Childcare - The Dilemma Facing Most Young Families

In our modern society most families have both parents working. In single parent families the lone parent has no option but to work. But...who looks after the kids?

Parents looking for day care for their children have some options;

1.) Stay at home and look after the kids
2.) Work when your partner is home to look after the kids (Now there's a recipe for a short relationship!)
3.) Put the children into a crèche, or kindergarten during working hours
4.) Find a live-in Nanny
5.) Put your child in Home Based Childcare
6.) Hit on brothers, sisters and parents to look after the children

Staying at home with the kids sounds a good idea at first, but then you soon find that you can't afford the most basic luxury items that your kids want. "Other kids have them why can't I?" is the usual refrain. Adults also need other adult conversation that is not about kids, and work is the place where this is most easily found.

I know people who have tried option 2, with one partner working days and the other nights. Don't even go there. Love life? Forget it, your relationship will soon be in tatters.

Crèche, and kindergarten childcare is very limited. Many parents find that there is not enough time to work unless you have something local and part time.  Depending on your income Government subsidys can cover these costs or it will be donation based.

Live-in Nanny? Well au pair then. Au pairs can still be found, but are notoriously unreliable. It might be a good idea to sign up with an au pair agency to help you with this.

Childminders look after your kids in the childminder's home. All you have to do is drop them off and pick them up again. Finding a childminder with a similar outlook to your own is a good idea.  With home based Childcare your child is less likely to become ill like daycare centres. If the childminder is ill or closed due to holidays, then back up care can be arranged.

Finding relatives to look after your kids may be difficult, unless you have a turn and turn about arrangement that allows both sets of parents the opportunity for paid employment.

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