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    Default DS starting childcare...

    So DS has FINALLY gotten a spot at the childcare down the end of our street. It will only be one day a week, it's more for him to socialise and to give me a little break (to be honest)

    He's 16 months old and he's never been to childcare or anything like that. Family have watched him but only for a few hours at a time and it was quite rare. He's always with me or dp.

    I am FREAKING OUT!!!! He's my baby. I'm so nervous. He's going for an orientation next week and starts the following Monday. What would you ladies recommend in terms of how long he should stay on the first day? I was thinking of letting him go in the morning and having his first sleep there and lunch and play then picking him up before his arvo sleep? Just so it's not a massive day for him. Or should we be leaving him there the whole day?

    Any tips to help me calm down about the whole idea would be great as well? I'm ready to cry and he hasn't even started?!

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    Oh I remember this feeling all too well and am dreading doing it again with DS3. I would leave him for a few hours on the first day probably for his sleep and pick him up around lunch time. Then slowly extend the time each week.

    As for you remember he will be totally fine and these people know what they are doing! Give the centre a call during the day to see how he is going. There will be tears I can promise you that but it does get easier.

    Good luck 😊

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    I think 1 day a week isn't enough to truly settle him in. 2 consecutive days will be better.

    But your plan for just a morning session sounds good as a day 1..

    wifey of hubby who is always away. mother of two girls who are always amusing.

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    My girls go a morning a week. They were fine first few times the about the third they didn't want me to leave that lasted about 3 weeks now they are ok again there are still tear but not traumatic ones!! I always ring about an he later as well to make sure they have settled. So def call it makes you feel better!!! I'd do a shorter days to start with as they get sooo tired! But you can always play it by ear good luck! Keep some jobs to do on his first day haha

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    The first day I only left DS for just over an hour. He was a lot younger though at 5-1/2 months and so his anxiety wasn't an issue - just mine. I built up to full days over a period of about 3 weeks (going 1 day a week).

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    Thank you ladies! I definitely think the morning session will be plenty for him. He loves other kids so I can imagine he is just going to love it but be so exhausted lol

    Unfortunately we can only get one day at the moment but will look at increasing eventually.

    DP is taking me out to a beautiful cafe after we take DS (the great thing is we are less than a 5 minute walk from the centre.) I will ring and check how he settles, I suppose I'm just so nervous because he's never away from us. I've worked in childcare and thought yep this will be easy enough but I wasn't actually a parent then! Now it's just so nerve racking.

    I think I will make sure I have a huge list of things to get done so I can keep myself busy lol

    I'm worried about what I should pack for lunches and clothing and everything haha. I sound so silly! Lol.

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    Rather than start another thread...
    Can someone explain to me how the childcare rebate works? Like do we pay the full fees and then the rebate comes in in a large chunk at a certain time of year or so we only pay what gets worked out after the rebate?

    Does that make any sense lol

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    Depends how you elect to get it. Either paid directly to daycare, paid to you weekly/quarterly/annually.

    You need to meet the work/study test to get it.

    wifey of hubby who is always away. mother of two girls who are always amusing.

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    Default DS starting childcare...

    I think there are options to get the rebate paid directly to the carer/centre (so you pay half to carer/centre), or you can opt to pay 100% to carer/centre and then Centrelink transfers rebate into your account either every month (or something like that) or at the end of the year - whatever you choose. You should check though - I could be wrong!

    Good luck settling your boy in. My little one has been going to family day care since about 12 months and he loves it. The carer, other kids and their parents are like family now and are part of our "village". I hope you have an equally good experience.

    We started with short days and extended gradually to full days once he was sleeping well there. The carer/educator was fab at keeping me in the loop and advice on how best to settle him in. I hope you have a lovely lunch with hubby. DH and I have had a couple of fabulous lunches whilst junior is at daycare. You can really relax and enjoy it once you know they are having fun with their friends and are safe/happy with the carers.

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    Thank you ladies! I think I might meet requirements on the study part. Will give me such a good chance to get back into study!


 

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