I taught DS to count/abc etc so I don't think child care is needed for that at all - every kindergarten teacher I've ever spoken to said all kids need to know when they start school is to be able to put their shoes on, open a lunch box and wipe their bums! Reading/writing/name writing they teach at school
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25-05-2014 10:18 #41
25-05-2014 10:35 #42Senior Member
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Personally, I think some form of daycare/school is beneficial for a child before they have to go 5 days a week every week, the kids who don't go at all tend to struggle with the transition to school more than kids who have attended pre-school/day care...but I think one or two years is enough, they don't need 4 years in daycare to be prepared for school.
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25-05-2014 10:55 #43Senior Member
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My ds1 never went to child care and he was amazing when he started school. He got socialized by just going to the playground and through family. He is excelling at school and not struggling a bit.
25-05-2014 11:09 #44
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25-05-2014 11:15 #45
Dd1 has just turned 3 and has started showing interest in writing her name so I'm encouraging that. She can also count beyond 20.
She will sit and listen to a story and can follow rules and directions, these are things that they can learn in any environment.
25-05-2014 11:24 #46
Tell your MIL to get knotted.
As I've mentioned in previous threads about speech delays, my DS was in full time child care (as in 9-10 hours a day, 5 days a week) from the age of 8 month until he was about 3.5 years old and he still managed to have a profound speech delay. He had a vocab of about 20 words at age 3 and most of those were half words. Child care is not a cure-all for speech issues.
25-05-2014 11:38 #47
As a year one teacher I often can't tell the difference between kids who have been in Childcare and those who haven't. I wouldn't listen to others. Go with your own instincts.
My boys went to family day care and Childcare - but that was because I'm a single mother who had to go to work. If I could've kept them home with me I would have
25-05-2014 11:42 #48
I tend to see Childcare as an alternative to the parent caring for the child (for work, study, needing a 'me' day) rather than sending them there as a learning/socialising environment.
25-05-2014 11:45 #49
Neither of my kids went to childcare. They did go to pre prep (kindy) (qld) the year before school (5 day a fortnight program).
Before pre prep I took them to mothers group, playgroup, swimming etc.
25-05-2014 11:55 #50Senior Member
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I use childcare with my youngest now, but my first two didn't go to childcare. They just went straight to preschool (9am-3pm, 2 days per week) when they turned 3.
Absolutely no problems when they started school (socially or academically) however we've always read to them at home every day and encouraged them to practice writing/alphabet/counting etc at home which I believe makes a huge difference.
Just thinking about the abilities of kids in my eldest's class last year, they were so varied, but I noticed that (in most cases) the children who progressed more quickly with their reading, had parents who read to them every night since they were little.
The children who had gone to preschool at some stage (some had just attended for term 4 in the year before starting school) seemed to be more familiar with the expectations and routine of school. I couldn't really notice any difference with those who had gone to childcare up to age 3 and those who hadn't though, for example there were children there who had been in childcare full-time since they were babies, but their social skills were still lacking (eg. continuing to annoy classmates when it's obvious they're getting upset etc).
Also, just on what Busy-Bee said: my eldest two (who didn't attend childcare) started talking very early and have never had any speech issues, whereas my youngest who has been in childcare since she was 11 months started speaking later than them, and has trouble with her pronunciation of certain sounds.
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