Some new daycare owners find it challenging to set policies for their daycare. One of the most common questions that come up is how to charge clients for vacation time, whether it’s their own vacation or the client’s vacation. For example, Misty asks, “What are your policies for vacations for you and the parents? Do you have them pay 50 % for the time?”
- I am closed 3 weeks a year, 1 week in summer, 2 weeks at Christmas. I am closed all holidays (major and the small holidays) and I put in my contract that I will take 5 personal days for funerals, emergencies etc. I get my full weeks’ pay for all of these. I get paid 52 weeks a year and I am always full, they know all this before they sign my contract so I have never seen this as a problem
- I am paid in full for my vacations and parents vacation also same rate pay on weeks with a holiday. Most parents get paid vacation so why shouldn’t we and for their vacation they pay to keep the slot no pay you fill their slot
- I give them 2 weeks at 50 percent tuition and any holidays the bank is closed than I’m closed
- I have certain holidays that i get paid for. I give them 10 free days to use in a year. If i take a day off for vacation/illness/funerals, etc. They are unpaid..
- I have a list of holidays and then 10 sick or vacation. I also give them vacation days after a certain amount of time
- I get paid for anytime their child is enrolled in my childcare.my vacation. Their vacation, my sick time, their sick time and holidays.
- We take 2 weeks, major holidays, funeral, and 7 day’s sick days with pay. It’s on our contract and rate sheet. I’ve been blessed not having to really use my sick days and funeral. However, my parents are fully aware, and don’t have a problem with it.
- My vacation is paid in full. If they take a vacation, they pay half of the tuition.
- I take 1 week in summer, 1 week in winter plus all holidays and 5 personal days. It works out to 15 days plus all holidays. I get paid for all of it. Most parents accumulate time for vacations and get paid for theirs. So I don’t feel bad.
- In my daycare, fees and tuition are due in full for 52 weeks. There is no unpaid time off unless I take more than my contracted time off.
- I get 4 weeks of vacation. My annual week off each January is a paid vacation. Other than that, my policy is that if it’s my time off you don’t pay because you have to find back-up care. If it’s their time off they still pay. I am closed for all the major holidays. If the holiday falls on a weekend, I close either Friday or Monday.
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