I am an at home child care provider. Last week, the mom of the boy I watched asked what my hours were the day after Thanksgiving. I said I wasn't sure that I'd let her know. That afternoon I put a note on his daily sheet that I wanted to close early that day, like 300pm. She did not mention her husband working overtime that day 0r anything. Today, almost a week later, she says "well Caleb won't be coming Friday cuz my husband was going to work ovetime but since I am shopping all day and he won't be here by 3 he is going to have to stay home with Caleb." Well, now I feel bad but she could stop shopping for a litle bit and pick up her kid since I will be shopping with mine, that way her husband can work over time. I think that I am in the right and that I will not discount that day cuz I offered to be open. What do you think?Answer Question
I think she was trying to put a guilt trip on you and it worked but you shouldn't let it bother you. You have a right to be closed just like any other business the day after. I do think you should discount the day if you are going to be closed anyway even though you said you weren't sure.
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Answer by mandarose at 8:40 AM on Nov. 25, 2008
In the future you could offer to discount if the child won't be there on the holiday, but you can also charge time and a half for certain days, like New Years eve, Christmas eve, and the day after Thanksgiving. Just let the parent know in advance that this is your policy, and let them know that the child has to be scheduled as off on the holiday at least a week in advance or they will be charged the regular rate. This way you can plan your holidays too. It will either discourage parents from leaving their kids on holidays (that they usually have off anyway) or make it worth your while.
In this case...because she is only shopping and didn't give enough notice, I would charge her the same way you would if the kid stayed home for another reason.
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