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Old 06-17-2004, 06:40 AM
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Re: what is included in your fee

Re: what is included in your fee


Where do your child care fees go?

In our child care, you pay per "position", which means that the position is held just for your child and is not based on attendance. What does this include?

*Unconditional love & nurturing of your child-priceless.

*Dependability, always available when you arrive.

*Family environment, small ratio, family atmosphere, pets etc.

*Craft supplies: crayons, tape, scissors, glue, paint, markers, paper, pipe cleaners, etc.

*Daily reports on how your child is doing, what they ate, things learned etc.

*Nutritious meals & snacks according to the Child Care Food Program (and you know the price of groceries nowadays).

*Treats: pizza, candy, and other things not included on a normal basis.

*Transportation to & from school until old enough to ride the bus.

*Toys, games, puzzles, books, chalkboards, movies, sand tables, upkeep of outdoor play equipment, riding toys, cribs, bedding, changing table.

*Training for provider & assistants, CPR, nutrition classes, safety classes, safety abuse training, etc.

*Birthday & Christmas party supplies & gifts, as well as parties for other holidays.

*An extra dishwasher load for daily sanitation of toys, extra dishes, etc.

*An extra load in the washer/dryer for blankets, clothing towels and wash clothes for the children.

*Utilities:electricity, gas, water, cable, phone, garbage etc.

*Vehicle:gas, wear & tear, tires, oil etc to provide transportation to & from school.

*Furniture wear & tear, cleaning, replacing, repairing rips & tears etc.

*Cleaning supplies for floors, dishes, laundry, toys, furniture, vacuum bags etc.

*And the list goes on........

*Do you pay for a whole month of cable-even if you only watch it 24 days a month?

*Do you pay full price for your VCR if you only use it twice a week?

*Do you pay full price for your meal even if you donít finish it?

*Do you pay the same rent/mortgage even when you are at work 5 days a week?

You are guaranteed a spot for your child with your paid fees. If it is not paid, we will fill it with someone else. PERIOD. We do not have a problem getting clients who are willing to pay as they need our services. We are paid for 52 weeks per year. We want to be child care providers and in order to continue doing this, all clients must pay the fees.

Many parents assume teachers & child care providers are well paid since child care seems so expensive. However, the reality is that salaries are terribly inadequate for most child care providers. Licensed child care homes reported earnings (before costs) of approximately $15,000.00 per year. Such salaries are extremely low even compared to those of other female dominated occupations. Good, dependable child care is not cheap. The number of children per adult must be limited, because young children need close adult attention in order to thrive.

Breaking the expenses down by category on a per day basis & using the time/space allocation from the IRS, the average expenses total approximately $75.00/day for all children in attendance. In this example, if 12 children are in care, this breaks down to $6.25/day/child. At a daily rate of $15.00/day this leaves $8.75/day for the provider and assistants. breaking this figure down further, the providerís time is at or near poverty level. The price of quality, care, trust, responsibility & dependability is not as expensive as it could be.

It sounds like child care is a lot of work & it would be easier to just get a job. Yes, some days we all wonder ourselves. Usually we need a vacation & it is taken without pay, but we are all humans, so please respect us for recognizing the need for a break & taking it. Just like any other job, it has its ups & downs. The only thing we ask of parents is to respect our policies as a commitment & not just a set of rules that they must comply with. And by committing to our policies that we are in turn committing to them also by choosing to stay home so that they can go to work each day. And when payday comes & it is time to pay your provider, take a few minutes to assess in your own mind where each dollar is going, even if it includes the days your child was absent. Remember if it werenít for your child care, many parents would not be receiving their paycheck.

And in closing, please remember this

Please be considerate

please be kind

please remember to pay us on time

this is a real job

we have bills that are due

when we get paid late

our bills are late too

to defray the charges

that we may accrue

a $10.00/day late charge

will be passed on to you

when it comes to your children

we are caring, thoughtful, helpful & true

we just ask for the same respect

and consideration from you.
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