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Choosing Childcare

The Mary Poppins Effect

Mary Poppins

The Australian exclusively reported last week that the nation’s childcare system was facing a significant overhaul, with the draft Productivity Commission report suggesting families have access to one simplified, means-tested payment that would cover the use of nannies. Hooray shouted parents everywhere. I’d love my own Mary Poppins! But the ...

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Involving Dads in Daycare


When you look around your childcare centre do you see any male childcare workers? Do you see any blokes in the posters you see on the wall? How would you feel walking into a daycare run predominantly by males? Bit weird, well the poor ole dads might be feeling the ...

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Nannies versus Au Pairs


Who wouldn’t want their very own Mary Poppins; someone keeping both your house and your children a ‘ship-shape’. Nannies and Aupairs can be an excellent choice of care in terms of dedicated care in your home to suit your working hours or lifestyle. I have friends who have crunched the ...

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10 tips for choosing the best child care

Baby in childcare

1. Investigate your options, from your mum and dad through to long day care. How do you know what you want if you don’t know what’s available? Check out our fact sheet on defining day care. 2. Don’t wait until you have your baby to decide on your daycare options. ...

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