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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...

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 g...

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...

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...

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 ab...

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...

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 pump...

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 w...

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 whe...

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 ha...

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 ...

Immunizations Required For California Daycare Providers

Are you aware of the new bill SB 792 mandating vaccines for California daycare providers? My mother is a retired preschool teacher but she still volunteers at the preschool school from time to time. A week ago the director emailed her informing her she would be subject to a new law. The law was in regards to immunizations for California child care licensees, staff, and volunteers. Its effective da...