Opening a Daycare & Looking for Parents' Opinions

Katie - posted on 10/04/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I am a former Emergency Management Instructor that left the military to pursue college full time after my contract ended. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education and am completing my certification/licensing to run an at home daycare.



I will be providing transportation if needed (to my home and to school for the school-age children), three meals a day plus snack and full day time service (6am to 6pm) with extended hours (overnights, weekends etc).



All my current clients are low-income and/or military families and I plan to continue with those families (specifically and in general) in the future so I would like to keep my weekly rate within a realistic budget. Right now my pricing is $75 a week to $130 (per two children). Each additional child is $5 per child per week. I do not charge extra for overtime, overnights, weekends or babies although I do include a $25 surcharge for those requiring transportation.



I would like to find out from parents what pricing you look for in a daycare center and also what qualities. I plan to continue my pay scale listed above and continue not charging for extended hours, overnights, weekends or younger children. I need to (and have no problem with) maintaining flexible hours to meet the needs of my clients and I will be licensed to legally do so. I would, however, like to ask the families to provide their own diapers, wipes and bottles for their infants.



What are preferences for pricing and the care received? Obviously $0 and The Best Care Ever =) are acceptable but unrealistic answers. These are also independant questions. I do not believe that those who can only afford to pay $75 a week should receive less care than those who can pay $130. IDEALLY what would you like for your daycare provider to do/provide and what would be your price range for care?



Thank you very much for taking the time to read this and I look forward to the responses.















Thank you.

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Amy - posted on 10/04/2012

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I'm just starting to look for a daycare for my two kids. For my daughter who will be enrolled 4-5 days a week with a flex schedule, still having to be picked up by 5 it's going to cost $165 a week. Afterschool care for my son will be $65 a week. I need to find a daycare in town because my son is enrolled in school and I don't want to be driving to two different places to pick them up, so my hands are tied. I also live in CT which would explain the high costs. I know one of the day cares was going to charge more if my daughter wasn't potty trained. For what you're charging I'd be willing to have to provide food and whatever else you wanted.

Amy - posted on 10/04/2012

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I'm just starting to look for a daycare for my two kids. For my daughter who will be enrolled 4-5 days a week with a flex schedule, still having to be picked up by 5 it's going to cost $165 a week. Afterschool care for my son will be $65 a week. I need to find a daycare in town because my son is enrolled in school and I don't want to be driving to two different places to pick them up, so my hands are tied. I also live in CT which would explain the high costs. I know one of the day cares was going to charge more if my daughter wasn't potty trained. For what you're charging I'd be willing to have to provide food and whatever else you wanted.

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