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    Default How do you choose a centre

    Im putting dd almost 10 months into child care 2 days a week been to 3 centre's and hated them all.

    Is this just because I dont want to leave her? I need to. Im not coping. And expecting another in less than 5weeks with no support.

    Can u tell me what I should look out for. Right now I seem to be looking at super ficial things. Clean, tidy & organization. Stupid I know.

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    Honestly i'd just rock up at a few centres without organising it prior. See how you are receive by the staff. Are they friendly and helpful? Willing to show you around the centre? Do the kids seem happy or are they all just left to cry unattended?

    I wouldn't look to much into the superficial stuff, so long as it's clean in general. I think the best centre i ever used always looked a bit messy. This was because the got the kids very involved-had their art work hung up everywhere, hand prints painted on the wall, etc.. Then i've used others that are so neat and tidy, they are almost clinical in appearance. They both turned out to be the worst centres i'd ever used.

    Good luck with your search.

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    Have you considered family day care?

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    Not stupid at all. I didn't go with family day care but no reason for that. As the last poster said..I went to 3 different centres unannounced. ..went with the one who took me through to the room baby girl was going to be in, instantly without calling ahead and made me feel like part of their family straight away. I don't know where u are but Bonny Babes is sensational. ..We've been there all almost a year now. we're on the gold coast.

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    I went to a few centres with DD before deciding on one I liked (which was actually the 1st one she went to and I thought I didn't like!)

    I looked for:
    - Consistency of staff - a couple had lots of casual staff and there was no continuity of care
    - Willingness to listen to my wishes - I take my own cloth nappies and EC so wanted a centre that continue this
    - Overall friendliness and approachability of staff - this was the deal breaker for me!!

    Good luck, it's hard!

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    I picked by location and went in for a look before enrolling DD. I'm really happy with mine, she's in there full time (I work) and it's just 500m from home. I liked the feel of it when we went in, the directors are a lovely married couple with 4 kids of their own so they are great with kids and the staff seem to all like their jobs.

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    I didn't choose as such, it was who ever had a vacancy I just had to roll with it.

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    I was told to follow my gut and I 'would know'. Thought it was worse advice ever but I went to 3 over a few days which had the availability I needed. First one seemed ok, second one was better with a great outdoor area and plans to renovate it so it was going to get even better and 3rd my instincts were screaming no as soon as I got there. Funny though how I thought 3rd would be first choice as we knew friends who went there. We went with no. 2 and love it.
    Was told to look at how they interacted with my child, not at how nice they were to me.
    Other questions- is everyone first aid, staff turn over, ratio staff to children, routines, food bans in the centre.

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    I went on my gut instinct and how dd reacted to the staff as she was the one going there all day.
    I looked at how the staff interacted with kids and each other also how clean the place was

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    If i remember rightly u are in Adelaide right? Where are u located i may be able to recommend somewhere for u x

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