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LaLa1923 12:26 PM 11-22-2013
Are these paid vacations? Do you take any other vacations through the year??

I'd like to add Christmas week next year but I also take two weeks in the spring/summer months off paid. IDk what to do...
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butterfly 12:28 PM 11-22-2013
I don't charge for this. I think of it as a "gift" to my dcp; however, I work only a school year calendar. (summers off - no charge, but all other holidays off with pay.)
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Heidi 12:29 PM 11-22-2013
This year, I'm just taking the 23rd-25th.

Next year, I'm taking 2 days in May (may have a sub), 3 days in July or August (May have a sub), and the last 2 weeks of the year. Since I am completely "off the grid" for those 2 weeks, I will not ask for holiday pay for the holidays, but will probably take a couple extra personal days/sick days to make up for it.
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snbauser 12:34 PM 11-22-2013
Mine is different because I follow the school calendar now. I get paid for 4 of the 9 days I am closed. It's totally worth it for me to be able to spend time with my kids. In the past I closed at noon on Christmas Eve and reopened Jan 2nd and it was paid. That was the only paid vacation I took.
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Annalee 12:36 PM 11-22-2013
Originally Posted by LaLa1923:
Are these paid vacations? Do you take any other vacations through the year??

I'd like to add Christmas week next year but I also take two weeks in the spring/summer months off paid. IDk what to do...
I get paid 52 weeks a year....this includes two weeks vacation, 5 personal days, FCC conference/professional days, school/federal holidays, emergency days, etc..... Granted, I worked for 10 long years before following through with this...I have been in business for 21 years now.....

I met some FCC providers years ago that were doing this and, of course, I thought i would lose all my kids if I did this..... BUT I DIDN'T.

During the interview I explain all of this, there are those who choose to go somewhere else and some follow through with enrollment. I have a 3-step interview process...if they make it to the third, I know they are in.
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NeedaVaca 12:38 PM 11-22-2013
Mine are paid but 3 of those days are paid holidays, I filled in the rest of my days off with paid vacation and personal days. I took 1 week in the summer but did it over Memorial Day week so I only had to use 4 vacation days. Maybe you can fit it all in if you plan summer vacations during a paid holiday week and add a few personal/sick days to your policy?
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EntropyControlSpecialist 12:43 PM 11-22-2013
I take off 16 days per year, including holidays, that are paid. My vacation is from Dec. 24-Jan. 2 (8 business days are in there) and it is paid.
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Atroya 12:45 PM 11-22-2013
I take Dec 24-Jan 1 off. I get paid for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, New Years Day. I also take 10 days of paid vacation(all taken in the summer to maintain my sanity).
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Texasjeepgirl 12:47 PM 11-22-2013
Originally Posted by dapb45:
I get paid 52 weeks a year....this includes two weeks vacation, 5 personal days, FCC conference/professional days, school/federal holidays, emergency days, etc..... Granted, I worked for 10 long years before following through with this...I have been in business for 21 years now.....

I met some FCC providers years ago that were doing this and, of course, I thought i would lose all my kids if I did this..... BUT I DIDN'T.

During the interview I explain all of this, there are those who choose to go somewhere else and some follow through with enrollment. I have a 3-step interview process...if they make it to the third, I know they are in.
This was practically written by me

I don't have a 3 step interview process..
I've been in business 21 years...I get paid 52 weeks per year..
includes 9 NATIONAL HOLIDAY...
and two weeks of vacation per year.

and I thought the same thing...that I would loose kids..
But... my clients are well informed of my policies before they make the choice to enroll...
if my policies and fees don't work for them... they go elsewhere...
but.. I stay full and have a waiting list...so it's working..

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Blackcat31 12:50 PM 11-22-2013
Originally Posted by dapb45:
I get paid 52 weeks a year....this includes two weeks vacation, 5 personal days, FCC conference/professional days, school/federal holidays, emergency days, etc..... Granted, I worked for 10 long years before following through with this...I have been in business for 21 years now.....

I met some FCC providers years ago that were doing this and, of course, I thought i would lose all my kids if I did this..... BUT I DIDN'T.

During the interview I explain all of this, there are those who choose to go somewhere else and some follow through with enrollment. I have a 3-step interview process...if they make it to the third, I know they are in.
^^^^ what she said! ^^^^
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Neekie 01:19 PM 11-22-2013
I take off six weeks a year, but that is because my husband is off for six weeks every year and he wants me to be off whenever he is. I usually take off the week the schools close for spring break, three weeks during the summer and then two weeks at Christmas. These are not paid vacations. Plus I take off ten holidays including the day after Thanksgiving.
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nannyde 01:36 PM 11-22-2013
Yes and all is paid.
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TwinKristi 02:10 PM 11-22-2013
No, I only have 2 paid days during that time and only 1 client left to pay me now! Well, 2... but I don't know how that's going to work either since that's only after school and his normal day would be $18 or something, not my usual daily rate. Ugh... But I normally wouldn't close all that time but because I only have one DCB and he's only contracted to come T-W-Th but occasionally drops in Mon & Fri. and with the holidays falling on a Wed it makes it kinda hard to stay open for one Thurs and then close for 4 days and then open back up for 1 and so on. It's just easier for me to know I'm closed the whole time.
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melilley 02:24 PM 11-22-2013
I'm glad you brought this up! I only took the 24th and 25th off, both paid. I have one week paid vac. and one non paid vac.-already took my paid. I have 4 personal/sick/educational paid days left for the year, but I was just going to forfeit them. Next year I am definitely going to take the week of Christmas off-PAID and as a 2nd paid vacation! Plus I know that 2 of my families don't work that week, but I bet their children will be here that week!

I'm glad to hear that many providers on here changed their policies and thought families would leave or not enroll, but that didn't happen. It makes it easier to change next year! This is my first year having a fcc. I guess you live and learn!
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melilley 02:26 PM 11-22-2013
Originally Posted by dapb45:


During the interview I explain all of this, there are those who choose to go somewhere else and some follow through with enrollment. I have a 3-step interview process...if they make it to the third, I know they are in.
I'm glad you mentioned this! I want to change my days off for next year, to include more, but was afraid I would loose families. This makes me feel better to hear that they didn't leave. Do you give them any non paid vacations?
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MotherNature 02:42 PM 11-22-2013
yes, I have s ome paid holidays in there plus one if my two vacation weeks.
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spinnymarie 02:57 PM 11-22-2013
Right now I'm just paid for school days, so unpaid, but for next year the plan is to do half paid and half unpaid, with only one other unpaid week.
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Annalee 03:19 PM 11-22-2013
Originally Posted by melilley:
I'm glad you mentioned this! I want to change my days off for next year, to include more, but was afraid I would loose families. This makes me feel better to hear that they didn't leave. Do you give them any non paid vacations?
no: they pay 52 weeks per year.....pay is based on the spot, not attendance
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NeedaVaca 04:20 PM 11-22-2013
Originally Posted by melilley:
I'm glad you brought this up! I only took the 24th and 25th off, both paid. I have one week paid vac. and one non paid vac.-already took my paid. I have 4 personal/sick/educational paid days left for the year, but I was just going to forfeit them. Next year I am definitely going to take the week of Christmas off-PAID and as a 2nd paid vacation! Plus I know that 2 of my families don't work that week, but I bet their children will be here that week!

I'm glad to hear that many providers on here changed their policies and thought families would leave or not enroll, but that didn't happen. It makes it easier to change next year! This is my first year having a fcc. I guess you live and learn!
Why would you forfeit them??? Take them! Use them during the holidays They knew about them when they signed up plus most people have time off during the holidays!
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littlemissmuffet 12:32 AM 11-23-2013
I always take xmas eve, xmas and boxing day (Canada) and new years day off with pay. I NEVER take the days between off because I have a policy that only WORKING parents (in a two parent home bith parents must be working) may bring their children between the 27th-31st... of course, almost always NONE of my parents are working during this time so I get it off... with pay, and without having to use any vacation time
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CrackerJacks 01:26 AM 11-23-2013
I take it all off and is all paid. This does not count toward my paid vacation.
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melilley 10:57 AM 11-23-2013
Originally Posted by NeedaVaca:
Why would you forfeit them??? Take them! Use them during the holidays They knew about them when they signed up plus most people have time off during the holidays!
I think I may just change my mind and do that, you are right, they did know about them!
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blandino 10:58 AM 11-23-2013
I will be closed from Dec 20 - Jan 2, and tuition is the same 52 weeks a year.

The paid holidays I am closed for:
Christmas: 24-26
New Years: 31-1

We have 5 paid personal days written in, we have taken 1 so far this year. So we have 4 left over. We are using one the Wednesday of Thanksgiving. So with the remaining 3, we will close the 23,27,& 30.

Basically we use out leftover paid vacation days to fill in the days in-between the two holidays. That is our only paid vacation (5 days) time. But we are contemplating adding time in next year.
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hope 12:06 PM 11-23-2013
I take that whole week off paid to me along with all federal holidays also paid to me. Summer time I only have one or two children bc most of my kids are teachers children. If I want to take some time off in the summer I pay my sub.
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Soccermom 06:44 PM 11-24-2013
Originally Posted by butterfly:
I don't charge for this. I think of it as a "gift" to my dcp; however, I work only a school year calendar. (summers off - no charge, but all other holidays off with pay.)
This

I take the 2 weeks off at Christmas but don't charge. I tell the DCPS that it is a gift to them Truth is that it is a gift to me! LOL
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