Originally Posted by Yaelita
I think that people pay less when they bring the kid to you because of the inconvenience to them;
Just want to note, "inconvenience" is not the reason I expect to pay less to a care provider I drop off to, than to a care provider in my home.
Honestly I feel like the two are apples and oranges. All of the home child care providers I have known IRL use TV pretty liberally to keep the kids occupied so they can "get things done" (i.e., do their own housework). They run the kids all over town doing their errands. They typically have other families' kids there, so that there becomes quite a concentration of germs from multiple sources. Etc.
Not saying that any folks on this thread are this way, but as a WOHM who has looked at alot of home daycare settings at this point, I have a sense of what is "typical" and my expectations have dropped pretty low. This isn't meant in a snarky way at all, but I am always baffled by people saying they don't understand why they can't get nanny rates for doing care in their own home. Working parents who can afford to pay top-dollar nanny rates, do so for the very reason of having control over the situation, having the care provided in their own residence, on their terms, with the child exposed to only the foods/toys/people the parents have chosen and approved. You give up all of this when you take your child to someone else's home, where they are free to run things their way, take in more kids if they choose, etc. THAT is why a nanny gets $10/hour and a home daycare gets $3.
FWIW, our back-up nanny (for when preschool is closed, I wish we could afford her fulltime but we can't) brings her 1-year-old with her and we're fine with it. But mainly that is because she has been a really good fit for our family, being naturally AP/NFL herself. We found her through a flyer she put on the bulletin board at our co-op, so that approach really does work!