No i don't use it. I work my job around my dh's hours so we can be at home with ours. If we put them in day care id have to work an extra shift or two to cover the cost of it as well
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25-05-2014 08:38 #21Senior Member
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25-05-2014 08:41 #22
I do not use childcare and I dont intend to use it either. Im not against childcare but im a sahm so i dont see the point. I have noticed though some people sort of look down their noses at u and say kids who are in child care have much more social skills and interact better which I disagree with this completely. My ds does all sorts of activities during the week like play group, mothergoose program and mums grp and he socialises and interacts fine.
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25-05-2014 08:44 #23
OP your kids are still babies. I wouldn't worry yet. But if you find it's hard to get places because you live rurally maybe have their names down say from 2 or at a 3 yo kinder. It doesn't mean you have to send them but gives you options.
I've got 4 kids and one attended from 12 months because I worked whereas the others not til they were 3. I love our 3 yo pre school my son has absolutely thrived.
25-05-2014 09:04 #24Senior Member
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We put dd into cc when she was 18mths. She was behind with her speech, I wanted her to be around other kids her age and adults who would push her to use her words.
I also found she craved more stimulation as she hit 18mths. As I was heavily pregnant, I just didn't have the energy (and knowing bub would arrive soon) knew I wouldn't have as much one on one time with her. So another reason I use cc is to give her the extra stimulation and to give myself a break from her.
I started red playgroups and toddler library sessions around when she was 12mths. (When she was down to an after lunch nap only so we got out in the mornings).
dd is now 3 and still attends cc 1 day per week 9-3. I have found it fantastic. For both her and myself.
we recently enrolled ds into cc (he is 15mths) because he is very attatched to me and it is quite exhausting. I am Also returning to work and want him settled before that happens. Having that extra help from cc is a godsend.
There are many different reasons ppl choose to use cc. Not just because they have to work. I have nothing against the service, it has been wonderful and really helped my dd out with her speech, interactions with others and confidence. They also do activities that id never have the resources to do at home! So something a bit different that she looks forward to every week.
i also hope cc will help with dds transition to kinder next year.
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25-05-2014 09:09 #25
My DD is 26 months old and i work 3 days a week and she is looked after purely by her grand parents. Each set of grandparents do different things with her to each other and different things to me.
I take her to playgroup each week and at least 1 other playground, play date.
I think if you personally can,cip with them every single day and feel you don't need a break then CC is pointless to me. But if you find you struggle to cope or they get too bored, then CC one day a week can save everyone's sanities.
As far as needing it for socialisation or development, its not a one size fits all.
You know your limits and your twins' needs better than anyone, so do what you feel right with. There is no right or wrong choice.
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25-05-2014 09:21 #26
My DS1 went to daycare 2 days a week from 2.5yrs old until 3yrs old, he hated it so we pulled him out. He is powering ahead at school, in yr 1 now and one of the youngest in the class.
DS2 & DS3 have never been in daycare, and probably wont. I dont believe my children need it and we're fortunate that we can afford for me to stay home with them. I may end up putting DS3 in when he is 2 or 3 and the other 2 are at school but for purely selfish reasons, because I miss working.
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25-05-2014 09:39 #27Senior Member
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Gosh you wouldn't believe how many people gave me a hard time because I didn't put DD1 into childcare while I was pregnant with DD2, telling me that I needed to have time with just the baby and it was silly for me to not put DD1 in. At 3 I put DD1 into daycare 1 day a week we did it for about 3 months and I decided I didn't like it anymore and pulled her out.
She then went to 4yr old kindy and is now in Prep and is totally fine, she had no problems transitioning to either and we haven't had any issues.
DD2 is now 3.5 and has never been to anything, she doesn't have issues playing with other children but is incredibly shy around new adults but when DD1 was at kindy DD2 got familiar with the kindy teachers and had no problems talking to them so I'm not worried about her at all.
I'm a childcare teacher (before kids) and I always said before I had kids that I just couldn't send them, it's nothing like home and I'd much rather have my kids at home with me if I had the option. I have no issues with childcare but if I'm at home anyway I'm not going to send my child for a break. We do lots of activities and she is pretty social
25-05-2014 09:39 #28
I have two boys aged 2.5 and 10 months, I'm also 28 weeks pregnant. I am constantly being asked if ds1 is in child care...Im seriously being asked a few times a week. He is lacking in speech and the first question I am asked by family, friends and professionals when they learn of his delay is does he go to child care? It makes me feel like I have done something wrong by keeping him home with me. I already blame myself enough Anyway we looked into child care for him to see if it would help but when it came down to it I wasn't ready to send him. I don't need to work so if I'm not ready then there's no reason to send him unless something happens like I need a break or need to work. I think It's great for mums who work or mums who need the break (that will probably be me in a few months lol!). But I really am sick of the judgemental looks I get about him not being in day care.
25-05-2014 09:40 #29Senior Member
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11 months OP? They're still babies! I wouldn't worry. My kids only went to preschool when they were 3, which was to prepare them for school. I went to playgroups from when they were about 2.
I have known a few kids who didn't go at all to preschool/daycare etc before starting school, and they were quite socially immature, so I would definitely recommend it when they're 3-4, but when they're still just babies, I don't believe you need to do any structured social activities just yet.
25-05-2014 09:43 #30
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