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Author Topic: Childcare advice please  (Read 1242 times)
« on: 17 April 2017, 20:37:53 PM »
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Hi all,

This is my first post here, so please forgive me if it's in the wrong place Smiley

My family and I are due to move over to Singapore next month from Australia and I'm after some childcare advice for my 2.5 year old. Here in Australia I had been lucky enough to negotiate a 4 day work week with my employer - working 2 days a week from home, so my daughter is currently attending daycare the other 2 days. However, both my husband and I will be working full time in Singapore, so will need to organise childcare for our little one.

I like the idea of daycare as I think it is a great learning and social environment for kids and my daughter currently loves it. I have also heard that in Singapore, many people employ nannies who can look after the kids during the day. I am not entirely comfortable with that idea though as I don't trust just anyone to watch my child. However, I would not like her to attend daycare for 5 full days. I think that would be too much for her. Would it be crazy for me to think about hiring a nanny for a couple of days a week, and enrolling her in daycare for the remaining, so she gets the best of both worlds? I'm hoping I can work from home one day a week, but will have to check that with my employer, so ideally she would only need care 4 days a week.

Additionally are daycare centres pretty easy to get in? Are there often long waiting lists? Does anybody have any advice or experience using any either a nanny or a daycare centre? Sorry for the long post, but any advice would be greatly appreciated.


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