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Use PayPal ‘recurring’ payments & never ask for a daycare payment again

One of the best things I’ve ever done for my daycare is to make it mandatory for my daycare parents to sign up for PayPal Recurring Payments. And get paid automatically on a weekly or monthly basis. But the absolute best part is I never have to ask for a daycare payment again and neither should you. There’s nothing worse than having to ask for daycare payments on a weekly basis only to receive excuse after excuse. I like that comparison that if this was their paycheck they would expect it to be given to them without question. And if they didn’t get paid they would feel frustrated having to ask for payment time and time again. This is when you have to put your foot down when it comes to YOUR daycare policies. Here’s how I did it… Include a parent/provider contr...

How to enforce daycare policies even if you’re an introvert

This particular blog post is especially important to all the daycare providers out there to make sure they have their policies in place and stick to them. Unfortunately, there are people out there that will take advantage of your kindness. Know how to handle them in advance and prepare yourself for what’s to come. Always be one step ahead. It will help you especially in times where you find yourself burned out. Remember you’re not just a daycare provider, you are an entrepreneur, you are a business owner, and you…you matter! I don’t think most people change their basic personality in regards to introversion or extroversion. You can, however, learn or adapt to different skills that will help you in life… without changing who you fundamentally are. -Chris Guillebeau An intr...

What is Daycare? Everything you Need to Know About Family Child Care Homes

Daycare or family child care home is a child care facility run out of one’s own home. Child care, or otherwise known as daycare, is the care and supervision of a child or multiple children at a time, whose age ranges from 6 weeks to thirteen years. Almost one-quarter (23.4 percent) of children under the age of five are in some form of organized child care arrangement, which includes day care centers, nurseries, and preschools. Choosing a Daycare When choosing a daycare here are some leading reasons behind the choice of child care preference. Parents in Canada cited various reasons for their decision to use a particular type of child care. The majority, one-third (33%) of parents indicated that the location of the child care service was the leading reason behind their decision. This w...

Aquarium Awesomeness: How to make a fish tank aquarium craft using a plate

Watch these two kids make two crafts. First, an aquarium made out of a royal blue paper plate. And second, a cute little fish tank card. All aquarium awesomeness! Credit: YouTube

How To Make Moon Sand | A DIY moon sand recipe using 3 ingredients

Credit: YouTube Need to make moon sand for your toddler? Here is a moon sand recipe that you'll be able to craft in no time at all. This moon sand recipe is made using 3 cups corn starch, 1.5 cups water, and 6 heaping cups (or 8 regular cups) of clean fine sand.

How I found a ‘daycare near me’ and a helpful list for your child care search!

A popular search amongst the search engines are parents or guardians looking for a “daycare near me”. I know from experience this is one of the toughest things to do is to find a reputable daycare within a decent proximity of where you live. I’ve created a list of websites and search tips for finding a daycare near you. Hopefully this list will help you with your search. Please feel free to share with expecting parents or parents to be. And remember start your search as early as possible, spots do fill up fast. I found a daycare near me by word of mouth, I wish I had the online tools to put together a list of daycares in my area. Thankfully, I found a Grandmother who only took teachers kids along with her Grandkids. And because my mother was a preschool teacher, available...

An Open Letter To A Fellow Daycare Provider

Dear Fellow Daycare Provider, I’m writing you this letter to “thank you” for your interest in my daycare. It’s not often I get phone calls from local daycare providers and quite frankly it took me by surprise. And with my introvert personality, I ended up being quite vague with you and your questions which I apologized about later in a text message along with filling in the blanks. I was, however, excited to speak with you and share with you some of my daycare’s day-to-day operations, rates, activities, etc. I felt like we had a good conversation between two people, two adults. Well as good as it could be despite me being vague and caught off guard. But hopeful that we would be able to meet with each other soon. You were going to meet with me weren’t you...

Not Just Another Child Care Provider Facebook Group, I Promise

Ok, ok, I know…there are tons of Facebook groups out there for child care providers BUT THIS ONE IS DIFFERENT, I promise. Why? Because we encourage parents and guardians to join our group too. This group is not exclusive to child care providers, as we have an “open-door policy” where all are welcome to become a member. What our group can do for you: Become a Member: HelloDaycare Peeps Facebook Group We do Have Some Rules #1 Be kind. The last thing needed is to stress out or add stress to our fellow community members. For all of us have enough stress trying to make sure we are doing what’s best for the children. Think before you post. Take time to calm your jets. While we realize our community group may be your first place to come and vent, it may not be the best of ...

I Was Told ‘We Are Not A Good Fit’

I had finally filled my last daycare spot that I had been trying to fill for several months, mainly because I was having the worst year ever. But things were “starting” to look up as I brought on a new family. They were transitioning over from another daycare that again was not a good fit for them and their family’s needs. Maybe this was the beginning of a pattern for this family, I have no idea, just mere speculation. Or maybe they were just having bad luck like me. The ‘not a good fit’ week. The ‘not a good fit’ week didn’t start off too good and not because of the daycare. On a personal note, we were dealing with family illnesses and the slaughter of our chicken (named after one of my daycare kids) by a raccoon in our backyard. So we alrea...

Sacramento Police Department Responds To Daycare Bouncy Complaint

A daycare celebrating their yearly fun day, parked a bouncer on the neighborhood street, apparently aggravating a nearby neighbor. The neighbor called in a complaint to the police department. And you’re going to love how the Sacramento Police Department responded. Check them out taking off their shoes, one concerned about holes in his socks, as they climb in and start bouncing away! Way to go Sacramento Police Department! Next year one of the supporting neighbors vows to gladly get a permit to close down the entire street.

Um, yes…Google Voice is a must have for your child care business line

As a child care provider, I know what it’s like to want to cut down on expenses as much as possible. That’s why my husband and I recently decided to cut-the-cord on our cable and landline. A triple play bundle service we were paying up to almost $250/month which included tv, phone, and internet. Originally when we signed up for this plan it cost us an introductory price of $99.95/month and if my memory serves me correctly that was with a two-year contract. Unfortunately, the introductory price is no longer available, and the two-year contract plan is undesirable. So the “more than doubled bill” has got to go. With that came the decision to eliminate our landline. We were paying $44.99 a month (That’s a date night out with the husband!) Pretty insane if you thi...

3 Reasons Being a Childcare Provider is Awesome

People often ask me about my job as a nanny. Do I really like it? Is it a job I plan to do for the rest of my life? Do I work for a good family? Does it make me want kids of my own? Being a childcare provider has its challenges. From common-place dirty diapers all the way to temper-tantrums that make us feel like crazy people, sometimes it is a very hard job. Sometimes it feels like all of our efforts go unnoticed and are ineffective. But at the end of the day, being a childcare provider is one of the coolest, most rewarding jobs around. 3 Reasons Being a Childcare Provider is Awesome We Receive A Lot of Love As a nanny, I receive daily hugs, kisses, loving tackles, etc. Now, the guidelines may be a little different for day cares- I’m not really sure if you are allowed to get cute li...