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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...

12 Facebook Groups For Daycare Providers

HelloDaycare Peeps! I’ve put together a list of popular Facebook groups for daycare providers in case some of you were not aware they existed. I was planning to make this an ongoing list as more groups emerge. But I never realized so many groups were out there until I started working on this blog post. Wowsers! There are a lot to choose from! It appears many daycare providers have branched off and started their own groups, with the same purpose, different venue per se. I have to be honest I never paid much attention to any of the Facebook groups until last year. The only reason I started joining groups was because of a friend of mine, a daycare parent. She would talk about conversations she had read on the local community groups and suggest that I should join. I did, and it was like a ligh...

Treasured Letters To A Daycare Provider

Do you save all the “thank you” letters from your parents? As a daycare Provider, I sure do! These are priceless treasures in my opinion. I remember receiving my first one from a daycare mom. She had written me a thank you note for watching her two-year-old son and along with her thank-yous she wrote “Our favorite is banana!” Of course I knew exactly what she was talking about, laughing and smiling as I read her words. She was referring to the sign language I had taught her son. I still get the giggles about this comment to this day. And an image embedded in my mind of her son, cross-eyed, looking at his index finger while making a peeling motion with his other hand in attempt to sign the word banana. For her to point out “her favorite” in the letter, ma...

Encouraging a Child Who “Doesn’t Deserve It”

As a nanny of a precious two-year-old girl, each day is certainly unpredictable. Some days, she is the sweetest, cutest little booger on the planet. Other days, I just feel like I can’t take it anymore. The whining won’t stop, the string of toys left on the floor seems never-ending, and clean-up turns into World War III. On those days, it’s all I can do not to lay down on the floor and throw a temper-tantrum along with her. I have to admit, I really have it pretty good. Baby girl is very well-behaved most of the time, and for that I am thankful. But on her bad days, I get a little glimpse into what it’s like for parents and care-givers whose kids are bad far more often than they are good. Regardless of what category they fall into though, even the most difficult of ...

How To Choose A Social Media Username

So you want to grab a social media username for your daycare business? If YES, then you’re headed in the right direction. Securing a username across the internet is an important step to take after deciding on your daycare business name. Once you have decided on a company name for your child care business you’ll want to grab its username across the internet on social media to build your brand presence. This can be a nerve-wracking task, especially if your username has already been taken. BUT, don’t fret, just get creative. A well thought out username can make a BIG difference for your business when communicating online with current and prospective clients. It’s not hard, just follow me for some helpful guidelines to get you on your way. And remember, most importantly...

Granny’s Christmas Party Mix

The saying is true “Granny made it best!” Every year for Christmas Granny would make us party mix without fail. Even if she wasn’t going to be with us for Christmas she would have batches shipped to us from North Carolina to California. She made sure all of her grandchildren would have party mix for the holidays. Although we carry her tradition year after year, Christmas is just not the same without Granny. And as we gather together to make her famous party mix we remember her and the happy times we all spent together as a family. Four Generations! Many years have gone by since my grandmother passed away and my mother began to pick up the family tradition of making Christmas party mix. However, this year my daughter and I decided we would spend time together in the kitche...

Give A Pumpkin A Bath

Who doesn’t love miniature pumpkins? Over the weekend I came across some miniature pumpkins at the grocery store for 99¢ each. I couldn’t resist purchasing them as I thought these would be perfect for the daycare kids. There are several varieties of miniature pumpkins all of which have their own names. Some of the names I came across were the Jack Be Little pumpkins, Wee Be Little pumpkins, and Baby Boo pumpkins. The pumpkins I ended up purchasing were the edible Wee Be Little pumpkins which are extra small, well rounded with smooth skin and no ribbing. These little guys are the perfect toddler’s pumpkin; tiny enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Wee Be Little Creative I thought a great activity for my four daycare children between the ages of 12 months-two years old w...

The Moments We Share With The Children

If there is going to be one thing I am thankful for it’s the moments we share with the children. It’s the moments that have a lasting impression on each and every one of us. It’s the little things that in actuality are the most important things. I think sometimes we get that feeling that we need to do more. But little things like smiling, laughing, and just showing up go a long way. Unfortunately I can’t share with you the moments they remember with me. But I can share the moments I had with them and hope in some way or another those were special moments for them as well. The moment he smiled at me. I once watched an autistic boy about 13 years ago in the church nursery on Sundays. He would come in every Sunday morning and followed the same routine. He would remove ...

My Yearly Unannounced Visit From Licensing

Yesterday I had an unannounced visit from licensing. Ever since I opened my daycare five years ago I have had an unannounced visit from licensing every year. So I was expecting one soon since my last visit was on October 28th of last year. Sure enough there was a knock at the door at 1:47 PM, yes I looked at the clock. It never fails, every single unannounced visit has been at naptime which is when I least expect it. I opened the door to greet her. She had on a purple floral dress which color coordinated with her purple briefcase on wheels along with her purple thermos. Normally when I see my analyst I get this nervous, anxiety feeling that creeps up on me. But this time was different as I didn’t get that feeling when I saw her friendly face. The program analyst was polite and apolog...

My Thirteen Year Old Wants Her Room Back

I use my thirteen year old daughter’s bedroom as the daycare nap room. We are a family of four and live in a three bedroom single story home. Our home also happens to be my place of business with four daycare children under the age of two. Honestly, I wish it was a four bedroom home so that I could have a spare bedroom to utilize as the daycare kids napping room. I really like the idea of having a separate sleeping space for the daycare kids. They know that when they go in that particular room that it is time to go to sleep. My only other option is to have their sleeping area in the playroom. I know other daycares and infant centers that do this but I always feel like the daycare kids get better sleep and aren’t disturbed as much in a separate bedroom. This article proves my po...

Choosing A Business Name For Your Daycare

One of the first things I did before opening up my daycare was decide on a business name. If your anything like me you’ll dwell on this for hours with all kinds of words, names, and ideas flashing through your head. The worst is when you wake up in the middle of the night with a great idea just to forget by morning. I try to keep a log of all my ideas so that I don’t forget but I know this can be hard to do at times. Keeping a notepad by your bedside can help as some of my best ideas come to me at night. I’d also like to mention, be prepared to drive your family members crazy with “What about this name?” or “How does this sound?” questions. When deciding on a company name I personally like to focus on one, my surroundings, and two, meaning. You als...

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