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Consumer phone-in. Julian Worricker takes your calls about staying at home to look after your children.
On Call You and Yours this week...
We're talking about staying at home to look after your children.
The government has given new details on what parents can claim for child care. If both parents work you could get £1200 a year per child. It's part of a new childcare tax credit expansion.
Already it's attracted negative headlines and controversy. Critics say it's sending out the wrong message about parents who choose to stay at home to look after pre-school children. It gives the impression that it's not the thing to do, they say, and it's not equal to earning a wage.
So, what do you think? Do you agree? Perhaps you're already feeling pressurized to leave your children and go out to work when you really don't want to. Or on the other hand, if you're juggling paid work with a young family, how will that extra money - in the form of vouchers - help?
If you're a mum or dad we want to hear from you. If you prefer to look after your young children yourself, tell us why. But if you couldn't bear the thought of not working, because of the job satisfaction or the cheque, we want you to call in too. What about if you're a single parent: how do you balance everything? And if you use a nursery how happy are you with it?
You can email us at email@example.com, text 84844 or call 03700 100 444.
That's Call You and Yours just after midday.