So my DS (11mo) has only been attending a daycare centre for two months and in that time has had gastro twice and 2 colds. He had never been sick before starting daycare.
I'm wondering if sending him to a smaller FDC might help to reduce his exposure to illnesses.... but I'm a bit unsure about FDC as I don't really know much about it and am wary that it might not be as tightly regulated as a centre?
Those who use/have used a FDC, tell me please, what did you find to be the pros and cons?
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04-07-2014 08:48 #1
FDC - Pros and cons?
04-07-2014 13:30 #2
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04-07-2014 13:58 #3
Honestly, if you're trying to cut down on exposure to illness, you're gonna have to keep your boy away from kids his own age! Throw a bunch of babies, toddlers and preschoolers together and there are germs flying all over the place.
The good news is that the longer he stays in daycare (or has regular exposure to other kids in general), the better his immune system will get. He'll likely catch everything for the first year or so - especially since he's a toddler and they have absolutely NO boundaries whatsoever - but then you'll find that he breezes through his remaining school years without getting sick too often.
As for FDC in general: technically they run under the same regulations as daycare centres, but obviously slightly modified to account for the presence of a single carer rather than a bunch of them. They do the same sorts of activities as daycare centres and the carers have the same qualifications. (All carers need a CertIII in Children's Services or whatever it's called now.) They're also subject to the same criminal checks as daycare workers - and so is everyone who lives in the house they use for their business. But honestly, some things can get pretty lax but that applies to daycare centres too, so ...
FDC is cheaper. Generally more flexible (you can negotiate earlier drop offs, later pick-ups, that sort of thing). You get to know the carer pretty well and your child gets more one-on-one with the carer.
Cons. There is only one carer. If they get sick you'll be forced to make alternative arrangements. There are also fewer children to interact with (four in total to keep with the carer to child ratios), and they can range from anywhere to 0 to 6 years. Your child might not necessarily be with children his own age.
And depending on where you live, you might have to shop around to find someone who speaks your language - and I mean that literally and figuratively. On the up side, if you have specific cultural needs to be met, you might also be lucky enough to find a carer who can cater to that too!
But seriously, if your child is happy where he is and you're happy where he is (aside from the illness factor, obviously), I think it's worth it to wait it out and just let that snot flow!
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04-07-2014 14:17 #4
I love FDC. We found a great lady through a local scheme run by a community organisation. So she's all checked and regulated. Has to have qualifications too. They inspect regularly.
For me, pros are:
- Ds is one of only 4 kids. She knows them all so well and I feel keeps a better track of what's going on with them than at a big centre with lots of kids ( which we also used for a while). They're all good friends and it's like dropping him off for a play date not daycare.
- there is more flexibility with pick up and drop off times. Eg on the odd occasion when I've needed him there super early or been running late that's all been fine. Whereas a centre opens and shuts at set times.
- I have developed a good relationship with her which I never got to do with centre staff. We go to each others kids parties etc. It's a nice little community of parents.
- It's good value for money.
- Have to send a packed lunch so bit more to organise each day but this means I control what he eats much more!
- If she's sick or her daughter we don't have any daycare that day
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09-07-2014 10:38 #5
Pros: Less kids meant less illness (for us anyway)
One carer, one primary attachment figure for my kids, the FDC became an important relationship to my kids
Flexible, responsive and catered to my kids interests and needs
Cons: None really, my carer had I think 1 sick day in nearly 3 years. She always took her leave when she had the most number of kids already taking leave
I love FDC! I would never use a centre for under Preschool age kids, FDC really worked for us.
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