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post #21 of 30
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Originally Posted by Ceinwen View Post
You know what, this is a little immodest, but I make really decent coin - and there's no way I could afford $2400/month in child care. That's a lot of money.

My dc doesn't have a nanny, but is in a top quality daycare, and we pay about half that much. Now, I'm not trying to compare the two set-ups, but it is a huge difference in expenditure.
Uhm.....

Im a teacher and I dont bring that home every month.
post #22 of 30
Im sure I will get flamed.

I pay 70 a day for a 3 year old and a 10 month old. I give a prepaid mastercard for expenses from time to time.

Its what I can afford and the young lady working for us is happy with it.

I wish we could afford more and I wish I could afford someone with education in early childhood but N is good with our girls and helps keep my head above water - I really appreciate her. Her salary is a HUGE sacrifice for our family.
post #23 of 30
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Originally Posted by Michelle Renee View Post
Uhm.....

Im a teacher and I dont bring that home every month.
I'm glad! I thought maybe I'd totally underestimated how much money I made.
post #24 of 30
Yeah, this thread has me TOTALLY freaked out.
post #25 of 30
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Originally Posted by Michelle Renee View Post
Im sure I will get flamed.

I pay 70 a day for a 3 year old and a 10 month old. I give a prepaid mastercard for expenses from time to time.

Its what I can afford and the young lady working for us is happy with it.

I wish we could afford more and I wish I could afford someone with education in early childhood but N is good with our girls and helps keep my head above water - I really appreciate her. Her salary is a HUGE sacrifice for our family.
You aren't going to get flamed...
post #26 of 30
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Originally Posted by Ceinwen View Post
You know what, this is a little immodest, but I make really decent coin - and there's no way I could afford $2400/month in child care. That's a lot of money.

My dc doesn't have a nanny, but is in a top quality daycare, and we pay about half that much. Now, I'm not trying to compare the two set-ups, but it is a huge difference in expenditure.
If you had three small children and were paying that in daycare for each one, wouldn't it add up to more than you're paying the nanny? I know the family I work for pays me less than they would pay for daycare for their 3 children who are all under 4.

I know you said you weren't comparing them, but in case you were saying a nanny is charging too much...a center is getting revenue from lots of children, whereas the family they work for are (usually) a nanny's only income. Also, there is a difference between daycare and nannies. Nannies are focusing on your children only, not a bunch of other kids. This means they develop a really personal relationship with them. Nannies can be there even when your kids are sick. Nannies can take your kids places, set up play dates, etc so that they aren't stuck at home (or in a classroom) all day. And I'm not recommending you do it, because it's sort of unfair, but you can change schedules on a nanny in a way you never can with a daycare center. Daycares have closing times, but more than likely, if you really needed her to, your nanny would stay late. On top of that, I know as a nanny I always leave the house and children cleaner than I found them. Depending on what you want for your child, those may be big enough bonuses, or they may not be bonuses to you at all (some parents don't want their children driving around with someone, etc). Also, some centers are exceptionally different from others. There are centers out there who don't max out the classrooms to the state ratios, or who carefully screen their teachers to be sure they really enjoy working with children and aren't just looking for a job. I will say that I have worked in a few, and I have friends that have worked in some who agree, and I have a much closer relationship with my nanny kids and their parents then I have ever had with a child or parent in a classroom. I had 11 two year olds in my class at one center...there was no way I could get down on their level and listen, or hug them, or even talk to the parents, as often and as much as I wanted to. I did what I could but I always felt pulled in a hundred different directions. However, this week, when my little 4 year old guy was sick with a cold, I spent half the day with him in my arms while he slept or watched tv shows.
post #27 of 30
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Originally Posted by ihugtrees View Post
I know you said you weren't comparing them, but in case you were saying a nanny is charging too much...
Oh, not at all! :

I'd hire a nanny (actually - I'd love an au pair) in a heart beat if I could afford it. I was simply saying that the cost seemed astronomical to me. Although, it could be the whole COL, kwim? I'm in northern Ontario so some things are more expensive, while others are cheaper. In no way do I think that nannies are overpaid though, not at all.

Most likely the opposite!

I'd nanny share in a heart beat! There's not a lot of nanny business around here. Lots of in home care (licensed and unlicensed) and a moderate amount of centers (some good, some I wouldn't leave my dog at) which are all licensed. In our town, all the wait lists for care are co-ordinated by the city, which also controls the child care subsidies.

Howeverrrrr (lol), there are things I like about a center setting. I enjoy the fact that there are other children for my LO to interact with in a larger group, I like the fact that my center is always open (lets face it - individuals get sick, nannies can call in for a day off), and there's the accountability that there are multiple adults around to care for my LO.
post #28 of 30
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Originally Posted by Ceinwen View Post
Oh, not at all! :
Okay, thanks for clarifying I definitely understand what you mean about the advantages to a center! There are definitely pro's and con's to every childcare situation, so everyone just has to find what works best for their family
post #29 of 30
we have had au pairs for the last five years, and by the end of the month, we are moving to a nanny share. We love the au pair program, and would stay if we could, but the real issue is that a staff member of mine (who works out of my home) needs childcare in order to increase her hours and the most efficient way for all of us is to have a nanny share (her son and my boys are already best friends and LOVE being around each other).

We also looked at daycare - a really high quality one near us - and realized the price was the same as a nanny share or our au pair for two kids. We would also have to pull the boys out of their current preschool (they go to a cooperative part time preschool) and make a lot of other changes we were not happy with.

The lady across the street watches kids - while she is very sweet, she doesn't do much with them other than keep them safe and fed during the day (most of her kids are babies/toddlers). And she charges $50 a day per kid, which is about $2000 a month for two kids.

The average costs for childcare in our area, PER CHILD, are $180 - $300 a week (it goes down for older kids).

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ofc/AvCostCare.htm

No wonder most of my SAHM friends, who hold professional degrees, cannot afford to go back to work, at least not until the youngest is in kindergarten.
post #30 of 30
The cost of childcare is crippling for families. Oh, I wish we had a shot at changing that. Or upping the tax deduction. The $5000 a year is laughable when we look at these numbers we're throwing around. That only equates to about $2/hour. It's really crazy.
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