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I need numbers...I am looking to quit my outside job but still need my same income......<br><br>
OK--Here' s the scenario...say you live in a fairly small town...about 5000 people, and I'm offering in-home childcare at my home. I am a newborn nursery/pediatrics RN, (obviously CPR certified) with no pets or guns in the house, and I would provide 2 meals per day plus snacks. You provide diapers/wipes/bottles~preferably filled with breastmilk <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">. I am <b>not</b> licensed by the state.<br><br>
How much would you pay if your child was say, 6 weeks-1 year old?<br><br>
How about for toddlers?
 

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Honestly, unless I knew you personally or had a *stellar* recomendation I wouldn't use a provider that was not licensed. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:
 

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my current daycare is 170/wk for my toddler (he's 2.5) and i know it's more $$ for babies.<br><br>
My old daycare was in-home, non licensed, and charged me 100 for 3 days a week for my under 1 babe.<br><br>
My poor mom about had a heart attack when I told her. She was licensed and we lived in small farming town...and she used to charge 100 a week for 5 days, for a older kid (like 4-5) and a baby (1ish) in 1988. LOL.
 

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oh, and FTR...since I know what licensing requires....I don't have a problem using a un-licenesed provider, but it would definately boil down to personality etc. CPR is a must of course <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
My mom had us 3 kids, so by law she could only accept like 3 more total I think...maybe 2?<br>
And because my brother was under 2 at first, she couldn't take but one more baby....etc.<br><br>
Once she remarried, there were 5 kids, and 1 more on the way quickly...so she legally couldn't do it anymore!<br><br>
While I don't think too many kids is a good idea, my current daycare is a center and right now they have like 15 kids hanging off ONE teacher, and all the kids have rivers of snot and one kid today was coughing like a baby seal...sounding croupy...and I said "man, thats a cough" to the teacher kinda hinting...and the teacher (busy cutting out the art projects and ignoring the kids) said "yeah, we'll all have that by friday"<br><br>
Uhm...hello??!?!?!<br><br>
for two years I was sick...constantly...I blame the daycare. C would get a sniffle....and i'd get 3 weeks of fever and snot <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
The only reason he's still in that particular center is he seems to like the "school" structure vs home daycare....and I can't find another center willing to only take him M, W, F. *Eyeroll*<br>
"we feel it's in the childs best interest to come 5 days a week"<br>
unless of course, you are willing to PAY for 5 days. then it's okay they only come 3. *grumble*<br><br>
I've been waiting all day to hear back on a job...i'm thinking they won't call me until tomorrow now....if I get it. DS gets a REAL daycare center where the kids arn't constantly sick....thank GOD.
 

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anybody else?
 

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We currently pay $270 a week for our under one ds. (read on for the explanation of the crazy rate). He is a super high needs baby who lasted all of one week at a center (whenever I came to nurse or pick him up he was laying by himself screaming his head off as he only recently figured out self entertainment).<br><br>
We found a wonderful woman just starting a day care and and she agreed to limit herself to just 2 babies (her dd is just 3 weeks older) and we basically paid her not to take on any more (yes ds was that big of a handful, sigh). Anyway it was worth it for me not to quit my job. She is now licensed and since working with us has decided her daycare will be 100% organic (YEAH!) and she even rinses my poopy cloth diapers before putting them in the wetbag. When ds is 1 year she will take on other babies and her rate will be $200. I was paying $245 for the 'no time to take care of my ds' daycare so we think its a pretty awesome deal.<br><br>
My point is, I think you can charge average basic rates, but market your willingness to make special accomodations and you can ask for higher than the basic rates, for us high expectation parents! Good luck.
 

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I would PREFER a nonlicensed momma if there was the agreement about capping the number of children she watched. I just started work and i will be paying $1300 a month for both my children (2.5 year old who is potty trained and a 9 month old). We do live in cali so prices are high. Ideally I would love to pay $1000 a month for both.
 

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I too would not hire an unlicensed provider, especially if it were the law.<br><br>
If you were licensed and rates were like they are here in CT I would pay what I charge... $210/week full time for an infant under 2... $190/week for 2+.
 

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I pay my back-up woman who is unlicensed but takes friends kids as needed $40/day or $200/week. I send food for lunch. But I live in a big city. I think she would take $20-$30/day but we can afford more, so I pay her more.
 

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I also would not hre an unlicensed provider unless I knew you personally.<br><br>
We pay the 16 year old down the street $7/hr to watch my 10 month old while my husband is in the house working.
 

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holy cow I am SOOO lucky!! Mine is not licenced but I have known her for 5 years+. She watches my 20 mo old for 65.00 a week. Her hours are 6-6 and she provides 2 meals and a snack. I take Emma's rice milk diapers and wipes.
 

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I am a RN too, and paid my sitter almost $100 <i>a day.</i>This was for "before" school care for my two older kids (who went to the same school as her kids, and they went to the bus stop three houses up on the corner), which was for approximately 45minutes. My husband dropped all three off at 6:30am. The two older kids walked to the bus-stop at 7:15, and the baby stayed until 2pm, when I woke up. I would get him, then get the kids at the busstop (hers too, if she was in a jam).<br><br>
I basically paid her $200 every two weeks right off the top of my paycheck. This was for two days.<br><br>
She was worth every penny. Because of her, I was able to sleep in peace.
 

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I wouldn't hire an unlicensed daycare provider, either. Just curious, but is there a reason you don't want to be licensed?<br><br>
My dd's center charges $740/mo for infants, $550/mo toddlers. My neighbor used to do in-home daycare and she charged $500 or $600/mo for infants, but that was several years ago.
 

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I'm looking into it, but I don't know if they would approve my house or not. The rules are so strict. I mean, I don't have any problems with my own kids safety in my house, and I don't want to totally modify my home because the state says I have to. Plus, I think with state licensing I would only be able to take in 3 kids, since I have 3 of my own, even if my oldest is in school all day.
 

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Honestly? I am in a town of 5000 and when dd was in dc I paid $100/week no meals/sncks but they did do my cd'ing and ec'ing, no prob. The smaller the town, the less you'll get IMO<br>
Good luck!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm looking into it, but I don't know if they would approve my house or not. The rules are so strict. I mean, I don't have any problems with my own kids safety in my house, and I don't want to totally modify my home because the state says I have to. Plus, I think with state licensing I would only be able to take in 3 kids, since I have 3 of my own, even if my oldest is in school all day.</div>
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Ah, gotcha. Yes, the rules can be VERY restrictive.<br><br>
With your credentials as a selling point, I predict you'll get as many kids as you want in no time. Good luck!
 

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I also live in a small town and pay $115 week for my 17 month old, and there is only 1 other child (and my older one before & after Montessori). Even with an RN I would not pay more then $150 a week/ $30 day. The going rate in my town is between $20-30 day, with the licenced daycares getting loser to $30
 

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Thank you all for your insight.....you've been so helpful! Hopefully I can talk DH into letting me resign from my nursing position and babysit in our home. I have to prove to him that I'll bring in enough $$$ first! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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as another comparison for you, we live in a city of 500K - were considering in-home daycare for DS and one unlicensed provider we found (with great references) charged $100/wk but didn't include meals. (we are veg and i probably would have provided food anyway). one licensed provider we met, who also had good refs, charged $150/wk which included food.
 

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I live in a small town and work in a small licensed center. We charge 90 a week for under 2 yrs, 80 a week for up to 5 yrs and 55 a week for school aged children. We provide breakfast, lunch, and 2 snacks. The rate for 4-5 yr olds also includes preschool curriculum and supplies.
 
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