I am currently 20 weeks pregnant & wondering how far ahead I need to plan. Should I be thinking about daycare & school already? How far in advance do I need to put her name down for pre-school & school?


Posted by Peace.Love.Empathy., 25th June 2014


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  • depends on your preference for private. some are from birth!



  • Depends on where you live and the demand



  • Depending on how soon you wish to return to work after having Bub, then maybe you should look at investigating day cares especially if you want a specific one. School not until one and half to two years before they are to go



  • It depends on where you live and the availability for child care. No harm in ringing them just to ask and they may be able to give you an indication about school wait times too. In country areas it seams to be a lot easier than the city to find placement.



  • I think it depends where you live. I didn’t look into daycare or pre-schools etc until I needed them (which was when my son was about 12 months)



  • That’s a great question. I am 27 weeks & was told a few weeks ago to start thinking about child care, however after speaking with friends who live in the same area as we do, they seemed to not have any issues in getting their kids in to child care, as opposed to the person who suggested it. She lives a lot closer to the city in a much younger area than what we do.
    I definitely don’t want to start thinking about anything beyond that yet, though – I’ll get to that eventually! Especially seeing as we’re choosing to send our kids to local public schools, in which case they have to be accepted.



  • This depends on a variety of factors including location, choice of daycare, prestige of daycare etc. Many preschools in many areas do have long waiting lists so if you would be thinking of heading back to work in the first year contact as soon as babies born. They usually need birth certificates and immunisation certificates to register so I think it may still be too early but you could always find out.



  • Pre-School the year before, same with school and daycare I am not sure as we didn’t put our children into it



  • This will totally depend upon your individual area, If you are in an affluent area with limited places certialy get into it now! I also dont think I have ever heard anyone say “oh we are too prepared!”



  • I’m so happy for you. you do not need to anxious about those , you should know more information about a newborn . The child’s world is very wonderful!



  • I think you need to enjoy your pregnancy, wait till the baby is born and you enjoy her.then worry about this.



  • Following this post. It’s never too early :)



  • If your not going to be a stay at home mum I would start looking at a daycare as there is limited spaces.



  • Well, You do not need to be in a rush if you are a stay at home mum, however if you a working mum with limited time for maternity leave. looking around now for a good daycare for baby would helpp to put your mind at rest so that when you have to go back to work after birth, you can rest, assured that she’s in the best hands possible. Have a safe delivery.



  • i would say that its too early but hey if u want to and Can do it, why not. just have fun while you can though


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