Is full day CC really good for our kids?

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jedamum
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Post by jedamum » Tue Mar 16, 2010 10:08 am

for those whose parents have been taking care of your kids, if financial permits, just ensure that you don't cut your parent's allowance proportionately to the amount you spent on the preschool just cos their status have change from a 'full time caregiver' to a 'part time caregiver' after your kid goes into preschool.
some grandparents rely on this 'income' to get by and yet i do see some parents send their kids to CC at 18mths on the reason of early socialisation and cut the grandparent's allowance accordingly yet still requiring these grandparents to fetch their kids from CC on time.
jmhr (just my humble reminder). :politebleah:

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Post by winth » Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:07 pm

DS1 was a fulltime baby with home-care by my mum till he was 3. It was a great disadvantage when I realised that he has nothing to do at my mum's house. I did alot of work and reading with him since he was 18 months, but still, he had 'no life', no friends and his social skills, tsk tsk tsk... cannot pass. I enrolled him in immediately after I saw him literally rolling his whole body acround in circles on the floor one day. But bec of my ignorance that I need to search for good childcare places, I had to send him to 4 different childcare/school before I settled him with his last one before he moved on to Primary One. Now, his social skills picked up a little and he can take in unfamiliar faces without making too much fuss.

In direct comparison, I sent my DS2 there the month he hits 18 months and he even took a schoolbus there all by himself. I basically just pass him over (like FedEx) and the auntie will do the rest for me. After learning my lesson about good childcare places, I make sure that it's a good centre and the most teachers are responsible and caring.

So I don't agree that I did it out of 'no choice'. I saw how good childcare centres can turn my children into good and social students and how bad ones can really make me panic.

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Post by raynreg » Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:21 pm

Hi winth, which childcare did you put your DS to? I am looking for one in the Central area (around Bukit Merah).

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Post by winth » Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:46 pm

I'm putting DS2 at Alexandra Sparkletots.

It's good! The principal and most of the teachers are responsible and genuinely caring. There are a couple of my favourite teachers there - fierce but really nice individuals. DS1 was transferred to Alexandra Sparkletots during the last 6 months of his K2 just to go inside and I didn't regret this decision!

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Post by raynreg » Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:52 pm

Winth, that sounds familar...is it the one inside a community centre and there is limited open space public parking there? I visited them some years back when DD childcare centre was closed due to lease expired.


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Post by winth » Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:55 pm

raynreg wrote:Winth, that sounds familar...is it the one inside a community centre and there is limited open space public parking there? I visited them some years back when DD childcare centre was closed due to lease expired.


Yup yup. The description on their VERY limited carpark space does fit the bill. And yes, it's in a community centre.

It's the teachers that made me sign up with them, and of course, with the many good feedback about sparkletots from fellow forummers in KiasuParents.

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