Hi, I am currently a mostly SAHM (I do 4-8 hours of casual work each week). But we are now in a position where I will need to start looking for a job with more hours. I don't really want to put my son in daycare yet but I might not have a choice. So, I'm just wondering about how it works.
If I was to get a job with a rotating roster (different days each week) is it possible to get my son in daycare on a 'casual' basis? Like if I'm working different hours every week can I change his daycare days to suit that? Or do I have to enroll him on set days? There's no point in having him in daycare on days I'm not working so I wouldn't want to have him in on set days and then not get offered a shift that day IYKWIM. Also, should I be trying to get him in now in case there is a long wait? What happens if we get offered a place and I'm still not working? Do I have to forfeit that place anyway?
Also, if there is such a thing as 'casual' daycare, can I get anything back from centrelink for that? I don't know how any of that works.