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    I work full time. This year DD started pre school. She goes for two days one week and three the following week. I drop her to child care @ 7:30am, they take her to school at 8am, pick her up at 2:45pm and then i pick her up from child care at 4pm.

    All the time, still paying for full time child care. Ugh.

    I thought that when she started school full time next year, i would just tell work i can no longer do 8-4 and change it to 8:30 - 4:30 and pay for after school care for the hour & 45 minutes between the time school finishes and i finish work.

    I love love love the school she is going to. She does too. But i have just found out that they dont have after school care.

    Taking my lunch break at 2:45 to pick her up is not an option as its a 30 minute drive from work to there and back, not to mention picking up and dropping off... somewhere.

    I just dont know how i can do it? I dont want to pay her child care for a full week when she is only really there for a maximum of 2 hours a day.

    Any advice or experience would be great!

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    In our area there is an OOSH care provider that has their own centre separate from the schools and runs buses to the local schools to drop off/collect the kids. I'd speak to other parents at the school to see if there is a similar service running in your area.

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    I agree with whirligig, see what other options are avail ale in your area. Daycare may know of some, chat to other parents if you can.

    Failing that, you either will need a trusted family member or good friend who is not working in the afternoons to help out, or to find a school mum who may be willing to pick up your dd when she picks up her own child/ren and take her back to their house until you get off work. You may even be willing to offer a small amount of money for this- a lot of one income sahm's would find that small amount useful- just need to find someone you trust.

    I am lucky because I am a school teacher, so my hours fit in ok with preschool last year before I finished work to have dd. on days that ended early my mum would help out.

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    Someone I know does family day care for a group of families at her kids school, so before/after school care, and full day care for younger siblings. Perhaps might be worth asking around if there's someone who does something similar within the school community?

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