Hello! My husband and I are thinking about starting a family soon. One major hold up is the cost of daycare and finding care that works with our crazy schedule. My husband is a paramedic and works 24 hours every other day. I work 4 days/week but is not a set schedule as I may work weekends. I'm also gone almost 12 hours/day. My husband's hourly rate is $14/hour. We cannot make it on one income alone. So with all of these variables we are looking for someone who could watch an infant 1-3 days a week, 12 hour shifts and is willing to be paid $10-12/hour. We are stuck because we can not afford most day care centers and many have set days if doing part time. We also need longer hours than the normal 7a-5/6pm, and with a nanny I'm not sure how many can do a weekly rotating schedule? If anyone has thought, suggestions, or advice we would LOVE to hear it! Thank you for your time! Bri
Another option to consider is hosting a nanny share. Which is where multiple families will use a single nanny. I'm not sure what the rate for a nanny for one child is there, but let's assume its $14/hr. So for example if you or your husband has a coworker with a baby and they're looking for care also and have a similar work schedule to yours, you could have both babies at the same house with the nanny. So if care for one child is about $14 per hour then let's say two kids would cost $16 per hour, instead of paying $14 an hour each you could each pay $8 an hour when your schedules sync up. There will be a lot to figure out between the families and also with the nanny, but it's a nice option to save money as well as an opportunity to provide your child with a playmate if you continue to use the nanny for a couple years.
I worked with a great family for almost four years, and sometimes there would be crazy hours. I loved the family I was with, so I was willing to work as many hours as they needed me to. $10-12 an hour is normal for this career field; that is what I started at. Then the family started growing and I had four kids to watch instead of one or two, and we were able to come to an agreement that was doable for both of us. The trick with rotating schedules is you just need to take the time to find someone with the right schedule that matches yours. Young adults in online college, for example, are perfect for that sort of schedule. It is doable, so don't worry about scheduling. Just take your time and you'll find the right person.
@katelynq72 thank you so much for taking the time to reply to my question! Your answer from first hand experience is really comforting. It's so helpful to know it's been done before and that there are nannies out there willing to work with us. Thank you!
Briana, I am also a military nurse that works a rotating shift schedule. I have 3 kids and they all are in school. I have asked my other coworkers for help when I have needed it. I find that it is best to find someone that is out of high school in in college or online school. It is difficult for me to pay more than 10-12 dollars per hour. I don't get paid enough as a single mom and trying to make it on one income. I believe that being flexible is the key and finding someone who is also flexible match your schedule. It is possible to find quality daycare. It is hard to find a match but keep looking. I always seem to find someone that is interested. GOOD LUCK and Best Wishes.
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