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    Quote Originally Posted by Mod-Nomsie View Post
    I'm going to c/link tomorrow and finding out what % I'm entitled to.
    Because it's a brand new centre, the director was saying today something along the lines of the first 12 weeks will be a bit out of synch with c/link. I'm not quite sure.
    I just double checked my paperwork because hearing that this practice isn't the norm made me question it. But I'm definitely right- they're asking for four weeks payment, and then regular deductions won't occur until 2 weeks after begin date so payments will always be 2 weeks in advance.
    Sounds like they don't have their cash flow sorted and want their customers to fix the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyno1onboard View Post
    Sounds like they don't have their cash flow sorted and want their customers to fix the problem.
    This!

    I looked into every ccc in my town when enrolling DS. Not a single one had a policy like this. They often had a policy that you had to give 2 weeks notice on removing your child from the centre but that was it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyno1onboard View Post
    Sounds like they don't have their cash flow sorted and want their customers to fix the problem.
    They probably don't. It is brand spanking new. As I was being shown around today the director apologised for the lack of furniture and activities in some of the rooms- she said once they divided their stock pile between all the rooms, what they thought had been enough suddenly became nowhere near enough.

    I also sent off forms to a local FDC company. I am anticipating their fees to be less because I will provide all food, drinks and nappies (hoping to tt dd soon anyway) and they won't ask a ridiculous up front fee.
    The gamble is whether I can get 5 days with the one carer.


    Just on the tt/ nappies part, ages 0-3 is $108 per day, 3-5 is $98 per day. Is nappies the $10 difference per day here? Because $10 per day is a large difference for only nappies? And if I tt dd I would have difficulty parting with an extra $50 per week that I wasn't actually benefiting from, you know? (I could be wrong on that assumption though. I have a terrible track record with ccc's!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mod-Nomsie View Post
    Despondent. Went and looked through a brand new Cc centre today for dd as I go back to work with the new school year. It was lovely and amazing. We have a spot.
    All i have to do is fill out the forms and pay 4 weeks in advance to secure our spot.
    It is $108 a day for 0-3. So, $540 a week. So 4 weeks is $2200.
    Um.. I have $30 in my bank. I literally don't know how I'm going to feed my always starving boys, let alone find over $2k.
    Talk about a catch 22. Can't go to work unless I have day care. Ant pay for day care until I go to work.
    How does anyone do it?! đŸ˜«
    speak with the director and see if you can go on a payment plan. that's ridiculous you may have to forfeit your spot due to lack of funds! they should be able to accommodate parents of all financial backgrounds.

    explain once you're back in paid work, it won't be a problem but that until you have a regular cash flow happening again, you're a bit stuck.

    alternatively, could centrelink ofer you a short term loan?

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    I only paid $250 as a deposit and I thought that was a bit rich! Definitely see what you can sort out. That's ludicrous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyno1onboard View Post
    Sounds like they don't have their cash flow sorted and want their customers to fix the problem.
    I have to agree. I actually think that they aren't legally allowed to ask for that much. 2 weeks yes because you have to give 2 weeks notice when finishing care but definitely not 4 weeks. How can they honestly think that people have that kind of money just sitting there to be used on advance child care fees. Absolutely ridiculous!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by harvs View Post
    I only paid $250 as a deposit and I thought that was a bit rich! Definitely see what you can sort out. That's ludicrous.
    I'm so glad to find out this is odd. I plan on taking dd back next week for another look (and so df can have a look) and I'll talk to the director. How anyone could possibly pay that much upfront- right around Christmas- is beyond me. They would be the type of family who wouldn't need cc anyway!

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    well maybe some people are good at saving? I'd have the money ready to go but I realise not everyone is the same. I work 4 days per week, hubby is 5 days. we'll be going down to one wage when I'm on mat leave end of jan then hopefully ppl will help us out once bubs is born.

    but I'll be heading back to work in September (hopefully! pending a childcare spot!). it's a little unfair to assume those who have $2k ready to go "don't need childcare". I need childcare. we have no family around to watch bub for us so if we don't get a childcare spot, I guess I can't go back to work.

    childcare is for everyone.

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    Rejoicing that DS wore shoes for the first time today! All day!
    At 15 months he was starting to look like the little kid no one loves. And OMG so dirty all the time!

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