In the months leading up to his return, I had the boys in fdc one day a week and the carer knew I wanted to stretch it out to 5 days upon his return. She kept pushing me for a date, but I couldn't give her one because we were waiting to hear from df's work. She just told me one morning that she could no longer give them the spots as she found some kids who would continue to need her the year after, whereas I wouldn't because my boys were going to kinder. I got mad and pulled them out of their one day with her on the spot.
So then I tried a cousin on a friend, who said she really wanted the job. I couldn't get them into any centre, they were all full. Why there are only 2 centres in a town with 4 primary schools I will never know?!
Her first day was easy- I was only at work for a few hours. But within that few hours she must have decided she didn't like being a carer. The next day she texted me telling me she didn't want to do it any more.
A few weeks later, sil got me in contact with a mum from her school who was trying to set up her own fdc. She agreed to take on my boys.
That lasted maybe 3 weeks before she told me she felt like her own 3 year old was missing out on her time and she didn't want to do it any more.
So then I got onto a lady on the other side of town who said she could take them into her fdc, but their spots had a time limit because she had two kids returning on x date. That lasted maybe a month before she said the other kids came back early and she couldn't have them any more.
So then I found a lady through a mum at my school who had them for me until the end of the year. She was great and I was so grateful to her.
I then had all the school holidays to find someone but it wasn't easy. Centres were still a no-go. I got onto another friend of a mum at school and she watched them for me 2 days a week, the other days they were at kinder.
The absolute stress and heartache it caused me is massive. I feel stressed now just thinking about it. Not to mention all the time off I had to have from work when these people just pulled out on me suddenly.
I am actively job hunting now, and already stressing about what I will do with dd and there isn't even a prospective job yet!
Daycare in this country is ridiculous. There are no way near enough spaces and the cost is exorbitant. I tell you what, I think the best new business to open to ensure you always have clients would be a daycare centre.
Sorry, here endeth my rant.