Loads of parents work, are they all either teachers, using parents for child care, using holiday care or taking loads of time off?
I don't know what solution I was expecting... Just hadn't thought about it before
I work in before/after school care and vacation care so DS comes with me when Im working. Find our if your sons prep has an Outside School Hours care program and if they do vacational care
I work for myself so I try & cut my hours back in school holidays if at all possible, but that's not easy when it's 3 weeks long (ds had 1 lot of 2.5 weeks and 1 lot of 3 week holidays this year - tricky!). My Mum helps out looking after my dd usually, so in school holidays she has my dd & my ds. But if she can't then my dh takes a day or two of leave or we pay for a babysitter (someone we know). We have a few babysitters that we use regularly to take the pressure off my mum and to allow dh & I to work. But it's not cheap.
Other options that I know other mums use is friends/family (eg. you take one day off & have your child & their friend) and then on another day your child's friend's mum has the 2 children. Then there's vacation care run by the school, or sometimes through other organisations - your school can potentially have info on that. Then, there's family day care - contact your council to see if they take kids just for the holidays (some do). And for older children (usually 8+ years) there is the option of school holiday camps and there are all sorts of school holiday camps available across Australia.
I don't work, but have a school-aged child and have studied 3 days a week since the start of the year. I'm away from home between 6-30am and 6pm, so she's in before/after school care on those days.
On holidays, I just enroll her in vacation care. It's a bit more costly, because she's in there more hours than she is than before/after school care, and also because they often plan activities, which cost extra (you know, $21 extra on one day so they can go to some animal park or something).
I don't have anyone I could leave her with, and I'd feel wrong doing it more than once a week anyway.
LMy SIL/BIL this year with their 10 year old twins - SIL takes 4 weeks at Xmas, BIL also takes 2 of his 4 weeks off( covering dec/jan) holidays - BIL takes his other 2 weeks off in the first and second term and the other 4 weeks is covered by a mix of vacation care , flexi days, RDO,s and friends/relatives (me!)
I use occasional care. Cost a bit once you add in all their activities but I don't have another choice.
I just use vacation care. It's so much cheaper than daycare fees too which is a bonus.
Vacation care, sometimes I get holidays and sometimes my mum.
Carer's leave still comes from somewhere though...from memory it is deducted from your sick leave?
Unless it is unpaid carer's leave I guess.
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