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  • Parents, I need your opinion

    Odd question for you

    but heres the situation:

    I am a licensed family childcare provider

    to earn a bit of extra money (for Disney trips etc) I was thinking of offering a parents night out...now I was planning on sending flyers to my clients for a specific Friday night (little kids) and my friends/ aquantences for a specific Saturday night (big kids)

    I am limiting it to 5 kids per night

    6 pm-9 am
    (bring a sleeping bag, jammies and favorite stuffed animal)
    Pizza, Movie, Games, Stories, Fun Fun Fun
    $50 per child (very reasonable for my area)

    my questions are

    If a friend presented this to you would you be offended or intrested?

    would you do it?

    I am sending a letter explaining to my friends that this is an experimental program if I get a possative response I plan to make it a semi regular event.

    I also added in the letter that I chose them as part of my focus group because they know me well and so do their children.

    but I really do not want to offend any of my friends.....

    how would you react to something like this.


    I am asking you all this first to get a feel for peoples reactions, again I don't want to PO my friends (and clients) but I need to earn some extra $$$


    I also want to continue to do it (about every 6-8 weeks if it works) making it different and fun each time...

    you thoughts?

    TIA
    ~Tinkerbelle
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    Re: Parents, I need your opinion

    I think it's a great idea! I don't see any reason for your friends to be offended. Worst case scenario, they don't want to do it. But I can't see why they wouldn't. What a fun idea!
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    • #3
      Re: Parents, I need your opinion

      Not many people would offer something like this. Since you are a licensed care provider and have the clientle(sp?) already, I don't see why they would object to it.

      To have a night out with someone taking care of their children that they trust is an absolute dream for most parents.

      Here is a question though. Are most of your clients/friends parents to an only child? If they are then this works out well, but if you have more than one child and possibly different age groups then it may present a hurdle.
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        I think this is a great idea, if it was a hit you could even expand it to be a theme type night and charge a bit more. Like a harvest day, carmel apples, pumpkin carving, etc.... or a kids make christmas gift ideas.
        You also might what to think about a weekend afternoon - give parents time to run errands...

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        • #5
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          I think it's a terrific idea. I thought it was a little expensive at first, but then I realized it was an overnight thing- what a deal!

          However, you *might* want to expand the end time to like 11am, so if Mommy and Daddy have too much fun, they can sleep in/breakfast in bed/drive back from wherever.

          And by setting it at 11am instead of noon, if they're running a little behind, they'll probably still pick up by noon - whereas if you set it at noon, goodness knows how much of your afternoon they might suck up.

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          • #6
            Re: Parents, I need your opinion

            Originally posted by dizzydisneydee

            Here is a question though. Are most of your clients/friends parents to an only child? If they are then this works out well, but if you have more than one child and possibly different age groups then it may present a hurdle.

            2 part answer

            first off Friday night would be marketed to my clients (kids 4 and under, yes they have siblings, but they are close in age)

            Saturday nigth is geared towards 7 and up but younger siblings are absolutly welcome (otherwise it's not a night out for the parents, so what's the point?)

            which bring up two new issues

            first if you have 2 or 3 kids in a family would it still be worth it for parents to spend $50 per child? one the one hand it's expensive, on the other if you have 3 kids how oftain do you get to go out all night?

            second question/issue on the Saturday night where it's bigger kids and many pre-teen I will have to seperate the boys and girls
            party and activities together boys sleep in one room girls in the other, (Me in a doorway) with the little kids that doesn't matter...


            Originally posted by MNTGIRL
            if it was a hit you could even expand it to be a theme type night and charge a bit more. Like a harvest day, carmel apples, pumpkin carving, etc.... or a kids make christmas gift ideas.
            I was thinking of that, I thought in OCT I'd have a halloween party the weekend before (pumpkin carving and all) in December I love the idea of making gifts for their parents (I have tons of art supplies)

            I was also thinking I might do a New Years eve (You can charge around $100 a child here and get it)

            Your thoughts?

            and thanks for all the great ideas so far, keep them coming please, I want to make this succede

            ~Tink
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            • #7
              Re: Parents, I need your opinion

              I think I have an incredible and newfound respect for you Tinkerbelle.

              Your friends and clients will be happy about the opportunity. If I was offered this type of opportunity, I would do it in a heart beat. Parents always need adult time, over night alone time together is precious.

              The price is right, as is the time. The day care centers we have been to that offered Parents Night Out charged $10 per child for 3 hours. $50 for an overnighter is very reasonable.

              Themes will work well for the kids. You might even have them vote ahead of time, so they feel included. Majority rules.

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              • #8
                Re: Parents, I need your opinion

                Originally posted by Tinkerbelle
                which bring up two new issues

                first if you have 2 or 3 kids in a family would it still be worth it for parents to spend $50 per child? one the one hand it's expensive, on the other if you have 3 kids how oftain do you get to go out all night?

                ~Tink
                Perhaps if they have 3 children give them like a lower rate such as $125 for 3 children. Its like a discount for giving you more business. Besides, if they have a great enough time, in about 9 months you might even have MORE business
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                • #9
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                  I think it's brilliant! Go for it!
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                  • #10
                    Re: Parents, I need your opinion

                    Tink~~ I love it all just as you've presented it, actually. What a smart way to make some money, it's something you love to do, something you're good at, something you're equipped to do, and even if you only have 2 kids instead of five, you're still making some money. I'd keep at it!

                    But as a parent of 3 kids, I couldn't afford it....we do overnighters about once a month, but we take them to my in-laws or my mom's. We're doing it this weekend, as a matter of fact. :yea:

                    If I had one kiddo, though, I'd be ALL over it! :clap: How fun! And $50 would be reasonable up here, too. Our school does fundraisers here and there and from 6-9 p.m., it's $30 per kid! Overnight is a WAY better deal for $50!

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                    • #11
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                      Originally posted by dizzydisneydee
                      Perhaps if they have 3 children give them like a lower rate such as $125 for 3 children. Its like a discount for giving you more business. Besides, if they have a great enough time, in about 9 months you might even have MORE business

                      That's a great idea! it's not such a huge dicount that I lose anything

                      but it would make it more reasonable for them...I think I'll do it, (if they ask)

                      I also have been thinking, some of the parents of the younger ones may not be comfortable with all night I may offer a choice of 6-midnight for $40

                      Again, your thoughts?
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                      • #12
                        Re: Parents, I need your opinion

                        I think discounting for multiple kids is an excellent idea - after all, these are your best customers anyway, and they spend a huge portion of their incomes on your services, so giving them a "break" would be a way of "thanking" them (not to mention making their using your services more doable!) Maybe make it $50 for the first kid, and $30 for each additional kid from the same family. $80 is still doable for parents of two, and keeps the price low enough that taking the kids with them to some event they'd like to enjoy wouldn't be "worth it" in savings And $110 for 3 kids, if you're willing to accept that amount, would, I think, still be very doable for parents of three.

                        The other thing is, introduce a sense of scarcity. For example, would you only want to do this once a month? Schedule it for just once a month (eg: The second Friday of each month, etc), so that parents plan ahead for it. Also, if you do it this way, give it at least 3 months to take hold, as far as testing the concept.

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                        • #13
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                          Tinkerbelle, this is a WONDERFUL service you are offering--and you're a helluva smart business woman I might add.

                          I am with stink about the cost though. It gets pricey for more than one kid really. Lucky for me I have a built-in babysitter. (Hey, I've had to wait a looooong time for this day to come! )

                          Good luck!
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                          • #14
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                            I would do it in a heartbeat!

                            My husband and I have only had ONE overnight date in almost FOUR YEARS!! How sad is that? We just don't really have anyone available to us like that!

                            These are all great ideas!
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                            • #15
                              Re: Parents, I need your opinion

                              Ok taking all this into concideration how about $50 for the first child $40 for the second and $30 for the third all must be siblings for the discount

                              so in essence
                              1 kid $50
                              2 kids $90
                              3 kids $120

                              oes this seem reasonable?

                              and to the comment about scarsity, I was thinking if the first one goes over well I will do it aprox every 6-8 weeks. If this test goes well I will send another flyer with the next 3 dates and themes on it.... Oct (dates) Halloween activities
                              December (dates) lkids art night-
                              Possably an New years eve for the big kids
                              Feb (I need to think of a theme)

                              with a reminder that space is limited, register early
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                              • #16
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                                You might also want to put into writing about the pick up time and if there will be any charges if the parent/parents have not picked up the child after that time. You can make exceptions in case of car trouble and other emergencies but make sure its all written out so that the parents know ahead of time the consequences of being late and not abuse you watching their children.

                                Another thing you could put is that you're open for other nights for individual families outside of these days/nights as long as you have advance notice? If you're willing, some parents would want the flexibility to do that instead.

                                Also, might want to think of having a form that lists any allergies, doctor phone numbers, cell phone numbers, etc. As a childcare provider who probably has all these things already, you know the drill. Also make sure each child has a seperate one instead of a 'family' list. Its much easier in case of emergencies to find.

                                I'm sure some of the things I wrote here you already thought of or already know about.
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                                • #17
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                                  Tinkerbelle: I think your pricing structure is GREAT. I think keeping it to specific dates is also great, because it creates a sense of urgency in your customers, so rather than "yeah, we should call her some day" it's "We have to do this when SHE offers it, here's her next date, are we gonna do it or not?"

                                  New Year's is a great idea, as is a night in December, because people always have Christmas parties to go to, and if you announce it early, they can plan for it. Be sure they know to RSVP for that limited space. Oops, just realized you said that already.

                                  Is Valentine's Day on a weekend this year? If so, your February could be fantastic! You could make the kids' activities about Presidents though, so it doesn't leave out the boys, and would have a nice educational bend to it

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                                  • #18
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                                    Yup, I have Emergency contact and release forms that everyone will need to fill out
                                    and I will be writing a mini contract about late pick up.

                                    probably on the emergency form...I;m going to re type it all out so it's one simple page rather than the intricate contract I have for my Family child Care.

                                    I figured somethin along the lines of my exixting late fee of $10 per 10 minutes or portion there of (ie 10 minutes late= $10 13 minutes late=$20) tha's who my business late fees are set up and it's steep, but people show up on time....also since it is a rather selective group for now...I feel safer that way...I don't think well have problems) and on top of that if they are late (with out some really valid reason...I don't have to send them the next flyer... )

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                                    and no Valentines day is not on a weekend I checked already (dang that would have been great!)

                                    and April 1st is a Saturday, (the big kids night) I thought we could do an April Foold Day party....
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                                    • #19
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                                      Great idea!! I really like the discounts for more than one child (as a twin mom, I always ask for a multiples discount!). Check out the Family Fun website for ideas -- they have tons of fun crafts, recipes, etc.

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                                      • #20
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                                        Oh I just thought of something....should I say something along the lines of minimum 2 children registered or subbject to cancelation?????

                                        and if so how do I word that???

                                        because it's not really fair to my family if only one child signs up....

                                        I hadn't thought of this, how would you suggest I handle that?
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