The rates for our service cost are determined by the quality of care upheld, operational expenses, and a regional childcare rate survey given by the Missouri Childcare Resource and Referral Network.
Call to discuss a price that is feasible to your budget.
Rates vary according to enrollment status.
Full-Time (Children under 6 years old.)
The following services may be offered on rare occasions:
Part - Time Care (Children under 6 years old who attend between 11-29 hours per week.)
Hourly Rates Children who will be contracted for less than 10 hours each week.
Before and After School Care (Westview Elementary)
School Closings/Summer Care (Older siblings up to age 10.)
Interim Care (Aka Short Term)
Occasional Care (Aka Drop Off Care)
We DO NOT offer:
* Sibling discounts
* Subsidized Payment contracts
* Over nights
* Care for those who attend half -day preschool offered by school district
We are sure you will be impressed by what you will see. Give us a call today to schedule that interview.
Rates discussed are subject to change at any time.
With that weekly rate your children will receive nurturing, safe, clean, and professional care. We also understand that parents have a lot going on so we use the money collected from each weekly payment to purchase daily items frequently used by the children. Parents appreciate not having to lug around a diaper bag and we don't have to constantly remind parents to restock up on weekly items needed for daycare.
Items included in the weekly payment:
* Early Childhood Curriculum
* Funding for field trips and special events
The question always asked is "Why does childcare cost so much?". The cost of operating a daycare can be very expensive. Centers and group day cares have more over head then home day cares because of payroll and liability insurance. Nannies are the most expensive because they actually come to the home and give families customized service. When I say that I have to provide things such as food and utilities, parents say, "You have to pay a water bill even when my child isn't there?" That is true especially if the provider lives in the house where daycare is being held. The utilities are a lot higher when daycare is out of the providers home. Our lights, water, and gas are being used 24/7. We have more lights on, more water usage, and more gas being used during the day. Just imagine dropping your child off at daycare and the provider is using candles to light her home. That is not acceptable.
As much as I love working with children, I have to make a profit. Most of the time providers make just enough to pay the bills. We don't always get a payroll check after expenses. Just imagine your job paying you just enough for gasoline, lunch, work clothing, and car maintenance. By the time you finish paying for what it cost you to make it back and forth to work, you end up with $0 left over.
There are some providers that charge a lot and some that charge a little. Some providers will charge less than what they should and try to take in too many children. This isn't fair to the children, to parents, or to the provider. She will become over worked. Many of these providers are always ill, stressed out, and some become mean. No child deserves to be left in the care of that type of person. It's just not healthy.
I understand that the cost of childcare can seem like a lot. My first child was in a few day cares before I became a work-from-home-mother. One huge part of having a young child is accepting that you won't get much sleep and that childcare is going to cost. I try my best to keep cost down by cutting expenses such as using recycled items for crafts, using less paper and printer ink by using dry erase pocket sheets for filling out daily reports, and turning down air and heat after daycare hours. With all this there are still many expenses that is necessary for our program to display higher quality. One large bill for me is liability insurance. It isn't required but I feel comfortable having it. I also employ qualified assistant workers when I have a number of children enrolled. I am very picky about those I hire to work with my daycare children so that person has to have qualifications that deserve the higher pay rate.
Here is a list of some expenses parents money goes towards at this daycare:
Utilities, mortgage/rent, insurance, food, cleaning supplies, office supplies, lawn and gardening supplies and equipment, furniture, lots of toys, continuous replacement of all types of items damaged by children, appliances, household goods such toilet paper, cleaning supplies, storage containers, home maintenance services such as a plumber and electrician,home and yard pesticide service, fire and safety equipment and services, bedding, computer, printer, telephone service, classroom pet supplies, cell phone service, gasoline, car payment, car maintenance, property taxes, banking fees, art and craft supplies, tax service, social security,and childcare training, and licensing/certification/registration/zoning expenses.
These are expenses that I have to pay for in order to operate this daycare. I can't go without one. There are more items that I didn't include because they are extra's that I choose to have such as diapers, wipes, health products such as tooth brushes and sunscreen for the children, work uniforms, assistant payment, and health insurance. Yes I take PAID provider vacations to reduce burnout, stress, and because I deserve too. I hope this list helps answers the question of "Why does childcare cost so much?