We got offered a place at both a FDC and at a for-profit centre. We chose the centre. Reasons why:
- more carers
- more children her age and the kids they are looking after about the sans age, so they didn't have one caret looking after the differing needs of different ages
- more room, it seemed the FDC kids were based in the living room. They had a big backyard but that wouldn't help in wet/cold weather
- the FDC seemed to use the TV a lot
- clearer routine
- opening hours suited us better
- the FDC could have anyone at their house
- better communication from the centre.
We love the centre, they were understanding and responsive to when our DD started, were gentle and helped her adjust to their routines. She loves it there.
Each child and each centre/FDC is different though
Summerfun- here is a website for ratios in qld (not sure which state your from) you can see what they are now and how they are changing
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soccer mum (24-06-2014)
Where are the good family day cares and child care centres on the Gold Coast??
Our childcare centre is 1:4 in all the under 3yo rooms. But really I just like the transparency of a centre over a fdc.
A friend of mine just pulled her kid out of a fdc cos he was always getting sick, whereas my kids are hardly ever sick from the centre, so the whole larger Petrie dish comment isn't always the case. Centres tend to call you to collect your sick children, whereas fdc usually leave them in care.
Reading all these negative comments about FDC is really making me reconsider my decision to become a FDC educator.
Can I ask what the issue is with the carers taking your kids out? By the time I'm ready to start, my DD will be just starting kindy so I'll have to take her (and any other kids in my care) to drop her off/pick up? I've been driving for about 8yrs, have never had an accident or traffic infringement (apart from a parking fine when I forgot to display my work permit) of any kind, I don't speed and am always very careful on the roads. Would this alone be a reason for people to not leave your children in my care?
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