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    Before and after school care

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    Hi everyone, I am trying to open a before and after care in my house. I'm charging $22/day/child. A mom that wants me to care for her kid said that it was too much and that the school daycare charges only $18/day/child. Your thoughts please

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    I would suggest she go with the school before and after care then! I am guessing there are no spots though. Explain your rates are not negotiable and you are limited to only 5 children which may make your fees a little higher.

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    Yes agree. Don't change your rates. If they don't like it they can go elsewhere. Other families will come and appreciate your rate no worries

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    My clients don't set my fees, I do. My fees are fair and yet, periodically, someone will always so up, wanting a discount because they have more than one child, because they can't afford it, because someone up the road is cheaper, because there's a "Y" in the day.

    I not negotiate fees, hours or terms. This is the service I offer, these are the hours I will provide the service and this is the cost. If they not like any part of that, they quite welcome to go elsewhere.

    This woman would understand that something Sears sells will cost more than Walmart prices because of quality of product. She would not walk into Sears and demand Walmart price. She would not walk into Walmart and demand Dollarama price.

    My experience is those want cut fees, if they come to you, will question many other things. I suggest your contact is water tight. Be clear if all day care is available for snow day, March break, other closures, what hours it is and what all day fee is. Also if you not available all day if school closed, make sure contract very clear on that.

    If she want your service, she pay your fees. If she feel too expensive, that is entirely her prerogative but you not obligated to cut your income to fit her budget.
    Last edited by Suzie_Homemaker; 06-21-2015 at 07:31 PM.

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