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    Default Working full time in CBD. Tips needed!

    Dd1 is almost 3 yo and dd2 will be 1 yo next month. I am planning to find a full time work in the city ( takes 2 hrs going to and back) to help out Dh with finances. We're new in Sydney and have not worked here before.

    I know it's going to be hard but I'm not so sure what to expect and how to cope. I'm planning to enrol them both in a daycare. What time do you drop and pick them up? What time do you leave work? Do you still have energy to work at night? What happens if your child gets sick? Do you prefer childcare close to home or close to work? Did you find it heartbreaking leave your child in a daycare? Daycare is expensive too. I'm worried I might be working just to pay daycare. That wouldnt make sense. Help!!!!

    Any tip would be great!!!

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    Just a question - is it necessary to work specifically in the CBD and not a suburb closer to home?

    If possible I'd encourage you to seek employment in an area that minimises your travel time, it'll make juggling the whole work/life balance just that bit easier.

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    I second the PP comments- can you work close to home? what about shift work? Have you looked into home care? I hear it is a LOT cheaper. Not going back to work for me after DS was not an option, I went back 5 days a week and my mum quit her job to look after him so I pay her. I am currently UTD with DS2 so will leave work in 9 weeks and take 12-ish months off- when I go back it will only be part time and I will look at some kind of shift work or work closer to home.

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    I worked in the city full time and am currently on maternity leave. DD is 4 months old and I will be looking to return to my job part time Feb next year.

    We live an hour out of the city and get the train to work. I am hoping to enrol DD in daycare close to home and I will work from home 2 days per week so I am close to her. DH will work from home the day that I am in the city so he is close to her. Either way, one of us will be close by always.

    This is our reasons for doing it this way:
    - daycare here is much cheaper than the city
    - I don't fancy dragging DD an hour each way into the city
    - cityrail is possibly the worst public transport IN THE WORLD. Sooo unreliable, always delayed etc. I would hate to be stranded for hours on the train with or without DD

    If you can, find a job closer to home. It will be so much easier.

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    Subbing as this will be me next year. I have to work in the CBD and also can't use local daycare as when I go back to work we are going to move to a bigger house in a different part of the city! Can't afford it until then...

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    I work Full-time across north Brisbane but mostly within 20ks of home. I have ds in a family daycare 10 mins drive from our place. The closer to home you can work the easier it will be especially if you done have flexible hours and are chained to a desk from 9 til 5. The family daycare is great and flexible with hours. I usually drop off before 9 and pick up before 5. This is only due to working close to home and daycare.

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    I got an initial solution to my problem - import the grandparents.

    They would love to do it.

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    When I worked in the CBD I preferred a centre in the CBD as it gave me more flexibility when I was - invariably - caught up at work at the end of the day. A five minute dash was easier than trying to get home either in traffic or on foot.

    I think if we lived further out and I had transporting either by car or public transport a cranky child home at the end of a long day I might have made a different decision.

    With two it may be cheaper to get a nanny - and also easier in terms of waiting lists initially.

    A centre closer to home also has a slight advantage as there's a better chance your kids will go to school with at least some of the friends they have made there. That's why we have DD in a local pre school now rather than keeping her in the pre school program at her old daycare (which we loved).

    All things to weigh up I guess. Importing grandparents a v good solutions though!

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    I work in the CBD (Brisbane though) and use daycare close to my house (we are about 12km from the CBD). My partner works in the suburbs, so he does the daycare drop off, and I catch the bus to work. If I had to do the drop off, it would be hard, as the centre opens at 7am, and it would be tight to drive there, and then leave the car at a bus stop, and even early bird parking is at least $20 per day in the CBD.

    I have thought about a CBD centre, but I was concerned that if my job changed or if I was on maternity leave, it wouldn't work out.

    I find I don't have the energy to work at night, even though this would be an option in my job. More so, as my son is a late sleeper so is up anyway.

    It is very hard to leave them in childcare. My son only goes two days a week now, but has gone four, and that was too much for him. Two or three days is managable for everybody though, I think.

    whether it's viable, will depend on your wage. If you are on minimum wage with two kids in daycare in Sydney, then it might be pushing it, but if you earn a reasonable wage, it's normally worth it. You can get a lot back from the government - 50% of out of pocket costs up to about $7000 per child per year.

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    I agree with a nanny/housekeeper as with work and travel you are looking at 11-12 hr days which maybe too long for your baby. Try getting one that does the cooking/washing as well so you aren't so exhausted.


 

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