Do any of you have a nanny? Was thinking this would be a good option for DH and I as DH works 4 days then has 4 days off, not a very normal work roster and thought childcare wouldn't be as accommodating (correct me if I am wrong).
Can you please give me details like costs and living arrangements (if they live with you).
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29-11-2013 23:05 #1
29-11-2013 23:12 #2
I would live to know esp seeing my child care is going up 40% in January and I will have a second child in care as well.
29-11-2013 23:51 #3
I was a nanny a couple of years ago. I got $20/hr looking after a 3 year old and a 6 year old twice a week. However, that was a fairly cheap rate even two years ago. Depending on where you are, the nanny (her qualifications, whether you offer holiday / sick pay, etc) and the age of your children, you might be looking at $20 for just one child.
I commuted to and from work at my own expense, but during the day I had the family car at my disposal. All trips and food were paid for by the family; I had free run of the pantry and fridge. I also did some light cleaning (the play room, kid's bedrooms, the living areas that we occupied during the day, etc) and laundry (washed and folded the kid's clothing) BUT there are many nannies who won't do those things - especially laundry - without extra compensation.
Always have a contract that clearly outlines duties, payment, holidays, etc. It makes everybody happy and covers your butt.
If you're concerned about expenses, you'll likely need to shop around, so to speak. Childcare is expensive, but nannies are not cheap either, particularly since you can't (yet) claim CCB.
I understand your pain in regards to shift work. DF does shift work too and working out care arrangements for DS was a bit of a nightmare. We bit the bullet and put DS into care twice a week regardless. I figured having a weekly routine would be easier for us.
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