Childcare for summer vacation

  1. :uhoh21: I accepted a new job where I'm working Mon-Fri 7-3:30. It's great because it's no holidays and no weekends, but the part that's difficult is putting my kids in daycare!!!!!!! I worked nights last summer and my MIL helped so I could sleep, but this year is different. I'm a little sad because I'll be gone all day during the summer, yet I'll be home with them in the evenings and on weekends with my husband. I guess you have to give and take somewhere! Anyone else suffering the summer daycare blues?
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  3. by   sagelola
    I am....but only because it is SO expensive. I would rather pay the part-time care while the kids are in school, because it is a little cheaper, but during the summer it just costs an arm and a leg....and I have to pay for 2 (the third qualifies for the program at my school...I just wish they had something for older children, too!)
  4. by   MelissaRN
    Yea no doubt! We were going to send them to the recreation camp, but they would need someone to stay with until the camp opens at 8:00. OMG it would have been my whole check! Mother in law is helping out some, but I can't have her doing it all the time, she has a life!!
  5. by   Berta
    GRRRRRR Don't get me started on the cost of daycare.. :angryfire

    I am not referring to private home daycare. Most of those are pretty reasonable. However, they do not want my child at 6am.

    As for public daycare, I have several pet peeves. Tell me why I paid pay over $200 a week, and a taxi cab transports my child from the center to school. That really makes me nervous. :uhoh21: I have seen some of these cabbies and they scare the blank,blank out of me. My second peeve is that the employees of many of these daycare centers are only making minimum wage.

    Lastly, we need daycare in our area that is open past 6pm and also open on weekends.

    Berta
  6. by   MelissaRN
    You can write off the cost of childcare on your taxes but it only comes out to like .10 cents on the dollar. Big whoop! Childcare after school isn't too bad since I get out at 3:30 and would only need someone for 2 hours but all summer is a tough one, plus I want them to like being where they are.
  7. by   bluesky
    Quote from Berta
    GRRRRRR Don't get me started on the cost of daycare.. :angryfire

    I am not referring to private home daycare. Most of those are pretty reasonable. However, they do not want my child at 6am.

    As for public daycare, I have several pet peeves. Tell me why I paid pay over $200 a week, and a taxi cab transports my child from the center to school. That really makes me nervous. :uhoh21: I have seen some of these cabbies and they scare the blank,blank out of me. My second peeve is that the employees of many of these daycare centers are only making minimum wage.

    Lastly, we need daycare in our area that is open past 6pm and also open on weekends.

    Berta
    Gosh that is sooooooo true for me down here in Maryland too. You'd think someone would realize there's a demand for off hours and start an off hours daycare... or perhaps God forbid, the HOSPITALS could have one! I was soooooooo peeved when I found out that Fairfax Hospitals' daycare (one of the reasons they consistently get rated one of the "best" hospitals in the area for working women) is only open from 8 to 4 or something like that :angryfire - just long enough for the suits... :angryfire ). My husband is also a nurse and we have no family support so we're going to have to play the working alternate shifts game...
  8. by   MelissaRN
    Quote from bluesky
    Gosh that is sooooooo true for me down here in Maryland too. You'd think someone would realize there's a demand for off hours and start an off hours daycare... or perhaps God forbid, the HOSPITALS could have one! I was soooooooo peeved when I found out that Fairfax Hospitals' daycare (one of the reasons they consistently get rated one of the "best" hospitals in the area for working women) is only open from 8 to 4 or something like that :angryfire - just long enough for the suits... :angryfire ). My husband is also a nurse and we have no family support so we're going to have to play the working alternate shifts game...
    Yea my husband and I have done the alternate shift thing for years. I've been working weekends/evenings/nights for 7 years. Our kids are older and now I feel it's my turn for a normal life again.
  9. by   H ynnoD
    My wife is now self employed,so she only works during the Day when I'm at home.She makes up her own hours.When she was doing in Home Health Care we had a Girl Friend who would take care of both Kids for 5 dollars an hour and 15 dollars for over nighters.Stay at Home moms,looking to make some money usually make good day care people....
  10. by   MelissaRN
    I am really lucky in that my mother-in-law is going to baby sit them. We offered to pay her and she has accepted. There's a lady here in town that can be back up for when she wants a break. Phew. Can't wait to get started.

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