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O.K. this is along the same lines as the last thread, so i am throwing out this question to all you working moms and daycare providers. I have been caring for children in my home for years. I took the classes to become registered, but never got my home inspection. After I heard of all the things that were not alowed I decided that my home would have to be altered too much to be registered. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: I have these doors that have glass in them and they would have to be removed. I would need a new tv stand, as that has glass door. I could not use my upstairs and we play up there sometimes. There were quite a lot of other things, so I said forget it. I hate having someone pop in unexpected anyway. I have two families I care for and it going well. I just wonder, why I should become registered? What is the point, except to have to charge more for my services, because I have to change so many things?
 

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In my state, I HAVE to be licensed or can get fined or arrested.<br>
I know all states are not that way.
 

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I know that they could close me down, if they found out about me. I think I would have to have someone turn me in. I do fear this, but No more than I would fear someone dropping in to my house unexpected for a check.
 

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I became licensed because 1)it's the law, and 2)it gives parents a better piece of mind, knowing that I HAVE to have a certain amount of hours of training each year, there are laws that I am required to follow (corpral punishment), most of the 'rules' I needed to follow are for the childs safety. 3)I could then apply for a food program and get reimbursed for the food I serve the children.<br><br>
I know there are plenty of good unlicensed providers and there are plenty of rotten licensed ones. I'm more of a rule follower and wanted to do everything legally.
 

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I thought of a couple of more reasons why I was licensed when I did in home child care.<br><br>
I was required to have local, fed, and FBI background checks done.<br><br>
It let parents know that I was serious about watching children, not just something go do for a while.<br><br>
Like I said, there are many good unlicensed care givers, and plenty of horrid ones who are licensed. In my opinion, it's not a big deal to get licensed, so why not follow the law?
 

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Well if its the law in your state... the MAIN reason I would get my license is the same reason I got daycare insurance. If anyone gets hurt you can lose everything. Your home... everything.<br><br>
I've heard too many stories of this happening and kids fall and get hurt easily.
 

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To be honest, I would never consider a DCP that was unlicensed for the reasons stated by the PP's. However, sounds like you have families willing to work with you. However, you could be found out (if illegal in your state) by their filing their taxes and getting the Child Care Credit - you have to have a TIN number to give and well...<br><br>
Hope this helps...just my two cents.
 

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You don't have to have a TIN. You can just use your DCP SSN. I used this several years ago. Then again, unregistered day homes are legal in my state.
 
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