(Closed) Commuting bees what city is your daycare located near work or home?

posted 5 years ago in Parenting
  • poll: Daycare location
    near home : (8 votes)
    50 %
    near work : (5 votes)
    31 %
    middle : (2 votes)
    13 %
    some where else : (1 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    6813 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I am a telecommuter (with having to go into the office 3x’s a month and then every 6 months spend a month in the office) Our daycare is 2 miles from our house.  The office is 13 miles from the house. So when I am working from home I am only a few minutes away to right now (my month to be office bound) I am about 20 minutes away if traffic is good.

    Personally I like having daycare so close to home and well work if office bound…

    Post # 4
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    1250 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 1992

    @kcaggiebiz:  I have been wondering this too!  Where I work, daycare is seriously about $1400/month.  But where I live, home daycare is about $600/month.  Huge difference!  I have no idea what we will do.

    Post # 5
    Member
    36 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I had the same dilemma and this is how it panned out for my family! I work at an airport about 45 minutes from my home  (my DH works away for 3-5 nights at a time) when we first put our son in Daycare at 9 months when I went back to work we chose the one closest to my place of work so I could be there as quickly as possible if there was a problem.

    Well when I finished at 5pm each day i’d pick DS up and during the 45-60 min ride home he would fall asleep, by the time we got home, he’d be wide awake and would stay that way until 9-10pm!!

    Another factor was days when I didn’t have to be in work until the afternoon or annual leave days- we would always have to pay for our days to hold our space and I could never be bothered to drive 1:30 mins just to drop him off, we just wouldn’t send him that day- it was such a waste of money!!

    We’ve since moved him to a local nursery 5 mintues from our house, and he manages to stay awake during that journey!! His daddy picks him up on his way home when he can and I like to think he’s interacting with children that he will grow up with and meet again at school ect, It works for us!

    The nursery near the airport looked MUCH more impressive and was more appealing when we were viewing but the local nursery was a better fit for my family!

     

    Post # 6
    Member
    6813 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @rubyred605:  Look into in home licensed daycare. That is what we have. The centers around us are almost $400.00 a week vs. we pay $170.00 a week.  The woman we use is wonderful!

    Post # 7
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    3485 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

    You’ll want to choose a daycare that is the most convenient for the “first call” parent; which sounds like you.  If the kid is sick/injured/etc. who is leaving work to care for it? That’s who it needs to be close to.  

    Post # 8
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    5148 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I have about a 25 minute commute to work.

    I chose a daycare near home because (a) if I change jobs I don’t want daycare to be way out-of-the-way, and (b) I don’t want to take DS on the Interstate during rush-hour with crazy drivers every day.

    Post # 9
    Member
    9057 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Commenting because I’m curious to hear more answers. We’re ttc and dh and i both so shift work about an hour away from home, so child care will eventually be a big obstacle for us. I’m thinking we’ll end up with a nanny but am interested to see how others handle it. 

    Post # 11
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    818 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    Something parents don’t think about…the daycare near your house may be easier to drop off in the morning, but the daycare near work is closer to get to in an emergency

    Post # 12
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    924 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    FI is going to be a SAHD, but if he weren’t then I’d put LO in daycare where I work.  The reason for this is pure economics.  Because the daycare here is part of a federal government system, it costs less than $400 a month at most.  It’s actually on a sliding scale based on family income and $400 a month is the highest bracket.  I’d love to put him/her in the same daycare I went to, but they don’t take children under 3 and the waiting list is a mile long.  It’s also more like $300 a week.  Ouch.

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