I think most of you know that I run an in-home daycare for a living. I am so frustrated so I needed a place to vent.
I have a client that recently started her daughter in my daycare a few weeks ago, she mostly speaks spanish. So we have a hard time understanding each other. I have to use google translator a lot.
anyways It clearly states in my contract that if you usually have your child in my daycare, 5 days a week, you must pay for those FIVE days. Just because you dont bring her one day, doesn't mean you only pay me for the days u bring her!
I even printed my contract off and had it translated in to spanish so she would understand. and now she owes me $150 (because she only paid me 100.00 last week instead of the full $125) but only wants to pay me $50 for both weeks, because she says her child was only here 2 days this past week (really it was THREE!)
but I said "you still have to pay for the 5 days" i mean people should know this, that I'm not just some idiot babysitter, I've been doing this almost 5 years, I have a CONTRACT for a reason, so my paychecks dont get screwed.
how would she like it if her paycheck was short just because someone ELSE didn't feel like bringing their "work"? I called my friend Alison who speaks english and spanish and she's going to call her for me and explain it. /sigh
I don't want the lady to think that I am singling her out, or bring mean, but this is my business, my livelihood. this is how I've done if for the past 4-5 years! Everyone must pay whether you bring your child here or not. If you request 3 days, you must pay for those 3 days. if you request 5, you must pay for 5.
IIIIII am here to work, so it's not my fault if you don't bring you child. I shouldn't not get paid because you didn't bring her.
This is how daycare centers do also, just as my son's preschool is doing, I pay $190 a month no matter how many days i take him or not.
I wish people would understand that its not fair that my pay check be cut short just because she didnt bring her child. I was still here, willing and ready to work.
anyways..this is what frustrates me about my job, it's mostly the parents that make my job harder. dont get me wrong, a lot of my clients are very nice and they give me bonuses and appreciate my work and pay me on time. But every now and then I get those sour apples that want to be cheap on childcare and dont want to pay me for what i deserve. I mean I am already cheap enough, if she took her child to a center, she'd be paying probably $175-200/week, I only charge $125.
GAHHH!! Thanks for listening.