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    At my local community based pre-school, you can put your child's name down once they're 2. Priority is given to 4 year olds starting school the following year.

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    Yes I had my son at daycare and thought it was good, but then moved him to a community pre school and realised just how much better the pre school was!

    More university qualified teachers, wtih much more focus on the latest research for educating young people. Yes all daycares and pre schools now have to follow the same syllabus, but there is so much variance in how this is delivered.

    In regards to days- this varies at each pre school, at mine, all the 4 year olds go on wed-thurs-fri (the 3 year olds all go on mon-tues)...at another local pre school I had the option of my 4 year old going wed-frid or wed-thurs-fri...so each school is different.

    I think the culture makes it a different learning environment too. I.e. at daycare, the teachers have to entertain the kids from 7am-6pm (potentially)...its a lot more hours to fill, and more change over of staff etc. Regardless of everything else, that fact alone has to have an impact on the culture and feel of the centre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvmyboys View Post
    You wouldn't be able to enrol a year early but you should definitely put your name down a year early (or more) if you can. Demand at community based preschools can be huge.
    I guess its changed then. Was just wondering. I couldn't put her name down as they already had a huge list. I was told I had left it too late.

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    I put my boys names down at our local preschool the moment they are born. Ds2 got to start as soon as he turned 3 because he was so far up on the list and all 4 year olds starting school the next year had a place.

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    We live in the area and have 2 girls 5&2 attending Fitkidz at vineyard and I can't recommend them enough. It's a Long daycare centre but they have a class which is just for kids going to school they following year which follows a preschool program written with the local primary school teachers called smart start.
    Also when your looking to move have a look at the local schools and try to move into the area for the one you want. Some of the primarys are much better then the others in the area but are also extremely hard to get an out of area spot in. Feel free to pm me about the area if you like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mumofbigT View Post
    We live in the area and have 2 girls 5&2 attending Fitkidz at vineyard and I can't recommend them enough. It's a Long daycare centre but they have a class which is just for kids going to school they following year which follows a preschool program written with the local primary school teachers called smart start.
    Also when your looking to move have a look at the local schools and try to move into the area for the one you want. Some of the primarys are much better then the others in the area but are also extremely hard to get an out of area spot in. Feel free to pm me about the area if you like.
    Ive been wondering about that one!

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    Can't rate them high enough Ezzabee! Our eldest could have gone to school this year but we decided to keep her at fitkidzs for another year as she loves it so much and was learning so much there. They have her reading, writing, they do maths groups and science experiments as well as plenty of play time with a big focus on being active and eating well.

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    Oh wow! Sounds fantastic! It's a bit far out of my way as I'm over the bridge!


 

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