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    You are still charged on public holidays because if you weren't, you would then be given less Ccb and you would actually be further out of pocket. (That's what my employer said to me when I asked about why I still pay for public holidays for my daughter).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamasupial View Post
    You are still charged on public holidays because if you weren't, you would then be given less Ccb and you would actually be further out of pocket. (That's what my employer said to me when I asked about why I still pay for public holidays for my daughter).

    I'm a bit confused by this explanation, especially since I don't get any CCB!

    I figure that my employer has to pay me for public holidays, so I can likewise understand that childcare workers need to be paid for public holidays. Whether the centre passes that on as a direct cost (by making us pay attendance fees on a public holiday) or by making public holidays free but increasing the rate on other days to compensate, it still ends up being the same net cost to us.

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    Not all centres charge on public holidays. My old one didn't but it was a council run centre. The one I use now does. The one that charges for public holidays is cheaper per day than the one who doesn't charge public holidays.

    They still have to pay their employees on a public holiday, that's my understanding why they charge.

    I had 2 babies born in the middle of the year and went back to work in the January/February so finding a spot was ok. My youngest was born in December and I was having almost 12 months off with her but a spot came up for one day a week when she was 6 months old so I took it, then another spot came up in October and I took it. I was back at work in the November 2 days a week and was lucky to have her in on the days I needed and that was with a bit of shuffling the kids around.

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    Hi OP, our daycare places have always come available for uptake in January- for my March baby, he started daycare in Jan and I went back to work in Feb. For my July baby, I ended up taking an extra few months off work and started back in the Jan, rather than her starting at 6 months of age. Have you thought of either taking an extra 6 months or, or alternatively, going back early, so you can take up the daycare spot? I had to grab the January spot as I couldn't risk waiting til mid year, as there was no guarantee I could get the days I needed, so January intake is what we went with, especially as they were under 2 and so few spots available there due to ratios and demand.

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    Majority of people do get Ccb. And yes, my employer still has to pay us on public holidays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyno1onboard View Post
    This all makes perfect sense. Just seems so.....wasteful.

    Guess I'll just bite the bullet and pay for 5 months worth of daycare that I don't need...! I might leave her there for a few hours a week while I get groceries and clean the house. Much easier without a baby in tow.
    I know it's a big risk...but everyone I know who has tried to get in mid year HAS gotten in. You just have to be on the ball with communication with the centre. Ring every couple of weeks saying "just a reminder, I'm going back to work in so and so weeks, how are you looking with availabilities etc?". Just be on them so they never forget you! A couple of hours a week is a good idea, that way you're already in!

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    An update...

    I spoke to my boss and they want me back mid year so taking another 6 months off isn't really an option. It's really hard to get jobs in my field atm so don't want to loose the one I have. I visited the daycare - the centre and staff were all just so so lovely. I think DD is going to enjoy it. And I'm starting to see the benefits of me having a break for a few hours a week. A bonus is that it's half the price I thought I was! I had thought they were quoting me the price after the rebate (as the other centres I looked at were twice the price) but they had been quoting me the full rate.

    Thank you all for your replies

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    Take it!!

    The first six months of day care they are sick ALL THE TIME!! Starting earlier is actually the best thing for you. She can start to work her way through all the germs and build up an immunity system. If you started her when job returned to work you would be calling in sick all the time.

    I wanted to start my DD2 in April, her older sister was at the centre and I didn't expect issues. I was returning to work in August but wanted to start the immunity building and I also needed a break as she didn't sleep. November was when she finally got a place 😠. Pretty sure we got screwed over a few times. I had had her name down for 6 months before April too. Thankfully my parents minded her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wise Enough View Post
    Take it!!

    The first six months of day care they are sick ALL THE TIME!! Starting earlier is actually the best thing for you. She can start to work her way through all the germs and build up an immunity system. If you started her when job returned to work you would be calling in sick all the time.

    I wanted to start my DD2 in April, her older sister was at the centre and I didn't expect issues. I was returning to work in August but wanted to start the immunity building and I also needed a break as she didn't sleep. November was when she finally got a place 😠. Pretty sure we got screwed over a few times. I had had her name down for 6 months before April too. Thankfully my parents minded her.
    I'm filling in the paperwork now 😄

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wise Enough View Post
    Take it!!

    The first six months of day care they are sick ALL THE TIME!! Starting earlier is actually the best thing for you. She can start to work her way through all the germs and build up an immunity system. If you started her when job returned to work you would be calling in sick all the time.
    this!
    Omg I forgot this! But yes I took more sick days in the first 6 months of DS at daycare than I did in the 5 years prior!!!


 

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