Dishes - I have used my own stoneware for years, no problem with breakage. I know some use Corelle. Used to have plastic for the daycare and my own as well but got rid of that. I have a set of small Kleen Kanteens with stickers on them so everyone has his or her own to use at my house for water - I find them too hard to clean for anything else, so only water. We use regular cutlery- I have a few smaller spoons for the really littles. I have some stainless steel prep bowls and pyrex prep bowls that we use for snacks and some smallish steel mugs that the older children use for milk. I ask parents to supply bottles/sippy cups of their choice for milk. A few parents have left the milk sippy cups behind when they've left, so I have a few backup ones to use if one gets misplaced.
Backup care - Laws, licensing, and certification rules vary so much depending on where you are. I'd contact whichever body (probably state?) that deals with daycare licensing where you are to ask questions about staff certification. For me, my dh is able to cover some things for me - he has a flexible work schedule. Some backup care is available through other providers - I have a list of local licensed ones through my agency and I am responsible for finding backup. I also discuss with families when they start that having a good backup care plan is important when you have kids in childcare, because things can come up, even when you use a larger daycare. More than once over the last few years, larger daycares in my city have been shut down and parents have been left scrambling for care - and an epidemic of flu could leave a daycare understaffed and unable to care for kids even if it is a good one! I make sure that parents know that the best thing for their children is for mom and dad to be proactive and line up a friend or family member who can do the backup consistently when it is required if they can manage it. It is in my contract that I refund pro-rated fees for the day if they use their own backup and I happily do this - saves me the hassle of finding backup myself.
subbing :) I'm thinking about taking care of a child once we get resettled in a new place sometime in the next 6 months. I am curious if anyone has pets in their homes and if so how they manage that? We have two dogs, two cats, and a guinea pig and hope to have a bigger place where they can be separated. Also, does anyone rent and if so how do you deal with your landlord or would you just not mention it if it's only one child
HELLO LADIES!! may i join??? I watch a little 29 months little girl and i have a 3 and a half boy and a 15 month old boy... I used to have two more kids now and then but had to stop cause the little girl was too much.. She's here about three days a week and then 2 days the week after . Unfortunately i think i might have to stop watching her cause I'm not really getting along with the mom. She has asked me to give the kid medicines , suppository's , etc and i told her no cause i didn't feel comfortable doing that. ( the mom is a nurse and uses medicine from her country so the labels are not in English, so i cant even understand what they are) She obsesses about the girl pooping,she wants me to save any diaper with poop in it and puts a suppository by 10pm if the daughter has not pooped by then.)..We practice gentle discipline and i asked to please talk to her daughter about it cause whenever shes playing she tells my son that he needs to be SPANKED and that he has to eat/play-shut up or he'll be spanked ( and has told me several times that mommy spanked her a lot).. I just don't like all this...so i might have to look for another kids....
Really great thread everyone!!!!!!
Hello! Two of my friends and I are thinking about starting a licensed home daycare out of my rental house. The house, deck, yard, and location are really ideal for this. We're just starting to put together the pros and cons. Pros are not having to pay for childcare ourselves, and spending more time with our own kids. Cons are possible unstable income, no medical insurance, life insurance, retirement, paid vacations. I'm trying to make a good decision about this that balances living in the here and now and planning for the future. A lot of people around me have been diagnosed with cancer lately, and that has got me thinking that you cannot put a price on precious time spent with your children.
Anyone have experience entering the "employed by someone else" workforce again after having been self employed with a daycare for 5 years or so?
What are some of the things you wish you had known before you started? How many days a week do you say "I love my job" compared to the days you want to tear your hair out?
Life is strange and wonderful. Me , DP , DS (3/09) , 3 and 4
Pranava, I've been doing this for a few years, love working for myself, can't imagine working for someone else again. Are you imagining working in the childcare field or in a different one?
Have you considered looking into purchasing an insurance package for your business?
I love being with my children - the hardest thing has been managing time off when they are sick, for dr appnts, etc. If there are several of you working together, you could plan for that.
If I could manage to save for retirement and put my kids through college by having a daycare, I don't think I'd ever go back to the regular working world. If I do have to work for someone else again though, it would probably be in the science research/medical field doing writing and editing like I do now. In theory, I could keep up some freelance work on the side so after years of running a daycare, I don't look out of touch with my field. I just don't know how much time or motivation I'd actually have to do this on the side.
How many children do you all watch? Would 7 kids ages 16 months to 3 years be too many for 1 caregiver?
Life is strange and wonderful. Me , DP , DS (3/09) , 3 and 4
I am outside of Portland OR. I am currently an exempt provider (no more than 3, other than my own who are school age). I love this job. I am looking at getting registered though. I have a 19 month old who has Down Syndrome every day, and a 15 month old three days a week. I do drop in for any age the rest of the time. Part of the reason I'm looking at getting registered is that I have to be so careful with the limit.
I am very AP, GD, and natural. I think the parents I work for like that about me, and pay me extra for it, but they are not. Knowing their kids are tv-free and eat organic and healthy here means they don't feel bad if their kid watches a video when they unwind from work, or if dinner is less than stellar, they know their child had real food earlier. They've said as much to me.
The only area I differ with everyone here is I charge a flat dollar per hour rate when they are here. If they aren't here they don't pay me. I've only had one month where that policy bit me. I really cater to the flexible schedule mamas. Most of them are stay-at homes who want to get groceries, volunteer in a classroom, have a dr appt or a mani/pedi without the littles along. I do some after school care also. My house is the bus stop for three different schools.
My boys love getting off the bus and playing with whoever is here. I love being home and still getting all the time my boys aren't in school. I drop them off in the morning and I'm here when they get off the bus. That is golden to me.
Hope it's okay to jump into this thread with a quick question---Are any of you home daycare providers located in Chicago's west suburbs? I'll probably also post in the Finding your Tribe forum, but I thought there might be some good luck here. Really I only need care for my 22mo for 3.5 hours/day, 4 days a week. If you are in my neck of the woods and are open to this, please let me know!
Hi, everyone. I have a small home daycare. I have three small children and I take care of 3 kids who are 2-4 yrs old. I run an eco-friendly daycare and provide healthy meals made from scratch.
I just applied to get recognized as eco-healthy. You guys might look into that. It's sponsored by the Oregon Environmental Councilhttp://www.oeconline.org/our-work/kidshealth/ehcc but it applies to everyone nationwide. It also gives you great tips on being eco-healthy.
I'm so excited. I have an interview tomorrow for a 5 week old little boy. He'll be 4 days a week once his mom goes back to work. The best part is they are a referral from a family I already have and LOVE. I'm nervous they won't feel I'm a good fit, and I'm nervous they will want me and I won't be able to handle another one. Breathe. If they don't want me, it's meant to be. If they do and I can't handle it I can always let them know.
Here's my question. They haven't asked me how much I charge. The family that referred them told me that the only people they've interviewed have been charging 10/hr, which is too much, but that I should charge them more than my standard rate. The new mom already told me she works at a law firm downtown, but I don't know doing what. Is now on okay time to change my policy on newborn rates? The dad's of the two families are best friends. I love the idea of the little guys being friends, too. I'm thinking of saying my rates are a little higher than I usually say, but if that's the only obstacle to them choosing me let me know. Provided of course that i get good vibes from them and want them as clients.
Any thoughts? Is this the child care version of insider trading?
Interview went well. I like the mom a lot. We'll see if she liked what I offer. I stuck to my standard fee. It feels right.
Next question. What are your favorite sling/wrap/carrier for a newborn, knowing I also have two toddlers, roughly 2yrs old. Something tight, cozy for babe, flexible for me, and able to still hold at least one if not both of the others when needed. ie not too bulky. I use an ergo for one (almost) 2 year old, but I don't have the infant insert. Would that really make it seem snuggly enough for a tiny babe?
The mom has a Moby wrap. If they choose me (I think they will) I think I'll ask her to put it in the diaper bag. It will smell and feel familiar.
Which one do you reach for the most often and use the most?
Sorry, I cannot comment on a wrap as I hardly ever carry my 6m old dcb around. Being in Canada where most women take 12m mat leaves we hardly ever get tiny babies. My dcb is a really happy guy and likes to sit in his boppy pillow and watch the action around him.
Congrats on the interview, hope they sign on!
I have been doing home daycare for 9 years and usually have 5 kids 4 and under. My own kids are 8 & almost 10yrs old and in school full time.
I'm reaching for and using my mei tai more than anything else. Mostly out of familiarity, I can whip it on fast. But partly out of minimizing my 20 mo old's frustration. He grabs so enthusiastically when he can't get to the baby it's difficult. In the mei tai he can see his head, arms and he pats more gently when I have to hold both of them.
I want to thank everyone for the recommendation for the fisher price infant to toddler rocker. It already has become a well-loved addition. By both18 and 20 month olds and by me for the baby when I need it. I love versatility!
How are all of you doing? Any spring motivation going on?
I've looked at the Little Acorn Learning online site and it looks great for when my littles get just a little older. Does anyone have old copies they are done with (printed in a binder perhaps) that they'd like to pass on?
Hey all. I'm pretty sure I'm reviving a fairly old thread, but maybe not.
I'm a home daycare provider. Right now, I have 8 kids (including my own 2), but I'm thinking of adding another 2. I'm allowed 10 total with my kids' ages - and I'm losing some when school starts.
Has anyone maintained their daycare business while pregnant/maternity leave? What about breastfeeding a newborn/infant/toddler while providing care? Any tips?
I realize I have plenty of time and sometimes I think I just need things to stress about ---- but I'm starting to stress about how all of this is going to come together. :)
Vanessa... Happily married to a paramedic - celebrating 10 years of marriage! Mama to one crazy 6 year old transformer and one chatterbox 4 year old princess. Daycare provider to many jumping beans I'm expecting my third in late November.
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