PARENTS SWOOP ON CHILDCARE VACANCIES BY USING A NEW SERVICE THAT HELPS THEM TO "JUMP THE QUEUE"
Victoria, Australia. April, 2012 - Desperate parents are using an online alert service so they can call childcare centres as soon as vacancies open up, the Herald Sun reports.
The online search, which connects parents with 14,000 childcare services nationally, claims to help applicants "jump the queue" by alerting parents to vacancies overnight.
Competition for places is fierce. There was a 24.6 percent increase in the number of children in childcare in Victoria from June 2009 to June 2011.
Figures from the Office of Early Childhood Education and Child Care show 963,870 children were in care in Australia in June 2011 - almost a quarter of them in Victoria.
Roxanne Elliott, founder of Careforkids, which runs the Child Care Vacancy Alert Pro service, said finding care could be difficult. "Parents are still finding childcare difficult to source," she said.
For more info see Herald Sun (Victoria) website.