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  1. I like to have the parents ask me questions in...

    I like to have the parents ask me questions in person, even if they are on my website or ad. I make an appointment with them so that they can see the childcare as well as meet me. I find this is...
  2. Thread: Chairs

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    I have the Ikea wooden chairs and they are so...

    I have the Ikea wooden chairs and they are so sturdy and very easy to clean and touch up with paint if necessary. They have lasted me for 12 years so far and can hold an adult. Great product.
  3. Thread: Taxes?

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    I pay every 3 months as this is what the federal...

    I pay every 3 months as this is what the federal government wants if you owe money. When you file your tax return they will bill you quarterly if you owe above their set amount. This way makes it...
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    My contract states that if my daycare is open...

    My contract states that if my daycare is open then the fees are due. I use the analogy with my parents that if they have a mortgage they would not consider phoning the bank to let them know that...
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    Use Halloween to advertise your childcare

    Here is an idea to help fill the spaces in your childcare. Make yourself business cards with your area (not address) and cell phone number. Tape them to the treats you are handing out on Halloween....
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    Sometimes the rest of the family does not get...

    Sometimes the rest of the family does not get ill, just the one member. I will not accept a child if they are sick, or show signs of illness as per my contract. I will not accept a child if they...
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    I've cared for a couple of children with this...

    I've cared for a couple of children with this type of personality. It is exhausting, but they must be shown the consequences for their actions. They will learn what is acceptable and behave...
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    I agree with Judy, fill the spot first then tell...

    I agree with Judy, fill the spot first then tell the family. Take care of your needs first. If the family only wants 3 days a week so be it, but do look for someone else to fill the spot. When you...
  9. In BC we need to live in the home that we are...

    In BC we need to live in the home that we are providing the care in. The home is licensed, not the caregiver, but the caregiver needs to take a course regarding caring for children. The caregiver...
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    Parents seem to forget that we have families and...

    Parents seem to forget that we have families and commitments to our families. This was a wonderful offer that you proposed and the parents should be very grateful. I open at 7AM and have had...
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    I agree with apples and bananas be careful...

    I agree with apples and bananas be careful crossing friendships with working relationships. I have been disappointed and felt used on a few occassions. The partnership you have with your parents is...
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    This is a brutal time of year for colds and...

    This is a brutal time of year for colds and sickness. It takes at least 3 weeks to pass through the daycare and then some other bug hits everyone. I have a policy that if the child has a runny nose...
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    I love when parents come early, but I take...

    I love when parents come early, but I take control of the situation. I look through the peep hole to see who is at the door and if I am busy with a child or children I do not answer the door I just...
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    Free time is a great thing for the children, but...

    Free time is a great thing for the children, but there are times when I do have to get involved and guide their time, otherwise there are conflicts amongst themselves. Children learn about life...
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    If a teacher wants me to hold the spot during the...

    If a teacher wants me to hold the spot during the summer, and if I do not need the $$ I may ask for 80% of the fee, but this does not mean they can drop off their child whenever they like. They may...
  16. You have to decide what works for you not what...

    You have to decide what works for you not what works for the parents. This is your business. If parents want the space they have to pay full rate. There are no discounts.--I am not a save-on...
  17. We all have these days and then we look at the...

    We all have these days and then we look at the children and the love they have for you and we realize tomorrow will be better. I have had similar issues with parents and I put a note on the front...
  18. In British Columbia a family childcare provider...

    In British Columbia a family childcare provider looking after more than 2 children must be licensed with the Ministry of Children and Families and we must adhere to all regulations. A licensing...
  19. I call myself an Early Learning Caregiver (ELC)...

    I call myself an Early Learning Caregiver (ELC) and parents have never questioned this. I do not have my ECE. I have a preschool type program in the mornings, reading, crafts, circle time and...
  20. I charge $40 for a full day. I am open 7AM to...

    I charge $40 for a full day. I am open 7AM to 5:30PM. Anything over that time I would charge $10. per hour, that is what a babysitter gets. I agree with Skysue don't let them barter with you, they...
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