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  1. leeatedinburg

    Making the move

    Hi all We have gotten our visas and now starting to plan for the move. 1. Any tips or advice for us? 2. We have to small children aged 4 and 15 months, I have heard that child care is very expensive in Australia, what do most families do re work and looking after kids? Is it more viable to plan to stay home with the kids until they can start school and if so is there a developmental programme to make sure they are getting enough stimulation to prepare them for school. My oldest child has been in nursery school since she was 18 months old so am sure would be a big adjustment for her not being at school and with friends her age everyday. 3. We also have not decided yet if we should sell our house or rent and if we should cancel our policies in South Africa or keep paying them so we don`t get the penalties, any of you have advice about this. 4. My husband will be coming to Sydney first to find a job and then bring us over we will be basically be starting form scratch, what would you say the average outlay is for basic furniture and kitchen equipment in a house. 5. I am also super nervous as in SA i have my entire family for support and my amazing domestic worker who is like a second mother to my children and now when we come over we are going to be completely on our own, how is the adjustment to cleaning, looking after kids and being on your own, how do you cope and what impact does this have on a marriage? 6.Does Australia ever feel like home? Sorry lots to ask a lot on my mind and very nervous about this huge life change.
  2. Hi everyone, I have heard that Oz is very family orientated and that many parents share the childcare duties by one parent working say 3 days a week and the other 2 days a week. Is this true? If so could you maybe elaborate a bit on how employers feel about it, i.e are they happy to make such arrangements, as well as how do they manage it in terms of pay structure etc. Also is it a common thing in oz for one parent to stay at home with the children? Any info in this regard would be very helpful
  3. Hi Everyone, I am newly pregnant and am busy researching childcare options in both Canberra, ACT and Sydney, NSW as I'm not yet sure where I will be living when baby arrives in September 2016. If all goes according to plan, I will be living in Sydney when I need to return to work in mid January 2017. If things don't go according to plan, I will be returning to work in Canberra in mid January 2017. I will be a single mother with no family around, and I simply will not be able to afford formal, full time childcare for my baby when I return to work full time, even with the Government rebate! I earn slightly more than the average person in Australia, yet have no idea how other single parents manage financially, especially when there is more than one child!! With the Liberals in power, it looks likely that things are about to get a LOT worse for low income families, so I'm bracing myself for a white-knuckle ride. Are there any other single mums/dads, or stay at home mums/dads on this forum who may be prepared to informally care for my infant for a reasonable fee? I want to start connecting with other parents from South Africa who may be in a similar predicament with a view to perhaps working together and building a bit of an informal army of helpers.
  4. Hi Everyone, I am newly pregnant and am busy researching childcare options in both Canberra, ACT and Sydney, NSW as I'm not yet sure where I will be living when baby arrives in September 2016. If all goes according to plan, I will be living in Sydney when I need to return to work in mid January 2017. If things don't go according to plan, I will be returning to work in Canberra in mid January 2017. I will be a single mother with no family around, and I simply will not be able to afford formal, full time childcare for my baby when I return to work full time, even with the Government rebate! I earn slightly more than the average person in Australia, yet have no idea how other single parents manage financially, especially when there is more than one child!! With the Liberals in power, it looks likely that things are about to get a LOT worse for low income families, so I'm bracing myself for a white-knuckle ride. Are there any other single mums/dads, or stay at home mums/dads on this forum who may be prepared to informally care for my infant for a reasonable fee? I want to start connecting with other parents from South Africa who may be in a similar predicament with a view to perhaps working together and building a bit of an informal army of helpers.
  5. Hi guys we will be coming to Melbourne in the middle of next month +- 16 April on a 457 visa. We are currently looking for a job for my wife. As I already have one. My question to you is we have two small children a four-year-old girl and a 14-month-old baby boy. What are the different child caring options for us to consider if my wife would get a job, be it part-time or full-time. And how does it work? What is family day care? Now I understand that the cost for childcare is extremely high. And that there is a high probability that the majority of my wife's salary will go to just paying for the service. But we are still interested in exploring this as a option and would like to get a bit more information of what is happening on the ground at the moment i.e. prices & what to look for etc. ​Your help is greatly appreciated. Sean
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