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#1 Psiren

Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:39 PM

This may be a really silly question, but I can't for the life of me work it out!
I've been investigating 3 year old kinder for DD for next year and everything is short days, with the longest being 9:15am-2:15pm.  While I'm sure this is great, there's no way we can make it work when both DH and I are at work on the days that the 3yo program is offered.  We need to have left home much earlier than 9:15 and are both at work until at least 5:30pm.
How do other parents manage the timing of it?

#2 qak

Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:43 PM

It is really only do-able if you have a stay at home parent.  Or you are a teacher!

#3 regandrog

Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:46 PM

we changed our work hours to suit

#4 Isolabella

Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:49 PM

The Kinder mums who work on Kinder days usually do only on end of the drop off/pick up and rely on family/nannies to do the other end (or sometimes both).



#5 heffalumpsnwoozles

Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:49 PM

All the full time working parents I know use a long day care with preschool component, or have grandparents available to pick up/drop off.

#6 The Falcon

Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:52 PM

As per PP's a LDC with preschool program, or else parents stagger it so one does drop off and the other does pick up

#7 Julie3Girls

Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:53 PM

Use the preschool/kinder program through a long daycare centre. Most LDC have a good program in place.

Or use family/friend to do the drop off/pick and extra hours on that day.

#8 Hungry Caterpillar

Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:53 PM

DS will go to 4 year old kinder next year from 8.30am to 2.30pm. My mum will drop him off and pick him up for me as I leave at 7.30am and am home at 4.30pm.

Have you though about family day care, they usually offer after school care.

#9 Psiren

Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:53 PM

Ah, all that makes sense.  Thanks for all the responses!

#10 KnightsofNi

Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:55 PM

Most can't really. I tried, and DD was just going to have to miss out on kindy. She is in an ELC program at CC though.

But I have just quit my job to SAH, and one of the contributing reasons was that I couldn't work and send the kids to kindy.

#11 ubermum

Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:58 PM

Family day care that does drop off and pick up from kinder. You do have to pay for care during the kinder hours though.

#12 my serenity

Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:01 PM

Most parents I know changed their work hours to suit...........

#13 KnightsofNi

Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:04 PM


QUOTE
Most parents I know changed their work hours to suit...........


Most parents I know (including myself), don't have that option.

#14 Jane Jetson

Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:06 PM

We managed it by not sending her to kinder and by continuing to send her to the LDC with a preschool program.

Without the option of after school care, it was impossible. These days we could've managed it, as my new workplace is more flexible, but the old one sure wasn't.

#15 libbylu

Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:08 PM

We use kinder programs at long day care centres.

#16 Natttmumm

Posted 18 April 2012 - 07:24 PM

Our DD goes to a long day care centre and she's in the preschool room with 4 to 5 yr olds. We are very happy with all the things she has learnt. She's 4 and already can write her name, read words, count, add up and so many more things. All taught at preschool. On top of that she is really happy there. She gets dropped off at 8 and picked up around 5 3 days per week

#17 Wahwah

Posted 18 April 2012 - 07:33 PM

I had many hours of mulling over this problem before my oldest went to kinder. I really wanted them to go to local council kinder, rather than stay in LDC because the kinder program at our LDC was crap and I liked the idea of being at the kinder which fed into the school he would go to.

So I negotiated a later start time, and hired a very responsible uni student to do the pick up and paid her for 3 hours, where she would get kids dinner and play with them til I got home from work. She ended up moving to more hours with us as a nanny for a couple of years.

#18 FeralJaneMummy

Posted 18 April 2012 - 07:42 PM

Last year DS1 did 9:00 - 1:00 three days a week.  We managed as I did drop off and had a slightly late start at work and DH picked him up during his lunch break and dropped him off at childcare.

This year DS2 is dropped off by DH and there are a number of parents in the same boat and they rotate the transfer to childcare.

The year before last, DS1 did 9-2 2 days a week and I negotiated with work to work a half day 9:30 - 1:30 on those days.

#19 Pop-to-the-shops

Posted 18 April 2012 - 07:44 PM

My dds both did kinder and long day care on different days, I worked two or three long days, and some worK from home on the short kinder days.

A lot of parents at our kinder did that, or used relatives, or family day care for pick ups.

I've only ever done part time work.

Our daycare also had a kinder program, so for a lot of kids at daycare, they went up to 5 days a week, but still had a qualified kinder teacher. She was was a great teacher, and prepared them well for school.

#20 GreenCabbage

Posted 18 April 2012 - 07:54 PM

QUOTE (qak @ 12/04/2012, 04:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It is really only do-able if you have a stay at home parent.  Or you are a teacher!


Please explain your teacher comment. I'm at school at 8 and leave maybe 5:30. I think DD will have to do it through the cc.

#21 CallMeFeral

Posted 18 April 2012 - 08:07 PM

QUOTE (pinkpineapple @ 18/04/2012, 07:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Please explain your teacher comment. I'm at school at 8 and leave maybe 5:30. I think DD will have to do it through the cc.


Not meaning any offense but... why is it that you leave school at 5.30? I thought most teachers can leave when school finishes, at 3 or so...

#22 Dionysus

Posted 18 April 2012 - 08:13 PM

QUOTE (CallMeAl @ 18/04/2012, 07:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Not meaning any offense but... why is it that you leave school at 5.30? I thought most teachers can leave when school finishes, at 3 or so...



bahahahahahaha

#23 GreenCabbage

Posted 18 April 2012 - 09:02 PM

QUOTE (CallMeAl @ 18/04/2012, 08:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Not meaning any offense but... why is it that you leave school at 5.30? I thought most teachers can leave when school finishes, at 3 or so...


Lol the children may finish at 3:15 but most teachers certainly don't. Once you have done after school duty, attended staff meetings and done preparation etc you're lucky to get put before 5/5:30. I'd rather do some preparation at school  than at home. Home time is for DD.

Next week to Student Led Conferences so won't be home til about 8 both nights.

Edited by pinkpineapple, 18 April 2012 - 09:07 PM.


#24 Cat Burglar

Posted 18 April 2012 - 09:10 PM

I read somewhere that due to so many parents having this problem the govt was going to introduce kinder that ran as 1 or 2 full days a week rather than several half days. I am in SA but cant quite remember where I read it. We are going to have to rely on grandparents to do drop offs or else go the LDC with Kinder. I dont really think its fair that kinder is free and ldc with kinder costs the same as ldc (well thats my understanding).

I read somewhere that due to so many parents having this problem the govt was going to introduce kinder that ran as 1 or 2 full days a week rather than several half days. I am in SA but cant quite remember where I read it. We are going to have to rely on grandparents to do drop offs or else go the LDC with Kinder. I dont really think its fair that kinder is free and ldc with kinder costs the same as ldc (well thats my understanding).

#25 GreenCabbage

Posted 18 April 2012 - 09:19 PM

They are currently trialing the 15hr week in Vic (not sure in other states) which is often 3x5hr days but still doesn't help me unless I can find a friend/relative to pick DD up and have her for a few extra hours. I'd prefer that to long day care days though. See what happens when we get there.




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