Is anyone else sick and tired of paying for day care????

United States
March 1, 2007 12:47pm CST
I am in over my head with maintaining tuition for my daughter's day care that has so many rules and regulations it is ridiculous. I pay 120.00 per week and I pay that whether she shows up or not. I pay a 30.00 for late fees. I know we want the best care for our children but I am frustrated with it. Does anyone know of any ways tro save money or cut costs with daycare.
6 responses
@loved1 (5336)
• United States
1 Mar 07
Usually home daycare is considerably cheaper than a daycare center. There are many good registered daycares out there. I am one of them! Please keep in mind that the rules are in place because people tend to screw over daycare providers quite often. I have alot of rules that may seem ridiculous to some people, but they are in place because I have had to learn the hard way. Does every daycare in your area have a flat weekly fee? I charge by the hour. That would probably save you some money if you could find a provider in your area that is willing to charge just for when you are there. Good luck.
@mbizmom (237)
• United States
1 Mar 07
That's the main problem in my area, all the reputable ones charge a flat fee or flat daily fee when I only need to have my son their a few hours a day or only a few times a week. I wish I could find one that charged by the hour and allowed part-time kids.
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@mrbranan (1012)
• United States
3 Mar 07
I think the whole thing is messed up. I have children but thank God all of my children are almost grown accept one and the other two can watch her for me. Day care is just outragouse. Look I know they have to make a living two but they are getting half of your check every week. Two kids and they have it made. We need someone to step up and say enough is enough and put some restriction on this.
@daycarepal (1998)
• United States
1 Mar 07
Have you ever been a childcare provider? If so, you would think that $120 a week is not enough. I hope that doesn't come out sounding rude, I don't mean to be. But I am a childcare provider and my daycare parents pay more than $120 per week. Most tell me that they could never do my job. I've been in the field for almost 20 years. It is a hard job! Yes it is expensive for working parents, but it part of being a responsible parent. High quality childcare is hard to find and the childcare provider needs to earn a living also. As for the $30 late fee.....well you could flip the tables and think of it this way....what if your paycheck was late, how would you feel? Daycare providers depend on their income just like any other parent would depend on their paycheck. There's no difference. There has to be rules, I call them policies in my daycare. Just think, if a provider has 4 or 5 different families who all want to not pay when their child isn't there. That is alot of loss income to the provider. It's like your boss saying....stay home Tuesday, oh and by the way I'm not gonna pay you for the day but I still expect you to be here on Wednesday ready to work and be happy....ugh, now your paycheck is short and your bills are going to be paid late, it's not a fun situation to be in. Sorry, I hope my post doesn't sound like I am picking on you. I just wanted people to see the other side of the coin.
@Fishmomma (11371)
• United States
1 Mar 07
When my daughter was little, I joined a group that bartered for day care, which lowered my child care costs. We would trade time no money, so I would take care of somebody else's children on Saturdays. You might see if there is a group in your area or start a group with your friends with young children.
@cNotable (894)
• United States
1 Mar 07
Yes, I am sick and tired of paying for daycare. it is a very big cost, but it is necessary. what else are you going to do?
@mbizmom (237)
• United States
1 Mar 07
I am getting ready to go back to work and am trying to figure out how I can make enough to pay for daycare and have enough left over to pay the bills. It's awful when you have to spend time away from your child everyday and half the money you make is going to pay for spending time away from your child!