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12/06/2013 at 10:34
I'm going to have to look for childcare afterwards aren't I?
I'm hoping I can afford to go part time, and therefore will have to get offered a job before I can find childcare to suit my hours. How stressful is this likely to be?
I've collected numbers of childminders, I have looked round two nurseries, but obviously they all have different times/spaces available.
If I need to use more than one childcare service, is there any issues with that? I'm thinking about the vouchers, can they be split?
Anything else I need to consider? I'm not too worried about the different environments because it may be something I have no choice about. Can't sweat about what I can't change.
12/06/2013 at 10:57
Can your mum not help with childcare?
12/06/2013 at 11:01
She works full time.
12/06/2013 at 11:09
Oh dear. Remind me how old C is? Will she be going to nursery / pre school. I'd look to see if any of those have after school / breakfast clubs so it's just one drop off / collection. Or of course just one childminder. That would help in terms of not splitting the CCV but just going to one source.
12/06/2013 at 11:14
I forget how old your little one is? I think you can split the vouchers, though it depends what CCV provider your potential employer uses. Do you claim tax credits? They have a childcare element.
I use nursery, pre school and wrap around school care for mine, though E will be a latch key kid come September.
12/06/2013 at 13:00
C is 2 in July. A is ten and as she's eleven in October will probably not have much in the way of childcare bless her.
It's a minefield isn't it. Not sure whether to find a childminder just as she will be going to pre school next year?
Sometimes when I think about it all I feel a bit anxious but I'm Hoping it'll all fall into place.
12/06/2013 at 13:16
It will all fall into place hon, it really will
12/06/2013 at 13:44
I have CCV from my employer and they just go into an online account in the same way as a bank account. Then I can make whatever payments I like - I could set up a monthly amount or just make each payment individually, but they can only go to registered childcare providers.
I would find a job first and then think about childcare, there are loads of options nowadays for working parents and whilst it does seem like hard work, you will be able to set up a routine that works for you and your family x
12/06/2013 at 15:58
Thank you all. I am pretty excited about it, I am craving something to do as am so bored. Time to get my CV sorted.
12/06/2013 at 16:26
It will fall into place. One of my friends was unexpectedly offered a job over half term last year (shes a teacher). She managed get the job and to organise child care for two children in a week. I'd look at all the options - don't forget to allow for covering the school holidays in your plans as well.
12/06/2013 at 16:30
Cedar - yes, this is why I'm thinking to find C a childminder for 51 weeks of the year. A can ship out to holiday clubs and family (if she wants). Just hoping I can can something for 3 days a week or something so I can have some time still with her in the hols.
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