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    Yep just ignore. I'm a working mum and my kids went/go to family daycare and I got people giving me the guilts by saying they wouldn't be 'socialised' etc when the started school either! So you can't win!

    And BTW, despite the fact they were at family daycare from 6months to a school aged my daughter adapted amazingly to school and surprise surprise no social problems despite never having been in a 'large group' situation!

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    I felt exactly the same as your I was already home with my baby so why would I send my 2 yr old to daycare but so many people felt the need to comment and let me know how my child would be disadvantaged but just to make you feel a bit better my eldest is now 4 and attending Kindy she is doing amazingly she makes friends easily and has fitted in well she is a clever little cookie and her letter recognition and writing is amazing and she is having no issues at all so don't worry about what everyone says you are doing a great job at home with her and daycare wouldn't make a difference

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    aw hun, you're doing great! You are happy to stay home and you ARE socialising your kids and giving them everything you can. don't feel bad at all. others like to make you feel bad as it makes them feel better about themselves

    I will be returning to work soon 2days/wk and using daycare. I want to go back to work (and need to $$$) but only 2 days/wk no more; it works for us and you're doing what works for you

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    Quote Originally Posted by beccaboobang View Post
    I'm a kindergarten qualified teacher and even though I highly recommend kindergarten program's I do not believe they are essential. Im still ttc #1 but would love to be a SAHM and not use daycare at all. OP you sound like you do an amazing job!! All of those activities sound excellent and your LO is very lucky.

    I think everyone is different and obviously some mums need a little help with their child to prepare them for school, while others don't. Don't let what people say get to you. You are doing an amazing job by the sounds of it. Maybe they are just insecure about their parenting skills.
    If you are s kindy teacher and highly reccomended kindy, why would you prefer to not use daycare at all? My SIL is a passionate teacher but is thinking of home schooling her daughter , dosnt make sense to me!!why train yourself to educate children, then choose to only educate your own child?

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    My 3.5 yr old has never gone to daycare- she will go to Kindy next year when she's 4. My 5 yr old never went to daycare either, although started at preschool (NSW) 2 days a week after her 3rd birthday.
    My 3.5 yr old does ballet, gymnastics, swimming and speech therapy. She is a delightful child, who is really looking forward to going to Kindy, but until then I want to spend as much time with her as I can- they're only little for such a short amount of time!
    My DS is on a waiting list for daycare for next year, he'll be 2 then. For financial and professional reasons I need to get back to work next year, so reluctantly I'm putting him in for 2 days a week next year. (Assuming he gets a place!)
    But I'd love to have him at home with me until he starts Kindy.
    If anyone questions your motives, just tell them you don't want to take daycare places away from working mums that really need them!

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    Default Mine didn't go to daycare either

    You're not the only one who got hounded by people to send your child to daycare...I chose not to send mine, and was forever being told by people that she needed the "socialisation". At that time we went to swimming, music lessons once a week and sometimes, library activities. That was enough....and we were all very happy.

    My child is now 4 and at pre-school or pre-prep as some people call it (it is a one year program before the child starts school) The teacher tells me that my child has fantastic interaction skills with other children, is very social, and a good leader. I do NOT regret NOT sending her to daycare!

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    If you did put her in daycare, you'd have people asking why a SAHM needs to put their child in daycare. You can't win. Tell them all to shove off.


 

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