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    Ok so I have a lot of health related appointments to attend to on a regular basis. When I can I try to schedule these for a Saturday (eg physio) so DH can look after him, but my GP and specialists have to be during the week. I had to take DS to an appointment today and he literally screamed the entire time from 5 minutes into the appointment. The receptionists had to come get him so I could get through my appointment, I could hear him screaming the whole time. So so stressful.

    Is this what occasional care is for? Can someone explain to me how it works - for example could I book some time once a month and try cram all my appointments in that time, or would that be too regular? Not sure how it works.

    What do other people do?

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    Hi @Pearlygirl, it so frustrating isn't it. I am in the same boat as you, with many specialist appts.
    There is council run occasional care centres where I live which I used for my DS1. You had to fill out an enrolment, pay a fee and then book in when you needed them. It was tricky getting in some of the times so I still had to take my little one with me. Also you needed to be very specific when they would be dropped off/picked up which is really hard with appts too.
    It's not an option for me now as my bub is prem and they won't take him until he is 1, which I am kind of happy about. It is a good thing to use from time to time.

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    Hi, as the above poster said, my daughter also goes to occasional care run by the council once a week. Thursday morning is her booked session, the hours are 8.30-11.30 and its $23. She doesn't have to go every week, if she's sick or if we're away we just need to let them know by 9am the morning of the session and we won't get charged.

    its great and she loves it. In answering your question I make sure all my appointments and errands on a Thursday morning. It's great not doing food shopping with a 2 year old!
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    Some occasional care you can only book a week in advance.

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    You would really have to see what your area provides I've just enrolled my girls in oc due to specialist appt and sanity haha and they had the choice of ringing up weekly or taking a term. I think cos a session is only 3 hrs that's why it's occasional care they do morning or arvo sessions. The there's ones that run threw places like a gym which you book in as required

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    Thanks everyone. The one near me only does Tuesday mornings for kids under 2, but that's all I know at this stage. I wouldn't need it weekly, just every now and then so I can see my doctors so it would be a little annoying calling in many weeks saying I didn't need it. Hmmm will need to find out more. I just wish more places had crèches that I could access for an hour here and there :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pearlygirl View Post
    Thanks everyone. The one near me only does Tuesday mornings for kids under 2, but that's all I know at this stage. I wouldn't need it weekly, just every now and then so I can see my doctors so it would be a little annoying calling in many weeks saying I didn't need it. Hmmm will need to find out more. I just wish more places had crèches that I could access for an hour here and there :/
    Any gyms near you? Their crèches are sometimes set up like that?


 

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