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Long Daycare options (and pre school question)

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#1 inabind

Posted 06 February 2017 - 12:46 PM

Hi all
I know there have been a few threads on this but some are a bit old so looking for some up to date information.

We are making the "C" change and moving to Canberra from Sydney.  I have a 4yo son so we are in need of long daycare and I've looked at a few options but hoping for some feedback.  My job is on the northside but inner north so I'm flexible with where we live (renting) and thus, daycare.  I'm coming from a ridiculous commute in Sydney so driving to and from daycare isn't too much of a concern. He'll be three days a week.  Have looked at:-

AIS Childcare - yeh, nah ... didn't overly me impress me with some very lost looking little kiddies and ALOT of crying. I know it's early in the year so that will happen but didn't fill with confidence.

Bruce Ridge (at the hospital) - lovely staff, a little bit pokey but overall not bad.

YMCA Jamison - not too bad, the gym there looked lots of fun ! Culturally diverse educators and kids, which appeals.

MOCCA, Manuka - have some vacancies and have heard very good things.

Capital Hill Childcare - don't know much except that we would be given some level of priority as DH will be working on staff at APH.

Petit Journey (sp. ?) Barton
Recommended by an employee of my new workplace.  No knowledge of
the centre or waitlist.

Pre-school is difficult for us as pick ups and drop offs won't suit our work timing.  I have made a couple of calls however and the two I spoke to are 'full'.  How is that the case ? I assumed they were like schools and had to take kids that live in area.  Also school holidays would be super-tricky.

Any intel greatly appreciated !!!


#2 Grrrumbles

Posted 06 February 2017 - 01:20 PM

Try St Phillips at O'Connor or Nipperville at Watson. Both have good preschool programs.

I believe all public preschools in the area are full this year. You will be offered a place in Kindergarten in your zoned public school but preschool is not compulsory and is first in first served. There are often vacancies that come up during the year though, especially at Inner North schools as some families move due to postings, overseas study etc. Try and get on a waiting list and let them know you will start as soon as offered a place. Consider if they have before and after school care if that is an issue for you and whether it is full!!

#3 cait81

Posted 06 February 2017 - 04:41 PM

We are at the Guardian Centre in Forrest and it's fantastic. There is also one at Bruce which is also highly regarded.

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