The last few days I have been running around almost all public services to obtain the necessary paperwork I need to enroll Iliana in kindergarten.
I HATE Greek public services.
However, I have a trick up my sleeve to obtain the papers I need in less time. I drag the children along. Yes it is a hassle, but it gets the work done a lot faster (depending on the social services of course and the
ass lovely person behind the counter). Playing the I-don’t-have-any-help-with-my-kids-so-I-need-to-drag-them-along card usually works like a charm, especially at the local unemployment agency.
After four days and numerous public services visits I managed to get everything I need. I am relieved but not happy. Why?
Yiannis went to the same kindergarten and was being bullied for 9 months. So to say that I am not particularly fond of this school is an understatement. But at the moment, since I am not working, or better said I am not getting paid for the work I do, we can’t afford a private kindergarten for Iliana.
So, it comes down to 3 options:
1) She stays with me for another year and I will find myself in the same situation in a year’s time.
2) She goes to this kindergarten for 2 years until she is old enough to switch over to the German preschool.
3) I find a part-time job which will pay for a private kindergarten (with the unemployment at its peak at the moment the chances of that happening are close zero). Let’s say I do find a job, who will take care of Iliana when she gets sick?? Yiannis spent half of his first kindergarten year at home, sick.
I am tending to choose option 1 as she will be 3 1/2 when school starts and she is more than eager to make some new friends and socialize.
I honestly don’t know. Good thing I have the whole summer before I have to make a final decision.
What would you do, my friends?
Up until next time