Can I charge more for in-home b/c of...?

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Can I charge more for in-home b/c of...?
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Thu, 03-25-2010 - 1:08pm

Can I charge more for in-home daycare because of my background. By background I mean education and experience. I have been taking care of children since I was 12, and still a child myself. I have an AA in Early Childhood Education, BA in Psychology with a concentration in young children and adolescent studies, Early Childhood Credentials I and II, and I'm CPR and First Aid certified. I have 16 years of experience as a babysitter, nanny, or in a daycare center. Could I charge more weekly because of my experience, degrees, and certifications? I guess an even better question would be will people actually pay more because I have these degrees and certifications? I'm wondering when I start advertising what I could say that would make people realize that I'm worth what I'm asking for. I was planning on being a nanny but then decided that I might try watching a couple children from my home initially and then eventually get licensed so I can take care of more children.

Thanks,
Stephanie

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Thu, 03-25-2010 - 1:41pm

It definitely won't hurt.

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Thu, 03-25-2010 - 1:46pm
Nan thank you for your response. I was going to make sure the parents new what I meant in regards to experience. I have had a childcare job requiring 30-40 hours a week since I was 18, so thats at least 10 year's of solid experience which I'm hoping will be reassuring to a great many parents. However, these days some parents want more and more and more if they can get it. I do realize that the babysitting jobs don't count as much but considering most of my experience is from working in a daycare or as a nanny I'm hoping they will count that as sufficient experience. I'm also hoping the education and certifications would be like the icing on the cake and seal the deal. I know there are other providers out there with many years of experience which might speak more to a parent than the amount of education and experience I have, so it makes it hard to decide what my rates should be. I guess I just feel that I should be able to charge $10-20 more a week due to all this but I could be wrong.
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Thu, 03-25-2010 - 4:13pm

I have a bachelor of science in Education, was a day camp counselor and babysat as a teen. I do make sure prospective clients know I am a certified (or was a certified) teacher to make me more marketable. I don't charge extra for my crendentials- I charge what the going rate is in my area. Which is more than unlicensed daycare providers and less than the centers. I found that most pick their providers for their


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Thu, 03-25-2010 - 5:30pm

Thanks, Sheryl. I was thinking less than daycare centers and slightly less than licensed daycare providers because of my degrees and experience. In my area there seems to be a decent need for in home providers, or at least from what I have seen there appears to be. I will probably do as you said and start at a slightly higher rate and see what happens and if that doesn't work out just lower my rates a bit.

Stephanie

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Registered: 05-09-2000
Thu, 03-25-2010 - 6:05pm

This is a really crappy time to start doing child care.

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Sun, 03-28-2010 - 5:42pm

Hi Stephanie,


I started my business two years ago.