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    Default How to get your child a place in childcare/preschool

    http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/par...-1226648165937

    Is this woman insane?


    Don't be fooled into thinking you can just call up, put your name down and wait for the offers to roll in. It's not like queuing for a bus; daycare waiting lists are arbitrary things and if they like you, you're more likely to get a spot. "By filling in a form, you're another number," says Udy. "As soon as you know when you're going back to work, go in and say 'hello'. Take your baby so they can see how cute he is. Tell them how he sleeps a lot and hardly ever poos!"

    As someone who has worked in this profession for a long time I am shocked that the CEO of a large organisation would say this, does she have any idea!!?? Waiting lists are not arbitrary, they are regulated through our funding agreements that we will apply the priority of access to all children, as is pointed out in another paragraph

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    Daycare centres are legally required to give priority to those in need. If you're a single, working mum and don't have any immediate family support, you have a better chance of being offered a place than someone who doesn't rely on a full-time salary. Priority is also given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, low-income families and children in families that include a person with a disability.

    Some of the other points are valid but the best advice I would give to parents is to get in early and put your name down everywhere. Sure go and visit and talk to services, if you do fit a priority make sure they are aware of it but I would be very wary of a service that you can 'talk' your way into!!!

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    a bit off topic, but it reminded me of a few conversations I have had with friends getting their kids into private schools... a large donation later and they are suddenly at the top of the list..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minchi View Post
    a bit off topic, but it reminded me of a few conversations I have had with friends getting their kids into private schools... a large donation later and they are suddenly at the top of the list..
    I guess private schools don't try and hide the fact they are selective but early childhood education and care has legislated guidelines which help make it a level playing field - which it should be

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    The comment on not even waiting until your 12 week scan just put your name down is not necessarily true either. We didnt take waiting list applications for people wantinh care more than 12 months in advance as our waiting list was unmanageable it was so large and its not sn accurate reflection of wait times because circumstances change a lit in 12+ months and then as a director you spend countless hours calling people who dont want care anymore or details are not correct. Also our policy (I wrote the policy) was that if you didn't call to say bub was born and the details you were taken off the wait list. I made that policy after having one too many phone calls to people who miscarried.

    I also agree with OP that I wouldn't trust a centre that favoritises people and doesn't follow priority of access rules.

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    this whole "waiting list" BAFFLES me!
    DS1 just turned three. I am a SAHM at the moment as I also have a 6 month old. In january I decided to put DS1 into childcare one day a week for socialisation. Was recommended a popular place by my girlfriend, booked in, did orientation and he started, every wednesday. Have just put him in Mondays as well. And I live in outer SE melbourne, BIG baby boom area.

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    Well I'm at a severe disadvantage only finding out I was pregnant at 6 mths. I have to go back to work in October because DS was such a surprise we hadn't planned very well. I'm currently on 40 waiting lists for childcare! It's so frustrating, some places charge to wait list-which in principal I understand, it helps to know you're serious, but some places don't refund you if they can't offer a place?so we have spent nearly $500 to be on waiting lists! I've gone suburbs away but really want it to be close so hubby can pick him up every afternoon! Some places I've called have been so rude, like as if they have places available. "Oh you could go on the wait list but there are 240 families before you so..." Sorry big vent!!! I never knew it was going to be so hard. I would rather be enjoying the time with Lachie not ringing up, emailing, and visiting centres. Any suggestions would be welcomed


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    Did you have specific days or were you flexible?
    Very few centres run above 90-95% occupancy. The problem is they may have lots of people on thr wait list but they want days that are not avail or they don't want the days until 6 months from now but thr centre has to fill spots ASAP to keep running. Also generally younger age groups are fully booked whereas more places are available in 3yrs+ rooms ad thrme child to educator ratio is higher. Also many kinder children are in government kinder a 2-3 days a week and only need private childcare the other days which creates gaps.

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    Can I ask what suburb in vic you are in.feel free to PM me if you prefer

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    Lachie will be 8 mths so in the babies room, which I know are likely to be always full! I've pretty much said on every form that I need 3 days, any don't care, can be flexible. I've just been shocked at how hard it is, I live in Melbourne a west so def a family dominated area. Think I may have to sneak him into work under my desk!!!!


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    Oh I live in Altona meadows near point cook, have looked in point cook, Altona, Altona north, Altona meadows, Newport, williamstown, derrimut, tarneit, truganina, Werribee, hoppers crossing, Williams landing...


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