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    Question what is exceptable to charge? new q's at bottom off thread plz

    hello every one well this may be a bit of a headache so i apolagise in advance
    i have 3 siblings starting hours are
    week 1
    mon - fri school pick up mind for 1 hr (only 2 out of 3 children these days)

    week 2
    tues off mind m,w,t,f, school pick up 2 hrs mind

    week 3
    mon- fri school pick up, 3 hrs

    week 4
    tues off, mind m,w,t,f, school pick up 3 hrs


    im so confused ill also have them all day every day in hols but just want to get straight term time what would you all do i charge £3.50ph and would like to give sibling discount any help would be great.
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    These three children are going to fill your spaces after school - you won't be able to fill in the bits where they don't need you. Therefore I would charge hourly fee for all 3 children every day for three hours. Maybe you could offer them a good sibling discount as a sweetner esp as they would be filling the spaces.

    If you don't feel happy about charging for all 3 hours every week what about a standard session fee after school? Say £8.50. I wouldn't give a sibling discount on top of a reduced session fee though. To be fair if they're planning to put 3 children in care they must realise it's going to cost them!

    What did they think you would charge when they asked you about minding?
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    so i was thinking if i calculate these hours over the four weeks which comes to 102hrs minded between all the children
    102 x £3.50 =£357

    £357 divided by 4 =£89.25 weekly

    does this make sense?

    that is my full hourly rate would this be fair or would she exspect a reduced rate as there is 3 of them?

    such a headache!!!!!!!!!!!
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    From experience I would say don't offer too much sibling discount - I've done this several times and found that actually siblings are harder work especially after school. They eat the same amount (usually loads) and 3 hours is a long time to have them! I also found 5 days per week hard going! Don't under sell yourself and regret it later!

    I would offer an absolute max of 50p discount for the second and third child. I would more inclined to say £10 per hour for all three for ease!
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    hi, i have a flat rate of £10 for after school each any hrs from 3pm to 6pm
    if you pick up early thats your loss...

    i give a discount but small to siblings but tbh this family is filling up your over 5yr old places and will be hard work in the hols esp if they fight,

    good luck hun but dont undercut yourself, i would charge for a full wk because filling your gaps is going to be mad lol xxx

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    thanks everyone so in total i have 40hrs if i charge £10 flat rate per hr for all kids it will be £100 per week does this seem reasonable?
    3 kids
    evry day
    £100 weekly
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    sounds good
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    Question now any help with hols please!

    i was thinking its hours all over place if i charge £20 per child per day thats £300 per week in hols how does this sound?
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    How many hours do you think you'll actually be working in the hols with these children?
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    I charge £4 per hour before n after school

    newest mindees iv taken on are 7.30 until school drop off and pick up until 6.30
    for 2 children this is £160 4 days a week

    school holidays £280 7.30-6.30 4 days

    personally i do not offer discounts !!

    Sounds good what you have said you will charge !
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    week 1
    mon-fri 8-4pm

    week 2
    tues off rest of week 9-5pm

    week 3
    mon-fri 10.30 - 6pm

    week 4
    tues off rest of week 10-6pm

    all 3 children
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    Correct me if i'm wrong but it looks like you'll be working
    week 1 40hrs
    week 2 36 hours
    week 3 40 hrs
    week 4 36 hrs

    i would still continue to charge £10/hr for all 3 giving you an average cost of £380 per week
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    Quote Originally Posted by littlestar View Post
    i was thinking its hours all over place if i charge £20 per child per day thats £300 per week in hols how does this sound?
    sounds cheap!

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlestar View Post
    thanks everyone so in total i have 40hrs if i charge £10 flat rate per hr for all kids it will be £100 per week does this seem reasonable?
    3 kids
    evry day
    £100 weekly
    Hi ,
    I personaly, would do this based on the hours contracted rather than a session fee in case Mum asked for extra hours. Its nice to finish early sometimes and I'd resent having to work more for the same money. Plus, when I worked it out it was a total of 115 hours @ £3.50 = £402.50, which is almost the same as the other way without leaving yourself open to being taken advantage of.

    I'd also not average it out over the 4 weeks: I invoice for 4 weeks in advance at a time so it would usually be the same amount I am getting...

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlestar View Post
    week 1
    mon-fri 8-4pm

    week 2
    tues off rest of week 9-5pm

    week 3
    mon-fri 10.30 - 6pm

    week 4
    tues off rest of week 10-6pm

    all 3 children
    I'd also charge this by the actual hours worked and not do the averaging over the 4 week period or offer sibling discounts etc You are already being very flexible by accommodating these hours and not just charging 8 till every day anyway.

    I make it

    120 chargable hours in week 1 =£420

    96 hours in week 2 = £336

    112.5 hours in week 3 = £393.75

    96 hours in week 4 = £336

    Total over 4 weeks = £1485.75

    Divided by 4 this is £371.44, so £300 per week would be doing yourself out of £71.44/week!!!

    It is alot though,
    so on reflection I'd give the parents the option to pay an amount extra on top of each invoice between the start date and the beginning of the school holidays to bring it down (this would all depend on any hols you may be taking etc).

    Hope this is helpful not just annoying

    hope you can agree on a price you are both happy with; good luck

    best wishes,
    Wendy

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    You don't say what the ages are but if they are all under 8 I would not give a discount

    Hols I would charge £40 per child including food per day - all weeks
    TT I would charge £14 per child per day and offer a minimum amount per week and if mum went over charge as additional. Suggest 3 days per week

    Costings would be £120 x 5 x 14 weeks (including TTD's) = £8400
    £14 x 3 = £42 x 3 = £126 x 38 = £4788

    Total = £13188 divided by 52 = £253.62 per week or £1099 per month

    If you have 3 separate families you will earn more if you decide to discount a lot for this family

    It seems a lot but it i 3 children
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