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    10 days care

    I have a family asking for part time care, 10 days a month. How do you calculate how much you should be charging? They didn't say how many days a week they need care.

    If I give them the daily rate I give to my current part time(2 days a week) family at the end of the month family 2 pays more. But again family 2 use 10 days of the month where current family only uses between 8 to 9 days(current family comes only Monday and Tuesday). Now, do you think it is fair on my current family if I ask the same amount?

    I know it is complicated.

    Thanks in advance.
    Cocoon

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    I have one whose father is a shift worker, so his schedule changes all the time. I asked for a guaranteed 14 days per month, and they agreed. I charged my daily rate X 14, then multiplied that by 12, and divided by 52 to give them a flat weekly rate.

    Hope this helps!

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    I do the calculation exactly how you do. But at the end of the month it seems that my current 2 days family is paying more if I ask them the same amount. And current family come between 8 to 10 days where the new family will be coming for 10 days. And if I ask more then what I'm charging form my 2 days family then the fee goes up and I don't think family 2 will accept which I totally understand as it would be way too expensive.

    Arrrgg

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    Alphaghetti, how do you figure out your daily fee. I have a different daily fee for full timers and part timers so I don't know which rate I should be using since I don't know how many days family 2 requires care.

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    Cocoon, I used my full time rate for my 14 day a month kiddo, but if I were to do it over again, I'd have used my part time rate ($10 more per day).

    I am confused as to how it's possible for the two day a week family to be paying more than the 10 day a month family. At my rate, that would be:

    Family A - $65 x 2 = $130 per week
    Family B - $65 x 10 = 650 x12 = 7800 /52 = $150 per week

    Keep in mind that some week, Family B will not send baby, but still giving you $150, and other weeks, baby could be there every day.

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    This is why I do not do FLEX care - cause it gets to complicated and clients end up getting trying to nickle and dime you when in fact offering them service COSTS YOU MONEY cause they are sitting in a full time spot ... I just prefer to have clients who come the same days every week and charge for the SPACE they are occupying ... in my program if you needed a Monday and Wednesday one week but maybe next week needing Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and than nothing for a week and than a full week and so forth you would be paying for the full time spot you are occupying .... mind you where I live we only charge HALF what you guys are charging in Toronto .... $65 a day for any age group other than an infant is more than CENTRES charge in our area
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    I know it is complicated. Current family pays $60 X 2= $120 per week $520 per month

    And if I ask more then $60 for the potential family they will wave me goodbye cause then I will be very expensive for the area I live in.

    Family 2, $60 x 10 days = 600 per month and $138 per week. The difference is only $18 between current and potential family and potential family has 2 more days care compare to current family. That is why I'm saying it is not fair on my current family if I ask $60 from potential family.

    I'm stuck really

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    I had a family that was rotating shifts as well and they only needed between 1 and 4 days a week.... So I just charged them my part time rate and only for the days they were there so each pay period was a different amount and I also charged them for all the stats regardless if it would have been a day they were to attend and they paid my full holidays. But I would never take a family like that again as the days were different every week and so they took up a full time spot. I have 5 full timers right now and that's how I like it.

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    Oh and also your contract between each family should be confidential and therefore it's no one else's business what another family pays.

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    cocoon - just wondering. Do all the daycare families know each others bills? If not, don't stress. Charge what you want and be done with it.

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