I met my friend yesterday and got to know that before a child joins kindergarten, its necessary for him/her to attend the daycare. Is it true ? She has a two year old, soon starting the kindergarten, hence she told me this. I havnt even enrolled my baby yet…if this is true, i need to get going soon lest I dont have any options available.

Posted by Nid, 31st August 2015

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  • I think it depends whether your child has other children the same age to constantly interact with. A lot of children make faster development stages through being with a wide group of children, being with carers/teachers etc. I have heard a few comments to that effect. One Mum said her daughter was talking much better within a month and responded better to what was being said to her. Some childcare centres assess the children anything they think they need help with they notify the parent/s or guardian/s. e.g. one of ours her speech wasn’t as clear as it should have been so we concentrated on that. The younger one wouldn’t poke her tongue out for them — something we have never encouraged–in fact we would have discouraged it. The staff explained that one of the reasons they did that was it is their way of checking whether it might be an issue if a Dr. need children to do it.
    There is usually a waiting list at good childcare centres. If expectant Mums know they will be returning to work, some put their names on the waiting list and the approx. date they may need to start using the service. You can always take your name of the list if you change your mind.


  • i would say no but i think, like everyone else that it could be specific to that place. check it out for yourself.


  • My daughter starts Kindy next year and even though she has been in daycare none of the schools I have spoken to, and I have spoken to countless schools, have said they have to be in daycare before or even at the same time as when the kindergarten starts.


  • No, that’s not true. Not unless she’s talking about a specific kindergarten with their own rules.


  • I went to visit a private kindergarten yesterday for 3 year old kindergarten in 2016.
    They run 1 session a week and recommended children also do a second day at day care or creche, to help them with the transision structured play


  • Mum56312 has explained it perfectly.
    My daughter will be starting private kinder next year and has never been to day care. My neighbours kids have all gone to kinder without attending daycare


  • I was unaware of this!


  • it depends on if it is a kinder or daycare kinder. it is not need for the child to have attended a daycare if it is a kinder run privately( not attached to a daycare service) it is a personal choice. My kids attend a community kinder and the is no such rule for independant kinders as for as i know. yoy just have to have them enrolled by a certain age to get a spot. But for working mums they might need the kid to attend a full daycare one.
    . But it is true if the child is attending a kinder service provided by the daycare centre. This is where they attend the daycare service and have a few special kinder sessions as part of the daycare service. If the child isnt a member of the daycare service they will not get a spot in the kinder sessions as kids who attend the service already get first round spots and it fills up very quickly due to the amount of working parent that need the spots.

    • Thanks mom…. this is so useful…thanks for such a detailed comment message :)


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