3.5k
Daycare and childcare providers in Winnipeg, Toronto, Vancouver, Ontario etc. in CanadaGarderies à Montréal ou au QuébecFind daycare or childcare providers in the USA
Forum control
+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 15
  1. #1
    Starting to feel at home...
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Posts
    114
    Thanked
    14 Times in 14 Posts

    Opening a home daycare

    Hey, I'm opening a home daycare in Toronto- any tips?

  2. #2
    Euphoric !
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Ontario
    Posts
    3,629
    Thanked
    949 Times in 781 Posts
    Welcome to our forum. My tip is for you to read through all of the old threads and you will find a wealth of information. We talk about everything on this site!
    Frederick Douglass
    It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.

  3. #3
    Starting to feel at home...
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Posts
    114
    Thanked
    14 Times in 14 Posts
    Thank you, I've been learning a lot from this forum, I have a few concerns though - for instance, I want to tell parents that their child can only stay 9-10 hours and what should I charge if they decide to come pick up their child late?
    Also, do you open on national holidays? If not, do you get paid?

  4. #4
    Expansive...
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Ontario
    Posts
    529
    Thanked
    213 Times in 145 Posts
    Welcome! I am in the GTA as well. I am only open for 10 hours so that is the max time anyone is here. I don't offer extended hours...too exhausting. Fees are the same, no matter what time you use within my operating hours. I am closed all stat holidays and am paid for them. Parents not pay when I take vacation but they pay when they take vacation. Many providers get paid or their vacation though!

  5. #5
    Euphoric ! Inspired by Reggio's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Ontario
    Posts
    2,697
    Thanked
    946 Times in 686 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Nina View Post
    Thank you, I've been learning a lot from this forum, I have a few concerns though - for instance, I want to tell parents that their child can only stay 9-10 hours and what should I charge if they decide to come pick up their child late?
    Also, do you open on national holidays? If not, do you get paid?
    If a 9-10 hour max is a value to you than you make this clear in your contract....so for example my business hours are 7:30 - 4:30 and my normal fees are based that nine hour day and if you want MORE than nine hours you pay for extended morning care or extended evening care past that nine hours as per your contract with me.

    I charge $1/minute late fee if you arrive after our 'contracted' hours, plus my contract clearly states that chronic issues with being late will result in termination of the contract because I do not WANT to deal with late clients regardless if they compensate me or not!

    I think most providers choose to be closed on Stat holidays ~ direct payment for that day depends on the area you live and personal preference ... some people choose to have a little higher daily fee and NOT charge clients whenever they are closed and other providers choose to base their fees on the annual income they need for the 'space' and than divide that by 52 weeks and require clients to pay for the space regardless if they are closed for the listed stat days, vacation or however many sick days they want to factor into that fee and so forth!
    Children construct their own intelligence. The adult must provide activities and context, but most of all must be able to listen. Children need proof that adults believe in them. Their three great desires are to be listened to, to understand, and to demonstrate that they are exactly what we expect."
    Loris Malaguzzi

  6. #6
    Euphoric !
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Ontario
    Posts
    3,629
    Thanked
    949 Times in 781 Posts
    I have a maximum 9 hour day but the commute in our city is nothing as crazy as the commute in Toronto so I understand if you make 10 hours your maximum day. But make it clear to your clients that you do NOT want overtime and they will find a way, trust me. There are grandparents who can help, aunts, uncles OR they will take advantage of your good nature. Don't allow that.

    My fee is $5/half hour for an early opening before 7:30am or late after 5pm, my closing time, or over a 9 hour day.

    My stat/closed days are listed in my contact so parents can make sure they have them booked off with their employers. I explain it clearly to my clients, that payment is due in full 49 weeks of the year no matter if there are sick, missed or stat days. No questions, just full payment every week except for my vacations.
    Frederick Douglass
    It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.

  7. #7
    Starting to feel at home...
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Posts
    114
    Thanked
    14 Times in 14 Posts
    Thanks for the wealth of knowledge- I"m reading all of these posts with a fine tooth comb!! So much to think about- I have an interview with a potential parent this Friday- so the more I sort out before the better!

  8. #8
    Starting to feel at home...
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Posts
    114
    Thanked
    14 Times in 14 Posts
    That sounds much easier- I was going to open from 7pm to 6pm- but that's 11hours and I don't know if I can take care of 2 babies for that long!!

  9. #9
    Euphoric !
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Ontario
    Posts
    3,629
    Thanked
    949 Times in 781 Posts
    Good luck with your interview. We sometimes learn the hard way in this business, so if you can start out taking care of yourself so you don't become absolutely exhausted and unhappy we're glad we can help.
    Frederick Douglass
    It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.

  10. #10
    Starting to feel at home...
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Posts
    114
    Thanked
    14 Times in 14 Posts
    Yeah, I've worked in child care centres, so I know all about the mum's with the grocery bags running in late! I want to avoid all that hassle.
    The interview is for a 9 mos old and my daughter will be a year old by that time- do you think looking after 2 infants is crazy? I wanted to care for another child, but with 2 infants on my own, that may be more than I can handle. Also, should I charge more? I was quoting $45/day but seeing as centres charge about $1700/month, $900 seems too cheap,,, any thoughts?

Similar Threads

  1. Looking into opening home daycare in Toronto
    By momof1 in forum Opening a daycare
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 03-03-2014, 06:25 PM
  2. Opening a home daycare
    By brooketown in forum Opening a daycare
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 02-09-2014, 09:27 AM
  3. Opening a home daycare in Saskatchewan
    By mickyc in forum Opening a daycare
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-21-2013, 10:00 PM
  4. Opening an in-home daycare
    By AmandaML in forum New members introductions
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 10-01-2013, 12:35 PM
  5. Planning on opening a home daycare, help .. pleaseee?
    By SDACUNHA in forum Opening a daycare
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 10-12-2011, 07:29 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

A few tips...

Always ensure that your child receives quality care by taking the time to investigate the provider and by asking for references! We simply cannot verify the claims of every daycare provider.
Did you know?
DaycareBear receives more than 155 700 unique pageviews each month; that's nearly 1.9 million pages per year!
Partner in your
search for a daycare provider