There's no waiting lists near me, as far as I'm aware. There may be for very small children, as they tend to have a lower staff/child ratio, but she's been in 3 centres since age 3.5, and I've been able to say, "hey, can I enrol," and send her that very week.
Of course that doesn't mean that waiting lists don't exist, but they're certainly not a problem everywhere in Australia. (I'm Brisbane Northside).
There is legislation in place in Qld about priority anyway, so I'm sure that makes some dent in the issue. When DD was younger, I was asked if I could change days for a working mother, and I did. No big deal.
I've had DD in daycare for varying reasons. She's been in daycare when I've been a full-time SAHM, when I worked (albeit temporarily) and now that I'm studying. I won't apologise to anyone for the reasons I've sent her. I'm entitled to that time, and I paid for and utilised that time.
Wow. Theres waiting lists in a lot of places that I know, although in my current town theres no waiting list (some centers there are but others you can walk into).
My DD is now 6 and at prep, but in the past i have used child care as respite.
My daughter went to the center 1 day a week, 9-4, had a one on one carer, and it allowed me to get on with cleaning, shopping, erands, phone calls etc. Without that respite, nothing would have gotten done!
I understand here in WA there's a service that nannies for families with multiples can register through, and if they are you can get a rebate?? my info is really sketchy as I've never used the system here but happy to find out more if it could help.
My DD's centre has an access priority list. Its:1. Kids at risk2. Kids of single parent or working parent families who meet the work/study requirements3. Everyone else
This still doesnt change MY OPINION that I dont care what a persons reason for using daycare, home care or before/after school care is.
If I go into a centre and am told there are no place, Im not going to get into a huffy imagining some SAHM getting things done and 'taking up my spot'. That being said, like I have said, near my area (and areas I have lived/worked in) there are/have been plenty of centres within range so it wouldnt be an issue for me.
Let's just clarify- no one was getting huffy.
I said I was upset that I don't have a place and I may have to quit teaching until my own children are of school age- but I never said I was peeved at SAHM's for taking up care spots. In fact I believe I said that it's their right to use them, or something along those lines.
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