FDC makes me nervous, one carer = they aren't accountable to anyone else. They could be mistreating the children & you wouldn't know about it.
I understand the argument that conventional childcare centres aren't as "homey", but at least there are two or three carers in each room & there's an accountability to how well children are looked after.
We've found a nice balance - a centre who has a "primary care giving" philosophy, & lower staff-children ratios. A maximum of 12 kids to 3 carers (the legal ratio is 1:5, this is 1:4) & a situation where while there are three carers in the room, one is designated as our sons primary carer, so he gets a chance to build that attachment bond sometimes lacking in large commercial centres.
We also had to sign permission notes for DD to go on excursions. Even if it were just up the road to the park.
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Wow thank you for all of your replies.
The positive feedback on the Day Care Centres are these on the Gold Coast? If so, which ones?
I love my daycare centre, everything is so transparent. You can go in anytime you like, all windowed walls to observe at all times, always lots of carers, great hours, reliable. I wouldn't use fdc for many of the reasons already listed.
Every centre, and family daycare provider is different. I weighed up my own personal opinions before deciding. I chose FDC (family daycare) so I'm more than happy to list what I consider pros and cons:
that is it!!!
- That she has 6 weeks off at the end of the year
- after meeting with 5 potential carers the one I loved is 30 mins drive in the opposite direction of my work from my house
When deciding go to as many of each as you can. I paid planned and unplanned visits to Centres and met with ALOT of family daycarers. The minute I met the
- My son can eat, sleep etc whenever he pleases. There are no set times of morning tea, nap etc. this was very important to ME as I wanted him to develop his own routine. My toddler loves eating and could not just have morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea at set times.
- His carer only has three children at one time and they are all his age! No one to 6 kids etc (some Centres have 1 to 11 wtf)
- she doesn't drive, so can't take them in her car (again this was very important to ME and something I considered when choosing who to place him with)
- she doesn't have young children (they are in their 20s) again was something important to me with FDC as if your own child is crying and someone else's you are more likely to comfort your own first.
- She is highly educated and has been in child are for over 20 years
- her house is AMAZING she has converted her double garage into a playroom.
- we go through YMCA FAmily Daycare so she has a coordinator who visits weekly as well as attends regular training etc
- Lots of others.
lady I use now I didn't look further, he just adores her...and so do I.
I work full time in a long day care centre and I have also used FDC when my DD was smaller before I started working again. I had one bad experience and one great experience with FDC. The first time I tried it DD was about 5 months old and ha severe separation anxiety. The carer rang me after 40 mins and told me that she couldn't settle my daughter because there were other kids with her and DD was screaming. I was furious as the whole reason I put her into care was so she could adjust to other environments. I found it very unprofessional. The second time DD was 11 months and it was great. DD loved it and It was structured very well with portfolios done like in a centre and great stimulation. However after having my daughter in a centre I wouldn't go back to FDC. Yes its more expensive but everything is provided. My daughter gets nutritionally balanced meals which are cooked every day, the routine and structure is fantastic but all the staff are flexible to adapt to each child. I know that my DD is getting the developmental support and push that she needs and the staff are fantastic at communicating anything that they may be concerned about in regards to my DDs development/Behaviour and will work on strategies to manage that effectively. I would never look back. I am pregnant with number 2 and both my girls will be going back in 4 days a week when I return to work and it is worth every cent for the peace of mind.
I would never use family daycare after what I have seen. Not to say others shouldnt because There are no doubt some fabulous fdc providers out there. I was a fdc kid! my mum was a full time teacher and we spent a lot of time with our fdc Mum! It was wonderful, like a second home. I loved it and I wish I could give that to my kids! BUT in the last few years, I have come to know a lot of fdc mothers through my kids school and also playgroups and after school activities etc. I have found the vast majority to be pretty slack, and unprofessional. They focus a lot on their own children and I have seen fdc homes where random people are coming and going all day long, something which I would NOT appreciate as a parent I don't think there is enough regulation and over sight unfortunately, so while some will be good honest people, there are going to be some who just aren't.. and I have met a few who aren't grr! You have no control over what is on the television, where they hang out during the day, there is no back up supervision and they can cancel when they get sick etc.
Long day care obviously has its draw backs too. Turn over of staff is a big problem in some centres. Some dont have a very positive culture so it's important to get to know the place before you decide its the right one. Its a tough choice.
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