Originally Posted by albertito0510
Hi, I haven't submitted my EOI. I'm a still unsure if I would want to let go of my lifestyle here in Abu Dhabi. I have a 15month old son and I've struggled on getting some baby sitters from our country and live with us here in Abu Dhabi. I don't know with NZ policies, how do we get sitters? Are there any private nurseries accepting such a young age? Or all the while they may accept but my son would be on a waiting list? That was the case in some nurseries here. I'm afraid if we go there, how will be child care for us since both me and my husband will be busy finding a job???
Any advice? I've posted these in another forum but of no luck on response.... can anyone help here?
You certainly wouldn't be advised to get a live-in nanny...they cost a small fortune, and are pretty hard to come by here. And bringing your nanny over would be almost impossible, as they need their own separate visa.
There are babysitting agencies here that operate, and it's carer's are registered.
In terms of day-care...you have a huge miriad of choices!! Seriously, I have NEVER known anything like it here!!! You have in-home care where your child is taken care of at a qualified and registered person's home, day-care (which is full/part-time care with qualified professionals), kindy (where parents are involved in the centre, but these often have limited hours) and play-centres (which are often for a period of just a few hours, and you have to be there). Depending on what you choose depends on the age of acceptance. I know that most day-care centres take children from 3 months, so you certainly won't have a problem. Also, if your child is over 3 years old, you get 20 free ECE hours from the Government...this means that they can have up to 3 days full-time care FREE!!!!!!!!! GREAT!!! Most places do this too.
I have 2 children (18 months and 4 years) who are in a day-care facility. We are moving house so need to move care centres. My son is pretty bright and has a huge thirst for knowledge. I am probably going to be sending him to a pre-school that caters specifically for 3-5 year-olds before they start primary school, while my daughter will go to the day-care centre next door.
Waiting lists...not really an issue. However, there are some places that have such a good reputation that children are put on a waiting list. But nothing crazy. I haven't had to wait...they started the following day!
Hope this helps