Originally Posted by KCMommy
I am indeed a Western Canadian, Aubergine. I ran my other day home in Alberta. You too, eh? I am actually out of province now and I find the whole child care system very different here. The Alberta day home model, with it's "agencies" for example, is very different. I liked that the agency in Alberta did so much of the tedious paperwork for me, but there is way more government funding for child care providers here......
but I'd love to hear more about your program.
There is a lot more funding for Alberta dayhomes over the last year or so. I get about $450/mo as a base and $150/mo per child under 2, so comparable to your situation it sounds like (though you still have a better deal, I think.) I am taking courses towards the level 2.
I've been a provider here since 2002. I have a website
for my dayhome with a lot of info and pictures. I am slowing down right now until January of 2010 -- my older son is going to K in the fall and I want to spend more time with my sons while I still have the chance. Starting in May, I will have only 1 full-time child left (also going to K in the fall)
: I will be full 2 days a week with children whose moms are on mat leave and holding spaces -- including infant twins, my niece and nephew, totally adorable. Dh is really busy for his work right now and is doing lots of traveling, so I need to pick up the slack in the household, too, and there are some renos to take care of this summer as well. I will be back to a full house in Jan. 2010, and am really excited about caring for the twins and developing a close relationship to them, especially.
If dh is still so busy next year, I think I'll have to hire a cleaning service or really look at some other way to hire help.
If it shakes out that we can afford it over the next few years, I am thinking of buying another house in our neighborhood to renovate into a nicer home for my family to live in and keeping the home we are living in now as a dayhome business. I would walk to work, maybe my kids would help out with chores and maintenance as they get older, and I think I could make more off this house as a home daycare than renting this house out. That is the current vision, anyway. This house is going to be too small for my family as my children grow and want their own rooms, and I love it too much and have a hard time thinking of selling it.
Originally Posted by filiadeluna
I was thinking that Craigslist might be one effective way to advertise since I don't know many people with kids, but I already see TONS of posts on there of people who are offering childcare services. There are very few posts of people needing services. I'm thinking this might be a bad sign that there's a lot of supply, but not much demand?
I am pretty good with words, but what can I include in my ad to make myself stand out as the best choice? Should I write anything about AP/natural stuff (to potentially draw in people), or would this make some potential families turn away? Keep in mind I live in Tennessee, so there aren't a whole lot of AP people around here. Also, how else can I draw in families, other than by word-of-mouth? ....
Lastly: I have a 3 bedroom, 2 bath house with big front & back yards in a quiet neighborhood cul-de-sac, but no fence. Is not having a fence a *huge* deal? I also don't have any outside play equipment, but I find that kids can have just as much fun using their imaginations as anything. I have a (very sweet, harmless) cat, so I guess I need to mention that in case there are any allergies? Or should I wait to bring that up until they call me?
There has been a HUGE shortage of childcare around my area over the last couple of years, though with the slowdown in the economy, that is easing a bit now. Even in the tightest times, though, there were always lots of ads for people offering childcare and almost none for those seeking childcare. I think that is maybe just the nature of childcare ads?
I would be open, but not aggressive about your AP style, depending on where you advertise. Is there an AP yahoo group or board for your area?
I've had parents come to my home for interviews and freak out when they saw me use a baby sling -- would have saved us all some time if they had known I was AP in advance. It is a waste of time to try to change who you are for people who will be in your home every day, ykwim?
A fenced outdoor play area is pretty important for a home daycare, I think. I know you can't be approved by an agency here unless you have one. More important than play equipment.
Originally Posted by holidaymama
I am wondering about advertising though...what REALLY works. Like how can I get three kids signed up by the middle of June so I can get out of my contract? It's only April, so I feel like I should be able to get three by then!
Ideally, I would like 2 infants (one younger and one a little older) and then 4 kids 3-5, and two after school kids...that would be FULL for me!
I am in the process of getting registered too.
You're teaching now -- is there anything like an email list for teachers in your school district who are looking for childcare before going back to work? A professional organization? Even asking to post notices in the staff rooms of schools near where you live?