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    Default Multiple child care centres for the one child

    I am trying to find 3 days care for my 17 month old (and it has been a battle) so that I can go back to work Mon, Thurs and Fri. I am considering sending my LO to 3 different centres across the week as I have found a lovely long day care centre with a Monday available, and two different family day carers one offering a Thurs and another a Fri. It would be a short term thing until one of the places could offer me a second and then a third day . . . But am I asking for trouble all the same? My LO has never attended day care before this but has been looked after by grandma for whole days before (no problems) and seems to mix well with other children. Has anyone else had to do this and how did it work out?

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    I've had to do it in the past. It was only between 2 centres though.
    It caused a massive headache with the centrelink/ccb side of things. They just couldn't seem to grasp the concept and constantly stuffed it all up. I ended up with a huge ccb debt at the end of the year- completely their fault.
    As for the kids, my ds1 who was 4 at the time just did not cope with it and he is usually really independant and not fazed by much.
    Ds2 would have been close to 2. He seemed to cope with it a lot better.
    I only did it for a few months before spaces became available for the other days at the preferred centre.

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    My then 4 year old attended 2 centres while I was waiting for an extra day at the preferred centre.

    She was originally attending one centre, we got a place at a centre with better facilities and closer to home, but only 2 days not 3. I moved her at the start of that year to the other centre where she attended 2 days a week and she went to her old centre one day. It was awful for her. I discussed it with her carers at the new centre and was advised that kids come to prefer one centre over another and resent spending any time at the other place. They just prefer to go to the one they like best. Also, there was a study done earlier this year that indicated boys tend to do better when offered only one type of care - splitting care across family and child care centres tended to make them less settled. Obviously this is a generalisation and some kids will be fine.

    I hope you work something out. It's tough finding child care that suits.

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    I would avoid it at all costs. 2 centres, maybe. it would be really unsettling to even have 2, but 3 is just too disruptive IMO.

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    I'd never do it. It's hard ... And easier said than done but I would exhaust all other options first (Doing full time hours over 4 days, part time etc). I just don't think multiple centres is in a child's best interests.

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    I do that with my 2 kids now. My 8 month old handles it fine, my 2 year old loses th plot when we go to the one that she goes to one day a week. I'm not impressed with the center though. At the end of the day we do what we have to. I do think 3 different centres/places is too much. I'd personally take the long day care place and then one of the family day carers and wait until you get an extra day. We're coming up to the end of the year so you should get more spaces in the long day care anyways.

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    I know it's hard to organise for you- but I would not do it.
    My son attends family day care 2 days in a row and a centre 2 days in a row. As they are quite different settings and environments it works well for him. But I think one day each at 3 settings would be very confusing for your LO. So avoid it if you can!

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    Default Multiple child care centres for the one child

    My son started at one fdc 2 days a week when he was 11 months old. It took him a good 6 weeks to settle in then when he was about 14 months I increased my hours but needed another carer so he goes to one place twice a week and the other fdc once a week. He didn't seem affected by it and the new fdc is heaps better

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    For a child that has never been in care before even one center is usually a massive adjustment. Sending your child to 3 different places is likely to be very unsettling. I am making a ganeralisation and some children do surprise you but until he gets used to being in care bringing 3 sets of strange carers, children and places into his life all at once is likely to hit him hard. Is grandma able to look after him on the days you cant get till you get them? This would make his transition a lot easier.

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    My kids went to three and it was fine. They enjoyed the variation. They are now going to two centres and i love it that way. (they are 5 and 3 but were 2,4 when we started the 3 or maybe younger, i cant remember


 

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