Dear Prime Minister,
I’m a working mum. I go to work every day plagued by worry and guilt, but I don’t have a choice.
My son is cared for by two relatively inexperienced nannies four days a week because I can’t get him into childcare.
It took a long time to find those nannies, because they are part of a mostly transient workforce and many of them only dabble in the profession until they get into what they really want to do.
Subsequently, my son has already had six nannies out of about 30 I interviewed.
Our current nannies are lovely girls and I’m lucky we were able to find them, but this is just a temporary measure and our son needs a consistent, caring and safe childcare provider.
I knew prior to getting pregnant that Australia faced a childcare crisis so I took every precaution to ensure my baby had proper care when I went back to work, but to no avail.
When I was three months pregnant, I booked my baby into childcare. Now my baby is 10 months old and I’m told that it’s unlikely I’ll get him into childcare by the end of the year.
He’ll have been on the wait list for almost two years by then and I’m told that I may not get him into childcare next year either.
It is unbelievable that working mothers are made to suffer so much in a privileged nation such as ours.
I’m lucky enough to have never needed welfare and the only government benefit I’ve received is Paid Parental Leave. I’ve worked since I was 15. I’ve paid my taxes, yet I’m penalised.
I know the Productivity Commission has made recommendations to improve childcare in Australia, but there’s been very little focus on the 0-3 age group.
And the recommendations the Federal Government appears to be considering may provide some solution for childcare, but not quality childcare. There’s a difference.
I implore you Mr Abbott, please open up more quality childcare places, particularly for our 0-3 age group so that they have a safe and secure environment to grow up in while their parents are at work.
In the true spirit of this nation, please help the hardworking people of Australia so that we no longer have to suffer for wanting to provide our children with quality care and a good future.
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