i have (had) 6 children before and after school the school have now sent a letter out yesterday letting parents know they have set up a before school club starting on monday the children will receive cereal, toast, fruit and a drink for £2.50 per week!!!
how can they afford to do this? a box of cereal is £2
I know, I had a mum ask me about before school minding - would have been 1.5 hours. She said the breakfast club at school was only £3...I just said I cannot compete with that, and if I was a parent working out of home, I would choose that option too! I don't think our school gets funding, but think critical mass - lots of kids at £3 is enough to cover a couple of staff ... Whereas (lazily perhaps) I think the extra paperwork was not worth £3 a day to me!
Our local beakfast club is £3 and the after school is only £8 for 3 hours. There is no way that I can compete with that. The afterschool club is full with a waiting list a mile long so I find that I still get mindees even though my rates are much higher.
I have lost children to local holiday clubs who charge £18 for a 10 hour day. All good - but numbers are quite high and then don't operate for the whole holidays, then parents come to me at the last minute, not realising that if I consistently get undercut I won't be here much longer to pick up the slack.