When we first arrived in Australia at the tail end of 2007 my daughter Elizabeth was just 3 1/2 years old. Back in England she had attended a nursery school, when we arrived here we discovered we had to find a different kind of place for her to mince clogs with other kids. It was called a…
Kindy, of course, is short for kindergarten and kindergarten originates from the German word of the same spelling. It means “children’s garden”.
Whether you call it a preschool, nursery, playgroup or kindergarten matters not, whichever word is used we are clearly talking about childcare and early childhood education.
Elizabeth is now 9 and is what is called here in Australia a Grade 4 student, her kindy days are well and truly behind her. As a result of that, and also Mrs Bobinoz having everything regarding Elizabeth’s education under control, I haven’t really written much about childcare in Australia.
All I really know about the process is that in those early days, one of the very first things we had to do on arrival here in Australia and before Elizabeth could go to kindy, was to register with Centrelink.
No Centrelink Number = No Kindy
That, I’m afraid, is about the extent of my knowledge when it comes to daycare, childcare and any other kiddie like decisions that those moving to Australia need to make on arrival, and often need to make quite fast.
Fortunately though, I got an email couple of weeks ago from Rebecca who runs a website called…
Rebecca’s website is relatively new, but it’s already packed with some fantastic information. When Rebecca contacted me, she wondered if I could circulate information about one particular article she had written through my Facebook page.
I thought that this information was so important, especially as I’m not really covering this stuff, that I decided to circulate it amongst EVERYBODY who reads my website which is why I have written this post.
Frankly, I think it must have taken Rebecca ages to do all the research she’s done to create the following page, so I’m glad I don’t need to.
So, whilst I try and work out what I’m going to do with all the time I’ve saved, I suggest you take a look at this page and drop your jaw at the amount of information available to help out those with kiddies aged 2 to 7 and even older.
Got Kids? Then Visit:
The page is called “Australian Childcare for Expats“, but there are many more pages on this great new website to check out. like these…
So, now, what am I going to do with myself? Shame it’s not summer here, otherwise I’d be…