when to secure childcare?

posted 2 weeks ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Helper bee

Is there a local mom’s group you can join to get info about the childcare market in your area? So much depends on how common nannies are where you live and how much demand there is for nanny services. 

Are there any other daycare options you liked? We were on several waitlists at the same time (did not have to pay a deposit, just a small application fee at each place) to maximize the chance of a spot opening.

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: Dorset, UK

diana148 :  Oh it is so stressful isn’t it. I am 33 weeks pregnant and kiddo won’t be going to nursery until April 2021, I have already booked our space, MONTHS ago, because there was so little choice in our area / crazy long waiting lists. I have no suggestions re the nanny etc but I just wanted to say I feel your pain! 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

diana148 :  I had both mine booked into their nurseries before they were born and I took 12 months maternity leave.

i would see if you could find a plan B nursery and get on the list there to cover the 6 months.

or use website like childcare.co.uk to find a few options. It tends to be that nannies and childminders don’t fill up so far in advance. You might find though that a nanny is unwilling to take a 6 month position though. They’d probably prefer a longer placement. 

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

So we didn’t go the daycare route (we have a nanny) but I have several friends that did. What they did was went on SEVERAL daycare waiting lists for this very reason. Of course they had their first choice daycare, but unfortunately they couldn’t always control getting in their first choice pick at the exact time they would need to (or at all). 

Are there other daycares you can look into in your area? 

ETA: I will say that it might be difficult to find a good, reliable nanny for such a short term position. Also, from what I’ve heard about daycare, once your slot opens up you’ll basically need to take it right away and, if you don’t, they’ll give it to the next person on the waitlist. So you couldn’t even guarantee the nanny 6 months. It could be less, could be more, with almost no notice. If you do decide to go the nanny route though, that’s not something you need to look at as far in advance as daycares. 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

diana148 :  might be worth looking for a nanny share. That’s where 2 or more families club together for a nanny or where a nanny takes on another child with their ‘main’ family’s permission.

 

they may be more likely to agree to a 6 month term that way.

Post # 10
Hostess
9051 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: Dorset, UK

diana148 :  ha ha me neither! Best of luck to you 🙂 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

We’ve had several nannies. I’d say each search took around 6-8 weeks. Our first two- who were great, we sourced through care.com. Our last two came from a service. The service was quicker, since they did all the heavy lift, but we were required to sign a year contract. So, maybe try the nanny share that someone recommended or care.com. Congratulations!

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