A Child Care Tool Kit for First Time Parents

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  Published on Monday, 05 December 2016

A Child Care Tool Kit for First Time Parents

Library Home  >  Child Care Tool KitsParenting & Family Life
  Published on Monday, 05 December 2016
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Finding Child Care for New Parents

Becoming a parent for the first time is an exciting and challenging transition. New parents contemplating and/or planning a return to work typically have a vast number of questions and concerns they need to work through.

This tool kit has been put together to address the specific set of issues faced by new parents as they transition from home back to the work place.

Benefits & Subsidies

Australia has a range of Government subsidies designed to make it easier for parents to manage the cost of having a baby.

Read our articles on Paid Parental Leave and Dad and Partner Pay to ensure you have all the current information and are receiving what you are entitled to.

Our article on The Single Child Care Subsidy offers a summary of all the other types of financial assistance available.

Finding and choosing quality child care

Finding high quality child care when and where you need it is an issue for all working parents and this summary of Australia's main child care options is a great place to start your research. When you have figured out what type of care you'd like, register for a free Vacancy Alert subscription to receive notifications when a place comes up in your preferred child are centre. 

You'll also want a rough idea about the price of different types of care, along with standard inclusions, and this article on the cost of child care offers an overview.

If you have a clear idea of what sort of care you would like and haven't been able to source it read what to do when you can't find the child care you'd hoped to as it provides some different scenarios that may be worth considering.

Gone are the days when parents could pick and choose between child care providers and wait listing has become a fact of life. Read The Great Waiting Game for some ideas on how to navigate your way to the top of the list.

Balancing Competing Pressures

Balancing the competing pressures of work and home life can be tricky and Returning to Work things to Consider will hopefully give you some insight on factors you may not have considered.

Helping your child adjust to child care offers tips and tricks for making the first day in care happy and as stress-free as possible for all of you.

Most kids get sick when they enter group care for the first time. Keeping your child healthy in care offers tips for preventing illness and will help you prepare for the inevitable sick day when it happens.

Mother guilt is common among parents sending their child off to care for the first time. Read this article for some tips on how to plan for and combat those unhelpful guilty thoughts.

The Tools

Paid Parental Leave
Dad and Partner Pay
The Single Child Care Subsidy
Child Care Options
Cost of Child Care
What to do when you can't find the child care you'd hope to
Returning to work - things to consider
Helping your child adjust to care
Keeping your child healthy in child care

This child care article was last reviewed or updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2019

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