Meals, snacks drinks costs
Thanks Thanks:  0
Likes Likes:  0
Dislikes Dislikes:  0
Results 1 to 11 of 11
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Essex
    Posts
    405
    Registered Childminder since
    Feb 14
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Meals, snacks drinks costs

    How much would you say you spend approximately on meals, snacks and drink per child a week. Here's my attempt at working it out

    I was thinking a bottle of milk is about £1, packet of pasta £1, ingredients to make sauce £1, salad bits to go with it £3, packs of apples bananas etc £1 each. Breadsticks/ rice cakes £1 a box. Cereals £2 a box.

    So I'm thinking I'd spend about £5 on one example meal may feed 4 so 1.25 a kid
    Snacks £2 would fed about 3 kids twice so maybe spend about 50p on snack
    Drink £1 would do about 2 maybe 5op a kid

    So if a kid came to me for 3 meals a day had two snacks and drinks a rough guess would be £4.75 a day. Does that seem way off or about right

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    4,125
    Registered Childminder since
    sep09
    Latest Inspection Grade
    outstanding
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I put £5 a day through my expenses for food costs per full timer . I have the receipts to show where I came up with the figures and now put this through as a daily amount. Of course it varies , some days I actually spend more , some less - but hmrc are happy with this averaging method.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Posts
    1,151
    Registered Childminder since
    Mar 04
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Yes, I think £5 per day, per child is reasonable, just make sure though any extras are put down, those extra ice creams in this weather add up.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    153
    Registered Childminder since
    Oct 10
    Latest Inspection Grade
    Good
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Think I may need to review mine!! I only claim £2.50 per day per child. I don't do dinner but do ensure breakfast, snacks and hot lunch are provided.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    146
    Registered Childminder since
    Mar 13
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    That's interesting to read, where would you stand if you claimed for taxes more than you charged parents?

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Essex
    Posts
    405
    Registered Childminder since
    Feb 14
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Thanks all for your replies.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    4,125
    Registered Childminder since
    sep09
    Latest Inspection Grade
    outstanding
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Little miss View Post
    That's interesting to read, where would you stand if you claimed for taxes more than you charged parents?
    What you claim and what you charge are completely different. Your expenses are genuinely what the food costs you - its up to you whether you charge parents a premium , a discount , or not at all .... and that is counted as income separately anyway.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Posts
    457
    Registered Childminder since
    Mar 08
    Latest Inspection Grade
    Good
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I spend between £60-£80 per week on food for 6 kids who have 3 meals a day and snacks. They drink water only juice as a treat! For that I buy all meat/veg/fruit from M and S or Waitrose organic if possible. One packet of pasta will last for 3 meals, if not more. This is for 2 and 3 year olds, do not over full their plates! Pudding is only fruit or yogurt but do buy biscuits for snacks. I do buy ice creams at the park for treat and also milk shakes. I do not charge for food so I claim all back on my expenses. If parents pay for food, you can not claim it as an expense. If I did charge £5 per day per child that would be £150 per week! The thought is nice lol!!

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Posts
    95
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Bindy of course you can claim food as an expense, even if parents pay extra. The extra is income, the food is expense from that income.

    I did the hmrc webinar, and said you can guesstimate £5 per child per day for food (although it's personal, eg if you we're organic it could be higher.) they said use school meals as a guide ie £2.50 per hot meal. They also said you don't need to keep food receipts, but you should keep them for food safety people incase of an incident.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Cheshire
    Posts
    37,504
    Registered Childminder since
    1994
    Latest Inspection Grade
    Outstanding
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    21

    Default

    A few members are confused so just to clarify -

    You spend money on food for minded children = a business expense. The amount you claim back must be reasonable. Each of us will come up with a different amount.

    You charge parents for food you buy for their child = income.

    You have to show both expenses and income on your tax return.

    Keep receipts for environmental health we were told 3 months - check your local recommendation

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Posts
    457
    Registered Childminder since
    Mar 08
    Latest Inspection Grade
    Good
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by LittleAcornsThatcham View Post
    Bindy of course you can claim food as an expense, even if parents pay extra. The extra is income, the food is expense from that income.

    I did the hmrc webinar, and said you can guesstimate £5 per child per day for food (although it's personal, eg if you we're organic it could be higher.) they said use school meals as a guide ie £2.50 per hot meal. They also said you don't need to keep food receipts, but you should keep them for food safety people incase of an incident.
    Well you learn something new every day! Lol Good job I have never charged for food, I would not have put it as income lol. Some one told me it was not income but could not put at an expense either.

 

 

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Quick Links and Advertisements

Important Information Links
Some Useful Quick Links
Advertisements

 

You can also find us on:
Meals, snacks drinks costs Meals, snacks drinks costs Meals, snacks drinks costs

We use cookies to make this site as useful as possible. They are small text files placed in your browser to track usage of our site but they don’t tell us who you are.
By continuing to use this site you are consenting to cookies being placed on your computer. Find out more here: Cookies in Use

Childminding Help and the Childminding Forum are part of Childcare.co.uk