How much is daycare in your area?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 46
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

The middle of nowhere in NC the babysitter normally charges like $50 a week but my mom felt bad and would always gave her $100. Alot of stay at homes wives in the area were willing to babysit for very cheap.

Post # 47
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

beautyofdreams :  I’m in Alexandria too, and I was also wondering about this!  I guess hubby and I will need to adjust our schedules so one of us starts significantly earlier than the other.

Post # 48
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Mrs. Meowerson :  ok so its not just me! haha. I already feel like DC has a real lack of work life balance and I just can’t figure out how people do it in this area but I guess like you said one of us would have to try and reconfigure our schedule to get off early. Its just difficult because I’m in the federal government but I work for congress and we have to keep their core hours which are pretty much 9-6. My husband works for a law firm and his hours are even longer than mine….frustrating.

Post # 49
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

beautyofdreams :  Maybe a nanny share or in home care? I am still trying to wrap my mind around how to afford it, let alone the hours.

Post # 50
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

I’m in Ottawa, Canada, and daycare will be $1500/month for mon-fri 9-5.

Post # 51
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

….whelp, I’m never having a kid. 

Post # 52
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

I don’t currently have a child in daycare, but my 19 month old niece is in daycare and we live in the same city. We live in GTA area Ontatio, Canada. In-home daycare is quite popular and runs about $400-$600 a month. My niece is in a institution type daycare and for four days a week it costs about $1000 a month…but that includes food, diapers and all that jazz. 

My SIL went that route (even though it is more expensive) because it is more of a ‘school like’ atmosphere and she really wanted my niece to get prepared for school as early as possible.

Post # 53
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

beautyofdreams :  My husband and I both work in finance in NYC and commute an hour+ to NJ. We stagger daycare. He gets to work super early and I do drop off at 7 (get in by 8:30) and he does most pick ups (leaves before 5 and picks up by 6:15 at the latest). We both end up logging in from home after his bedtime to get stuff done. I feel like we have more babies at my daycare past 5:30 since so many people where I live commute to NYC. Both our companies are getting better about flexibility though, if I need to leave I’ve made it clear that my kid > my job. I’ve also accepted that it will probably impact my long term career prospects.

ETA: its not even just worrying about pick-up, some days I get home at 7:30 and he goes to bed by 8:15 and it f*cking sucks that I barely see him. A nanny would be triple the cost of daycare for us.

Post # 54
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

LGenz :  Thank you for giving your personal situation! Do you think your current schedule will be something you all will keep up? Do you find it stressful or is it kind of second nature at this point? I ask because my husband and I are considering moving to a “slower” market but if its possible to make it work without going crazy we would stay in the area.

Post # 55
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

 beautyofdreams :  We’ve only been doing it for a little while so I really don’t know. I’m going to ask about working from home once a week in 2017 and my husband is testing the market but is only moving if he can guarantee a flex arrangement. Neither of us have any desire to pick up and move though, we like our careers and where we live.

Its not super stressful but if we arent organized it all goes to sh*t super quickly haha. Like we can’t just get home and start thinking about where to order dinner because then dinner is NEVER EVER happening. Also, it wouldn’t work if my husband wasn’t a good partner. That might be one of the nice things about where we live, I see so many dads being active participants in managing the day to day kid stuff.

Post # 56
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

LGenz :  Thanks for the perspective! It helps a lot! I can imagine planning ahead is critical! We already have a dog thats hard enough. lol. 

Post # 57
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Wowzers @ some of the prices out there!

We live in a city in Alberta and the monthly rate at our government approved dayhome is around $1000/month for full time. We only need 3 days/week which works out to like $730/month or something. Because I’m in school full-time right now working on my Masters, we’re also eligible for a subsidy. So, we pay $290 or so out of pocket per month for the 3 days per week that Dirty Delete (almost 2yrs old) attends.

Day home provides lunch and two snacks. We provide wipes and dipes.  

Post # 58
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I’m 11 weeks so obviously I have some time to think about childcare options, but I’ve been doing some preliminary research and I’ve found a huge range of prices- $250/week was on the lower end all the way up to $500+/week.  We live just outside of Boston, but Darling Husband works in Boston so I’ve been looking in and outside the city. I’ll have 5 months off, so we won’t need childcare until around Nov 2017. 

 

I know this wasn’t the thread topic, but when did everyone start seriously looking for childcare options? I’d like to do it as soon as possible so we can have more choices, but I’m not sure what’s too early.

Post # 59
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I know a lot of people in the DC area with crazy schedules get AuPairs for childcare.  It actually isn’t that much more than having one in a nice daycare center.  I’m pregnant with my second, and it would definitely be more cost effective to go that route.  Just an option for people concerned about crazy work hours.

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