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#1 ilovejellybean

Posted 30 April 2012 - 06:02 PM

Hi
I urgently need help finding childcare. Does anyone have recommendations for the Athelstone/Newton/Campbelltown area?
I have tried IL Nido but they have a huge waiting list...
Feel free to PM me.
Thanks

#2 Bathsheba52

Posted 30 April 2012 - 06:13 PM

Keep calling. In my experience the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Waiting list smaiting list! Be flexible - they only have a Monday - take it! Foot in the door. Be polite, and firm, but not at all whiny. Are you eligible for a priority place eg returning to study, low income? Use any edge you have. Try calling your local Federal Member of Parliament's office - if they are so keen to get women back in the workforce, they should understand what you are up against!

#3 Expelliarmus

Posted 30 April 2012 - 06:19 PM

Have you tried the centre on Gorge Road at Campbelltown? A quick google tells me it is #24, 8336 9570      

It used to be an ABC but now it's something else.

Yay, found the website! http://www.goodstart.org.au/centres/campbelltown/overview

There isn't a lot in the area, tbh. Try either Payneham/Magill (there's one at the uni) or the Modbury side of the Torrens.

#4 ilovejellybean

Posted 30 April 2012 - 06:28 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. I have seen the one at Campbelltown, I was hoping I could get some insider feedback from people who may have used certain child care centres. I also have my name down for the Campbelltown Community Child Care Centre. I'm feeling so stressed about having to return to work. We only need one day and still finding it hard to get in sad.gif.

#5 Becstarinator

Posted 30 April 2012 - 06:39 PM

I would suggest going in to every centre in the suburb and surrounding ones.  It is harder to say no to your face especially if you only want one day.  Also lets the centre director/staff meet you and see that you genuinely need a spot.

#6 Expelliarmus

Posted 30 April 2012 - 06:41 PM

QUOTE (ilovejellybean @ 30/04/2012, 06:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks for the suggestions. I have seen the one at Campbelltown, I was hoping I could get some insider feedback from people who may have used certain child care centres. I also have my name down for the Campbelltown Community Child Care Centre. I'm feeling so stressed about having to return to work. We only need one day and still finding it hard to get in sad.gif.

I travelled to Pooraka Community Childcare Centre - there's not a lot available in the area.

#7 Kant Anchor Us

Posted 30 April 2012 - 07:09 PM

QUOTE (Becstarinator @ 30/04/2012, 07:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I would suggest going in to every centre in the suburb and surrounding ones.  It is harder to say no to your face especially if you only want one day.  Also lets the centre director/staff meet you and see that you genuinely need a spot.


Im pretty sure everyone on the list genuinely needs a spot? But yeah they seem to be more accomodating if you only want 1 or 2 days

We had a SERIOUS problem finding a place with my work hours and the fact that DH doesnt drive but those factors didnt move us up the list at all, and none of the centres seemed to really care. But we found a spot in one a few suburbs over we are really happy with.

I have heard the goodstart one in campbelltown is good  original.gif

#8 ilovejellybean

Posted 30 April 2012 - 07:13 PM

QUOTE (howdo @ 30/04/2012, 06:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I travelled to Pooraka Community Childcare Centre - there's not a lot available in the area.


Howdo, did you need more than one day a week? I really hope I don't have to go further out because I work in the city so would prefer a place near home...It's looking like I might have to now sad.gif

#9 ilovejellybean

Posted 30 April 2012 - 07:17 PM

QUOTE (Soccer Mum @ 30/04/2012, 07:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have heard the goodstart one in campbelltown is good  original.gif


I'm going to give them a call tomorrow. The Campbelltown area does sound really hard to get into when it comes to childcare. My sister in law had no trouble finding care for her children but she lives in another area.

#10 bikingbubs

Posted 30 April 2012 - 07:19 PM

you could try all the places on the way into the city rsther than going further out since you go that way anyway original.gif when i was looking there were quite a few in magill/st peters/payneham that had vacancies

#11 Expelliarmus

Posted 30 April 2012 - 07:26 PM

QUOTE (ilovejellybean @ 30/04/2012, 07:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Howdo, did you need more than one day a week? I really hope I don't have to go further out because I work in the city so would prefer a place near home...It's looking like I might have to now sad.gif

When I started I think they were in 2 days a week. I had them in 1-2 days a week mostly, except when I needed more for uni placements. The reason I went out of area was there simply wasn't any centres around. You going via bus to work? There's a centre near Paradise Interchange but it's run by Paradise Community Church. Gillies Plains CCC is also supposed to be v good and not too far from the interchange.

#12 ilovejellybean

Posted 30 April 2012 - 07:39 PM

Thanks I'm going to try Payneham and Magill area too. Howdo I'll be driving to work.
Thanks to everyone for their suggestions.

#13 Kant Anchor Us

Posted 30 April 2012 - 07:44 PM

QUOTE (howdo @ 30/04/2012, 08:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
When I started I think they were in 2 days a week. I had them in 1-2 days a week mostly, except when I needed more for uni placements. The reason I went out of area was there simply wasn't any centres around. You going via bus to work? There's a centre near Paradise Interchange but it's run by Paradise Community Church. Gillies Plains CCC is also supposed to be v good and not too far from the interchange.

The paradise one had a waiting list when I was looking about a year ago, Id say it still has being opposite the interchange. There are a couple around Gilles plains actually! Theres a community one which looked good on NERD by the primary schol and it had places but didnt work for us with DH not driving. I think there is also one at the tafe.

#14 Dionysus

Posted 30 April 2012 - 07:52 PM

I used the ABC at Payneham for a bit. Great place, lovely staff and was easy to get 1 then 2 days when I needed. I used to then drive to klemzig interchange and take the obahn into town

We are now at il Nido which is great. Keep trying there, they have just taken down the board that said absolutely no vacancies, so maybe it has loosened up a bit

Edited by **Mel**, 30 April 2012 - 07:53 PM.


#15 ilovejellybean

Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:31 PM

Mel - how long did you have to wait to get into il nido?

#16 Dionysus

Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:42 PM

Um...you are going to hate me, but not long.

Case of right place, right time I think.

I needed 2 days in the 2-3 yr old room.  Rang last Nov, started in Jan.  At the same time my friend wanted a Thurs in the 3-4 yr old room and couldn't get one.  Still doesn't have one I think.

#17 ilovejellybean

Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:11 PM

I need the under 2 rooms, and from talking to different centres this age group is very hard to get into. Il Nido told me that there was a 2 year wait for under 2's.

#18 Dionysus

Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:15 PM

yeah, the under 2 rooms are tough to get into all over the place I hear.

Though, as I said before I got straight into ABC Payneham into the babies room.  Rang one week and could pick my start date.

#19 libbylu

Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:23 PM

In my experience Monday is the most available day, followed by Friday.  If you are willing to take either of these days, you might be in with a better chance.  Then once you are in you get priority to change days over anyone new coming in.  Our centre last year had two free places on a Monday for most of the year and one free on a Friday.  All other days were full all year.

#20 fairymagic

Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:28 PM

Have you thought about looking into Family Day Care in your area while waiting for a spot in the childcare centre. Might be worth considering so that it is local to you = you never know, you might prefer it over a childcare centre as well??


#21 Heather11

Posted 01 May 2012 - 06:07 PM

Have you checked out places close to your work?

Seeing as you are driving to work I would think having your child in care close to work would be more convenient if you need to do an early pick up for illness.  It would also mean a shorter day in care because you won't have to factor in the travelling to and from work to the childcare centre.  I know it will still cost the same amount but it may be the difference from picking your child up at 5.10pm to 5.40pm.

#22 ilovejellybean

Posted 01 May 2012 - 09:32 PM

Thanks for all the advice ladies. I managed to get a place at the Goodstart Child Care at Campbelltown yay! Now to work out what child care rebate and or child care benefit, it's so confusing!




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