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momofboys 03:20 PM 04-16-2010
Originally Posted by Unregistered:
I am just about through with the licensing procedures for my state (Wyoming) and when I get through with it I want to increase the rates for one family that I currently care for. I have watched her 1 year old son full time for several months and watch her 9 year old daughter for an hour after school. I currently only charge her $100 per week which is my standard rate for one child. With summer break approaching I had told her I would do both kids for $125 per week which is because she is a friend of my husbands through work. I plan to tell her that I can no longer keep the rate at $125 per week because her daughter though it is only temporary is taking up a spot in my care which prevents me from taking another child. I feel really bad about it but I need to cover costs for while she is here during the summer. I just am curious as to how to break it to the mom that the rate will be increased, I am fearful of losing her as a client. I have also heard that I should make it a verbal thing as well as a written thing. I want to wait until I am licensed to say anything so that can be part of my reasoning, I should be licensed in the beginning of May just waiting of my rezoning. Does anyone have any suggestions?
I would simply let her know that because you will be caring for the older daughter all day in the summer you have to make your price reflective of the care given. It is not fair for her to expect to pay the same when your work will increase significantly. That is how I would word it.