I have never paid weekly or monthly, always at an hourly rate. For our provider, it was $3.50/hr. and, then with two kids, $6/hr. HTH
otherwise, $380+$460+$120 a month= a whole heck of a lot during the school year.
for ds before/after school care: $4.00/$4.50 per day (he can be there an hour before school starts and from when school lets out (2:20 4 days/wk, 1:20 on Weds) until 5:30. We get a discount for low income.
My family: me , dh , ds (11), dd1 (9), and dd2 (3).
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When we were paying for home-based care to a mom who only had our son and her own, we paid her $250/week. I actually felt guilty it wasn't more. We couldn't really afford more but I felt bad that it was basically minimum wage.
The thing about a lot of moms who take in a baby/child to care for, for a low amount of money, is often they don't really want to be doing it, but they're in a situation where they need the money. At least in my experience, it isn't necessarily the best situation to be putting your child into.
After school at the karate camp where my son went for 2 years, cost me $15 an afternoon, of which i used 2 afternoons a week.
The drop in daycare center (A Tutortime/Kindercare type place) quoted me 30 a day for a toddler.
When i called the Montessori school up the street they wanted $600 a month, not including the "afterschool" portion.
When she was younger it was more expensive.
We are getting an au pair shortly, though. When you figure it all fees, etc., we will be paying about $275/week, plus extra costs of food, electricity, car insurance etc. (This is cheap for my area)
We live just outside New York City. It's expensive here
We have a "back up" dcp that we use if our regular dcp is on vaca or has some other issue, and she charges $135/wk or $25/day.
Oh, and they are very accepting of bfing and willing to use cloth diapers.
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We are in NYC and pay our babysitter $500 a week; she works 8am - 5pm M-F and gets 5 paid sick days and 2 weeks of paid vacation. What we pay is actually on the low end of the scale for our neighborhood. Plus, many sitters in our neighborhood get an annual bonus equal to one week's pay. We can't afford to do this, but we do try and offer her as much flexibility and as many intangible benefits as possible to make the situation workable for her.
At the moment, the sitter's salary is 46% of my take-home pay, which is pretty significant for us as I am the major breadwinner and my salary has to cover all family bills/expenses except car and cellphone...
Next year when DS is 2 we will consider enrolling him in a local day care (not home-based); this will cost about $800 or $900 a month, obviously still not cheap but a significant cost savings for us!
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I just saw the other part of your question: daycare is about 30% of my take-home pay