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#1 jantb78

Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:07 PM

Hi,

Is it too much to ask for a day care centre which is nuturing, caring and peaceful? Where they serve wholesome nutritious food, instead of processed bulk crap?Where they play interesting, great music instead of blaring top 100 pop? Where the staff are well qualified and ppassionate about teaching and nuturing the children?

Perhaps I am asking for a Utopia, but is it so bad to wish the best for our children who are in these places for the bulk of their awake time?

I would love to hear feedback if you have found great places. And I acknowledge that the ones we have seen may not be representative of all child care centres....




#2 becstar101

Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:14 PM

I must have found utopia, then.

They are out there, keep looking.


#3 Mumsyto2

Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:19 PM

Ours was great & not as you have described, apart from the music, the music they  used was mainly stuff like wiggles but when you went to the preschool age room they also played pop type stuff like some child friendly abba, village people etc, not my style at all but did not have a problem with it.

I do understand your pain, seriously for every 20 centres we saw only one would be suitable in  our opinion yet even the crap ones had huge waiting lists.



#4 Juju38

Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:24 PM

My DS is at exactly the utopia you describe.

It is in the Inner West of Sydney if you are anywhere near there I am happy to PM you.

I am sure there are many, it takes a lot of searching though.

When I was looking I found it really distressing, some were just so awful I wanted to cry.

#5 farfaraway

Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:25 PM

Sorry OP, sounds like I'm in the same position as you. It's utterly depressing and the primary reason I am not working full-time.

#6 GoodGollyMolly

Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:26 PM

Sorry to hear your day care isn't what you'd hope. And I don't think your expectations are too high - sounds perfectly reasonable to me.

DH goes to a community not-for-profit childcare and it's pretty good. Fresh nice food (tha the staff also eat for lunch), nice staff etc.  Maybe see if there are any in your area?

Good luck and as pp said keep looking although I know it can be really hard trying to find available spots depending where you are.

#7 cinnabubble

Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:30 PM

I love our daycare. three to one ratio in the babies' room, five to one in the toddlers' room, cook on premises, babies and children cuddled to sleep gently, everyone greeted by name as they arrive, carers who really know the kids. Sydney CBD, impossible to get into, $126/day.

#8 ms flib

Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:31 PM

Creche at my university was pretty good.

#9 janie1105

Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:33 PM

I have to send my own packed lunch but otherwise ours is Utopia.

I love love love it.  Even after 8 years for all three of my kids.


Keep looking.

#10 jantb78

Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:33 PM

Those people who have good places in Sydney CBD or Inner west, I would love to know the names of them, if possible.

#11 fun_fairz

Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:36 PM

I thought my centre was average but fits your criteria to a tea. As for music, no idea, they play music on occasions ie dancing sessions, theme relevant etc but it is not something I hear all the time.
Your comments made me appreciate my centre.

#12 NotBitzerMaloney

Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:43 PM

QUOTE (cinnabubble @ 10/02/2013, 09:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
three to one ratio in the babies' room, five to one in the toddlers' room


Seriously?!? Thatbis fabulous.
may I ask which one / where in CBD? I may put my name down now for an as yet not conceived child!


#13 jantb78

Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:44 PM

I should explain the music thing - one place I went to they showed me the babies room and they had some kind of pop/electric music blaring REALLY loud from the speakers - I don't think they would know if a baby was crying in there! It just really put me off.

#14 lynneyours

Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:56 PM

My DD's daycare would fit the bill - CBD Melbourne, so no help.  It's a big one which puts some people off, but DD's LOVE it.  
I even got the hurry up the other morning, so they could go see their friends.  wub.gif  So much easier putting them in a place where the carers know all the kids and most of the parents names, are friendly, nice, cuddly.  

Ours has a kitchen and chef's onsite.  They cook/prep 6 meals a day for up to 250!  It's varied, fresh, wholesome.  They cater to allergies. I love it.

#15 Loore

Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:56 PM

Not in Sydney, but I also have one of the Utopian Daycares.  Its a community centre, great staff ratios, healthy fresh food cooked daily on the premises.  I will be very sad when DD goes to school next year.  I've heard a few things in the last few days which makes me really appreciate our centre.

#16 lizzzard

Posted 10 February 2013 - 09:06 PM

Our Montessori centre has a very calm and nurturing vibe. The difference in 'energy' compared to other centres we looked at was striking. Our particular centre is in the Sydney CBD and we love it.

#17 CallMeFeral

Posted 10 February 2013 - 09:09 PM

Our seems alright... maybe I'm not paying enough attention?  unsure.gif

#18 Blossom73

Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:05 PM

Our centre in the inner west of Sydney meets most of your criteria. To be honest, could do better on the food, but it is still nourishing and healthy. They are out there OP, just keep trying.

#19 Bluenomi

Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:14 PM

Our daycare is awesome. I thought they were all like that until I heard some of the stories here. Now I'm very, very thankful for them.

DD's room leader has already told me how much she's going to miss DD at the end of the year, I'm going to miss them as well!

#20 premmie_29weeks

Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:19 PM

We are sending ds1 to Jewish preschool which so far is the utopia you describe. I need to send his lunch though. Last year he was at a smaller family daycare which was pretty similar, with a hot nutritious lunch. I don't think it's too much to ask at all though I have seen a few questionable news in my area too.

#21 roses99

Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:19 PM

QUOTE (jantb78 @ 10/02/2013, 08:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi,

Is it too much to ask for a day care centre which is nuturing, caring and peaceful? Where they serve wholesome nutritious food, instead of processed bulk crap?
We have a cook who cooks a daily hot meal for the kids and nutritious morning and afternoon teas - often using the fresh produce grown on site and the eggs laid by the centre's chooks.

Where they play interesting, great music instead of blaring top 100 pop? Where the staff are well qualified and ppassionate about teaching and nuturing the children?
It's attached to a university and we have a lot of international staff, so if there's music playing it's usually instrumental world music. The staff are mostly mature and there is a very low turnover rate. It's a community run C&K, so has a great curriculum and being attached to a university gives it access to the latest in early childhood education developments and initiatives.

Perhaps I am asking for a Utopia, but is it so bad to wish the best for our children who are in these places for the bulk of their awake time?

I would love to hear feedback if you have found great places. And I acknowledge that the ones we have seen may not be representative of all child care centres....


I have definitely found Utopia. Hope you find it too, OP  original.gif


#22 roses99

Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:19 PM

QUOTE (jantb78 @ 10/02/2013, 08:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi,

Is it too much to ask for a day care centre which is nuturing, caring and peaceful? Where they serve wholesome nutritious food, instead of processed bulk crap?
We have a cook who cooks a daily hot meal for the kids and nutritious morning and afternoon teas - often using the fresh produce grown on site and the eggs laid by the centre's chooks.

Where they play interesting, great music instead of blaring top 100 pop? Where the staff are well qualified and ppassionate about teaching and nuturing the children?
It's attached to a university and we have a lot of international staff, so if there's music playing it's usually instrumental world music. The staff are mostly mature and there is a very low turnover rate. It's a community run C&K, so has a great curriculum and being attached to a university gives it access to the latest in early childhood education developments and initiatives.

Perhaps I am asking for a Utopia, but is it so bad to wish the best for our children who are in these places for the bulk of their awake time?

I would love to hear feedback if you have found great places. And I acknowledge that the ones we have seen may not be representative of all child care centres....


I have definitely found Utopia. Hope you find it too, OP  original.gif


#23 premmie_29weeks

Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:21 PM

We are sending ds1 to Jewish preschool which so far is the utopia you describe. I need to send his lunch though. Last year he was at a smaller family daycare which was pretty similar, with a hot nutritious lunch. I don't think it's too much to ask at all though I have seen a few questionable news in my area too.

#24 premmie_29weeks

Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:21 PM

We are sending ds1 to Jewish preschool which so far is the utopia you describe. I need to send his lunch though. Last year he was at a smaller family daycare which was pretty similar, with a hot nutritious lunch. I don't think it's too much to ask at all though I have seen a few questionable news in my area too.

#25 premmie_29weeks

Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:21 PM

We are sending ds1 to Jewish preschool which so far is the utopia you describe. I need to send his lunch though. Last year he was at a smaller family daycare which was pretty similar, with a hot nutritious lunch. I don't think it's too much to ask at all though I have seen a few questionable news in my area too.




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