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    Super dangerous in my opinion. But I don't really trust anyone expect the grandmas and aunties. Can't be too careful imo.

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    I wouldn't do it. What happens if on family wants to,take holidays? Or if one family is always 'sick' on their days, but never on yours? I think it has the potential to be too messy. It's bad enough when your FDC carer wants to go on holidays or is sick, and they have a whole scheme backing them up and arranging alternatives.

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    I would.

    My issue is no one wants to swap with me.

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    No I wouldn't. Only with family would I consider it.



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    I would. I have quite a few friends with a parenting philosophy close to mine.
    Definitely not with a stranger though. I would prefer to know the parents and the kids so I was comfortable with the environment, but also that the other family were comfortable with me.

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    I would on the condition that families are regularly trained.

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    Default Parent swap – dangerous or a free alternative to daycare?

    Thanks so much for your feedback! It’s given me lots to think on for the review. So, according to my quick tally, 14 of you would do it but only with friends or family, 12 wouldn’t, and 8 would, provided there is some form of screening/training.

    It’s interesting, I think I agree with Tainted, that all child care workers are equally strangers to begin with. Personally, the important thing is my ability to vet those I don’t think are suitable, regardless of the arrangement i.e. whether it’s a parent swap, day care, family day care etc.

    Accordingly, would it make a difference if you could vet suitability based on important factors for you, such as a preferred parenting style i.e. if you got to fill out a detailed list of preferences and was only matched with other similar people?

    Also, to vet safety, what if parents obtained a working with children check and undertook some form of safety/child minding training?

    PS. Sorry, I posted this on both forums again – not sure which one it should be in??

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    Me personally, I wouldn't even use a family day so there's no way I would do a parent swap. I guess with a daycare there is a director with staff under her, the staff are qualified and it's a structured environment. Personally I wouldn't be comfortable with any other scenario for my children other than a daycare centre. And what if something were to happen with your child in the care of another parent? There is that aspect to think of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by One of THOSE mums! View Post
    I would. I have quite a few friends with a parenting philosophy close to mine.
    Definitely not with a stranger though. I would prefer to know the parents and the kids so I was comfortable with the environment, but also that the other family were comfortable with me.
    Well said. I agree with this.

    I think a parent swap would be grear for small informal sessions ie 2-4hrs etc. For me there is no real difference if I'm home with just my two or another two of a similar age. Same level of supervision and mess.

    My Dh is about to move to syd for work and will come home when possible. I'd love to have a couple of hrs during the week minus to clean/groceries etc. My kids are in care 3days/week and am reluctant to send them more. A parent swap for an afternoon a week would be great.


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