I'm 20 weeks pregnant, recently moved to Melbourne from the UK (got pregnant just as I started my new job - bad timing I know!) and starting to get my head around childcare arrangements.
My main tactic has been to get my name on the council lists - I need to look at private options as well. The question I'm getting asked is 'what days do you need childcare on'. I don't know yet as my work hasn't decided if they will take me back (I don't have enough service to get parental leave), and if they will, what days I can negotiate.
I am starting to panic that I can't get anything, let alone a decent quality childcare centre that I like. I don't want to endanger my chances of getting my job back but I want to work 3/4 days a week if I can. What is the best tactic, put 5 days on the childcare application for all the wait lists and then change the days at a later date, or put down that I don't know yet which may harm my chances of getting a place?
Does anyone have experience of this? Can anyone reassure me of my chances of getting a place in childcare in Feb 2015?!
Thanks in advance!