Child care Q's

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Child care Q's
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Sun, 02-14-2010 - 8:27pm

I posted on CL looking for child care for Simon. If you remember I work rolling days and my husband is in college. He plans to quit his evening job to take care of Simon. So we are just in need of someone during the times I am working and DH is at school. So depending on the week it could be as little as 7 hours or up to maybe 20 hours. DH may be getting a job this summer but we will deal with that as soon as we find out if he has gotten any of the positions he has put in for.


Do you think $200 a month is an ok rate? I don't want to pay 500+ for full time child care I won't be using. I have gotten quite a few responses and I want to have that number when we start interviewing people. I was mostly just looking for someone who wanted a little extra cash and didn't mind the changing schedule.


Second, if you were interviewing someone to take care of your child , thats not stircktly a child care center, what are some of the things you would ask. I have a small list I just want some help making sure I have everything covered.


Thanks for your comments and thoughts girls!

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Mon, 02-15-2010 - 2:19am

I think since the hours could change week to week that it makes most sense to pay an hourly rate. I think 200 for the month when the person could have worked 60 hours that month is way too low. But would be fine if they only worked 20. Although of course a lot depends on your area in terms of what is acceptable.


For me the#1 most important thing for care is gut feel/intuition. If you have a bad vibe or just don't really click with the person, don't go with them.


Then of course comes experience, flexibility- this is a big one, some people say they are flexible but really aren't, and comfort with "new" things like cloth diapers (which I think you are using?).


Plus there are some logistical/practical things which you should consider and decide on beforehand, for example: Would you provide food or should the babysitter bring their own? Is TV OK if the baby is sleeping? Should the babysitter plan on running


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Mon, 02-15-2010 - 8:30am

$200 a month???!!! For what could be up to 80 hours. I think you would be very hard pressed to find a deal like that. Since your looking at "rolling hours", you'll need to pick an hourly rate. In our area most (Western MA) babysitters get between $8 and $15 an hour. Depending on their age and experience (HS girl versus seasoned nanny).

When DS started DC (at 15 months) I paid $150 a week, for FT (M-F, 6:30 to 4:30). I had looked at centers and they we easily twice the price.... good thing I preferred sending him to an "at home day care".

We just hired an after-school babysitter for him, we too had placed an ad on CL. Typically she'll be there 4 or 5 times a week to get him off the bus and then to watch him 1.5 to 2 hours until I get home from work. We're paying her $15 a day.

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Mon, 02-15-2010 - 12:41pm

Cassie- I'm not sure what the replies on CL were like, but my guess would be that you would get the best deal (price-wise) if you were bringing Simon to someone (e.g. a sahm who watches one or two other children for a little extra cash). If this is the case, then I think it is realistic to be paying less than $8/hr (but the woman probably already has her set rates). If someone is coming to your house, I would guess they would expect at least $8 and probably more although going rates differ a lot by geographic area. My sitter gets approximately $10/hr (which means after I pay her and pay taxes, she's making more money than me), but I only need her 2 afternoons a week so it would have been tough for me to get a better deal especially since I wanted Barrett to be able to stay home.

I interviewed two college students for the position so my questions may be a little different but I asked about - their experience especially with infants, favorite age to babysit, what they like most about babies, what they like least (then asked how they deal with it), a tough situation they had been in, what would you do if...(the baby won't go to sleep, the baby won't take the bottle, the baby won't stop crying), had they ever had to call the parents when sitting, what they expected their availability to be, and I asked for references and checked them! I mainly concentrated on the sitter's reliability when I talked to the references. Also I kind of explained my parenting philosophy with the sitters to make sure they were comfortable caring for Barrett in a similar manner (i.e. no TV, no CIO, bottle/breast on demand which means mealtime is sometimes harder to predict for sitter)

If you bring Simon to someone else's home, you'd want to what kind of toys they had available, how many other children would be there, would she be taking Simon anywhere, would you need to provide all food (once he starts solids), what equipment (eg pack-n-play) would you need to provide, what her 'back-up' was in the case of emergencies or days when she knows she will not be available.

Both the young ladies I interviewed were great, and I would have felt comfortable leaving Barrett with either of them. I am sure with a little work you will find a sitter who is wonderful and affordable :) Let us know how the search goes!

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Mon, 02-15-2010 - 12:45pm

From the number crunching I have done it would be roughly 50 hours a month. I did a 6 week out with the way my schedule could look along with DH's classes and one week has 7 up to 20 hours.

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Mon, 02-15-2010 - 9:59pm

Wow, the federal minimum wage is $7.25. I'm impressed if you can find someone to work for $4-6/hour. In Boston post-HS-aged sitters are $15-25/hour and up, but I know we have expensive childcare here.

Another thing to at least consider (and dismiss if you want to) is that theoretically either you or the sitter should be paying their employment taxes. It may not matter to you, but if you're in a situation where you worried about tax audits or security clearances (is your DH in the military? I don't know if that matters) it's something to think about.

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Thu, 02-18-2010 - 2:57pm

We pay our sitter $7.25/hr.

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Fri, 02-19-2010 - 3:32pm
I got a couple of responses and plan to get together with a few of them. Most of them so far when we have talked price have stated right around the $4.00 like the child care providers around the area so I guess we will see what happens.
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