Ever wondered where exactly your
childcare fee goes? Most Day Home providers have similar expenses and yet,
at times a parent can become a little confused with varying rates charged
from one provider to the next.
Although I am not privileged into
the accounting practice followed by different Day Homes or Childcare
Centers, I can supply the following information as to where the fee's
families enrolled with Toddler Haven pay into....
So...for those that are interested and have
the patience to read through, here is my attempt to explain
At Toddler Haven your family is
guaranteed quality childcare in an extended family environment. While
registered in my day home, you pay per "position/spot", meaning your child's
place is held and I will not cover their absence with drop-in clientele.
So what does your fee included at
Unconditional nurturing and
care of your child - Priceless!
ratio ~ Keeping my ratios lower than most allows for individualized attention
and more one on one time for your child. If you are not sure
what the ratio in Alberta is or what your child is entitled to, please
review this subject under FAQ
Dependability and experience - 18
years and I love it!
A safe learning environment
Additional training or upgrading I participate in: CPR re-certification, Child Care courses, Classes,
Creative & stimulating programs
geared for your child's age group - Monthly themes/programs/projects
For children 2-5 years
Literacy materials: Items such as
Books, Music, etc
Games, Internet/Email, Paper, Ink Cartridges, Maintenance on all
including abused mice and keyboards - I am only including the 3 stations
setup for the children, not my office computer!
Extra utilities costs that are
incurred by running a childcare
Furniture/Home maintenance, and
repair - lots of wear and tear involved with operating a day home
Cleaning supplies - not just for
around the home but play items as well
Healthy and diverse menus that are
Paper products, soap and hygiene supplies, first aid supplies,
diapers, pull-ups, creams, lotions, bug spray, wipes, etc - you should see my grocery
Equipment: Furniture for the
"Preschool/Playroom", Playpens, Strollers, Potties,
Highchairs, Car seats for everyone, Dramatic Play
Centers, Outdoor equipment, Mats, Storage shelves, Bins etc - and
Toys: Games, Puzzles,
Dramatic Play items, Science Discovery materials, Math games, Blocks,
Lego, Dolls, Trains, Ride-On toys, Bikes...to many items to list
Craft Supplies: Glue, Tape, Papers,
Crayons, Markers, Paints, Paint Brushes, Scissors, Themed items,
I do not receive the "work place"
benefits many employees take for granted. Company paid health/dental plans,
life insurance, retirement/pension plans, workers comp, or unemployment
insurance...benefits that often amount to as much as 35% of a person's
It use to be that most people had
a 40-hour workweek, but for some like myself, that is no longer the case. By
the time I include; bookkeeping, paperwork, plan monthly curriculum, themes and
programs, daily preparation, shopping, day home laundry, cleaning time and
so on.....I usually work well beyond 70 hours a week....leaving little
precious family time or time to attend to personal matters.
I follow provincial regulations
that dictates the size of my business, and I know some wonder why I have chosen a profession that is very
restrictive in a business sense, leaving myself no room for growth. The
answer is simple....I LOVE WHAT I DO, so for me it works out in the end.
Does any of this help explain
where your fee would go to at a different day home/childcare center or why
some providers charge different rates? Not really....but
remember.... I said I could help explain where your childcare fee goes to at
Thank you for your time.
Toddler Haven ~ Family Child Care and Home
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