I agree with the sentiments of most people in this thread and despise TA and the Libs.
But... As always when Scandanavian countries are mentioned as utopia-like, you need to remember that SAHP's are a tiny majority over there (as are non-parents who don't work). Obviously there is some non-voluntary unemployment but I'm talking about people who choose to stay home for 3,5,10 years or whatever to stay home with their kids. It just doesn't happen - they stay in the workforce and continue to pay their income taxes which keeps the system working. I don't think many people on this forum would actually like that reality.
I have seen stats but can't be bothered to dig them out so you'll have to trust me 😃 - this is also anecdotally from people who live there.
Men taking parental leave over there is also way more common which is great. Culturally we have a long way to go before we can start emulating socialist countries.
Obviously not talking about those who can't work due to caring responsibilities outside the norm (ie those with SNs).
Just out of interest - how much is their child care?
Is this true ?
If it is I'd unable to pay rent after the first month.
My baby has seen 5 specialists this month alone and has 4 more appointments in the next 3 weeks. We have also been to the doctor everyday this week with one trip to the ER. He is sick with. Chest infection but too young for antibiotics according to guidelines. He is wheezing and goes blue in the mouth and the doctor checks him everyday because they won't admit him until he need full time oxygen.
I can't even really afford the extra petrol let alone anything else.
what is the pay rate for childcare workers over there?
I know I would love to return to work but it's expensive enough just to send the kids to preschool, let alone care 3-5 days a week. We were talking about me returning to work next year if something comes up. I would need permanent part-time to make it work as relying on casual we would probably end up spending more in child care. Where I get stuck is that the job positions don't come out until term 3 at the earliest and sometimes early term 4 and childcare where my kids go to preschool want to know our days and requirements in June! Perhaps I should just try and get a lower-paying job there instead of trying for a primary school! I would still need to pay OOSH fees for our other child anyway. I was talking to a grandma at school pick up the other day - there are many grandparents that drop off and pick up kids at DS's school and she was telling me how she raised her grandkids whilst their parents went to work. I told her her family were very fortunate to have her!
And that's if you can get a spot!
When I looked at it I could could get full time care for 4 days a week.. Which wouldn't help. I got told to get my mum to look after him. My mum still works full time.
Sorry to go Off Topic.
I already pay between $180 & 350 fpr paed and OT etc appts for my son, not sure how much we get back as it just goes back into our account.
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