Do you take time off over the holidays?

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Do you take time off over the holidays?
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Tue, 11-22-2011 - 8:34pm

Do you take the Thanksgiving weekend off?

How about Christmas?

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Tue, 11-22-2011 - 8:36pm
I am closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after - AND both days are paid!

I also close at noon on Christmas Eve and take the week between Xmas and New Year's off. I am paid for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but the week in between I am not. I am also paid for New Years Day.

I also take the last week of March off as that is spring break here - I do not get paid for that either - but found taking this time off is great for me mentally. Also, it is when my school kids are out of school and gives me a chance to do stuff with just my kids and our family.
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Sat, 11-26-2011 - 11:53pm

I am in the process of becoming licensed again after about 12 years of not doing daycare, so I don't have any kids yet. But when I did daycare before, I charged a flat weekly rate which included holidays if they were weekdays, however I closed on the major holidays...of which I DID receive pay for. And I always took the week between Christmas and New Year's off (without pay, as I considered that one of my vacation weeks)...I usually didn't have many kids during that week anyways so thought it was a good time to take my own vacation time. I also took a second week off, usually during the spring for my second week. I had a new contract each year and had all the days listed which were paid holidays and the one week of my vacation time...the second week was always determined when it came closer to when I wanted to plan something. Any time a parent took time off, I received pay for it...but I did allow each child what I called 'free days' which were 10 days yearly and allowed for parent vacation time, but could be used any time they wanted to use them, such as for illness of the child or whatever. If they were going to be gone more than two consecutive days though, I required a one week notice or they had to pay for it.

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Mon, 11-28-2011 - 6:17pm

I did childcare for teachers - I was closed anytime the school was closed. the only exception was for principals on snow days (they have to go to the school and make sure there ar eno kids waiting in the cold).

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Tue, 11-29-2011 - 12:48am
Wow! I also do the 10 free days a year and most other providers I talk with think that's a lot. It's worked well for me. In 6 yrs I've never had an issue. The hardest part is for me to keep track of it all:)
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Thu, 12-01-2011 - 2:59pm

10 free days per year really isn't that much. It's 2 weeks, and we all know our families are going to want vacation time also and I just figured itfthey had 10 days for the year right up front that it would eliminate them taking time off

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Fri, 12-09-2011 - 2:15pm

I have had an in-home daycare for 27 years so my situation is a little different, I take one week paid and one week unpaid. The parents basically pay for 51 weeks a year, I feel that this is fair because I charge a little under normal for our area.

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Mon, 02-13-2012 - 3:37pm

My holiday schedule this year:

April 6 Good Friday

May 25 close noon on the Friday before and May 28 closed

Closed one week during the summer.

August 31 close at noon Friday before Labor Day

Sept 3 Labor Day

Oct. 31, close at 4:30

Nov. 21-23 Thanks giving

Dec. 24-26 Christmas

Dec. 31 and Jan 1 for New Years

The only time I will not charge is for the week we are gone during the summer.

I designed this schedule because of weekends etc. Parents will go for this do not cheat yourself out of time off.

I hope this helps.

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Tue, 04-03-2012 - 1:54pm

In my contract I take off all major holidays Paid and Christmas eve and day after thanksgiving paid. I also have it so I can take 5 paid sick days and 5 paid vacation days. I do not use vacation every year but its there if I chose to use it. I also close early on New years eve and Good Friday. My parents seem to be fine with the days and I give plenty of notice of my vacation time.