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    Hi guys,

    Clueless here. I'm in Victoria and was wanting to look into putting my 13 m/o into daycare twice per week. Do I just call them and see if there's availability? Is there a minimum number of days they must attend? Do I have to liaise with Centrelink for anything? If so, what are the forms I night need to complete beforehand? Excuse the questions, I have no idea about daycare at all.

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    Some things I considered when looking for daycare:

    - daycare centres that weren’t brand new and were established not all new children
    - hours daycare is open
    - location
    - curriculum
    - NQS rating
    - staff ratios to children and amount of children per room

    I went and looked at about 6 until I picked the one we wanted him to attend you usually have a gut feeling whether you will be comfortable with your child attending. Some for me were a very simple no from the get go.

    I decided on the daycare but he didn’t start until a month later due to allow time for orientation days and for our CCS approved (forgot to do this).

    With Centrelink it’s now Child Care Subsidy you can complete the form online this will determine your rebate amount based off income/hours of work etc. ours was fairly quick to process, I had to provide some details once approved to daycare for them to finalise on their end.

    Was fairly straight forward, I also didn’t start my DS in daycare until he was 13 months so felt so overwhelmed at first.

    In terms of days - I was told it’s recommended to do a minimum of 2 as it is easier to transition the child as they aren’t going such long gaps between attending and helps with that process, however I think this may be subjective to each daycare as ours wouldn’t have stopped me from doing 1 if I wanted too, I have friends that have said their daycare don’t allow less than 2, so must just depend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elevatormusic View Post
    Hi guys,

    Clueless here. I'm in Victoria and was wanting to look into putting my 13 m/o into daycare twice per week. Do I just call them and see if there's availability? Is there a minimum number of days they must attend? Do I have to liaise with Centrelink for anything? If so, what are the forms I night need to complete beforehand? Excuse the questions, I have no idea about daycare at all.
    I would call up a few, see who has vacancies, but also tour them.
    Is it just to socialise with other children or while you return to work or study? If it's for socialization you may prefer to wait a bit on a list if the one youd prefer is full, rather than if you have to go to work and need whatever space you can get asap. If that makes sense?
    To the best of my knowledge there's no minimum number of days you need to attend.
    If you wish to claim the childcare subsidy should you be eligible (income based), you'll need to submit a claim to centrelink via the app or online through mygov. Its pretty straight forward, they just want you know income details, the centre details, ave how often your child goes/ how many hours so they can work out what % of the subsidy they'll pay, again, if you're eligible.

    Once you decide on a centre there will be enrollment forms and info forms about your child to fill out. Routine/background info to help the staff familiarise themselves with your child - if they're breastfed, bottle fed,allergies, naps, likes, dislikes, interests, family, pets, religion, celebrations etc etc

    The staff should be more than helpful from that point. I used to work in childcare so when looking for a centre....I looked for....

    - was there at least one staff member with the kids at all times? Playing, talking, wiping noses, singing... was one able to talk to you/ your child for a few mins? Even if it's "I'll be with you right after this nappy change". I don't like seeing staff grouped and gossiping. Yes they need to touch base and discuss things butt it doesn't take long and can be done while passing on the fly... most times...if they're there taking to eachother for more than a few mins and the children are left alone I'd be a bit wary

    - how were the children? Were they busy? Engaged? Were they happy? If they were sad- how did staff respond? Hopefully they weren't just running around screaming/crying. (These times DO happen even in the best of centres but they should be able to restore Some calm quite quickly)

    - how did staff respond to conflict?

    - how were things set up? Was it all plastic or a mix of natural as well? Was it inviting? Did they just dump 10 dinosaurs on a table? Or was there a tub with sand or gravel, rocks, ferns/leaves, maybe some bark, driftwood etc with the dinosaurs in it?

    - did the building/furniture look to be in a reasonably well maintained and clean condition? New is not necessary, but tidy, and safe are.

    - check out their policies on behavior, food, how do they communicate with parents etc

    - they should have an open door policy for you to come any time, and a good orientation process. You should be able to call if you want... and should always be and feel welcome.

    - long term staff are good too. New is fine but I'm way if there are too many new staff at once.

    - look for hygeine too. Are staff aware of runny noses, do they wash hands etc?
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    minimum number of days may be centre based. ours for instance, has a min of 2 days. ds’ old centre didn’t have a minimum though. i think the centres with less vacancies will have a minimum number of days. i’d be phoning up and doing tours and getting a feel. of course what you see walking around isn’t necessarily what it’ll be like day to day, but hopefully it’s enough to give you an idea.

    where in vic are you? i can recommend centres that are melb based if you like. happy to chat via pm if preferred.

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    That would be great! I'm in Newport, currently looking at The Learning Sanctuary but there are quite a few others in the area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elevatormusic View Post
    That would be great! I'm in Newport, currently looking at The Learning Sanctuary but there are quite a few others in the area.
    We live a couple of suburbs away from you, have you joined the fb group ‘Inner West Mums and Bubs’? You will get a lot of local advice and recommendations there, it’s a great group for getting local info.

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    Thanks for that! I moved from the East to the West last year and haven't gotten to know the area as much as I'd like yet so will join!


 

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