My dd will be starting kindy in 2015. She has been going to daycare 3days a week as I have been working part time. I am having to make some decisions about work and possibly have to go back full time. My concern is how she will cope when she starts school and has to go to before and after school care. At daycare I feel that she gets enough attention but am concerned about whether that will be the same at after school care. So I am after your experience eg do the kids get supervised well? How does it work with the mix of older and younger kids? Thanks in advance.
I just wanted to add that my dd is very shy and does not make friends with other kids easily.
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17-10-2013 07:15 #1
before and after school care - your experiences
17-10-2013 07:23 #2
My older two went to oshc and it was fine, maybe not the same supervision as daycare but the kids are older and don't need so much. They usually split the kids into different age groups for activities.
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17-10-2013 14:45 #3
Can I ask how old your kids were? Did they offer any afternoon tea?
17-10-2013 15:24 #4Senior Member
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My DD1 began using OHSC this year - she's 8. While I work full time at the moment she only needs to attend twice a week after school as I am still able to drop her off in the mornings and I'm lucky enough to have family who can help pick her up on the other days. She quite enjoys it, but I personally wouldn't like her to attend more than three afternoons a week as she also has other after school activities a couple of nights a week to attend so it's hard to fit it all in, plus I feel she just needs some down time after school at least a couple of nights a week. The care is somewhat unstructured though so she can choose what activity she likes to participate in when she does attend OHSC, even if it's just some quiet time. Yes, they have afternoon tea and even a late snack if required. My DD2 will also need to attend when she begins school the year after next, but at least she'll have her big sister with her!
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17-10-2013 15:29 #5
I would like to continue working 3 days a week especially since dd will only be 5. Depends on whether work will continue this arrangement otherwise I may have to reconsider my options. Ds will be in before and after school care the year after dd so at least then they will have each other. Unfortunately I don't have anyone else to help out.
17-10-2013 15:30 #6
DS goes to before school care 2 days a week and at times when I have been working has gone to after school care. I also put him in for 2 vacation care days in the last school holidays. It's run by the local PCYC and he absolutely loves it, to the point where he cries sometimes if I pick him up too early. Breakfast is supplied before 8am for before school care and afternoon tea is supplied for after school care. The food options aren't particularly inspiring but that would be my only criticism. The mornings aren't very structured but in the afternoons they do outside activities, play games etc. Having said that my DS is happiest when he's playing games with other children and he's quite a social boy so he's in his element at school care time.
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17-10-2013 15:35 #7Senior Member
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I used to work at afterschool care. Usually the kids just play with similar aged children. There are different activities for the kids set up.. some outside.. some inside. There's a carer for every 11 children. Basically you'll have some carers doing stuff like craft activities.. while other carers just walk around supervising the kids. It's not really like daycare and the supervision isn't as much but there's supervision and good care. They should provide afternoon tea at afters and I think they might provide food at before as well.
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17-10-2013 15:42 #8
Thanks for the replies. It's reassuring. I was worried that the kids would be left to fend for themself and the little kids would miss. A workmate was telling me her son runs to his after school care quickly as possible to be the first one on the Xbox so he doesn't miss out. At this one food is available but the kids aren't encouraged to eat so her boys tend to be too busy playing.
I suppose all places are different. I still have another year so hoping dd will come out of her shell a bit more and will be better around other kids.
17-10-2013 15:43 #9
My DD started before and after school care in the second week of prep. She is now in year 1. She goes 4 days a week and I have my parents pick her up the other day. She loved it for most of the first year. Towards the end of prep DD started hating it and not wanting to go. I think it was a combination of exhaustion - it is a very long and exhausting day doing school for 6 hours and then 2-3 hours of other activities - and her and her "best friend" (who was also there full time) not getting along. In daycare the carers would intervene and keep the kids separate but at after care they are left to their own devices a lot more.
So for the first half of this year I quit my full time job and managed to do some part time contracts where I finished at 3pm in time to pick dd up. I have recently started back at a full time job and DD is going 4 days a week again. She enjoys it again, she seems much more able to cope now she is a bit older, and she doesn't hang out with the "best friend" that much anymore.
There isn't much close supervision but that's fine with me - it's similar to lunch/recess time at school. DD much prefers playing with the other kids than being at home with boring old mum too!
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17-10-2013 15:54 #10
DS used to go to BSC 5 days a week and we used ASC quite often too before i went permanate at work. The same kids go yo vacation care and the other kids have made good friends with DS and when he was away for a week being sick, they all missed him. He doesnt go to either atm as my dad takes him to school to save me a bit of money.
I am gonna send him 1 or 2 days a week to before school care as he really misses it. He gets given breakfast(cereal, toast and some milk or juice) and plays, colours in, reads books and socialises really well there.
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