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#1 steppingonlego

Posted 22 November 2012 - 08:46 AM

ME again! I am asking questions as I have never used care before.

I start my new job on JAn 14 next year. I have two in school and one will be one day care on day kinder.

It means though that in school holidays I will need care for my older two on two days a week and the 3.5yo on one day a week.

I thought maybe vacation care for the older two on the day the youngest is in childcare but what about the other day?

I am thinking once the April Holidays roll around DH could take an annual leave day for one Friday and I could take one for the next Friday and so on for each school holidays. We don't really have family prepared to help.

It must be so hard for Mums with a full time job.

Are there any options I have not considered?

Thanks again

#2 liveworkplay

Posted 22 November 2012 - 09:22 PM

If you do not have family or friends that can help, your only choice is formal care,,,,,daycare for under 5 and vacation care for school aged kids. That or a nanny.

Both DH and I have forced leave over christmas/new year. Other times our girls go to vacation care or now they are getting older, the odd sports clinic. DD3 goes to daycare.

#3 halcyondays

Posted 22 November 2012 - 09:37 PM

I've found that if the 3.5 year old can handle it, asking a high school student to look after the children can work quite well- they are on school holidays too, and the children usually love having someone new to play with.They are also considerably cheaper than a nanny, and it looks good on their CV.

You could try asking the kinder teachers if they know someone- often they have family friends with teenage children who they trust.

I try and work a shorter days during school holidays, so that the kids aren't left in the care of someone inexperienced for too long- write down everything in detail and leave all food ready prepared.
I've also used family day care as some have spots available during school holidays, even for older children. I've also been one of those parents who have asked a mother who is not working that day to help too.
It is a juggle, isn't it?


#4 steppingonlego

Posted 23 November 2012 - 11:56 AM

Thanks ladies.

As soon as I have leave saved up DH and I will split the holidays and each take leave. I am only working two days a week so I am thinking they can spend the day the youngest is in childcare at school holiday care and the other day one of us will take AL.

DH has enough leave to see us through the Christmas holidays thank goodness.

It is a juggle I have no idea how parents who are both full time and have no family help manage!




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