After speaking to some friends I decided I wanted to do a little informal survey amongst Facebook friends on the cost of daycare around the world. I will eventually compile all that data and publish it but first a few interesting things:
1. People are PASSIONATE about childcare. I got an amazing response from people in all corners of the globe so thanks!
2. In Quebec, if you can get it at $7 a day we have it at the cheapest in the world (out of the countries I surveyed!) But, most people I know do NOT have $7 a day.
3. I figured that on average people pay about $35 a day in Quebec. Depending on the government rebate you get (it runs between 26% (income of $150,355 and plus) to 75% (less than $33,740) from the gov’t) It’s still pretty affordable, but getting closer to average.
4. AND we pay for that $7 a day daycare with the highest ratio of kid:carer out of all the countries surveyed. For 18 months – 4 years we are allowed 1:8 kids whereas in the rest of the world it is max 1:5.
Other interesting tidbits:
-Kids start school a lot older than 5 in many areas of the world. In both Italy and Norway it appears to be around 6 years old.
-Daycare in Thailand has a half hour meditation every morning!
-Diapers are so expensive in Brazil that people often buy them in Miami and bring them in.
If you want to share with me childcare costs in your country I am looking for:
What type of care you are referring to (in a family home, at a daycare, nanny, etc.)
Cost per day or month.
Ratio of caregiver:child per age group.
Where you are located. Please be specific – as in not just ‘Germany’ but small-town germany, or central frankfurt or whatever.