View Full Version : I need help, no DAYCARE available
My daughter is currently in daycare full time but we are moving and i have her on about 8 waiting lists in our new suburb in Moonee ponds VIC. I am running out of time and options as both my husband and i work full time and i have another child due Oct 1. Are there any family care care centres around, how do i find out about them and what is the going rate. We lived in NY for a bit and found it quite easy to find a mum that looks after a few kids at $5 per hour. Any advise would be great.
Not sure how it works down there, but the Queensland Government has a tonne of info on all the childcare facilities (both centre and home based) that you can search through. I would think that there would be a sim resource in Victoria, you should be able to search for it from the main gov homepage.
If that also fails, someone else posted that she knows of people who temporarily get a nanny until childcare places come up (which may get you out of trouble).
Hope this helps
I have been having the same problem and I am only going back two days a week. Have managed to get care but different carer's which is not ideal but ok for the short tearm. There is a government child care access hotline line you can call for more information 1800 670 305 they give you numbers for surrounding daycare options etc. Hope this helps otherwise a friend got a nanny for two boys by advertising in the local paper for $15 an hour she did the ref etc cheeks herself. She said most expected to be paid between $10 and $18 an hour this way she did not have to pay the $600 odd finders fee some agency's charge it only took advertising for one weekend.
Try contacting the local council as they (well in NSW they are) are in charge of the family day care scheme. In NSW you ring the local council up and they add you to the wait list and then when a spot comes up they give your name to the fdc office who will contact you to arrage for you to come in and have a interview/meeting with them then they will arrange for you to go and meet up with fdc mums who have positions available so you can meet them and then you can decide on who you feel the most comfortable with leaving your child with, im sure it would be similiar to VIC.
Also advertising in the local paper for a nanny might be worth a try aswell.
I know excalty what you mean... But i will be in a different state. My husband and i are moving to Nowra in August, and there is no vacancies for my two girls, and i have to return to work as soon as possible. There is a vacancy for the older one but not the younger one. I have them on the waiting list for family daycare just hope there is spots soon.
I am in similiar situation and not returning to work until the end of the year (hopefully). Am on as many waiting lists as possible..
Try contacting your local council, which I think is Moonee Valley City Council. They have information on child care services (including contact numbers) at www.mooneevalley.vic.gov.au. The number for information on Family Day Care in that area is 9243 8888. Best of luck!!
Mum to Jack, 7 months old today!
I was offered a great job recently and had no day care available (we are on lists but when I rang they said we might have a spot in a year from now!) so we have employed a nanny, which is working really well. Although it is more expensive than a centre, you can reduce your costs by nanny sharing. You can also check with your local family day care scheme and see if they have an in-home care option which is when they provide a carer for your child in your own home. Again you can see if it is possible to share the carer with another family and reduce your costs. The advtange of in-home care is that you can claim the child care rebate for it, which you normally can't do with a nanny.
I am finding having a nanny to be a very stress free option (compared to last year when I was taking my daughter out to care) as I walk out the door each morning leaving the girls in their pyjamas, eating their breakfast and planning their day instead of me trying to get everyone dressed and out the door with bags packed.
Does anyone want to share a nanny with me? I am looking for a nanny to take care of my daughter (5 months) Thursdays and Fridays starting end Jan 2006. I live in the Mosman area of Sydney.
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