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    Default Which is better preschool or childcare?

    What is the difference between childcare and preschool?
    My son is 3.5 and everyone i speak to sends their kids to preschool. My son goes to childcare.
    Is my son missing out on preschool?
    What do they teach that childcare doesnt?

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    Pre School is usually where kids go to get ready for kindergarten/primary school. Starting at about age 3-4 . Some childcare centres are combined Pre-Schools , as in they offer a similar programs or " school readiness programs" , so kids can be ready for primary school.
    I dont know if your child is missing out, maybe ask the childcare centre?

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    The only difference between childcare and preschool is the hours. Both are still accredited by the same people, both should be offering the new EYLF as a basis of their curriculum and daily activities. Preschools are usually 8-4 whereas childcare obviously is open longer hours for working parents etc. Depending on how big your centre is, you are also required to have an ECT (university trained early childhood teacher) on the premises too so your little one shouldn't be missing out on a thing
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    I've been wondering the same thing. I heard that childcare centres need to employ proper kindergarten teachers now for the kids starting school the following year - does anybody know if this is correct??

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    Quote Originally Posted by SummerFun View Post
    I've been wondering the same thing. I heard that childcare centres need to employ proper kindergarten teachers now for the kids starting school the following year - does anybody know if this is correct??
    This is correct! I am one of them. Basically I run a kindergarten program from 9-3.30 however since it is a child are centre, the children can show up early and leave late, as well as attend during the "holidays".

    However not all child care centres have a qualified registered teacher employed yet, it's a process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beccaboobang View Post
    This is correct! I am one of them. Basically I run a kindergarten program from 9-3.30 however since it is a child are centre, the children can show up early and leave late, as well as attend during the "holidays".

    However not all child care centres have a qualified registered teacher employed yet, it's a process.
    Thanks! That's great! When will all centres have to have one by? I'm pretty sure our centre recently hired someone but I haven't really asked and can't find our last newsletter lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by SummerFun View Post
    Thanks! That's great! When will all centres have to have one by? I'm pretty sure our centre recently hired someone but I haven't really asked and can't find our last newsletter lol
    I think it's 2014 but I honestly believe they will have to extend it. Either that or many child care centres won't meet requirements by then. My centre now is brilliant and pays me accordingly but many teachers simply won't move to kindergarten due to lower pay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beccaboobang View Post
    I think it's 2014 but I honestly believe they will have to extend it. Either that or many child care centres won't meet requirements by then. My centre now is brilliant and pays me accordingly but many teachers simply won't move to kindergarten due to lower pay.
    It is 2014. The centre I work at is fortunate enough to have an ECT in every room but I understand that some centres would struggle to find one by the deadline.


 

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