Daycare costs

posted 2 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’ve worked at two daycares in the Midwest. A very, nice large (200 kids) university daycare for 6wks – preschool which was $275 a week for infants, and less as they get older. You pay by the week regardless if they are sick, etc and get 2 vacation weeks a year. I now work at a small (30 kids), private Christian daycare and it’s $50 a day and you can do 1-5 days a week and only pay when you’re there. Both have slight discounts for a second child, like $25 a week off. We have several families with 4-5 kids in the daycare, idk how they do it! 

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

It varies from where you live to what kind of daycare you are looking for. For example I live in the Minneapolis/St Paul MN area.  When we looked for daycare centers 3 years ago. An infant was anywhere from $350 to $400 a week alone and as they got older the price went down!  And that is for a licensed center.  We found a in home licensed daycare for $170 a week from infant on up.  Do your research is all I can say. 

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

The gal I work with pays around $18k/year to put her two kids in daycare full time. I’m sure it varies greatly by area though. I’d just call around and ask for pricing.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

In our area, centers are always more expensive then home daycare. $75/day for home daycare here is on the higher end for an infant. $50/day is more typical. Centers for infants are &350-500/week. You usually get a discount for two but not a big one. You should plan to at least double your cost. inquire about centers near you if you plan to move. I would get your future infan on a waiting lists ASAP as those spots are nearly impossible to find where I am, especially if you want them to be in the same place. I’m in a place comparable to boston.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

The cost here is about £17,000 a year, which is around $29,000 a year, according to google. Works out at around £70 a day, or around $115 a day.

That said, I think I’m right in saying that we have some of the highest childcare costs in the world, because the industry is so heavily regulated, and it is illegal for someone to watch your children if they are not related to them, and do not have a professional license. This means you can’t make a reciprocal arrangement with another Mum, you can’t ask your cleaner etc to watch your children, and you can’t ask a teenager or an elderly person etc to babysit.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

The more I read about being a parent in America, the happier I get about living in Iceland.

We pay the equivalent of about $520 a month for childcare until the child is 2 years old and after that it drops by about half.

I now understand why SAHM are so common over there.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

Sassygrn:  can you pm me your daycare info? I live in mpls/st. Paul too and could really use a recommendation.s do they do part time at all that you are aware of?

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I know this isn’t helpful at all, but I just wanted to say how stunned I am at your daycare costs for one child.  That’s almost $20,000 a year for child care.  I can’t even imagine … Wow.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

Sassygrn:  or any technicalmmendatuons from friends if that’s leas creepy haha I just realized you may not want to give out childcare info to a stranger online. My friends either live far away, have a nanny which I could never afford or use family.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

My gosh like the previous poster I’m happy I’m not in the US or UK. In my contry I pay around 200 $ a month for a pre-school for 5 days running from 7am to 7pm & that includes meals for the whole day. This is the price for those who are considered middle to upper class. U can pay even way less to the range of 40 $ or 15 $ at other schools. 

 

Sorry I know this is not helpful but i just wanted to show how vastly things differ depending on which part of the world one is.

Post # 12
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Newbee

I’m in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area too and have my 3.5 month old in a center. We pay $400/week. It sounds like a lot, and it is, practically a second mortgage payment each month. But, that being said, the center is AMAZING. They use the Baby Connect app to track all her activities (eat, sleep, diaper, various activities) and post photos throughout the day, so I still feel very connected to her day. It’s so clean and the staff is really great. The owners actually live on our block! She was colicky from day one and has improved greatly since being in this new environment. They do all sorts of fun activities (painting, sensory games, reading, etc.). I know cost is a huge factor in determining child care, especially with two little ones, but I can say that I think this center is worth every penny! Oh and I think they give a 10% discount on the second child, that probably standard at most centers.  

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Why not ask your current daycare provider how much it would be to add another child?

We’re in the DC metro area, but are far enough out from the city that it’s not too insane. Home daycare is about $1000-1100/month ($50-55/day), center daycare is about $1300-1500/month ($65-75/day), and nanny is about $2250+/month ($113+/day for regular 8 hour day) for 1 child. You may get a $5/dayper child sibling discount in a center of home day care. Obviously, for a nanny it’s a raise to add another child.

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