Post # 1
Ok, just started TTC but on my hour long commute my mind is always thinking. My DH and I both work full time he works in the town where we live and I commute an hour to work. We will have to use daycare. So, I was wondering what would be the best location closer to my work or near home or even somewhere in the middle. I work 8-5, M-F as agricultural loan officer. DH works mostly 8-5, M-F, but given that he a truck driver for a small company it can be earlier or later. DH is home in the evenings. He says that he will drop off the LO, but given that his hours can change depending on the project I find that hard to believe. Also, I will be the one handling any illnesses or medical appointments. DH may be unable to leave or not in the area. So, I may be the main dropper off and picker up. I have been looking for a closer job but there is not really anything out there that gives the same pay or benefits, even given the cost of fuel. Our families’ live about an hour and half away so they can help out a bit.
Post # 3
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
@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
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
@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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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
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
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 # 10
Thanks Everyone. At this point I think we would go with the one closer to home. Will just have to find one that card work with our hours.
Post # 11
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
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.
Post # 13
Just been thinking that if the LO is sick it may be better to be closer to home so we do not have a long ride home.