The problem with giving ccr/ccb to grandparents or other carers without the red tape is a lot of people would be fraudulent. The red tape makes care more trustworthy/professional. (Obviously some still aren't but you get my point).
Not to say that there shouldn't be some benefits for grandparents etc to help with care. There are currently some payments available.
I think more businesses should have options for daycares.... eg if there is a big shopping centre complex, this staff who work in the stores could access childcare heavily subsidised or part of their work package in this complex. Same for schools or big industry. (Think google and it's onsite daycare). The government should make this a viable option for businesses.
Also agree with making it a more attractive career path with better incentives etc.
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13-05-2014 13:53 #13
I have to work. I think it's better that my son is in daycare than not have a roof over our heads. I do enjoy my job as well but my heart is constantly with my son. I love my days home with him and wish I could do it more.
We are just mums doing our best, we all work hard and all make sacrifices.
Anyway, back on topic! I love Tamtams idea. I work for the department of education, maybe they should have department daycares for their employees! In saying that, I didn't find it difficult to find a childcare place in my area. I think the girls at my centre are amazing, and absolutely deserve to be paid accordingly.
Maybe the government needs to cancel the CCR and CCB, develop a funding model for child care centres with these funds and maybe a bit more. Parents then make an affordable contribution. Make them run similar to the school funding system. Hopefully then the workers will be paid appropriately and making childcare affordable for all who want it.
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13-05-2014 14:07 #15
I have always felt that child care costs should be tax deductible to the employer. Or at least no FTB involved.
If we encourage employers to provide on site child care
- more mothers would be able to go back to work as their kids would be on site for easy and more regular access
- better for employers as they would have access to a wide range of highly skilled employees who currently do not work
- child care workers would be employed by other businesses who often have much better benefits etc.
If we had places like shopping centres and major office blocks who had an onsite child care - would you use it?
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13-05-2014 14:29 #18
There's nothing to stop grandparents starting their own family day care. Or are you just talking about over 70year olds?
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13-05-2014 14:45 #20
I personally feel that having accessible child care in our places of work should become much more standard. I know of plenty of 'business parks' in the inner or outer Sydney region that do not have on site childcare yet there's hundreds or even thousands of employees on site!
I think it would ease mums in particular minds if our kids were right there near our work space plus much easier with drop-offs etc in the morning.
Lots of buildings in the cbd also don't have on site childcare - only certain buildings.
Hospitals, other buildings, shopping centres for retail workers etc. more on site childcare for workers rather than a little house somewhere in suburbia would work better for so many mums/dads.
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