Wow, child care is pricey... (m)

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Wow, child care is pricey... (m)
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Mon, 03-31-2003 - 3:21pm
My parents went to Hawaii, and my MIL couldn't get a good deal on an airline ticket, so I thought I would just take time off/wah for two weeks. Well then my cousin's fiance came about..... she was a private nanny for 5 years and is great with kids. She got laid off from Qwest recently and is in the "job pool" looking for employment and going to the job-center, etc. She is so sweet and my kids love her anyways, so I hired her for two days last week and two days this week. I am paying her $10/hour. I know that's a little much, but it was in my home, at last minute, and I need to make it worth her while since it takes away from time she could be job searching/interviewing..... but I got to thinking writing out those $90 checks each day..... this sucks. And if I had to do it regularly, I'd SAH, lol. Thank heavens my parents watch the kids and don't charge. Now I guess I can understand the argument of where "well I would work if I didn't have to pay dc costs" comes from. I don't make peanuts. I make almost 5 times that an hour so it's "worth it", but man, I started to look at it as "well, I work 2 hours a day just to pay the sitter in addition to the 4 hours I work to pay the government, so I only work 2 hours fun money, man I wouldnt do this all the time, it wouldn't be worth it" or "there goes a new pair of sandals in child care". Wow, this past week has really opened my eyes and made me appreciate my parents on Mondays and Thursdays. What is everyone paying in DC costs? And what is the situation (in home nanny or center, etc). BTW, I have two kids that she cared for Ages 4.5 and 1 (as of this Saturday. YIPPEE to my big boy!)

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Registered: 11-22-2000
Mon, 03-31-2003 - 3:32pm
My son is only in before & after school care. I pay $105/week for that. He's there 45 minutes in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon.

The cool thing about this place though is that people who use before/after (as opposed to just before or just after care) get the same rate year round...so in the summer it won't go up!!!!! :-) The others pay $155/wk for summer FT care for school agers. Not sure what the rate is for preschoolers.


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Registered: 03-31-2003
Mon, 03-31-2003 - 3:35pm
Well, perhaps a little low, for this market, anyway. I haven't

paid infant daycare in nearly 4 years, but based on what I paid

then, that sounds about right. For F/T care in a good center,

we paid $288/wk for a child under 2. By the time he was 4, the

ratio was lower, so it had gone down to $170/wk. If I had had

two to pay for at once, that would have been just over $91/day.

That's why I don't have 2 children at this point, as DS is only 5.




Edited 3/31/2003 4:40:07 PM ET by 6721ard

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 03-31-2003 - 3:37pm
Hi Laura, good to see you again. We pay $13/hour, plus $100 a month for half of our nanny's health insurance premium. $15 an hour for overtime.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 03-31-2003 - 3:39pm
FYI, daycare centers here charge $975 per calendar month for children under 2. Then it goes down to $925 a month.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 03-31-2003 - 4:00pm
Dc centers here run about 300 a week,and afterschool is about 500 a month,with vacation care coming in at 40-60 a day.If they provided swimming lessons,and ballet,and things my kids like to do,the "one stop shopping" might be worth it.As it is,working ft would make it harder for *us* to have the time or money to do the stuff they really enjoy,at least for right now.As kids get older,more activiities seem to be offered on Sat mornings and early evenings.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 03-31-2003 - 4:03pm
Boston area, FT center based care. Infants $12-1400/mo. Toddlers $11-1300/mo. Preschool $9-1100/mo.

And $10-12 per hour is a normal rate for adult (i.e., older than HS) babysitter for a night out. Nanny's are more like 12-14/hour.

I *always* have to respond to these since Boston is *so* expensive. As I have told people, it's obviously that I love what I do and am well compensated for it. Otherwise, with kids 18 mo apart (that were in DC from age 4-6 mo on) it wouldn't have made sense for me to work, LOL!

Sarah

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 03-31-2003 - 4:18pm
Ds is 2.5. We pay $99 a week for FT care in an Early Learning Center. Dd is in first grade and we pay $55 a week for before/after care.

And that is low from what I understand. But its roughly equivalent to what I paid in VA as well.

Hollie

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 03-31-2003 - 4:42pm
I have an 8 yo and a 6 yo - 6 is still "part time" (half day kindergarten) 8 yo is before/after care from school. I pay $225 a week. This is an in-home day care provider.
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Mon, 03-31-2003 - 4:57pm
My dd goes to after school care at her school. It is $43 a week and she is there about two hours (at most) per day. In the summer it is the same price, which is very nice.
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Registered: 03-28-2003
Mon, 03-31-2003 - 5:05pm
I don't think $10 an hour is a lot of money. I pay $10 an hour for a 23 year old nanny who comes to my house anywhere from three to ten hours a week. She calls each week to tell me what she has available for the week. I pay $8 an hour for a 17 year old to come for date nights and after school when she isn't playing sports. Those rates are for babysitting in my home, up to four children (7, 5, 3, 1 1/2). I used to pay $6.50 an hour for my two youngest children to go to a friend's house who ran a home daycare, for ten hours a week, but she just recently quit and I lost that situation. She used to provide lunch and I felt very guilty that she charged so little that I often gave her gifts of food to make me feel better. (Then she would turn around and give me hand-me-down clothes from her children!)

I am a SAHM and I use babysitting to get a mental-health break from my kids and to spend some one-on-one time with each one and to go on dates with my dh. I used the daycare situation to volunteer at school, to clean my house, and to pay bills. My children were usually the only ones there other that my friend's child so they just thought they were going on a playdate twice a week. I am very sad to have lost that situation.

I don't take lightly the cost of this extra help. I really can't function without it so I make sure my dh and I budget for it. We have in the past cut out housecleaning expenses but our quality of life would really suffer if we couldn't afford babysitting. It is a part of our budget in the same way a car payment is in someone else's.

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