SallyS... Have you got a list of registered childminders? I moved house a couple of years ago and had a bit of a nightmare finding someone who could take on my two dds - one full-time and one with pick-up from (and sometimes drop-off at) nursery school. I basically wasted about 2 days phoning every single childminder on the list, until I found one about 3 or 4 who could take them. Then I interviewed all the ones who could actually take them, and the one they are with now immediately stood out as being a generally lovely person. (My elder dd cries now if she doesn't get to see her for a few days!) It is boring as hell ringing round people, but hopefully you'll get there in the end. Have you tried hanging around outside the school at kicking-out time and asking people who 'look like childminders' (easy to spot, as they usually have an improbable number of children of similar ages - either they're a childminder or they've had quins !) and ask them if they will have vacancies for your gorgeous daughter in September. Alternatively, does your uni not have a nursery? Most will have places for students with children. I thought (but could be wrong) that schools weren't allowed to discriminate against children based on whether or not they'd been at the school's nursery. The admissions process at 4-5 should be totally separate from the nursery thing - since nursery education is not compulsory. (You could try asking about this on the 'Education' board... I'm sure someone will know.) Are you in the catchment area for the school? Good luck with it all.
hello sally just another question... can you ahve two child care options on the funding form? i dont know about the degree but as a diploma student there is only one option? and a max amount for funding which with DD is just about the max for a full time place! I get neighbours to drop DD at school when im on an early and to collect her when im on a late. do you know anyone else at nursery? who woul do the same?
have just just had to move my ds from his beloved nursery so can access more childminders. He has loved his first week, not impressed with the second the novelty has worn off but after picking him up today he's said that he does like his new nursery.
I felt awful for doing it at first but in the end once get through course he will be reaping the benefits of a better wage coming into the house opening up more opportunities for him as he gets older.
My current childminder did the same thing the sharp intake of breath part. Being at the mercy of others is an absolute sh*** but just think of the end result. How yours and your families life will be improved by the efforts you'll be putting in.
Fingers crossed for you not havin to move nurseries!