- 3 years ago
- Wedding: October 2011
I need help fleshing out an idea and I would love all of your opinions.
I have been giving quite a bit of thought to childcare lately. Our little girl is due in May and I’ve been looking at daycare options. I would love a nanny but we couldn’t afford to pay one what she deserved so we’ve been looking at home daycares.
We’ve also been looking at the budget. I don’t make a lot of money, DH is the primary breadwinner but my income is still necessary. It seems that in our area even an inexpensive home daycare center would take up about half of my income. I just hate the idea of bringing home so little and still only seeing my girl in the evenings and on Sundays.
So I had kind of a lightbulb moment recently and I want to get some feedback.
I think I would like to do childcare in my home. I have more experience in childcare than I do in anything else. I was a nanny for 7 years and worked for over a year in a daycare center. My passion has always been in childcare, but I took an office job when I saw a way in because I thought it would lead to better opportunities. Now I just hate the idea of paying half my salary to someone else to do what I would really love.
Here’s where the feedback part comes in. I’ve considered opening a home daycare before but I’ve always balked because I love being a nanny so much more. I love the more one-on-one time with the children. I love going on regular outings to the zoo, park, children’s museum, children’s theater etc. I feel like when you watch at least 5-6 kids (like most in our area do) you are much more limited on what you can do. The parents I’ve nannied for have expressed the same concerns, along with a general lack of flexibility in a structured daycare setting.
The common complaint I hear about nannies seems to be the price. I’ve heard many parents say “I would LOVE to hire a nanny but I just can’t afford to pay that much.” In my area a nanny would make somewhere between $9-12/hr whereas the cost for a home daycare equals out to be closer to $3-4/hr so there is quite a big difference. I’m thinking that I would like to offer something in between. I only want to care for 1 or 2 children in my home (plus my daughter). By doing this, I would be able to provide more of the nanny experience (flexibility, activities, personal attention) but providing care in my home would allow me to feasibly do this for closer to $5-6/hr.
I can see the crowd who needs to pay the lowest amount possible not being interested because of the cost. I can also see the parents who can easily afford to pay the max amount not being interested because it would be in my home (less convenient for them) and it would not just be their child. I’m wondering if there are enough people in between to make this worth trying.
My question for parents who have used daycare or a nanny (or those considering it) are:
1) What are the most important factors when you consider either option?
2) Would you be likely to use a care provider like this? why/why not?
3) As a parent, is there anything else you would like to add that I should consider?
All feedback is greatly appreciated! Like I said, I’m still trying to chew this over and see if it’s worth pursuing. Thanks!