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    Not all hat long ago childcare wasn't even available to most people. School was their first out-of-home care experience. They did just fine and so will your kids
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    Quote Originally Posted by PurpleButterfly4 View Post
    I definitely think children from 3.5yrs should go to some type of childcare. Yes for socialization but also for educational side of things. It makes it a lot easier if they know their numbers to at least 20 and all abc and at least look at know how to write their name by the time thru go to primary school.
    Being that I've worked in childcare and also as a teacher aide, you can tell who went to childcare and who didn't. Of course occasions get a child or two who are delayed for other reasons but that's an exception. It definitely helps the child adjust a lot better to going to school and sit to listen to a teacher as well as follow rules and directions.
    Sorry, I thanked this accidentally and can't take it back!

    My children didn't go to daycare and I never actively taught them anything at home. They learned through play and observation and following their interests.

    They went to c and k kindergarten and then started Prep (QLD). They are in Year 4, 2 and Prep and - at the risk of sounding braggy - all 3 at the top of their class (2 by a large margin) and all exceptionally well behaved. No dramas with sitting on quietly, listening or following instructions.

    There is no way a teacher would be able to single mine out at the start of Kindy as not being in daycare previously and certainly not in prep. In no way were they at a disadvantage when starting school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellewood View Post
    Not all hat long ago childcare wasn't even available to most people. School was their first out-of-home care experience. They did just fine and so will your kids
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    This was my first thought too!

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    OP the only other comment I'd make is starting them in some sort of long or short kinder program from 3 is useful for building immunity.

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    Thank you everyone for your fantastic replies! You have really given me food for thought on some things and reassured me on others. What a great and helpful response!

    I'm actually a primary school teacher myself so I'm not concerned about the learning opportunities my girls might get, apart from the social side. I think I'm capable of covering skills at home and I love love love planning creative activities for my own children finally! We live on a farm which provides so many other learning experiences too, so I suppose I've thought that that should be enough. Its fantastic to read that others have felt pressure to put children in child care too....maybe I'm not just being too sensitive

    Lots of food for thought here though, so thanks again!

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    My daughter (20 months) in childcare a minimum of 1/2 a day per week. This is because I work casually (relief teaching), and I want her to have some semi-regular contact with the centre even if I'm not working.

    I definitely don't see child care as necessary for children. As PPs have mentioned, most of us probably didn't attend child care. My sister and I certainly didn't, and neither did most of our friends. We were/are fine.

    I've certainly noticed the pressure though, and it's ridiculous. There are always people willing to push their views on you though - to have children, how many to have, birth choices, feeding choices, where they should sleep, when to work etc. etc. etc.

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    I'm not sure. I come from a culture where having a spot in childcare is like a golden ticket for the family.

    I can see the good it's doing for my own family but not sure if it helps DS in his development.

    My nephew who has Down syndrome has been thriving since he joined childcare. It has been beneficial and have brought him a lot more than staying home with his parent could have ever done.

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    My siblings and I never attended childcare, I'm the only socially awkward one. I'm sure this would have been the same regardless.
    My kids have both gone to childcare from 15 months and 18 months respectively. One is socially awkward, one not.
    I don't think there is any need for childcare in terms of social interaction. Whilst it may be beneficial in some circumstances, it's definitely not a necessity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by preggasaurus View Post

    I think it'd be a waste of money on one hand as well as taking the place away from someone who's working or studying and really needs the place.
    keep in mind, that a sahm could never take a space at a daycare, over a working or studying parent - it's all about priority service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    OP the only other comment I'd make is starting them in some sort of long or short kinder program from 3 is useful for building immunity.
    This isn't a blanket rule though. As a child my brother and I were looked after our mum full time. We were rarely sick as kids and even now I rarely get sick. I've hardly ever used my sick leave so i have weeks accrued while others I work with are always getting sick.

    I don't believe this to be true especially, when each time you get sick, you get a different strain of the virus.

    So i wouldnt use the immunity issue as a deciding factor OP.


 
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