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working to pay for childcare and not a lot else...

May 21st, 2014, 20:06 PM   #1
I have been doing some sums today and have discovered that after this baby (no 2) is born and I go back to work, once both kids' nursery fees are removed I will have a take home pay of approx 100 per month. Most of this will be spent on fuel going to and from nursery/work! What's the point in that especially when it's a job I no longer have love for and am considering other ventures?

Has anyone else been in a similar situation and if so what would your advice be?

Thanks for reading. xx
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May 21st, 2014, 21:18 PM   #2
Exactly the same position. I was due back into work last week after my second maternity leave ended. I have a 27 month old and 9 month old. I've had no option but to resign and instead I've applied to go to college. It wasnt an easy decision. I've worked at that place since I was 17years old so it was a tough choice to make. I just couldn't justify continuing employment purely to pay for childcare until my children attend school. X

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May 21st, 2014, 22:38 PM   #3
I'm not sure how hold your first child is, but they do get 15 hours free childcare the term after there 3rd birthday, so this might help ease costs a little. Is there anyway a family could watch one/both the children? Even a half day a couple of times per week could save a lot of money. Also ask your company if they do childcare vouchers! You can save 20% of your childcare costs, and both mammy and daddy can claim them. I am lucky and have grandparents fighting over them, so I don't have childcare costs, but if I did I couldn't afford to work!
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May 22nd, 2014, 12:48 PM   #4
I'm in a similar situation. I earn 6.50 per hour and the cheapest childcare in my area will cost me 6.60 per hour (that's for 2 babies) so to go back to work I'll end up out of pocket! We don't have any family or friends who could have them and it's 18 months til we'll qualify for the 15 hours.
Not sure yet what we're gonna do

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May 22nd, 2014, 12:58 PM   #5
Im in the same situation.my eldest gets 15 hours free but that does not include school holidays and still works out id be earning next to nothing so I opted to go to collage. They give me full free childcare while I do. It seemed like an easy choice for me. However my husband is on a good wage so don't need to worry about earning much
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May 22nd, 2014, 13:00 PM   #6
Oh if you are on a low income when your child turns two you may get 15 free hours (each areas different mine is roughly under 16000) even if you start work after you get to still keep the free hours.
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