The dilemma parents are facing over free childcare.

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With most schools across Australia staying open, even if only for a small number of students, some teachers are having to put their own children in school or daycare.

One teacher, married to a teacher, tells Mamamia that even though she could have done her job from home, she wasn’t given the choice. Her three children will be returning to school when she does next week.

“Whilst I completely understand and respect the need for schools to be open for essential workers and vulnerable children, I do feel like my family is collateral damage,” she says. “I can only hope that those parents that have the choice do keep their children home.”

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