i noticed in his nappy there was rice in his poo. I called her urgently because I was concerned it was an allergic reaction or food poisoning. I asked her what he had eaten and she answered only what was in his lunchbox. What a load of rubbish- he was NEVER given rice. My bet is she was feeding him her food and keeping the packaged food for her school children. I am upset even just remembering how traumatic my experience with her was. Never again. I hope there are some
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    Holy heck!
    That's absolutely horrifying! I'm so sorry your little boy and you went through that x


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    Yeah I went to pick dd up when she was 5 and the daycare mum was inside with her 2yo watching tv. I got there earlier than usual. She told me they are out the back. I told her they are with me (her 5yo as well) and they had been playing on the road. I reported her and she stopped all care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zombiekitty View Post
    Holy heck!
    That's absolutely horrifying! I'm so sorry your little boy and you went through that x


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    Me too! Gross negligence to say the least

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    Quote Originally Posted by share a book View Post
    Yeah I went to pick dd up when she was 5 and the daycare mum was inside with her 2yo watching tv. I got there earlier than usual. She told me they are out the back. I told her they are with me (her 5yo as well) and they had been playing on the road. I reported her and she stopped all care.
    I think 'cold calling' is definitely the best way to weed out the bad eggs. That being said, I think there is less risk of negligence at a child care centre because there are multiple staff that are audited etc plus parents are coming in and out all day to collect their kids

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    Ratios are the same no matter what kind of care you use. My daycare centre is fabulous. My children have all their needs met and have formed a special relationship with one of the carers.

    Family daycare can be unreliable. No time to even go to the toilet or help children go to the toilet without leaving children unsupervised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Ratios are the same no matter what kind of care you use. My daycare centre is fabulous. My children have all their needs met and have formed a special relationship with one of the carers.

    Family daycare can be unreliable. No time to even go to the toilet or help children go to the toilet without leaving children unsupervised.
    Of course the ratios are the same but FDC is obviously a much more 'family' type, intimate environment.
    Many times, if the carer is sick then the head office can arrange alternative care for the day.
    My kid's carer isn't unreliable but the centre's staff sure were.




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    Quote Originally Posted by zombiekitty View Post
    Of course the ratios are the same but FDC is obviously a much more 'family' type, intimate environment.
    Many times, if the carer is sick then the head office can arrange alternative care for the day.
    My kid's carer isn't unreliable but the centre's staff sure were.




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    Never have they been able to find another carer. I lost my job because I was unreliable, being called to say I had to pick my own child up,.because the daycare mum was unreliable. Car breaks down, cannot do school pick up. Carer gets sick, cannot look after kids. Carer's children get sick, cannot look after kids. It seemed her car often broke down, or herself or one of the kids would be often sick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by share a book View Post
    Never have they been able to find another carer. I lost my job because I was unreliable, being called to say I had to pick my own child up,.because the daycare mum was unreliable. Car breaks down, cannot do school pick up. Carer gets sick, cannot look after kids. Carer's children get sick, cannot look after kids. It seemed her car often broke down, or herself or one of the kids would be often sick.
    My kiddie's carer doesn't do school pick ups or drop offs and she's very reliable, as are all the carers my friends use for their kids
    Sounds as though you were unlucky


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