Childcare is primarily funded by parents, however the Single Funding Formula (pre-school funding) can be used at some day nurseries, playgroups and schools for a maximum of 5 sessions per week, after a child reaches 3 years. The government introduced a childcare allowance (vouchers) by which employers could make payments for childcare, prior to tax, on employees' wages.
Child care is the single biggest monthly expense for Danielle Westhoff Smith and her husband Cameron: They spend more than $2,000 — or 34 percent of their monthly take-home pay — on child care for their 3-year-old and 4-month-old. By comparison, rent for their three-bedroom home in Madison amounts to a quarter of their income. Wisconsin is among the states where average child care costs are more than median rent.
Even in the best of times, the holidays can be stressful. There’s often a general pressure to make sure that everybody has a good time, which can backfire for the host and their guests. For some, there’s additional stress that comes with traveling or hosting the festivities. The pressure to overeat and then diet or over-exercise can contribute to an eating disorder. New Year’s lingering around the corner doesn’t help at all. Feelings of loneliness can intensify during the holidays to the point that physical symptoms start to manifest in the body.
Learning Stories  are documents that are used by caregivers and educators in childcare settings. They use a storytelling format instead of a traditional ‘observation’ report to document the different ways that young children learn, and capture the moment in greater detail and provide parents with a greater insight into the events that occur in their child’s time in childcare.