Hi, I have a question for you working moms.
MONTANA MOM !
Thank you all for your answers.
I use in-home daycare.
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.
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!! :)