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We have just moved to Sydney from New Zealand in February with 4 and 6 year old sons. We have found a nice townhouse next to Artarmon primary school for my 6 year old. I was very surprised to be adviced that there is a long waiting list for the Artarmon child care centre (which is walking distance from home and school). Well the child care only caters for 30 children but I was told there are 90 children on the waiting list already! I have yet to contact other surrounding centres but I am very disillusioned about finding a childcare centre for my 4 year old this year.

I think I may have to stay at home with my 4 year old until he goes to preschool next January.

This was not what we expected. Any suggestings would be much appreciated.

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It's a toughie Ella, please do continue your search though and hopefully you will find a placement. Child care is really hard to get unless you start planning a year or two before you need it.
4 y.o though is a good enough age to start pre-school so definitely look at that as an option.
Here in Belgium they start pre-school at 2 and a half, personally I don't agree with that and we have been looked down upon for not wanting to send our oldest to school that young.
Still it is essentially free daycare so I can see it's benefits.

Although if you can stay back that extra year with your boy then that is a nice thing too, only you can weigh up the pros and cons of that situation.

Good luck and please let us know how you get on as it might be useful to other parents.

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