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What do you charge/pay for in-home child care in Ohio?

I am looking into possibly working from home by opening an in-home daycare. I want to know what is a fair rate for child care (full time and part-time rates) for a provider in Ohio.

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:19 AM on Apr. 21, 2009 in Money & Work

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  • Do you have a license to run a daycare? If not you need to get one before starting a daycare. Anything over 3 children you need a license for. Its usually a set rate of about $150 to $200 a week per child and you make deals for families of course and you can charge up to $7 an hour for part time care. If you want to start it you need to contact the local agency to have a home study done so they can make sure your home has the space and child proofing it needs as well as its against the law to open up a daycare in your home without a license and home inspection.

    Answer by brailynsmama08 at 10:22 AM on Apr. 21, 2009

  • Actually you do not need a license to provide in home care. You are allowed up to 6 children without a license.

    $25 per day for part time and $115 a week for full time. Sibling discounts are offered as well.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:24 AM on Apr. 21, 2009

  • Thanks for the responses. Your answers have been very helpful.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:41 PM on Apr. 21, 2009

  • What about incorporating preschool education within the day? Would that change the rate at all or is that just expected?

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:51 PM on Apr. 21, 2009

  • Some level of educational activity is expected with preschool age children. I would recommend setting some guidelines and making it clear to the parents what your policies would be. I would not charge extra for incorporating those activities. You should sit down, figure out costs, taxes, etc. and then base your rate on that.

    Also, another great idea is to look through your local paper and see the Childcare Offered ads. Call a few and see what they are charging and what their policies are. It never hurts to get a few in-home care providers in your personal network. It's nice to have feedback, it's nice to be able to provide your clients with names for potential backups in case your child is ill or appointments, etc.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:54 PM on Apr. 21, 2009

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