1360 + 440 a fortnight is more than what I get working full time with both my kids in care.Tempted to give up work and do this and just study or something.
In answer to your question yes we are better off and a couple of days a week work saves my sanity sometimes I think.
JET covers all your children so if you qualify will help you a lot. Also family day care is often cheaper than centre based care if you can find yourself a good carer in your area. I was a carer but had to give up to look after my mum and we've been through a couple before finding the right one and she's great.
Enjoy your time at work and your time at home I look forward to hearing how you go.
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Isabella - 5yo
Emelia - July 2012 diagnosed with 22q11 Deletion Syndrome at 7mths but is now doing so well
My perfect little family!!
Bubba #3 due 30th December 2014
Can I just ask, seeing as I'm all drooling about how much you earn for two days per week, what do you do? That is a really good salary!
Yes you will always be better off financially going back to work, as that's how the system is designed. However, there's many other factors that come in to play, for example, if it's the kind of work that's highly stressful, requires too much travel/commute time or little social engagement then one might decide it's more beneficial to stay home longer...
What I'm getting at is that it shouldn't/isn't just about monetary benefit, although in some cases people have little choice but I believe you do in this case...? Hence my comments. But yes, you will be better off financially