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Pre-school enrolment shenanigans

By Madam Cholet - 29 October 2012 25

I enrolled young Master Cholet at Isabella Pre-School earlier this year. Thankfully the little tyke has been accepted and is very much looking forward to being a big boy at big school. At this stage he attends a fabulous long daycare facility that does also provide pre-school education for his age group – but at a large cost. So obviously our major reason for wanting him to attend two days at an equally reputable government facility was the mitigation of some of the costs.

But here’s my gripe…at the same time I enrolled him at pre-school, I also filled out forms for before and after school care – an absolute must, given that we work a tad longer than the hours of the pre-school. His enrollment in pre-school was confirmed in July. His enrollment in before and after care is yet to be confirmed. I was advised that confirmation could be as late as October, but a conversation with the school today has now put that expectation back to the first two weeks of November.

I understand that the school relies on existing parents to provide information for them to be able to ascertain the new places, but is it really necessary to keep parents who have very little room to move with regards to childcare hanging on until the last before making offers. The person I spoke to today agreed that they had a lot of parents ‘in the same boat’, when I raised the point that if we don’t get a place in before and after care that we probably wouldn’t be able to take up the pre-school offer. Given that we have already had to confirm that our son will be leaving his current day care at the end of January, we really will be up the creek without a paddle. To boot, I understand that the people in charge of before and after care are a different organisation (Communities@work), however, it is the schools day care centre (not the government pre-school), who deals with those enrollments. Communities@work only refer you back to the school until your place has been confirmed.

Is it too much to ask that organisations offering critical services to parents actually get their act together and try to be of help rather than hindrance? This must happen every year – it’s not a new process, so why do they seem surprised by it? I expect as the person I spoke to on the phone said, we are not the only ones waiting on this info – you would have thought that this would be a point for them to note.

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25 Responses to
Pre-school enrolment shenanigans
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Alderney 3:23 pm
29 Oct 12
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Agree whole heartedly. Master Alderney is in the same boat. Hopefully we’ll have a paddle.

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allyroger 4:55 pm
29 Oct 12
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Was completely in the same boat last year. Ended up not using Government pre school and paying the $ as it was too much of a risk. The only possible way to make it all work is to every organisation abide by the same deadlines – and thats just not going to happen.

Flamesuit on for “procreators must pay” comments or “you should be at home”

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Madam Cholet 5:13 pm
29 Oct 12
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Thanks for your comments Allyroger, although I’m not filled with confidence! I am however suited and booted and ready for the flame throwers! I did think of addressing it in my post but thought that might only add to the ferociousness of the flames.

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grunge_hippy 5:29 pm
29 Oct 12
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Isabella Plains ECS has a childcare centre next door to it (also run by comms@work). Have you asked if they have a place available? Although from memory, you have to pay for a full day of care even if you only use before and after school care… well that’s what it was 2 years ago when my daughter was at both. Maybe now that they are run by the same organisation, they might have organised to take over any overflow from both between the 2 centres and not charge for a full day.

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Madam Cholet 6:04 pm
29 Oct 12
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Grunge_hippy…i am actually talking about Isabella ECS!

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joingler 7:38 pm
29 Oct 12
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I work in Before/After School care at a public school on northside. We are an external company that has a contract with the school.

We had to get special clearance before accepting children younger than kindergarten this year. This frustrated the parents but it was for licensing reasons- basically they are concerned that we can’t provide a service suitable for kids aged 3 to 12. I am unsure what C@W policies are but is it possible it is something similar going on?

Even if it is though, they are being pretty disrespectful to you for not being honest.

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Watson 9:24 pm
29 Oct 12
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Bit too late now, but I’m just wondering why you told daycare that he would leave before you had confirmation? It wouldn’t have affected them if you had waited because everyone knows that daycare spots are as rare as hens teeth.

If they have a waiting list you should be alright. I am pretty sure we were only able to enroll for Afters at the primary school a couple of months before the year started.

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sepi 10:06 pm
29 Oct 12
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things could be worse.

our preschool doesn’t have any access to before or after school care.

and we are yet to be informed which days we are going to get for preschool, and may not find out til January….if we get the wrong days we will just give it the flick and stick with paid preschool.

not at all impressed with the preschool enrolment process – we had to enrol in March, and it will take them 10 months to decide what days we can attend.

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Mav 8:37 am
30 Oct 12
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Totally feel the pain in this situation, we are just happy that our boy will be done with preschool and daycare come the 21st of December. We are so over paying $450/week for this, and before anyone says you get a 50% rebate you are wrong. The rebate is capped at $7500 per child per year which means it is only 50% if you somehow magically can get a place at a centre that only charges $15,000 per child per year. Our current centre is over $22,000 per child per year.

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Madam Cholet 8:41 am
30 Oct 12
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Watson….the day care he is at has already asked parents for their intentions – the form was requested back by 19 October. I felt that I had to be truthful about our intentions rather than take up a few days that should rightly go to someone else in need. For better or worse I based my my requirements on what I have pending….wishing I wasn’t so conscientious! We were already taking advantage of a favour from someone who owns the child care centre who happens to be a friend – as you said places are rare and you have to get what you can.

Based on the responses it seems that there are certainly people out there who understand this dilemma, so I’m wondering why the pre-schools are so slow in making arrangements.

Sepi, I feel your pain and know of others in this predicament. Some centres provide morning and afternoon buses to pre-school – is this a possibility?

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XO_VSOP 10:36 am
30 Oct 12
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Welome to a society where strangers will raise our kids!

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crackerpants 11:34 am
30 Oct 12
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We were in the same situation with #1, it’s painful. We really wanted her to go to the local preschool (where she will attend primary school), but to make it work with restrictions on days, my work and #2’s daycare days…well, it was doing my head in and a spreadsheet was required. My solution…another year of mat leave for next year. Which only defers the pain of course!

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DoityBoid 12:29 pm
30 Oct 12
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XO_VSOP said :

Welome to a society where strangers will raise our kids!

If you’re able to be able to have a >$300K mortgage, kids, and a stay at home parent, please tell me how.
The days of the single working parent family are over, and these days, both parents usually have full time jobs.

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crackerpants 1:00 pm
30 Oct 12
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DoityBoid said :

XO_VSOP said :

Welome to a society where strangers will raise our kids!

If you’re able to be able to have a >$300K mortgage, kids, and a stay at home parent, please tell me how.
The days of the single working parent family are over, and these days, both parents usually have full time jobs.

Don’t buy into it. You’ll never convince some people that it’s ok (even desirable) for both parents to work while raising kids. Or that preschool teachers/daycare workers are not strangers, but much-loved presences in children’s lives, part of the new “village”. Their minds are made up, and modern parents are the root of society’s ills.

Having said that, my grandmother was a preschool (kindy) teacher. In the fifties. I don’t think they’d invented the word “outsourcing” then though.

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wildturkeycanoe 2:35 pm
30 Oct 12
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DoityBoid said :

XO_VSOP said :

Welome to a society where strangers will raise our kids!

If you’re able to be able to have a >$300K mortgage, kids, and a stay at home parent, please tell me how.
The days of the single working parent family are over, and these days, both parents usually have full time jobs.

3 kids, $350k+ mortgage, 1 income. It’s difficult but not impossible. Why the mortgage is only $50/week more than rent for similar house in our area. If you can afford to have a second parent at work, still pay $450/week for childcare, the second income must be pretty good to make it worthwhile. Otherwise you might as well stay at home and make $150/week in family payment. If the second job doesn’t take home more than $600/week, why even bother, it just doesn’t add up.

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