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    I think some of the detail is yet to be released so I guess we all need to review the impact on our individual circumstances at that time.

    On another note,what I think the gov is saying here is not that sahm's shouldn't use childcare, not that people working 12 hours a week need to work 15, not that kids should miss out on education/social interaction. All they are saying is that if you don't meet the eligibility for a rebate, you are the one who will pay for the service being provided.

    Seems like people value the time their child is in childcare and the benefits it brings, you might just have to pay what it's worth to continue rather than a taxpayer footing the bill. The money saved sounds like it will still go to childcare subsidy overall, but just targeted to working parents maybe? All the stories we hear of people working full time for little to no financial gain might be reduced if the subsidies are directed in a better way than they are currently. Who knows if that is what this 2015 budget will achieve though. We'll have to wait and see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThenThereWereThree View Post
    having worked in childcare what are my thoughts? Public primary schools are gunna have a big problem and I hope the govt has the funding to fix the slew of 4-6 year olds with educational delays or problems that have not been detected because these children are not entering formal learning and their problems are not being picked up early enough to help them, this will raise a generation of disadvantaged children
    Not to mention the slew of 4 year olds starting school early because their family cannot afford the fee's

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koarlo View Post
    Not to mention the slew of 4 year olds starting school early because their family cannot afford the fee's
    yep, even at 10 dollars a day we still had parents sending their kids off to school (kids with serious, serious delays) at 4 because they didnt want to cash out the 40$ a fortnight for care

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2015 View Post
    On another note,what I think the gov is saying here is not that sahm's shouldn't use childcare, not that people working 12 hours a week need to work 15, not that kids should miss out on education/social interaction. All they are saying is that if you don't meet the eligibility for a rebate, you are the one who will pay for the service being provided.
    $100+ a day for kindy/preschool is ridiculous!

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    This is cost cutting in two levels. Firstly they save money from SAHM's then they push them out of using CC, which means they don't have to fund more places. On one hand I understand that the tax payer can't be expected to fund unlimited CC for SAHM's. But in reality, it was only 2 days a week and many use that for mental health and emotional reasons.

    I see this forcing more and more women into PND and isolation. SAHM's provide tangible and non tangible value to society. And what about women that are working, but under the 15 hours. What about a single mum working 12 hours a week around study and small kids? Well she'll be back on full time payments bc her 12 hours have now become completely untenable.
    maybe its nothing nefarious - maybe it's about cutting funding to parents who don't work..so that funding to parents who do work doesn't have to be reduced? (Ie so that childcare for working parents remains affordable).

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdornedWithCats View Post
    $100+ a day for kindy/preschool is ridiculous!
    For 1/3 of the year (when the rebate has run out) A full time working mum may pay $100-$150 per day put of pocket for every kid in daycare ...

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    I wonder if care workers will get a &5 pay increase?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThenThereWereThree View Post
    having worked in childcare what are my thoughts? Public primary schools are gunna have a big problem and I hope the govt has the funding to fix the slew of 4-6 year olds with educational delays or problems that have not been detected because these children are not entering formal learning and their problems are not being picked up early enough to help them, this will raise a generation of disadvantaged children
    That is a really, really good point. It could have a huge impact on early primary staff and schools.

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    Hopefully a full time working Mum would earn enough of a wage to cover that for part of the year. For someone working 10-14hrs a week their wage would not be able to cover the $200/week cost of childcare to cover the two days they work. I don't know what students who "study" less than 15 hours a week will do when they may not even earn a wage. Not sure how the time is recorded for students though.

    Kindy is an important rereq for school imo and everyone should be able to access it. At least a couple of half days a week like I did back in the day.
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    What happens if you are on maternity leave? Will there be a limit on how long they will subsidise? Will we lose our rebate if we have say 18 months off? Or have to give up our spots while on maternity leave if we can't pay full fees while on mat leave? Not sure if this has been answered yet..

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