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LovetheSun 03:23 PM 04-03-2017
Hi everyone!

I was wondering if it seems "too much" to take July 3rd off as a paid holiday as well as July 4th? Since July 4th is on a Tuesday this year.

Most of the families attending do not really read the closed holidays list and I am sure a few will be surprised by my decision.

What do you think?
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Cat Herder 03:43 PM 04-03-2017
In the past I would have taken the 3rd unpaid to be able to travel out of state with my family.

This year I am only taking the 4th off, paid.

It really depends on what your plans are.
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CityGarden 04:11 PM 04-03-2017
Our school year program ends the last week of June and our summer session starts the 5th of July so I have the 3rd & 4th "off".... but parents don't feel they are paying for it.
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jenboo 05:07 PM 04-03-2017
I'm closed the 3rd unpaid and the 4th paid
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bklsmum 05:18 PM 04-03-2017
I am closed the 3rd and the 4th, both paid.
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LysesKids 08:09 PM 04-03-2017
I'm close the entire week as it's my vacation; add in the 2 weekends and I get 9 days NO BABIES or KIDS... yep single parent of adult children lol
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Josiegirl 03:53 AM 04-04-2017
Lots of times I will do that, to make an extra long weekend. But this year I'm not. I'm taking an extra day around Memorial Day, because I'll be finished a 45 hr. long course right before that and know I'll need an extra long weekend to play catch-up and take a much needed breather.
I have listed in my handbook the definite days I'm closed every year but also add that I may include a day here or there to make an extra long weekend. I also include in my handbook that I will probably take a vacation at Christmas time but that's not written in stone. I make my vacation plans around my dds who both live far away and have to fly home.
I think if you'd like to make it a 4 day weekend, why not??? Oh and my rates depend upon enrollment, not closures, sick days, holidays, vacations, etc. I tell parents I do NOT take advantage of time off. And I clearly don't. But I still need a life of my own to do something or nothing as I choose. I give as much notice as I possibly can, except for things that come up unexpectedly.
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Josiegirl 03:56 AM 04-04-2017
One added thought, I wouldn't call it a holiday but a personal day. It kinda $ucks to open a day then be closed a day, then open for 3. You just have to balance your days off with your own needs, your dcf's needs, and your local area's way of doing things.
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DaveA 04:48 AM 04-04-2017
I probably won't close the 3rd. But I also doubt I'll have more than 1 family anyway because the rest will probably take the day off.
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EntropyControlSpecialist 06:28 AM 04-04-2017
I always close two days for the 4th. I call it "Fourth of July Break" and I really enjoy it.
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daycarediva 07:52 AM 04-04-2017
I had just the fourth off, but my sign in sheet is empty, so I would probably have ended up with the 3rd off, too.
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finsup 09:40 AM 04-04-2017
I am closed both but without pay...Well, it IS paid for because I figure it into their weekly rate and spread it out through the year, but they believe it's free I'm taking the Friday before memorial day, memorial day itself, a week off at the end of June and the 3rd and the 4th of July off. It's a lot but I do require families to have a back up so, they all have other options.
But no, I don't think it's too much. I suspect many people will be doing the same. I'd call it a personal day too though.
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lovemydaycare0912 11:40 AM 04-04-2017
I'm taking the 3rd off as one of my 5 personal days off. Same with Christmas. Taking the 26th off as a personal day.
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kendallina 12:17 PM 04-05-2017
I took the week off for my vacation, we're traveling out of state. My vacations in the summer are unpaid, as I have families do daily rate for Summer Camp.

During the preschool year, they pay an annual tuition broken down monthly and all days off are paid.
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Laurie 12:42 PM 04-05-2017
I'll be taking both days off paid 😃
I do the same for thanksgiving and always take the Friday off paid
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LovetheSun 02:31 PM 04-05-2017
Originally Posted by EntropyControlSpecialist:
I always close two days for the 4th. I call it "Fourth of July Break" and I really enjoy it.
Oh thats a great way to phrase it! I will definitely add that to the holidays list/contract!

And thank you all for your replies, is true that it does not sound right to call it a "holiday".
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Unbelievable 07:04 AM 06-24-2017
While you all are talking about closing on the 3rd, parents are still working on the 3rd, and while you're in bed on the 4rd, parents are trying to find care for their kids.
You're just a bunch of lazy people trying to suck every penny out of parents while feeding your lazy attitudes. As if your entitled to an extra days holiday. Unbelievable.
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Unregistered 07:06 AM 06-24-2017
Originally Posted by finsup:
I am closed both but without pay...Well, it IS paid for because I figure it into their weekly rate and spread it out through the year, but they believe it's free I'm taking the Friday before memorial day, memorial day itself, a week off at the end of June and the 3rd and the 4th of July off. It's a lot but I do require families to have a back up so, they all have other options.
But no, I don't think it's too much. I suspect many people will be doing the same. I'd call it a personal day too though.
Waw, you are probably the biggest loser in this forum for even typing this nonsense.
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trix23 11:27 AM 06-24-2017
Why should workers from big companies get paid time off and not child care providers? Do you want them to have burnout or to offer subpar care for your children because of one day? I take 12 paid holidays a year plus 7 sick / personal days and I'm very professional about it and my parents figure it out. People need time off to recoup and rejuvenate and it actually helps people work better and stay dedicated for longer periods of time than people that work themselves to the bone. And besides all of this information is listed in my hand book and my Tour Packet Folder so if people don't like that I take paid holidays or sick/personal days, they don't have to enroll with my program.
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bklsmum 11:59 AM 06-24-2017
Originally Posted by Unbelievable:
While you all are talking about closing on the 3rd, parents are still working on the 3rd, and while you're in bed on the 4rd, parents are trying to find care for their kids.
You're just a bunch of lazy people trying to suck every penny out of parents while feeding your lazy attitudes. As if your entitled to an extra days holiday. Unbelievable.
Always unregistered...And when, exactly, is the 4rd?
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e.j. 12:36 PM 06-24-2017
Originally Posted by Unbelievable:
While you all are talking about closing on the 3rd, parents are still working on the 3rd, and while you're in bed on the 4rd, parents are trying to find care for their kids.
You're just a bunch of lazy people trying to suck every penny out of parents while feeding your lazy attitudes. As if your entitled to an extra days holiday. Unbelievable.
I suspect you've never worked as a child care provider.

While I do plan to be open on the 3rd, several dc parents will have the day off and they will bring their kids to me to watch that day anyway. For the record, I have no problem with that. That's what they pay me for and if I had wanted to take the day off, I could have made that choice. l doubt, however, if any of my dc parents would have begrudged me the down time because they know how hard I work for their kids on a daily basis.

On the 4th, when most of my families will be vacationing, enjoying a day at the beach, barbecues, parades, etc... I will actually be getting up early to be in my backyard, spreading mulch in the day care play area to prevent the kids from getting seriously hurt, helping my husband replace the fence that keeps the dc kids safe and scrubbing down toys that have become dirty from the use they get every day. As that's happening outside, I will have a load or two of laundry (nap time bedding, bibs, burp cloths, blankets) running inside. During my unpaid vacation the following week, I will finish what I couldn't get done on the 4th. I will also be taking a CPR/First Aid class, combing through my paperwork in order to prepare for the re-licensing visit I have coming up, taking on-line courses to meet professional development requirements, catching up on tax paperwork, preparing curriculum plans for the next month, etc. I'm sure I'm not the only child care provider who uses time off to catch up on things we didn't have time to do during our normal work weeks.

Please don't assume child care providers are lazy just because they need an extra day off or two in order to prevent burnout. As a group, we work very hard for the comparatively low income we earn.
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Leigh 01:10 PM 06-24-2017
Originally Posted by Unbelievable:
While you all are talking about closing on the 3rd, parents are still working on the 3rd, and while you're in bed on the 4rd, parents are trying to find care for their kids.
You're just a bunch of lazy people trying to suck every penny out of parents while feeding your lazy attitudes. As if your entitled to an extra days holiday. Unbelievable.

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BumbleBee 01:33 PM 06-24-2017
Closed July 3rd-7th for my summer vacation. I take 4th of July week off every year, as well as the week between Christmas and New Year's.
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Annalee 01:52 PM 06-24-2017
I am closed June 29-July 5.....with pay.....and NO, I don't feel guilty.....I actually am thankful for the mentors I have had through the years that taught me to value myself and my family while providing QUALITY care for families in my care. There is a balance, but, after many years of not doing so, I have found balance for MYSELF/FAMILY as well! I value all holidays, personal days, vacations days, professional days, etc....and take so according to MY FAMILY and our needs. That does not make me a terrible person, it makes me a person who is successful and passionate about my child care program and my family with a balance for both.
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Josiegirl 04:26 AM 06-25-2017
Originally Posted by Annalee:
I am closed June 29-July 5.....with pay.....and NO, I don't feel guilty.....I actually am thankful for the mentors I have had through the years that taught me to value myself and my family while providing QUALITY care for families in my care. There is a balance, but, after many years of not doing so, I have found balance for MYSELF/FAMILY as well! I value all holidays, personal days, vacations days, professional days, etc....and take so according to MY FAMILY and our needs. That does not make me a terrible person, it makes me a person who is successful and passionate about my child care program and my family with a balance for both.
THIS!
You have to take care of yourself too, otherwise you will definitely experience burn-out! This is a high burn-out profession and I'm sure most(maybe not the trolls who only want cheap 24/7 care for their kids they had but don't want to be with) parents would want quality rested providers in their child's lives.
Gotta love the hateful trolls, always entertaining and gutless.
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midaycare 12:56 PM 06-25-2017
Closed July 4th only. I like to save my time off for the end of the year I'm a holiday person (Thanksgiving/Christmas). 4th of July...meh.
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flying_babyb 04:20 PM 06-25-2017
center daycare here: Were open 7 days a week so yep were open the 3rd. What stinks is Im off the 2-4 (i get sundays and mondays off) and then have to work the 5th before Im off for my vacation (6-9)
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Rockgirl 07:11 AM 06-26-2017
Unregistered, you're right....we should never be allowed a day off, ever. 🙄

If parents are scrambling to find care while we are "in bed", they dropped the ball by not arranging back up care with the ample notice we give them for our vacation days.
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daycare 08:58 AM 06-26-2017
Originally Posted by Rockgirl:
Unregistered, you're right....we should never be allowed a day off, ever. 🙄

If parents are scrambling to find care while we are "in bed", they dropped the ball by not arranging back up care with the ample notice we give them for our vacation days.
lol, that was my thought when I read that too... sorry, NOT MY PROBLEM..
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LittleScholars 10:02 AM 06-26-2017
I'm taking the 3rd, 4th, and 5th. After returning from a pretty short maternity leave earlier this year I'm ready for a break. I'm learning that it is way easier for families to get coverage during the summer, and most kiddos would have been out anyway.
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amberrose3dg 10:05 AM 06-26-2017
I get real tired of reading parents problems! I give my schedule out the beginning of the year. Days like 4th of July are a given that we are closed. That is consistent. I take two weeks a year and those are planned by January for the coming year. I work 12 hour days, 5 days a week. Not lazy over here at all. Guess what I'm closed week after 4th of July for a family vacation with extended family. I told families about this in January. I have 5 families that planned their vacation for the week after mine. So they now have to pay two weeks of daycare they won't be here for. None of them are complaining cause they knew. I have some newer families freaking out my week off. I told them at the interview i was closed then. I think most of this complaining is the fact that you think we are your slaves since you pay us and don't value or respect us as business owners. Don't like it, open your own daycare and never close.
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Blackcat31 10:21 AM 06-26-2017
Originally Posted by Unbelievable:
While you all are talking about closing on the 3rd, parents are still working on the 3rd, and while you're in bed on the 4rd, parents are trying to find care for their kids.
You're just a bunch of lazy people trying to suck every penny out of parents while feeding your lazy attitudes. As if your entitled to an extra days holiday. Unbelievable.
Sounds to me like someone didn't read their contract and is now mad they didn't get their way. Entitled much?

Originally Posted by Unregistered:
Waw, you are probably the biggest loser in this forum for even typing this nonsense.
Pretty sure you got her beat....your post(s) are an excellent example.

Thank you though for the morning entertainment!

While you are toiling away at work on the 4rd, ()
I hope your provider is enjoying her day off......from you.
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Mad_Pistachio 10:46 AM 06-26-2017
Our DC closes early on 3-rd and is closed on 4-th. As far as I can remember, they always did that. But their list of holidays is really small, with only one exception of Thanksgiving when they are closed Thursday through Sunday. Everything else is 1 day here and there and 2 early closings (July 3-rd and December 31-st).
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happymom 11:50 AM 06-27-2017
My daycare (center) is open on the 3rd but closed on the 4th (paid).
My company has decided to close (unpaid) on the 3rd and (paid) on the 4th.

My husband's company is open on the 3rd (but closed the 4th) and he is taking a personal day (paid) on the 3rd.

I have a feeling a lot of the kids at our daycare will also take the 3rd off, but I don't have access to anyone elses schedule as it is none of my business!
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LysesKids 07:13 AM 06-28-2017
Originally Posted by amberrose3dg:
I get real tired of reading parents problems! I give my schedule out the beginning of the year. Days like 4th of July are a given that we are closed. That is consistent. I take two weeks a year and those are planned by January for the coming year. I work 12 hour days, 5 days a week. Not lazy over here at all. Guess what I'm closed week after 4th of July for a family vacation with extended family. I told families about this in January. I have 5 families that planned their vacation for the week after mine. So they now have to pay two weeks of daycare they won't be here for. None of them are complaining cause they knew. I have some newer families freaking out my week off. I told them at the interview i was closed then. I think most of this complaining is the fact that you think we are your slaves since you pay us and don't value or respect us as business owners. Don't like it, open your own daycare and never close.
... heck last year I was working 14 hrs a day, 5 days week & parents don't consider we still have to do unpaid work after the children leave; like cleaning, paperwork, shopping for supplies on my day off etc. I give my schedule out the first week of Jan also, so no excuse (my vacation days are unpaid too)
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Mad_Pistachio 07:30 AM 06-28-2017
I started working at my daughter's DC a couple of weeks ago (temporary Summer gig, but I will probably write more about it when I'm done in the OT section for privacy's sake). on Monday, one of the parents came to drop off the payment. the child was already picked up by another parent, and the one dropping off the payment saw a note on the door about July 3-rd and 4-th, and then the director said that she'd be on vacation the week of 4-th. the parent's face lit up, and the parent exclaimed, "Oh, you should go! It's much deserved!" DC is open 6 to 6 (except for 2 days a year when it closes early) and has a bare minimum of holidays. yes, it is much deserved.

looking at some children and parents, I wonder how she's holding up so well. I thought I loved children. but I digress.
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TheMisplacedMidwestMom 04:21 PM 06-28-2017
I'm open for the 3rd, but my last family informed me yesterday that they aren't coming. Since I don't charge for days I'm closed that makes the 3rd my only paid holiday this year (unofficially).
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