Is this woman insane?
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
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!"
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!!!Know your rights
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.