#1 and #2 have both been in daycare since they were 12 weeks old. We really love their daycare. All of it, except the cost. We pay our daycare more than we pay our mortgage company. It’s a lot. (And, sidebar, if I may. We just got an email telling us that costs are going up for the girls because of “cost of living increase.” Yeah, um, I think I need to email them about our current economy!)
In fact, when I was pregnant with #2 and we were going back and forth, we seriously considered getting an au pair (a live in nanny). We discussed places like Cultural Care with friends and really sat down and had a talk. The biggest reason it wasn’t a go for us? Our house is just a little too small for one more adult to live in. Otherwise, it would have been a go.
At $340 a week, it is cheaper than our daycare by at least $100 per week. And, if we were to have more kids, it would be the same price, regardless of how many kids we have.
Also, your kids get more one on one time with an adult. They build a relationship with them. Check out my friend, Sierra’s au pair, with baby Jane. Jane gets quite excited to see Nicole after her absence. How awesome would it be for your kids to have that relationship.
They are with you for a year, too. Sort of like the time a teacher would be with you child, and about the time our kids are in each class at their daycare. But, there is an option to extend for another year if both parties agree!
From talking with friends, I know there are limits; like the au pairs don’t do things for the adults. They also have to have an established schedule (45 hours of flexible childcare per week) with time off and holidays/ vacations. Just like any other employee, there are things they are and are not allowed to do.
If we had a bigger house with an extra room, we would definitely consider an au pair. Not only for the direct child care, but also to expose our children to another culture, languages and customs.
Right now, Cultural Care is offering anybody that uses the promotion code PCCYR2010 to submit their application by June 30th a waived application fee. They are also offering a $500 discount on their program fees if you mention the code in the ad here on my site. If you are considering an au pair, now is the time to get serious. They have au pairs ready to arrive at your house as early as July 3rd.
Cultural Care sponsored me to write this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.