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I have 4 daycare kids right now!!!! WHo hoo!!!!

It has also just become apparent that I will HAVE to homeschool our kindergartener. She was in PS, but it is REAAAALLLYYY no working out!!!!

How can I work in the time to homeschool dd into my 6a to 6p daycare schedule? ACK! HMMMM naptime?!?
At kindergarten age play is really how they learn and I think being in a natural continuum of life is the best way to learn.

That being said if you are looking for curriculum you could look at the Enki kindergarten guides. To me Enki is more of a lifestyle so it is easy to include all ages into how we create our day. Good luck! Sounds exciting!
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All non herbal/homeopathic OTC cold remedies have been recalled for children under 4 years of age. That's enough to stop it coming in my door right there.
post #563 of 733
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All non herbal/homeopathic OTC cold remedies have been recalled for children under 4 years of age. That's enough to stop it coming in my door right there.
But how would you say that? Her mother isn't the sort to take doctor's advice seriously (She's already been twice, and been told to prop her head up. She's taking her again today on her day off, as that doctor was "full of it".)

The medicine bottle is her only liquid. She will not drink anything else, and I'm very worried about taking away fluids while she's sick.
post #564 of 733
just dump it out and put in water or juice or something she will drink and tell her mom it spilled.
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If it were my client, I would just say "I'm sorry, I can't give any sort of medication without a note from you indicating the dose and times that she needs it. I'll also have to use the cup or dropper that comes with the bottle. I'm not comfortable doing it any other way."

Also, if a child is sick enough to need medication and could possibly be contagious, they can't come here. It's not fair to my children and the other children that I watch.
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Any Advice?

Hello all, I'm new here. I'm expecting my first baby in February and will be graduating from college in May with a Bachelor's in Child and Family Development. I have a strong interest in early learning (birth-6 years old), especially in the Waldorf style of teaching.

I'm beginning in-home childcare as soon as I graduate in May. I live in Missouri and plan to take on no more than four children. I do not plan to get licensed right away. I want to get one year under my belt and make sure this is something I can do permanently (hoping to expand and eventually move the business out of my home when my children are school-age).

I have on infant lined up already and haven't yet put out the word that I'll be taking three kids aged 3-5 years old. I plan to make it an early learning program for the 3-5 year olds with early exposure for the babies. I'm subscribing to Little Acorn Learning for monthly activity guides.

I'm looking for any and all advice out there from experience child care mamas! I am just getting started on a policy/contract for parents to read and sign and would love any help with that I can get. I am hoping to have one ready by mid-January for the parent I have already lined up. And really, just what do you guys do? What kind of hours do you keep? Do you charge daily, weekly, monthly rates? What days do you take off paid-- vacation, holidays, sick days, etc? Do you have someone lined up as an alternative to help you run things if you get sick? Etc...
post #567 of 733
We have been discussing policies and contracts the past few pages if you want to take a look.
post #568 of 733
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Originally Posted by Twinklefae View Post
But how would you say that? Her mother isn't the sort to take doctor's advice seriously (She's already been twice, and been told to prop her head up. She's taking her again today on her day off, as that doctor was "full of it".)

The medicine bottle is her only liquid. She will not drink anything else, and I'm very worried about taking away fluids while she's sick.
I currently dont have any children myself, and I only have a 18 month old that I am babysitting. Her parents are fantastic, drop her off between 6:20 and 6:30 and pick her up at 3:10, 5 days a week. They have off every holiday so I get tons of vacations and they also randomly have days off. I dont have a contract because I dont plan on taking any more children on. I dont charge for Holidays or sick days I have but they do pay me (I get paid by the week) full pay for the weeks they have a random day off.
Anyways- the little one I watch drinks juice at home so I started diluting her juice with water, gradually adding more water until now its mostly just flavored water. She loves it. Maybe you can do that with the crystal light she brings? Dilute it more?
I keep a bottle of Tylenol and cold medicine here that the mother bought and I have permission to administer it whenever I see a cold coming on then I simply tell them when they pick her up when her last medicine was so they can continue it at home. Also this works much better for us since the little girl has a lot of ear Infections, like one a month probably. I have had her since she was 2-1/2 months old and she has always had ear infections alot.
Also I dont have a sick policy since its just me and the little girl here all day so it doesnt affect other kids like if I had a couple other kids to watch. Her parents are very good about keeping her home when she has diahrrea or vomiting but if its just a common cold I usually keep her.
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Sarah Ann I am really impressed with your contract/policy and feel like mine would be very similar. Would you be okay with me using it as a guide/outline to make my own contract?
post #570 of 733
I am working on diluting her juice a bit (on Tuesday her mother didn't bring any and she just didn't drink anything ALL day) and she's been coming with straight Apple juice, so I haven't said anything to her mother. (I can live with staight apple juice.) On Monday I did dilute it a bit in a straw cup and she drank it. :

I am working on getting licesned in the new year (they aren't accepting anyone new right now) and will bring the medicine up as a no-no then.

On the bright side, I've got another woman coming tomorrow with her 18month old to see if she likes it. Hooray! We need the money BADLY, so this is huge.
post #571 of 733
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just dump it out and put in water or juice or something she will drink and tell her mom it spilled.
This is really inappropriate. The issue aside, it is not okay to lie to parents about the care you are giving to their child.
post #572 of 733
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This is really inappropriate. The issue aside, it is not okay to lie to parents about the care you are giving to their child.
I agree. Dont lie to the parents. Especially since your just starting babysitting, and if the parents find out you lied its not a good way to start a client relationship with them and may hurt your chances at getting more kids in the future.
Just tell the parents you would rather not have children that are wound up on sugar from all the juice and ask if you could dilute it for them.
post #573 of 733
: Thinking of starting home daycare or doing sibling foster care.....so I will be taking notes.
post #574 of 733
Thanks to those who agree I can't just dump out the bottle. I've been putting it in a straw cup (which makes it harder to stick in DS's mouth) and the 18 month old I interviewed Friday starts Monday, so if it becomes an issue (with the new little one) I'll bring it up. The straw cup is working well, she likes it. I'm offering an open cup of water at meals and she will take sips of it. (Milk she won't even consider. Refuses it on sight.)

I don't see how I could say that I didn't want kids "wound up on sugar" without sounding very superior and offensive.
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Hi! I just started babysitting today. I have my 2 yr old, an 18 mo and a 4 yo. The 2 that are not mine are my cousin's kids, so I am not licensed yet. I am working on it b/c I want to take in more kids eventually. My problem right now is that I need some ideas on things to do with the kids. We can't go outside, there is snow on the ground and it is very cold, no sun, that kind of day. I started out the day reading books. Then my dd and the 4 yo made Christmas ornaments which consisted of placing stickers on glass balls. Then they practiced cutting paper and coloring. We read some more books, sang songs, and they played in the bathtub. They are now having free play, playing with toys etc. I will be making lunch soon and then it will be rest/nap time. What else can I do in a day? I'm out of ideas. I do have more arts and crafts planned to do throughout the week. I plan on doing one project a day. Any suggestions? What do you all do?
post #576 of 733
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Any suggestions? What do you all do?
When you start out it can seem hard to fill the days, I remember. Now we just don't have time for everything we'd want to do!

Well, you will find that it helps when you have more than one preschooler, because they can play with each other...and there will be a lot of supervised free play no matter what because toddlers have a really short attention span. You can easily spend 10 min setting something up for them, they engage with it for 2 minutes if you are lucky, and then there is 10 min of cleanup....

I'd start by asking the parents and the children in great detail what kind of activities the children like to do and what they would like to be happening...for example, I have one child nearing K age whose parents are concerned about his fine motor skills (holding a pencil etc.) so we do a lot of fine motor activities. My two boys are not right with the world unless they get a good bout of outside time every day that it is possible. We are in a colder climate and probably more used to cold weather than you would be in Missouri? We are outside for a good hour every day unless it is much colder than about 20 F or outright stormy -- and even if it is colder, we will sometimes go out for a short time if we have some real cabin fever going.

You might want to check out some preschool or toddler curriculum books or websites for ideas. Little Acorn advertises on this site and sells a curriculum to be run in a home childcare setting. Most libraries here have lots of Pam Schiller books and resources, which I like. http://www.pamschiller.com

(I'm not suggesting to buy them, necessarily, just that you can probably get them through your library and check them out. I did buy a couple of her books after reviewing many.)

Today, I had a 5 yr old half the day, 2- 4 yr olds, a 2 1/2 and a 19 mo.

Here is what we did today:

Children arrived between 7:30 and 8, played with a felt board that I had up with felt letter stickers, and drove toy trucks around.

8 am -- lit the candle on our advent wreath, said a prayer for a good day and for getting ready for Christmas in our hearts, and blew out the candle. Talked about the December calendar I have up, the various holidays from Eid to Kwanzaa.

8:15-30 breakfast for my boys, second breakfast for the dhc

8:30-9ish We worked on a 12 Days of Christmas craft project (all the gifts are different breeds of dinosaurs and the older boys are practicting the song with visual aids for their parents). One toddler was bored with this and played with toys on the floor while we were working

We also sang our Christmas carols (much ringing of jingle bells)

9ish to 920 -- free play while I prepped lunch in the crockpot and snack. One boy helped me butter bread.

9:20-40 hand washing,am snack, diaper changes, hand washing

9:45 play in our playroom. We read a Mexican folk story about the origin of corn that I got from the library and I helped the older children act it out with dollhouse dolls and animals, the forest scene and a little tikes mountain I got from a garage sale for $5. We've been learning about Mexico since Nov 1. Toddlers watched, did puzzles, drew on easel with chalk.

10 am -- diaper change, free play

10:10 -- the children wanted to play Christmas morning with our little playroom tree, so I helped them organize that --we took turns being Santa, wrapped toys up in silk scarves to put under the tree turned the lights off, pretended to wake up and open presents....

10:20 -- cleaned up playroom, made an obstacle course for exercise

10:40 -- upstairs for handwashing and lunch

11:20 -- Kindy bus comes for oldest child. Free play while I do lunch cleanup

11:45-1pm-- play in the back yard (too windy for the park today!) We brought some cobs of dried corn inside and the older children were picking the kernels off the cobs into a bowl (for the hamster) any chance they got all afternoon.

1pm-1:30 storytime, bedtime routine, non nappers play with small piece toys, or listen to story cds

1:30-3:30 naptime

3:30 snack, free play till pickup time
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Aubergine68 thanks for the website. I looked at it and it made me WANT WANT WANT. The mom of the kids I watch right now is going to pay me every 2 weeks when she gets paid, which I'm okay with. I wouldn't do it that way if she wasn't family. Once I get licensed and get some more kids, I will have written contracts for any new families and be a lot more strict with payment. I'm already thinking of a few things I am going to spend some money on when I get paid. Puppets being one and some art supplies.

Anyhow, one thing I am dealing with right now is with the 4 yo. She is a wonderful child, I love her dearly but according to her mother she has some emotional issues that have not been diagnosed. She does fine with me all day long but, probably like any child, towards the end of the day she MELTS DOWN. A little more than normal. I haven't really found a way to avoid this. Any suggestions?
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New to this tribe

I've done childcare in my home for about 8 years. I've watched my niece since she was 6 weeks (she just turned 8 yesterday) and I've watched a family friend's child for about a year. Money is really tight now and I feel like we'll never get ahead of our bills. I love the freedom of finally just "being with my kids" and not worrying about anyone else's (my niece is in school from 8-3), but I'm thinking of taking in another child to help out financially. Where do you find interested parties? I would only watch one other child, I think. Mine are 4 and 1 and I think I could only handle one more little person. Any ideas and input would be welcomed!!
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I've done childcare in my home for about 8 years. I've watched my niece since she was 6 weeks (she just turned 8 yesterday) and I've watched a family friend's child for about a year. Money is really tight now and I feel like we'll never get ahead of our bills. I love the freedom of finally just "being with my kids" and not worrying about anyone else's (my niece is in school from 8-3), but I'm thinking of taking in another child to help out financially. Where do you find interested parties? I would only watch one other child, I think. Mine are 4 and 1 and I think I could only handle one more little person. Any ideas and input would be welcomed!!
The best clients I've had have been friends of people who already are good clients. I'd ask your niece's parents and the parents of the family friend to let others know you are looking.

And (airy-fairy) send the intention of the right child and family coming to you out to the universe and see what manifests.

You could also advertise in any place AP in your town -- playgroups, baby stores etc.

I hear you about being happy just to be with your own children. I'm dropping my income by about 30% and cutting back to 2 children plus my own (from 3-4 plus my own two) for the year 2009. It feels like a vacation -- my older son is the only non-napper I have. This is my older son's last year at home before starting K and I feel the extra time with him is totally worth it. I wouldn't want to close the daycare entirely, though. I feel I am a better parent during daycare hours, more educational activites, more regular routine, etc.

Do plan to fill my 2 empty spaces in 2010 when my sister goes back to work and needs care for her twins though. How did the experience of watching your neice go for you?
post #580 of 733
Hey mamas

I take care of one baby at my house, in addition to my own. The hours are wacky and she pays by the hour. Anyone have resources as we approach tax season? i would hate to loose half my small income to self-employment tax, is that what i am self-employed? help!
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