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Old 06-28-2010, 06:38 PM
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Does anyone here have experience with 24hr child care centers? Besides family help or an in-home daycare, it seems like the only option for those of us who work 12hr shifts. Regular daycares close far too early.

I wouldn't need my child to sleep there, but would be dropping off at 6am and picking up at 8:30pm 3 days per week.

Generally, how much more expensive are these places? Can you pick your own times, or are they generally geared towards 8hr shifts (drop off at 2:30pm, pick up at 11:30pm, etc.)
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Old 06-28-2010, 06:47 PM
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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There are 24x? 5, 6, 7 around google it, You may need one that is open early closes late for you needs. You can work out the schedules with the center(s). the fee ranges from 156/wk to 205/wk at the center that i have a friend who works at.
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Old 06-29-2010, 08:17 AM
Location: Back at home in western Washington!
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I would look into a smaller in-home daycare. I have had one before and wasn't opposed to working around the schedules of the parents - I did charge a little more for the service, but it worked well for everyone involved.
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Old 06-29-2010, 11:48 AM
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What the cost would be would depend on where you live, as you don't say... ?
Also, not every area has a 24/hr facility like that. So you may have to get a nanny or home daycare provider that would be willing to work those hours.
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Old 06-29-2010, 12:37 PM
Location: Hillsborough
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I haven't heard of a 24 hour center like that. I did used to work at a hospital daycare center and we kept pretty long hours, 6am to 7:30pm I think. It was just for hospital employees. Maybe your workplace can suggest something that other people have used? Otherwise, I think I'd look for an in-home daycare situation because they are likely to be more flexible than a center.
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Old 06-29-2010, 10:13 PM
Location: NE Oklahoma
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I used to use a 24 hour place in Tulsa when my oldest was an infant and I was working very early hours. I had to be at work at 5 am so she had to be at daycare by 4:30 am. It was really hard to get marginal care. I had to stay on top of them all the time. The baby area's employees changed all the time so there wasn't much continuity of care from one day to the next much less one week to the next. I finally decided she needed better care than she was receiving so I changed to a different job where I had more normal hours and got a GOOD daycare. Good Luck.
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