Parents w/days off who bring child to dc

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Parents w/days off who bring child to dc
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Tue, 04-13-2010 - 9:45pm

I need to know if I'm crazy. I have 2 families, each set of parents work full-time. However, in family 1, mom has a flex day every 2nd Monday, and dad works at home about once every 2 weeks at least. Family 2, mom works 4 on, 4 off, dad works M-F, reg. hours.

I have both children 5 days a week, regardless of their parents' days off.

1. Is this common?
2. This is not what they led me to believe when they put their children in care with me. I mean, they led me to believe they would actually parent when they had days off. I need to talk with both sets...can you help me with a dialogue?

Yes, they both pay full-time fees.

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Registered: 05-09-2000
Wed, 04-14-2010 - 6:06am

1. Is this common?

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Registered: 05-24-2003
Wed, 04-14-2010 - 10:02am

1. Is this common?

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Registered: 01-09-2009
Wed, 04-14-2010 - 10:19am

Oh it IS common they figure Im paying for the week

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Registered: 04-19-2004
Wed, 04-14-2010 - 11:12am

I do not know how to fix this situation. Being that they pay what the other parents pay and their kids are there athe same time - hmmm.. BUT.. I did find a way to stop this from happening...


When you interview you ask them NOT what hours

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Registered: 01-12-2010
Wed, 04-14-2010 - 11:37am

It is common.

When I sign up a new family, they are required to fill out the exact hours of care for each day, for a total of x # of hours per week, and I determine their rate on that. I NEVER quote a p/t or f/t rate without knowing the exact hours per week.

I did have one family that was 730-530, so 50 hours a week, but said Dad would take one day off every two weeks. So I quoted them a bi-weekly rate based on a MAX of 90 hours, for 10 days of care..and made them d sign-in & sign-out every day, without fail.

About the 5th 2-week period I had to point out to them that if they brought their DS the next day, they would be over their 90 hours and a premium rate would apply as per their contract....They kept him home.

What does your contract say? Do you have emai correspondence at all?

IF you choose to talk to them about it, I would start out with "When we first were discussing care, it was my impression that you would be keeping little J home every 2nd Monday/at least 2 days per month and I based my fees on that".

Good luck!

Melissa
~ Mom to 5 ~
~ Melissa ~ ‎"We need to find the courage to say NO to the things and people that are not serving us, if we want to rediscover ourselves and live our lives with authenticity." - Barbara de Angelis
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Registered: 04-13-2010
Wed, 04-14-2010 - 11:59am

So, I actually agree with almost everything I've heard.

But, what they do during their days off is my business, because, in my case:
1. I only have 2 daycare children, thus if there are corresponding days off from the 2 sets of parents, obviously it means I can have a day off work to spend with my family
2. I need to know emergency contact info. - if they are not at work, clearly i need to know ho or who to contact
3. Ihey MISLED me...I chose them as well (not only them choosing me), based on what they told me their intention was about how they would be using daycare. Their daycare philosophy appeared to mesh with mine. I am a parent who changed their career to be with their children full-time. Therefore my philosophy is that parents are the BEST choice to raise their children. HOWEVER, I realize that is not always possible, and I am proud and honoured to be a quality daycare provider.

OK - bring it on...this dialogue is great!! :)

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 04-14-2010 - 12:42pm

If they're paying full time fees, then they're entitled to bring their child even if they don't go to work.

Deb


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Wed, 04-14-2010 - 1:32pm

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Registered: 01-12-2010
Wed, 04-14-2010 - 6:12pm

I just wanted to say, that I do agree with the general idea that I don't care what the parents are doing. I have a pregnant mom who put her previously p/t boy in f/t, so she can work more before the next baby is born. But I also know there's days she goes home to sleep before she goes to work (contract accountant)...and I don't really care.
Obviously it's nice when parents can spend some extra time with their kids, but they pay for a spot from x time till x time and what THEY are doing during that time is not my concern.

I just care when they deviate from what was previouslsy indicated - don't tell me little J is only going to be here 19 days a month when you intend on it being all 22.

Melissa
~ Mom to 5 ~
~ Melissa ~ ‎"We need to find the courage to say NO to the things and people that are not serving us, if we want to rediscover ourselves and live our lives with authenticity." - Barbara de Angelis
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Thu, 04-15-2010 - 1:14pm

I am not a daycare provider. I will first start off by saying that.

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