I'm getting certified to do home daycare and I'm meeting with a potential client tomorrow. She has a newborn (6 weeks) and a 4 year old. She works 4 hr shifts 2-4 days a week- w/her commute, I'm thinking I will have the kids about 5-6 hrs a day. I was thinking of charging her $45 a day (25 for the newborn and 20 for the 4 year old). Does this seem excessive? If so, what do you think would be fair. I don't want to charge too much, but I still want to make some money.
My dh is apprehensive about me taking a newborn, thinks it will be too much. DD is almost 3 and he thinks taking toddlers only will be better. I think a newborn will be fine, so I'm meeting with her and think I'll approach this with a 2 week trial for both of our benefits. I'm sure it won't be a problem, but I want to give her an out, as well as me, if necessary.
With what you're considering charging, I'd pay over half my wages in child care. Now, I'm not saying child care isn't important to me and shouldn't have a price tag, but I'd be better off at home, kwim?
Does she mind the newborn being worn by you in a sling or other carrier? Do either of you have a problem with using a bouncer or swing for limited periods? I certainly think you can handle two toddlers and a newbie, but I don't think I could personally do it if mom didn't want me to use a sling and swing combo to meet the needs of all the little ones in my care.
Good luck! I hope this works out for you.
Need to add: I believe we pay $1.85 for the first kid and around .50 more for the second. We have a great dc provider. She doesn't even charge when we're not there due to illness or a day of vacation because it's nice out. She's a GEM. She is also licensed and in her home. The kids love her, too. Yay!
i pay $20 perday, $15 for half, with a discount for the second child. And i have used private lic. daycare.
For PT, it just seems to be harder to figure out a rate. I won't be making as much, but I'll be working 15-20 hrs a week instead of 50 or so.
Thanks and I welcome any other input.
Just a few thoughts here for you and adding to what Chellemarie posted as well....
...My IRL friend babysat a newborn and has a 2 y/o herself. She did not have a 3rd tot to add to the equation like you will, but I just wanted to share her experience with you....
Her little one was bf and had a very hard time having to wait for her numies while Mamma was feeding the newborn baby as well as naptimes were very stressful as she could not take the time to be with her dd, so her dd could get the nap she needed and hence her dd was very tired and harder to manage.
It also turns out that these parents were not wanting her to hold their newborn very much through the day and had a strict schedule for her to follow regaurding what she did with the baby and when(yes. she came to discover they were Ezzo-fied and she was outta there shortly after-and she did try to educate them before she left too...).
DO not mean to discourage just want you to be sure you cover everything with this possible client before you jump right in....
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Thanks for those thoughts. We're meeting tomorrow, so we'll see what happens. I have my 3 year old, 1 yr old, and will have her 4 yr old and 6 wk old (so would be 4 kids total). I'm hoping my dd and the 4 yr old will be good to play together, at least a little bit. We have a large yard with a swingset, as well as the neighborhood park. I told her that I use the sling, so I would be able to carry the baby and still tend to the others.
She is bf, but also supplementing (maybe I could help her a little bit with that). This is her 3rd baby, but 1st time bf, I believe.
My ds doesn't nurse much during the day anymore (way too busy), but that is something to consider. He is very laid back and social baby, so I think he could deal w/the adjustment. It's my 3 yr old I'm more concerned with. She's a bit more high needs, but she loves being around other kids once she gets used to them.
It will be only a few hrs a day, a few days a week, not full time. She wants to find someone she's very comfortable with and so do I. If I find it's not working for any reason, I'll let her know and I will keep watching for her until she finds a replacement. I wouldn't leave her high and dry.
As far as the rates, I guess it would be better to go by local average, which is about $3/hr- a little higher for babies.
Just wanted to pipe in that the going rate in my area is $25/day per child. For less than a full day(i.e. part-time), the going rate is $5/hour. So, your rate seems reasonable to me.
Having said that, I think child care should be subsidized. As a nanny, I made less than minimum wage. So, that means working for only one family meant I was broke all the time. Now, as a single mama planning on going to work in the fall, I can't even imagine paying the going rate (and I made more than that when I was a nanny)!
I am thinking of doing in-home daycare in the fall myself because I can't think of any other way to make money that makes sense financially and, more importantly, in regard to the quality of care my children are getting.
Holy crap. *L* I'm glad it's relative to location or we'd be in a world of hurt! Seeing these rates makes me feel like I have to assure you all she really IS great. And she lives in a real house, too. LOL!!
I told my DH my questions- he's like- just do your thing, you'll figure out what's right. Don't go too high, don't go too low. I told him- even if I make $100/wk, that's more than I have now. I still don't know details of when she's working, so that's a big variable in the discussion.
|Originally posted by shelbean91
Honestly- the fact daycare is so expensive is the reason I didn't go back to work after ds.
Something you may want to consider withthat many liuttle kids is getting out of the house for regular field trips. I took my kids to the zoo and park whenever things got to crazy at the house. It was good stree relief for everyone.
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