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    Default Moving to NSW and confused about 'Preschool' vs 'Childcare'

    I am getting myself al confused so hopefully someone can help me

    I am a SAHM to my DS who will be turning 4 in February 2013. If we were staying in QLD I would of put him into our local C & K to prepare for Prep in 2014 but we've just found out that we are moving in January next year to NSW.

    I've done some research on Community Preschools in NSW (I assume in NSW its preschool the year they turn 4 before June and then Kindy the year after?!) and its a little more exxy compared to the C & K we had up here ($36 vs $24 per day) so I'm now looking at Childcare options that have the school readiness program but worried that it wouldn't be as structured as Community Preschool. This is not based on anything I've read but only a cousin mentioned that in her experience with her DS in Community preschool they had certain times to do certain things (a little like school) where as in Childcare if they were doing Art & Craft and her son wanted to run around in circle outside he didn't have to do Art & Craft (ie. not as structured).

    This is my main worry with my DS as unless he is 'enticed' to complete whatever activity is in the room at the time he wil just rather play outside.

    So what do you think, is 'Preschool' better then 'Childcare' for school readiness?

    Thanks for your help

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    My kids go to a daycare with a school readiness programme. Ours is quite structured. They are only allowed to play outside at certain times otherwise it's inside learning or individual play. My eldest started school and has had no problems. Having said that we don't actually have any preschools in our immediate area. A lot I feel would depend on the teachers too. Other kids have gone to a private preschool and struggling at school. It really depends on your child. Do you know where you will be moving too? I'd get your name on as many childcare options as possible. Best wishes

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    Thanks Wigglemum! Yes, we are moving to Richmond. I've been sussing out centres on the internet but unfortunately you just don't get that 'feel' for the place unless I was actually there and we don't arrive until mid January. I'm off to make some phone calls today. Thanks for your advice re. Childcare , I'm glad to hear it is quite structured. I guess it will be a question today for me to make sure that any options that are available to us have that structure as well.

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    In my experience, there's a big difference:
    in quality & price.
    In NSW, preschool is neither mandated nor universally available and in my area one third of the kids miss out on a place in pre school.
    I too am a SAHM, but I was told I would miss out, so I paid $86 a day for 2 days a week preschool program at a child care centre. This was to ensure I would get priority for placement in the associated preschool.
    Enormous difference in as much as the child care was babysitting and the peschool was education and school readiness.

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    Back in 1992 i went to the little community pre school in Richmond, still operating there, went on to kindergarten and primary in the area without a problem... Im the opposite, ive moved to qld and find the whole system here confusing ! I think if you are able to put time in with your little ones it doesnt matter where they go, there is good and bad everywhere.

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    I think it's important to get a feel for these centres buttercup. I'm from that area and there's good and bad.. But there's a lot of riff raff. I'd suggest wait listing and then check them out when you get here. Are you financially able to make a trip down to check them all out? I've heard good things about Macquarie Street Kindergarten if you're not able to get a place in pre school here. It's in Windsor, not Richmond though.

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    Sorry, I should of said we will be around the Richmond/Windsor area. Not entirely sure where we will get a house at the moment. Thanks for the name and heads up Ezzabee, I was actually looking at the Macquarie Street Kindy last night on the net and thought it looked pretty good but as you said I really need to get a 'feel' for them. I was hoping to not have to fly down beforehand, but it might be a good idea. Its exactly my concerns Really Old, ...hmm..

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    Yeah they are all classed as day care I think and not compolsory to go to.

    All centres have all just had to implement a new program for "pre-school" its set by the government and they have to do it. I forget the correct name for it. But they have to structure it now rather just baby sit them now.

    I would check them all out and you get a feel for them.... One we go to .... director is early childhood teacher so she is very teacher orientated and getting them ready for school etc.

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    WHat I love about Nsw is that it's not compulsory age start as there is in qld I wouldn't hVe been able to keep my boy bCk a year in qld and do 2 years of preschool like I have here he started preschool when he was 4 at the early intervention center / preschool here and did 2 years. Turned 6 in April and started kindy this year (same as qld prep). Preschool here isn't compulsory and you can start your child the year they turn 4. And school they start kindy early as the year they turn 5 but u can choose not to send them until the year they turn 6 which benefited my DS so much I wouldn't have had that option in qld and I'm glad I've had if here. As for centres daycare centres do a preschool program as do individual places like primary school preschools / attached kinda thing or close to and churches and independent preschools. I found the system here confusing being from qld having done preschool when I was 5 yr 1 when I was 6 but I prefer it over qld system now seeing my DS do so well at school

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    The one DS is at is great, but not a pre school. They all follow early learning curriculum. I'm happy to keep DS at the one he is at but will check out pre school programs closer to the time. If you're interested pm and I'll give you the name - just not entirely sure if you'll be open to using the one we do as its in a suburb of hawkesbury but not in Windsor or Richmond itself, its further out. There is also a head start centre at clarendon which is where the raaf base is and is in between windsor and richmond if youre not sure which youll be at.. but have heard theres not many vacancies so you'd have to wait list that one. It looks pretty good but I put DS in one close to home, like 1km.


 

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