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#1 CRose

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 02:36 PM

Wanting some advice about what to do next year with care for Annabelle (4 turning 5 next year)

Next year we are sticking to long daycare pre-school for Annabelle (rather than a govt pre-school with 9.30-2.30 hrs, unworkable around work).

We want to send her to another pre-school which is for 3 and aboves only, as Annabelle doesn't identify with her current daycare as being pre-school and has been at the same centre for the past 3 yrs

Ideally we would also like Evie and Annabelle to share some days in care together, but are worried about friendships/lack of continuity in the program between two different pre-schools.

We have a total of 4 days in which we need care, do we:
a) send Annabelle all 4 days to the other pre-school
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c) send Annabelle 3 days at one and 1 days at the other

I realise the following year she will be at school anyway and could be this year so they will probably be fine - guess it is more about what would be best for her rather than Evie, if that makes sense?

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#2 Mel B

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 03:23 PM

My kids went to the same preschool for a year and it was fantastic for me for convenience. It was nice for them on special occasions like birthdays because their sibling would join in with the class celebrations. But honestly the rest of the time they just did their own thing with their own friends.

Ours was a preschool that only offered 3 day or 2 day programs, so the kids who went to 2 different places did so out of necessity. Most of the parents found it a bit of a pain, the kids would invariably prefer one place over the other, so there would be battles on the mornings they were going to the centre they didn't like as much.

Also, with it being a childcare centre you will have kids attending all different days depending on their parents' work schedule, so I think 4 days in the same place would give her the best chance to establish a friendship group.
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Posted 27 August 2013 - 06:01 PM

QUOTE(Mel B @ Aug 27 2013, 03:23 PM) View Post

...so the kids who went to 2 different places did so out of necessity. Most of the parents found it a bit of a pain, the kids would invariably prefer one place over the other, so there would be battles on the mornings they were going to the centre they didn't like as much.


This was us.
We had to wait until our preferred centre had days available and slowly transitioned from 3 centres to 1. Honestly, if you were happy with the new centre, I'd do the 4-days there. smile.gif


#4 claire_p

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 08:07 PM

Liam goes to daycare 1 day a week (wednesday) and pre-school 2 days a week (Thurs/Fri) and does fine. I wanted him to go to the pre-school 3 days but they were only giving the 3 day spots to kids who turned 5 by the end of the year. The year before he did the opposite Wednesday at pre-school and thurs/fri at daycare. We have never had an issue with him going to 2 different places. Although now that he is off to big school next year he seems to think he will still be going to daycare, pre-school and big school. lol .
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Posted 27 August 2013 - 09:08 PM

QUOTE(Mel B @ Aug 27 2013, 03:23 PM) View Post

My kids went to the same preschool for a year and it was fantastic for me for convenience. It was nice for them on special occasions like birthdays because their sibling would join in with the class celebrations. But honestly the rest of the time they just did their own thing with their own friends.

Also, with it being a childcare centre you will have kids attending all different days depending on their parents' work schedule, so I think 4 days in the same place would give her the best chance to establish a friendship group.

I agree with this.
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