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average childcare cost in area
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knh2a


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Post: #1
02-05-2012 05:29 PM

I'm a newish resident in the area and am in the process of researching childcare for my baby. I'm wondering if you could give me an idea of the average weekly cost of childcare in the SE23 area? I'm also not from this country, so feel a bit at a disadvantage in terms of knowing what rates to look for.

Thank you.

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milliemop


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02-05-2012 05:32 PM

Hi there - welcome to the area. If you go down the road of a childminder you will be looking at approx 45.00 per day per child. Childminders do not have a set charge and you will find that the price varies from minder to minder.

Please pm if you need any further help.

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hoona


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02-05-2012 05:57 PM

Private nurseries are between 50 and 60 a day. Most childminders charge at least 8 an hour.
Good luck in your search.

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knh2a


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14-05-2012 09:36 PM

Thank you to you both for the replies!

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roz


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15-05-2012 02:32 PM

I do think 45 for a childminder is a little low and depends how many hours you need. Nurseries tend to be cheaper per hour and do breakfast, lunch and tea if needed so they can prove extremely valuable from a convenience point of view. Dont forget that you can if eligible use childcare vouchers so that you pay prior to your tax deduction on your salary and if part time but in excess of 16 hours per week you might be eligible for Child Tax credit- childcare element which can be substantial if you are on a low income. It can all take 's off your monthly bill. Which is worth having!

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rmurraywest


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15-05-2012 07:30 PM

I pay 45 a day for my daughter (childminder) and then 15 a day for her sister's school pick up. Roz is right about childcare vouchers -they are a lifesaver - and childminders accept them too!

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sandybaby


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15-05-2012 08:03 PM

Roz is 45 a day too low????????? If you work it out - 45 a day x 5 = 225 x 52 = 11,700 divided by 12 = 975 per month. It's a lot of money from your weekly/monthly pay cheque but I agree that 45 does seem a little low for a childminder to have full responsibility for a child for the best part 10 hours a day - but you have to look at both sides of the coin sometimes.

Childminders also provide breakfast, dinner and tea if required and mutually agreed and they also accept childcare vouchers.

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roz


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15-05-2012 09:04 PM

What I meant was I have never had that sort of figure quoted to me previously and now when I'm looking again. You would only get around 6 hours a day for that sort of sum and most people seem to want the full 8 or 9. 6 hours a day wouldnt be any good for us as we would need 9 as a minimum. I am looking for childcare for one day per week for two children and am being quited 60 a day even with discount and occasionally 65. After school care is 10 a session for about 2 1/2 hours. I would love to pay 45 a day! If anyone wants to charge me that please PM me!
Some local nurseries are now BTW charging upwards of 70 for a full day. Some however offer discounts if you dont need an early start, a late pickup or can bring in a packed lunch.

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knh2a


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15-05-2012 09:27 PM

Hi all,
Thanks again for your very useful feedback. My husband and I are going to take the nanny share route after some research. But it has been helpful to know what nurseries charge as well.

Best wishes,

K

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sandybaby


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16-05-2012 07:16 AM

Ah there you go - you are talking about two children. 45 would be for one child only. Childminders are limited to the number of children they can care for each day so can't really afford to offer discounts for siblings. And for one day a week only some minders charge even more - they may find it hard to fill the other four days.

I would say at 60 you were doing ok though.

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