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Posted 07 September 2006 - 09:06 AM
I have just been informed that my placement will not be fully available at my centre of choice at the time i need it, and am having to use FDC.
Just wondering on who else uses it, and how they feel about one person looking after that many children, and any other thoughts?
Posted 07 September 2006 - 09:09 AM
We do and we couldn't be happier. Down here the numbers are capped to 5 under 5 - so to me thats a far better ratio than a CCC. Our carer is like a second Grandma to DD1 - they get special treats, she has an amazing backyard and B just loves going there. She takes them to playgroup on a Thursday morning. I am hoping to start DD2 there next year. I have been more than happy with it - i only hope she doesn't retire in the next five years.
Posted 07 September 2006 - 10:02 AM
I think with the ratio of 1:5 is not that bad. Plenty of Mum's have 5 children under 5 of their own, no reason a carer could not care adequately for five children.
My DD goes 1 day a week and by God she loves it. Her "Daycare Mum" is just THE lovliest most competant person in the world and could do another 7 children on top of her 5 with her hands tied behind her back she's that good.
My decision to run with FDC as opposed to long daycare (or whatever) was infection control. It's a numbers game. I figured my DD would have less chance of 'catching' something if she was just hanging out with 4 other kids rather than 19 others as there would be in a daycare centre IYKWIM?
Yes she still catches stuff but nothing really to complain about. Until she goes to pre-school 3 days a week comm. 2007 I will happily leave her in FDC. I can't rave about Mac's daycare mum enough.
Posted 07 September 2006 - 10:26 AM
My DS goes to FDC once a week.
It's a perfect set up.
It's him and 2 other boys who are within 2 months age of each other. The carer is awesome and even better, it's cheap! $7.50 per day compared to the $29.00 per day we were paying in child care fees.
I will never send DS back to a child care centre after having such a greeat experience with FDC.
Posted 07 September 2006 - 11:06 AM
hi there - my son goes to FDC 3 days a week - great lady, perfect location, she is an 'institution' on our area. It is cheaper but the only problem is when she is sick one of us has to stay home unless we can get him into another FDC which we are hesitant to do as we do not know them and he is old enough to get upset about being with strangers.
Posted 07 September 2006 - 11:11 AM
W goes one day a week at the moment - her FDCarer is lovely, very flexible, she was happy to take W from 6:30 when I used to start work at 7am. We don't have much family support, in fact, I'd go so far as to say we have NO practical family support. So the relationship that W has with F is precious.
Her carer ratio is 1:4 and on the day that W is in, it is often 1:3.
Dani has a great point about infection control. A friend of mine was talking to another mum who uses the same daycare center and they were talking about how there is always a notice up on the door about one kind of diesease or another going through the centre. W has been more sick from the gym creche than she ever was when she was in FDC 4 days a week.
It is cheaper, but I'd still send W even if it was the same price or more expensive.
I kind of have the opposite situation to you. When I go back to work, F has no spots left, so I would be considering the previously mentioned CCC or another FDCarer, but I don't know if we would be lucky enough to find someone as wonderful as F.
Posted 07 September 2006 - 11:28 AM
Ella is in FDC full time and has been since she was 4 months old. It is the best! I cannot recommend it enough
Her carer si so lovely, she has made Ella and the other 3 kids part of her family. They go for walks (she doesn't drive) and they walk around the block to her Mum's house and all the kids call her parents Nanny and Grandpa, it's adorable. It's a real HOME away from home.
I really cannot recommend it enough. My son went to a daycare centre and I prefer FDC any day
Posted 07 September 2006 - 11:33 AM
My boys go one day a week and we all LOVE it.
I like the home environment that they are in and the 'normal' activities they do like going for a walk to the park and walking to the bus stop to pick up older kids at the end of the day. I also like that they have a range of age groups around them and aren't just in with all other babies. I feel that they are less likely to get 'lost' in the sea of it all when there are less there and the rapport they have with their FCD'er. I want her to be one of the many big people they know who love and care for them. To me it is just like a family environment with a mum that has lots of kids! Our carer is only allowed 4 under 5 so I know of mums who have that many littlies in there care or even more!
So for us it was our first choice and I am very happy with it.
Oh and yesterday I got my first 'painting'! I am ever so proud. She did their footprints. I am going to put them up and keep them forever!!!!!!!
Posted 07 September 2006 - 11:42 AM
Alessia goes two days a week and I am very happy with it.
The Mum was the mother of a little boy at the last FDC but the lady stopped working there so this Mum started one up!
I prefer this environment for my babe as she is still little and there is plenty of time for her to interact when pre-school starts!
I agree with Dani on the infection control! Much less hassle.......... As this woman is only starting she has her little boy and Alessia and maybe one or two others MAX.......
They go to Playgroup and to the Park and I known that she is in good hands while I work.
Posted 07 September 2006 - 02:02 PM
Sorry to jump on this post but it is a similar thing. How do you go about finding a FDC and when you do find one do you get to meet up with them to see if you like them, etc.
Posted 07 September 2006 - 02:15 PM
I found FDC by ringing the office up and telling them what days I wante, how many kids I needed care for and then they had a look to see what spaces they could find.
I then went to the office, paid them an admin fee of $20 and filled out all the forms, they gave me a list of carers and days they had available and I as told to ring the carer and make a time to meet with them. I rang around and found a lovely lady, went to meet her and decided to send my kds to her. We are only 3 weeks into it, the lady is friendly and really cares about the kids. She has a daughter who is older and she treats the kids well when she is home from school and her huisband is really friendly. They really opened up their home to my children.
I love how cheap it is and after sending my kids to a pre school this year and last year I am impressed at the personal touch fdc gives.
Posted 07 September 2006 - 02:25 PM
I loved FDC, my son also loved it. I would recommend it to anyone we had two different carers in the time my son went to FDC and he loved them both. I interviewed them first before making my decision but they were both fantastic. One was just starting out and I was a bit hesitant but she turned out to be fantastic. My FDC was run by the local council so I had to go to an interview there first and put name down and specify the hours I wanted. Lucky for me I was flexible as my inlaws looked after my son the days I couldn't get him into daycare.
Posted 07 September 2006 - 09:04 PM
My DS went to FDC for about 6 months when he was 4yo and the lady was great but she stopped doing it unfortnately.
Posted 07 September 2006 - 09:15 PM
I use Family Day care in the campbelltown area and love it. Monique was in there from 6 weeks and she calls her carer Nanna and is treated as one of her grandchildren. Their days are structured, they do lots of fun rthings, get checked on regulary and go to play sessions and is very affordable. I wouldn't go to a childcare centre i love the fact she is cared for at home with only a few other children. Saying that though i would have to be happy and feel comfortable with the carer.
We love ours
Posted 07 September 2006 - 09:28 PM
Cali, I don't know about other schemes, but the one my FDCarer belongs to has surprise drop-in visits every two weeks.
Interesting that the ratio for most scemes is 1:5.
Posted 07 September 2006 - 09:39 PM
My dd goes to FDC and we are very impressed. She settled in really quickly (was 16 months old when started, had not been left with anyone before ) our lady has only one child under 2yrs, and then she will have a 3 or 4yo and kinder kids and preps after school. The max she has on days dd goes is 4, and that is only for a short time, other days I believe she sticks to 3 kids.
They do all sorts of activities and make paintings and crafts, dd ADORES the other kids too, I love that she has older kids (and now one younger) to interact with rather than just all the same age.
We are in Melbourne and our FDC is run through the council, you need to ring them to book in, also they have random spot-checks and drop-ins, and their cars and any child restraints used are checked at regular intervals. We have a communication book that our lady writes in to tell us what she has done for the day, eating, nappies etc.
I think it is very well structured in that we have always been made aware who to speak to should concerns or complaints arise etc.
As a pp said, the main problem is if the day carer is ill, you have to find alternative care, although DH and I have always just taken turns in staying home.
Posted 07 September 2006 - 09:40 PM
Tegan and Mia both go to FDC for 3 and 2 days each (mum has them the other times). I am very happy with the care they get and I really couldnt ask for a better carer for them. Tegan loves going there. I find the fact that there is less kids a lot better and more one on one time as well. Also as a pp mentioned the fact that they arent stuck with the one age group. I also like the fact that the girls are together not in separate areas like they would be at a CCC. I am hoping to have the girls stay with the same carer when they need before/after school care.
Posted 07 September 2006 - 09:42 PM
My DD goes to FDC and she's there from 8 am till 3:30. She loves it! My carer is fantastic and she looks after her own grandchild too. She has a tarago especially for the children with with seats and she takes them to the Library, park and Playgroup. The ratio is 1:3 and they're between the ages of 2 and 3 1/2 so i could not have asked for more balance.
Our carer also cooks for the children and my DD has gotten a little chubbier (she was underweight) since being there. It's so cute! They all sit at the table together and have meals. Our carer pays extremely good attention to the children and I love how she makes it like a little family environment.
Posted 07 September 2006 - 09:53 PM
This thread is great as I have just (nervously) emailed our local council FDC office this morning but now am feeling much better about it all (am a tad nervous about leaving him ). I am sure these questions will be answered when they reply to my email but would anyone mind telling me if it is possible to request a carer with a certain age mix of children (DS can be boisterous (sp?) so would prefer older kids) and is the carer allowed visitors throughout the day? I am a little spooked by a recent court case involving the son of a FDC carer (although I am sure that the screening process is very thorough).
Sorry to hijack, and thanks again for helping to put my mind at rest
Edited by enaj, 07 September 2006 - 09:54 PM.
Posted 07 September 2006 - 10:22 PM
enaj, I think any regular visitors to the house and any co-residents have to have police checks.
With regards to the ages of the other children, you'll probably get a few different carers to visit and you can ask them individually about the children they have in care. The children they have in care may change though, people move, stop work, start work, etc.
Posted 07 September 2006 - 11:02 PM
Thank you all very much for your responses, it has helped put my mind at ease a bit.
Being that Seth is so young, i am not looking forward to having to leave him with anyone, but i have to pay the bills and mortgage so dont have a choice.
Just wondering on what the process is, do they give you a list of carers and where they are and you can show which ones u are interested in?
Posted 08 September 2006 - 04:58 PM
Laura - I think it depends whereabouts you are. We needed Tuesday and Wednesday specifically, so we were given the name of a lady who had a vacancy immediately, and we contacted her to arrange a time to take DD around there and chat to her, see what her place was like etc. Both ourselves and the FDCer were given the oppurtunity to say that this person was not suitable/compatible. If that was the case we would be given the next persons name, etc etc until we found someone suitable.
Lucky for us we loved our lady right away and so did DD, so we immediately organised to start her off at 1/2 days, to settle in, then we moved up to full days so I could start work again. She did cry a little at first - I think that's pretty normal, but after a couple of weeks she was waving us off madly and screaming off to chase around with the other kids in the morning. I think it's normal to be nervous and hesitant - you want to choose the right carer and the right environment for your kids!
I personally like the fact that I have chosen DD's carer - rather than just choosing her surroundings and allowing whoever was rostered on to look after her - BUT it is not for everyone, it depends what you're after. HTH.
Posted 08 September 2006 - 09:41 PM
FDC was my first choice, CCC was my last resort. The main reason for this (there were others as well) is because my DS - who is nearly 1 now - is still a baby. I didn't want him in a room with 10 other babies, it felt really wrong to me.
I'm really happy with our carer (it's been nearly 2 months now), my children love her. I feel like they get just about all the attention they would if they were at home, and they are in a home environment.
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