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Post by Vicki on Tue May 26, 2009 8:39 am

I think Daycares are a wonderful invention, especially in my case when there is such a huge age gap between my two sons...ten years...it does Cooper good to go a few days a week and mix with kids his own age, socialise etc. The dilemna I have is the daycare staff at this particular daycare...i believe in routine, especially in babies, and cooper has his time for naps etc, is it too much for me to expect them to help him follow that routine?

I have discussed the matter with the ladies in charge of his group a few times, but he still doesn't keep his routine. I go in to pick him up in the afternoons around 3, and everything is just chaos. It just seems different to how it was when my older two were in daycare, times change I guess.

And I know he's going to get his fair share of colds, we took him out three weeks ago because he had a cold, he went for a holiday to his other grandparents place, has only been back to daycare two days last week and now has another cold...the dilemna is should i keep him in daycare, or perhaps find another suitable one...am i expecting too much?

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Post by Charmane on Tue May 26, 2009 8:44 am

I"m not sure what you should do Victoria.... I take my daughter to Family Day Care - I take her to just the one lady that takes care of only a couple of kids, so don't have to deal with the problems - I'm guessing there'd be a lot more kids in normal daycare - so more risk!

There's no point having him in daycare if you always have to take him out though!!!

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Post by Soupie on Tue May 26, 2009 8:51 am

I can see this problem from both sides...
On one hand, as a parent, I would say yes, they should try to keep Cooper to his routine if you have requested it, but on the other I know what its like to have to look after 10 littlies and to need some sort of common routine for them all to follow.
All I can say, is if you aren't happy with your daycare (for whatever reason), you should always check out the alternatives. Have you looked into family daycare? That could be a way to keep Cooper in his routine, but also give him a degree of socialisation.

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Post by Soupie on Tue May 26, 2009 8:52 am

(LOL Charm...great minds think alike!)

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Post by Vicki on Tue May 26, 2009 8:54 am

No I haven't...I'll be sure to look into that, I have heard about it though

I think it's important to give him some degree of socialising with others around his age Smile

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Post by Soupie on Tue May 26, 2009 8:58 am

I agree.
I think it's also important for you to have some time out, esp. once bub comes along!
Check out the family daycare thing - could be just right for Cooper & you.

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Post by Guest on Tue May 26, 2009 4:37 pm

Def go with family day care (I did it for 10 years) while raising my own kids and I was a fantastic carer (blowing my own horn - lol). Since then I have worked in long day care centres and what they tell you and what they do is two diff things. Currently running creche and childrens programs so that again is whole diff kettle of fish.

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Post by Vicki on Tue May 26, 2009 7:55 pm

I rang up the family day care co-ordinator and am going to meet a carer tomorrow...was impressed by the promptness and the woman I spoke to seemed very helpful, telling me I wasn't obligated to go with the first carer...I think this may be a much better option for me.

I know daycares are all different and the girls are busy but I think what got me thinking also was when I went to pick Cooper up both his drinks, his orange juice and formula, were both still in the fidge untouched. Just the blank look on the woman's face when i asked what he had had to drink.

Fingers crossed the family day care environment will be more productive Smile

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Post by Soupie on Wed May 27, 2009 9:12 am

Great - let us know how you get on V.

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Post by Vicki on Sat May 30, 2009 6:23 am

Went to see the carer on Thursday, she seems quite nice, has everything nicely set out but already has 2 babies in her care, i just think one more will make it too hectic...so back to square one, i have checked out another daycare centre here, like the ladies who are in the babies room, but am i just going to have the same dilemna? Maybe I expect too much blahhh childcare never used to be such a headache...

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Post by Soupie on Sat May 30, 2009 9:36 pm

You may encounter the same problem regarding routines at a long daycare centre. Is there any other family daycare providers you could check out nearby?
And I don't think you are expecting too much to find the right care to suit both you & Cooper.

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Post by Michelle W on Sat May 30, 2009 9:44 pm

I am in a similar situation to you Victoria.
Caden goes to care 2 days a week, and I think it's pretty much to their schedule.
He seems happy enough, he gets to mix with kids his own age, and I get a break, but a centre was definitely not my first choice.
I wanted Caden in family day care, but here in Sydney, carers are few and far between and waiting lists very long. And in my area, not one carer works 5 days a week (which will be what I need next year when I return to work), so he'd have to go to at least 2 different homes.... long story short - a new, purpose built daycare centre, which is on the way to / from work, and had vacancy now with probability of accommodating next years needs, fitted the bill !

Caden has been sick a lot. And with his recent bout of pneumonia, he'll have been off care more than in care !!! Hopefully as his immunity builds, this will lessen... and I should think it will be similar for Cooper.

Just one thing to keep in mind - whooping cough (amongst other illnesses) is a huge menace at the moment. With Cooper in care, he could possibly bring illnesses home to the baby before it has a chance for vaccinations... when I was in hospital with Caden, there was a 5 month old and a 1 month old with whooping cough - it was awful to hear and see them cough and struggle for breath...obviously something no parent / child wants or needs !

Hope you can work it all out though.
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Post by Soupie on Sat May 30, 2009 10:26 pm

Very true about the whooping cough Michelle!
I believe they are about to start trialling vaccinating newborns for whooping cough here in Qld, rather than waiting until 6 weeks of age. I think its a great idea!
(PS Michelle - Caden / Kaden is my fave boys name and I hope that in the next year or two we can give DD a brother and name him that! Just thought I'd share.)

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Post by Vicki on Sun May 31, 2009 6:54 am

My partner seems convinced also that family day care is the way to go. Am going into the office on monday as the lady i spoke to first said i didn't necessarily have to take the first one...although the woman did seem a nice person who agreed about routine, but with two kids of similar age already in her care the work is going to be cut out for her...i just want him to mix with other kids his age group in a safe and friendly environment for a couple of days a week...is that too much to ask Smile We'll see how things go on Monday! fingers crossed!

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Post by Asa on Sun May 31, 2009 9:29 am

Great dilema world round.
I think it splits down to a load of different ?
1) does the child benefit from the care he/she is under?
2) is the shedule right for the child? (maybe 4 days a week, but much shorter would be better? say 9-12? the child gets to take part of activities and socialise a bit, but 3 h might just be what a todler can take. Then they can sleap and whatever at home.
3) Propper vaccination is a must whereever you go w children. They will get colds (and so will the parents and siblings) when they start in daycare. The pro is imunisation the con is obvious. At family care they will get used to there mates bugs and that ought to go rather quick. On the other hand there is siblings and overlooked hand hygiene that can tip this in a second.
In Sweden family care people get together in large groups rather often and in order for older kids to have a chanse to hang out w kids there own age.
4)how many babys/perosn? 1 or maybe 2 but if one want the baby to get anything more then it is home one need to opt for a groop where fokus also kan be on the baby.
Altogether hard dessition .. Worst is that you never know. What might look well is not and the one u don´t like might be ok for your child.
Gut fealing will lead you if you listen to it.
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Post by Soupie on Sun May 31, 2009 2:34 pm

Got my fingers crossed for you as well Vic!

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Post by Vicki on Mon Jun 01, 2009 1:53 pm

Well I've decided to give this woman a go and like I suggested I can pick him up round 1 each day and he can come home here for his afternoon nap Smile Filled out all the paperwork this morning at the Family Daycare Office, my god there is so much that has to be done...and he starts next Monday!

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Post by Asa on Mon Jun 01, 2009 2:19 pm

Congrats to you! Sounds like you have a plan going that you think will work for you.

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Post by Michelle W on Mon Jun 01, 2009 3:38 pm

It will be ok Victoria !
I'm sure he'll love it !

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Post by Soupie on Mon Jun 01, 2009 3:52 pm

YAY! That sounds great! I hope that this new arrangement works better for both you & Cooper. Smile

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Post by Guest on Mon Jun 01, 2009 9:13 pm

I think it should go okay - I used to have 3 full-time babies the same age (all started care with me at 6 weeks old) and stayed with me until they were 4 - I suppose it does depend on the carer though.

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Post by Vicki on Wed Jun 03, 2009 10:36 am

Yeah I am taking Cooper over to meet her tomorrow morning, as he has just recovered from his cold...here's hoping he don't get another one! I have my fingers crossed this will be a good solution!

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Post by Soupie on Wed Jun 03, 2009 4:39 pm

My DD has a cold at the moment and the poor little thing is just miserable! It's the first real cold she's had. Sad

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Post by Vicki on Wed Jun 03, 2009 7:13 pm

Yeah don't you just hate seeing them suffer...damn colds!

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Post by Soupie on Thu Jun 04, 2009 8:36 am

I am just sick of wiping her nose! (Every 2 minutes it seems!)

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