Not all hat long ago childcare wasn't even available to most people. School was their first out-of-home care experience. They did just fine and so will your kids
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25-05-2014 12:00 #51
25-05-2014 12:12 #52
My children didn't go to daycare and I never actively taught them anything at home. They learned through play and observation and following their interests.
They went to c and k kindergarten and then started Prep (QLD). They are in Year 4, 2 and Prep and - at the risk of sounding braggy - all 3 at the top of their class (2 by a large margin) and all exceptionally well behaved. No dramas with sitting on quietly, listening or following instructions.
There is no way a teacher would be able to single mine out at the start of Kindy as not being in daycare previously and certainly not in prep. In no way were they at a disadvantage when starting school.
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25-05-2014 12:14 #53
25-05-2014 12:27 #54
OP the only other comment I'd make is starting them in some sort of long or short kinder program from 3 is useful for building immunity.
25-05-2014 14:02 #55Senior Member
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Thank you everyone for your fantastic replies! You have really given me food for thought on some things and reassured me on others. What a great and helpful response!
I'm actually a primary school teacher myself so I'm not concerned about the learning opportunities my girls might get, apart from the social side. I think I'm capable of covering skills at home and I love love love planning creative activities for my own children finally! We live on a farm which provides so many other learning experiences too, so I suppose I've thought that that should be enough. Its fantastic to read that others have felt pressure to put children in child care too....maybe I'm not just being too sensitive
Lots of food for thought here though, so thanks again!
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25-05-2014 14:28 #56
My daughter (20 months) in childcare a minimum of 1/2 a day per week. This is because I work casually (relief teaching), and I want her to have some semi-regular contact with the centre even if I'm not working.
I definitely don't see child care as necessary for children. As PPs have mentioned, most of us probably didn't attend child care. My sister and I certainly didn't, and neither did most of our friends. We were/are fine.
I've certainly noticed the pressure though, and it's ridiculous. There are always people willing to push their views on you though - to have children, how many to have, birth choices, feeding choices, where they should sleep, when to work etc. etc. etc.
25-05-2014 14:48 #57
I'm not sure. I come from a culture where having a spot in childcare is like a golden ticket for the family.
I can see the good it's doing for my own family but not sure if it helps DS in his development.
My nephew who has Down syndrome has been thriving since he joined childcare. It has been beneficial and have brought him a lot more than staying home with his parent could have ever done.
25-05-2014 14:57 #58
My siblings and I never attended childcare, I'm the only socially awkward one. I'm sure this would have been the same regardless.
My kids have both gone to childcare from 15 months and 18 months respectively. One is socially awkward, one not.
I don't think there is any need for childcare in terms of social interaction. Whilst it may be beneficial in some circumstances, it's definitely not a necessity.
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25-05-2014 15:01 #59Senior Member
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25-05-2014 19:10 #60
I don't believe this to be true especially, when each time you get sick, you get a different strain of the virus.
So i wouldnt use the immunity issue as a deciding factor OP.
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