I'm still TTC but I work in childcare. I really think it depends on how much time they spend at daycare/childcare. I see some children in care for almost 12 hours a day for 5 days a week. Sometimes I think it would be nice for those children to have a little more time with their parents. However children that may be in for maybe 2 days a week may have their routine put out if they get to spend an extra day at home. It might be harder for them to then have to go back to daycare after having a "Day off" with their parent. I think it depends on your situation and your child.
At my centre we do not get 1/2 price for not sending them. I pay full price regardless. When dd was in family day care, it was charged hourly, and I think they only charged us for 4 hours for an absent day, all different now that they are in a day care facility.
I generally pick them up earlier when I am not at work, there is no reason to keep them there until 6pm. They love going too. DD would be pretty miffed if she didn't get to go to her "little big school".
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I work full time and dh works fifo so often we will arrange my day off for a time he is home so we can have a family day together without the weekend crowds! If I'm home sick from work and I send dd to daycare I always pick her up really early because I feel guilty that I'm home and she's not! I wish I could get rid of that guilt and enjoy the day!!
I've only been back at work 3 months so I haven't had a day off yet (I work full time so she's in 5 days). If I did have the occasional day off I would keep her home, as I only get charged half fees for absences (up to a maximum of about 45 days per year). If I had an appointment to go to where it would be difficult to take DD I would just send her in for a shorter day.
Yes hell yes.
Today is a day off I didn't expect.
I spent it doing nothing special, but it was nice to do "nothing special," on my own.
(...Until DP came home early at 1pm. Bleh. Thanks for ruining what would have been a Walking Dead marathon!).
Yes i would, although I've never used it full time yet as I work 2 days a week from home anyway.
I'm now on mat leave and DS1 is still going to daycare for 2 days (but soon dropping to 1). Those days are spent grocery shopping, cleaning house (properly), running errands, quality time with newbie DS2, who otherwise gets shoved to the side when DS1 is home and demanding attention.
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