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Do you pay your parents money for childcare?

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NineteenThirtyOne Sun 11-Aug-19 21:14:34

Will be going back to work soon 3 days a week after mat leave. Parents have said they will be happy to mind DS but for £50 a week..

AIBU to think this isn't the norm? confused

GeorgieTheGorgeousGoat Sun 11-Aug-19 21:17:31

£50 is a bargain! How generous of them to save you so much money.

MoominKitty Sun 11-Aug-19 21:17:41

I'll be offering my PIL money for any regular child care they do. I personally wouldn't expect anyone but me and his dad to do it for free, but I don't know if that's unusual or not TBH.

SugarToothbrush Sun 11-Aug-19 21:18:31

Yes, I do. It's a decent amount cheaper than using a nursery/childminder and means I can help my mum out financially while she can help me out with childcare. Win win.

Ellieboolou27 Sun 11-Aug-19 21:18:59

My lovely mum looked after my girls 3 days a week and I paid her £300 per month.

Lwmommy Sun 11-Aug-19 21:19:17

£50 will barely cover their costs though if they do any activities with your DC. If they don't get money from you then it could actually cost them a lot of money to look after your child. A nursery will charge £50 a day

My MIL had my DD for 3 years 1 day a week, she would never have accepted money, it just isn't something she would consider acceptable. It must of cost her a fortune though, every week they were out and about for that day, we always offered to pay her back for entry tickets or meals and she wouldn't take it.

Lazypuppy Sun 11-Aug-19 21:19:58

I cover my mums costs - so extra petrol, food, and any activities she takes my dd to. Works out about £20 a week and she has her 3 afternoons a week

EyeDrops Sun 11-Aug-19 21:20:00

I would if it was a regular thing - 3 days a week is a lot!

TeeniefaeTroon Sun 11-Aug-19 21:20:04

Mine don't charge anything. Mum used to have my son 2 full days and now they collect him from school 4 days.

Byorderofthepeakyblinders Sun 11-Aug-19 21:20:16

I don't pay mine.

The food, soft play, days out etc all adds up though. Is it possibly just a case of wanting to cover some costs?

SellFridges Sun 11-Aug-19 21:20:34

My MIL paid for an extra day at nursery so she didn’t have to look after ours. She didn’t want to commit, but wanted to contribute.

Sandybval Sun 11-Aug-19 21:21:14

I think that's reasonable, still saving a fair bit of money and it's probably to cover costs.

bakingcupcakes Sun 11-Aug-19 21:21:19

I didn't pay anything. Parents had DS for 24 hours per week for first 2 years then less because of p/t nursery. They now do before and after school/holiday club for nothing 2 days per week. When he was a baby I provided the nappies, cream, formula etc but once he was on solids they provided meals. I think I'm very fortunate but I've never come across anyone who pays that I've been aware of. My friend's parents do 5 days a week for her LO for nothing (so about 50 hours) which I think is a big ask!

fikel Sun 11-Aug-19 21:21:40

As someone who never had that kind of help. I have met many grandparents in the playground who would confine in me that they did often feel taken for granted and felt put upon. Feeling they couldn’t say no when asked etc
I would answer although it might not be the norm, perhaps it would help them out and you’re doing something for them in return

Camomila Sun 11-Aug-19 21:22:05

I don't pay anything but agree £50 is really cheap for childcare.

Constantlurker Sun 11-Aug-19 21:23:02

I think it depends, if it's £50 a week to sit him in front of the TV and eat fish fingers then it's still entirely fair in theory but something I'd find a bit odd. However if it was £50 a week and they were constantly taking him out to places, soft play, farms etc and feeding him out all the time then it's a bargain!

Either way I think it's a reasonable amount to cover basic expenses. Not saying I wouldn't question it as I don't know anyone who's parents have done this when looking after their grandkids, but it's reasonable.

Choice4567 Sun 11-Aug-19 21:23:05

Is that £50 for all 3 days? I don’t pay my mum as she has said not to, but she only does it sporadically, maybe twice a month. But if she did do that many days and asked for some money I would readily agree as that is so much cheaper than child care

roseapothecary Sun 11-Aug-19 21:23:27

I paid my mum £200 a month when she did some wrap around care for DS1. My mum would have liked to have been able to do it for free but she needed the money. It still saved me money and I knew he was being well looked after.

AnneLovesGilbert Sun 11-Aug-19 21:24:11

Nursery is at least £60 a day here so you’re getting a bargain. What have they said it will cover? Are you providing nappies, wipes, milk, food, clothes etc?

Merryoldgoat Sun 11-Aug-19 21:24:16

No, my PIL and aunt didn’t want any - they’d have been utterly horrified taking money. However I was very clear that as soon as it was no longer convenient I’d get paid care.

They very much offered and asked if they could have DS. Is have been happy to pay them.

DS2 is with a CM 3 times a week which costs nearly £800 a month so £50 a week is certainly cheap. I do think it’s unusual though to pay in this kind of arrangement.

arethereanyleftatall Sun 11-Aug-19 21:24:27

I did. She didn't ask for it, but it didn't feel right not to.

MeakTiger Sun 11-Aug-19 21:24:32

I paid my DM and sister £50/day to look after DS when he was younger. He felt too little for nursery and I was happier knowing he was with family.

Another friend pays her parents £50/day too so I don’t think it’s unusual at all.

Redglitter Sun 11-Aug-19 21:25:14

My parents helped with childcare when my nieces were little. My brother stays about 35 mins away and they had to be at his for 8am. They took the girls out lots but refused to take a penny. They loved having time with their grandchildren and had many (lighthearted) arguments with my brother who felt he should at least cover petrol costs.

My brother & SIL did try and repay in other ways. Taking them.out for meals or my brother doing jobs around their house.

My parents were in the enviable position though of being very comfortable financially so that made a difference to their outlook I imagine

Onceuponacheesecake Sun 11-Aug-19 21:25:51

I live in a cheap area and nursery is nearly £50 a day here!! I would bite their arm off and I would feel very uncomfortable accepting their help without giving them some money. Meals/snacks, petrol and activities add up quickly. Offering a contribution is definitely normal where I am.

arethereanyleftatall Sun 11-Aug-19 21:26:09

I've just read the amount! £50 for what 24 hours work!! Does your op mean you think it's too little an amount?

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