For those on centrelink benefits daycare is not at all expensive if receiving the ccb and the rebate so unsure why those on benefits say daycare is expensive. We don't get the ccb, we only get the rebate and still think the cost is fair, not expensive. I would go crazy being a long term sahm. I love being a mum and love my work and the mental stimulation it provides. Motherhood and work is a good balance. It does sound like you could be depressed with the feelings your describing.
Kinberlygal1 - You have to remember the rebate is different for everyone so it might work out to a fair price for you but for others it still makes childcare just too expensive.
The full cost of family day care in my area is around $50 per day without CCB or rebate. Many jobs pay more than $50/day so it could well be worth the OP getting 1-2 days work without the cost outweighing the profit, and as a single parent the benefits make it even cheaper. I know a sahm who has her DD in care 2 days a week for "me time"- doesn't work these 2 days. (I dint necessarily agree with that, just making a point that it's likely to be pretty inexpensive to the op if she's currently on c/link)
I also don't receive any CCB, and am only eligible for the 50% rebate like everyone who meets the work training study test. My fees are 72 dollars per day, so 36 after the rebate. Very affordable, as long as you make more than that amount per day, and obviously depending on how many kids you have in care.
So by my thinking if OP is a single mum, she would be able to get a decent CCB percentage back, making it even more affordable!
I have a single mum friend who pays 9 dollars per day and gets half that back with the rebate!!!! She earns about 500 per week doing 4 days work!!
I guess my point is if a mum needs to
Have some me time she could work two days per week and it should be affordable- but I'm not in any way saying this is the right choice for all, or even most people! It's obviously a very personal choice for each family.
Okay then, i'm not an expert on it by any means. Last time i looked into it it worked out to be not affordable for me but obviously it is different for everyone.
im on a carers pension and which means im excluded from needing to meet requirements for ccb n all the rest but depending on the daycare the prices i got even with 100% and ccb was 18 bux a day... and while that was affordable for me, because my dh works n what not, i could see it being too expensive for a single mother. especially if it were multiple times a week.
Congratulations on 7 years at home! I only lasted 8 months before I went back to work p/t. I was starting to imagine that I could pack up and leave my dh to it. That was a wake up call for me and I had to make changes. Work made my life so much better. When my son turned 2 I put him in daycare 4 days each week. I also work one evening so I can get a break from the night routine too.
Good on you for feeling brave enough to admit it!
Hi op, have you thought about going back to tafe to study. That way you could do a course in something you are passionate about instead of just finding any job you could eventually be in a career you are happy about?
I understand you said daycare is expensive but have you spoken to centre link about thier JET program. Which as a single mother studying full time you will be eligible for. I think on this program daycare cost $1 per day per child. This is available for about 1.5 years only though but long enough to complete a course. Then when all your kiddies are in school you can begin your career path.
It does get tiring doesn't it.I would love to put my middle child into daycare a few days a week as she just drains me (adore her but omg!) and she needs to extra stimulation and since I work from home it's hard to give her my all.DS1 is the easiest baby ever so I can't complain there but DD2 really needs more and day care would be great for her.Its 83 dollars a day here.I think we will end up paying about 4O something so were looking into getting her in at least once a week.
My eldest will be at big school next year too and I feel bad for saying it but I can't wait!! I am so exhausted.I am stuck in WA with the raaf where I know only a handful of people (who I wouldn't feel comfortable leaving my kids with,mostly single boys lol) and no family so hubby and I have never had a night alone and the only time I'm alone is when I do groceries. I'm dying to move back over near family and get a break!
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