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    And yet we are expected to return to work promptly. It would cost us money if I had to work, literally. I couldn't work even if I wanted to, not with three children.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NancyBlackett View Post
    That's so true.

    I always find it fascinating when people say they get 50% discount as though it is an uncapped reduction.

    When DD left Childcare it was $120 a day so $30k a year. Minus the $7.5k tax benefit it still would have been $22.5k a year ($450 a week).

    That's hardly cheap.
    The ones who have always said "yes but you get 50% back" to me have never lived in an inner metropolitan area and are paying about $60 per day before rebates. They usually just don't realise that some of us have to pay more than double that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kw123 View Post
    The ones who have always said "yes but you get 50% back" to me have never lived in an inner metropolitan area and are paying about $60 per day before rebates. They usually just don't realise that some of us have to pay more than double that.
    Yep. $60 a day before rebates is the max you can pay and still get '50%' back. Anything after that and it isn't 50%.

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    We pay $54 a day, it's $85 something before rebates (Vic) I can't afford to have both kids in, I only have my eldest 2 days per week. Can't imagine going back to work full time with both in full time. That's more than $2000 a month on childcare fees, its more expensive than my mortgage.....

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    I hope it doesnt increase that much! We pay $87 a day before CCR.

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    Default Childcare industry warns of cost blowout

    Quote Originally Posted by MothersMilk View Post
    And yet we are expected to return to work promptly. It would cost us money if I had to work, literally. I couldn't work even if I wanted to, not with three children.
    Same!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bressar View Post
    Yep my centre is already $95 per day with a 2 year waiting list!!!
    Same for mine - and it's Goodstart, which is a chain so not private. Even FDC has a 1yr waitlist in my area.

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    We pay $109/day, at the cheapest centre in town... One of the FDC 'chains' have the audacity to charge $180/day :|. You have to put your child on the wait list for full time care as soon as you know you've conceived here, and even then, good luck getting a spot when you have to go back to work!

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    If the child care industry continues on the path that it is on then there will be no Childcare places anyway because there will be no staff to work in them.
    Higher standards and changes are great but its more paperwork and duties for already underpaid educators. the industry is so short staffed its crazy and because the government put out responses like 'nonsense' and say centres are charging too much then centres look bad when they increase fees to be able to pay above award wage.
    The new standards may be the ideal on paper but it is leading to a higher than ever turn over of staff as people are leaving the industry because the amount of work is so not worth the pay. Therefore creating worse care, not better.
    The staff conditions, pay and kills shortage needed to be addressed prior to making a complete overhaul of the standards.

    End of vent. Sorry it's just something I feel passionately about having run centres for a while and with a family that owns several.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrabbyCrabby View Post
    We pay $109/day, at the cheapest centre in town... One of the FDC 'chains' have the audacity to charge $180/day :|. You have to put your child on the wait list for full time care as soon as you know you've conceived here, and even then, good luck getting a spot when you have to go back to work!
    Wow whats the point in even.going back to work ? ( not trying to be rude just curious as i was only on about $120 a day in my old job) i had no idea childcare was that expensive!

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