Childcare list con­fu­sion

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

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.”

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Childcare cen­tre owner Si­mone O’Brien .

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