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    There are plenty of benefits to child care, if they are in the right place.

    Socialisation with other children, and basically kids learn through play so if they are playing with each other and teachers throughout the day it is a positive educational experience in more ways than one.

    Personally I think that a day or two are preschool/day care per week are very positive for young kids particularly if they over the age of two and onwards. Of course being at home with mum is great too - it's all about mixing it up a bit to give them a wide variety of experiences and to expose them to some of the structure of school before they have to attend full time so it's not such a shock when the time comes.

    It can be really expensive though, so I can understand why some people don't or can't send their kids to daycare or preschool.

    I guess it really depends on what works for a particular family or child, everyone is different and what suits one family won't suit another, I guess we all just try to do what we think is best for our kids at the time and working with the resources we have.

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    I have four children, never used chilcare, I haven't had a reason to. My children have happily been able to socialise with out it.

    They make friends at the park, at social gatherings and the two in school transitioned without ANY worries.

    Childcare obviously has it's place and can be great fun for some children. But it is by NO means essential for their development in any way (unless there are situations where it is recommended to you be a care privider)

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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.
    PFFT my kids built immunity by licking the soles of my shoes as babies, eating dirt abd sand as toddlers and eating food off the ground. And licking escalator rails, and touching other such public things like door handles and shopping trolley handles and then sticking fingers in their mouths. You don't need childcare to build immunity

    And yes, my children are gross *sigh*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillynix View Post
    PFFT my kids built immunity by licking the soles of my shoes as babies, eating dirt abd sand as toddlers and eating food off the ground. And licking escalator rails, and touching other such public things like door handles and shopping trolley handles and then sticking fingers in their mouths. You don't need childcare to build immunity

    And yes, my children are gross *sigh*
    I said useful.

    *sigh*

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    I get kept being asked by certain family members if my son is in 3yr old kinder yet. He'll be 3.5 yrs old on 8th June. And whilst he does need to improve his speech I really am not ready to take him there. He'll be going to 4yr old kinder next year and I'm already anxious about it. I try to take him to play centres and playgrounds when I can but I went back to work casually and my week is never the same so he doesn't have any consistency at the moment.

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    No I haven't and won't. My oldest two are nearly nine and six and had no trouble adjusting to school. In fact, they have thrived. My youngest is 2.5 and he'll be just fine with me.

    I have nothing against daycare but I don't believe it is necessary or optimal for all children. It's certainly not required IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskittyfantastico View Post
    No I haven't and won't. My oldest two are nearly nine and six and had no trouble adjusting to school. In fact, they have thrived. My youngest is 2.5 and he'll be just fine with me.

    I have nothing against daycare but I don't believe it is necessary or optimal for all children. It's certainly not required IMO.
    Well hello there. Are you back?

    You've been missed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    Well hello there. Are you back?

    You've been missed.
    No. Maybe. I'm lonely. And thank you.

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    Oh sorry to hear that. DH is off to USA tomorrow night so I'll be lonely with you xx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    Oh sorry to hear that. DH is off to USA tomorrow night so I'll be lonely with you xx
    That must suck. DH doesn't go that far but seeding is a cow of a time. Six weeks of gone. I feel like a total nong posting after my big farewell but **** happens!


 

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