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Hey!
I need some advice on which care to organise for my 11 month old. I only want her in care 1 day a week, but I dont know which is better, day care centres or family day care?? Any advice, or stories that can help me??

Thanks!
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It's individual for everyone.

I suggest you go around and see some centres for yourself and arrange a meeting with a couple of Family Day Care Mum's.

Personally, I'd probably find a really good Family Day Care Mum, but I worked in Day care for 7 years and I won't be leaving my DS2 in a Day Care Centre until he's 3. But that's just my personal opinion, you may find a really great Day Care Centre you're comfortable with.

Good Luck

It's individual for everyone.

I suggest you go around and see some centres for yourself and arrange a meeting with a couple of Family Day Care Mum's.

Personally, I'd probably find a really good Family Day Care Mum, but I worked in Day care for 7 years and I won't be leaving my DS2 in a Day Care Centre until he's 3. But that's just my personal opinion, you may find a really great Day Care Centre you're comfortable with.

Good Luck


I feel much the same here I also come from a child care background and it is really a personal choice there are benifits to both and many disadvantages too. I tell all my friends to go to all the centres that they have a desire to see (you know the ones you hear good things about) and you will know what the centre is like just by walking in the door you will either feel really comfortable with the director and carers and are really welcomed or you will feel really uncomfortable and they are giving you the fake smiles and over the top routine you may think you don't know it but you will just go with the old gut feeling!!!! Same with family day care. Hope that helps and good luck with it all! smile
I had been trying to decide the same thing! I have heard that children under 3 cope better in family daycare due to more personalised attention, while 3 and 4 year olds do better in daycare centres due to having more opportunities to learn and socialise.

HOWEVER for those in New Zealand, spaces are limited for 3 and 4 year olds at popular day care centres due to the 20 free hours system. Because those spaces are already filled by children who have attended from a much younger age, it can be impossible to enrol a 3/4 year old in a popular centre unless you put their name down exceptionally early. A friend has been told by a centre she went to visit to put her seven month old's name down (to start at age 3). What that means is, while family daycare might be better for a younger child and childcare centres better for an older child, it might be very difficult to switch into a centre later on.
Hi, just thought id share- I have worked as nanny and have many friends who are in home carers, I have recently put my 10 mnth old into care she is willing to do 2.5 hrs on Tuesday and 4 hrs on Fridays. This has worked out really well. More of a family situation.
I like both aspects of childcare though.
You have to find 1 that suits you aqnd that you are comfortable with.
According to my opinion, you should put your child in child care center. They have trained staff to give proper care to your child. If you choose any family day care, you can't trust them as you won't know them. But in case of child care, they have proper license to take care the children. There are many good child care centers in Auckland. I have experienced with Bearpark, they are one of the best kindergarten and Pre-school and have 10 branches around Auckland. Its recently open center is Child care Henderson, its opened in February 2004. Other available centers are Child care Mairangi Bay, Parnell, Remuera, Albany, Mt Eden.
My 3 1/2 year old DD has been in childcare 2 days a week since she was 12mths old and she loves it, and I cannot fault the centre she is at. On the other hand, I know someone who can say the same thing about family day care. So I think it would be wise to go to a few centres in your area and also look into family day care - that way if you can get a spot somewhere you'll already be armed with the information. I personally think the most important thing is that whoever you leave your child with, you need to feel comfortable with them both with your child, and with the type of care, discipline, nutrition etc they will provide.
I wish i had the option of putting mine into family daycare when they were littler, but daycare here is booked out for about a year in advance (and i wansnt organised enough to book early) My was of thinking is daycare mums only have 4-5 children (i think feel free to correct me if im wrong) but daycare centres have over 50. Your little one will catch every possible cough/cold (as thats part of daycare that i think everyone knows) but they only have 4-5 other people to catch it off where in a centre way too many kids. Also the staff to child ratio is better in a family daycare. But in saying that look around and find where that is good for you. When you look at the centres/daycare mums, i made sure that the kids were happy and clean (i cant stand kids with snot over smudged over there faces and its not hard to get wipe and fix)

But in saying that both my kids have been in a centre since they were 3 months old and they have never been affected by it.

According to my opinion, you should put your child in child care center. They have trained staff to give proper care to your child. If you choose any family day care, you can't trust them as you won't know them. But in case of child care, they have proper license to take care the children. There are many good child care centers in Auckland. I have experienced with Bearpark, they are one of the best kindergarten and Pre-school and have 10 branches around Auckland. Its recently open center is Child care Henderson, its opened in February 2004. Other available centers are Child care Mairangi Bay, Parnell, Remuera, Albany, Mt Eden.


This is interesting ... I live in Mairangi Bay and spent the day today looking at daycare centres for my daughter. Bear Park is definitely top of my list, I really liked the atmosphere there.

I decided that I would be going with a daycare centre, despite research I have read suggesting that younger children cope better in family daycare due to more individualised attention. The reason being, I decided I wasn't comfortable with the idea that just one adult, with no supervision and no-one else around, would be responsible for my daughter. I am much more comfortable with the idea of a centre where there are multiple adults.

According to my opinion, you should put your child in child care center. They have trained staff to give proper care to your child. If you choose any family day care, you can't trust them as you won't know them. But in case of child care, they have proper license to take care the children. There are many good child care centers in Auckland. I have experienced with Bearpark, they are one of the best kindergarten and Pre-school and have 10 branches around Auckland. Its recently open center is Child care Henderson, its opened in February 2004. Other available centers are Child care Mairangi Bay, Parnell, Remuera, Albany, Mt Eden.


I am not sure about New Zealand but here in Australia you have to have qualifications and also be licensed as a child care provider you only need to ask for these.

I am not sure about New Zealand but here in Australia you have to have qualifications and also be licensed as a child care provider you only need to ask for these.


Yes that is the problem ... in New Zealand there is no regulation of child care providers and it is not necessary for them to have any qualifications. There are a couple of organisations such as Porse and Barnardos who can put you in touch with carers and you can be sure that the people they put you in touch with are at least vetted to their standard, but aside from that there is no licensing or anything. A friend of mine recently contacted a carer through Porse and the woman had no qualifications, no experience, and didn't even have her own kids! I mean seriously, who would leave their kids with someone like that?
I think it's very much 'each to their own', I tried my son in a daycare and it just didn't work for us (personally), so I've actually given up work and become a home-based carer myself (I'm a qualified ECE teacher)... and now I would definitely put any future children with a home-based carer if I was to go back to work! Having done both sides (ECE teaching and home-based caring) I find that I have so much more attention to give to the children in my care than when I was in a centre, and we have a lot more flexibility if we want to go out for a walk or for an excursion, etc., etc. But like I said, that's just my personal opinion, other teachers would find the opposite I'm sure!

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