To me one of the most important thing was happy staff. I want continuity of care for my baby so he can get attached to his carers and they won't change every year.
The other thing was communication between the center and the parents.
Nice to have is a center that cook the food for lunch themselves (as opposed to get it delivered).
Maybe a good place to start is your MCH center. They can give you recommendations of the better centers next to you.
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09-11-2013 22:39 #21
10-11-2013 03:01 #22
10 months 2 days a week. I felt he was really ready and i was really ready to go back to work. It was scary at first and I did cry after dropping him off the first few times but it was all worth it.
10-11-2013 03:28 #23
My first child was 2, non verbal and didn't have other children so it was more for the social side of it.
My second child was 1 and I needed to return to work
10-11-2013 03:32 #24Senior Member
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- May 2009
- Sydney, NSW
11 months. She's now 4 and this year we increased her days from one to two and it has done wonders for her social skills.
10-11-2013 04:16 #25
11 months for two days per week. Increased to 3 days after he turned 2. I felt it was too eArly for him and next time around, would wait bit longer to put in but he loves it now, even on our off days, he asks if he can go )
10-11-2013 05:23 #26
My 2 started afew weeks ago at 6mths & 2.5yrs as I had to return to work.
Ideally I would like to be a SAHM but as thats not possible this is the next best thing. They are only there 1 day a week and I love the centre and carers. At the moment we only pay $20wk as we have both been studying but soon our parenting & student payment will end and our payments will go up. DH is home the other days I am out so we are very lucky to be in this situation really.
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10-11-2013 10:20 #27Senior Member
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- Mar 2010
Both go when they are 3 years old. Started with half day , 5 hours a day, 5 days a week.
10-11-2013 10:52 #28Senior Member
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- Oct 2013
dd was 2.5yrs old. i looked for a clean, stimulating, professional and happy centre. I wanted alot of communiation with her carers and i wanted them to know specifically why i am sending her to daycare. I wanted her to attend to help her language development, plus i had a newborn and found myself extremely exhausted and felt dd was missing out on all the home crafty stuff she used to do and love.
The carers are fantastic, dd's speech has imporved so much since being there, even the carers tell me thay can have a conversation with her now. She has friends and knows their names, its wonderful.
She goes 1 day a week. Started out staying with her for an hour (i got a good feel of the centre, particulary her room), then left her alone for for a hour while i was out of her view (i stood outside the room and watched her through a window...like a freaky stalker lol but got to see how the carers are with her.), then half day then full day over about 4 weeks.
I am returning to work next year and i have booked them both full time (not confirmed yet, so not paying) for next year, but when i find out what days i am working, i will just let daycare know and they will cut the days out.
I will be introducing ds into care as i did with dd. Before i start work so i can do it slowly and he is comfortable and not go crazy worrying about him when i actually start working.
with dd in care 1 day with me not working we are out of pocket $20.
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10-11-2013 10:53 #29Senior Member
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- Nov 2007
Mine went from age 3. At around 7 months I was in a rush so put him in a local one so I could study. That was a mistake because they were awful, I strongly recommend spending some time at the centre first, seeing if the kids look happy, if there's a lot of happy noise (or are they crying/screaming) and watch the staff interract with them. I loved his last centre, the workers adore the children and were genuinely going to miss them when the kids were ready to move onto school.
take your time and I would advise don't just choose the first one just because unless it really ticks all of your boxes.
10-11-2013 11:39 #30
Family day car from 6.5 months, 3 days a week.
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