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November 24th, 2010, 04:17 PM
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Hi. I need some advice on feeding toddlers and if I should charge extra for it. I currently am watching a 17 month old and a 12 month old who will be drinking milk and eating regular table foods very soon (no baby food). I charge $40 per day for the 17 month old and he comes 3 days per week. I'm paid regardless if he is here or not (unless I'm the one who can't watch him). I include all food and milk with this fee. I only buy organic milk and food so it's expensive but it was my choice to include his food in price. I watch the 12 month old 3 days per week and also charge $40 per day but they only pay me for days she is here. If they don't need me because of a holiday or vacation then I'm not paid. I agreed with this because that is what they asked for and I was okay with it. But now that I will need to start giving milk and food I kind of want to ask for some extra money if they don't want to bring there own. Does that seem unfair or reasonable? If it sounds reasonable how much more should I ask for? I do breakfast, lunch, snacks, and milk.
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November 26th, 2010, 10:23 AM
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Since you charge the same for the 17 month old and food and milk is included, I don't think it would be fair to charge more to the other family. But, you may want to reconsider charging them for those 3 days whether she is there or not (unless you're the one who can't watch her). The parents may be more open to it now because you will have that extra expense. Otherwise, you could ask them to provide her food.
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December 2nd, 2010, 01:56 PM
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Since you charge the same for the 17 month old and food and milk is included, I don't think it would be fair to charge more to the other family. But, you may want to reconsider charging them for those 3 days whether she is there or not (unless you're the one who can't watch her). The parents may be more open to it now because you will have that extra expense. Otherwise, you could ask them to provide her food.

I agree.
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February 2nd, 2011, 04:37 AM
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I also agree with the other ladies. Assuming that you do in home day care i think $40 is a good number to charge for that age with food included. Good luck!
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