How much do you pay for daycare?

  1. Just wondering what other nurses are paying for care to make myself feel better after seeing the sticker shock today for my own kid's daycare!

    I have a 2 year old, 5 year old, and 8 year old. 3 days a week = $1,300/month. Does that sound crazy or no? More than my mortgage. Granted I have the peace of mind my kids will be in a safe place, and that's priceless, but the price tag hurts.

    My husband works nurse hours even though he isn't one so even working opposite shifts won't work because we always have a gap plus I guess we need to sleep at some point too
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  3. by   Sour Lemon
    Quote from SaltySarcasticSally
    Just wondering what other nurses are paying for care to make myself feel better after seeing the sticker shock today for my own kid's daycare!

    I have a 2 year old, 5 year old, and 8 year old. 3 days a week = $1,300/month. Does that sound crazy or no? More than my mortgage. Granted I have the peace of mind my kids will be in a safe place, and that's priceless, but the price tag hurts.

    My husband works nurse hours even though he isn't one so even working opposite shifts won't work because we always have a gap plus I guess we need to sleep at some point too
    Yikes! Is it even worth it to work full time? I plan to work one day a week and keep my kids out of day care. My home life is busy ...and I am sleep deprived, but I'd rather be busy and exhausted taking care of my kids than strangers.
  4. by   caliotter3
    You would have enjoyed my sitter who charged $40 a week for one kid.
  5. by   That Guy
    ~70 a day, twice a week. Daycare is attached to the wifes hospital so the little gremlin is close by to her. I don't think it is too outlandish of a price.
  6. by   SaltySarcasticSally
    Quote from caliotter3
    You would have enjoyed my sitter who charged $40 a week for one kid.
    I honestly question the care when it's that cheap!
  7. by   caliotter3
    Excellent care in the home of a loving family.
  8. by   OscarTheOwl
    3 kids

    75/day 5 days a week, 375 a week x52 weeks =19,500 per year. Roughly 1600ish per month

    But she comes to my house, cleans up and takes/picks up from school.

    Shes a family member that cared for me as a child. Takes them to all appointments so its worth it to me.
  9. by   Flatline
    I have 2 kids and when they were too young for school I paid $30k a year for both of them. With just one it was $19k a year.

    I took them to a nicer place though but the quality of education was superb. Totally worth it.
  10. by   SaltySarcasticSally
    Quote from Flatline
    I have 2 kids and when they were too young for school I paid $30k a year for both of them. With just one it was $19k a year.

    I took them to a nicer place though but the quality of education was superb. Totally worth it.
    Thank you, that helps!! It is an excellent center and I can't imagine leaving them in better hands but we are the only couple I know with 3 kids so I always get "you pay WHAT" when I tell anyone with 1-2 kids what we pay for care lol. They are willing to work my rotating schedule and that's hard to find as well.
  11. by   MunoRN
    We pay about $1500 per month for 2 kids, one they were younger it was over $2000 per month, and that's at the YMCA which is one of the cheaper places in town. That sounded ridiculous to me too at first, but the average cost of childcare nationwide is about $1000 per month, so it's pretty typical.
  12. by   Workitinurfava
    1000.00 for a 5 year old.
  13. by   ProperlySeasoned
    For my infant son, full time care at a center was $2,000 a month. For my toddler daughter, it was $1500. So, our child care costs were 3,500 a month. This equals $42,000 a year. The care was excellent.
  14. by   MHDNURSE
    It really is reflective of where you live. I live near Boston and in the Longwood medical area which is where all the big hospitals are, day cares there charge an average of $2,000/month for full time care for one infant. When I worked in Washington, DC, prices were similar. 15 miles North of Boston where I live, the JCC charges about $1800/month for full time infant care. It slowly declines as the kids get a little older. Nannies in my area charge anywhere from $18-$24/ hour. It's crazy!

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