It really is expensive. We have our 2 girls and I don't work now, but with lee's wage we aren't entitled to anything other then child benefit and a smidge of family tax credit. My last few jobs have been at supervisor level but for this area that about 14k and nursery for these 2 would cost 18k. We wouldn't get any government support for childcare either so I'm staying off. it has made us completely look at our finances now though and after a bit of scrimping to clear some debt we are now lucky to be better off then we were with me working. Still got 10k more debt to go though. I keep hoping for a lottery win. i am always so confused by how other people afford to work and pay childcare for children as it really is such a huge chunk of peoples wage. I assumed people working in nurseries earnt a fortune but I was talking to a girl from school who works at a nursery near here and she said the wage is grim. It'd be great if the government opened nurseries that take kiddies from 6 weeks old and charged on a means tested basis to help people back to work without taking so much of peoples money that it seems depressing to see it go without much to show for it. I'm looking at putting both our 2 in a nursery round the corner that just charge per hour if you book a week in advance so they can have a bit of social time with other children. i think they're gonna love it and it's nice that I don't have to commit to a weekly fortune when I just dont have it.
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