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ACT Child Care the most expensive in the country

By johnboy - 6 March 2006 28

The Canberra Times is reporting that we can add the country’s most expensive child care to the list of reasons not to want to live in the ACT.

If the government is responsible for offering free education (and defacto childcare) from k-12 why aren’t they also running free childcare? I imagine the long term economic benefits would be immense.

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Maelinar 4:02 pm 07 Mar 06

As a parent to be, I waited until my wife and I had the combined fiscal resources to bear children. I would expect that any couple would make every reasonable attempt to do the same, and not just root each other silly until the government gives them $4,000 for a plasma telly.

My unborn child already has a cot, a pram, several tonnes of toys, clothes and a baby seat. I reiterate, My unborn child.

I certainly don’t categorise myself within the same category of people that have no resources, and have to make critical life decisions such as should I buy a pint, a packet of cigarettes, or some baby food?

They are a different kettle of fish, so while one side of the argument is accurate when pitched at one social group, it is also accurate when pitched at the other (in appropriate terms).

On the one hand, you should be allowed to have children, on the other, if you can’t look after them, they should be relocated to somebody who can.

RG, friends can babysit without a permit (however this is outside legal circles and a public liability case would fall on it’s heels), but as soon as money changes hands (eg ‘here’s some money, look after my child’) that’s when the insurance, police checks, health…. comes into it.

LurkerGal 3:47 pm 07 Mar 06

I think you can do it if you aren’t receiving payment. Sounds like a good idea. Although my problem is afterschool care. I pay a hell of a lot of money for 90 minutes a day.

RandomGit 1:55 pm 07 Mar 06

In any case, I think there are regulations that might stop that sort of thing. You know, insurance, police checks, health standards and general accountability for looking after such a large gaggle of kids.

RandomGit 1:54 pm 07 Mar 06

I would kiddie pool if all the other parents I know weren’t using childcare.

simto 11:24 am 07 Mar 06

Unfortunately, most workplaces don’t allow people to take one day off a week for about five years running (until the kid is old enough to go to pre-school, anyway).

caf 11:09 am 07 Mar 06

You’ve heard of car-pooling – try kid-pooling!

T_Bone 10:44 am 07 Mar 06

I was talking to some friends about the cost of Child Care, and the pressure on wages etc. Now none of us have children but from an economic standpoint we were wondering why 5 parents in the same location don’t get together and sit each others children one day a week 8.30-5.30 so they have the option to work the other 4 days? Wouldn’t this mean you get weekly child care for only 9 hours of sitting the others kids once a week?

This is just a general idea and as I said I don’t have children so can one of the parents tell me why this sort of thing isn’t done? What are the problems I am not seeing, apart from finding 4 other parents you can trust with your kids?

nyssa76 8:37 pm 06 Mar 06

ORL, my youngest goes to childcare. What she does there is actually a set program created by Early Childhood teachers to further develop her social skills, gross and fine motor skills, oral skills and comprehension skills.

There’s more to childcare than apples and oranges.

And considering childcare workers are paid so little, we should all be bloody thankful that regardless of the monetary amount, they do the job because they love working with children.

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