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Old 10-02-2011, 06:32 PM
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Default What To Charge For Weekend Care?

i had a mom ask me to watch her 2 children 2yrs 11yrs for sat and sun 6:30am-4:30pm both days. my normal day rate is $25 a child a day. i was thinking of charging her $125. my son is really good friends with the 11yr old and they will pretty much run off and play with the ds and wii. ?? so what do you think?


the only reason i am doing this is i really want to take the kids to disney world next year and need to save and make $4000 in a year!
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Old 10-03-2011, 12:17 AM
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Old 10-03-2011, 04:10 AM
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I charge $60/day for weekend care for no more than 8 hours between 730am and 530 pm. Double my daily rate with a time cap. I get requests alot for Sat care around Christmas when parents want to get some shopping done.
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I guess it depends on what you want to charge and how much money you want to make from it. You want to make some money for weekend care so you should charge more your regular rates but not so much that it would make it too expensive for clients. You won't want to scare them away .

For example, I offer weekend care on an ask-for basis, meaning if I'm not doing anything else already and if I feel like it. When you break it down I charge $3.20 an hour for full-time clients. Drop-ins pay $5 an hour or $40 a day for 10 hours. For weekends I charge $5 an hour period, no daily rate. I charge a low fee because I want to make money off of it. High-school kids in my area charge about $7-$10 an hour with the convenience of them coming to their homes but I charge a lot less so that they'll want to bring the kiddos here. They feel like they're getting the best bang for their buck and I'm making a little bit of extra money on the side (which is what I wanted).

Of course you may feel like your time is worth more than that and in that case you should deffinetely charge more. It also matters on the saturation of baby-sitters or other hourly child care providers in your area. You want to compete with them but still make a profit. Also, what kind of care will you provide? Is it structured? Laid-back? If you will have activities and such then you could charge more, if it'll be a normal family weekend (where the kids just do whatever you do and has more free-play) then you would probably charge less.
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