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Im feeling a little lost, confused, and anxious about returning to work and after some advice.

My boy is currently 9 months old, and I’d like to go back to work atleast by the end of the year, I just don’t know where to start.
He is not in daycare, so do I sort his days first or my days first?
Will need a job first so I can pay for daycare obviously.
Im also not sure what to go back to, and how I approach hours that will suit working around a baby.
I worked in childcare but left the industry about 13 years ago. I sometimes of going back, simply because of having a baby and fitting my work schedule around him.
Otherwise I feel like my other option is to head back to hospitality- where days and hours are usually weekends so I feel it wouldn’t work for me.
Being a new Zealand citizen I’m also not sure exactly what I’m entitled too when it comes to daycare or where I find this information out.

Please, any advice on this matter would be so much appreciated. Thanks mums x.


Posted by Danicastefanie, 1st June 2021


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  • If the situation arises where you’re not entitled to much/any help with daycare costs then be prepared to rethink situation. With a multiple birth many years ago (and a hubby that happened to work), I was in the situation where I’d go to work and pretty much spent everything I earnt on childcare. And there was a long waiting list for places anywhere, especially near work. But I gather things have improved. So check if you are eligible for any financial help, then see how much it would cost for the hours you need. The cost may affect what job you take.


  • Hard to know which step to take first indeed.
    I think definitely first chat with Centrelink, make a decision about what work you want to chaseand for how many hours per week and start applying, whilst enrolling your child in childcare


  • Have you chatted to your partner on what would for your family?
    I went back to work when mine was 8 months and I got childcare days sorted out first and then my work days.


  • Definitely chat to Centrelink regarding entitlements. From there you will know what you can cover and what you can’t. Then you can start thinking about work once you can sort out childcare for your little one. Baby steps will get you where you need to go.


  • About entitlements you should talk to centerlink and then go from there.


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