Ds2 will be kinder age next year (3) and I have accepted a placement in a council run kinder. The hours are short but when I work, my mum can help with pickup/drop off etc.
The only thing is, I actually prefer Ds1's Childcare/kinder program! Although it's much more expensive (I'm out of pocket around $57 per day x 2 per week), it's actually a fantastic program!
I'm in Melbourne, it's a Casa Bambini centre and his teacher has a Master in Education and does amazing things with the kids.
Am I mad choosing child care option?!
Ps- he won't join the kinder room until his 3yrs and around 9months, before that he'll be in pre kinder.
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20-10-2014 16:55 #1
Council run kinder or Childcare with approved kinder program?
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20-10-2014 18:15 #2
We have kept our son in childcare for kinder. We will probably do the same when our daughter's turn comes. I'm not sure how the educational program differs to the council run program, but I simply couldn't justify changing his entire routine, friends & teachers for only 12 months. It doesn't make sense to me. Plus I couldn't deal with all of the crazy drop off/pick up times that council kinder has - too confusing! However having said that, we aren't paying childcare fees for our daughter yet, (not until next year)
20-10-2014 20:16 #3
We've decided to do daycare kinder because he's already there and knows the kids and staff so moving him for 12 months before prep seems unnecessarily disruptive. Plus the hours at daycare kinder are flexible instead of the 8:30-2:30 at c&K, which really limits me if I want to work or at home with dd as she'll be napping at pick up time. I know our local c&K is very good but seriously, he's 4 years old, it's only 12 months, and then he'll be in full time school so I'm not putting too much pressure on us to make these big educational decisions at the moment
20-10-2014 20:37 #4
We're going with c&k council run program because I know the teachers well (DS1 went there a couple of years ago) and DS2 doesnt go to any sort of daycare etc yet.
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20-10-2014 20:48 #5
Thanks all. Although Ds1 has been in care since 13m, Ds2 hasn't. So it's all fresh for him.
(My mum has been looking after Ds2 the 2 days I work, while Ds1 has been at C&K
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