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    Yep I do.

    Only way I can do big cleans and hair cuts/ doc appts etc.

    I've got a whole month off work for a family wedding and I'm still sending the kids in.

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    Yep, it's my chance to go shopping, clean the house, watch any real housewives I've missed out on, have a lunch with girlfriends, unwind, re-boot, re-charge. I love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kelly8329 View Post
    That's why it is great that you can give notice for holidays and you only pay half of your day to keep the spot so in your case $25 and you can keep your son home with you and spend another $25 to take him out for a memorable day.
    This would be nice, I don't know of anyone locally who offers this option. We use family day care and if you don't send them you pay the full price, my sister uses a child care centre and has to the pay the full fee if she doesn't send her kids.

    I send my kids if I happen to have a day off - means I can get a lot more done and then the days I have with kids can be spent devoted to them. Plus I can get dinner cooked before picking them up and then we can go to the park or have some fun together without me rushing back home to get dinner sorted.

    Don't feel guilty, enjoy some respite!

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    No half day option for us either! Never heard of it.

    I probably wouldn't take him to daycare as its in the city so would be a pain to do drop off and pick up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpottySocks View Post
    This would be nice, I don't know of anyone locally who offers this option. We use family day care and if you don't send them you pay the full price, my sister uses a child care centre and has to the pay the full fee if she doesn't send her kids.

    I send my kids if I happen to have a day off - means I can get a lot more done and then the days I have with kids can be spent devoted to them. Plus I can get dinner cooked before picking them up and then we can go to the park or have some fun together without me rushing back home to get dinner sorted.

    Don't feel guilty, enjoy some respite!
    I agree. Same as my arrangement. Still pay even if holidays etc. Notice of time off is not taken into account. I do also cook dinner in the afternoon so we can play at the park or something after.
    Also agree with needing a day to yourself every now and again. I only have Mondays off ATM, and trying to fit everything in is putting me in struggle town. I need my 3 hrs to myself whilst dd 2 is at kinder, dd 3 is at daycare and dd 1 at school; otherwise I'm grumpy by the time 3:30 comes! Lol!

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    Yeah, I do.

    I think you can get the rebate and/or benefit cut back if you have too many absences. So I just send her and pick her up early.

    That said, I only use after school care.

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    Yes! I am a school teacher, I always send them in school holidays

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    I only had my ds in childcare for a year, but I did have a couple of weeks off that weren't family holiday time and I left him in childcare for his usual 2 days that week. From memory those days were filled with errands galore and lots of appointments like the dentist, optometrist, etc. I definitely made the most of those days.

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    Yep, I've already paid for it and he loves it. Although he'll go later and come home a bit earlier.

    Not that I have many days off!

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    I work 4 days a week but pay for 5 to have the flexibility with work. 95% of the time I keep him home with me on the Friday. I'm already paying for it so it doesn't matter if he is home or at the daycare center. I find 4 days work and 3 days together a good work life balance.


 

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