A Child Care Tool Kit for First Time Parents
Published on Monday, 05 December 2016
Last updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2019
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 adress the specific set of issues faced by new parents as they transition from home back to the work place.
Benefits & Subsidies
Our Overview of Child Care Costs and Government Funding article offers a summary of the types of financial assistance available along with eligibility requirements.
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 New Zealand's Types of Child Care 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 care 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 a helpful overview.
Gone are the days when parents could pick and choose between child care providers and wait listing has become a fact of life. The Great Waiting Game contains 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 Things to Consider When Returning to Work will hopefully give you some insight on factors you may not have considered.
An Overview of Child Care Costs and Government Subsidies
An overview of the different child care services available to families, including centre based care and in-home care options, and how families can access them.
Being the new kid on the block can be a daunting experience for young children. To help your tyke get off to a great start, here are some ways to prepare them for life at care.
Mother guilt is common among parents leaving their children in care for the first time; this article outlines what to expect and a range of coping strategies.