Re: Moving to east Dulwich - childcare question
Posted by carebear
May 09, 11:59PM
Hello! Yes, you’re right, lots of waiting lists but also often lots of movement. Things I would consider:
1) are you looking for full or part time and if part time can you be flexible with your days? If so many nurseries can accommodate quicker.
2) are you restricted geographically? (Ie do you know specifically where you want to move to and if so how far you’d be willing for the nursery run to be?). If yes, call the local relevant local nurseries to check out your options. If no, and willing to go a bit further (eg by car) options might be wider. For eg there is a newish nursery in camberwell you could consider.
3) would you consider a nanny share? Can be a good alternative to a childminder and more affordable than sole nanny and there are always lots of ppl locally looking for shares.
4) yes, childminder also a good option - many are like mini nurseries so you can get the best of both worlds.
That’s off the top of my head and I’m sure there are other options too. These things tend to work out one way or another if you put the effort in. We moved to ED without planning 5yrs ago and took a nursery place in our not first choice (which was fine but not perfect) for 6m before an offer at our favoured. We stayed there for a long time but have since also done preschool and nanny for additional children and all have worked well.
Good luck and feel free to pm xx