How much do you pay for childcare?

Cassandra - posted on 04/01/2011 ( 46 moms have responded )

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I am blessed to have my sister watching my 2 year old son. She has a son that is 3 months older than mine so they are growing up together. She would do it for free but I pay her $300 a month, but soon were going to be trying for our second. How much should I pay her after he/she is born?

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Tasha - posted on 04/10/2013

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For infants I charge you $130
For toddles potty train $70 not potty train$ 90
for preschool $60
after school $50 If you live in Dallas Texas

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Hard to say for sure. Since you give her about $75 per week now I think $125-$150 per week would be fair. My brother's gf and mother of his children(guess you could almost call her my sister-in-law)
Gets $325 per week to watch my twins 10 hrs per day 5 days a week. An actual daycare would get $425 per week for the two of them.

Meri - posted on 04/15/2011

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I'm seeing from the replies it varies greatly depending on where you live. I live in the northeast and my twins go to one of the cheaper daycares in the area. I pay $150 per week, per child for 20 hours of care. The average daycare charges $300 per week, per child for 40-50 hours. I know home day cares tend to charge less. I'd throw her an extra $150 a month.

Danielle - posted on 04/12/2011

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I charge for an eight hour day $20. The little boy I watch comes for two hours on Thursday and I charge $10.00(I told the mom she could pay either $5. or $10.)

Tah - posted on 04/11/2011

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We pay 416 a month at the navy child development center for 5 days a week and it's half what other places wanted, but it's income based, not age based as far prices are concerned..

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Tasha - posted on 04/10/2013

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Where do u live you can pay me less then that if you live in dallas tx. Oh my name is Latasha

Sarah - posted on 04/15/2011

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Full fee at my daughter's center is $193 a week but CT has a program called Care 4 Kids that covers the majority of my childcare expenses and I also get a 60% staff discount for working at the center she attends so I only pay $10 a week for her childcare.

Miriam - posted on 04/14/2011

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wow, we are very blessed. My mom is retired and of course loves to be with our kids. she watched my 8 year old from the time he was 3 till he started kindergarten, and now we have 3 month old twins and she comes over every morning at 6 a.m so we can ready for work and school (Im a teacher) and she stays withe them at our house until we get home around 4:30, she does not charge us anything. we usually give her about $80. a month she wathces them 3 days a week, husband is off 2 days a week and takes care of them those days and Im off on the weekends. (she's only been with them 1 month) but she is very close to us and we love it and so does she. I live in Dallas Texas and from what I hear from others daycare is about $800. a month per child. and the stories I hear even from good daycares, are scary and sad, I dont think I would of planned on having kids at all if I would not have my mom and husband to be with them on the weekdays. Its hard good luck ladies!!

Megan - posted on 04/11/2011

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I go to an home daycare and my 18 month old is learning so much. I send my own food because I want to be sure of what she is eating. We eat whole grains and organic so I want her to eat that there too. I pay $500 a month. It would be $530 if she were to provide food.

Natalie - posted on 04/11/2011

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I paid $80 per week, for an in home day care person. With the economic downturn, she is looking to take in new kids - babies or toddlers. She's trustworthy, licensed, and in Central Illinois if you know anyone who needs daycare. She does not provide formula or diapers, but all the food your child can eat (as soon as they are able!) Message me for more informaiton!

Angela - posted on 04/09/2011

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It depends on the area, I would look at the typical rates and figure up something reasonable based on that. I pay $900 a month just for my 23 week old son and that is a steal where I live. I tried to hire a stay at home mom and pay her $800 a month and she wanted a $1000 so I haven't had the best luck on decently priced childcare where I live.

Sacha - posted on 04/08/2011

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I just want to say in addition to my other post that this is so hard as a mom to do. We all want what is best and we need to work a lot of times employers are not flexible about this issue. You CAN find good quality care in any price range not all providers do this just for the money . I called and did some drive by's ( yes drive by's) to many houses and centers. I took any provider that was not willing to met us on our available time (after work hours) off the list. They should be able to understand the need for after hours interviewing . This demand on our part limited us but also has liberated us from the "daycare controllers" that make you feel like a terrible parent if you are 5 minutes after pick up. Life happens it cannot always be exactly on time or at least mine isn't . Keep at it it is exhausting while you are looking and finding the time is practically impossible at times but it will pay off in the end.

Jessi - posted on 04/08/2011

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I am not as fortunate as you. I have to pay for a daycare service at $150 per 5 day week. I am a single working mom/college student with child support when he feels like paying which is almost non-existant.

Alisha - posted on 04/07/2011

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I think that family is a different story, you will have to work it out with her. In daycare an infant can be $300 a week and a toddler around $160 per week sometimes depending on if they are potty trained. Pay what you can afford if she is fine with it.

Sacha - posted on 04/07/2011

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I agree that the place to save money is not on daycare you have to trust someone else with your priceless child all day while you work . I will gladly pay a fair price for that piece of mind . We pay 30 dollars a day for a 4 year old two days a week and 25 to aftercare at preschool for 3 days a week. Both locations are excellent my daughter is well taken care of. My advice is shop until you feel you have found a childcare provider you can really trust .

Sara - posted on 04/07/2011

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I pay 32.50 a day, 3 days a week, my son has breakfast, snack, lunch, and another snack, all nutritious meals/snacks, they play, sing songs, do arts and crafts, she changes diapers more often then I do, every 2-3 hours regardless if he needs it or not (never had a diaper rash). will be potty training this month, have nap/quiet time,he's learning colors, words, which will become more advanced as my son grows older. She ensures there is no hitting or acting out, or bullying amongst the other children. She is a great day care provider which will turn into a great pre school teacher. The only down side, we still have to pay if he is sick, or its a holiday that lands on the stated 3 days a week, or if we go on a vacation.

Ceri - posted on 04/07/2011

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we pay $20 a day wich is CHEAP! If we had a 2nd then it would be fourty. If you want to be fair I would say at least an addtional 300 but I would talk to her about it. And maybe there are other ways she would like help rather than pay...

Tricia - posted on 04/06/2011

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I have a cousin watch him, who does daycare, for 4 days a week I pay 375, would be 425 if I wasn't family. for 2 kids it would be 750 for the 2 kids, 850 non family

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Yes there are but I have to get one close to work. One has me on a waiting list. I have some others in mind that I am going to look at. It stinks I have to have them in a daycare that opens at 6 or 6:30 am. My work is not flexible at all.

Juliana - posted on 04/06/2011

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Im so sorry to hear that Heather. Is there any actual Childcares where you live? She doesnt sound like the greatest influence on your children.

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@ Juliana I like to prepare all their foods so I know what they have eaten in the day. The last time I let her have at it without instruction my kids only had a banana (1/2 ea) for breakfast and very little of what else I had packed. When I picked them up they were like a pack of ravenous animals.She is not a daycare she is my brother's sahm girlfriend. Their girls are 6(in fulltime kindergarten) and 4 1/2(preschool for 3-4 hours per day). Twins can be a handful and i figured I would make her life easier. All she has to do is heat up the food and feed them and not have to prep anything. I figured this would allow her more time to spend with my kids but all it has done was give her more time to screw off and drag my kids all over town shopping.

Juliana - posted on 04/06/2011

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I live in North Dakota. We have a military base here and we are in the middle of an oil boom. So theres a great need for daycare at all hours.

Alisha - posted on 04/06/2011

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@juliane...which state are you at?? i need to move where you are at. 24/7 daycare!!!!!

Chandra - posted on 04/06/2011

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Way back when my MIL watached my kids for me...I had a then 4 1/2 yr old and a new born and she charged my $160/wk. Of course that was because she was family and she was the Grandma after all... I think easily $250/wk if not more...newborns are ALLOT of work (as you know!) so maybe after the baby starts to function more on his/her own then you could probably take the cost down a little.

Candace - posted on 04/06/2011

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We have a babysitter for 3 days per week and we pay her $20/day and my son goes to daycare 2 days per week which is $27/day. When my son is potty trained (he's only 18 months now), it will be $20/day too. In my circumstance, it costs the same for the second kid. No buy one get one free ;)

Alisha - posted on 04/06/2011

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I have a girl come to my house from 8am-4:30pm Monday to Friday. I pay her $250/wk. She is great...I wish I could afford to pay her more!

Amelie - posted on 04/06/2011

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Your open 24/7 Juliana?! omg I wish you lived near me! lol My husband and I are both in the military and work shift work and finding child care has been a nightmare!! You sound like someone I would hire for sure

Juliana - posted on 04/06/2011

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Heather, you might want to check with child care regulations where you are at, thats almost terms of abuse. I have children all day long, I change diapers every 2-3 hours or sooner if I smell a poopy diaper. We sing songs, color and draw. Most of my kids are under 3 so learning is made a game. Why are you sending dishes with to daycare? She doesnt prepare their meals? I have a balanced meal 3 times a day and 3 snacks. (Im open 24/7)

Amelie - posted on 04/06/2011

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Alisha...normally when you have more than 1 child in day care, then 2nd and 3rd etc becomes half price or is a cheaper rate than the first, thats how it works where I'am anyway. I pay $30/day for the first child and $15 for every child after that.
Heather, that really sucks that you have to go through that with your caregiver, nothing worse than someone taking advantage of the fact that you need child care and then they do whatever they want with your children.

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Alisha I don't think my child care is cheap for what I get. My sitter does what she has to for my kids which is the necessities feed and change them. The only thing she has taught my daughter is to say no which really pisses me off and my sitter has the balls to tell me how funny it is that she can say that. They are with her 10 hours per day. she doesn't change their diapers enough or give them enough to drink. When i pick them up they are parched and my daughter has had more rashes than I care to imagine. Clothes that get poop on them get balled up and sent home like that. Their dishes that I pack their breakfast and lunch into rarely get rinsed out and most times don't even get sent home because she feels like i have plenty of little dishes and it is ok to do that.

I am now on a waiting list at the day care near my work. It will then be $425 per week. But it will be worth it because they will be getting all of what you have listed.

Alisha - posted on 04/06/2011

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just read every1 post on here and every one pays cheap daycare. well cheaper then what i pay. i have 1 child been payn $210 a week since he was 13wks old and he is now 3ys old. its alot to pay a week but if you chid is being feed homecook meals, given a bath daily, potty trained, learning numbers, letters and much more...its all worth it

Amelie - posted on 04/05/2011

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I have 3 kids under 18 months and will soon paying $60/day....thats more than my mortgage!! Day care is way too expensive lol

Raychel - posted on 04/05/2011

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I pay 320 per week for my 4 kids. so that would be 1280 a month. Wow....I can't wait until they are older sometimes.

Veronique - posted on 04/04/2011

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My kids go to a home daycare and i pay 7$ a day per kid, so per week that's 70$ for both so per month it's 280$

Barbara - posted on 04/04/2011

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I am paying $75.00 a week which equals out to $300.00 a month. Not sure how much extra you should give her if you have a second one.

Juliana - posted on 04/02/2011

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It depends on where you live at but I run a daycare out of my home. I charge $100/week for a 2 yr old and $130/week for an infant for full time spots. Discuss it with your sister and see what she thinks is fair. Babies are a little harder because they require alot more time.

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