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#1 TillyTake2

Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:51 PM

Ok, this is probably a really silly question!

I have found the perfect preschool for DS. It runs a 2 day program for 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 yos & a 3 day program for the older kids. It has the option of longer hrs on some days so is funded for CCB etc

I can get my son a place now & this would mean he's gaurenteed a place for once te baby comes BUT I'm not ready for him to go two days. Two is their minimum enrollment but could I hit pay for 2 but only send him 1 to start? Is their some rule with CCR/CCB about this?!

#2 Safety Queen

Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:57 PM

I think you can only have a certain amount of absent days before benifit get cancled


#3 tibs

Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:57 PM

Our preschool only takes kids once they turn 3 and we have people pay for a spot for their child from the start of the year just so they can hold the spot for when their child turns 3 in April or whenever.

#4 AnnBB

Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:59 PM

I think you are allowed 42 days absent before you dont get the CCR. I don't know anything about CCB.

#5 The Falcon

Posted 11 February 2013 - 01:01 PM

I don't know if there is a CCB rule about it but our centre only takes kids for a minimum od 2 days because the kids a have too much trouble settling in on only 1 day and it disrupts the other children if they have 1 child crying all day.  This is reduced when they are there 2 days per week as they settle in much quicker.

#6 charlie23

Posted 11 February 2013 - 01:02 PM

You only have a certain number of "allowable" absences before your CCB / CCR can get cut off / decreased.

Can you send him two x 1/2 days? Why don't you want him going the 2 days?

I would talk to the Director and discuss with her, they may suggest doing 2 x 1/2 days to start with and then increasing to a full day + 1/2 day until he is settled & then increasing to the full 2 days.

It may take several weeks for him to be happy with more than 1/2 days or he may be fine.

Good luck.

#7 RainyDays

Posted 11 February 2013 - 01:05 PM

Is there any reason he can't go the 2 days?

#8 Gembac8019

Posted 11 February 2013 - 02:17 PM

You may not be ready but he may be. I dont see the point of doing just one day. He would probably benefit getting used to that kind of environment cos when he starts school you wont be able to keep him home. Anyway by him going two days it will give u the chance to bond with the baby better and get more things done.

#9 Wigglemama

Posted 11 February 2013 - 02:40 PM

Op, also think about other families who may want the spot but can't have it because you are paying for it but aren't using it. That doesn't seem fair to me.

Edited by Wigglemama, 11 February 2013 - 02:41 PM.


#10 EBeditor

Posted 11 February 2013 - 02:44 PM

I think it can be easier for them to settle in if they go two days. Maybe just do two short days?

#11 roses99

Posted 11 February 2013 - 02:51 PM

QUOTE (princeza @ 11/02/2013, 02:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You may not be ready but he may be. I dont see the point of doing just one day. He would probably benefit getting used to that kind of environment cos when he starts school you wont be able to keep him home. Anyway by him going two days it will give u the chance to bond with the baby better and get more things done.

I agree with this.

Our centre won't let kids in that age group do one day a week. They must do a minimum of two days. The reason isn't financial (so it wouldn't matter if you paid for two days but only used one), it's because - in their experience - kids often find it REALLY hard to settle when they're only doing one day a week. A week is a long time in a little person's life, and they find it hard to go so infrequently.

As others have suggested, why not do two short days a week? Such as 9-2. And then, as you get more comfortable, you could extend the hours a little bit if you need to.

#12 Natttmumm

Posted 11 February 2013 - 02:55 PM

Yes you can do that but won't get the rebate after a certain amount of absent days.
If you are ok financially I don't see an issue with it. If morally you are worried about taking up the place be upfront with the daycare and they maybe able to fill the spot for the time being.
Other alternative would be to do 2 shorter days. This isi what I would do as day 1 in the week they usually find it harder but then love day 2

#13 Tammy Swanson

Posted 11 February 2013 - 03:25 PM

OP when I went back to work when DD was that age she had one day with my IL's, my mum and then one day at daycare. It was a nightmare as PP she didn't really settle in as she was only going one day on weds. she cried every weds for a year as she hated going and I could never work out why and then it dawned on me that the carers never knew her name and all the other little kids who went more often played together and did not really know who she was so they must of changed the rules and only allow 2 days for this very reason. I also used to get upset as well when I came to pick her up and none of the carers would know DD by name when I asked for her (they pretended that they did but they didn't) I hated that carers would have been looking after my precious baby all day and not know which one she was but who could blame them as she was only there once a week.

So in answer to your question don't it as it is not fair on anyone and plus once he starts going once a week even if you are paying for 2 you will find it pretty easy to fill another day!!!


#14 katrina24

Posted 11 February 2013 - 03:31 PM

I have been told by a number of childcare staff over the years that children who attend one day a week find it hardest to settle.  If it is an option I would probably go for two short days or two 1/2 days.  This way you could start late and finish early and miss out on the times of the day when less is happening (in my experience of childcare the first hour or two of the day and last hour or 2 are less scheduled and more relaxed as children arrive and leave staggered over a period of time).

Edited by katrina24, 11 February 2013 - 03:33 PM.


#15 TillyTake2

Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:25 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. He could do two 1/2 days and come home for his nap. That would be perfect!




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