I was reading a thread about nanny salaries and started wondering, how on earth do you afford decent childcare? Right now, I'm in school/apprenticeship and dh is working full-time at a new job with a salary that's just enough to cover our bills.It would be all well and good to pay someone $10/hour to watch the kids, but that would be half our income.
How do other low-income parents swing it? I'm not able to get gov't assistance for childcare because I'm in an apprenticeship (needed to finish midwifery school). Today our babysitter called out and I had to take kids to someone who does home daycare for the day. Because she charged per child rather than per hour like our sitter, I ended up deciding to only take two of the boys there and left the older two children home alone (baby goes to work with me).