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    Default Returning to work - organising child care

    What's better - 3 full days or 4 shorter days?

    I have the option for flexibility in my work hrs, 23 hrs spread over a week but sm thinking 4 shorter days would be better for DS being in child care. Or perhaps 3 longer (7-8) hr days... But it's a long day for DS!

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    how old is your bubs??

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    He is 19 months - he currently goes 2 days for about 5 hrs each day. He loves it, no separation issues but it's still a long day for littlies... Even so, 4 days may seem like more, even though it will be less hrs per day...?

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    "For me" I wanted to have minimal time away from my son - so that meant getting my shifts over and done with rather than shorter ones and having to go into work more often.
    Would your son go into care regardless of your shifts or would you have family helping out?
    I figure - I've already travelled to work, I'm there, I've packed him up and he's in a safe place where he's happy - get it over and done with and do the longer hours to have more days off with him.
    Hope that makes sense - baby brain and my words don't seem to be flowing so well today.

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    No I'll only put him in 3 days care if I work the 3 days... Just thinking it will be dark when I pick him up in winter after 8.5-9 hour day but if I do the shorter day we'll have the afternoons to hang out... But your point about having an extra day off is also a big deal... Argh, don't know !

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    ohh - didn't even think of day light savings - yeah - it's a tough one ... would there be time to trial it? see what works best for you and for him??

    now that you've put that out there with the winter - I would probably be more inclined to go with the four shorter days and then in summer - maybe swap to the three days if that's possible.

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    I would definitely go with the 3 longer days. Much less stress for both of you over all, plus less travel expenses, less daycare costs...

    My DD went 9 hours a day 4 days a week from the age of 2, she always coped just fine. At one point I tried spreading it over 5 shorter days and I didn't cope at all without that extra day at home. Consequently DD suffered. HTH!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shelle65 View Post
    I would definitely go with the 3 longer days. Much less stress for both of you over all, plus less travel expenses, less daycare costs...!
    I agree with the above. Plus this way you would get an extra full day with him rather than just the afternoons, where he'll probably be tired anyway after being at daycare.

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    I'd go 3 longer days, that way you get 2 full days with DS.

    I would assume at 19 months your DS is still sleeping in the arvo so therefore you wouldn't really have the whole afternoon to just play iykwim?

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    I'd do the three longer days to - does your daycare charge for the full day or part there of? Something to consider.....

    I'd rather the extra full day with my kids.


 

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