My child care is preschool, but not a set apart time each
day, rather all through their day. I have all teachers
children, so I'm closed in most of June and all of July. I
also have the school holidays off that the teachers in our
district have off. Anytime I am closed; holiday, vacation,
snowday, - the parents DO NOT pay me. Anytime I am open,
even if their child does not attend - they DO pay me.
I figured my price by deciding how much income I wanted to
make an hour, and multiply that by the hours I'll be open
each week for business. Then I figured expenses for a week,
and add that to your weekly wage. Divide by the number of
hours you will be open. This is my base price for 18 mths -
kinder. I figured extra for infant and less for after school.
I charge by the week. One price for infants, another price
for 18 mth - kinder, and another price for after school.
The price is the same, no matter how long the children are
here. The price is for the reserved full-time spot for the
child, not for the child's actual hours.
On 11/11/08, newbie wrote:
> Hi. My husband and I have decided to open a home day care
> and have started our area's classes for being licensed. I
> have many years experience in early childhood ed. I was
> wondering for those of you who have more of a pre school
> element to your programs if you could answer some of my
> 1) How do you base your tuition for families? Do you figure
> a cost over a nine month period and then factor in the
> holidays into that cost and charge families the same amount
> per month whether the child is there every day or not?
> 2)How many breaks do you take each year? Sounds like some
> of you take a two week break around the holidays. That
> makes sense. Then in December do you half your payment?
> 2)Are there other times that you close during the year? I
> was thinking the week over the 4th of July or/and maybe the
> first two weeks of August due to the last minute summer
> trips many families take before the start of school for
> their older children.
> 3)Do you have parents sign a contract for a set amount of
> time, figure the cost for the entire school year, and
> divide that into monthly payments?
> 4)I was thinking of having two cycles of contracts: June-
> July, or mid August to May or that could be extended into
> June-July if needed.
> Thank you for any input. We just decided to do this this
> week so a lot of things are going through my mind.