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    Does anyone with a 3+ old not send their child to daycare? This question is more directed at those who don't have work or study commitments. Do you feel daycare is important at this age if there was no play groups in your area available? (Still has occasional playdates with children of the same age) When do you think a child should be introduced into social situations such as these if they are under the age required for kindergarten.

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    My 2 have not had any formal child care, but dd will be going to 3 year old kinder next year. I don't believe that daycare is important or necessary, if not needed due to family circumstances.

    There is a local playgroup, but we don't go. We used to go to library sessions regularly, did swimming for awhile, and meet up with friends with kids semi regularly. Plus go to ABA meetups.

    Heaps of 'socialisation' opportunities, while still being supervised by me or their dad.

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    I work, so my kids go. But no I dont think its essential.

    Sure I think my kids have benefitted from it (have been 1-3 days/week this year)- my hubby is FIFO and I dont have any family support - so if i didnt work the kids would be in my care 100% off the time - so I think that its great for them to have other people care for them beside myself and DH

    But I'm sure your kids are benefitting from being 'at home' all the time, so if you are happy with it, i think its fine.

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    I am an early childhood educator. But yes our first went to daycare but she is such a social butterfly. But 2 and a half year old has avoided daycare I don't want to send her. We go to a fantastic playgroup, park and library visits etc. I don't like the rigid schedule of right now its midday we must have lunch, can't wait 5 minutes to finish your building masterpiece. But really from experience please nobody get offended I find the class of children all speak at once and often we have stutters because its all mayhem. Yes we live on one income but choose to do so, preschool in our opinion is a great learning tool.

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    My 3yo DD attends childcare but that's because I work. If I didn't work I wouldn't feel the need to send her to childcare, particularly if she was going to go to 3yo kinder.

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    My Dd will be 3 in may so I hope this counts ... She has been in daycare since she was just over 12 months as at the time I was working ... Only 2 days a week as I managed to get a work schedule that fit well with days DH had off .... I broke my leg not last sept the on before and effective lost my job last march due to the extent of my injury we still had DD going to daycare even now she still goes and I won't be going back to work until june/July at this stage she will be in daycare until she starts kinder or school as or daycare has kinder incorporated in the building ... I've found it has helped a lot not just so I can have 2 days a week where I can relax get things done without a toddler tornado around but also she gets the educational benefits of it as well

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    I don't believe in a 3rd... or more hand being so involved in raising my child at that age, especially unnecessarily, so no.

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    OP I really think it's up to you!

    It just depends... I just don't like doing arty crafty stuff at all and don't do mothers groups either. My friends with toddlers work too, so I think DS gets a lot out of childcare as they do lots of activities and stuff and he gets to socialise.

    Ill be returning to 4-5 days a week work soon so he'll have to go more then, but I feel a bit in two minds about it now as lately he doesn't seem to want to go! He's ok after I leave so I'm hoping its just a phase.

    Just do what you feel ok with. Like I said I don't enjoy coming up with activities all the time although we do lots of outside activities on the days he doesn't go, but I feel the indoor craft activities he does at kindy are great for him.

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    DD turns 3 this year, but I have no plans to put her in daycare at all.

    I don't think it's necessary, and I don't think she would gain anything from it.

    She currently attends playgroup, swimming, gymnastics, and dance - and has numerous play dates throughout the week too. She's an incredibly social little chatterbox, and she's busy all the time.

    I feel she benefits more by not going to daycare.

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    our situation is a little different - my dd is 3.5 and just started daycare on Monday. it's an autism specific centre so it's a really important part of her ongoing therapy (all staff are trained, ratio is really really low). she is going twice a week, 10-3 and won't do more than that because we need the rest of the week for her other therapy & medical appointments.
    I found with her (neurotypical) brother also, that at about 3 she needed/wanted to have some independence away from us & to have her own experiences. nothing to do with raising my child really, just developing her social skills & confidence. getting her ready for a school environment. there aren't alot of fun classes, sports or playgroups she can participate in so she's really happy to have a place to go & socialise & learn through play xx


 

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