We’ve all been here- by we I mean working parents, solo parents etc. You know the drill- Child care centres full, waiting lists, requiring care after the standard 9-5 work schedule because you may be a shift worker, rushing to the childcare centre before 6pm to avoid the “red pen fine”…. Would you consider pooling with other parents that perhaps you’ve met at playgroup, and share the expenses of a carer in your home (or take turns with the other parents), even if it means that you still have an option to work while waiting to get into a childcare centre?
I know throughout the years, of parents that already do this kind of care in canberra, but would a nanny subsidy mean that you can pay your carer above market-rates and ensure low turn-overs etc? Economies of scale if you have 2 children, and your neighbour has 2 type scenario? Perhaps you don’t qualify for the childcare rebate, but your single mum neighbour with the 2 kids working 2 part-time jobs could piggy-back on that sort of care and get the childcare rebate? That may be there is an opportunity for some childcare centres to specialise in extending trading hours to say 8pm to accommodate those of us who have unusual work hours? Or even in-house care agencies that only take permanent bookings (as opposed to occasional care aka baby-sitting) to meet the demands on childcare vs the limited supply.
Would love to hear what everyone else thinks as I think we have the highest amount of mums and dads working/ women going back to work early in the country (my own observation).