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View Poll Results: What is your childcare plan?

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  • Me, or another family member, unpaid, fulltime

    8 26.67%
  • A combination of me/SO and a paid employee part-time

    5 16.67%
  • I will employ someone for fulltime childcare

    12 40.00%
  • Other (please explain)

    5 16.67%
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What is your child care plan?

  1. #17
    thanka2 is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Hi Spockey, I think the $50 HKD/hour rate really only applies if you book the person for a certain number of hours a week and it may vary by where in HK you're looking--you do have to make it worth their while. So, if she comes for half-day (4 hours) 2-3 times/week then you could probably do the $50 HKD/hour thing. The price we negotiated with the lady who helped us was negotiated between us--the agency is only responsible to train and recommend help--they don't deal with the financial side of things. My Mandarin improved A LOT when the local lady was here with us (she is actually from Mainland China but married to a local man and a permanent resident here). I will look for the information again. The last time I saw the numbers and names for the agency was back 2 years ago!

  2. #18
    spockey is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Thanks Thanka. That would be ideal for us... a Mainlander who lives here.
    I'm going to try and put an ad up at the local job network too.

  3. #19
    curiousmummy is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Hong kong
    Hi Thanka, would appreciate if you can PM me the information of the agency too.
    Thank you!

  4. #20
    canadienne is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Hong Kong
    This is such a difficult decision to make because, ultimately, it's about what is best for our kids (or kids-to-be!) and that has to include what is best for our own sanity. I am hoping to find one or two other like-minded parents in my neighbourhood to share some childcare, and also really hoping that the part-time-but-legal situation works out. I know it's so, so common to hire through the illegal way, but for some reason it still sketches me out.

    I wonder if this is the organization Thanka2 worked with:
    Our Services > Co-operation with the Employees Retraining Board - Domestic Helper Retraining Course

  5. #21
    cloud9cruiser is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Hong Kong Island
    Hi, a little late on this post. I would prefer a babysitting co-op with SAHMs. As there is no money involved, you find people who truly love kids and want to have a community. I live in Sheung Wan if anyone is interested in shared babysitting.

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