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    Default 3 year old kinder next year- WWYD?

    I've decided not to send DS to sessional kinder, as the centre he goes to now has a great kinder program, and i will still need the childcare.

    My dilemma now is that I'm going on mat leave in a few weeks and won't be going back to work till DS is 4. He will be staying at CC 2 days a week until the end of the year, and then I was planning on dropping him down to one day next year- he goes to my MIL one day a week so he would be home with me and the baby 3 days. If I did that I would hope to do a few more activities with him- story time and maybe a dance/gym class as well as the playgroup we already attend.
    I'm now wondering whether it would be better to send him to kinder 2 days a week. I know for most kids they get more out of it and settle better the more they are there. And I wonder whether it would be nice for me to have an extra day just with the baby. 2 days would stretch us financially, though, and i know my mum would be happy to have him at least once or twice a week for an afternoon or something to give me a break.
    He'd be going up to three days when he's 4.

    So, what should I do, 1 or 2 days a week?

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    Default Re: 3 year old kinder next year- WWYD?

    Personally I think two days is always better than 1.

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    I'd just go one day. No point stretching yourself financially if you don't need to.
    I think 1 day is fine, i don't think you need 2 days to get used to kindy. DD started with 1 day a week and now does 5 days no worries.
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    A vote each way anyone want to be the tie breaker?

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    Default 3 year old kinder next year- WWYD?

    I would say one day as you don't want to be struggling financially cos that sucks.

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    Default 3 year old kinder next year- WWYD?

    I'd try two and see how you cope financially and drop back to one if you need to (if you can).

    I agree with a PP about two days being better than one for a continuity thing. Especially if he goes to three days when he is four.

    Obviously not an expert opinion - just based on what seems to work for DD at the moment.

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    Bumping because I just can't decide

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    Default 3 year old kinder next year- WWYD?

    Two days .. It gets him used to the eventual three days ...

    But only if it doesn't stretch you too much ...

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    Is this kinder on top of CC, or are you asking about 2 days of kinder instead of CC?

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    Default 3 year old kinder next year- WWYD?

    I'd probably go the 2 days if you can find a way to make it work financially. I did the same with my ds1 when I went on mat leave. He really benefited from the structure and routine. And we will be doing the same as you with regards to leaving him in cc once he's 4 for their kindy program. Their program is fantastic and in our area, the public kindy system is so full that you can't get full days anyway.

    Just out of interest, are you receiving child care rebate? Coz you'll still be eligible for this while on mat leave which might make things a bit easier. I wasn't aware of this when I first went on mat leave and was going to drop back for financial reasons but this really helped
    Good luck with your decision.


 

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