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    Ulysses is offline In the eyes of a child you will see...the world as it should be.
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    one of the things i found helped (when i was unable to go out the house much with a newborn and dd with a 14 month gap) I made some contacts online with other mums and had play dates at my house - it really helped my dd as we dont know anyone in this area and have no family here. She has a language delay so all the professionals have told me daycare/preschool would help her but they also mentioned that playdates would do the same thing providing the kids were given some attention while they were playing and not just left to their own devices. Now i have built a freindship netwrok and we catch up weekly at my house. Now that I have gotten to know them a bit more I can go out to parks etc and feel comfortable having them help me look after both of my children at the same time…which was really daunting when it was just me trying to manage 2 under 2 in public places and keep my eye on both of them equally. She has thrived with the interaction.

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    I am so lucky with my childcare centre.

    I don't think children need daycare, but I know that my daughter does. From about the age of 3, she just needed more than I could offer at home. No amount of playdates, playgroup, park visits, activities, would stimulate her like daycare does. She asks everyday if it's "school" today.

    However, if I knew the teachers in the room were horrible, I wouldn't put my child in, and I would try and find alternative care.

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    My DS has only just started day care, and apart from the painful adjustment stage, I think it will be extremely beneficial to him.

    He is SUCH a mummies boy (which is totally my own fault, but anyway); I am part of a mothers group but because I study as well I find it hard to join in on their catch ups; I am the only one of my circle of friends with a baby so while I've tried my best to socialise him a bit, I was seeing signs that it wasn't enough.

    He loves daycare now and is becoming much more independent so in my case (so far) yes I think it's been get important, but it's not possible to blanket ALL kids under one "good thing"

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    As a child care worker I defiantly think it's important. I see children who DI t start coming to child care until 12 months or less before they start school. Majority of those children have major separation problems and sob alllll day which then results in lack of interaction and development. Get them use to separation earlier!

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    I think there are definitely benefits to child care, but for me the benefits of having my children in my care full time without a 3rd, 4th and 5th significant hand in their raising outweigh those benefits.

    For my kids day care would be detrimental.

    I do get frustrated with the attitude that babies over 1 need to be in day care, I am constantly told I should put my kids in, when there's little/no benefit for them.

    I can give my kids everything child care can and more.

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    Default Do you think childcares important for kids?

    I have seen both sides of this. I have 2 beautiful daughters who were both at or above average for their ages in socialisation when I returned to work and they started crèche. We were attending rhyme time at the library, play group and casual catch ups with friends and their kids. My two step daughters weren't put in crèche but also didn't do any activities (they watch DVD's all day alone in their own bedrooms) their social skills as well as speech and other developmental milestones are miles behind and we spend every weekend we have them trying to socialise them and get them back to a good developmental level. If the home environment supports good social development (lots of interaction with other family members as well as regular outings/play times out of the house) then why does your child need crèche. However if you don't provide that stimulating environment then you need to pay for it elsewhere (crèche etc). I am due with our 3rd bub in November and the girls will come out of crèche as soon as I am on mat leave so we can get into a good home routine again and also start up some activities before bub arrives.

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    Default Do you think childcares important for kids?

    I just found with my daughter that after the age of 3, she needed more than what I did at home. Play dates, play group, going to park, were never enough. She enjoys daycare so much!

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    My 4yr old goes to daycare in the afternoons from kindy and he still loves it, next year he will be in full time kindy so it will be the end of his daycare days, when I explain this to him the look on his face is priceless, he's quite sad about it.

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    no I do not think it is important for any child.

    Its a great invention that helps our society ..but no child NEEDS daycare imo.

    None of my children have gone and never will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlissedOut View Post
    I think there are definitely benefits to child care, but for me the benefits of having my children in my care full time without a 3rd, 4th and 5th significant hand in their raising outweigh those benefits.

    For my kids day care would be detrimental.

    I do get frustrated with the attitude that babies over 1 need to be in day care, I am constantly told I should put my kids in, when there's little/no benefit for them.

    I can give my kids everything child care can and more.
    Yep, as a childcare worker I can honestly say that some kids get a lot from it, but unless there are some serious issues at home, it's not detrimental for children to never attend care. For some, mine included, it can be detrimental for them to attend. My daughter attended from 1 when I went back to work, and there was no way around it, I had to work and there was no other person to look after her, so she had to go to childcare for that purpose. It did her emotional harm, and she was in an amazing centre, I trust the staff in every way, but she was better off at home than in care. Other kids adjust well to it, but if it was unavailable to them they wouldn't be hurt unless there were problems at home.


 
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