My dd is 3 and loves "school" as we call it. I've been working for the past year and she has just started 3days instead of 2. When I have our next child in a few days we will keep her in 3 days unless she becomes unhappy.
As pp's have said, I have to keep her in as I will need the spot next year and it will make it easier to get our second daughter in too. She also loves her friends and looks forward to seeing them.
My dd loves kindy and gets to do Japanese, Tennis, Soccer, Dance, Sports lessons etc and would be so disappointed not to be able to do them. She also gets to do the usual items at daycare with art and learning that I can't always do with her, even though I try.
I think you do what you have to and make the decisions that is right for your family. Some kids thrive in daycare and need to be social, some don't.
I have done both, had my child in care while I work and had my child home with me while I am not working. Personally I don't feel comfortable with or the need to have my child in daycare if I am not working nor do I feel the need to keep my child in daycare when he doesn't need to be there due to the risk of losing his spot and there is only 1 daycare in the town we live so there's a huge risk it would happen. But that's just me and a risk I have taken more than once.
My children have thrived at daycare and they have thrived whilst at home with me. Whatever works at the time. I don't believe one is necessarily better than the other, kids adjust to the circumstances.
Last edited by Molros; 19-02-2015 at 00:00.
No childcare workers here have said that their care is better than the care of a parent either. Simply that some children cope better with consistently and changing their world every 6 months might be upsetting for them.
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