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I have 3 children under 4 and financially need to return to the workforce, however childcare for 3 children for the week is far too expensive. I have moved interstate so I don’t have any friends or family to watch them. I’m trying to find other options that aren’t going to cost my entire pay check at the end of the week. Am I just kidding myself or is there a way?


Posted anonymously, 18th November 2013


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  • I don’t know of any other options. Childcare is so expensive, it’s often not worth returning to work because of the cost of childcare


  • Have you looked at the cost for a nanny? I found that cheaper than daycare. Go to findababysitter.com


  • not sure but good luck, you need to for your sanity!


  • try a pet minding business, or collecting mail, putting bins out etc for people on holidays – driving them to the airport, etc….. things that will probs pay cash too!!


  • Try looking for private adds Gumtree etc mothers advertise who r looking for work allot cheaper just make sure they have a working with children certificate re police check


  • make sure you talk to someone who can tell you more info


  • yeah really good ideas on here.


  • Think about an Au Pair. It is charged per day, not per child.


  • try looking into something like freelancer.com


  • it is difficult, you really need to outweight the cost over the benefits


  • Have you checked out the calculators on the Centrelink / Human Services website? They may help to know what they costs will be for you. It can be hard with CCB and CCR not covering the 5 days.


  • as around at the schools, some mums take baby sitting on and could maybe help you out at a good price


  • Family day care is usually the best option as you only pay for the hours you need, not a full day.


  • you could try family day care but thats expensive to.


  • there are some good comments here


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