School, Child Care & Au Pair

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We plan to move to Delhi early next year with our 2 kids. Our oldest will be 3 and the youngest 3 months at that time. At some point in the year we'd like to find child care for both to enable me to get a job. My partner is still in discussions with her future employer about what allowances are included. At this point payment of school or childcare fees have not been discussed. What sort of ballpark figure should we expect for the cost of day care for our children and later for a reasonable quality international school?

Also assuming that I work, and the children are in day care/school we'll probably need an au pair to help with taking the kids to and collecting them from day care/school. Is it reasonable to expect to find such services in Delhi?

Please consider in any response that my partner's future employer is a NGO, not a deep pocketed international company.
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If you intend to work here, you have to come here on an E visa of your own, or leave India and come back with an E visa.
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Originally Posted by narendra.d View Post If you intend to work here, you have to come here on an E visa of your own, or leave India and come back with an E visa.
Your point is understood and in process, the question was about child care, schooling and au pair.
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There are no au pairs in India. However, you can get Indians to take care of kids.
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Originally Posted by bombayboy View Post There are no au pairs in India. However, you can get Indians to take care of kids.
What can we expect this to cost?
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A full day daycare(10-12 hrs) costs less than Rs 5000 a month in kolkata. I dont have idea of day care cost in delhi but I dont think it will be very different.

Usually the parents drop off and pick the kids from daycare. Most daycares have preschools and nursery classes. In case of an older child, the school bus drops them off in the day care after school is over. The parents pick them up in the evening.

You can hire a nanny/housekeeper to ferry the kids in a car with driver. Personally, I would not do so with very young kids.
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Thanks for the response on day care in Kolkata. What quality level can one expect for that sort of cost? Rs 5000 a month seems quite modest.

We are still working out where my partners place of employment will be, once that's clear we'll look for something that is convenient to a place to live and also child care. It'll be some time (and implies a long stay in Delhi) before they'll be old enough to be entrusted to someone other than my partner or I for delivery to and collection from day care.

Where we live now (NL) it's normal for children to stop day care (kindergarten) at 4 and start school, though it's not compulsory until 6. From what age do children start school?
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I pay 4300 a month for day care+preschool. The admission charges/session charges(to be paid in lumpsome once or twice a year) are around 25000.
Quality level - Can you be more specific? The ones I know do maintain basic levels of hiegene.
"Proper" school starts at 5. That is class I.
Below that age children go to nursery and kindergarten. Most big schools have nursery and kindergarten classes too.
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Originally Posted by nayan View Post I pay 4300 a month for day care+preschool. The admission charges/session charges(to be paid in lumpsome once or twice a year) are around 25000.
Quality level - Can you be more specific? The ones I know do maintain basic levels of hiegene.
"Proper" school starts at 5. That is class I.
Below that age children go to nursery and kindergarten. Most big schools have nursery and kindergarten classes too.
By quality level I mean adequate hygiene, a safe and caring environment, staff and facilities that stimulate the children by encouraging and facilitating activities that help them develop (don't just stick them front of a TV).

A question about your situation, is the total yearly cost 12 times 4300 plus 25000? Or is the 25000 only paid once when the child starts and the only recurring cost is 4300 monthly?
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Originally Posted by Rod Oliver View Post By quality level I mean adequate hygiene, a safe and caring environment, staff and facilities that stimulate the children by encouraging and facilitating activities that help them develop (don't just stick them front of a TV).
adequate hygiene - yes. Your kids may take a longer time to get used to Indian environment and hygeine.
safe and caring - kid will get some scratches during play but no serious accidents. I dont have any issues with the care. Food, diaper change, naps retc are taken care of properly.
activities - for small kids the activities are play and playshcool related activities, stories, drawing etc. For older kids there are structured sessions of classical music, dance, martial arts, sports etc - you need to pay extra for them.


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A question about your situation, is the total yearly cost 12 times 4300 plus 25000? Or is the 25000 only paid once when the child starts and the only recurring cost is 4300 monthly?
25000 only paid once when the child starts and the only recurring cost is 4300 monthly
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Thanks. That is very reassuring. I was beginning to think that we'd need to shell out much more than that (similar prices to home, ie hundreds of Euros a month) to get adequate quality, which without a subsidy from a job would be difficult to afford.
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It depends - if you want international standards and international type curriculums then yes, you will pay more. But if you're happy to use local facilities and have local education then it will be probably be cheaper.
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Originally Posted by clc View Post It depends - if you want international standards and international type curriculums then yes, you will pay more. But if you're happy to use local facilities and have local education then it will be probably be cheaper.
How different from an international curriculum would a local education be at age 5 or 6? What sort of difference in price are we talking about?
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Originally Posted by Rod Oliver View Post What can we expect this to cost?
It will be a fraction of the cost you pay in your country.

About international & local curriculum, I don't buy into that.

Local curriculum is as good. As a matter of fact, a lot of Indians in the US (the ones who have immigrated to the US after they became adults) whose children are studying in the US in American schools carry Indian text books back from their vacation in India because they feel their children aren't getting tested enough by the American curriculum.

Just find a good local school - one of my friends is really rich - he is one of the directors in the Indian arm of one of the biggest companies in the world. His daughter goes to a non-international school - a very good one. His opinion on the difference between good local schools and international schools is this
- the school bus which picks up your kid is air-conditioned in the international school
- the field trips in the International school are to exotic and expensive locations (sometimes Europe).
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Public education is free where we live now and I have no idea how things are in the US, so a comparison with that system is not helpful to me. We are not in to the idea of sending our kids to an 'elite' private international school, which isn't really affordable. We don't know what to expect from other schools regarding cost, hence my question.

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