I'm also hoping to organise a chat during the Summer break with someone who has in depth experience of both the private and state sector. I am totally confused about the state system (to the extent that I don't even understand what age Year 1 means!), and have found few resources that explain it all. So do stay tuned for further information.
The Summer break begins mid-July - no playgroups or organised activities til September! Eek! The under-2 age group is too young for any of the summer camp type organised activities so I am hoping to organise regular meet-ups during the summer so that looking after the little ones doesn't get too much. Some lunches, picnics in Paddington St Gardens (near to lots of cafes so if the weather changes on us its not to far from shelter!), or just the usual meet-ups… Any ideas about things you'd like on in the Summer?