I've got two mothers who are due in December. They are both wanting care for their collective 5 children one, maybe two days a week until some time after spring break. Then they are both taking the summer off. They both want to know if they have to pay for their full time slot during this period. They have signed a contract at the beginning saying they pay a full time slot, no matter what. But I can't imagine really them affording this. . . Paid maternity leave is what? A few weeks, tops?
And I want to encourage them to spend as much time as possible with their babies, of course. I hate to have them paying me to do nothing–except they are asking me, essentially, to hold open five full time slots for the next nine to ten months for a negligible sum. One or two days a week–maybe–until April, then maybe six weeks until school's out. I could accept five more kids instead, but I won't do that because I like to keep families that know the rules/routines, etc.
And to think I was seriously contemplating reducing my load by half so that I could really give all my time and attention to these babies–good thing I kept my options open or I'd have had one or two kids left.