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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28-11-2015 02:37 #41
28-11-2015 03:36 #42Senior Member
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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.
28-11-2015 05:49 #43
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.
28-11-2015 06:11 #44Senior Member
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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.
28-11-2015 07:08 #45
Majority of people do get Ccb. And yes, my employer still has to pay us on public holidays.
28-11-2015 07:29 #46
01-12-2015 07:26 #47
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
01-12-2015 10:36 #48
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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