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  1. I've been in this business for over 20 years and...

    I've been in this business for over 20 years and I see lots of people struggle this time of year. It's hard in the colder months when there's less outside time.

    For me, I've found that switching...
  2. Thread: Naps

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    It's been four days in trying to break a habit...

    It's been four days in trying to break a habit that he's always had. It takes 21 days to establish a new habit in a human being. And for a child, 21 days of 100% consistency between your house and...
  3. It sounds like your well on the right track. We...

    It sounds like your well on the right track. We all tweak our paperwork in the first year or so as we encounter situations we had not considered initially.

    I would add a notice period for sure so...
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    I guess that depends on the quality of care in...

    I guess that depends on the quality of care in your area from your competitors and how frequently your own turnover is - i.e. will there be another space in time.

    Here, there are a huge amount of...
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    You should. Why lose income to give someone who...

    You should. Why lose income to give someone who isn't your family peace of mind that they have what they need? I bet if you asked them to take a 20% pay cut for a year to give you comfort, they...
  6. I do have a potty but it's only for if a toilet...

    I do have a potty but it's only for if a toilet training child needs to go now and the toilet is already in use. I purchased one of those toilet seats that has a toddler seat built in for my daycare...
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    I don't have the age restrictions you do but my...

    I don't have the age restrictions you do but my policy is :-

    Older child remains in FT care. They may attend on a part time basis but fees are due for the FT space for the older sibling. If and...
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    Yes - resend it with a firm reminder that it's...

    Yes - resend it with a firm reminder that it's part of your agreement and not optional.

    You could do that with an e-mail about it being cold season and then be firmer, stricter when they show up...
  9. I have found that when people don't treat a new...

    I have found that when people don't treat a new day home provider professionally, it's often because they aren't setting that expectation.

    You mentioned that you've had parents leave without...
  10. You are entitled to have time to look after your...

    You are entitled to have time to look after your health. They are not entitled to your personal information. It doesn't matter why you need time off - every single working adult needs to take time...
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    Why are you allowing them to remain for the day?...

    Why are you allowing them to remain for the day? It seems counter productive to require them to be out tomorrow when they are in your home right now, exposing you to their potential illnesses and...
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    While I do understand being nervous as I'm sure...

    While I do understand being nervous as I'm sure it was a frightening experience, try and see the situation for what it was.

    There was nothing you did or didn't do that caused this *potential*...
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    I am open from 7am until 4.30pm. That's 9.5...

    I am open from 7am until 4.30pm. That's 9.5 hours. I claim 12 hours a day due to cleaning, laundry of sheets, sanitizing toys and because I cook day care lunches the evening before. Add in grocery...
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    You have to have it clearly in your contracts if...

    You have to have it clearly in your contracts if this is going to be your policy.

    Mine lists out all the stats and public holidays, clearly states I will be closed, that these are paid days and...
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    It will take a full year to fill all your spaces...

    It will take a full year to fill all your spaces with quality client's so the odds of opening on day one, with a full quota are low.

    If you are lining up children now for a future opening date, I...
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    Well - first time in many years of doing this -...

    Well - first time in many years of doing this - but had a similar thing yesterday...

    One day a week kid comes on Thursday's only. Mom and older sister show up about 30 mins before closing and we...
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    So if you get into a situation where you have to...

    So if you get into a situation where you have to take a client to court, does the licensing person take on the financial loss if you lose due to having policies that you didn't share with the...
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    There's not many parents on the forum. Mostly we...

    There's not many parents on the forum. Mostly we are day home providers. A handful of parents do venture on here but the odds of them being in your area are slim.
  19. I would check with your local Early Years...

    I would check with your local Early Years Department. Here, no it's not allowed. Here, a day home has to be in the provider's main residence. Any other building means getting a license and being a...
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    I am similar to above. I used to charge an...

    I am similar to above.

    I used to charge an enrolment fee equal to one week's fees. I've just changed that to two weeks. The enrolment fee is due at contract signing. A space is not considered...
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