Although I think the idea of 30 free hours childcare for three and four year olds is a good one I don't think it solves the problem of going back to work. Maternity leave is only for a year and you're not entitled to any free childcare until the term after your child is three. I was back at work for 2. 5 years before we got any free childcare. I work part-time as a teacher so my salary is high enough for me to afford childcare but I could not afford to change to a TA as I would hardly earn anything due to childcare costs. I think there should be some free childcare from one and that even if it only 15 hours a week that you can use that with private childcare providers and use it over as many days as you need. I have found that the current 2.5 hours a day in nursery has not saved us any money as it's expensive to pay for a private nursery to pick my son up. Also the logistics are tricky as it's such a short period of time.

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I believe that if there is some free childcare from one or extended unpaid maternity leave then more people would go back to work. I know several people who haven't gone back because the childcare is just too expensive.

by NomesE on March 22, 2018 at 07:38PM

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  • Posted by Hammykeeper April 04, 2018 at 19:09

    As I wanted to keep my current role I had to go back after a year. However the cost of childcare is criminal. It costs more than our mortgage! It is crippling us yet we have no choice if I wish to keep my job.
  • Posted by HMSP April 04, 2018 at 22:03

    I am currently on maternity leave with my second child. I expect to return to work (private sector, full-time, Flintshire) when my eldest daughter is 2 1/2 and my youngest is 9 months. The cost of a full day of childcare for both children would be more than I earn in a day. Without assistance from family it would not be possible for me to return to work at all. I will only be able to return to work part time. If some financial assistance were available for childcare costs for 1 and 2 year olds I might have had the opportunity to return to work full-time.
  • Posted by SDal April 07, 2018 at 16:56

    Totally agree. I am currently pregnant and trying to plan for my return to work. With no family locally to help with childcare we are looking at the cost of nurseries and it's almost more cost effective for my husband to give up his job. It's very demoralising to give almost 70% of your earnings to someone else to look after your child. Any help with early years childcare costs would make a huge difference to encouraging both parents to work.
  • Posted by FTWW April 09, 2018 at 10:33

    One of our members reports the difficulty in finding childcare when one's job doesn't follow regular 9-5 hours. She is a shift-worker, and there is little to no provision for quality childcare in these circumstances.
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