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Old 07-07-2011, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Everybody is going to hurt you, you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for-B Marley
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Default What is the average hourly rate for daycare?

Not exact, just approx. Drop-ins, long term...?
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Old 07-07-2011, 02:06 PM
 
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Varies greatly depending on where you live, how long, drop-in, contract, age of child, what the parent is providing, supply/demand of the particular sitter/center.....
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Old 07-07-2011, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Everybody is going to hurt you, you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for-B Marley
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That's why I said approximate. Washington state.
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Old 07-07-2011, 02:15 PM
 
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Varies greatly depending on where you live, how long, drop-in, contract, age of child, what the parent is providing, supply/demand of the particular sitter/center.....
this, plus at a regular day care, in my experience, you pay for the day, not by the hour. So even if you only leave the child there for 5 hours, you pay for 10 (or however long they're open).
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Old 07-07-2011, 02:17 PM
 
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That's why I said approximate. Washington state.
You still didn't provide enough information. Is this for all day? A few hours a day? In your home? In a daycare facility? The list goes on. It varies greatly and heavily depends on exactly what you are looking for.
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Old 07-07-2011, 02:18 PM
 
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That's why I said approximate. Washington state.
you'd get better answers just calling some day care centers. It is going to be very different for an infant vs a 4 year old, or a day care center vs a nanny.
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Old 07-07-2011, 02:21 PM
 
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I did. I got $7.50 for one, $5.00 for another. That's a pretty big gap.
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Old 07-07-2011, 02:22 PM
 
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You still didn't provide enough information. Is this for all day? A few hours a day? In your home? In a daycare facility? The list goes on. It varies greatly and heavily depends on exactly what you are looking for.
I dunno....I'd think an hourly rate would be what it is, not depending on anything else. I can't see them charging different hourly rates but let's just say 7 and 8 year olds.
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Old 07-07-2011, 02:26 PM
 
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I dunno....I'd think an hourly rate would be what it is, not depending on anything else. I can't see them charging different hourly rates but let's just say 7 and 8 year olds.
they charge more for infants because by law they need more caregivers. I think it is 4 infants to 1 adult. As they get older, the number of kids allowed to be with 1 adult goes way up. If you called a couple, you got your answer. We're not going to be able to give you any better an answer then the ones you already got. $5-$7 sounds about right to me. but, again, it would depend on if you are talking about 40 hours/week, or sporadic hours here and there or what.

At a drop in child care center here I pay $5.50/hour for a 5 and 7 yo. That is a discount because I bought a package.
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Old 07-07-2011, 04:01 PM
 
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Charges for child care will indeed vary widely by age group due to child/staff ratios in centers.

Here in Texas, a caregiver can care for no more than 4 infants alone, yet with 6 yr old and older, they can care for 26 children alone. Therefore it costs far more for infant care than it does for school age care.

Hourly care is typically called drop in care here, and it is done on a space available only basis. Meaning that if they have space within their ratio, then you can bring your child for X amount of hours at that rate for that day. (usually less than 5 hours in a day) For schoolers, since the ratios are much higher, it is easier to offer a drop in/hourly rate.

Having said that....drop in rates are completely different than daily rates or weekly rates.

If you called asking for an hourly rate at a center that doesn't actually have drop in rates, then they might have calculated what they quoted you by dividing their daily rate by the hours they are open. This is not what may actually be charged however.

Centers around here charge one rate for before/after school for ages 7-8, and a full time rate during the summer. The only hourly rate you will find is for a drop in, which can be perhaps as low as $5.00/hour, but can easily head towards 4 times that. It will all depend on what they offer for that rate.

Some center may charge $5.00 but want you to provide lunch/snacks and pay extra for field trips, art/craft supplies or special activities. Others may charge $15/hour and include things dance class, magician appearances or gourmet food.
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