need advice on childcare wage!!(I'm the provider)

Robyn - posted on 08/01/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Hello, recently I was approached to provide full time childcare to a 4 1/2 year old girl who is also a lot of work!! I also have three of my own: (18 mt boy,31/2 yr girl, 81/2 girl). The mom just got a new job and for the month of august she offered 400.00. Then she gave me the hours(I've been doing 5 an hour Part time). The new hours are: 5:30am -3:30pm, Monday-Friday. With possible Saturday's 8:30-5:30. That's 236 hours this month which at 400 makes me earning less than 1.75 an hour!! She later offered 450.00. I'm feeling that is just too low for the hours and the work involved keeping her daughter And my daughter happy for 10 hours a day. I wrote her back and said he be willing to do 30.00 a day. Way more than she planned but it's 3.00 an hour.Any advice on This would be greatly appreciated!!( starting in September, I would have her daughter 5:30am until 8:30 to school (my two will be going to school too) and after school. I want to be helpful but I need to be fair to myself too!!:) Robyn

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Sarah - posted on 08/01/2014

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What u may want to do is call some in home day cares in your area and see what they would charge for a 4 yr old during the week and on a Saturday. Day care centers is another good place to check what they charge, but in general a center will charge more then an in home.

Sarah - posted on 08/01/2014

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I agree with you and think your pricing is more then fair. In my opinion I would charge more for Sat. since it is a weekend. I have been doing day care for 16 yrs now and have learned that you need to set your standard for what you feel is fair for the amount of work that is involved. And sometimes it is better to say "no" to some situations as sometimes it takes more away from your family then what you truly want. I have a certain set hours and days as I have learned what works best for me and my family. I will often get asked if I can open earlier or go later. I do have some flexibility for the occasional opens, but my hours are my hours just like any center that has a certain open and close hours. Same with pay. And same with what kids I take in.

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Robyn - posted on 08/01/2014

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On a side note, the care would be in my home and 3/4 of the time I would be providing the snacks and meals. She is a single mom, but the father pays regular support and all activity program costs. (I'm also a single mom,; recently separated I keep going back and forth with myself on what's fair or not) thanks for reading:)

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