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Next year I will be a SAHM as I am due with #2 in Feb and am planning to take the year off. I will keep DS is daycare for 2 days at the start of the year and then drop down to 1 day after a couple of months.
I personally wouldn't send my child by choice until they were around 18m+, as I found DS didn't really settle in well until he was closer to 2 years old, but I had to send him from 12 months as I had no choice.
Yep, well have to pay for public holidays but can't access care.
Very frustrating for someone like me. I am a single mum, I have set days and set timetables. I work for a national company so I only get national public holidays off. If it's a holiday in my state I have no care, but I still have to work.
So I need to Pay for daycare, still find alternate care so pay again, Get him somewhere else on a public holiday (less public transport) and still work.
I'm so lucky my work let me pick my work days based on what day I could get my son into daycare. It's taken almost a full year to be able to swap one of my days to better suit my work. I'm supposed to get priority on my care days as I am a single working mum, but over a year to get him in at all, and an aditional 8-9months to get the days I wanted for my work... Imagine if my work wasn't flexible.
Daycare places are gold. No-one should take them for granted.
For the record, I finally got through to Centrelink today.
To qualify for CCR, both my husband and I need to qualify for the work test - which I dont as I wont be working, studying at all... so thats a shame.
I may still look into Occassional Care though as 1 day a week Childcare is going to cost us near $5k a year that we dont really want/have to spend.
agreed! And it's rather frightening to think how little carers actually get considering that they are moulding the future. How can that be any less valuable than our solicitors, accountants etc?
Please don't think that my little rant was about it being unfair on the centres... It was moreso to offer perspective on how holiday time effects others who use care for work days only.
My DS has been going to day care once a week since he was 10 months old. I'm planning on going back to work soonish and I study via distance, so it was a way for him to get use to day care and give me a chance to study.
I also thought it might help he get use to being around other small children (he doesn't see many other babies besides in my mother's group).
The first 6 weeks I only left him in for half a day, but now he goes in for most of the day and we don't have any issues with it. I felt really guilty at the start though!
My personal opinion is that mothers should be able to do whatever they want (back to the original question) in terms of putting their kids in occasional day care even if they're stay at home mums.
However, I disagree with having tax payers money pay for any amount of subsidy if one parent is at home and is capable of caring for the child/ren (ie not disabled or otherwise hampered). I know its expensive without any rebate, but that's because quite frankly it's a luxury if one parent is at home.
Last edited by GM01; 18-01-2012 at 21:28.
Mrstiggywinkle, from memory you are entitled to about 15 hours of ccb without satisfying an activity test, but it's means tested.
So unless your family income is low, it won't be much money.
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