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Please tell us about your needs for Childcare

by Willoughby Admin, over 7 years ago

Council is currently conducting a childcare needs consultation and would like to hear from you.

  • Do you have a need for childcare in the Willoughby area?
  • Are your needs being met?
  • What types of childcare do you require?

Please make a comment in this forum or feel free to take our online Childcare Needs Survey. Thanks!

This consultation has concluded.

  • Darius over 7 years ago
    This forum is a great place to let Council know what your childcare needs are so that we can help plan for the future. Leave your comment and see what others think about childcare needs in the Willoughby area. Where appropriate, Council staff will respond to questions and topics raised in this forum.We look forward to hearing your thoughts - Your feedback is important to us!
  • Annabelle Taggart over 7 years ago
    Hi - I wanted to raise the issue of Before and After School Care (BASC) for Artarmon Public School. BASC services have become an essential service for most primary schools across New South Wales. There is currently a 2 year waiting list for Artarmon Kids Cottage (AKC) and with enrolments continuing to grow this problem is going to get worse for Artarmon parents. AKC is the only BASC provider for Artarmon public School. I have worked since my children were little and always been able to find suitable child care, so it was a great shock to be told that despite putting my name on the list 10 months ahead of school starting that I would not have a place in the BASC and still don’t 16 months later. As a result myself and a group of concerned parents set up a P and C sub-committee to raise awareness of the issue and work towards addressing the matter, but progress has been slow. The biggest challenge is finding somewhere to locate the BASC. If you want to find out more or get involved in helping us solve this important issue for the Artarmon school community let me know.
  • WilloughbyMum over 7 years ago
    I agree that before and after school care are a big issue in Willoughby. My daughter starts kindergarten at WPS next year. I put her name on the wait list for BASC early this year and was told it was unlikely that she will get a place. My husband and I both work and we haven't worked out what we are going to do when she starts school.
  • Working mum over 7 years ago
    I need long day care for a 6 month old baby and a 2.5 year old but the only centres with availability are very poor quality. I moved to the area in June and spent 6 weeks visiting all the centres and getting on wait lists. But the good centres that are near us e.g. ELC Mowbray Place, have not taken new enrolments in over a year. Meanwhile, the centres that have vacancies have vacancies for good reasons - they are either low quality, too expensive or in inconvenient locations. E.g.after visiting a large centre in Chatswood (that i won't name here) I was so appalled at the conditions the children were in, I informed a a DOCS representative about how bad the centre was! Additionally, while the non profit centres' fees hover around $100 per day, this jumps to approximately $140 per day for the private centres. it is very expensive. We desperately need more quality, local long day care!I need to return to work, but cannot find local long day care for very young children, especially for a baby. In an area where there are so many working families (there are at least 3 other young babies in my street alone the lack of quality daycare is a serious issue.
  • Darius over 7 years ago
    Hi everyoneThank you for providing us with your feedback on childcare. The issues that have been raised in this forum will be looked at by staff and have given Council a greater insight into the needs of the community when it comes to childcare. We have had over 130 survey responses in addition to the comments on this forum, and we appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts. This consultation will conclude on Friday 31st August, so please feel free to take the survey or make a comment in the forum if you haven't done so already.
  • sonia over 7 years ago
    Hi all. I would also like to echo what Annabelle has said - the non-existent BASC in Artarmon. This is a very serious problem. What are 9-5 working parents to do?? There are no other options for BASC besides AKC.
  • Artarmonite over 7 years ago
    I am the grandmother of 4 year old twins who will be starting at Artarmon Public School next year. My daughter has been told there is a two year wait for afterschool care and while I am willing and able to care for the twins before and after school for the next two years, I know that some of my daughters friends have been through a lot of stress and worry because they cannot find good quality, affordable and reliable before and after school care. The stories that some of her friends have told me about organising acare only to have the person just not turn up leaving a young child waiting at school and then get the dreaded phone call from school to pick up the child then and there is way too common. There is no shortage of childcare for children aged 2 to 5 but there is a shortage for babies under 2 and for before and afterschool care at Artarmon.
  • ashamazz over 7 years ago
    I am a long term Willoughby resident. I am incredulous. Our Council can create wonderful things such as the Concourse and plan to revelop the Willoughby Leisure Centre, however this long term problem of before and after school care has never been solved. The Council can step in to save the flower seller at Harris Farm (High St) but is unable to solve the before and after school care requirements. There must be a solution! It can't be that hard - surely!
  • Darius over 7 years ago
    Thanks for all of the feedback, this is an important issue and we have now received 175 survey responses as well as the comments on this forum. All feedback provided will give Council a greater insight into the childcare needs in the area. Results of the consultation will be made available once all feedback has been recieved.Due to the amount of responses still coming in, we will be extending this consultation until Wednesday next week (5/9/12). So please feel free to leave your comments here, or fill out the survey. Thanks for the feedback!