Today I want to help you deal with the “late’s”. Who is that? You know, the parents that pick up late, late payers and even a late employee. Late daycare people can throw a monkey wrench in the day-to-day operations of a family child care provider. So let’s develop some strategies of how to handle the late’s so no wrenches need to get thrown.[Read more…] about How to Deal with Late Daycare People
Child care policies
A parent wants to enroll. You have empty spots. The days and times work for both of you. So what’s the problem? Well here’s the catch, they want to enroll just not right now. This family won’t actually have a need for childcare until sometime in the future. So what should you do? Should you hold child care spots?[Read more…] about Should you be holding child care spots?
Do you have issues with setting limits? Now I’m not talking about with the children. I mean with parents. That’s right I said, parents. Ask just about any provider that has been in business for even a little while and they will probably share with you some harrowing stories about parents who don’t seem to have boundaries. Sometimes it is actually quite shocking what parents will request from a child care provider.
So while most of us deal with setting boundaries with the children we care for, it is also worth setting up some boundaries for parents as well. But how do we begin setting limits at our childcare? When is it appropriate? Let’s get into it.
As any provider can tell you, being a childcare provider is largely on the job learning experience. You learn so much overtime that you could never have known going into the field.
I know that is surely true for me.
Once upon a time about eleven, years ago I was green, to say the least. Even though I had a corporate background, was a mother of three almost-grown children and had been educated in the field of child development – I had so much to learn about running a childcare business.
There was definitely a learning curve. So today I thought I would share with you some things I did wrong when I got into childcare, what I learned from my experiences and how I fixed it.[Read more…] about STARTING A CHILD CARE: What I got wrong and how I fixed it
Today I want to talk about setting your child care hours. I know what you are thinking. This is one of those things that seems like a no-brainer right? You figure out what hours you want to be open, tell the parents and that’s it.
Well, it turns out it’s not such no-brainer after all. In nearly 20 years I have seen it all. Parents sitting in my driveway until 6:00 pm on the dot. EVERYONE arriving early one day. Parents going all the way home and forgetting to pick up their child. I even had a parent tell me that, working an extra 30-45 minutes (a day) was just a little more work. child care hours[Read more…] about Setting Your Child Care Hours