Childcare Costs In Chiang Mai

Children are well-revered in Thailand and the safe environment the country provides means they can have a terrific experience growing up here.

However, childcare services are not commonly used by Thais, largely down to the strong family ethos here. There are still plenty of options if you are bringing your family here and need to find childcare.

Nurseries and Kindergartens

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There are a range of daycare nurseries around the city. They commonly cater for children from a wide range of nationalities, so enrolling a child in one will see them mix with quite the blend of cultures.

Nurseries for children up to schooling age will cost from 6,000 baht per month for half-day care, and upward of 9,000 baht per month for full day. The facilities, and sometimes location, will have a bearing on the fees. Enrolling for a year will invariably result in savings, often up to 20% of rolling monthly fees.

Kindergartens will usually cost a little more, starting at 12,000 baht a month, and most childcare places servicing both nursery and kindergarten age ranges.

Admission fees and startup costs (uniform and equipment) can add another 5,000 baht-plus, and monthly activity and book fees might be 1,000 baht.

If you are looking for some ad-hoc care, then a few of the nurseries and kindergartens offer hourly or daily rate starting at 250 baht or 800 baht respectively.

Private Childcare

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Thailand’s culture has a very maternalistic feel to it, and this is reflected in the often unusual places and ways you might find private childcare.

The safe environment that attracts a lot of expats to Chiang Mai means you are never far away from a Thai local who either cares for children already or are very keen and capable of doing so.

Word of mouth travels very quickly – or word of text if you join one of the many expat Facebook groups – so finding reliable, cheap babysitters, or even live-in nannies won’t take long. Recommendations for nannies, daycare or babysitting services are the most common way parents find theirs here.

Expect to pay anything from a couple of hundred baht for an evening of babysitting, to 500 baht for a whole day of supervision. If you are looking for a something more permanent, then at the minimum you’d be paying 10,000 baht for someone living-in, and perhaps double that for a live-out service.

There is also the vibrant expat community themselves who organize groups and meetups, swap childcare help amongst themselves, and is full of families to connect with.

Chiang Mai also has a few small agencies in the city if you need help to find private childcare.

Kids’ Clubs

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For more ad hoc group care in Chiang Mai, there are kids’ clubs that require less commitment than the enrolment often required by nurseries and schools.

From 150 baht for an hour, or 500 baht for half a day, you’ll find kids’ club sessions run by former educators or parent groups, whose sessions can be attended on an as-and-when basis. Sessions could have specific focus and can usually be attended on a regular basis too, where savings can be made if you block-book.

Chiang Mai’s Kids’ Camps

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Many of the international schools, private learning facilities, and sports/arts centers in Chiang Mai offer kids camps during the school holiday periods or weekends.

These can range from sports to arts and crafts to simple creche-style care. The cost will range depending on the size of group, activity and how long they last, but some of the group activities are priced as low as 400 baht for half a day.

For more specialized camps – equestrian, craft-based, performance arts, watersport, etc. – expect to pay more than 1,000 baht for a half day. 

Chiang Mai is a city with something going on all the time, and that’s no different for the kids. There are a good range of informal and formal childcare options for younger children to kick-start their education, or if you just want to hand the kids off for a couple of hours!

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