We might be moving from the UK to Melbourne for my husband's work this September (I know - short notice!). We're currently looking to stay for 6-18 months.
Our son is 20 months and is attending a nursery here for 3.5 days a week and my daughter is almost 4 months so I'm at home with her.
A couple of things I wanted to run by you:
1. Where to live? My husband will work in the city centre and is not keen for a long commute. We'll be able to rent for $850-$1000 a week, ideally furnished. His colleague has suggested the following areas: St. Kilda, Port Melbourne, Albert Park, Middle Park, Brighton, Williamstown and finally Fitzroy, Carlton and Abbptsford for a more edgier option. Are they any good? Is childcare there a nightmare?
2. Childcare - how long are the waiting lists normally? If we stay for 6-18 months, will I get my son into daycare at all? He's very social so I worry about him if he has to spend all day with his baby sister and me :-(
Also so if any of you mums/dads out there have moved from abroad, do let me know about your experiences.
I'd be extremely grateful for any comments / thoughts you might have ... Is a bit tricky organising a move from the uk on such a short notice :-)