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Personal Options

In addition to, or instead of, any of the above formal options you may decide to: 

  • Take your child to work with you. This option can suit people who run small businesses and have flexibility to schedule breaks, etc. Parents who work in offices may be supported by their employer to have a cot by their desk.
  • Arrange shared care with another family or neighbour (e.g., on Mondays and Tuesdays Lucy is cared for by Aroha’s dad at Aroha’s house, and on Thursdays and Fridays Aroha is cared for by Lucy’s mum)
  • Privately employ a nanny.
  • Ask the help of a family member such as a grandparent.
  • Join a local play group.
  • Get involved in local activities – such as story-times at the library.