C.P. asks from Arlington Heights, IL on September 14, 2010
Cost of a Nanny
The cost of having 2 kids in daycare is killing us, and we are starting to consider the possibility of a nanny. I wanted to know how much other people pay their nannies. Are nannies paid by the hour or a fixed rate? We would need a nanny 4 days a week, for about 9-10 hours a day. We have two children, one who is four right now and will be attending 1/2 day kindergarten a year from now, and a 18 month old. We live in the northwest suburbs (arlington heights).
Thanks in advance for any information!
M.S. answers from Chicago on September 15, 2010
If you can make a bedroom available, the "au pair" program is really excellent. It would cost about 1500/month, more or less, depending upon the agency, and it doesn't cost any more for her to care for more than one child. You can choose from so many of the qualified young women's profiles, who have already had background checks and training. I think there are 12 "au pair" agencies that are certified to provide nannies in the USA. Ronald Reagan started the program when he was president. You are able to deduct part of her salary from your income tax. She will work up to 45 hours, and always be available for after hours babysitting. Our "au pair" is from Thailand, and she has been wonderful for our boys, now 25 months and 9 months. Check them out!
T.T. answers from Chicago on September 15, 2010
a nanny is going to cost you far more than a daycare. you must pay around $200 for the 18 month old and no more than $100 for the kindergartner. So for 40 hours a week you want to pay someone less than $300?Even $400 a week would be too little IMO, but it is possible youd find someone who would be willing to take cash for $10/hr until they realized they could make a boat load more with another family and will leave once they find that out. I was a nanny and if you think you are going to hire someone at that rate Id be frightened at who that person would be. Your cheapest bet is to find an in home day care. They usually charge less than the centers especially for part time care. Unless you have 4 or kids a nanny is always going to be the more expensive route
D.G. answers from Chicago on September 15, 2010
I was a nanny while I was was getting my teaching degree, and I was a nanny after I graduated. I am also doing the in-home care thing while I take care of my young kids. As a nanny with an educational background, I wouldn't take less than $12 an hour. I have heard many are more at the $14/15 range per hour. If you want one that is not qualified or has little experience, then you may be able to pay them $10 per hour. I wouln't trust anyone without some early childhood educational background. Most in-home care places will charge between $5 and $10 per kid per hour. I only take on two kids so I charge more, but I also am a teacher and can give more one-on-one attention with a smaller crowd. I would charge $14per hour for two kids. Unless you are going to a very high end expensive day care, I would guess that it is cheaper for the two kids to stay where they are.
A.J. answers from Chicago on September 15, 2010
You can find nannies that work with an hourly rate or a flat rate for the week. I think for 2 to 3 kids, you can expect to pay between 12 and 15 $/ hour. There are several good nanny agencies that can help you screen and find good candidates - I have used First Class Care and Teachercare. There are also nanny searching websites where you can find some nannies with less experience who might work as low at $10/hour (of course some what more)- enannysource or care.com are pretty good sites.