Google+

BBC Capital

90-Second Financial Fix

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.

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.