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    I seem to remember when my sons went to kinder that you werent allowed to attend two sessional kinders run by the council.....I think the only way you could would be to have one parent do the sessional kinder and one parent do child care when he can still have that interaction. I cant rememebr why but I know there was a parent that was wanting to do the same thing but wasnt allowed to.

    I would highly suggest calling the council in your area and ask if its possible. They will be able to tell you what you can and cant do.

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    Every choice comes with consequences- it's going to come down to which consequences are you going to accept.

    Yes, single parents sacrifice a lot- but look at what we gain! Couldn't be happier!

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    It's tough working out all the logistics being a single parent (especially if your ex is like mine, he couldn't organise a shag in a brothel). Could he just go to kinder every second week? Ie when he's with you he goes to kinder and when he's with his Dad he doesn't (or maybe goes to occasional care or playgroup or something). Maybe you could check in advance if there are any important/special kinder days planned so that you can ensure he is there for those..?

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    You are a great Mummy trying to do the best for your son. Knowing that he needs his daddy is really smart and thoughtful of you. It's really hard and it's great you are getting this info now. I don't know about going to two Kinders but I like the idea of perhaps splitting the weeks differently so he goes to the one kinder but still has plenty of time with you and your ex. Also, it means you will be more aware of the care he is getting. I would imagine that if he was going to another centre on his dads week, you might not even get to know the teachers which might be hard. Whatever decision you make will be the right one. Your happiness is important to the happiness of your DS. Good luck

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    I know "kindy" is different in each state, so I'm not sure exactly what it is in your state so my comments may not be relevant.

    In Victoria, each kindergarten (which is for 4 year olds) gets to decide on their own schedule of hours, so my child goes to kinder 2 days per week for 2 long sessions, where as my friend's child goes to kinder 4 days per week for 4 short sessions.

    Could you contact the local kindy's in each location and find out their schedules and then perhaps work from there in terms of custody arrangements? It may be that a 4/3 split would work and would save you a ton of money because you wouldnt be paying for 2 spots?

    Good luck, it sounds pretty stressful.

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    Only one kinder can claim CCB/CCR so you would have to chose which parent pays full fees and which doesnt unless you split it.

    Also plenty of kids attend 2 kinders or more often a sessional kinder and a childcare centre because sessionals dont do full time care and people think sessionals are better than kinders in child care centres which is not always true.

    It depends on your child as to how well he copes. I have seen it benefit many children but those are mostly children who have been in full time care for many years and are bored and in need of change.

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    Wow... at risk of having my head ripped off.

    I doubt any decent kindy program would offer this option. If they did I'd think you'd have to pay full fees for one of the kinders and the subsidized rate at the other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GirlsRock View Post
    I know "kindy" is different in each state, so I'm not sure exactly what it is in your state so my comments may not be relevant.

    In Victoria, each kindergarten (which is for 4 year olds) gets to decide on their own schedule of hours, so my child goes to kinder 2 days per week for 2 long sessions, where as my friend's child goes to kinder 4 days per week for 4 short sessions.

    Could you contact the local kindy's in each location and find out their schedules and then perhaps work from there in terms of custody arrangements? It may be that a 4/3 split would work and would save you a ton of money because you wouldnt be paying for 2 spots?

    Good luck, it sounds pretty stressful.

    Thank you for this info. I am also in Victoria and had no idea that each kindy decides it's own set up, so to speak.
    This could be valuable info for me, thank you so much. I kind of know now the questions i need to ask and where to start.


    Thanks to all for your input. And I apologise if I got upset too easy or took any comments the wrong way. Being that I am just about to move and have all this weighing on my mind, I guess im touchy atm. Not your fault. I'm sorry.

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    Default Can my son go to 2 kindergartens? Separated parents.

    Will it be 3 yr old or 4 yr old kinder?
    3yr is not subsidised and can cost around $300 per term.
    You would need to pay full fees for both kinders so you would be looking at over $2000 a year.
    4yr old (the year before prep) is government subsidised and I guarantee there is no way you would be approved for 2 separate enrolments at two separate kinders.
    Even kids who want to repeat 4yr old kinder have to seek approval.
    I think a few phone calls and try and get into a kinder that has 2 long sessions a week and then he can go to his dads on the other days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by youmake3 View Post
    Only one kinder can claim CCB/CCR so you would have to chose which parent pays full fees and which doesnt unless you split it.
    Can't you only claim CCB/CCR when the kinder is part of a long day care centre? I didn't think council run kinder programs were claimable?

    OP I think 2 different kinders for 3yo would be quite tricky to manage, given they are such short hours and sessions you may find that your little one never manages to finish his projects as they are done over the two sessions, he may just end up feeling a bit disconnected from both centres through no one fault, only good intentions. Is there a child care centre that offers a kinder program that would be more centrally located?


 
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