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Spending less on great childcare

About the author

Kelsey Hubbard is a freelance broadcast journalist based in Connecticut. She is a former host of ABC News’ Money Matters and was a longtime host and reporter for The Wall Street Journal’s daily video business news shows.

Finding good childcare is one of the biggest and most worry-filled decisions working parents ever have to face. For up-and-coming women professionals, especially, it’s a particularly charged dilemma that has led some parents to drop out of the workforce.

Fortunately, there are expanding options for at-home care. With some careful planning, even having the luxury of your own nanny can be affordable. 

So what will it cost you to hire full-time, personalised help, and how can you make it work? Let us help you examine options, which can include nannies, au-pairs, even ‘mannies’. There are some ways to save and still find loving, safe and reliable help.