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    One thing I am learning as I progress through my first pregnancy, is that you will be judged for something as a parent, no matter what you do! Craziness!

    Everyone's circumstances are so different so I don't think you can say "these are the only scenarios in which your child should attend daycare." Do what works for your family and situation.

    I intend on putting our child in daycare 1-2 days a week once they are 12 months old, so I can return to part time work. If we have a second child, I anticipate that I will continue to use daycare for child #1, even if I end up at home again on mat leave for 12 months, as we would need to hold that spot. I am really lucky to have heaps of family support and not have the need for full time daycare, but I can only imagine how hard it must be for those without family and whose partners work away (or without partners).

    As for what you wear when picking up/dropping off kids - really? Even my work clothes are very casual and I only wear a full face of make up if going out somewhere on a special occasion. I didn't realise drop off time was a fashion competition!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AM View Post
    EXCELLENT point!

    Also, as part of registering for daycare, do you have to declare your employment status? I really don't think that's anyones business, the supply of daycare should simply meet the demand, whatever parents do for a living. Sounds like a fairly backward system really...
    I dunno.... I think within reason, spots should go to working parents first (obviously parents with medical reasons etc should still get spots) then to SAHPs. Full time spots I'm talking about anyway! Casual spots, whatever. That's fine! But full time/long term spots.

    For example, I'm on the waiting list at our daycare for our second bub (not that I need it yet clearly haha but I will part time when she's 9 months old) and there is a lady who leaves her daughter in long term daycare 5 days a week while she "looks after her home" (her words, not mine). In that situation, I think daycares need to offer those spots to working parents first.

    Don't get me wrong, I am totally supoortive of anyone using daycare, but I do think in some cicumstances I think spots should be offered on a need vs want basis.

    I know this post is bound to offend people... I can't quite word it the way I'd like to :S sorry

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    When I enrolled DS into daycare, they never asked me if I was working or not.. I only wanted 1-2 days a week and I had about 7 daycare centers call me saying that they had availabilities.. I think it's easier to get 1-2 days a week than 5.

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    Daycare centres do have a list of priority. Pretty sure working mums are more of a priority for spots than those who don't work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Daycare centres do have a list of priority. Pretty sure working mums are more of a priority for spots than those who don't work?
    Not all centres it would seem...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AM View Post
    EXCELLENT point!

    Also, as part of registering for daycare, do you have to declare your employment status? I really don't think that's anyones business, the supply of daycare should simply meet the demand, whatever parents do for a living. Sounds like a fairly backward system really...
    I don't think it is backwards at all. On the contrary in fact, it sounds like a very progressive system to make sure places go to those who need them rather than just whoever happens to get in first. Of course it would be lovely if there were enough places to meet the demand, but that doesn't seem to be the case, so a priority system is the next best thing.

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    I had my boys in daycare 1 day a week and then when DS1 started kindy I put my DS2 (who is a little terror) in daycare 2 of the days his brother was in school. I need my time too!

    I don't think it's wrong and I think all parents judging should just mind their own business. It's not their child so it's not their choice. Jus sayin

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    All places that I looked into here had the same priority system for enrolments, in accordance with government regulations. First priority goes to children who are at serious risk of abuse or neglect, second priority goes to single parents who satisfy the work/training/studying test, and then third priority is all other parents.

    My eldest son is in two days a week and he loves it. He thrives at daycare, loves playing with the other children and really enjoys the activities and stimulation. I'm a single Mum and my youngest son has a chronic medical condition, so it's also a much needed break. I would still use day care if my situation was different, because I can see how much he loves it. I don't really care what anyone thinks to be honest!

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    Lots of mums work bc they want the mental stimulation, or they don't need the money but just like extra for nice holidays etc. If these mums don't need to work, maybe they shouldn't have their child in care? Not saying they shouldn't btw, just pointing out that if we are deeming it's only ok to have your kids in long hours at DC bc you need to work, what about lots of mums on BH that have said they don't have to work but do?
    A family might be lucky enough to have a man that earns enough to support the family, but if the woman isn't also working then she becomes financially dependant on her husband. If this works for someone's family, that's fine and their choice. But if a woman chooses to maintain some financial independance then I consider that a 'need' not a luxury (regardless of how much her husband earns).

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    What are you watching? I went to gym, took dd2 to get her needles, she's asleep and I'm going to watch some trashy tv
    Oh my guilty little pleasure is about to be exposed....I have been watching Season 3 of Dance Moms. Such (contrived drama) trash but I cant stop watching . I've also got Wentworth recorded so I have been watching a few episodes at a time.


 

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