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    Default Reducing days whilst on maternity leave

    Yay from August I'll be on maternity leave. Which I'll be taking it at part pay again.
    Frankly we can't afford to keep dd in full time ( plus I'm home so I don't see why I should).
    She'll be 2 and kindy starts at 3.5 years so just after I return to work ft. Should I just keep her in one or two days a week to secure the place as well need ft care when I go back?
    We aren't eligible for ccb even on part pay

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    I'm keeping my DS in 2 days, lots of reasons. 2 days suits him better than 1, he knows the routines and feels more connected. He loves it, I love it. It keeps him connected with the routines with less change as well as hanging out with the kids he knows and will go to kinder with.

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    I kept mine both in 1 day a week for the familiarization aspect because I knew they would need to return to daycare when I returned to work and I didnt want too many changes to their routine. We were eligible for CCB though and you are still allowed to claim this while on maternity leave if you are returning to the same job (well thats what centrelink told me at the time and they continued to pay it).
    It was a good thing for my kids to keep the familiarity with the carers and the routines they follow there, however I dont know if I would have bothered if they were going to start Kindy during that time because all the carers would be going to change? There are other pluses though like socialization and mum getting to spend some one on one bonding time with the new baby. So if you decide to do that look at it as a positive! Also if you need to keep the place, well then you need to keep the place, so that would be the main concern in that instance..

    Good Luck, Im sure your child will be just fine either way!

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    Also some kids find 1 day a week harder than 2 or more... mine coped ok and I didnt want to do more when I wasnt working but thats a personal choice really depending on your kids and what you think will be easiest on them.

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    Only hypothetical for me but I would keep mine in 2-3 days to give me one on one time with the younger one (and make those days a bit easier) and also because my son loves daycare and does heaps of fun things there he wouldn't do at home.

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    Kindy is at the same place ( sorry should have mentioned that) so all her friends will be still there and she would have seen the teachers around ( they have open playground policy).
    Thanks I'll budget for two days

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    Two days is perfect imo. My DS was in 2-3 days whilst working and stupidly I pulled him out while home and it was such a mistake. I put him back in 2 days a week and it was great

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    I'm about to go on maternity leave in January and wondering the same thing. She currently attends 3 days and I'm going to leave it at that and if she plays up or decides she doesn't love it anymore I'll reduce to two days.

    Dd is nearly 3 and lived it currently so I hope that continues with new baby on the way.

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    I have actually been wondering a similar thing I actually work in childcare and it puzzles me why parents keep their say 2and a half year old in childcare when they are home with a new baby on mat leave surely not working would mean you can spend lots of time with your child I would and have made the most if mat leave and also didn't really want all the nasty child care germs coming home to my new baby . I think at 4 yes they need to be doing kindy but younger than that and being home is the best thing . Maybe a half day once a week if the mother doesn't have any family support as we all need a break .ifeel guilty if I leave my children at childcare and I'm not working it just doesn't seem right I have done it once or twice when I have had doc appointments but have picked them up as soon as I could maybe I'm just strange but if I didn't have to work I wouldn't I love being with my kids even when they do drive me insane .

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    Default Reducing days whilst on maternity leave

    Anything less than 2 days could be quite disruptive for your child.

    Bobjane. That's a rather narrow view. I'm sure if you put your thinking cap on you could come up with some reasons why stay at home parents may want their child in care a couple of days per week. I've just thought of 5 in the space of 15 seconds let me know if you need a hand.
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