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    People are finding me on Google and calling...

    People are finding me on Google and calling without visiting my website where I state that I am private and cannot accept subsidy.
    Well at least the one parent I asked told me this. Seems she's...
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    Question for Ontario daycare providers

    Just wondering if those of you in Ontario are getting a lot more calls from subsidy clients these days? It seems for me, the majority of people enquiring about spots are subsidy clients. It's very...
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    Why do they hide it? Because then they can't use...

    Why do they hide it? Because then they can't use us as a stopgap!
    This is one of the first questions I ask applicants, whether they are planning on going to a centre later. If they are honest with...
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    Peacefulbird, not to discount what you just...

    Peacefulbird, not to discount what you just posted, but the previous post bumped up a thread from 2012 and it's spam - see the discreet link for 'help with an assignment' ? I mostly only lurk here...
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    Yes I have experience with this, although not as...

    Yes I have experience with this, although not as extreme as your situation.

    My almost 2 year old had separation anxiety when starting here, and would meltdown completely during lunch. Child cried...
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    You do not need a business license but having...

    You do not need a business license but having police check and CPR/First Aid is strongly recommended. I too tried to start out with an agency. But the process took so long that I had 2 of my own...
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    It sounds like a scam to me. They haven't met...

    It sounds like a scam to me. They haven't met you. They are willing to send an entire months fees to secure a spot. Sounds like they will send you way more than what you're asking in the form of...
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    Thanks for posting this. I've been looking for...

    Thanks for posting this.
    I've been looking for insurance companies with this level of coverage.
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    Good for you in coming up with a solution so...

    Good for you in coming up with a solution so quickly. I like how you call it enrollment fee as opposed to deposit which implies you will get it back later no matter what. Asking for 2 weeks upfront...
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    That's a very good policy regarding the final...

    That's a very good policy regarding the final weeks credit! I do the 2wk deposit applied to the last 2 weeks, and it's annoying to give a family only here a short time their credit so they can take a...
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    Enrolling 2 to 3 year olds....

    I'm in Ontario and trying to fill a 2+ year old spot but I'm getting zero interest...
    In my experience the last couple of years my families have left for centre/montessori once their child is...
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    Lately I reluctantly changed to a maximum 10hr...

    Lately I reluctantly changed to a maximum 10hr day because I was having some trouble filling spots. But based on some families I've met with I decided it's not worth it. I am going back to 9hrs even...
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    Thanks for the reply. I'll definitely change up...

    Thanks for the reply. I'll definitely change up how I do things especially since I'm getting less and less enquiries for immediate care vs long term planners these days.
    Your program sounds great...
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    How do you handle these type of enquiries?

    Although I'm trying to fill an immediate spot, I'm continuing to get enquiries way in advance like July and September 2017!
    It's frustrating but a lead is a lead and still happy to get them.
    How I...
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    Although this isn't a direct answer to your...

    Although this isn't a direct answer to your questions (which were answered quite well already) here's something to try as an alternative to communication books -
    I use texting for little reports...
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    I agree Suzie_Homemaker. I just wish more people...

    I agree Suzie_Homemaker. I just wish more people treated it like a serious business so the rest of us who already do, can survive.
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    Thanks Van, I hope it won't take too long. ...

    Thanks Van, I hope it won't take too long.



    Babydom, fully agree with You get what you pay for.

    Sounds like my area is even worse than yours though. Higher end is 45 which I'm trying to go...
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    Thanks bright sparks. Yeah I'm just stumped as...

    Thanks bright sparks.
    Yeah I'm just stumped as to the lack of enquiries for this age group lately, especially when I hear other providers saying they have more than they can handle. I'm hoping...
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    Rant about rates in my area

    As a provider trying to fill under 2 spots in the 'north of Toronto' area I'm SO frustrated that other providers in my area are still charging low rates, and actually noticing the rates getting...
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    I think the key to feeling full is making sure...

    I think the key to feeling full is making sure you eat a protein of some kind during every meal and snack. The veggies and hummus suggestion is great. I go for peanut butter, lean meats, eggs, nuts....
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