Personally, I'm stoked at what the government do for me - I get CCB and CCR which means I end up only paying about $23 per day for DS's care at his long day care centre. I also get FTB payments due to being a single parent earning under the threshold amount. I am SO grateful for this.
I do feel the government are very conscious of the inequality in pay for female dominated industries and that this is on their agenda. Others may disagree but I feel it is.
Id like to see workplaces take more responsibility for childcare, especially corporate australia, by providing on site childcare in their buildings.
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25-09-2012 17:34 #91
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25-09-2012 17:54 #92Senior Member
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The government has no choice but to accept the bulk of the responsibility for the childcare shortage and for coming up with a solution.
It wanted the population increase so it introduced the baby bonus etc and it worked, more babies were born.
The government wanted women to return to work so it introduced some form of paid paternity leave, and it is working more women are returning to work.
As a result of the above (and the increasing cost of living and people's 'wants') comes the greater demand on childcare.
It is time for the government to deal with the consequences of what it started.
As for the original topic I can understand why people would use day care for reasons other than working, but if it meant that I missed out on a place when I need daycare so I can work then yes I would be angry about it.
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26-09-2012 13:58 #95
While there may be a priority list for daycare centres it's not to say it is followed. I know for a fact that there are parents that aren't working utilising positions at the one and only centre in the remote town we live. On the enrolment form it asks if you are working, studying etc and even if you say you do/are you don't have to proove it which I am assumming could be why the SAHM's have spots when some working parents are on the waiting list.
I also don't think the fees are unreasonable. I don't think $400 a fortnight for 2 children in daycare after the CCR is deducted is expensive and many that are on CCB would be paying much less or next to nothing so they shouldn't be complaining. Our centre offers a discount for additional sibblings too, I assume this is the norm.
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27-09-2012 09:55 #97
I have always used care for work but after the next bub comes and I'll be staying home DS will keep going and DD will b in afterschool care I then plan to give myself one day a week purely to keep my life in order. I can barely do it now let alone with three of them. It really impacts on my mental health when things are in such disarray. That and DH refuses to agree to a cleaner even though I simply can not keep on top of things.
27-09-2012 10:12 #98
Whilst $400 a fortnight for me would be a dream price, the reality is I have been paying around $600, and it's crippling me.
It's very hard to say what is a good price for everyone (unless it's free! lol) as we all have different incomes and expenses. A family may have a very good income, but with just one sick family member, a lot of their money may be directed at hospital and medicine bills- hence $400 a f/n is a big ask.
And my previous FDC (run by the shire) did not offer discounts for siblings either. Tight *****.
27-09-2012 11:19 #99
Thanks Nomsie for providing your situation to the forum- it really sounds like you are in a tough spot and I hope you get a place ASAP. Would it be possible to sit down with the centre manager and explain your situation? Maybe they could bump someone to another day?
27-09-2012 17:43 #100
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