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Childcare and Preschool Lock Rss

We have just been successful in gaining fulltime childcare for our 2 sons. So far they are enjoying it - although it sounds as though DS2 got a beating from some other kids, which the centre neglected to tell us. But that's another matter...

Anyway, DS1 is 3 y/o. As I understand it he should be in preschool next year. I was thinking of keeping him back a year but I want to hold DS2 back a year cos he's very small for his age and I want them to have a 2 yr gap between them (long story). If I hold DS1 back it means I'd have to hold DS2 back 2 years which seems a bit silly.

BUT what I was wondering is do they NEED to go to preschool if they are in daycare? They do craft, singing, learning at daycare and it doesn't seem THAT much different to the preschool I remember... although that was 15 years ago when my baby sister went there.

What do you think? Would I be disadvantaging my son by not going to "preschool"?

Just out of curiosity please. I don't want any fights.

Cheers much
they will do similar things in daycare as to preschool. however the difference is that pre-school hours are much shorter so the day is structured differently. My DS is in 3 year old pre-school (kinder) and they start off with craft/indoor play. then snack time outside, followed by outdoor play. After that its back inside for stories and dance/songs and hometime.
A full day at childcare is kinda more like home. So fitting in lots of rest and meal times.
Personally i am not a fan of full time childcare.

they will do similar things in daycare as to preschool. however the difference is that pre-school hours are much shorter so the day is structured differently. My DS is in 3 year old pre-school (kinder) and they start off with craft/indoor play. then snack time outside, followed by outdoor play. After that its back inside for stories and dance/songs and hometime.
A full day at childcare is kinda more like home. So fitting in lots of rest and meal times.
Personally i am not a fan of full time childcare.


I'm not really a fan of fulltime childcare myself, but unfortunately it's something we have to do so I can work and we can pay the mortgage and the bills. such is life....

I'm not really a fan of fulltime childcare myself, but unfortunately it's something we have to do so I can work and we can pay the mortgage and the bills. such is life....


fair enough.
I only have experience with two childcare centres but i have found them to be very structured and they have a very set routine especially for the older ages.
My DD is doing all sorts of learning activities and going through writing letters and numbers and that jazz.

I guess it depends on the centre.

But they way ppl have described Kindy/Preschool to me it doesn't sound all that different to what she's doing.
Personal opinion ... I would use a structured pre-schoool/ kindy option anyday before daycare in an ideal world

but everyone's situations are different so you need to do what suits your circumstances most wink

Personal opinion ... I would use a structured pre-schoool/ kindy option anyday before daycare in an ideal world

but everyone's situations are different so you need to do what suits your circumstances most wink


thats kind of what i was saying. but i will add that i think most people can make some sacrifices to find a way not to have children in full time care. just my personal opinion though.
childcare for ages 6weeks to 6years, usually long day care centres operate from 6.30am till 6.30pm not really a structured learning program more focussed on learning thru play, but will differ from centre to centre.

preschool for ages 3 to 6 more of a focuss on school readiness and self sufficiency, usually shorter days, 8.30am till 3.30pm or 9-3 like a school day. fees are usually less expensive and the child brings their own lunch.

this is for NSW im not sure where u are tho


thats kind of what i was saying. but i will add that i think most people can make some sacrifices to find a way not to have children in full time care. just my personal opinion though.


Valid opinion, however sometimes it is unavoidable. I am currently looking for employment as we have cut and slashed our spending to the bare minimum and we are still relying on my baby bonus money to cover the grocery bills. I am looking for evening/weekend work preferably but if full time weekday work is all I am offered I will have to take it. I think most parents would prefer to be SAHMs.

As for the OP, Preschool is cheaper than daycare, but it isnt always a full day though, and depending on your hours for work it may not work out as feasible. Some daycares have preschool programs for older kids too.


As for the OP, Preschool is cheaper than daycare, but it isnt always a full day though, and depending on your hours for work it may not work out as feasible. Some daycares have preschool programs for older kids too.

my dd#1 daycare has the kinder programs for both 3 and 4 yr olds....i wouldnt swap her for anything, and they cant be that bad considering at the age of 3 1/2 she can both spell and write her name(charli)as well as nan.pop.dad,mum,aunty and harriet.she can also say the alphabet and count to 25..her cantre has quite a structered learning program.
the decision is yours both have advantages....mine is long daycare beacuse of work/study needs as sammy said.

good luck in your decision.....whatever it may be smile


thats kind of what i was saying. but i will add that i think most people can make some sacrifices to find a way not to have children in full time care. just my personal opinion though.


Most people probably could make sacrifices... Hell I have made sacrifices for 3 years now. But to pay our mortgage I had to find work. To find work I needed to put the boys into care. My mum had the boys 2 days a week for which I was paying her at a reduced rate. That became too stressful for her so my only option was to put the boys in care. I was working retail to try and fit my hours in around the boys so I was doing 2 full days a week and 1 day on the weekend. In that position I would have been paying more in childcare fees than what I was earning. For me to stay at home and not work we would be in deficit $100 a week even after cutting the budget down to nothing. Trust me Flappy, if I could be a Stay at home mum, pay the mortgage and the rest of the bills, as well as cover DS2's medical costs (he was 11 weeks prem and still has lots of specialist appointments) I would.

Some people are lucky to have partners who earn enough to support them or families who look after their kids for free... we should all be so lucky. However having said that, my parents are not responsible for my children and I was/am more than happy to pay my mum to look after my kids.

Fortunatley I am now in a job that earns enough to cover the bills and we will now have a lot extra each week to put towards things for the boys. We can probably get ahead on our mortgage payments now, rather than scraping through, so if the interest rates do go up we won't have to find teh extra to cover it. I'm also fortunate to know that in the position I am in I have the flexibility to leave work early to collect DS1 from preschool if that is the option we choose.

Thank you all for your opinions. I will take them into consideration and see which way we will go. That's another 6 months away yet so I have a while to decide.
just wanted to say that everyone makes sacfrifices. if they are a sahm, they are sacrificing a second income and all that entails. if they are working, they are sacrificing time with their children. we all make sacrifices on behalf of our family.

to the op, when i was looking at private schools for my kids, some of the schools had a prerequisite that the child has to attend a preschool or a childcare that cover the preschool type education. when i asked my cc whether they did, they said no. so just something you need to consider.
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