My little girl is a graduate! Yes, it was from preschool and everyone graduated… but I am still proud. Being such an emotional time, it made me think back to my five-year-old’s first day of childcare.
I proudly outsourced parenting at eight months. No guilt here. I was the mum that would find herself driving towards the centre an hour before closing – then detour, and spend that blissful ‘bonus hour’ drinking a coffee at the nearby coffee shop all by myself.
But reminiscing and calculating mind combined was in emotional overload and then maths took over. While my little cherub was accepting her diploma (which she was annoyed her early childhood educator had
scribbled all over signed), I did the rough maths.
Four and and a half years of childcare at $125 to $85 a day (before subsidy). This laminated piece of paper my daughter was holding had cost us over $75,000.
Out of pocket.
After tax dollars.
That's not to mention the public holidays I paid for in that time – which the centre was not open for. Wait, have I paid over $6,000 of my hard earned cash in the last four years to mind my own child on public holidays? Yes. Yes I have.