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  • Days Closed for 2023

    I typically close 12 or 13 paid days (New year day, Good Friday, Memorial day, indep. Day, Labor Day, 3 days for thanksgiving, and 5 days for Xmas).

    for 2023, I was going to do 16 paid days since New Years is observed that Monday. I wanted to also add 3 Paid training/profesional development/personal days. So 16 total. Is going from 12/13 to 16 too much? I am part of a fellowship team and 2 of the 3 personal days will be for all day meetings, this year I closed 3 days but did them unpaid and financially that hurts. The third personal day would be only if I needed it.

    thoughts ? I also close for up to 2 weeks a year but those are unpaid and this year I’ll close 2 weeks, but last year I closed one week and the previous years I rarely closed.

    i guess I’m looking for permission to pay myself 3 days cause I tend to feel guilty about that


  • #2
    This is my list, I am only open Monday through Thursday so I don't technically get all of these.
    • New Year’s Day
    • Valentine’s Day*
    • Good Friday
    • My Daughter’s Birthday*
    • My Anniversary*
    • My Son's Birthday*
    • Memorial Day
    • Independence Day
    • Day after Independence Day*
    • My Husband's Birthday*
    • My Birthday*
    • First Day of School*
    • Labor Day
    • Day after Halloween*
    • Thanksgiving
    • Day after Thanksgiving*
    • Christmas Eve
    • Christmas Day
    • Day after Christmas*
    • New Year’s Eve

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    • #3
      If you're a bit apprehensive about the jump, why not list that extra day as a "flex day" and will be used as discretionary if needed.
      I would also highlight that X days will be used to better your early childhood education. Parents seem to put so much emphasis on preschool these days that it really should come with the territory of choosing a provider who offers a program!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Alwaysgreener View Post
        This is my list, I am only open Monday through Thursday so I don't technically get all of these.
        • New Year’s Day
        • Valentine’s Day*
        • Good Friday
        • My Daughter’s Birthday*
        • My Anniversary*
        • My Son's Birthday*
        • Memorial Day
        • Independence Day
        • Day after Independence Day*
        • My Husband's Birthday*
        • My Birthday*
        • First Day of School*
        • Labor Day
        • Day after Halloween*
        • Thanksgiving
        • Day after Thanksgiving*
        • Christmas Eve
        • Christmas Day
        • Day after Christmas*
        • New Year’s Eve
        Are they all paid?

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        • Alwaysgreener
          Alwaysgreener commented
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          No, the * means unpaid.

      • #5
        I went with 52 weeks pay years ago.....covers ALL state Holidays; 3 days at Memorial Days, 3 days at July 4, 3 days at Thanksgiving. Week at Labor Day, 1.5 weeks Christmas-New Years. Child Care Training Days, personal, emergency days (weather, funerals, sickness). No exceptions. It took me a few years to get to that point but I've run like this since 2000. I firmly believe if a client want your services they will make it work. My constant reply is "I understand, but this is how Ms. xxxx runs, therefore feel free to give me a two week notice if you wish to move on". You only have to say it ONCE.

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        • Annalee
          Annalee commented
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          And two days during spring and fall break....My sons are grown and out of school but I still need the break!

      • #6
        I get paid these holidays:
        • New Year’s Day
        • Good Friday
        • Memorial Day
        • Independence Day
        • Labor Day
        • Thanksgiving Break (Thanksgiving & Black Friday)
        • Christmas Eve
        • Christmas Day
        • New Year’s Eve
        I am closed one week in the summer and the week after Christmas with the option of a third week - unpaid.

        This year, I am closing for Veteran’s Day (paid) since it falls on a Friday and it is the weekend of my birthday.

        In 2023, I am trying to decide if I want to transition my program to a 52 week paid program. With inflation and other programs in my area being 52 week paid programs, I think it’s time I do the same.

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        • Annalee
          Annalee commented
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          Inflation is crazy! I have had an opening for a while because the child has to be over age 2 due to state regulations. Every one has a baby right now. 3 pages of waiting list babies and I currently have five clients expecting for April, May time-frame. I really haven't stressed over it as I've been more selective with my enrollees but no matter how selective I am, this generational parenting is ????

        • GirlMomma
          GirlMomma commented
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          Annalee I’m tired of this generation of parenting 😂

      • #7
        Wow I wish I could charge for days I take off but my private paying clients wouldn't go for that. Maybe if I had doctors or lawyers. Any days I take off our non-paid which is why I don't take very many. I went many many years without taking a vacation because I couldn't afford to lose a week's income. Enrolling a lot of subsidy children really helps with that because currently we're paid whether they're here or not. I wish people in my area would see it like you all do.

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        • Blackcat31
          Blackcat31 commented
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          Why wouldn't they be accepting of paying a flat weekly rate no matter your time off? Don't they all accrue paid time off at their jobs? Either way you deserve to paid days off as you don't get multiple daily breaks or an hour long lunch hour to run errands etc which again I assume most your clients do.... I would start charging 50% for closed days and work your way up to paid closed days and charge each new enrollment full paid days off and start replacing those clients that don't appreciate what you do. I feel bad for providers that have been in this business a while and aren't being paid for their time off. My families all pay 52 weeks a year regardless of their absent days or my closed days and I don't have all doctors/lawyers. I have warehouse workers, plumbers, social workers, lab technicians, administration assistants, therapists, insurance sales reps, self-employed business owners and bank tellers, Only one of my clients is a doctor and when she started with me she paid 52 weeks a year and was still doing residency/interning.
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