Currently childcare subsidies go to just about everyone who cares for kids EXCEPT for the mums !!
There is an illogical-ness in this situation !
We have the bizarre situation where the only person who can't be funded to raise their own children is a mother (or father). Now we should be getting annoyed about this. We should be standing up for ourselves as we deserve this as we have often had to stop working / given up a salary in order to raise our own kids.
And it is good fun - and its good for the kids too !
We used to go to swimming lessons / playpark / toddler group etc. or even just taking time to go to the shops etc. Its all time with your Mum and on a 1 to 1 or 1 to 2 basis so great for language development and for you to learn to share a bond with your kids with no pressure. So I would recommend it.
If its really not for you then by all means employ the best help but funds should be paying for all options.
If we value our future kids then we should value and recompense those caring for them.