ADVICE NEEDED!!

Ashley - posted on 08/01/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I need help!! I provide childcare for a 5 month old in my home. I have 2 children myself and a 3rd on the way. The mother of the 5 month old approached me today about the cost of the care. To be clear when I first started watching him she came up with the price of $7.50 hr. Now she wants me to drop my price to $30 a day. What should I do?? Oh and I watch him only 2 maybe 3 days a week. HELPP!!!

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Ashley - posted on 08/01/2013

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I watch him 10 sometimes 11 hours a day. We live in a small town and the rate per week for childcare is $140. I just don't think that $30 a day is fair. Plus all the work it takes to care for him. Let's just say he's extremely spoiled and doesn't like to be put down. When he's awake, I'm holding him otherwise he just cries and cries. And like I said right now It's about $75 a day.

Leslie - posted on 08/01/2013

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This is a tricky situation. I would say personally that you can tell her that you need to keep the price at where it is at... I doubt you would loose her unless she is able to find some one who would watch a 5 month old for $30 a day... However I have been doing research and day care centers start at $80 a day and most are higher cost, especially for an infant. You need the money and she and you had already agreed upon the formentioned hourly rate. You wouldn't let your boss cut your paycheck if you were working professionally, and this is your job, just at home.

Chet - posted on 08/01/2013

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I think it's pretty common for home daycare rates to be set daily rather than hourly. That said, in some cities the going rate for babies is $50 or $60 a day. Do you know what the going rate is in your city? Is $30 a day fair for a baby? How many hours a day do you have the baby in your care? How much of a pay cut is she asking you to take?

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