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My nearly 2 year old started daycare 2 days a week back in Feb, just weeks after we had our 2nd bub. I must admit I am a big fan mostly of daycare. He has grown up so much in the past few months and his speech is getting better all the time. However I am seeing some massive downfalls as well. He has started spitting at our baby and my hubby and myself, he hits which he has never really done before and he seems to be constantly sick. Now I knew he would get sick, and that is to be expected but I now see why people send their kids to daycare sick, work does not care if your kids are sick, you are still not there. AND we are still expected to pay full price for the day our child has missed!!!! Not impressed with that at all. Wish it was all easier, but nothing is perfect :)


Posted by ange s, 1st May 2013


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  • I couldn’t agree more. Our son ha adjust turned 2 we put him in at about 20months old and in just 4 short months with only 1-2 days a week at daycare my husband has been hospitalised when my son brought home gastro for us all to catch including my now 5month old who was only 1 month at the time and just this last week after one day of daycare became sick with a really nasty cough. He is coughing and coughing, coughed all over my 5month old who was hospitalised on the 1st and 2nd of January. I’m in 2 minds at the moment but it’s not worth having him in there!


    • Our little one started doing those things before she started daycare. It seems they are testing boundaries and we have to be firm in dealing with it. We were initially advised to ignore it and she would lose interest when she wasn’t given any attention. That didn’t work. We resorted to sitting her in one spot for a few minutes with no toys (we started at 2 minutes and gradually increased it until she saw that we weren’t relenting and she gave up). They do tend to get sick at daycare but do gradually build up some immunity by the time they start school. Otherwise they seem to miss more school which delays their learning process.

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  • I here you although my child is not in day care yet he will be soon and im very worried about going back to work and leaving him all day, I see a few little kids that push and hit and it worries me my baby will get hit to so sad us mums have to leave our children in care but sometimes we have no other choice.

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  • I hear what you’re saying, it’s not easy. Child care workers also aren’t given a great wage either, if this was different I’d most likely have stayed being one. It doesn’t seem fair, I’ve often thought about this, surely there has to a simpler way. This may sound strange but I think a crèche for children who are sick would be ok :)


    • A crèche for sick kids, a bit like a hospital perhaps?

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  • It is hard when you first start your child in childcare and they seem to get one bug after another. Being a working mum is such a juggling act!

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  • The reason you still have to pay for days your child is sick, is because the daycare centre are still required to pay their staff for being there even if your child is not. Most daycare centres will allow you half fees if you give them 14 days notice, this is because rosters are written 2 weeks in advance and changes can be made to save on wages if children will be absent.

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  • if kids are sick leave them at home. I know its hard sometime .

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