OS&N, it's sad to think people contemplate leaving their jobs because childcare is so expensive. This thread is very relevant to a project i'm working on. I hope you don't mind me sharing this here - but it would be great to get some responses from these lovely Mums who are currently paying for childcare.
My partner and I are working on a project ("yesbubs") to address the cost and availability of childcare.
"Parents across Australia are facing this dilemma, and since successive governments have failed to address the undersupply and ever-spiraling cost of child care, it has become one of today’s hottest political issues. Even now that Tony Abbott has abandoned his paid parental leave scheme, there is no guarantee any of the freed-up funds will go towards making childcare more plentiful or affordable" (Struthers, 2005).
We are developing a matchmaking service for child minding, with the aim of reducing the cost and availability of traditional child care services. Think "Uber for Childcare". The service will attempt to put parents in contact with one another based on a number of suitability factors such as location, extended networks connections, and scheduling requirements. Initially the service will cater for regular recurring partnerships between families. Subsequently we'll incorporate a service for qualified child care workers to cater ad-hoc scheduling.
As UniSA alumni, we are applying for $50,000 seed funding through the Venture Catalyst competition. We are busy working on our application and pitch, should we get selected.
We are currently conducting research to support our application and to confirm if this is a good idea to pursue.
If you have children under 5 or are expecting - we'd really appreciate your time completing this short survey to support our application and test our concept. If it's a good idea, we will develop it for you!
Link to the short survey: http://goo.gl/forms/GXSDy3gwck