I know it's early to be looking... but I've been doing some research into costs of childcare so I can work out maternity leave times etc... £1200 PER MONTH for a nursery!!!!! £800 PER MONTH for a childminder!!! Unfortunately, because we are sitting just over the household income ceiling for government help, we get nothing towards it. My husband is self employed and working very hard to get his relatively new business off the ground so I'm currently the main breadwinner. How on earth do people do it?????? We're starting to consider options such as OH working from home once a week but it's going to be tight. I really, really, really don't want to rely on grandparents for help in this particular dept as they are extremely religious on both sides ... but different religions... and I'm keen to keep my kid as religion free for as long as possible. Having said that, I'm not sure we'll have a choice. How on earth do people pay £1200 per month???? And how do people afford 2 kids less than 4 years apart!?!?