hi Parents and CM what do you pay/charge for part hours? Care is 8-6pm. School starts at 8.50 and ends at 3.35. Do you charge 50 mins and 25 mins of the part hours? Do you round up every day or across a week?
I round up to nearest quarter hour myself. And I charge 1 hour min before school and 2 hours after school. So if I had those hours, I'd charge 1 hour for before school and 2 and half hours after school.
I charge for my working hours, so in this case 0800-0850 and 1535-1800.
However, if the child only came from 0830 and got picked up at 1700, they would still be charged for my availability between 0800-1800. (a bit like Katymac)
I have considered (if I ever have school runs again) charging a higher hourly rate, because, as Katymac said, it's not simply sitting at home with them. It's the petrol and the after school snack for ravenous children.
I charge a mininum of one hour before school, regardless of drop off at mine time and two hours after school. I would DEF not charge 25 min here or 35 minutes there. Those times would be rounded up to the nearest hour.
Couldn't agree more Katy. I once had to explain why I wouldn't take on a child after school from 3.20 - 4.30 every day. I'm not money grabbing but I cannot afford to turn down other business wanting til 5.30/6pm and it makes a huge difference if you add it up over the month!! It's how most after school clubs work too I'm sure. Ours certainly charge a set fee for after school care regardless of when the child is collected!
My standard hourly rate is £4 but if they only want a very small number of hours then I charge a set fee as otherwise it is not worth my while:
Before school for 1 hour or less: - set fee of £7 (if they only attend before school) - set fee of £4 (if they also attend after school) Before school for for more than 1 hour: - £4 per hour (rounded up to full hours) After school for 2 hours or less: - set fee of £11 After school for more than 2 hours: - £4 per hour (rounded up to full hours)
So for the hours that you mentioned I would charge for 3 full hours after school and for 1 full hour before school. I always round up the hours each day not for the whole week.
When I give parents the quote I don't tell them how I worked it out. I ask what hours they want, do the calculation myself and then quote them a daily amount. So for your hours I would quote £16 and not asy how I got to that figure
My local after school club is far cheaper but they have a very long waiting list so I find that parents are willing to pay my rates.
I charge a set fee for after school of £11 this is from 3-6 regardless of when child is picked up
I also always charge for full hours regardless if its only half an hour needed.
I really wouldnt say that they can be 15 minutes late if they like, lol you can bet there would be parents who would use it every day meaning you dont finish until 6.15pm which is a nightmare if you close at 6pm
I charge an hourly fee but always to the closet 15 mins so would charge for 8-9 and 3.30-6 every day and then multiply by the number of days. I always write the number of hours that I am charging for in my invoice as well as total fee so parents know how I'm working out their fees.
I like the idea of having a before and after school fee so as not to lose money but having children that are collected earlier in the evening but not sure I would keep my business