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    Does anyone know, is this a thing? I need 3 of my children watched for about 1.5hr on Friday and not sure where to go or who to ask about it. I have to go into town for my 4 year old ASD sons speech therapy appointment and I generally have my husband watch my other kids, who are 6, 3 and 2. But he is away for a while so my next two appointments I will be doing on my own. I don't want to skip it, as they are fortnightly so missing two would mean over a month of nothing. It's also a fair way from home so asking a neighbour to watch them is not overly reasonable on my part.

    What are my options? I assume day cares are hesitant to do once off care but I don't use daycare at all so I really have no idea.

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    Lots of councils do occasional care. Some neighbourhood houses or local community centres offer it as well.

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    Definitely look for an occasional care centre. You will still need to book in (although they offer emergency care) but you can just put the kids there for the number of hours you need - and only pay those hours. CCR and CCB applies if you're eligible.

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    For just an hour and a half I would ask a friend or neighbour.

    Or bring them with you, take along plenty of snacks and stuff to keep them occupied and leave them the older two in the waiting room and bring the younger one in with you. (I'm assuming here the actual appt is half an hour. I've left siblings in the waiting room heaps of times without issue).
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    Quote Originally Posted by SSecret Squirrel View Post
    For just an hour and a half I would ask a friend or neighbour.

    Or bring them with you, take along plenty of snacks and stuff to keep them occupied and leave them the older two in the waiting room and bring the younger one in with you. (I'm assuming here the actual appt is half an hour. I've left siblings in the waiting room heaps of times without issue).
    The appointment is an hour, so I said 1.5hrs to include stuffing around the desk and driving to come and get them.

    If I were to leave kids here with a friend or neighbour, it's closer to 12-14 hours as its 4 hours each way to get to the appointment. Plus time for appointments and grabbing groceries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by binnielici View Post
    Definitely look for an occasional care centre. You will still need to book in (although they offer emergency care) but you can just put the kids there for the number of hours you need - and only pay those hours. CCR and CCB applies if you're eligible.
    I have no idea about CCB and CCR so I likely won't bother with those. I'm not worried about the money, I just don't know who actually does it. I will see if I can ring the occasional care and council things suggested

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahalfdozen View Post
    The appointment is an hour, so I said 1.5hrs to include stuffing around the desk and driving to come and get them.

    If I were to leave kids here with a friend or neighbour, it's closer to 12-14 hours as its 4 hours each way to get to the appointment. Plus time for appointments and grabbing groceries.
    Fair enough. In your original post, you said the kids needed to be watched for 1 1/2 hours - it read like that the was the total time you needed them watched.

    Can you leave them with a friend for the day and then reciprocate at some point in the future?

    ETA - rereading your post - do you mean you are you driving all kids to another town and need care in the other town for one and half hours? I've found some councils offer occasional care and some don't. When I lived in the ACT there were occasional care centres. They were difficult to get into and it basically a lottery where it was first in best dressed - they took bookings x days in advance and it was a mad scramble to get a booking on they day you wanted. Where I live now there are no occasional care centres at all.

    Do you have someone you bring with you to mind the kids eg take them to a park while you are at the appointment?
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    Yeh I will drive all my kids with me and wanted care there just for the time of the appointment. So that's the 1.5hrs. I generally don't get home til about 9 or so at night so I feel like it's a lot to ask of someone to watch them here.

    My husband generally comes with me. he is a shift worker and has a standing x across every second Friday to come to these appointments so he won't get rostered on. But he is away from home, about 7 hours in the opposite direction so no help to me at the moment.

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    Do you have a 7 seater? Any chance of fitting a mate in the car who could take them to the park or milkshake for the 1.5hrs?

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    Like pp have suggested, an occasional care might work. Ds attends one at a neighbourhood house if you have any questions about it. They're usually about $10/hr though for ds' you need to pay for the full 3hr session. You might be able to find a creche at a local gym or recreational centre too.


 

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