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    Default Parent swap – dangerous or a free alternative to daycare?

    Has anyone heard of parent swap? I’m considering the idea for a government review and want to know what other people think about it. Basically, the concept is, existing parent/s look after your child plus their own on one day, and you do likewise for them on another day. There’s no payment – it’s a tit for tat arrangement with other parents around the neighbourhood.

    I want to start my own family soon and think I would do it provided there are safeguards in place, like getting to know the other parent, setting out a schedule for the day(s) and agreeing to a level of care that we’re both happy with. Would other people also consider this option, or am I being way too adventurous??

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    I would consider it with a friend, but not someone I didn't know.

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    I wouldn't like to do that because the days I have off, I would prefer 1 on 1 time with my own children and do shopping / house chores.
    It would be like working otherwise!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BlueBirds View Post
    I wouldn't like to do that because the days I have off, I would prefer 1 on 1 time with my own children and do shopping / house chores.
    It would be like working otherwise!
    Good point!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OurLittleBlessing View Post
    I would consider it with a friend, but not someone I didn't know.
    This.

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    I would and have done this with friends but not with someone I didn't know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OurLittleBlessing View Post
    I would consider it with a friend, but not someone I didn't know.
    Yep me too. I have thought that my sister and I might do this in school holidays when our kids start school, so maybe one of us can take a week off then the other takes the next week off, etc.

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    I would consider it if there was screening of all families involved. I am a shift worker so I regularly have to "think outside the box" when it comes to child care.

    Ideally you could run it as a service alongside a playgroup? That way there is a social aspect for parents too.

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    No I would never want to look after other people's kids!

    Even if I did though I would be worried about the mum of the other kid favouring her own over mine and not doing things how I like them (I.e risk they might leave them to cry, etc).

    My day off with my DS is precious and I wouldn't want to share it with any other kid, particular a random one.

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    I go to a closed playgroup and the women in that group use this as an alternative to child care.

    It is personally not for me as I don't want to look after other peoples kids on my days off work, and we do other activities on my days off.

    I would only do it with friends if I did


 

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