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