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Brittini - posted on 05/10/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My son is two years old and is already in day care...but they only start at 2 years old. I work a full time job that I really don't want to give up, because I see myself going far with it. My daughter is due in August, and I'm going to need to put her in daycare as soon as possible. I don't see any other options, other than quitting my job, which we really can not afford. Any suggestions? Also, does any one know the going rate for infant child care? Any help would be appreciated.

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Katherine - posted on 02/04/2011

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here is 3.50 an hour and you must supply all the baby needs and plenty of it. I had my kids in daycare/preschool when i worked because i wanted to work. with this pregnancy i will stay home while my other 2 go to school. my 4 yr will be 5 and going to kinder. and my oldest will bein the 4th so i have things worked out.

Ofonime - posted on 02/01/2011

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Hi, i totally understand that quitting your job is really difficult, but u know being a mom is about making really difficult decisions, i had a very good jab that paid well as an investment banker, long hours and a live in nanny but one day my 2 year old broke her elbow and i was in a meeting and i had my nanny take her instead and they did not set the bone well and it was crazy after then , had to go back myself this time break the bone, reset it and six months of intensive physiotherapy , so all the money i had could not make up for pain my 2yr old went through. What i am saying think about the cost of daycare/stress of a new birth and rethink ur options again. Well for me i resigned , got a job that worked reasonable hours and hanging in there until they can get into proper sch with extra activities then take it from there.

Sarah - posted on 05/27/2010

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Depending on prices where you live a nanny might be cheaper once you have more than one child to pay for. I know a great British nanny in my area (Ontario) that only charges $10 per hour

Erin - posted on 05/23/2010

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Some of the cost depends on how many days they are in day care and also the size and atmosphere of the daycare. There is also home daycare versus center day care. I would pick one or two criterias that are important to you and call around and find some facilites or homes that fit that and then visit them. Home daycares are going to probably be 1/2 the cost but less regulated and if the person goes on vacation or is sick you would have to find back up daycare. I would ask about what is included in the price (diapers, fomula, food, etc), how much the kids sleep during the day, is there a curriculum or set activites, etc. Visitng them will help you figure out what you want to do.

Nicole - posted on 05/15/2010

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Depending on your income, you may also qualify for help with daycare depending on where you live. I would definitely call around and see who would be willing to take both your kids. Sometimes daycares have discounts for more than one child. Good luck in your search!

Stephanie - posted on 05/12/2010

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Around here (AR) infant care is around $180 a week. Do some checking around with other daycares in your area. If you really don't want to quit your job, switch centers so both your kids can go to the same one.

Liz - posted on 05/11/2010

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It all depends on where you live. I think around here on average for two children in day care it's at least 2,000 a month if not more. It depends on what sort of child care place it is too, some are more expensive than others. Most of the day cares around here only take infants as young as six weeks old, you might want to check that out too.

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