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waiting times for nurseries

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gallicgirl Sun 21-Nov-10 21:51:53

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.


MoonUnitAlpha Sun 21-Nov-10 21:54:11

It really depends - my excellent local children's centre nursery has a 12 month waiting list for under 2s.

Only way you'll know is to call your local nurseries and ask.

BikeRunSki Sun 21-Nov-10 21:58:51

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.

gallicgirl Sun 21-Nov-10 22:12:09

Thanks. I meant to ask as well that would you worry that a nursery without a waiting list was maybe not very good?

I'll check out FIS and I know to check Ofsted reports and so on.

BikeRunSki Sun 21-Nov-10 22:20:45

Vist some places and see how you feel too.

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!

mnistooaddictive Sun 21-Nov-10 22:28:33

Around here none of them had a waiting list, so don't let if put you off.

milly44 Fri 26-Nov-10 15:29:39

Depends where you are but in a good nursery expect to be on a waiting list for between 6 months and 1 year for under 2s.

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