We actually did ok, E got offered our 4th choice school and while that may not sound great, I know of people who got no where at all, or a school they hadn't put on their list which is miles away, so I'm at least relieved to know where she'll be going, well almost.
We were automatically added to the waiting list for the three schools we preferred but weren't offered, for two of these we don't have a hope (29th and 65th on the list - last year we would have got into one of them!) but for our second choice school we were initially 3rd on the list, then we were 14th, then 12th.
Seems I'm not the only one (not at all) stressed about this. Actually there is some full on screaming panic in some areas (yes East Dulwich, I'm looking at you). So a whole load of people who weren't initially interested in our second choice school have now joined the list and gone ahead of us as they are nearer. Grrrr!
So, will we get into our second choice? - unclear.
What should I say to E when we have meetings at the school which she may or may not attend? - err...
How the screaming heck do I organise wrap around childcare for her plus a nursery place for M that will enable me to get to work at a time that isn't totally taking the p*** and looking vaguely professional?* - ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA.
Not that I'm stressed about it you understand, nah, I'm like totally cool about all this
***gets wine, rocks gently***
Pumpkin and Honey Bunny were prepared to go to extreme measures to get to the top of the waiting list ... (just in case you don't know - not suitable for playing at work!!!)
* Ok looking professional isn't a big issue, I work in a lab, turning up with clothes the right way round, done up and without too many holes in is basically sufficient.