I earn more money than my partner so will have to go back to work. We would rather our baby get as much time with us growing up as possible so would prefer either for both of us to do pt work and share childcare or for me to work full time and my partner to become a stay at home dad (although I'd love to be the one home with bubba! ). Saying this, neither of us earn lots and we live in an expensive area so we want to know how much money we would save sending our baby to nursery - even if it were only several days a week - so that we are fully aware of all options before making a decision.
I have to tell my work what I want ideally in terms of part time/full time when I return but don't know what we can and can't afford because I'm not sure how much the government help with nursery costs would be for each scenario.
I've found an online calculator that calculates how much you would be entitled to for one scenario. (Turn2us - to access benefits and grants) But I was wondering if there was a calculator out there that only asks you to enter the many details once then calculates your benefit allowance should you use childcare for 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 days with both parents working full time or various combos of part-time. It's just at the moment it looks like I will have to complete the massive form many times to get each individual scenario.