Post # 1
I am a childcare provider in a family home and have worked in childcare for several years. This means that I have run into a lot of characters who have really screwed up views of what it means to have someone outside of your group of loved ones looking after your child(ren). For instance, many people want to pay about half minimum wage around here. I guess they somehow believe that they can still find quality childcare for this amount. From time to time, I become outraged about this.
I am wondering, what do you all think about paying below minimum wage for someone to look after your kid(s)? Do childcare providers not deserve to be treated with respect just like any other worker? Is this job not extremely important? Please, I am interested in knowing what everyone thinks about this.
Post # 3
I used to do casework and helped families with children. A lot of kids were in centers during the day, and the cost for them to be there was way over minimum wage. I had one child’s mom pull her from a center and put her in a private, home based daycare and this woman was paid through CCIS, which is the childcare initiative for lower income families.
I do believe that even through CCIS, the private, in home daycares were paid more than minimum wage. I could be wrong, though. With the experience you have, you should be able to ask for more than that. If people want to know that their child is being cared for in a safe environment, then they should be willing to pay a reasonable price. That being said, I have seen firsthand how expensive it is for families to pay a lot for daycare. It is a tough call.
Do you have licensure? If you are a licensed daycare provider, then you should be able to get more than minimum wage due to the fact that you meet state/county requirements, etc.
Post # 4
I live in Canada, so state/county requirements don’t apply to me. And I should clarify, I make well over minimum wage in my position, but I am speaking about people who have tried to pay way under that. I am a nanny also, so there is no such thing as having a license to be a nanny (not here, anyway).
I just know that many people hire immigrant women as nannies because they can get away with paying them less. Why don’t people value their kids? Why are people willing to pay more for a good cup of coffee than they are for childcare?
Post # 5
I have been a nanny for a family who paid me a hefty salary and a family who paid me below minimum wage. I gave both families the same quality of work, and loved the children the same. The family who paid me a lot actually treated me pretty badly though and the family who underpaid me treated me wonderfully. I would go back to the latter family in a heartbeat if what they paid me was enough to support myself. I do think that when your budget is so low, you’re more likely to get unqualified, or just bad quality childcare. But there are people (like me a few years ago) who will do a good job and love your children either way.
Post # 6
I think it’s a loaded question. I agree that people should be paid well to take care of our children, however as a mother, I cannot afford to work if I am paying over half of my salary to daycare. For example, minimum wage is let’s say $10/hour. Let’s say I make $20/hour, I can’t afford to pay my daycare provider $10/hour and only take home $10/hour if I need to feed and put a roof over that child’s head. On the other end, I can’t afford not to work because I need to pay for food, and a roof over our heads. Kids are so darn expensive…
Post # 7
In Boston the average is around $90/day for a decent daycare. I feel very grateful DH can work from home and care for DS. I love my son more than anything and if we had to choose daycare for him, I’d have to look for a higher paying job or somehow may it work by staying home.
Post # 8
I’m in the midwest so living expenses are low here. The minimum wage is $8 here and in my in home daycare I charge $25 for a full day which is 4-9 hours. The children I watch are usually here from 7:20am-4:30pm. I never calculated it before but I make on average $2-$3 an hour. I do not do this for the money I just really enjoy kids and I love that I can help other families with quality daycare at a good price.
Post # 9
I just did the math… I checked out a day care that was $770/mo for infant. If my kid is there 5 days a week, average of 20 days per month, it is $4.80/hr – roughly $33/day.
I’m 100% commission. Breaking it down by day isn’t so bad but nearly $800 month is close to my mortgage payment.