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    I haven't read all replies but what happens if you are on Maternity leave (without pay) for twelve months? I left my Ds1 in care while I stayed at home with bub. Not only to keep his spot when I went back to work but also for the social aspect, plus having the one on one time with DS2 was really special.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moosey View Post
    I haven't read all replies but what happens if you are on Maternity leave (without pay) for twelve months? I left my Ds1 in care while I stayed at home with bub. Not only to keep his spot when I went back to work but also for the social aspect, plus having the one on one time with DS2 was really special.
    you loose the spot, to bad you lazy sahm you
    other *more important* people need that spot dont you know

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    Quote Originally Posted by moosey View Post
    I haven't read all replies but what happens if you are on Maternity leave (without pay) for twelve months? I left my Ds1 in care while I stayed at home with bub. Not only to keep his spot when I went back to work but also for the social aspect, plus having the one on one time with DS2 was really special.
    I would think as with any other type of leave you'd still be considered to be employed as per your usual working hours. Being on maternity leave doesn't mean you are 'not working' or unemployed. You're simply taking a particular type of leave entitlement, but are still employed, whether it's paid leave or not.

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    There is a community Centre near where I lived that specifically targeted SAHM. It was open 10-2pm and you could have your child in for a max of 2 days a week. Each day was $10. This is a brilliant idea. Each suburb should have one. Long day care should be for working parents/study. It took me a year to get my son into a daycare centre and now with after school care I was close to losing my job because I couldn't find a place. Meanwhile my neighbour had her kids in long day care and bragged about how she pays so little and needs a break 3 days a week for 8 hours. (To meet up with friends for coffee and watch dr phil...yes this is actually what she did)
    As for the government wanting woman back in the workforce...yea right it's all bull when it comes to practice. I'm in a position now where my hours at work will be changed which will make it impossible for me to pick my son up from after care. When I argued against this I was told that it will apply to all staff and that they can not favour one persons situation over another. Basically having children is no excuse. So I need to find another job and if I go part time I will likely need to take a lower position and a big pay cut. Or I can find full time where I'm at risk of again not having flexibility to pick my children up. Very frustrating the lack of help from the government working women receive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moosey View Post
    I haven't read all replies but what happens if you are on Maternity leave (without pay) for twelve months? I left my Ds1 in care while I stayed at home with bub. Not only to keep his spot when I went back to work but also for the social aspect, plus having the one on one time with DS2 was really special.
    Exactly!

    I'm on maternity leave now and my dd1 is still at kindy (daycare) a few days a week. If I take her out, I loose my spot and therefore won't have care for her when I return to work at the start of next year.

    Also she had great friends at daycare as she's been attending for 2yrs prior whilst I was working.

    It also becomes easier to get her sister in when I head back to work as we are a current family.

    So my question is should I be paying full fees, no rebates etc because I'm on leave as "technically" I'm still employed ?

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    Default No more subsidised childcare for non-working parents?

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    Are preschools really that much?

    My daughter went to preschool in 2014 and it wears $32 day, but there was no rebate.
    Can be. Many working parents can't afford to us the part time pre-schools: 9-3, 2 days one week 3 days the other week. The model really doesn't work for working parents. You have to add before and after school care and daycare on the other days. I'm putting ds1 in a private pre school that has before and after school care, vacation care rolled in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moosey View Post
    I haven't read all replies but what happens if you are on Maternity leave (without pay) for twelve months? I left my Ds1 in care while I stayed at home with bub. Not only to keep his spot when I went back to work but also for the social aspect, plus having the one on one time with DS2 was really special.
    I tell you what ds1 staying in daycare part time while I was on mat leave with ds2 was a saviour!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    Can be. Many working parents can't afford to us the part time pre-schools: 9-3, 2 days one week 3 days the other week. The model really doesn't work for working parents. You have to add before and after school care and daycare on the other days. I'm putting ds1 in a private pre school that has before and after school care, vacation care rolled in.
    Preschools do not work for working mums, which is why I quoted del because age said it would take up preschool places, but it's not possible imo with the preschool hours. And even if preschool did have before and after school care and vacation care, it's not something that appeals to me as a working mum. I like the preschool program at my son's daycare.

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    I'm not familiar with preschool funding in other states, so I can't comment on that, but I'm assuming there will still be something in place to make that accessible for children in the year or two before they start school.

    For *most* sahps, there are many ways to socialise and educate your child before the preschool year/s; organised play based activities at home, playgroup, kindy gym, swimming lessons, play dates, going to the park etc. I just don't agree that *most* babies and toddlers need to be in childcare if they have a sahp.
    I also don't understand the expectation that childcare should be subsidised so sahps can't get their groceries done/clean the house/run errands. Majority of working parents still have to do this with kids in tow.

    I would hope that there are exceptions for families that genuinely do need to access childcare (medical reasons etc).

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoteToSelf View Post
    Almost every SAHM I know has their kids in CC two days a week so they can 'do errands, have a break, do groceries and socialise their kids'.

    I'm sorry but I don't think this is good government spending.

    You can socialise your kids at playgroup, the park, the library. You can do your cleaning, errands and groceries while your kids are with you, like working parents do.

    There needs to be universal access to Preschool (year before school starts), and isn't this partly present by the universal 15hours of preschool federal funding? There's no real need for SAH parents to use long day care for preschool.


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    I know no one like this irl out of my mothers group and other mummy friends, they only use cc for work or study purposes and even then, as a last resort after getting family members to help. I do have a friend who may appear to be a sahm but she actually runs a business from home and is trying to find a cc place 1-2 days a week so she can run her business.

    As for using community preschools rather than cc for kindy/preschool, it really relies on availability. If all the preschools are full then you will have to use cc or miss out completely. The centres in my area are completely full. I've heard you need to put for bub on waitlist by 2 years for 4 year old kinder at the local preschool.

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