When you run a childcare business you find out really quickly that there are a lot of hidden expenses. From cleaning to art supplies, there are so many little things that you need to have. One of my favorite places to budget buy is at the dollar stores. I really save a lot of money by shopping there first. So today I am sharing one of my secret sources for cutting costs. This is how I shop for the Childcare at the Dollar Store.
Every superhero needs a couple of things. They need a superpower, a costume, and a weapon. Well, today I’m sharing my one my secret weapons. Seriously, this one tool saves me time, money and inspires me to show off my superpowers even more. Here’s how to use a Cricut For Childcare.
I think it’s important to clarify what I’m talking about right from the start. So to be clear, I am not talking about when children bully other children in childcare. Nor am I referring to those parents who seem to confuse childcare providers with nannies. And finally I am not even referring to parents who make an occasional request here and there No who I am referring to is those people who would seek to intimidate the provider into doing something by threatening them in some way. Yes, it happens and it is what I refer to as the real underbelly of childcare. Let’s talk about blackmail and bullying in childcare.
Today we have our first anonymous post. This provider reached out to me wanting me to tell other providers of her experience. The only thing was she wanted to stay anonymous. After listening to what she went through and realizing that her story was one that needed to be shared, I agreed to keep her name out of it. So even though her name is not given, the story is in her own words. Read as she shares how she almost lost her childcare license and how you can learn from her mistake.
One uneventful Thursday morning there was a knock on the door. My heart stopped! I knew my annual visit was due so nervously I opened the door. It was a parent delivering diapers she had forgot to bring at drop off. Whew! Childcare License
Ok, great. Time to go outside. I gathered the children and we all went out for morning playtime. A few minutes later there was a knock at the door again. I remember thinking it must be that mom again. Maybe she forgot something else. But this time went I opened the door it was my licensing analyst. Oh man! My goose is cooked. I was not ready! Here’s how I almost lost my childcare license.
It is always a pleasure to share these pages with like-minded people. Usually, that is with my fellow providers and readers of this blog. But today it is my pleasure to introduce a contributing writer to Thrivingchildcare.com. Open a Successful Child Care Business
Denetra Scott is a respected friend, fellow childcare business owner, and coach. When she accepted my invitation to share her wisdom with my readers I was thrilled. I know you will be too.
For many providers starting their childcare in their home is just that, a start. I know many providers have a desire to move their business from their home into an outside setting. In this post, you will learn as Denetra gives a step-by-step process for taking your home-based business and transitioning to a brick and mortar childcare business.
So if you have been considering or even wondering what are the steps to move your childcare outside your home, this is the post you’ve been waiting for.
During a workshop years ago I remember the instructor stating how surprised he was that the providers were so willing to share with each other I don’t know about the other providers in the room, but I wasn’t surprised. There are so many reasons we should think of each other as collaborators instead of competitors. I guess that’s why so many of us do form relationships with colleagues. So today I want to talk about what might seem the most unlikely of friendships. I will show you how turning the competition into collaborators can not only help you grow your business but also develop a community of colleagues you can turn to as well. childcare competition into collaborators
As child care providers, we are masters at repurposing and finding budget-friendly items for our childcare spaces. Even though as childcare owners we can really appreciate a bargain, we also need durable products for our childcare. Items that won’t break down after the first 5 kids that get hold of them. Ikea Items for Childcare
Which is why today I want to share with you quite a few budget-friendly, but well made, Ikea products that are perfect for childcare settings. During a recent trip, I found
nine ten Ikea products that are perfect for childcare and won’t break the budget either. Wait till you see what all 10 totaled! This list will have you running to Ikea this weekend.
Most providers would probably say that they want their childcare to have a “wow” factor. To wow, parents and at the same time inspire the children they care for. In my mind that happens best in a well-designed childcare space. Inspiring Childcare Spaces
So when I took an unbiased look at my space I realized it had lost some of that wow. Yep, it needed an update. But I needed some inspiration for what it should transform into. Inspiring Childcare Spaces
When it comes to looking for inspiration, these days no one has to look any further than Pinterest. The same was true for me when I was looking for inspiration for my childcare space. So today I thought we would look at more than a few inspiring childcare spaces. Find out what we like and maybe even discover a few things we can adopt for our own spaces. Here’s a look at 5 inspiring childcare spaces.
Ok, let’s say you just heard a knock on the door. It’s your licensing analyst! You panic because you are not ready. Your house looks ok, but your paperwork is all over the place and probably not up to date. Certainly not ready for a childcare licensing visit. I am sure many providers can relate! I know I can!
If you are like most providers, you are busy all of the time. Which is why you might have let somethings go. Now you are on the spot and scrambling. Well, today I’m going to share my process and how I got through my last childcare licensing visit in record time (for me), only 20 minutes. Oh and hang on till the end for a cheatsheet that will keep you ready too.