Jump to content

Daycare options advice please!
Choices for next year for ds2 daycare


  • Please log in to reply
No replies to this topic

#1 premmie

Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:37 PM

My ds1 spent a year from aged 16 months at a local family daycare. There were 6 kids and two wonderful carers. He really grew and developed so much in that year it was amazing. It was also a gentle introduction into group care for him and for me. The cost was pretty reasonable, though they didn't supply details to the govt for benefits or the rebate. As I wasn't working and we are over the income threshold this didn't bother us as we didn't qualify.

My second son by virtue of being born in march was not old enough to start there this year, they take from 16 months. I'm hesitant to put him in later in the year if a spot becomes available because most of the kids will be 2ish mid year. I have a couple of options as I'm going back to work in September 2 days a week so we will now qualify for the rebate on the costs.

- send him to fdc my ds1 went to last year, he would start at age 22 months. He would probably be one of the older kids there but certainly not the oldest. The oldest kids I know of are generally 3 or close to it at the end of the year. I know the teachers well having been with them all last year and I really liked the place. But no rebate on the costs, plus they don't have school holidays etc there were 2 weeks off in the whole year last year. The rebate could potentially save us about $3,500 over the course of the year. He could go straight to preschool the following year.

- send him to the preschool starting age 2 my ds1 just began at. It's 20 kids and a lovely enviroment but so I have reservations about sending him to such a large environment if he has never been in care before.

- find alternative fdc that give the rebate (I've got recommendations for 2 in my area who will have space next year)

It's horrid this is also a financial decision, but we are going to be be building our house next year so the rebate if we qualify is important, though not as important as finding the right environment.

Anyone have any advice, sorry this is so long!

Edited by premmie_29weeks, 11 February 2013 - 12:49 PM.





0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

'He said what?': partners' worst pregnancy clangers

Women have been sharing the worst things their partners have said to them while pregnant, and trust us they're bad.

'Cafe's babycino ban makes no sense'

It's an insult to families and bad for business.

The importance of welcoming everyone into your 'mum tribe'

"Not everyone has the luxury of a village." 

How to have a healthy vegetarian pregnancy

Q: Is it possible to have a healthy vegetarian or vegan pregnancy?

The 200 most popular baby names of 2017

Here are the most searched names so far this year.

Dirt is good for children, study confirms

Great news for grubby kids.

How dare anyone accuse a mum of 'milking' a miscarriage

A heartless comment from a stranger shocked the already devastated radio host Em Rusciano.

How breast milk can help relieve your baby's teething pain

Try one mum's simple parenting hack to ease your baby's discomfort.

Top 10 common health myths busted

To help combat the misinformation and spread good health, here are the most common health myths compared to fact.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

From our network

Five things you need to know about flu and pregnancy

As the 2017 flu season begins in earnest, here?s what you need to know to protect yourself and baby.

Mum tips to keep your pre-baby budget in check

Money might be funny in a rich man's world (or so ABBA told us), but for the rest of us it's a major consideration – particularly before having a baby.

5 easy ways to make your maternity leave last longer

Maternity leave is a special time for you, your partner and your new little bundle. The last thing you want is for financial worries to stand in the way of that joy.

10 ways to keep your 'buying for baby' costs down

Becoming a parent is full of surprises – not least of all finding out that, for such small beings, babies cause a lot of chaos and expense.

5 ways to prepare to go from two incomes to one

Here are some ideas for getting that budget in shape, ready for being a one income family.

 

Baby Names

Need some ideas?

See what names are trending this year.

 
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.