Every month, when receiving wages, my husband and I incite expenses. In addition to spending on utilities, household chemicals, food and basic necessities, be sure to consider the cost of school. And soon another important article will be added to the main list – spending on kindergarten.
In order to roughly calculate the initial amount needed and enter it into an item of expenditure, I began to make inquiries beforehand with my familiar moms. In urban kindergartens the monthly payment is much higher than in our village, and besides, for taking the child out of turn, you also need a lot of money.
Comparing the information about the three kindergartens in our village, I derived the average numbers of upcoming expenses. It turned out that when my son enters a preschool institution, we have to allocate about 700 hryvnas (2,800 rubles) from the family budget one time. This amount includes:
– from 150 to 200 hryvnia (600-800 rubles) of the first installment
– 75–80 hryvnia (300-320 rubles) for the purchase of a large can of enamel
– approximately 200 hryvnia (800 rubles) for food for the first month of visit (payment in advance)
– 25-30 (100-120 rubles) for the economic needs of the institution
– 5–10 hryvnia (20-40 rubles) for the same group needs
– about 80 hryvnia (320 rubles) for the purchase of stationery
– 100 hryvnia (400 rubles) for the purchase of replacement clothing and shoes
Monthly expenses can amount to UAH 300 (1,200 rubles), and this is if there are no upcoming holidays or repair activities, which is a frequent phenomenon in our kindergartens. Cosmetic repairs and the purchase of new curtains, carpets and the like are usually made for parental contributions and once a year at the beginning of the summer. In total, it can be from 150 hryvnia (600 rubles) and above.
A separate item of expenditure is all kinds of holidays. The most costly of them – the Eighth of March and New Year. In addition to the cost of outfits (according to capabilities), you will need to pay about 30–40 hryvnia (120–160 rubles) for gifts to teachers, and for New Year’s holidays, also hryvnia with 25 (100 rubles) for a matinee, 25–30 hryvnias ( 100-120 rubles) for gifts to children.
If you add to all these expenses spending on clothes, shoes, new toys and what other acquisitions for the kindergarten, then over the year there will be a pretty impressive amount. But I’m not going to save on the comfort of my child, and if all expenses are justified, then we can allocate the required amount.
How much does kindergarten cost you? Do you think absolutely unjustified cash contributions? And how to avoid them?