Waiting List Policy

The purpose of this policy is to outline the strategies and procedures revolving around our waiting list.

We aim to provide as many families as possible with their care and education needs. Waiting lists quickly become inaccurate if they are not maintained consistently. Waiting list times are extremely difficult to predict as they rely on so many variable factors. These include people wanting for days that are not on offer (this means that the next person in line will be offered a space but will remain on waitlist). We also need to follow waiting list priority set down in legislation.

We have maximum capacity which is capped in accordance with ratios set down by legislation. As we do not have many children that leave the Centre, minimal spaces are offered throughout the year, with our larger placement offer occurring in October/November for the January of the following year when our oldest children in the Centre accept placement at schools.

  • Our waiting list is maintained in accordance with legislative requirements and is date stamped for priority in each subsection.
  • Periodically we will complete an email survey to request whether families wish to stay on our wait list. If a return email is not submitted it is assumed that the family no longer wishes a placement.
  • Families will receive two phone calls and an email to offer a placement, if there is no response within 2 days, the next person on the list will be contacted.
  • Date of placement on the wait list will determine order of priority on the wait list.

It is our policy that we will always accommodate children who require an increase in days and those with families within the Centre.

Parents are asked to keep their contact details up to date at all times. Parents are encouraged to contact the Centre every month to confirm they still wish a place at the Centre.