new mum 15809 (11-08-2013)
My son goes to a childcare centre on GC. He's been there since he was 22mths old.
I always preferred the centre as I knew they were run and watched a lot better than FDC. They had to be accredited and keep their centre to that accreditation level.
Now that the new regulations are coming in for both long daycare centers and FDC it will be a lot more regulated and kept onto, especially for FDC.
Those that have had bad experiences, please report the FDC or centre. Dept of early childhood take these complaints seriously and will investigate.
No errands, just care at her home.
Almost all of the carers at our LDC centre have either their certificates and some even have degrees.
For us, LDC is perfect.
Recent research reveals family day care ranks higher on quality than any other form of child care in Australia.
The Australian Children’s Education and Care Authority’s quarterly report on the National Quality Framework revealed a higher percentage of family day care services were rated as “Exceeding National Quality Standard” than centre-based care.
The NQF Snapshot Q2 2013 also shows that family day care is the fastest growing form of child care with an increase of 15 per cent over the past three months.
While the new figures reveal that family day care and centre-based services are rated comparably, a higher percentage of family day care services were rated as “Exceeding National Quality Standard” than the long day care sector.
Family day care is a very unique form of early childhood education and care with smaller groups and a more nurturing, home-based setting which still meets the same quality requirements as centre-based child care.
Like many of you have responded, every child care provider is different be they family day care or centre-based care. There is no one size fits all when it comes to child care and families should do their research when seeking an appropriate early childhood education and care service for their child.
We use FDC and love it (and I'm a early childhood teacher in a LDC)
I love the consistency of care when DS was a baby. One carer that's it. She has never had a sick day which was one of my concerns. With a ratio of 1:4, moving to 1:3 in 2014, the rate if getting sick is less too
The rate is much much cheaper than the ldc in my area. I pay $6 an hour, which is $3 an hour after my rebate.
Our FDC worker has become like family for DS and i wouldn't change that
She isn't perfect and we had some hurdles but have worked on them
I also loved that she was on board with cloth nappies and EC toilet training.
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