|Thankfully Nanny McPhee isn't at our place!|
But would I like to claim the childcare subsidy that I'd get if they were in after school care? Sure! Absolutely. It would be a lot cheaper. Last week the opposition leader has suggested he'd introduce a subsidy for people who are doing what we're doing. Nice. But after costing it, it's going to cost $500 million in the first year, so this is unlikely to ever happen.
What it did make me think about, is how much money I have saved the government over the years by not putting my children in childcare. I'm a valuable commodity. It is quite pricey to replace my services.
I wish someone would do a costing on that. Why doesn't someone do a cost estimate on the value of all the mums who stay at home and look after their own kids? I spent all those years at home with my kids, truly believing in my heart that it was the right thing to do, but rarely actually feeling affirmed by the powers that be that I was on the right track. I didn't do it for affirmation, but it's hard going living in a society that doesn't seem to think it matters all that much whether or not kids are cared for by their parents.
End of rant ...