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How Much for In Home Child Care?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Rates probably vary from region to region, so I wanted to ask the South Jersey/Philadelphia residents what you thought was reasonable for one on one in home child care.

I'm thinking $10/hour for taking care of an 18 month old child. Is this too much? Too little?
post #2 of 8
That is right in the ball park, depending on the exact area and all the particulars. Might be a little high for some situations.
post #3 of 8
$3/hour max(west coast) and i've seen even lower.
post #4 of 8
NE Philly we paid $175 a week for full time care. It was my son and the care givers daughter. I think you might be better off in offering a flat rate fee for a week or day as opposed to an hourly rate.
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
That makes sense, Moobie. Thanks!
post #6 of 8
We just started our daughter in in-home care. We take her to the babysitter's house, 4 days a week and pay $200/week. she has 2 of her own kids there, too. It's a little high, but she's someone we trust, and she's family, so we didn't feel like negotiating. I would have preferred $150, and think that's reasonable, given that it's at her home, with her 2 kids there already, and it's only 4 days/week from 8-5.
post #7 of 8
Depends if someone is coming to your home (which is a nanny) or you are taking child to someone else's home where the person is watching other children. That is in home day care, technically I guess.

For a nanny, you pay hourly - for sure. I did it for over 3 year and was paid $16/hr. outside of the city for two boys, older than toddlers, attending preschools and activities, etc. I was paid pretty well, I've heard other nannies making as little as $10/hr though, too. It depends on lots of factors I guess.

For in home day care in the area, for a full day - runs between $30-60/day from what I know, depending on experience, how many other kids, etc.

$3/hr? Are you kidding me? Who in their right mind would work for that? That is insane. Taking care of children is HARD work, especially when you are doing it right.
post #8 of 8
I pay $35/day for two women to watch my daughter, along with several other children they watch. They're not a licensed DCP.

For ideas about in your home, if that's what you mean, you could check Craigslist ads. I looked there and quickly figured out that I couldn't afford care in my home!
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