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So...those of you who provide childcare from your homes, I would love to know how many babies/children you watch, what limits you've set for yourself in terms of numbers of children, and how you came up with those limits.
FWIW, I believe my state's limit is six unrelated children for an in-home unlicensed child care provider--so I would still be legal.
I have been providing care for 4 years now. I have two children of my own now who are 7yrs and 4 yrs old. I also care for:
4 yr old - 3 times a week
18 month old - 3 times a week
Set of 15 month old twins - 3 times a week
4 yr old - 2 days a week
12 month old - 3 days a week
3 yr old - 5 days a week
So, I generally have atleast 4 kids (usually 5) on top of my own two every Monday to Friday. Five kids is the max you can care for in Ontario where I am from.
As for the question of the parents not wanting you to take on more...
When I interview families looking for care I am very upfront. I tell them that I always have the option of having a maximum of 5 children. There may be times that I slow down and have fewer but I always reserve the right to have 5 if I want to.
Honestly, I can handle this many kids just fine. I actually think I could probably do more if I was allowed. I think I could definately handle one more.
I think it is an individual thing. Only you can decide what you can handle.
Holy Smokes mama! You are my idol!!! What is the most number of kiddos you have under 2 years old at the same time? I just found out that I can only have two under 2 years old in my care at once, and that includes my child. I once cared for three under a year, and my head was spinning for those four hours. I was hoping to take on a newborn this summer, but now realize that I won't legally be able to if I am registered (which I hope to be soon). What are the rules in your state?
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