Agree it's worthwhile checking how busy your local nurseries are. We had no trouble booking a place for DS 4 months in advance, but demand varies from place to place. We did have to pay a booking fee though, which the nursery said was only refunded if we took up the nursery place.
When I was looking for a nursery place I could get limited days by booking 9 months in advance or any days I liked if I booked further ahead than a year. Was a bit shocked tbo and presume people book when pregnant.
Doesn't mean things will be as busy where you are, but worth checking. Booking meant filling in a form with my contact details, the age, sex etc of my child, days I wanted and approx start date. Was free to book.
I think I would find a job first then look for childcare. If it takes a while to find a job, you could be paying out a fortune in fees when you don't need to. However, that said, I don't know what the demand for places are in your area!! Good luck!
I have a 4 month old daughter and was made redundant last year a few months before she was born.
I am looking to be a stay at home mum for a while and start a new job by next year Jan 2014, but unsure which order to do this:
Should I :
1. place her in a nursery/childminder 1st then look for a job or 2. Have a job first then place her in a nursery/childminder??
I am so confused I am a 1st time mum and thinking about money issues to afford to place her in nursery/childminder when I do not have the money or look for part-time work which I am looking to go into part time not full time until she is settled more and I feel more comfortable with the idea in going back to work full on.