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Home Daycare-How much to charge?

I'm about to start watching a 9 month old, and a 2.5 year old. For 8 hours a day, 3 days a week. I will be providing food as well. How much should I charge?

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:01 PM on Jan. 6, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • $125 a week is a fair amount.

    Answer by ronjwake at 2:02 PM on Jan. 6, 2010

  • I agree, but it also depends on where you live. If the parents get paid incredibly well, I would suggest more, but why don't you talk with the parents and find out what they were planning on paying?

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:03 PM on Jan. 6, 2010

  • ---The mom is an RN.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:04 PM on Jan. 6, 2010

  • Depends on where you live. My home daycare provider charges $200/wk per child, for anything 3 days or over. And she's actually pretty cheap compared to everything else out there. But we live in the SF Bay Area, NOTHING is cheap here :|

    Answer by Anouck at 2:04 PM on Jan. 6, 2010

  • i charge 2.50 per hour or $20 per day for full time and $10 for part time (anything less than 4 hours per day) that is what most people around me charge also.

    Answer by 3_ring_circus_ at 2:05 PM on Jan. 6, 2010

  • i know someone that has a home preschool... she charges $30 a day per child. (north carolina)

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:27 PM on Jan. 6, 2010

  • I live in KY, and around here I'd say about $120 a week would be good.

    Answer by robyann at 2:30 PM on Jan. 6, 2010

  • Here in WI I pay $20 per day for my 5 month old (in home), but I provide all the food both baby food and breastmilk.

    Answer by jombmomi at 3:06 PM on Jan. 6, 2010

  • I pay $50 per day for my daughter (15 mos) at an in-home daycare. I provide diapers and my own formula, sitter provides wipes, food, etc. I live in the suburbs of Detroit. I checked a daycare center to compare rates and they charged $190 per week- so a little more than $10 less per day.

    Answer by MaryMW at 4:18 PM on Jan. 6, 2010

  • Make sure you are atleast getting minimum wage. People always advertise for $60-$70 a week FULLTIME...they are cheating themselves. RNs have the cash :-) Also make sure you are paid BEFORE services. I was paid every Monday on either drop off or pickup (either was acceptable). Paying after Monday was unacceptable. DO NOT let them take advantage of you. This happens to a lot;.

    Answer by babycakes254 at 6:40 PM on Jan. 6, 2010

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