Childcare list confusion
CHILDCARE wait lists can be deceiving, according to the owner of two local centres.
Treasured Tots Child Care’s Simone O’Brien, who has centres in Fremantle and Bibra Lake, said the reason wait lists seemed to be out of control was because families would put their names down without intending to start their child on a specific date.
She said she had a wait list of 110 families when she recently moved from a 28-place centre in Fremantle to a bigger 98-place one.
“It was a surprise to see that only 15 families from the 110 were ready to enrol,” she said.
“When contacting families on the wait list, many are unreachable and those we did get hold of had either found care elsewhere or had decided not to go ahead with childcare altogether.
“The families who
legitimately need childcare are often scared off by these massive wait lists, when the reality is a lot of the families won’t go ahead with their place once it becomes available.”
She said the issue would be solved if families were more forthcoming with their intentions and removed themselves from wait lists if they had already found a place or if circumstances had changed and they no longer wanted childcare.”
Childcare centre owner Simone O’Brien .