Child Care Expenses Calculator

Looking at your total projected income minus expenses it is estimated

Total weekly income: $1215


5 Tips for going back to work after baby

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1. Practice your new routine before you start back

Try to get into the swing of things before you start back at work. Get your little one into a routine of getting up, fed and changed in time for when you’d usually leave the house. Talk your child through the changes about to happen so they are prepared for the new routine. If they aren’t old enough to understand the chat, focus on setting the routine in place. 

2. Take care of yourself

In the lead up to and once back at work it’s important to take care of yourself. This includes getting enough sleep and eating well to ensure your body is strong enough to cope with the extra work you’ll be doing. Make sure you listen to your body and use weekends for relaxing and spending time with the family – try to see your weekends as a time to refuel and renergise for the week ahead.

3. Stay organised at work

Keep on top of your work so you don’t bring stress home with you. You might like to consider spending 15 minutes at the end of each day preparing for the next day, and doing the same at the beginning of each day to get yourself focussed.

4. Choose a childcare option you trust

Choose a childcare facility that you trust. Read reviews and talk to friends before signing your child up. It might also pay to visit the facility before making a decision. If you trust your childcare facility it will put you in a better position to focus at work and keep your performance at a high level.

5. Focus on the positives of working

If you’re feeling a little down or nervous about starting or being back at work it’s a good idea to try and focus on the positives – your relationships, socialisation in the office and the pay might be some positives you can focus on. 

Child Care Rebate Estimate

What is the child care rebate?

The Child Care Rebate covers 50% of out of pocket child care expenses, up to a maximum amount per child per year, in addition to any amount you may receive from Child Care Benefit and Jobs, Education and Training (JET) Child Care Fee Assistance.

Child care fees (weekly): $495

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Other costs to consider

Other childcare costs to consider include food (if the centre does not provide food), bedding, clothing, and any other items you child may need while in care.

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Things you need to know

These calculations are intended as a general guide only. These calculations are an estimate and are provided for illustrative purposes only. The calculator aims to assist Australian parents to estimate how much child care they could be paying, based on benefits the parents could be entitled to through the Australian Government child care rebate scheme (Family Assistance Guide Version 1.194 – released 8 May 2017). For further information regarding your particular situation contact the Australian Department of Human Services. Please consult your professional financial advisor and tax advisor for more information specific to your financial situation, objectives and any tax implications.