What should i charge for in home child care?

Wendy - posted on 05/14/2013 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I am opening up a fulltime daycare at the beginning of 2014 and I was wondering what your thoughts and experiences were that you loved taking your child to that child care provider's place. Also how much do you think excellent child care should cost, or how much would you pay?

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Amy - posted on 05/14/2013

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I pay $450 every two weeks. It's $60 after school care for my son, and $165 a week for my daughter. I pay for full time care even though my daughter usually only goes 4 days a week, I work a flexible schedule and usually have a day off during the week but since I can't guarantee that it's the same day every week I pay for full time care.

In the summer she's cutting back her days and is only doing two days a week because no one wants to pay full time care for their kids. She worked with me and is doing the days that I asked for. Right now my daughter is the only one there during the day but starting in the fall she will have a full program.

So right now my daughter (3) does computer time, arts and crafts, practices writing her name, reads books. She takes her to story hour at the library, she's taken her for manicures, this summer when she has the older kids they'll do trips to the beach. For Christmas she made a plate with my daughters hand prints for reindeer food, Mother's Day she made a plate with flowers (handprints again) to put up, they've decorated Christmas cookies, and Easter Eggs. She has a gaming system for the older kids to play but only on rainy days. She has a fenced in playscape for the kids to play on. My daughter absolutely loves it there!

My daycare provider has been really great with my scheduling. She offers us a extra 1/2 hour at pick up time and will probably extend it by another 45 minutes once my divorce is finalized and I will have to do pick ups most nights.

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Tinamarie - posted on 05/16/2013

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I been working at a home day care for 7 years now. She charges between 160 and 130 a week depends on the ages. Some kids go to school so she only has to watch.them.in the morning and afternoon so.she charges part time for them . She also transports kids to school and back. She has a big suv so she can fit up to 8 school agers. I am planning.on opening one of my own so im.learning the ins and outs at my job. She dont mind showing me the inside cause she wants me to succeed. Good luck with yours

Elizabeth - posted on 05/16/2013

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I paid $100 a week for an in-home daycare when my daughter was 6 weeks to 10 months old. Now I pay $124 a week at a Montessori school. These are very low prices for daycare, I once worked in one Montessori school that charges $210 a week for infants!

A - posted on 05/15/2013

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The daycare my son goes to (it is infant through pre-k), I pay about 90 a week- but that is simply because I have some assistance- otherwise I would pay 175 a week.

Katrina - posted on 05/15/2013

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My child currently goes to daycare and when he went fulltime I paid 240 biweekly. He now goes parttime and I pay 150 biweekly. I love my daycare lady because my son loves her and loves going to daycare. They play and learn alot there. They go outside, she works with them on preschool skills such as learning numbers, letters, potty training, social interactions etc... I have been to several other daycares in the past and I always judge a daycare by how my son reacts to it. I also love how they always do projects there and get to take them home. Like painting rocks, making ornaments and paintings etc...

Wendy - posted on 05/15/2013

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that's awesome sounds like you have a great care provider. I just hope I can be great too lol. I know I will have a slow start being that I am new and no one knows me yet, that will be a little set back.

Wendy - posted on 05/14/2013

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are your children in a inhome daycare? how much are you paying if you don't mind me asking and what do they offer there?

Amy - posted on 05/14/2013

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No I don't think it's a problem you are doing what's required to do in order to watch children. I suggest you call around local home daycarea in your area and act like you are looking for a daycare for your child. Ask them their educational background and see if you find a difference in pricing.

Wendy - posted on 05/14/2013

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your opinion, I do not have any "schooling" in child care or development, however I am getting and taking all of the required classes needed so I can get a license, as well I will be doing some self educational things like books and internet classes. Do you think it is bad that I don't have any of that schooling?

Amy - posted on 05/14/2013

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Well when we were looking for a daycare cost played a major factor, most of the home daycares charged relatively the same amount. The difference was in the contract, their vacation time, their sick time, and holidays. We went with the middle one for cost which was actually our second choice because we originally wanted the cheaper one. I wish I could pay outrageous prices for the top daycare but unfortunately I need to keep some of my paycheck.

Where my daughter is at, my sons only there after school, the provider has a degree in early child hood education, she does preschool curriculum. My daughter absolutely loves it there. She asks to go on days that she isn't going. She's always doing fun projects and uses our discipline methods that we use at home. She doesn't take children under 2 so during the summer and school breaks she's able to do activities that someone who has infants wouldn't necessarily be able to do like taking the kids to the beach.

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