How much should I charge parents to watch their kids for 12 hr days/4 days per week?

Stacey - posted on 03/26/2012 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I am a stay at home mom of 2. I have been watching kids for the past 4 years within my own home. I supply the entertainment, breakfast, lunch, and snack. I help out with the potty training if necessary. During the summer I usually have up to 3 kids including my own 2. I am wondering what other stay at home moms that do this charge parents per day to watch their kids. Do you charge for each child indivisually from same parent, or together? Do you charge the same amount for one who needs more care than another? for example under 12m of age vs a 4+ year old... I'm not sure if i am charging to little or not enough as I have been told that I am on the low side and should raise my rate for the time i have these kids. I charge $25 per day whether the child is in my care for 4 hrs or 12 hrs. Please only the mothers who watch other children respond.

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Tinker1987 - posted on 03/27/2012

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25.00 is reasonable thats what the Drop in charges are at our daycare. i believe thats for a 8hour day. if your doing 12hours id charge 30-35.

Sarah - posted on 03/27/2012

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I charge $25 a day as well. I have seen others with that same rate around me, but have also seen others charge more. I keep the same price no matter age or amount of kids in a family. Again I know of others that do different, so kind of depends on how you want to do it. To me either way would be acceptable. An infant is going to take more work then a 4 yr old (for the most part) so can understand a price difference to reflect that. As for discount rates for siblings I think those are nice and does help out the family, but on the other hand that child is taking a spot and if you do a discount that spot is earning you less money then it would if it was a non sibling. I do not provide diapers/formula/wipes, but do serve snacks and lunch. I do also provide a simple breakfast, but since kids are being dropped off at different times throughout the morning some of my families just send a simple breakfast with their child. I would suggest calling around to other inhome day cares in your area and see what they charge. Rates will vary depending on location.



Not sure if you do this but if you claim your child care services on your taxes you can take off many deductions. Any paper products, supplies you use for crafts, toys, etc. You get a certain amount for every breakfast, lunch, snack, and supper (if you serve) you serve. You can take off a portion of your home, cleaning supplies, and mileage (if you do traveling with them). If you play in the yard you can take off a portion of things you need for the yard (fertilizer, lawn mower repairs, etc.)

Carol - posted on 03/27/2012

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Is there a reason you don't call this a daycare? Call other daycares in the area and ask what they charge. Every area is different for rates. I used to have one 15 years ago and I'd charge $100 a week. I provided everything but diapers and wipes. I rarely took in babies (under 18 months) and they would be $120 a week. A sibling would get a slight discount. Also, be aware that some home insurances will refuse to cover you if you operate a home day care, even if the other parents sign a waiver stating that you don't carry insurance for it. You also have to file taxes and take the appropriate CPR/first aid classes.

Sherri - posted on 03/26/2012

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Same amt regardless of age and it is $150 a wk fulltime or$30 a day for 8hrs or $3.60 an hr for less than that. w/second child within the same family half price. I supply nothing parents supply all food, drink diapers and wipes.

Medic - posted on 03/26/2012

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I do not watch kids but I pay for mine to go to an inhome daycare. When my daughter was 12-18mths I paid 140 a week, when she only went 3 days I paid 90. After 18mths -4 I paid 120 a week. My son was 4 and I paid 100 a week for him and 20 a day when he only went part time. I sent diapers, she provided food and whatnot.



Now I have a friend watching them because it is not a regular schedule thing I pay her 25 a day for both my kids but I send food and diapers and wipes and drinks.

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Carol - posted on 03/28/2012

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All states are different. I opened my daycare in CA before my kids came along, so I never looked into what minimum limits were - the max was 1 adult to 6 kids and a lower ratio for babies. I mentioned opening one in MA to my insurance company when I was pregnant with my first. They called my husband before I even got back to the office (we worked together) and threatened to drop our house insurance. He was furious that I even opened my mouth. I didn't say I was going to do it for sure, just a slim possibility. They did drive-bys for about 9 years and called HIM once a year to check that I wasn't watching kids. It made for a nice argument once a year. They said that taking care of any kids for money in your own home constituted a day care. It was Taxachusetts, so I didn't even question it. I was thinking more along the lines of what Sarah said - there are quite a few tax write-offs if you operate a licensed day care.

I've only used a non-relative babysitter a few times - they got $10 an hour for 2 kids.

Stacey - posted on 03/27/2012

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Sarah, Thankyou for responding. Your info and suggestions are very helpful. Atleast I now know I am in the ballpark as far as what I am charging.

Stacey - posted on 03/27/2012

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Carol, I do not run a daycare in my home. I would have to get licensed for one if i choose to watch 5 children all under the age of 10 ( not counting my own 2 children) during the same hours. To not be licensed, I am not allowed to have 7 or more children within my home in my care for a period of time. I am aware of the procedure to be licensed and to be insured if i do ever choose to do so. I have been fully educated on this since my mom in law works for child protective services. Thanks for that info! As far as what you charged, that info was also helpful :)

Brittney - posted on 03/26/2012

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I will be watching a friend of mine's son, he is currently 3 months old, my daughter is 17 months old. I will supply solid food to hers, as with toys, and one on one time (we dont watch tv), and anything else (though not diapers as we don't use them). I asked her if $5/hour works for her. She works full time so it would equal out to about $200/mo (give or take). Most daycare providers charge extra if the child is younger than 4 years, they usually start at $8/ hour and charge extra if the child isn't picked up by a certain time...about $700-1000/mo total...thats a lot! I would charge for each child, but whatever works for you.

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