Jump to content

Attending 2 Daycares ?


  • Please log in to reply
10 replies to this topic

#1 ELH05

Posted 06 December 2012 - 11:35 PM

Would love some others views on attending 2 daycare centres.
I enrolled my son in his current daycare (2 days a week) and he has been going since March, he is really happy there, loves the staff and all round it's a lovely place.
BUT....
Today I was with a friend and she showed me a scrapbook that her daycare provider does up for each of their kids (personalised for each child) wow, I was so impressed, shows so many pictures of what her child has been doing, says what progress is being made and what her child's strengths are.  My friends Daycare centre has been on excursions, has a happy feet program etc etc.  
So I just feel that although I know my son enjoys his time at daycare, I feel that he could be missing out on better facilities.  
So I am thinking next year of splitting his time between his current place and finding another one for him, more aimed at early learning & outcomes especially with him being 2.5years old and has one more year before Kindy.

So do you think going to 2 centres would be ok ?

#2 erindiv

Posted 06 December 2012 - 11:38 PM

I would imagine he would find it very confusing. If you want him to go to a 'better' one (which, I'll add, could potentially have a loooong waiting list) then why not transfer him completely?

#3 CallMeFeral

Posted 06 December 2012 - 11:45 PM

I doubt one day a week of 'learning' is going to offset the disruption to him. I don't think one day a week at any care is really enough for a child to feel at home there.

Why not just move him to the new one completely, if you like them better? What's the benefit of the old one?

BTW my daycare does those books and photos and stuff - and tbh sometimes I'd rather they just had more spare time to spend with the kids. Not saying that I'm unhappy with the care, but I can tell they care and know my kids well by talking to the carers, not by those books. And how well are they going to get to know your child at just one day a week? I'd rather they could just relax and stop taking photos and writing commentaries, and just spend that time with the kids. In the end, that other stuff is all admin work for them and occupies their time in activities other than child-interaction.

#4 ELH05

Posted 06 December 2012 - 11:47 PM

QUOTE (erindiv @ 06/12/2012, 09:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I would imagine he would find it very confusing. If you want him to go to a 'better' one (which, I'll add, could potentially have a loooong waiting list) then why not transfer him completely?


I was hoping not disrupt him too much because he would still see the kids & staff he has built bonds with at the current daycare.  But in saying that I thought that after a few months I would monitor it and see if we could cut one completely out.

#5 ELH05

Posted 06 December 2012 - 11:50 PM

QUOTE (CallMeAliG @ 06/12/2012, 09:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
BTW my daycare does those books and photos and stuff - and tbh sometimes I'd rather they just had more spare time to spend with the kids. Not saying that I'm unhappy with the care, but I can tell they care and know my kids well by talking to the carers, not by those books. And how well are they going to get to know your child at just one day a week? I'd rather they could just relax and stop taking photos and writing commentaries, and just spend that time with the kids. In the end, that other stuff is all admin work for them and occupies their time in activities other than child-interaction.


Oh now that is some food for thought , I didnt really think of it that way .....

#6 Tree Sage

Posted 08 December 2012 - 06:55 AM

We make scrap books for families and while they are filled with all the required paperwork (observations, learning assessments), they also contain art, photos of experiences etc. They are nice for families so they can see what their children have been doing throughout the year. BUT, they can be a real pain!
Most child educators would prefer minimal paper work and to spend more time with your children which is why most of these books get taken home and done in our own time. There simply isnt enough timein the day.
That said, they really are not the be all and end all of a good quality child care centre. If your son is happy where he is, if he has strong bonds with his educators, if he is experiencing a wide range of acitivities to promote his learning then why bother moving him to another centre just becuase they do fancy and pretty scrapbooks?
Scrapbooks are not an indication of good quality childcare. They could  mean any number of things such as your freind has artistic educators looking after her son, they have more time on their hands, they get more time for programming at work, or they do not have their own families and can spend enormous amounts of time on these books.

Do I think the books we do are nice? yes
Do I do them in my own time even though I have my own familiy to look after? Yes
Would I do them at work to the detriment of meaningful time with the childrenin my car? No

SO if it came down to it and I had to choose between scrapbooks and your children, your children are going to win everytime. And if anything, that means that is high quality care and nuturing.

#7 madmother

Posted 08 December 2012 - 07:07 AM

We did.

The daycare my son started at was not up to standard in many ways. We switched him and his brother to 2 days at another. The reason we continued with 2 days at the old daycare was due to friendships both boys had made.

They coped really well.

#8 umop-apisdn

Posted 08 December 2012 - 07:56 AM

If your son is really happy in his current day care and you have no issues, then no I don't think you should change him to a new centre because of their portfolios.



#9 bluecardigans

Posted 08 December 2012 - 06:32 PM

A bit of a different scenario, but we had our DS in LDC two days per week. The year before he started school he also did 2 days per week at a special needs preschool. He has severe ASD and coped quite well switching between the two.

#10 lynneyours

Posted 08 December 2012 - 09:22 PM

DD's were in 2 daycare's (LDC) this year.  2 days a week at the normal one that is theirs, and 1 day a week at the one on campus - I had a class finishing at 7pm, and my sister lived near my on campus one and collected them each week for me and we all stayed the night at hers.  

DD's took a while to settle into the 1 day a week - but:
1. they were only there 1 day a week
2. the centres were very different in every respect really - size, style, food, staff, activities etc.

They did eventually settle in - at the end of semester.   rolleyes.gif   I'm now off-campus for this one, so pulled them out.


#11 Julie3Girls

Posted 08 December 2012 - 09:36 PM

We tried it.

I had my daughter in LDC 3 days a week. When she turned 3, I enrolled her in the preschool where my other 2 girls went, 2 days a week. I left her in the LDC 1 day a week.  My idea was that she was happy at the LDC, it kept up her friendships that were starting there, and it kept a foot in the door in case my work situation changed and I needed the longer hours (the preschool was approved care, but only 8-4)

We lasted 2 months. But that time, she was happily skipping into preschool on the 2 days. And sobbing on the day we went to daycare. Dropped the daycare day, picking up the 3rd day at preschool, and the tears vanished.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

What you need to know about pregnancy and health insurance

It's not just waiting periods that couples need to consider - there are other factors to consider when thinking about health insurance.

Yummy mummy

Nicole Trunfio breastfeeds baby on Elle magazine cover

Australian model Nicole Trunfio has taken the concept of multitasking to a fashionable new level for Elle Australia.

Warnings after baby girl died while sleeping in bouncer

Parents have been warned about the dangers of letting babies sleep in bouncers and swings following the death of a three-month-old girl.

Coping with fatigue as a parent

Sleep deprivation is a real hazard of caring for a baby. But there are ways to manage the challenges of fatigue better.

A very 21st century issue: parents, parks and smart phones

It's not all the parents, and it's not all the time, but there is often at least one doing it. And sometimes, that 'one' is me.

Appliances

Faulty washing machines linked to house fires

More than 80,000 faulty Samsung washing machines pose a fire threat in homes throughout Australia despite a nationwide recall of the machines.

'I had a lotus birth and I loved it'

Lotus birthing is not all that common, but for a number of women it feels like the most natural thing to do.

7 things you might not know about postnatal depression

Despite its widespread nature, there is still a great amount of mystery surrounding PND - and it's important to try unravelling as much of that as we can.

Is your family's car part of the world's biggest safety recall?

More than 50 million vehicles recalled for potentially lethal airbag fault - is your car affected?

Why drinking water can be deadly for babies

H2O is one of the necessities of life, but for babies a seemingly harmless amount of water can be fatal.

Mother-in-law faceplants during proposal

He had it all planned: a romantic proposal on a windswept beach. The whole family would be there so they'd all be able to celebrate the joyous moment together.

A preschooler suddenly goes mute - and it's not just shyness

When our son stopped talking, our sense of loss was painful and acute.

The mums who ask for a 'wife bonus'

They run their homes like domestic CEOs and work tirelessly to improve their family's social standing. And now, according to a new book, they want an annual perk from their husbands.

Woman shares photo of dimple on breast to warn others of cancer risk

A widely-shared Facebook photograph of a British woman's breast has raised awareness of a more subtle breast cancer symptom.

Starting a family despite a low sperm count

"I'd never really failed a test - how could I fail this particularly manly test?"

It's official: we must better protect our kids from toxic lead exposure

New guidelines have been released, aimed at reducing children's harmful exposure to lead. But they still don't go far enough.

Trouble-shooting toddler social skills

Chances are your toddler's behaviour is all completely normal - but here's how to tackle some common social problems.

Helping your first-born welcome a sibling

We did sigh with joy at the arrival of a royal princess - but, mostly, we sighed with pity at the sight of Prince George being taken to meet her.

Farewell, daytime nap

I've been in denial and I'm not too proud to beg, but it appears I must accept the fact that you have gone. I need to let you go.

The identical triplets who are one in 50 million

The father of identical triplets born in a Texas hospital says his three daughters, including conjoined twins, are "a miracle" sent by God.

Seven questions you should be asking about your health cover

If the last time you assessed your health cover was five years ago, there?s a chance it may no longer suit your needs. To ensure it?s still right for your family, click here for seven questions to ask.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

How to use gas effectively in labour

Many women in labour don't use gas effectively and suffer more side effects than benefits. Here's how to get the most out of this pain relief option.

'He has gastro but that's okay, right?': sick kid etiquette

We cannot place all children who are sick in a bubble till they recover, but we can give other parents a choice about exposing their kids to them.

Ada Nicodemou: 'I can never be completely happy again'

Home and Away actress Ada Nicodemou has opened up about the loss of her stillborn baby.

10 things to consider when you're thinking about trying for a baby

Before you start tracking your menstrual cycle and reading up on the best positions to get pregnant, there are a few other things you may want to consider.

How special surgery and IVF can create a post-vasectomy baby

Cricket legend Glenn McGrath and his second wife Sara are expecting their first child together, thanks to IVF and a delicate surgical sperm retrieval process that helped the couple to conceive.

Belle Gibson's mother 'disgusted and embarrassed'

The mother of disgraced wellness blogger Belle Gibson has accused her daughter of lying about her childhood in an attempt to garner public sympathy.

Doctor's mobile phone 'left inside c-section mum'

A new mum claims a doctor left his mobile phone inside her after delivering her baby via caesarean section.

I'm a mum and I'm following my dreams

I want my kids to know that no matter what happens in life, you can still be who it is that you've always wanted to be.

Those first daycare days

I had this innate 'mum' moment the other day.

'If one person had listened, my life would have been so different'

Katherine's father will die in prison for the horrifying sexual abuse of his daughter. Yet she is the one with the true life sentence.

This new plan undermines breastfeeding and baby health at everyone's expense

Mothers, babies, the health system and the wider society are going to pay the price of this new budget.

Couple to celebrate terminally ill baby's birthday in unique way

Baby Jai Bishop has lived at Starship Hospital for the past seven months, with his parents flying back and forth from Hokitika, 1100km away, to be by his side.

Life On Mars

It's men who need 'retraining', not women

We are all responsible for our own behaviour. Telling victims to harden up is wrong.

Baby Gammy's dad tries to claim charity money

The biological father of baby Gammy has reportedly tried to access charity money raised for the little boy's medical costs.

Where are the childcare places?

It?s all very well to encourage women to work if they choose to, but how can the measures lead to increased workforce participation when women are once again left holding the baby?

The pain of not having babies and not knowing why

After seven years of wishing, hoping, crying, punching pillows and shouting "why me?!", the end result is more than I ever thought possible.

Getting your family finances in order

Whether you're after a new car for a growing family, a bigger house, or are just fixing up your finances, here are the basics on borrowing.

Mum shares graphic selfie to warn against tanning

A mum has shared a graphic photo of her skin cancer treatment as a warning to others.

Does parenthood make us happier?

We can certainly gain higher levels of happiness when we become parents, but the trick is to not get overwhelmed by the pressures of raising our kids.

No, having a dog is not like having a human child

It's obvious these people dote on their pets, but they're barking up the wrong tree.

 

Top baby names

Baby Names

The numbers are in and we can now bring you the 2014 top baby name list for Australia.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.