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Old 03-16-2015, 04:03 PM
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I have a parent who is a teacher and will be off for 2 months for summer break. As she was leaving the other day she told me that she would like to keep her child home with her and still bring him 1 day a week. He is currently here only 3 days a week. She said we could talk about it later. I haven't encountered this situation before and I am unsure how to handle it. I really like them and want to keep them. Do I tell them they have to pay the 3 days and risk losing them? Or suffer the loss and only make them pay for the day they are here? Anyone encounter something similar?
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Old 03-16-2015, 04:16 PM
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I have a parent who is a teacher and will be off for 2 months for summer break. As she was leaving the other day she told me that she would like to keep her child home with her and still bring him 1 day a week. He is currently here only 3 days a week. She said we could talk about it later. I haven't encountered this situation before and I am unsure how to handle it. I really like them and want to keep them. Do I tell them they have to pay the 3 days and risk losing them? Or suffer the loss and only make them pay for the day they are here? Anyone encounter something similar?
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My contract states that you pay regardless of attendance. I'm giving my teacher 1/2 rate per week and she's still bringing her kids 1-2 days a week. I'm making the difference up with the over abundance of school agers. But I know some people require full payment for the week regardless.
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Old 03-16-2015, 09:37 PM
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I can understand why parents prefer not to pay for a spot they aren't going to use but I can't afford to hold spots open for the summer and not get paid. If a teacher wants me to guarantee the spot will be available in the fall, she/he has to pay for it whether she uses it during the summer or not.
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Old 03-17-2015, 08:27 AM
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I charge a holding fee during the summer of about 1/3 of my normal rate for teachers. They don't get to use any days. I fill their spots during the summer with SA. If they want to bring their children in the summer, they pay their normal weekly fee.
If they need a single day here or there, it is treated as a drop-in. No guarantee that I will have the space and they pay the drop-in fee for the day.
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Old 03-17-2015, 04:06 PM
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I have four families that are school employees. All pay full time during the summer. They can come (with a schedule) or stay home. I shouldn't get penalized for the days they have off.
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Old 03-18-2015, 12:55 PM
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Remember teachers are off but still get paid so you should too!
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Old 03-18-2015, 01:14 PM
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Remember teachers are off but still get paid so you should too!
This. I refuse to take a financial loss due to some one else's situation.

If they work seasonally that is their issue NOT mine. I work year round and as a business strive to make a decent income year round.

I used to fill my spaces in the summer months too... but stopped taking school agers a long time ago so since that is off the table, I require full rates 50 weeks out of the year or they lose their spot.
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Old 03-18-2015, 01:20 PM
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Remember teachers are off but still get paid so you should too!
I totally don't disagree that you should charge how you see fit, I think it's very reasonable to charge full-time all summer regardless of work schedules.
I just wanted to throw this out there - most teachers do not actually get paid for the summer, their annual salary is based on 9 months of work but can be divided by 12 months instead of 9 to cover the summer if requested.
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Old 03-18-2015, 01:24 PM
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I wish I had all teachers as clients and would take every summer off myself. Right now I have one teacher and will just hold her spot free of charge. I'm in tx and only listed so only keep 3 infants/toddlers at a time. My teacher client also asked to do a drop in here and there this summer and I charge 8/he for that.
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Old 03-18-2015, 01:41 PM
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I wish I had all teachers as clients and would take every summer off myself. Right now I have one teacher and will just hold her spot free of charge. I'm in tx and only listed so only keep 3 infants/toddlers at a time. My teacher client also asked to do a drop in here and there this summer and I charge 8/he for that.
I would LOVE to have teachers and would give up pay to have the summers off to go in the semi with hubby like I did last summer. I am going to miss that this year I know. To bad we can't have it all LOL.
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