I haven't approached nurseries yet and I'm only just beginning to look around and think about what we want.
I was wondering if it is typical to have to put my child on a waiting list for a nursery place and how long that wait might be? I'm aware that ratios for babies mean that most nurseries have less places available for children under 2 so I'm not sure how long I might have to wait. I'm thinking of going back to work when baby is around 9 months old but have no idea how soon I might have to make a decision about which nursery I want my baby to go to.
I was advised by a colleague to look asap, as she had had to come back to work Mon, Wed, Fri because they were the only days she could get, which was a bit hotch potch for everyone.
We looked when DS was about 3 weeks old, loved our local village nursery and booked him in a few days later. Over a year later, no regrets.
The important thing is to find somewhere you are happy with. I don't think you can book in too soon, but you could be too late.
You can get a list of registered child care providers in your area from your local authority Family Information Service - may also be called Children's and Young People Info Service, something along those lines.
No waiting list could be several things - - Taking on more staff/space to reduce waiting list - Low birth rate in area for a particular year - Parents being made redundant - Another nursery or CM setting up nearby - Nursery not very good!