I think daycare can be a great tool, and wonderful for families to use if they need it - but I dont think it's neccesary. I wont be using daycare, my kids stay with me until they go to preschool at age 4. I am an Early Childhood Teacher, so am more than confident with my ability to provide my kids with a quality early education at home. I volunteer usually 10-20 hours a week, & my kids come with me & help out. I'm pregnant with the 4th, so sometimes it is hard having the kids with me 24/7 & dragging them around to volunteer work - but at the end of the day, I love spending time with my kids, & they are only little once. ***this is only what is right for me and my family, not everyone.***
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05-10-2016 18:32 #11
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05-10-2016 18:39 #12
I love childcare. I've had a complete 180 degree turn in attitude towards it (mostly as my own Mum was very much anti-childcare). I think like harvs I need the self-actualization of having work/study outside of my family. And my ds loves childcare, he thrives on the stimulation he gets and being able to form relationships with other carers & kids his age. He's currently in two days a week and we hope to increase that to four next year. Ds's childcare also do working bees so I like to attend some of those when I can and we go to playgroup there once a week.
05-10-2016 19:09 #13-
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How do you feel about Childcare / early learning?
If you need a break put your kids in daycare a couple of days per week - it sounds that simple because it is. Daycare isn't harmful. There's no point being a martyr if your mental health then suffers as a result.
If your kids aren't in bed until 9pm and that bothers you then lay down the law and nip that shiz in the bud. If you need some ideas - feel free to PM me.
If your house is too much for you then there are 3 options:
1) get a cleaner
2) get a new house that is more manageable
3) learn to be comfortable with a mess (it's liberating!)
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05-10-2016 20:26 #14Senior Member
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My DD goes to childcare because she has to as I have no one else to look after her while I work 2 days a week. She is 15 months old and had been going since 7 months. She loves it and it has been great for her. She's an only child and will be an only child so I love the fact she gets to spend time with other kids. She does things there I don't do at home. They talk to her and teach her things in a way I wouldn't know how. They are truly toddler whisperers. They can get 12 toddlers quietly sitting around a table waiting for their snack and then they calmly eat their snacks out of a bowl without chucking the bowl on the ground. I'm deadly serious. I'd pay just for that aspect!
But seriously it's good for DD and it's good for me. It may not be a necessity but I absolutely believe it's adding something positive to her life. She likes the different environment and toys/equipment/activities, she gets to socialise with other kids without me hovering around, and she gets to spend time in a group with other adults. I love my DD and some days I hate leaving her there to go to work but I go to pick her up and see she's happy playing and I know she's had an interesting and stimulating time which is great.
05-10-2016 21:38 #15
I just started my child at child care (only 1 day) I was very much against it. And even now I'm thinking is it really worth it, 1 day...really?
I think it's more the separation, for me to start dealing with him being away for kinder next year, and to be honest, I feel quiet empty. I even had an anxiety attack, all these thoughts came to my head. It was bad. I guess I need to think of the positive sides. His with other kids, his doing something different, mixing with other kids etc. I'm still torn. But who knows.
05-10-2016 21:46 #16Senior Member
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DS has been in care for about 2.5 years now (maybe more). He goes 2 days per week atm.
Despite his 'I don't want to go to childcare' speech every day he loves it.
He was a clingy kid and still is but is so much better. He has gained confidence. He has come out of his shell.
05-10-2016 21:50 #17
Child care is a necessity for us.
I'm the breadwinner for now while DH looks after our future. There is no one else to look after DS. An tbh even if there was another person, I like the atmosphere at daycare. DS gets to play with other kids, do activities we wouldn't do, build relationships.
Each to their own depending on their own unique circumstances.
05-10-2016 22:08 #18Senior Member
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Childcare is a necessity to us as i need to work 2days a week. Its also handy to have our kida in some care as there are times we need them watched and we dont have many other options (no family support). DH usually has the kids 1 weekday and our DD 3yrs goes an extra day to give me a reprieve (although if DH has to work this is swapped from the Tuesday to Wednesday)
In regards to schooling aspect, we do the 4yr old kindy at school here in WA and use long daycare and OSHCLUB when we need. We love the younger kids long daycare setting and also our eldest is really happy at his oshclub
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05-10-2016 22:09 #19
I personally think that Childcare is a great option for children to learn important social skills. Not the only option but a great one.
It's also a great way to have some balance in the family with family members getting their own space and activities and circles of friends etc.
I do like that my kids have a life away from me and I a life away from them.
Just my 2 cents.
05-10-2016 22:13 #20
DS only did 3 and 4 year old pre school 2 days a week and even then I was thinking that was too much! ( we are lucky to have heaps of family available) But as an only child I found it good so he could play/meet other kids and it was much more fun - but as far as needing it no I don't think he did but it depends on the child, he settled in beautifully at school this year but I think he would have anyway
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