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#1 ilovemychildren

Posted 26 October 2012 - 11:03 PM

I am looking to enrol my 4 year old in preschool. Where is the listing to find the private preschools?

#2 kittycat01

Posted 26 October 2012 - 11:25 PM


You can find them here mostly (filter to preschools only)

Where abouts are you OP? I'm North shore so can help if you are around here.

You will find it difficult to get a place in the best ones as they ave waiting lists of kids from birth practically but, you can get a place eventually. They are all in process of doing enrolements right now for next year so you need to get on phone to them ASAP


#3 mamaknits

Posted 29 October 2012 - 09:59 AM

Whereabouts are you, OP? My child attended a fantastic one I am happy to recommend (north shore) - PM me if you're interested

#4 Natttmumm

Posted 29 October 2012 - 10:03 AM

usually listed on your council website - even the private ones

#5 tibs

Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:27 PM

If your child is already 4 you may have missed the boat I'm afraid sad.gif  My 2 year old has already been offered and we have accepted a preschool spot (a community preschool, Hills district).

#6 LynnyP

Posted 03 November 2012 - 06:42 PM

Many independent schools have a pre-school attached.  My daughter went to preschool at the school she now attends.

#7 ECsMum

Posted 09 November 2012 - 08:47 AM

Hi - I am also looking into the idea of a private preschool for my DD for 2014 when she will turn 3 - I am on the Sydney's north shore - PPs would you recommend any?


#8 belindarama

Posted 09 November 2012 - 08:55 AM

All the private preschools i know of in that area have already filled all their places with most sending out their offers in September or October.

You need to get into it quick to have even a small chance of a place as most of them have people on the waiting lists hoping for a cancellation.

You need to get on the waiting list a couple of years before you want the spot for most of them, particularly the very popular/well regarded ones.

#9 qak

Posted 09 November 2012 - 08:59 AM

What do you actually mean by a private preschool?  Last time I looked there was only one or two public (government run) preschools in Sydney.  I suppose most are council or community run, why wouldn't you want to go to one of those?

#10 baddmammajamma

Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:02 AM

I echo what belinda has said.

Of course there's always going to be the odd cancellation slot that opens up, but Sydney's north shore is notorious for demand exceeding supply on the preschool side.

My recommendation for you parents of little ones is to get their names down early at more than one school. Stay in regular touch with the schools to see if any spots have opened up.

My son attends a private preschool affiliated with a wonderful school (K-6; 7-12) in NW Sydney. They have just filled their slots for both 2-day preschool (kids who are three in 2013) and 3-day preschool (kids who are four in 2013 & will be starting kindergarten in 2014).

If you have an opportunity to get your three year old a spot -- even if you were originally contemplating sending your child only for the year before kindergarten -- go ahead and GRAB IT!

Good luck. It sucks that it can be such a full on process.

#11 dogsneaker

Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:12 AM

OP, not sure where abouts in the North Shore you are but I can PM my recommendations. But as the PP have said allocations have already been done for kids turning 3 (for which there are only a handful of pre-schools) and kids turning 4 next year.

We submitted our paper work for DS starting pre-school in mid 2011, confirmation of a spot was done Sept/Oct 2012. All this so that he can start (3 days a week) in 2013 sad.gif

All the best.

#12 seayork2002

Posted 09 November 2012 - 10:09 AM

My son goes to one in Carlingford

#13 tibs

Posted 09 November 2012 - 12:49 PM

QUOTE (baddmammajamma @ 09/11/2012, 10:02 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If you have an opportunity to get your three year old a spot -- even if you were originally contemplating sending your child only for the year before kindergarten -- go ahead and GRAB IT!

Good luck. It sucks that it can be such a full on process.

Yes this.  I snapped up a spot starting mid year for my son who is an August birthday so had already turned 3 - I had had him on waiting lists at half a dozen preschools at least at that stage and he wasn't top of the list but nobody ahead of us wanted to start then.  Once you are in you're in - he got a spot for a full year of 3 year old preschool the following year and is now in the 4 year old class.  My daughter will start the 3 year old class next year as a guaranteed spot due to sibling rights, so glad I don't have to revisit the getting a preschool spot saga again  biggrin.gif

#14 ~spirited~

Posted 09 November 2012 - 01:32 PM

I've been thinking about pre school recently, so I'm interested to read this thread.

DS is 18 months, but I won't send him to school until he is 5 (May birthday), so not until 2017. Assuming I'd like him to attend preschool from 3, would this mean for 2 years before school (so starting 2015) or when he turns 3 (so 2014). Either way, I am in the Strathfield area, so would be looking at preschools in the Inner West. Should I just start putting his name down next year when he turns 2? I saw one of the preschools in my area (KU Burwood) currently has a 1 year waiting list.

Thanks! I have no idea about this stuff, but really should seeing as I am a primary teacher!

#15 dogsneaker

Posted 09 November 2012 - 03:03 PM

~spirited~ I put DS name down 2 years before he started at Pre-school. So for 2013 commencement I put his name on the waitlist in 2011. So, if you want your DS to start Pre-school the year he turns 3, I would do so now. KU has a two day program for 3 year olds.

#16 ~spirited~

Posted 09 November 2012 - 04:19 PM

Thanks, I'll start calling around soon.

#17 baddmammajamma

Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:37 PM

Hi spirited:

My daughter went to KU (a North Shore branch), and we had a very positive experience there. We ended up putting her name down at several in the area & then just took the first spot that was offered to us. I get the impression that KU is very popular, so it's probably in your best interest to get some applications in soon.

Just one more thing to add to your list... wink.gif

#18 mylittlemen

Posted 13 November 2012 - 06:40 AM

QUOTE (baddmammajamma @ 09/11/2012, 10:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi spirited:

My daughter went to KU (a North Shore branch), and we had a very positive experience there. We ended up putting her name down at several in the area & then just took the first spot that was offered to us. I get the impression that KU is very popular, so it's probably in your best interest to get some applications in soon.

Just one more thing to add to your list... wink.gif

For those in the Eastern suburbs, you pretty much have to get your child's name down before they turn one to secure a KU spot. And 3yo KU spots are even harder to get in this neck of the woods.

We have ended up going with the pre school attached to the (private) primary school the kids will go to.  After accepting this, we were of course offered a KU spot - a second round spot and we had DSs name down at 8 months.

ETA - years ago my sister got a last minute spot at a north shore KU after moving house. She was lucky as they needed her child for 'gender balancing' reasons. So it's always worth trying.

Edited by mylittlemen, 13 November 2012 - 06:43 AM.

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