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lastnightIwenttoManderley Tue 11-Feb-14 18:13:44

DH and i have been married for a couple of years and are starting to think about kids.

I've made a name for myself in my career and want to carry on but would also try to be flexible. We could probably afford for one of us to be a SAHP but my career would be very hard to get back into and DHs job has some lucrative perks that would be helpful in facilitating this so,although willing to, wouldn't make sense for him to give up plus i would be jealous in a have cake and eat it way

As such we would probably both work, though whether PT or not is unknown. I'm an uber planner and was wondering how this would affect us financially but cant find any info on childcare costs. Seems like a dark art!

Can anyone shed some light on options and costs? We're Thames Valley if that helps (lots of water here but we live on a hill, or island as the case may be).


cogitosum Tue 11-Feb-14 18:16:23

My cm will cost £5.50 in se. I'll be going back 3 days a week so it's £165 a week. I have to provide food and nappies.

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Tue 11-Feb-14 18:17:52

Nursery costs me just under £60 per day 8-6pm.

If you ring a couple of local nurseries they will tell you.

givemeaclue Tue 11-Feb-14 18:18:35

£50 per day in south west for nursery. Includes meals. Can pay with childcare vouchers.

NickNacks Tue 11-Feb-14 18:18:42

I charge £45 per day.

rubyslippers Tue 11-Feb-14 18:18:51

All the options are different

Nanny is the most costly, then a nursery

I would make some enquiries locally

NickNacks Tue 11-Feb-14 18:19:14

Includes everything except nappies.

Doingakatereddy Tue 11-Feb-14 18:19:35

Look at your mortgage, times it by two. Then add another £100 per month (emergency childcare, spare clothes, stolen clothes)

Don't assume the 15 hours when they are 3, is all year round or that you can use it flexibly.

Don't assume when they are at school it gets much cheaper, pre & after school, holiday clubs - see above comment on extra £100 per month.

It's a breathtaking amount you'll spend. No one actually tells you, it's just a huge fucking shock.

I pay £50 per child per day for nursery.

BitsinTatters Tue 11-Feb-14 18:19:45

16k a year for one child in nursery 8-6

Doesn't include nappies or food

Or when they are poorly

Chippednailvarnish Tue 11-Feb-14 18:20:07

Why don't you just Google day nurseries in the place you live?

issimma Tue 11-Feb-14 18:21:18

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

TwelveLeggedWalk Tue 11-Feb-14 18:22:03

Crikey Bitsin, you're in London doing full time?

Pobblewhohasnotoes Tue 11-Feb-14 18:22:22

Ring around local nurseries and find out their prices. Also find out about childcare vouchers. If you're in the London area there will be probably waiting lists, I live in London and applied a year before.

Mines about £40 a day which includes all food but we supply own nappies and wipes. I'm lucky in that nursery is linked to my work.

BikeRunSki Tue 11-Feb-14 18:22:37

It varies wildly across the country and by prouder, but in rural W Yorks (think Last of the Summer Wine) I pay
£39 / day - nursery (7.45 am to 6pm)
£4/ morning - breakfast club and escort to school (7.45 am to 8.45 am)
£12/ day - after school club (3.15 pm - 6 pm)
£20/ day holiday club

I understand that this is the cheaper end of the spectrum.

CrohnicallyFarting Tue 11-Feb-14 18:22:55

DD's nursery was £21 per session (am or pm) or £36 for a full day for under 2s. Though that was one of the cheaper ones in the area.

Sadoldbag Tue 11-Feb-14 18:23:45

Childminders are cheaper than nursery sand usually more flexible

CrohnicallyFarting Tue 11-Feb-14 18:24:22

They provided meals and snacks in that price, but I provided milk and nappies. There was an option to include milk and nappies, I think they would invoice you per unit used.

HSMMaCM Tue 11-Feb-14 18:24:51

Thames Valley near M4 £50 per day.

CrohnicallyFarting Tue 11-Feb-14 18:25:20

Oh, and childminders are around £3.50-£4 per hour here so not much cheaper than the nursery I chose.

NickNacks Tue 11-Feb-14 18:25:22

I'm Thames valley btw

oliviaoctopus Tue 11-Feb-14 18:25:26

Mine is 35 a day nursery or 100 for full week of before and after school club and holiday club. Remember out of that though you dont have to spend any money on food or outings as all included so out of work hours are cheap.

MetellaEstMater Tue 11-Feb-14 18:25:31

Our nanny does a 35 hour week and we pay £22k gross, and she gets a travel card. This works out cheaper than having two preschoolers in nursery (London, z2). We are fortunate that grandparents also provide 15 hours to make up the FT week.

peppinagiro Tue 11-Feb-14 18:26:57

Our nursery is £67/day for under 2s, milk and nappies included.

peppinagiro Tue 11-Feb-14 18:27:18

That's in SE London.

splasheeny Tue 11-Feb-14 18:33:56

Totally depends where you live, even different areas in London vary massively. Nursery cost can vary from 40-100 a day in London, it may be cheaper outside of London. Childminder tends to be cheaper, and nanny obviously more expensive.

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