Childcare...HELP!

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Registered: 08-04-2008
Childcare...HELP!
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Fri, 10-22-2010 - 1:09am
Hi ladies! I need your help...Seth and I have decided to work things out together but we are running into a problem. Right now I live at my parents house and my Mom watches Nathan 3 days a week, I have off two days and Seth has him the other two days. I would like to move back in with Seth but we wouldn't have child care for Nathan. My parents live 35-45minutes south of where Seth has his house, my work is 20 minutes west of his house and his job is 20 minutes east. Just sending him to day care is not an option because of our work hours. I have no set schedule and need to have open availability for my position. My shifts are either 9-5:30, 11-7, 1-10pm sometimes give or take a half hour. I work weekends (sat & sun) so my days off are usually during the week. Seth has off work Tuesday & Sunday's. His hours are 9-6 or 11-8pm he is also in sales so hours sometimes depend on customers. So if family is not an option because of distance where can i find childcare? I have noticed part time caregivers (if we had one just for saturday's) charge about what I make per hour! Plus during the week when we work hours later then what a daycare is open...? HELP!!!


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Registered: 11-12-2007
Fri, 10-22-2010 - 3:44am

well the only thing i can think of is craigslist....a lot of stay at home moms offer childcare from there homes, at pretty cheap rates. and they are usually wayy more flexable with hours and such....

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Registered: 07-09-2008
Fri, 10-22-2010 - 9:49am

Hey katerine! I have a friend who just told me about care.com, guess its a really good babysitters/nanny website, where they screen sitters for you..good luck!!

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Registered: 10-16-2007
Fri, 10-22-2010 - 10:32am
We found our nanny through Care.com. She is very reasonable, but it was tough to find her amid all the higher-priced people. It is $30/month if you want to be able to contact potential care givers. I would state in your ad what your max amount you can pay. They run a basic background check too, but I would pay the $100 to get a more thorough check for peace of mind. I did not, and now we're having trust issues so I went out and did a bunch of my own research.

Michelle

Mom to Addison (8) & Gabriel (5)

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Registered: 08-04-2008
Fri, 10-22-2010 - 10:46am
I have been looking at Care.com for about a month now. I just need to figure out what we can afford. Evenings and weekends seem to be hard to find! Thanks ladies!


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Registered: 12-21-2008
Fri, 10-22-2010 - 1:14pm
I don't have any suggestions for you, but I just wanted to say congrats on trying to work it out with Seth, I hope everything works out well for you guys. :)
And good luck on the childcare hunt!!!
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Registered: 12-16-2008
Fri, 10-22-2010 - 1:21pm
When I was in college I used sittercity.com to find babysitting jobs. I've never used it from the parent end but I was pretty happy with it from a caregiver perspective.
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Registered: 04-01-2003
Sat, 10-23-2010 - 1:50am

You've gotten a lot of good replies already.

 


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Registered: 09-14-2008
Sun, 10-24-2010 - 12:34am
You got a lot of replies but I will 'ditto' what a lot of others said.

Call a few homedaycares and tell them what you looking for and maybe offer them a flat rate of "X" amount per week for the maximum hours you might use. even if you dont end up needing the max amount of hours...still pay that price for the week and then it will make it look better for them in the long run!


MAny home daycares are not advertising that they will take all day but some are pretty desperate! So they might!

the local county office should have a recourse and refferal agency that will give you a complete list of licenced caregivers.

You could always find a NON-licenced babyistter or SAHM willing to do it for cheap.

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Registered: 04-14-2009
Sun, 10-24-2010 - 9:00pm

I had looked into childcare for Connor at one point. If you check craiglist you can find a ton of home day cares. You can even find some that are certified. I found a good amount of them that were extremely flexible and fairly cheap.





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Registered: 08-09-2007
Mon, 03-28-2011 - 12:46pm

If you have changing schedules and need some weekend hours, a live-in au pair can be the best solution.