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#26 Pocket79

Posted 03 April 2012 - 08:55 PM

My DS only started daycare this year. They don't supply food, only nappies and milk. I'm not sure if they supplied food before this year or dropped it because of the cost increases although I suspect they didnt offer it. I would have preferred him to go to a centre which provides meals, and there were a couple nearby that offered us a place but in the end I chose his current centre because I liked it better and it seemed to provide better care, plus it is closer to home. All the kids have the same little lunchbags with inbuilt cooler brick pockets which we had to buy (for $5 I think) when he started and we have to pack lunch, afternoon tea and a piece of fruit each day.
Making meals for DS to take to daycare every day is a little annoying but it has its pros: 1) I know what he is eating and can make sure it is healthy and filling enough 2) it forces me to make lunch for myself and DH to take to work too since I am already making DS's lunch which means we end up saving money on buying ourselves lunch 3) DS eats really well when in the presence of his friends at daycare so if he refuses to eat something for dinner I just put it in a lunchbox and give it to him for lunch the next day and presto, all gone!  wink.gif

#27 Gumbette

Posted 03 April 2012 - 09:00 PM

We had a fee increase at the beginning of the year.  I'd much prefer that as I'm too disorganised to get me ready for work, DD ready for daycare, pack my lunch and hers as well - I'd need to get up at 4!

#28 laridae

Posted 03 April 2012 - 09:10 PM

We had a fee increase at the start of the year - of about $10 per week due to the legislation changes.

If they decided to drop meals (they don't provide nappies), I'd be annoyed, but it'd be doable.

I'd also try and get her in a cheaper centre that doesn't provide meals.

#29 Chardonnay Buffay

Posted 03 April 2012 - 09:12 PM

The local daycare in my town costs $95/day, and provides no food!

#30 Sancti-mummy

Posted 03 April 2012 - 09:21 PM

Our fees went up at the start of the year - and then they advised us they were dropping the food.

As I make my own lunch and my older daughter makes hers each morning, it isn't too huge an imposition - just have to remember, really.




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