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Childcare & Before/After School

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Aug 10, 2006
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Childcare & Before/After School

We are a young family living in Finch/Sheppard & Yonge area. waitlisted for daycare since 6 month pregnant, now 2.5 years old still nothing.

what do parents do? kindergarden is next year, what are some options parents use to facilitate being able to maintain a job/career?
there is only 1 before/after school program and it is full, not close on the waitlist for it.

I have heard of extracurricular club may offer pick-up/drop-off service. any one know if there are any in the area?

any suggestions will help!!
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Deal Addict
Aug 17, 2008
3941 posts
Here, in that situation, people usually go with daycare in someone's home, where they are usually pretty flexible.
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Apr 8, 2007
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I know some folks in my area have had success with finding providers via
Deal Expert
Aug 22, 2011
20973 posts
This will be ongoing until your child turns 12.
Went through the same thing, when wife returned to work after mat leave and now again for SK.
What we did was registered our kid on the City of Ottawa waiting list and picked every program within a 40km radious (with the top picks being closer to our work place).

The fun doesn't stop there, you must call and email the daycare at least twice a month for updates and be willing to enroll your kid earlier than the requested start date.

Stressfull to say the least, but mind boggling that there is so much effort required for parents to try and get their kid into a program that can cost a fortune!
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Jan 2, 2015
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Good childcare is tough for most parents for school aged kids.
We had a fully time nanny envelope when the kids were full time, and it's only now that we will no longer have this option (nanny has found a new career). I am still trying to figure out the school year and my kids are 8 and 11. It's not only before and after, but of days and sick days.

Our plan so far is, spouse will get kids ready for school while i go in early to work. Kids will walk home from the bus (weather pending) and I will leave work early to get them ready for there evening activities and dinner. PD And sick days, my spouse and I will alternative with occasional help from family ( if they are around). I took a demotion in order to have more flexibility with the kids schedules and to be able to work from home.

It was really hard when my kids were even younger, with half day kindergarten, we had a nanny. Others I know, asked neighbors, friends or family. Ideally, you end up with a close network at the kindergarten and the parents help each other. My nanny would often watch other kids from the same class, and when we had emergencies or no nanny, others would help us.
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Jun 8, 2008
3977 posts
We did lots of things too over the years

daycare closer to work instead of home in the infant/toddler years
adjusted start time at work to allow for daycare dropoff (once they were at before school care near home).
worked with other parents to organize a new after-school program in the school and then enrolled my kids in it...
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Jan 16, 2007
841 posts
I live in Markham area and my daughter went to 2 different elementary schools.
Both schools had before and after care programs from 7:30 am to 6PM at night. No waiting list that I knew of.

I guess there's less demand for these services in the burbs.
What's sad is my daughter spent so many hours at morning care/school/after school care every day, but this is the life we live.
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Feb 20, 2009
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I always wonder how parents deal with this too, glad to hear I'm not the only one struggling lol.... Anyway my daughter has both a mental and physical disability this caused my wife to need to stay home with her until she started school and my wife ended up going back to school when my daughter started. I am fortunate enough to work from home so I can drop my daughter off and pick her up and on off days I manage as best I can but have a lot of distractions for her... she's 5 and has her own iPad mini, playroom with 43" TV and TONS of toys. Over the summer my mother in law takes care of my daughter but at the moment she's having some health issues so my daughter stays home with me while I work... it's not ideal and I can't wait for school to start back up again.
Aug 10, 2017
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Thankfully there's no waitlist fees anymore. But yeah, such a headache