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    Default Sending child to 2 different child care centres

    Hope this isn't too confusing. Background info.
    I foster an aboriginal child. So far I have been offered 1 day a week (wednesday) next year at a centre near me that I'd be happy to send DS to, but I'm considering trying to get another day at another centre which is about 1/2 hr drive away (hoping for Monday). I'm thinking this as his care plan from DOCS says he needs to attend an aboriginal centre to have access to his culture. I'm taking him to the local aboriginal playgroup once a week as well. This 2 days at different centres would only be for next year as he will attend an aboriginal pre-school 2 days in 2015 which is closer to where we live. He'll be 2.5 when he starts in January.

    Do you think it will be too confusing/upsetting for him attending different centres? If he just goes to the aboriginal one only then I would only put him in one day as it's too far to drive there and back 8 times a week. What are your thoughts?

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    If DOCS are happy for him to attend both centres I don't see why you couldn't do that..


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    Yes it will be confusing. Routines will be different as well as carers. He'd have to adjust to 2 different places in 12 months and then adjust again to a new preschool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lauzy View Post
    Yes it will be confusing. Routines will be different as well as carers. He'd have to adjust to 2 different places in 12 months and then adjust again to a new preschool.
    I agree with this.

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    How old is he? I work in childcare and find that 1 day at a center is not enough to build secure relationships in a shorter period of time. If you are in contact with docs then surely the center near you can let you know when they have a free day and put him at the top of the list? If not, talk to docs about it. I personally feel 2 days at 2 different centers is a bit much.

    I also find it very interesting that he needs to go to an aboriginal childcare center. Every childcare center should be incorporating aboriginal culture into their center and programs. It's part of the NAtional quality framework and the early years learning framework (that all centers must abide by). Which state are you in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by beccaboobang View Post
    How old is he? I work in childcare and find that 1 day at a center is not enough to build secure relationships in a shorter period of time. If you are in contact with docs then surely the center near you can let you know when they have a free day and put him at the top of the list? If not, talk to docs about it. I personally feel 2 days at 2 different centers is a bit much.

    I also find it very interesting that he needs to go to an aboriginal childcare center. Every childcare center should be incorporating aboriginal culture into their center and programs. It's part of the NAtional quality framework and the early years learning framework (that all centers must abide by). Which state are you in?
    This exactly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beccaboobang View Post
    How old is he? I work in childcare and find that 1 day at a center is not enough to build secure relationships in a shorter period of time. If you are in contact with docs then surely the center near you can let you know when they have a free day and put him at the top of the list? If not, talk to docs about it. I personally feel 2 days at 2 different centers is a bit much.



    I also find it very interesting that he needs to go to an aboriginal childcare center. Every childcare center should be incorporating aboriginal culture into their center and programs. It's part of the NAtional quality framework and the early years learning framework (that all centers must abide by). Which state are you in?
    He is 2 now, 2.5 when he starts in January. Ideally I would like him in the one centre for the 2 days. I rang them and asked if they have any aboriginal culture in their program and they said they don't. I'm in NSW, maybe it's not compulsory here. I'll ask when I go to playgroup, it's run by child care workers connected to the aboriginal pre-school he'll be going to in 2015, if they know any other centres in the area that include it in their program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WiseOldOwl View Post
    He is 2 now, 2.5 when he starts in January. Ideally I would like him in the one centre for the 2 days. I rang them and asked if they have any aboriginal culture in their program and they said they don't. I'm in NSW, maybe it's not compulsory here. I'll ask when I go to playgroup, it's run by child care workers connected to the aboriginal pre-school he'll be going to in 2015, if they know any other centres in the area that include it in their program.
    Wow. The early years framework is a national program so they definitely should be doing something. Now might be a good time for them to start.

    At that age especially, no I would not put him in 2 different centres.

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    My 2 year old goes to..

    Childcare centre (Mon)
    Family Day care (Tues)
    Grandparents (Wed)
    and then home with me for the rest of the week.

    While this is not my ideal situation, it was the only childcare arrangement I could get so I could work.

    In saying that though, my DS loves it. He enjoys going to each place. He gets excited in the morning when I tell him "today we're going to...". He is thriving. So for my DS, I don't feel there has been any negative impact on having to go to different places. For him it seems variety is the spice of life!

    But of course each child is different.

    There are 2 other children at his family day care who go to a combo of child care centre and family day care and it has also been fine for them.

    Good luck with finding what works for you!


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