It's just frustrating when a daycare closes for small holidays, like Presidents Day, when I don't get the day off paid. Then not only do I have to pay them anyway, but I'm paying even more to pay for someone else to watch them that day.
Also, I would only understand parents paying a nanny for paid vacation, not a daycare. In the case of a daycare, the parents are not the employer. I do, however, understand still having to pay when your kid is absent, since they have to hold the spot etc.
Because they are open and ready for your child. I pay for full time child care because I expect then to be there when I have to work. Just because my child is sick does not mean they should lose pay because my child won't be there.......... They are there and willing............
I also pay our DCP a weeks vacation a year. I pay for Holidays he does not go along with days I choose not to take him being sick or not.
I don't mind paying for it once in a while, what I hate is paying for their two weeks of vacation each year... so for two weeks (at least ours breaks it up) I have to pay for them to go on vacation AND pay to have someone else watch my child... so I get to pay double while they get a week (or two) off. I wish someone would pay ME to have two weeks off each year!!!
Quoting trebelcleff:I don't mind paying for it once in a while, what I hate is paying for their two weeks of vacation each year... so for two weeks (at least ours breaks it up) I have to pay for them to go on vacation AND pay to have someone else watch my child... so I get to pay double while they get a week (or two) off. I wish someone would pay ME to have two weeks off each year!!!
I do....plus more....which is why I had no problem paying my DCPs. They have earned it.
I work at a daycare & can sort of answer that for you. The center is staffing & ordering food for each child there- just because your child is out sick doesn't mean that the staff is not there to care for your child nor the food that your child would have eaten (or supplies used etc). Some centers do offer drop in rates & part time hours. And ask about taking vacations. I know some centers offer 2 weeks during the year at half price.
Incase you aren't sure about drop in rates- this is the rate it would cost for you to drop off your child for the day rather than pay full time rates. This benefits people like teachers who may want to drop their child off for a day during the week in the summer time. Or someone who is inbetween jobs & needs childcare for a day to go on interviews. The thing about drop in rates though is you have to call ahead & ask if there is room. Let's say your child is 4 years old. In my state the child to teacher ratio for this age group is 14:1 (meaning 1 teacher can take care of 14 4yos by his or her self). If that class is already full (already has 14 kids) & you want to be a drop in then you would need to call to see if there is room for your child. Maybe another child is out ill? Or there is a chance classes can be combine & there be 2 teachers in the room with say 4 & 5 year old (the ratio is the same for both classes in my state)? If there is a spot for your child then you would be charged the drop in rate for that day only. If there is not room then you would not be charged.
As for holidays- we still get paid for them (at least the federal ones) even though we aren't working. That money has to come from somewhere right?
I know this isn't the answer you were looking for, but I do hope it sheds some light onto it for you!
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