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Hi ladies, SO Dh and I are thinking of placing DD in daycare for one day a week to play with some other kids. I know that sounds like a silly reason but she hasn't got any little kids to play with and we don't have a playgroup in our town. I work Monday and friday and my mum wathces her for half the day(I only work 4 hours).

I could really use some more time to get things done at home(We are also self employed)and I don't want to ask my mum all the time but I also want to make sure I am putting DD in for the right reasons.

I only wanted to do a half day as i am pretty sure she will refuse to sleep there. Except not all of the centres do half days. I was reading the enrolement for and what to bring and what is expected of lunches and I felt so overwhelmed! Silly I know.

For those that have kids in daycare, do they like it? do they enjoy doing something diiferent? DD is 15months old and everytime we go somewhere she wants to play with the other kids but i'm not sure if it's a good enough reason to put her in daycare.

Also with the childcare reabte how does it work? Can you only earn so much money a year? I am totally bamboozled we don't deal with centrelink very much, well never really.

Sorry about the ramble any help would be greatly appreciated. Just after the pros and cons really. TIA smile





For those that have kids in daycare, do they like it? do they enjoy doing something diiferent? DD is 15months old and everytime we go somewhere she wants to play with the other kids but i'm not sure if it's a good enough reason to put her in daycare.

Also with the childcare reabte how does it work? Can you only earn so much money a year? I am totally bamboozled we don't deal with centrelink very much, well never really.


Both my kids were in daycare from early ages, and they do love it. I am currently home on maternity leave with #3 and my DD1 cries that she doesnt get to go to daycare and play with her friends. Both my kids have always loved going to daycare.

As for the rebate, it goes off your estimated income for the whole financial year. That will give you a certain percentage that will come off the fees themselves and then the government will also pay half of your out of pocket fees (if that makes sense) the half that the govt pays can be paid fortnightly, quartly or yearly depending on what you decided when you contact centrelink.
I think that daycare is a brilliant thing for my DD and her learning to share (and not always be the centre of the universe), as well as socialisation skills and learning to be adaptable. When I first looked into it, I wasn't that sure about the daycare centre environment myself.

Do you have a family day care association in your area? My DD goes to a lovely family close by, they still run her routine the way I (and she) likes it, rather than fitting into what the centres want. But there are also always other kids there for her to play with. Her daycarer is a beautiful lady who just genuinely loves all the kids she cares for. It's the perfect solution for us.




Hi

i have my 16 month old going to daycare since he was 6 months because i have to work full-time, as my income is the only steady income...

i was apprehensive at first but i can tell you that in the beginning my DS was crying when i was leaving him but would stop crying after 5 mins and now he hardly crys at all...

he enjoys going to daycare because it can be a social place with lots of different activities and also i found they develop more intellectual and social skills than they would have had being at home all the time..

so my opinion is go for it... and go for a full day at first and then see if you could add an extra days... this would give you time to work your 4 hrs and then gives you time to do whatever else you need to do... and your DD will enjoy it eventually... (not to mention that this will help her for when she starts school)
You will always get some people disapproving of childcare but you have to do what is right for you and your family. I have two DDs. DD1 went to childcare from 12mths to 4 years for 2 days a week, she always loved it, and I never had any issues whatsoever. DD2 is 17mths and has been going 3 days a week since 11mths, and again I have had no issues or anything bad happen.

If you do look into centres, make sure you look into different ones and do your research. Some of the ones I checked out just didn't feel right to me, and we've ended up with a great one!

Costs - all are different, ours has just gone up to $83 per day. DH earns $50k and & I earn $30k. After the rebate we pay $148 for the 3 days, then get 50 per cent of that back as well. If you can afford not to get the 50% out of pocket expenses paid fortnightly, then I suggest getting it paid quarterly as it's a much nicer bonus!

Google centrelink as they have online estimators you can use. Alternatively if your income varies a lot you can choose not to get the rebate until you submit your tax return for the year.
I have never understood the socialisation excuse for daycare? My kids never went and they have never had a problem socialising.

If you want it for more time for you then fair enough ... But I don't think using daycare to socialise them is necessary at all myself.
Thanks ladies after reading this DH and I are feeling much better about it already. smile I am ringing centrelink now so hopefully I won't be on hold for like 5 hours!




I have never understood the socialisation excuse for daycare? My kids never went and they have never had a problem socialising.

If you want it for more time for you then fair enough ... But I don't think using daycare to socialise them is necessary at all myself.



I was thinking like that for a little while but now I am thinking the opposite yes I do need more time to get some office work done but I am sure DD would love it and I do think it will do her good to socalise.




I have never understood the socialisation excuse for daycare? My kids never went and they have never had a problem socialising.

If you want it for more time for you then fair enough ... But I don't think using daycare to socialise them is necessary at all myself.



I think this response is a little unfair. The majority of women don't do it 'for time for you', they do it to work, and to put food on the table! I think that's a fair enough 'excuse' don't you?

I put my DD in daycare as I work three days a week. My husband and I need my income to pay the bills. But I don't feel bad about it, because my child is a beautifully sociallised, adaptable little girl.




Best thing I ever did for DD!!! But it took one month of really hard work to get her used to going. She started at 11mths, as I had to go back to work. We were ready to pull her and survive on one income, but she finally became happy there. Has learnt so much and is able to socilise better!!! I have since had DS and am now a SAHM, but she continues to go one day a week as we both benefit from it!!!
So the lady said I can do it online but I think I ahve to wait for DD to start daycare. I'm already confused, the first question asks do I want to claim the 0% rebate and not give my TFN. What is the 0% rebate isn't that nothing???



i enrolled my son for one day a week at a local centre. im going to use the day to study but my sole reason for putting him in is to socialise and to enjoy doing things he wouldnt otherwise at home..


despite what one of the posters said about it being crap to put them in for socialising it is really true. my son is 3 and we dont really have anyone close to us that has kids so he has never really played with kids, he is also delayed in speech and so going into care and interacting with others is a proven effective way to help develop speech.

i worked in childcare and studied the benefits of children in care, provided u find a good centre or carer it can be a really great thing. its not easy letting go and u may feel apprehensive wether all her needs will be met or if her carer will know what to do when x happens (god knows im nervous about my sons first day tomorrow) but it really can be a great thing for them.
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