day care question

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day care question
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Mon, 09-08-2008 - 11:21am

Hi, I have a question for you working moms.

MONTANA MOM !

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Registered: 01-02-2008
Tue, 09-16-2008 - 1:52am

K~

I'm a DCP and I charge a flat weekly fee regardless of if there is a holiday that week (I provide the dates a year in advance, each January) or it the child is out sick.

I'm allowed for 3 provider sick/training/personal days, although next year I am increasing that to 5 and am paid for those.

I take 2 weeks off (unpaid...gee, maybe I need to reconsider that!!) each year, with the dates given at least a month in advance.

I allow parents to take up to two weeks off at only a 50% regular weekly rate to save their child's spot, although next year I am going to charge full rate for parent/child vacations. I'm making these changes (the 2 extra provider sick days and the full rate fee for parent vacations) because I decided not to increase my rates. I think (hope) this is a fair compromise to increased rates.

HTH! And I'm glad you found a provider you love!! :)

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Wed, 09-10-2008 - 4:42pm


MONTANA MOM !

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Registered: 03-21-2001
Tue, 09-09-2008 - 3:53pm

It depends on where you live. Here, in California, the answer is: yes, it's standard.

Just as I get paid vacation days from my employer, so does my daycare provider. She provides me a list of the 17 days she takes off each year at the beginning (basically, federal holidays and the week between Christmas and New Year's).

It's actually pretty generous. Many of my friends have dcp's who take off 3 weeks of vacation plus holidays (paid). Many of the preschools take holidays plus have 4 weeks off throughout the year.

I pay her on her vacation days. I pay her on my vacation days. She is essentially holding my "spot" during those days.

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Registered: 05-02-2006
Tue, 09-09-2008 - 2:31pm

I use in-home daycare.

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Registered: 06-23-2008
Tue, 09-09-2008 - 1:46pm

Thank you all for your answers.

MONTANA MOM !

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Registered: 06-27-1998
Tue, 09-09-2008 - 10:17am

Pretty standard around here.


PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 01-05-2000
Tue, 09-09-2008 - 10:10am

At the home dc I used, full time paid by the month and included holidays and vacation days. Part time paid by the day, regardless of the number of hours per day and didn't pay for holidays or vacation days. Why wouldn't dc providers get paid holidays and vacation time just like other jobs (disclaimer: I know that not every job has paid holidays and vacation days. Mine doesn't but dh's does)? Especially since, as a home dc, my provider worked 10+ hours a day without breaks. And when she has infants, very little down time.

Chris

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Registered: 08-17-2005
Tue, 09-09-2008 - 10:04am

I use a daycare center, and pay a monthly rate as well.

Susan

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Registered: 07-23-2003
Tue, 09-09-2008 - 8:30am

That is pretty standard.

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Registered: 11-08-2006
Mon, 09-08-2008 - 6:12pm

when ds was in a home-dc, the provider's husband AND her mother would pitch in as needed. After a while, I wasn't surprised if the provider wasn't there.

eileen

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