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Old 04-04-2013, 05:29 PM
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This is a new situation for me. I have a 3 yo girl in my daycare who is the child of a Nanny. Yup, that's right. Her mom drops her off here while she goes to someone else's home to take care of their children for the day. The whole thing just seems so weird to me.

Anyway, it is now becoming an issue that her mom is 10-15 min late about twice a week. Every time, she says it's because the mother she works for has been stuck in traffic lately and therefore she gets off work late.

I have always tried to be very understanding about parents being late due to traffic, because I do know how bad it can get out here where we live. And this isn't directly her fault, she can't leave until her boss gets home and her boss is always late. I have not charged late fees as of yet; for the reasons listed and because her mom already pays me an overtime rate based on my contract that states that anything over 10 hrs a day is considered overtime. She pays extra for 11 hrs of care a day.

Charging a late fee on top of that seems crazy- but I did tell her that if this continues, I will have to start implementing my late fees. She is always apologetic about it, but still she says she just can't control it. The fact that she is late so often is messing up our family life. I close at 6pm, and that is so that I can spend some time alone with my family. Her contracted pick up time is 6pm, so when she is late, I am supposed to be closed and spending family time!

Just wondering what you all would do? Have you ever had any daycare kids that were nannies?
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:37 PM
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being a nanny is just like any other job except longer and then that makes your day longer.

Charge the late fee. She can then lay the problem in the lap of the person causing the problem. you charge her the late fee and she can ask the mom to reimburse her for the late fee. her problem not yours. you close at 6
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:38 PM
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I wonder how much she is getting paid? it better be worth it since her daughter is in daycare for 11 hours a day. yikes. I never do more than 10 hours a day and many of my parents over the years have been closer to 9 or even 8 hours a day in care. anyway, doesnt matter the reason, you need this kid gone at 6 so she better work it out with her employer. this is her problem to solve, not yours.
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:55 PM
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She probably can make more money nannying, I nannied for a family once but they let me bring my youngest child with me - it made it worthwhile somewhat, but I am not nannying anymore (nothing against nannies, just wasn't for me). Around my parts it isn't unusual for nannies to command $15/hr. She should have to pay the late fee if she is late. End of story!
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:52 PM
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I wonder if she is bringing dd to you because the family she's working for doesn't want her own children around, or if the dd was getting to be too much of a handful?

If the family she's working for doesn't object, I wonder if she could come pick up her daughter earlier in the day to avoid the lateness problem.
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:30 PM
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Girl. Charge her.
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:51 PM
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I wonder if she is bringing dd to you because the family she's working for doesn't want her own children around, or if the dd was getting to be too much of a handful?

If the family she's working for doesn't object, I wonder if she could come pick up her daughter earlier in the day to avoid the lateness problem.
I interviewed for a nanny job once but the mom didn't want me bringing my young child along with me. I guess she figured she was paying me to focus only on her children.

I probably wouldn't charge the late fee, but I'm a wimp when it comes to enforcing late fees.
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:54 PM
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I would treat her like any other client of mine. I don't care what they make an hour... They signed up with your contract/polices. Start enforcing them. It's not your problem she is late. Traffic is not due to her driving. She needs to bring up the issue with her employer.
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Old 04-05-2013, 05:04 AM
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This is a new situation for me. I have a 3 yo girl in my daycare who is the child of a Nanny. Yup, that's right. Her mom drops her off here while she goes to someone else's home to take care of their children for the day. The whole thing just seems so weird to me.

Anyway, it is now becoming an issue that her mom is 10-15 min late about twice a week. Every time, she says it's because the mother she works for has been stuck in traffic lately and therefore she gets off work late.

I have always tried to be very understanding about parents being late due to traffic, because I do know how bad it can get out here where we live. And this isn't directly her fault, she can't leave until her boss gets home and her boss is always late. I have not charged late fees as of yet; for the reasons listed and because her mom already pays me an overtime rate based on my contract that states that anything over 10 hrs a day is considered overtime. She pays extra for 11 hrs of care a day.

Charging a late fee on top of that seems crazy- but I did tell her that if this continues, I will have to start implementing my late fees. She is always apologetic about it, but still she says she just can't control it. The fact that she is late so often is messing up our family life. I close at 6pm, and that is so that I can spend some time alone with my family. Her contracted pick up time is 6pm, so when she is late, I am supposed to be closed and spending family time!

Just wondering what you all would do? Have you ever had any daycare kids that were nannies?
I would ask her to pick up at 5:30 and see if that is something she could work out with her job. If not I would implement the fee's and have fun with that extra $$ For days that you could not have pick up be any later then 6 I would ask her to have someone else pick up the child because you have a life outside of daycare. Hard, because she is not doing this on purpose- yet your life can't be on hold for this either. Ugh---- Best-
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Old 04-05-2013, 05:44 AM
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On the note of it "not being on purpose..."

I had a Mom who was late this week because she locked herself out of the house. She came here 31 minutes late profusely apologizing with $40.00 in her hand and said to keep the change. I credited her account the $9.00 extra she gave and she was amazed that I was so "thoughtful." THAT is the kind of client I want. Someone who understands that business is business whether you are intentionally or unintentionally late and that your policies are still your policies whether there is a "good" excuse or not.
I tend to be no nonsense though and you know that. I know you operate differently.
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:14 AM
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if she was at a daycare center they would charge her so what makes you any different. The child is in care way too long. I don't understand the work time. most people work 8 hours a day, and need a half hour to and fro to work so that would come to 9 hours a day. I'm wondering if the nanny is going home, and then coming to get her kid. Also, the child is 3 yrs old, where was her child before hand.
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:30 AM
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We had a snowstorm hit on good friday that was quick but very heavy. Several people were late picking up kids because they got stuck in traffic. Each one understood that they would still have to charge a late fee even though it was beyond their control. The providers still had to be there actively caring for the children no matter what the reason. It's no different in a home daycare. Just because it is in your home doesn't mean you aren't still obligated to work when a child is still there no matter the cause.
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Old 04-05-2013, 07:10 AM
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It's really too bad that they won't just let her bring her daughter.
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:07 PM
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I don't really see why you wouldn't charge her?
You're still working overtime, there is no reason you shouldn't get paid for it, regardless of the reason. Most parents are late due to reasons beyond their control. We still get paid our late fees for working late.

If it were me I wouldn't be discussing that if it keeps happening I will have to charge late fees, I would be discussing that if it keeps happening you need to find alternate care.

And just a reminder, I'm sure she is being paid for the extra time she is at work.
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:11 PM
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Her job shouldn't impact your life. You are already doing more than you do for other families. You need to, and absolutely should, charge her late fees. Not to mention, it is just plain strange that she is a nanny and has her child in daycare. I know there are nanny jobs out there that let you bring your child. Why wouldn't she look for one of those?!?!
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