I have a dayhome (in-home daycare). I am currently looking to fill a few spaces (one full time and 2 part time) as well as have 3 children in my care. It can be difficult in my area to find childcare (though not impossible) and I am not sure when I should be telling people that I am pregnant. I wasn't planning on telling my current families until at least the end of this month (after my 12 week appt and hopefully hearing the HB). Thoughts on that?
I have a new family with 2 children who may be starting early next month if mom's job offer turns out as planned. I am not sure when to even get into it with potential new families (though likely when I am showing and they come to see the place- or when I am very pregnant I will let them know before a visit). The new family would get about 6 + months of care from me (barring complications) before I take mat leave, do you think it's okay to wait until after they start (a couple of days after I was planning to tell the families already here) or should I just tell her now in case she wants to change her mind? They will only be part time, so I don't feel too bad about them not having time to look for other options when they are here. I do however feel a bit guilty anyways. But I know in her case she hasn't liked any of the other options she has found so far.
I will also be asking my agency coordinator for her recommendations, but I feel like I'm not really ready to tell her yet! I had a few spotting episodes and I don't really have 100% faith in this preg yet. I was even entertaining the idea of not telling anybody until I have my ultrasound at 20 weeks but that's just too long to wait!
If this changes anything, I am planning to close down for almost a whole year of mat leave. I will possibly take in a child/ a couple children for p/t care before that time frame is over which would just depend on how things are going with the NB and my daughter falling into a routine.
Thanks for your thoughts!!
(I will crosspost this somewhere, once I find a forum that seems suitable lol!)