Note to self - pre school is the year before school, so 4 and 5yos.
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22-07-2014 14:20 #21
22-07-2014 14:25 #22
And in QLD for kids who are born in the first half of the year, they start preschool at 3 and formal school (Prep) at 4.
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22-07-2014 14:35 #23
22-07-2014 14:42 #24
I don't think childcare, before the year before school shouldn't be necessarily a right as far as subsiding. But there is value to pre school. Yes you can teach your kids to write their name and sit quietly, but there is more to it than that. If teaching was something that didn't require formal education then pre schools and schools in general wouldn't exist.
As a pre service teacher myself, I was shocked how detailed the process is to teach basic skills in a correct way in which it sticks, and can be built upon.
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22-07-2014 15:12 #28
They don't sit like little ducks in a row either
I started school at 3yo like all other French kids and loved it. Our "ecole maternelle" is free and of high quality, Kids play and have a nap. It is the same as an early education centre here, a (very) glorified childcare if you like.
And yes I believe it is a great opportunity for most children.
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22-07-2014 15:13 #29
With regard to the childcare subsidies for non-working parents (SAHM):
I work casually. Good money when I work, but an average of fewer than 8 hours per week. However, DD has a regular 1/2 day per week at childcare for two reasons - so that I can have a break, and so that she's used to the place in case I get work. Here's what would happen if it weren't subsidised:
1. I wouldn't get a break. At all. DP runs his own business and works incredibly long hours. If I couldn't put DD in child care for a low cost, my only option would be to leave her with DP. I'd feel too guilty about lowering his productivity, so it wouldn't happen. Cue a much worse home environment for DD with me being extremely stressed.
2. I wouldn't work. Either that, or the days that I worked then DP couldn't.
If I couldn't have DD in care cheaply, I couldn't afford to send her to keep up a relationship with the carers. I wouldn't be comfortable sticking her in completely out of the blue. Hence, I'd either not work at all or she'd be cared for by DP when I worked. Essentially trading off my work for his.
So in our situation, a lack of subsidised care would mean less workforce participation and less economic productivity from our household.
I understand the reasons for that recommendation, but it seems too simplistic to me. There must be plenty of cases like ours where the entire community benefits from SAHMs having access to some subsidised child care.
22-07-2014 15:32 #30
sorry off topic a bit but I do find it sad that society these days mostly can't afford for at least one parent to stay home a lot more than we do. A big part of that is the lack of flexibility in workplaces I know, for both mums and dads. They're only so little once - they have the rest of their lives to be busy and having a life away from us (parents).
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