Should I Increasing wage?

Danielle - posted on 10/01/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )




Hello Ladies,
I need to know what you pay for daycare or day home services.

I run a little dayhome from my residence, and am considering increasing the price.
The reason for this is because I usually end up feeding the child two main course meals, as well as snacks. He is 18 months and is at the stage where he is a handful. He is a great kid, but when I break down my daily figure hourly I am not making a lot (especially since we had agreed on only one main course meal).

I charge 25 dollars a day (cnd.) for a 8-9 hour day.
Would it be unreasonable to ask for 35? How would you go about confronting the issue? What do you pay for your child services? What does your daycare services include?



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Bonnie - posted on 10/05/2011




I think you should be charging more. First of all, within under the age of 3 age group there is a lot more you need to do. You are still changing diapers, possibly toilet training, and you have to be more on your toes. I think you should be able to charge at least $30 a day. Is it full time (5 days a week)? If it's less than 5 days a week, you can even charge more if you want because really in most cases you are holding a full spot for that one child.

Usually one meal and two snacks are included. If the parents are expecting a second meal, than yes, you should charge even more (Maybe $2 or $3 a day extra for another meal). If you are just giving a second meal because you think the child is hungry, that's a different story.

Just bring it up in conversation one day when the child is picked up. You could say something like, "He/she is such a good eater. If you would like to continue to have me give him/her (breakfast or dinner) there will be an extra charge for it. They may say right then and there to stop, but at least in that case, you save money on buying the food too.

Linda - posted on 10/05/2011




8-9 hours daily & you feel that 35 may be too much i would price check the near by day care in your area and go from there . It really depend's on how many kids you have. Set boundries for the time they can be dropped and picked up. after 8 hrs you need to charge something lets say after 520 you will charge 10and for every 10 minutes 5 $ there after.

Jane - posted on 10/01/2011




Don't know where you are I am in Australia, but I think if it costing you more to look after the child you would have to ask more. It is reading like they are picking him up later meaning you need to feed him, might make them pick him up on time.

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