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Thread: How much $ do you pay/charge for childcare?

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    Default How much $ do you pay/charge for childcare?

    Looking for info for fees for childcare. Do you watch other children and how much do you charge, or how much do you pay for childcare while you work? Do you double the amount for 2 kids or how does it work? My MIL usually watches my children, but I wanted to find someone who has other kids they can play with. I had someone (a family friend) say they would like between $11-12 an hour. I had no idea it costs that much! That's $3 more than minimum wage.My boys are 9 and 11. There isn't much maintenance with them. Do you pay more bc you have a cwd? Thoughts?
    Mom to: Sam 11 T1 dx 10/26/2011
    Luke 9 non D
    Pumping with OmniPod & Humalog

    "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path." Prov 3:5-6

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    Wow 11-12 dollars an hour. What is the point of even working, you would be working just to pay the babysitter. My friend charges I believe $5 an hour for 2 kids and she also charges for meals.
    Jennie Mom to 3 kids
    Ben 1/11/02
    Taylor 1/24/04 Type 1 diagnosed 6/13/11pumping pink ping 4/2
    Brianna 7/23/06

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    I personally think that's very expensive, but I guess it depends on where you live. I would suggest you get the local paper and call the ads for childcare to give you an idea what the cost is in your area. Does your school district have a before/after program? You may want to check into that as well.
    My son is 17, dx'd 10/03/06
    t:slim and Dexcom G4
    formerly Omnipod

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    Here , child care is around $800 per month per child full time at a day home. My daughter does casual babysitting ( evening) and the going rate is about $10-12/hour for 2 kids...

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    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Northwest Ohio


    I am EXTREMELY blessed with my childcare provider. I send my kids to a lady who watches kids out of her home. I pay $2.25 an hour for one child, and $3.00 an hour when both my kids are there. No extra charge for meals or snacks. She has anywhere from 5-10 kids there. I don't pay any extra for my son with D even though he is more "maintenance" than the other kids--and she learned to test sugar, give shots, run the pump, count carbs (even figuring carb counts for her cookie and cake recipes) like it was no extra work! In fact, so far she is the only one (after almost 10 months) that I trust to watch my son, including family members. So I think $11-12 an hour is a lot. I don't even make $12 an hour and I have a state job!
    Mother to Cody, dob 2/8/06, non-D
    and Tyler, dob 3/16/09, dx'd 8/2/11, peanut allergy
    Pumping with MM 530G with enlite and MySentry 4/14

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    I thought it was a lot. She said she hasn't babysat for a while. My neighbor has 5 kids and last summer went through a service and paid $12 and hr for all 5 kids. She said it goes down $1-2 for each kid. She said she would work with me though. I think it would seem like an insult if I offered $7 and hour. She's about 23 or 24 going to grad school this fall.
    Mom to: Sam 11 T1 dx 10/26/2011
    Luke 9 non D
    Pumping with OmniPod & Humalog

    "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path." Prov 3:5-6

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    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Madison, WI


    I used to go with whatever the parents thought was fair when I did babysitting... I got about $8 / hr. for 3 kids for one family, $10 / hr. for 1 kid and the dog in another family (this family was QUITE well off), and $6 / hr. for 2 kids in a third family all that I babysat for regularly...

    29, dxd D @ 8 (9/1994)
    Current Diabetes Accessories: Dexcom G4Platinum; Tandem t:Slim
    Nurse, trying desperately to become a CDE!!

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    For dates and such I pay a high school girl $6 an hour for 2 kids. They are older and just need someone to keep them under control while we're gone.

    For summer childcare, I use someone who watches several kids in her house. My two, her three and 1-3 others, depending on day of week. I pay $25 a day for each, so $50 a day. They are there a little less than 8 hours so it's just over $6 an hour for both of them. From her point of view, she is staying home with her kids and making $50-$250 a day (depending on kid count as none of us are 5 day families). I could see paying $10-12 an hour for someone to come to my house and just watch my kids all day, but not as a drop off with other kids.
    Stacy - Mom to
    DD (13, diagnosed at 2) MDI and Dexcom
    MDI 2006-2009, Medtronic pump 2009-2011, MDI 2011-2013, OmniPod 2013, T:Slim 2013-2015, MDI 2015-2016, T:Slim 2016-2017, MDI 2017
    Other AI issues: Diagnosed with Graves' disease and juvenile idiopathic arthritis in 2014 and cholinergic urticaria in 2016. RAI treatment in 2017 for Graves'.
    DS (15, diagnosed at 10) OmniPod and Dexcom

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    Interesting post, we have lived in NJ, NY, CA, MA and CT and I have never paid less than 10 per hour, usually 12-15 (for my three kids in my home).
    Last edited by mysweetwill; 05-24-2012 at 08:14 PM. Reason: Clarification

    Mom to:
    William, age 11, diagnosed 11/10/11, MM CGMS (2/20/12), MM revel blue (4/4/12), Dex G4 (11/22/12)
    James, age 8, nonD
    Grace, 7, nonD

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    I pay my 17 year old neighbor $10/hour to watch my brood of 6. It varies depending on if the kids are asleep the whole time versus running wild, how many are there (I only pay $4-5/hr if she's only watching 1 or 2 kids). But $10 and a ride home is the max we've agreed on. I don't leave her with everyone very often!
    LIBBY homeschooling mama to:
    Ella age 11 Dx T1 at 30 months (2/9/04). Hypothyroidism 4 years. Asthma 6 years. Evan's Syndrome 7 years. Celiac 10 years
    Pumping with purple minimed since 9/07
    Caleb age 8
    Nick, age 6 ADHD, SPD, PTSD and mood disorder NOS (probable bipolar disorder)
    Lydia, age 5 SPD
    Adam, age 3 Allergic to everything
    Linnea-Claire, age 22 months

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