You’ll get 5 bonus points if you remember that one of the first posts that I wrote for The Happy Rock was about daycare. Back then daycare was costing us about $950 a month. So its no wonder why I wrote about it, it was our biggest monthly expense.
The months went by. The kids learned their ABC’s, they had the cutest Christmas program ever, and they got to go on a bunch of fun field trips. We loved the center, it was only 4 blocks form our house, the staff was fantastic, they were super cool with my daughters food allergies, and they didn’t give us grief for our goofy schedule. Everything was going great.
Notice I said “was”.
In March we received word that after 27 years of operation, our daycare center would be closing June 30th(I guess it was losing money hand over fist). This threw our life, and a bunch of lives in a tizzy.
We put our names on the list for the only other center in town we’ve heard good things about, but so did the other 66 parents. Only a few got in. We weren’t one of them. We visited another center in town and were left rather unimpressed. But we asked to be on their waiting list anyway.
But as luck would have it we heard through the grapevine that a new Montessori school was opening. We made a phone call and had an interview. The kids loved it, and the “teacher” loved our kids. And the best part is that the cost is going to be $450 a month(It’s only a half day program). All we needed to do was fill out the app and pay a deposit and we’d be on our way to an appealing childcare solution that saved us $200 a month*.
But there was a catch. There’s always a catch.
The Montessori school isn’t going to be operational until the end of August. So that left us with a two month gap with no childcare. What would we do…Daddy Daycare?
On May’s expense report, you’ll notice $173.84 for Park & Rec Classes. This cost represents a three hour afternoon program Mon-Thurs, that my daughter goes to during June & July. During that same time, my son is usually napping. So with the afternoons taken care of, all we needed was a solution for the mornings.
It pays to have friends!
I’m taking summer school classes in the morning, and this my wife’s busy time of the year (wedding photography) so we were in a pickle as to what to do. But then a couple of our friends volunteered their kids to come over to our house and play with our kids during that time. My wife works from home so she’ll be in her office, if they need anything.
We offered to pay the kids $10/day but their parents said that was too much. We’ll settle on something soon enough, but whatever it is, it will be far cheaper than normal daycare.
In August both my and my daughter’s classes will be over, so we’ll probably cut the kids loose and let them enjoy the remainder of their summer vacation. Then me and the kids will have to find ways of entertaining ourselves.
I’m guessing there will be a lot of bike rides to the park in my future.
So as you can see a lot can change in a year.
If you have one, how has your daycare/childcare situation been going? Are you pleased with your current setup, or are you looking to make a change.
Until next time,
*In reality we won’t be seeing $200 in savings. Daycare provided lunches for our kids, the Montessori school won’t. But my kids hardly eat, so I don’t think that will add up to much.