Life may seem a bit complicated when you are expecting and working. So, it is good to make plans for a smooth transition.

You cannot know when the baby will arrive and when you will be ready financially, emotionally, physically to return to work. Luckily, you can still plan ahead. Here are some tips:

  1. Keep your work well informed: It makes everything easier to handle. Plus, there are certain benefits you may be entitled to if you’ve worked at least 10 hours a week for 6 or 12 months in the same job such as parental leave
  2. Take leave from work: Take your annual leave before any parental leave. This gives you a bit of a buffer in case your baby arrives early. Plus, in NZ, you accumulate annual leave while you are on parental leave, so you may as well use it up before you go. 
  3. Balance your finances. There will inevitably be new costs associated with parenting, so put together a budget.  How long can you afford to be in unpaid work?  Will you make more money than childcare will cost? Now is the time to take advantage of VUW Financial Support and Advice.

If you are studying, you may consider benefits from Work and Income, or enrolling your child in one of the on-campus Creches.

Good luck!


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