If you have kids...

@Danniet (377)
United States
November 30, 2006 9:33am CST
How much would you pay for a licensed daycare provider to keep you child so you could go on a date with your spouse? I am opening up a daycare and I plan to offer this service to parents like one Friday or Saturday night a month. I am not sure how much to charge. Any ideas?
7 responses
• Romania
1 Dec 06
danniet, i think it is very inportant what country your are in .. It differs so much. Can you put here more details?
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@Danniet (377)
• United States
3 Dec 06
I am in the US. Other posters have recommended that I call around and see what others are charging for this service, there are no other daycare providers in this area that offer this service so I don't know. There may be teens, but it's pretty rural around here.
• United States
1 Dec 06
I wouldn't pay more than $20 for three hours or less. If my child stayed over three hours then I would expect to pay more. I'm not sure how much...maybe $5 for every hour over three that the child stays. If it is late the child is going to be in bed anyway, right?
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@Danniet (377)
• United States
1 Dec 06
Than you for your reply
@tentwo67 (3384)
• United States
30 Nov 06
If you intend to offer it both to parents who use your services during the day and to parents who don't otherwise use you, I would give a better rate to your daytime customers. I would then look at how many kids you could handle in the evening and base your rate on how much you would need to clear to make it worthwhile for you. And, maybe you could get some info about what other people are charging. You might get more interest in it if it's more than just caring for children, but like an activity night for kids?? I am very blessed in that I have never paid for a babysitter outside of daycare during the day. My daycare was very expensive but mine and my husband's mothers are in town and very eager to babysit whenever I'll let them have my son. Good luck in this endeavor!
@Danniet (377)
• United States
1 Dec 06
Thank you.
@loved1 (5336)
• United States
30 Nov 06
I would call around your area and see what everyone else is charging. The fees charged would depend on the demand in the area as well. Are there many teenagers who are willing to babysit in someone's home for less money? I do home daycare and charge $2.25 per hour which is the going rate here. I might charge more for after hours care. I thought about doing that too but felt it would be unfair to my own children. They already have 10 hours a day with other kids in their house. They need some one on one time with mom too.
@Danniet (377)
• United States
1 Dec 06
Thanks
• United States
2 Dec 06
It really depends on where you are from. I live in a small town in Ohio. I babysat over the summer and I was paid 25 a day for 3 kids. They were 6, 7, and 9. So they could basically entertain themselves if you gave them something to do. I babysat a nine month old and charged 2.75 an hour. I know in Columbus, the rate is higher than it is here but I would call around to local daycares and ask what their hourly rate is during the day. Then you can base your decision off of that. At least you would have something to go off of so you are in the general going range of your particular area. You could give a multi-child discount like if they have 2 kids or more, you charge less per extra child.
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@pusibaba (1010)
• India
1 Dec 06
I would call around your area and see what everyone else is charging. The fees charged would depend on the demand in the area as well. Are there many teenagers who are willing to babysit in someone's home for less money? I do home daycare and charge $2.25 per hour which is the going rate here. I might charge more for after hours care. I thought about doing that too but felt it would be unfair to my own children. They already have 10 hours a day with other kids in their house. They need some one on one time with mom too.
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@12ravi (515)
• India
1 Dec 06
i dont have kids