3.5k
Daycare and childcare providers in Winnipeg, Toronto, Vancouver, Ontario etc. in CanadaGarderies à Montréal ou au QuébecFind daycare or childcare providers in the USA
Forum control
+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 4 1 2 3 4 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 32
  1. #1
    Starting to feel at home...
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    242
    Thanked
    84 Times in 58 Posts

    How Long a Day Will You Agree To ?

    I'm interviewing parents for a space that I have, and one parent would like me to care for her daughter from 7:45 to 5:45. In my opinion, it seems like a long day. My other parents all arrive between 7:30 and 8:30 A.M. and my last baby is picked up at 5:15. I just wanted some feedback to make sure that I'm not becoming a diva in my old age - is the industry norm still (about) nine and a half hours of care per day ? Or am I just getting to old and tired if a 10 hour day seems like too much to handle ? (By the way, this child is 3 so I'll likely only be caring for her for a year and then she'll be off to full day kindergarten)

  2. #2
    Euphoric ! kidlove's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    1,400
    Thanked
    347 Times in 258 Posts
    I will take any child from open to close, with extra charges for anything over 9 hours. their choice.

  3. #3
    Euphoric !
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    2,008
    Thanked
    677 Times in 507 Posts
    I open at 6:45 and close at 4:30..... My first year I took a flex family from 6:30 - 6 ....1-4 days a week ..... Was too much.

  4. #4
    Expansive... BlueRose's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Ontario
    Posts
    861
    Thanked
    299 Times in 222 Posts
    my hours are 7:30 to 5:30, but right now I have one dcg who is here until 6pm. Once she is gone I will never work past 5:30 or start before 7:30, unless its an emergency situation.

  5. #5
    Shy
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    41
    Thanked
    30 Times in 17 Posts
    I think the standard really varies. You have to do what you are comfortable with. I used to be open 7:30 - 5:30 but have gradually decreased as families leave and now I do 8-5. There is no way I could stay open until 5:45 now, that just creeps too far into my evening. For interviews, I just tell them my times and they have to either work within them or look elsewhwere. It's amazing how they can end up conforming to those times if they really want to.

  6. #6
    Starting to feel at home...
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Posts
    202
    Thanked
    11 Times in 10 Posts
    I am open 7:30 until 5:30. I don't have anyone who uses the full 10 hours though.

  7. #7
    Euphoric ! mimi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Ontario
    Posts
    1,482
    Thanked
    555 Times in 413 Posts
    It's hard at the end of the day to have one left especially after closing. However, if you are low in numbers you may want to consider it with as kidlove says with extra charges for over 9 hrs.

  8. #8
    Expansive... Judy Trickett's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    In My Own Little World Of Warped Reality
    Posts
    739
    Thanked
    561 Times in 277 Posts
    I offer a nine hour day with set operational hours. I will not, not, not work outside of those hours. If a parent can work within my operational hours then we are not a daycare match. You have to draw the line somewhere or you would be working a 12 hour day.

  9. #9
    Outgoing
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Ontario
    Posts
    418
    Thanked
    71 Times in 63 Posts
    When I started my hours were 7:30-5:30, and then one of my families asked if I could watch their kids until 6pm, well that 6pm became 6:30-7pm. After about two months, I told them that they had to come get their kids by 5:30 or I could no longer care for them. It was an extremely long day, my kids were acting out because they weren't getting enough family time, and I was burning out. They agreed to my new terms and it has been great. I will not work past 5:30, in fact I changed my hours of operation to 5:15, just so that if a parent is late, they still (hopefully) will be here by 5:30.

  10. #10
    apples and bananas
    Guest
    If they have a job where they have to be at work for 9 hours then 10 hours at daycare is normal. My kids were always at daycare for 91/2 - 10 hours a day.

    You have to decide if having kids for that extra 1/2 hour (from 5:15 0- 5:45) is going to be a pain. If the child is old enough and plays independantly enough you may be able to start dinner once your 5:15 leaves and have it on the take for when the new girl leaves.

    I love being closed early. I have just happened to fall into an 8 - 5 schedule and I love it. However, I know I won't have it forever.

    You have to decide what you can handle and what you can committ to. In my opinion, no late fee is worth my sanity.

Similar Threads

  1. What to do?? Sorry this is long!
    By babydom in forum Caring for children
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 10-28-2015, 09:17 AM
  2. How Long Did It Take...
    By JessicaBogo in forum Daycare providers' experiences with parents
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 09-08-2013, 05:27 PM
  3. How Long?
    By DarthLaurie in forum The day-to-day as a daycare provider
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 03-07-2013, 05:31 PM
  4. This is going to be a long day
    By BlueRose in forum The day-to-day as a daycare provider
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 10-25-2012, 10:19 AM
  5. Anyone agree to do "elimination training"?
    By treeholm in forum Caring for children
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 07-14-2012, 07:59 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

A few tips...

If you visited or if you're using a childcare provider found on DaycareBear, do not hesitate to leave a review. This will most certainly help other parents!
Did you know?
DaycareBear receives more than 155 700 unique pageviews each month; that's nearly 1.9 million pages per year!
Partner in your
search for a daycare provider