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Whether you’re expecting your first child or are looking to enroll your second child in a daycare program, it’s never too early to start looking into daycare. As you search for a daycare, you may be looking for high-ranking programs that provide ample benefits for your child.
Unfortunately, with so many families interested in these programs, it’s not uncommon to be placed on a daycare waiting list.
What Is a Daycare Waiting List?
Daycares and other childcare institutions have limited capacities for how many children they are able to provide for. It’s in this limited capacity that daycare waiting lists tend to emerge. Once a daycare has reached its full capacity, it may create a waiting list for additional interested families.
Families may end up on a waiting list for a few different reasons. You may be placed on the waiting list for situations such as:
A delayed registration
Missing daycare requirements
Most times, children are moved off the waiting list in the instance that a currently enrolled child moves or chooses a different route. While the waiting game can be a frustrating experience, there are a few ways that you can increase your chances of moving off the daycare waiting list in the meantime.
Daycare Waiting List Factors To Consider
Once you’ve been placed on the daycare waiting list, there are a few things to consider while you wait.
The first is the age of your child. Infant daycare centers tend to have the longest waiting lists since they often have the least available spots. If you’re placing your child into a daycare center at a slightly older age, you may have an easier time gaining a spot.
Keep in mind that our daycare waiting list is first-come, first-serve. The earlier you turn in your registration form, the more likely it is that your child will be moved off the waiting list in the situation that a spot opens up.
We understand that being placed on a waiting list is less than ideal. However, this additional stress can impact your child’s transition into daycare when they are moved off the waiting list. Be patient and use your time on the waiting list to prepare your child for this new chapter in life so the transition for both of you is much smoother when the time comes.
Tips for Moving Off the Waiting List
There are a few tips we can give you for increasing your chances of active enrollment.
Even if a daycare has already filled its spots for the year, submit your registration as soon as possible. The earlier you submit your application, the higher up on the waiting list your child will be placed. This can increase your chances of being accepted.
Previously Enrolled Sibling
Children with a previously enrolled sibling tend to receive priority. Daycares know the family and understand the convenience that comes with having your children at the same place. If your older child has already been registered with the daycare you’ll likely have an easier time getting your other children into the daycare.
Check Your Status
Don’t be afraid to call the daycare and check the status of your registration! We make it a priority to be great about communicating with families, but it never hurts to call or send over an email. Checking in every so often lets us know that you’re highly interested in the program and can reduce some of your stress regarding where your name sits.
If you'd like to be placed on our Waiting List...
- please click the link below
- print out the form
- fill out the form
- either email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or, drop it off to us during our open hours
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