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post #81 of 733
Thanks for the insight Lesley. I just hope I can realistically find a sub!

Getting licensed in my state is really easy, it seems. I haven't seen any rules about babies not sleeping in other rooms. I know all the daycares I checked out when I was working out of home seemed to have a seperate area for babies. Interesting!

I can't wait until I meet some of the parents and children tomorrow!
post #82 of 733
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Originally Posted by Keja View Post
Thanks for the insight Lesley. I just hope I can realistically find a sub!

Getting licensed in my state is really easy, it seems. I haven't seen any rules about babies not sleeping in other rooms. I know all the daycares I checked out when I was working out of home seemed to have a seperate area for babies. Interesting!

I can't wait until I meet some of the parents and children tomorrow!
Not as easy as you think, and we have some majorly PIA regs too. Like we can't use bouncy seats, exersaucers or anthing like that. Swings are ok. If you have a fenced in yard you can allow school aged kids out alone as long as you can hear them and check on them frequently. This is helpful if you need to get the noisy big kids outside (during a school holiday) so they don't wake up the babies. I can see my whole backyard from my sliding glass door in the diningroom so I just open up the drapes and stay where I can see them. With the younger kids you have to bring them inside with you if you need to change a diaper or potty. That's good though because they can get into a lot of trouble in those 3min. They are going a little crazy with illness regs. For a while they were wanting us to report every communicalble illness to the health dept and licensing in triplicate...but they finally dropped that. It was only a reg for about a month. Pink Eye was a reportable illness. Can you imagine? Luckily our state is really easy when it comes to vaccines. If parents choose not to vax they just sign a form and you can accept them. Some licensors are ridiculous, others are more realistic. I had one licensor that wanted me to fill in a little 6 inch hole my son dug with a plastic shovel in some loose fill dirt in order to license me.....
post #83 of 733
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Originally Posted by moondiapers View Post
Not as easy as you think, and we have some majorly PIA regs too. Like we can't use bouncy seats, exersaucers or anthing like that. Swings are ok. If you have a fenced in yard you can allow school aged kids out alone as long as you can hear them and check on them frequently. This is helpful if you need to get the noisy big kids outside (during a school holiday) so they don't wake up the babies. I can see my whole backyard from my sliding glass door in the diningroom so I just open up the drapes and stay where I can see them. With the younger kids you have to bring them inside with you if you need to change a diaper or potty. That's good though because they can get into a lot of trouble in those 3min. They are going a little crazy with illness regs. For a while they were wanting us to report every communicalble illness to the health dept and licensing in triplicate...but they finally dropped that. It was only a reg for about a month. Pink Eye was a reportable illness. Can you imagine? Luckily our state is really easy when it comes to vaccines. If parents choose not to vax they just sign a form and you can accept them. Some licensors are ridiculous, others are more realistic. I had one licensor that wanted me to fill in a little 6 inch hole my son dug with a plastic shovel in some loose fill dirt in order to license me.....
Can you not just bring a changing pad outside? Yeah, some of the things seem pretty silly, but at least workable. It sounds like some states are way wackier. I was surprised about the bouncy seat/exersaucer thing - is it a safety issue, I wonder?

I didn't even think about the licensors (is that a word? ) being difficult like that.

Are you guys part of the Yahoo group for AP childcare, by the way? It's totally dead but someone else mentioned reviving it in another thread, and I think that's a good idea!
post #84 of 733
I don't know about the changing table. Our center was going through a trial run of accreditation and they got called on "not washing hands while outside." The teacher only used hand sanitizer...do you think she was going to walk back in becuase she wiped a runny nose? no...she used hand sanitizer. So I can only imagine how upset they would get about not washing hands after a diaper change. I sometimes don't have access to running water...whats wrong with hand sanitizer?
post #85 of 733
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I don't know about the changing table. Our center was going through a trial run of accreditation and they got called on "not washing hands while outside." The teacher only used hand sanitizer...do you think she was going to walk back in becuase she wiped a runny nose? no...she used hand sanitizer. So I can only imagine how upset they would get about not washing hands after a diaper change. I sometimes don't have access to running water...whats wrong with hand sanitizer?
There are a lot of things wrong with hand sanitizer, but the main thing being that it gives you a false sense of security. Basically unless you are using a hospital-grade sanitizer, you're not getting rid of the bad bacteria, just the goods stuff on your hands that are there to protect you. My husband is a 4th year nursing student and also works in the kitchens of the local children's hospital and they have been told over and over and over that the stuff you get at the drugstore, like purell, is garbage. You want clean hands...you need soap and hot water.
Besides, long time use of hand sanitizers is really bad for your skin. I can't use it at all because I have eczema on my hands and sanitizers burn like crazy.
post #86 of 733
Luckily I have no plans on getting licensed and I'm only watching the babies of close friends and relatives. I don't know what is all involved in getting licensed but I have no desire to do so! I might not be watching the twins now after all--my SIL got really upset when she found out that dh's cousin had asked me to so now she'll probably end up watching them instead. So things may not be as hectic here after all, just one pt 17 month old and one pt 3 month old, plus my 13 month old. And the two girls won't overlap except for 3 hours on Thursday afternoon! Plus I will have Wednesdays alone with my ds which I think is nice for him.

I fixed up the sleeping arrangements, too. Ds can sleep upstairs in the family bed, dn(3 mo) can sleep in the office in a crib, and our friend's 17 mo old can sleep in the playpen in the playroom. I don't like them to sleep in the same room because they wake each other up!

Now, a question for those watching toddlers and babies. Ds is my only child so I have no experience with this. I did not use any containment devices (swing, exersaucer, etc.) when he was a babe but I have been thinking of picking up a swing for my niece. What do you do with the baby when you are rocking or nursing your toddler? Of course I can use a sling for my niece when I am preparing lunch for the older children but nursing/rocking for naptime has me stumped.
post #87 of 733
Lesley&Grace- Thanks for the information. At home I do not use hand sanitizer but at work it was a requirement if we couldn't get to water and soap.
post #88 of 733
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Originally Posted by StrawberryFields View Post
Now, a question for those watching toddlers and babies. Ds is my only child so I have no experience with this. I did not use any containment devices (swing, exersaucer, etc.) when he was a babe but I have been thinking of picking up a swing for my niece. What do you do with the baby when you are rocking or nursing your toddler? Of course I can use a sling for my niece when I am preparing lunch for the older children but nursing/rocking for naptime has me stumped.

I would probably go with one of these Fisher Price rockers...here is the product info link: http://www.fisher-price.com/fp.aspx?...=bgb&pid=31327

I got mine as a baby shower present, and it was great in our old apartment because I did not want her laying on our floor since it was hard tile over concrete and always cold, so I could have her in it while I got stuff done (this was before someone told me about slings!), and now little man sleeps in it and Grace will sometimes sit in it to watch TV or "read". It's a great little rig and very versatile so you'll get more use and longer use out of it, whereas a swing takes up a lot of room and can only be used for one purpose and is quickly outgrown, and many babies don't like them. This chair also has the toy bar which has removable toys (so you can hook up other stuff too) for entertainment. Hope that helps!
Lesley
post #89 of 733
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Originally Posted by lesley&grace View Post
I would probably go with one of these Fisher Price rockers...here is the product info link: http://www.fisher-price.com/fp.aspx?...=bgb&pid=31327

Lesley
Oh, I forgot! I have one of those : It's in the attic! I got it for my baby shower too and used it when ds was small for his naps. I will have to pull it out! I bet I threw the toy bar out, though.
post #90 of 733
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I know my state requires that babies be in the same room as you or if not they need to be near by and have parents sign a form allowing the provider to use a monitor.
Wow, that would be hard to do, I'd think they'd never nap!!! our state just says the have to be in a room with two fire exits that is "baby proof." SOme of my kids sleep on a different level of the house!! I do use a video monitor though.
post #91 of 733
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Luckily I have no plans on getting licensed and I'm only watching the babies of close friends and relatives. I don't know what is all involved in getting licensed but I have no desire to do so!
Be careful doing that. YOu should check your states laws. In Kansas you have to be at least registered to watch ANYone's kids on a full time basis like that. If you are not, you face hefty fines and possibly jail time. EVen for your neices and nephews. God forbid something happen and you have horrible lawsuit. If you are registered or liscensed that you have the Health Department to back you up. Saying that yes, you have passed your inspections, your areas are safe for babe to be.. Yes, you know procedures about washing your hands after diapers and before cooking. Yes, you know not to ever leave them alone even just for a second. (A toddler died in care at a provider's hosue in my town. SHe was upstairs making lunch and the child got stuck behind a crib and suffocated) It is smart to at LEAST be registered even if it is your very best friend's and your twin sister's babies. You never know what could happen.
post #92 of 733
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Originally Posted by momtosimon View Post
Be careful doing that. YOu should check your states laws. In Kansas you have to be at least registered to watch ANYone's kids on a full time basis like that. If you are not, you face hefty fines and possibly jail time. EVen for your neices and nephews.
I did check in the beginning and as long as I am caring for 3 children or less I do not have to be licensed, and I am exempt from licensing regulations if the child is a relative. So I am in the clear because I only watch 2 children and one is my niece. Even if I add the twins in the fall the schedule is such that I would still be within the guidelines.
post #93 of 733
I didn't even think about washing hands after changing a diaper. I do it, of course, it's just so natural I didn't think of it!

I've got 4 interviews lined up for kids!! I didn't expect that much response - but I guess a lot of people are just checking everyone out? I dunno.
post #94 of 733
Has anyone continued their daycare while pregnant or with a newborn? I am new to watching babies but if I take on the twins this fall I've told the mom that I can commit to a one year contract only and that after the year is up we would have to review. I plan on TTC in late summer/early fall 2008 and I don't know if I could handle that many children while pregnant, or with a newborn of my own. Heck, I'm a little nervous about having a TODDLER of my own and being pregnant. I would like to keep the 17 month old, though, she's only 10 hours/week, and by the time we are TTC she will probably have a sibling in my care as well. Plus my niece who is 27-36 hours/week, maybe 45 hours/week by then. I know it seems like I am planning pretty far in advance but I like to warn my friends/family when they ask me to watch their babies that this is not a long term commitment on my part, in case they don't want to put their child in my home only to be uprooted in 1-1 1/2 years.
post #95 of 733
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Has anyone continued their daycare while pregnant or with a newborn?
Both, I took off a week early (ds was a scheduled c-section due to uterine issues) and then I went back to work when he was 6 weeks old. SO, I worked until I was 36 weeks pregnant, had him at 37 weeks. I did have some help from my mother a few mornings a weeks and from my dh a few afternoons a week. SO I was only alone ALL day for one day a week. That was nice. I think I could have done it regardless though. They made sure I had help because of some bleeding issues and I had fibroids (CONSTANT contractions from about 28 weeks on) but I couldnt quit unless I absolutely had to because this is my living. We LIVE on the money I make doing daycare. My dh only make $9 an hour, but he pays for our health insurance. I just wore my ds for the first 3 to 4 months ALL the time. It was actually easier to have him there as a nb, then in my tummy. At least I wasnt QUITE as tired. You can do it!!!!
post #96 of 733
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Originally Posted by StrawberryFields View Post
Has anyone continued their daycare while pregnant or with a newborn? I am new to watching babies but if I take on the twins this fall I've told the mom that I can commit to a one year contract only and that after the year is up we would have to review. I plan on TTC in late summer/early fall 2008 and I don't know if I could handle that many children while pregnant, or with a newborn of my own. Heck, I'm a little nervous about having a TODDLER of my own and being pregnant. I would like to keep the 17 month old, though, she's only 10 hours/week, and by the time we are TTC she will probably have a sibling in my care as well. Plus my niece who is 27-36 hours/week, maybe 45 hours/week by then. I know it seems like I am planning pretty far in advance but I like to warn my friends/family when they ask me to watch their babies that this is not a long term commitment on my part, in case they don't want to put their child in my home only to be uprooted in 1-1 1/2 years.
I am 24 weeks along right now, and I have to say that it is hard. I find myself completely exhausted at the end of the day and I have to be very careful with lifting. I used to walk my dss to and from school, but I have since gotten my neighbour to take him (she has a daughter who goes to the same school) because I find it really hard to get the todds out (we live in an apartment building and there is no elevator, so carrying 50+ pounds of squirmyness up and down stairs four times a day is really hard). When I was pregnant with my daughter I worked in a toddler room at a daycare centre, there were 18 kids in our room, and while I found that hard too, at least there I was with other staff who took much of the lifting and cleaning burden off my hands, and who could relieve me for a break when I needed it, plus I got to go pee by myself . Which is why when I found out we were expecting again I decided to not bring in anymore kids. I am on my own here, I don't get breaks, no lunch hour, and my kiddies yell at the gate if I try to pee on my own.
On the plus side, my daughter has someone close to her own age, is getting used to that plus is getting used to having to share mommy's attention. I'm working with a great family who is very supportive, and if I hadn't been then it would have been much harder. And my husband has been fantastic, he knows I need some time in the evening to be on my own, whether that's having a quick nap or a soak in the tub at the end of my day with LM.
Just know your own limitations and live within them. I'd love to be able to tell little man's parents to "give me a few weeks and I'll have him back here" but I know that my plate will be full enough with my own kids. I knew it would be too much for my body to take on more than little man and my own when I found out I was expecting. You may be able to take on more than that.
Hope that helps!
post #97 of 733
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Originally Posted by lesley&grace View Post
I am 24 weeks along right now, and I have to say that it is hard. I find myself completely exhausted at the end of the day

I am on my own here, I don't get breaks, no lunch hour, and my kiddies yell at the gate if I try to pee on my own.

On the plus side, my daughter has someone close to her own age, is getting used to that plus is getting used to having to share mommy's attention. I'm working with a great family who is very supportive, and if I hadn't been then it would have been much harder. And my husband has been fantastic, he knows I need some time in the evening to be on my own, whether that's having a quick nap or a soak in the tub at the end of my day with LM.
Just know your own limitations and live within them!
I think this is the kicker. I worked full time during my pregnancy with ds but at the end of the day I could go home and it was just me, dh, and our :

Now, at the end of a day of daycare, I still have to take care of ds. I can't just sit my butt in the recliner and veg out for the night. That is my motivation for putting of TTC until 2008, because I WANT to keep going with the childcare for right now, it is a great opportunity for me to sock away some money between now and our next baby. I think the fear of being pregnant and having to get up every day to take care of babies keeps me on the straight and narrow! Maybe by 2009 I will slowly whittle back down to one part time child or even give up watching kids completely. After all, I never planned on being a CCP, it just happened!

I do LOVE having other children around so ds can get some interaction, though! I think it is really great for him. It can be boring on the days when it is just the two of us.
post #98 of 733
Hello!

I was a nanny for a two year old girl back before ds and when he was born I left. I stayed in touch with the family and when ds was about 7 mos I started picking the girl up (then 4) after school and watching her for the afternoon. Then the family had another baby and not wanting to lose the position I took the baby on full time (40+) from 7 weeks on. It was so crazy at the beginning but now I feel as though I have the best of both worlds.
post #99 of 733
Helloe there! I am glad to have found this thread. I do Childcare in my home, although after dd was born, I really cut back. I used to have 4 kids, age 1-3, but now that I have dd, I only have 1 baby, 9 months. I used to have contracts and all that, but the baby I care for now is a friends baby, so I didn't even bother. I think now that dd is a little older (21 months) I will take on another toddler. I just felt like she was SO high needs, that I could not have handled more kids.
Here is how we handled things:
Illness-If me or dd is sick (I've never been sick enough not to work, but theoretically) I call all the parents, and leave it up to their discretion whether or not to bring their child. If dd is really sick, I can call my mom, who is a nanny 5 minutes from me to come and work for me at my home that day. She would just bring her charge as well. When you get licensed here, you have to have 2 substitutes that get a certificate as well, just for situations like this. My other sub is dh, who could call in and still get paid, and work for me and still get paid.
Vacations-Family is allowed one week of vacation with no pay to me, after that it's pay in full to reserve your childs spot.
Trasnporting-I had a double umbrella stroller, but I hated it. So I usually sling one and put the other in dd's stroller, which also has one of those ride on platforms on the back. It's a Bugaboo brand stroller. Or just recently, since the baby is getting older, I take dd's wagon with us. It's the one with the two seats that fold in, and it has buckles and cup holders, really cute. I always have a wrap, sling, and mei tai/ergo with me, so those are a huge help.
Curriculum-We use a TON of different ones. I have about 6 full curriculums, and parts and peices of about 20 others. I worked at a childcare facility just before it closed, and they gave me a TON of stuff. Library books (about 500) curriculums, art material, furniture (those wooden shelves), kids furniture-little table and chairs, lego table and big soft area mats. So I am very very very blessed. I hvae really found that even though I have all those curriculum programs, I rarely follow one all the time. I guess if I had all 3 yo's or all 4 yo's it might be different. But even when I had 2 3yo's, we did better just going outside alot, doing non-directed art, and just going about our day or household tasks and duties. They went grocery shopping with me, to the PO, to the car wash (they loved that!) and then helped me do laundry, sweep, mop, and cook. I was fairly Waldorfy before I knew what it was! But there are a ton of websites that offer alot of ideas for projects, and they are free. Just google toddler activities, or preschool activities, and you'll end up with a ton. HTH
post #100 of 733
I currently work in a small-family owned center and have for the past three years. I have been in the childcare industry since I was 22, about 14 years. I have worked as a nanny, mother's helper, childcare worker, and preschool teacher. The position I hold now is as a group leader for school aged children.

For a brief time I did childcare in my home. We had a home that had an addition which was used as a dining room. It was very long and about 12 feet wide. We tore up the carpet and put linoleum on about 6 feet of the floor for a dining area and recarpeted the rest with berber. This was our new living area. IN the old living room, which had hardwood floors and was right next to the bathroom we set up centers using shelves as dividers. I also placed are rugs for softness. We had a giant window in the room which I removed the curtains from (parents could look in when they wanted). We did arts and crafts in the dining room.

I also purchased baskets to put the child's personal items and daily report in. In essence it was created like a small center, it was what I was accustomed to.

I cared for 5 child (Kailey included). Unfortunately one of the children moved and the other's mother was very unreliable about paying. I requested pay be made for the following week. She did paid 4 days late one week and then didn't come back the next week, but said she was. I said I could not hold her spot and sent her child's things home.

We moved shortly after, Mark lost his job and we moved closer to his family.

Before starting the center I created lesson plans, gathered age appropriate curriculum ideas, made folders for parents to fill out information on the child (med reports, allergies, discipline policy, etc.) I also had forms for medication.

The most important piece I created was a parent handbook that outlined policies regarding sickness, behavior, absences, benefits for referrals, vacation, etc. I gave parents 1 week free after their first year.

There was more involved and I was so proud of how I set things up.

Anyway, now I am in a cneter and am really enjoying it. Expecially not having to have the responsibility of owning a center and the responsibilities/headaches that go along with it. Oh and I charged 75 a week. No part time rates.
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