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How much do you pay for daycare?

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phoenix_bladen wrote:
Jan 9th, 2018 1:55 pm
Hi,

I'm thinking of daycare costs around the GTA area, particularly in Stoufville and Markham.

Do you know approximately how much it will cost ? Currently my child is 6 months, but I believe they're only eligible when they're 1 years old ?

Also, I was wondering when they go to school for Kindergarden and up, if parents are not able to pick them up after school, are there special after school day cares within the school to watch for a few hours until the parents can come pick them up ?

Thanks
Most daycares will take kids from 6 weeks old. Both of my kids were in daycare when they were 3 months old.
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Dec 13, 2017
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Yeah so I am on the train and bored so I read through the entire forum. After reading this I have decided kids aren't for me.
God damn kids are expensive. I am sure all the goverment credits that ppl get aren't a huge help either

You guys are warriors...keep at it
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DontCareyou wrote:
Feb 20th, 2018 7:44 pm
Yeah so I am on the train and bored so I read through the entire forum. After reading this I have decided kids aren't for me.
God damn kids are expensive. I am sure all the goverment credits that ppl get aren't a huge help either

You guys are warriors...keep at it
Lol, no regrets.
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Jul 12, 2016
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This question is just simple curiosity. How much do you pay for daycare where you live? I know it probably varies widely depending on the part of the country or city.

Look up local day cares in your area and i can almost guarantee you that they will charge anywhere from $130 + per week regardless whether your child is there for a full 5 days or not. $100 is generous in my opinion.
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DontCareyou wrote:
Feb 20th, 2018 7:44 pm
Yeah so I am on the train and bored so I read through the entire forum. After reading this I have decided kids aren't for me.
God damn kids are expensive. I am sure all the goverment credits that ppl get aren't a huge help either

You guys are warriors...keep at it
You definitely have to know why you are getting into this kid world. And yupp, it is expensive in that as most people generally want 2, not only are you paying that extra for daycare, your wife will also lose a big chunk of her money since she'll be on EI (assuming top up is average corporate which is peanuts/short while if you're lucky). And for most people, even when in grade school there's before/aftercare program which could range from $500-$700 month.

Then of course you'll have to buy a house generally in the burbs or a huge mortgage in the city, or a condo with 3 bedrooms if you can fine one vs living in a 1+den type place. To complement, you'll need a high safety-rated, modern CUV so more $$ there.
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OliviaAlgoz wrote:
Feb 24th, 2018 9:13 pm
This question is just simple curiosity. How much do you pay for daycare where you live? I know it probably varies widely depending on the part of the country or city.

Look up local day cares in your area and i can almost guarantee you that they will charge anywhere from $130 + per week regardless whether your child is there for a full 5 days or not. $100 is generous in my opinion.
Ours is $1100/mo, I'm not sure what 12mo - 18mo is now but assume it's $1200-$1300/mo.

Just driving down the street we see other daycares that are $700 (19m on)/$780 (12m-18m). I have seen similar amounts before so I think this is the amount the province subsidizes low income families.

I believe our province is trying to roll out $25/day daycares but has only opened / subsidized very few locations so it would be difficult to get into, and the quality may not be as good as others.
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Anyone who wants kids, I'd just tell them to go look up daycare prices.
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Shaner wrote:
Jan 9th, 2018 2:37 pm
I pay $35 per day and must pay for at least 3 days per week whether my son goes or not. I'm a shift worker so typically he only goes 3 days a week
Do you have to commit to particular 3 days? Like Mon, Wed, Fri for the year? Or can it be random 3 days?
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BlueSolstice wrote:
Oct 31st, 2018 3:16 pm
Do you have to commit to particular 3 days? Like Mon, Wed, Fri for the year? Or can it be random 3 days?
Any 3 days
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We spent $1800 a month per when we needed it, down to $700 for part time when grandparents helped. Still would choose having a family 100% over fancier cars, phones, furniture, clothes etc. The fun time we had today as a family with halloween was priceless.
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gulmoh wrote:
Nov 2nd, 2018 12:45 pm
$0

:)

Thanks to subsidy.
You're welcome Winking Face
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Thanks to the $15/hr minimum wage hike in AB, we're now paying $1,040 per month for our 22-month old toddler.

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