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My kids have been enrolled in child care 1 day a week for the last 9 weeks. They have only been 4 times each in those 9 weeks because the kids in the centre are always sick and their parents still send them and their germs get spread around and my kids have copped it big time. Since starting my 2 year old has had 3 ear infections and we are now being sent to see an ENT specialist.

I have never seen so many snot candles coming out of kids noses like I do at drop off and pick up.
I’m looking around at other centers and will possibly move them.

I just wanted to ask other mums to see if this is a normal amount of sickness for when they first start or if it’s a bit much like I think it is?


Posted by Jess, 21st April 2021

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  • My daught started 3 year old kinder last year and only got sick once. Which was amazing.
    This year 4 year old kinder she has been sick 2 times so far but it’s expected from kinders or childcares.
    It does get better.

  • My GP reckons they will pick something up every two weeks. I think he may have been preparing me for the worst but definitely comes in waves. Hopefully their immunity will mean you’re over the worst of it now. It’s tough on you and them when this happens.

  • Yeah my son was getting sick every second week when he first started,m. It’s now been over 6 months and it’s down to maybe once per month.

  • 100% normal. Gets better as they go along.

  • We were braced for a period of illnesses when our kids started child care, but to our surprise it never happened.

  • Child care centres are breeding grounds for sickness. It took me a year to build up a good enough immune system when I was working in a centre (I worked in play group before that and never got sick). I would look into family day care or even occasional care, unfortunately child care centres are so careless with sick kids it’s just not worth the hassle some times. I ended up quitting the industry because of the carelessness.

  • I get it. Why I don’t send my kids.
    But also, sometimes we forget that kids don’t have the option to be kept home. Sometimes it’s a safer environment for them to be there.

  • My daughter isn’t in preschool so I haven’t experienced this yet myself.
    She’s almost 2 and in her entire life she’s been sick 2-3 times.
    A friend of mine has her 2.5 year old in preschool which he has been going to for 2 years. He gets sick at most 10 times a year. She took him out for 2 months and he wasn’t sick once, when he went back he was sick again in the first week.

  • Its a hard one. All you can do really is teach your kids to wash their hands a lot.

  • my kids got sick a lot initially ( they all stsrted at 9 months at latest) but by 4 months in they were hardly ever sick .Getting their immune system up to speed now is preferable to when they start kindy or pre school, and miss a lot of time during scholastic fundamental building blocks, learning to read etc. A few years worth of studies seem to back this up, but of course, you do whatever yr heart tells you to do. xx

  • I don’t use childcare but have heard these sorts of stories from friends. Seems like it is fairly common amongst most centres.

  • I would never let my kids go to day-care if they were feeling sick. I was lucky enough to have my Mum to fall back on if they did seem off colour. She would come to my home as she only lived up the road. Otherwise I would have taken time off from work. It is a way for the kids to build up their immunity but you don’t want it happening too often

  • My #1 has been sick so many times, and luckily we are in a position to keep him home when he is. I understand people have jobs that are less flexible, or parents have exhausted their sick leave, but it is pretty frustrating when we see lots of snotty kids and the centre sends home notifications about keeping kids at home when they are sick but don’t always follow through with the send-home. Sometimes it feels like we are paying to keep him home more often than not.
    I think, no matter where they go, they are going to get some colds or flus.

  • I’ve just started my almost 3 year old 2 days a week we have done 3 transition orientation days the first day we attended we get alert the next day that chickenpox was at the centre the day we attended, I was disappointed as we had to wait a week to continue orientation thankfully no chickenpox but ended up with a bad cold ????
    I’ve attended again since and atleast half the kids have snotty noses I am wondering the same as you is this normal should I look elsewhere to send her I don’t want a sick kid all the time and I won’t send her if she has any sign of illness.

  • Even when my children went to daycare back in the 80’s, they got sick. Parents are desperate for their jobs and sanity. The only upside of this is, when they go to school, they have better immunity.

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