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Gah! Writing HUGE cheques for childcare and haven't even started work yet!

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AnnieLobeseder Wed 16-Sep-09 13:32:27

I go back to work on Monday so both DDs are off to full-time childcare. DD1 will be at an after-school club and DD2 at nursery.

Problem is they all want money IN ADVANCE! I haven't started my job yet, won't get paid for another month and I'm forking out £1500 already!! Which I don't have, cos I'm not working yet so I've had to borrow it off my mother.

When I worked before I used childminders and an on-site nursery, neither of which wanted advance payment so this has come as something of a shock!

It's being made worse to the tune of £600 by a second nursery which I'm moving DD2 to in December - they want a month's payment in advance, plus admin fees, just to book a place. shock

Just wanted to rant really - these cheques are incredibly painful to write before I've earned a penny!

ClaraDeLaNoche Wed 16-Sep-09 13:38:01

The cost of childcare makes me mad.

I can only hope that you have a great salary with which you can lick your wounds.

bluebump Wed 16-Sep-09 13:39:20

I feel lucky now that all I needed to pay was a £50 registration fee! Although I am just watching money burn a hole in my pocket as my DS is off sick from nursery this week and obviously we still have to pay for his place!

itsmeolord Wed 16-Sep-09 13:41:45

It's usual to pay in advance, doesn't make it any less of a smack in the face though does it.
You have my sympathies, childcare is bloody expensive.

ClaraDeLaNoche Wed 16-Sep-09 13:45:28

Can I just say that I do not think that childcare itself is expensive when you think about what you get. I just think that we shouldn't have to pay it all.

AnnieLobeseder Wed 16-Sep-09 14:34:01

Clara - hardly a great salary but at least enough to cover childcare and still come home with a couple of hundred. Sigh.....

At this rate all my first couple of months salary will go to paying back what I borrowed to cover this month!

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