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    I have DS who is 16 months and I currently work 2 days a week. It's only been in the past 3 months that I have been coping with leaving him 2 days a week. It only took a year!

    Baby number 2 is coming, due September (I'm only 5 weeks, so I'm counting my chickens), and I know that in a few weeks I'll need to tell my employer that I'm utd and she will want to know my plans.

    I work in childcare, so I've always felt a bit stupid paying someone else to look after my child while I look after other children. But at the same time I love my job.

    When baby 2 comes, I am pretty sure that I don't want to go back to work as early as I did with DS. I went back at 5 months and I REALLY didn't cope. I spent my days being depressed and guilty about leaving him. And I've only recently gotten over that.

    I have the option of 12 months leave, but I feel like even then, it won't be worth going back to work and I don't want to stuff my employer around.

    4 days a fortnight brings about $560, and I already pay over $100 a fortnight in childcare fees just for DS.

    Does anyone have any good scenarios? Like, how much does it cost you to have 2 kids in care.
    Do you get any parenting payment with DP/DH's earnings (DP gets roughly $1200 a fortnight).

    Does it seem worth going back?
    Should I just wait until I'm ready to return to work 5 days, so the money might be worth it? Or will childcare eat most of that anyway?

    Decisions!

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    Default Re: I want to be a SAHM...

    I pay 350 a fortnight for 2 kids 2 days a week (we only get ccr), I bring home around 1-2k/month, so it's worth it.

    Is that 100 a fortnight just after ccb? If so you'll get 50% back at tax time

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    Default I want to be a SAHM...

    Go onto centerlink page there is an online calculator, I was looking at options the other day and put our details in, even with me working part time ( after my ppl and mat leave finishes), our properties and hubby working we would be potentially eligible for some assistance ( I think it was $70 per fortnight). Obviously its just a rough guide but it gives you a rough answer today, you can then call them up during the week to get a proper answer.
    I don't see why you wouldn't get something, if your DH is supporting 3 dependents on an average wage.

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    Oh also had another thought re DS he is currently 16 months so by the time bub comes he will pretty much be 24months. isn't that when they graduate to the next room and become cheaper? If you keep him home for a year too he will be 36months by the time he goes back, keep that in mind too

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    I'll PM you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plan2bamummy View Post
    Oh also had another thought re DS he is currently 16 months so by the time bub comes he will pretty much be 24months. isn't that when they graduate to the next room and become cheaper? If you keep him home for a year too he will be 36months by the time he goes back, keep that in mind too
    Not necessarily, every centre i have used has been priced the same for each age group or only reduced by $1-2/day when they change rooms

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    The room changes drop maybe between $3-$10 from fees, which isn't much!

    Using the centrelink estimators and some basic math, I've discovered that by taking DS out of care (or just leaving him at 1 day) and cutting out transport costs (I work about 40 minutes drive away), I'll be saving money by staying at home, and that is just with DS.

    I feel like ATM, with my wage being so low (Childcare workers are payed kibbles for what we do) and the cost of care and fuel being so high, it just wouldn't be worth going back.
    And it's not like I'm going to be too bored at home with 2 kids to look after. ATM with just DS I get restless during my days off!

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    Transport cost certainly add up ( not to mention time costs).
    Out of the box thought but if you are a trained childcare operator have you thought about doing home daycare? There are a few setup rules etc but it could mean income and time at home with kids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plan2bamummy View Post
    Transport cost certainly add up ( not to mention time costs).
    Out of the box thought but if you are a trained childcare operator have you thought about doing home daycare? There are a few setup rules etc but it could mean income and time at home with kids.
    Genius idea!!!

    Maybe 2-3 days a week when your new bubba is a few months old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dicey View Post
    I have DS who is 16 months and I currently work 2 days a week. It's only been in the past 3 months that I have been coping with leaving him 2 days a week. It only took a year!

    Baby number 2 is coming, due September (I'm only 5 weeks, so I'm counting my chickens), and I know that in a few weeks I'll need to tell my employer that I'm utd and she will want to know my plans.

    I work in childcare, so I've always felt a bit stupid paying someone else to look after my child while I look after other children. But at the same time I love my job.

    When baby 2 comes, I am pretty sure that I don't want to go back to work as early as I did with DS. I went back at 5 months and I REALLY didn't cope. I spent my days being depressed and guilty about leaving him. And I've only recently gotten over that.

    I have the option of 12 months leave, but I feel like even then, it won't be worth going back to work and I don't want to stuff my employer around.

    4 days a fortnight brings about $560, and I already pay over $100 a fortnight in childcare fees just for DS.

    Does anyone have any good scenarios? Like, how much does it cost you to have 2 kids in care.
    Do you get any parenting payment with DP/DH's earnings (DP gets roughly $1200 a fortnight).

    Does it seem worth going back?
    Should I just wait until I'm ready to return to work 5 days, so the money might be worth it? Or will childcare eat most of that anyway?

    Decisions!
    we are very similar! I'm also 5 weeks due sept 13th I have two kids in day care one fulltime ad one after school care totalling over 600 a fortnight in care for them both I earn $855 a week so add another baby into care and that will be over an above what I earn! So it's not worth it...so I won't be working once I have bub but I'm also in the same shoes I don't want to mess my employer around (I'm still new!) but I also don't want to get fired (I'm still in my probation until end of jan) whilst everyone says don't say anything till after probation it is still ****ting on the hand that feeds me you know?

    if you want to buddy up shoot me a PM i'd love to speak with ppl in the same boat!
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