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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. Our blog consists of business activities in the child care profession for daycare providers and early childhood educators. Be sure to check out our latest child care article, What is Daycare? Everything you Need to Know About Family Child Care Homes.

Why a ‘Large Daycare’ Never Worked for Me *Sigh*

Did you know that opening a large daycare is virtually impossible? Well at least for me. I’ve tried THREE times without success. So to all of you daycare providers out there that were able to make this work for you, I praise you! Child Care Demand There is a demand for child care in my area, Thousand Oaks, California. But, most of my phone calls are for children under the age of two, infants. And even with a large daycare, my max number of infants is four. I always thought licensing should lower the age to under the age of eighteen months. This would open up more infant spots quicker and cut back on the year-long waiting list. As for children over the age of two, well it’s pretty much the sound of crickets over here. Maybe because there are a lot more child care options for chi...

31 ‘Positive’ Blog Posts About Daycare, Enough Said!

Because I’m sick and tired of seeing all the negativity talked about on the news or on other blogs about daycares. Because of that I’m not even going to link to anything negative on this blog post. So here are 31 positive daycare blog posts from 31 different blogs that need to get more attention on the world wide web. Do us a favor as bloggers, comment one positive thing about daycare on this blog post or any of the blog posts mentioned below. Or a social media share would be even better. And if you know of a positive blog post that wasn’t mentioned in this article please feel free to let me know. And we’ll add it! 31 POSITIVE BLOG POSTS ABOUT DAYCARE FROM 31 DIFFERENT BLOGGERS Why It’s OK For New Moms To Leave Kids In Daycare -Elite Daily No guilt, mama: Day ...

Yes, We Have a National Child Care Provider Day, Let’s Celebrate It!

Did you know we have a National Child Care Provider Day? Also, known as Provider Appreciation Day. This day was started by a group of volunteers in New Jersey back in 1996. This group wanted a day to recognize the tireless efforts of child care providers who care for children of working parents. It is celebrated annually on the Friday before Mother’s Day. This year it will be celebrated on Friday, May 10th, 2019. I did not know about Provider Appreciation Day until one day I decided to look it up and voilà! Who would have thought? All though poorly unrecognized at least in my area. But, I think it’s highly important that we as child care providers make this day known and celebrate it. The most beautiful satisfaction in the world is when someone appreciates your work. -author un...

3 Discipline Tactics That Should Not Be Used in Childcare

For parents, teachers, and childcare providers alike, we always have to be careful with how we discipline children. There are so many variables to consider, and while it’s true that parenting is different than teaching, and teaching is different than running a daycare, there are still some truths about disciplining children that are pretty much universal. In fact, there are three that stick out to me right off the bat that are total discipline no-no’s when caring for children. Fake Threats If we are honest, most of us have used this tactic before. Whether it was years ago when we were babysitting for our neighbors, more recently in our childcare business, or even with our own children, we’ve pretty much all done it. Most of us also know that our kids are smarter than that...

3 ways to leave a good review for your child care provider

One of the best gifts you can give to your child care provider is a good review. Why? Because small businesses thrive off good reviews and testimonials. Not only will it show you appreciate them, but it will help their business within the local community. According to Forbes, online reviews are the best thing that ever happened to small businesses. Research shows that 91 percent of people regularly or occasionally read online reviews, and 84 percent trust online reviews as much as a personal recommendation. That’s a big deal. There are several ways you can leave your child care provider a good review. Here are just a few ways to show your appreciation. 1. Facebook Facebook has recently changed their ratings and reviews to now recommendations. Instead of leaving a star rating you are ...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

The Snuggle Is Real At Daycare

Sometimes I find myself waking up in the middle of the night thinking about the daycare kids. Recently I’ve been thinking about one of my daycare graduates. Yesterday was her first day of kindergarten. I guess that’s why she’s been on my mind, you see she’s growing up and on to new adventures. My mind kept going back to a time I got to see her right after the family came back from maternity leave. They were dropping off her baby sister to start daycare. If I remember correctly, daycare graduate was unsure about giving me a hug. Mom reassured her that she only had to give me a hug if she wanted to, so I respected that and didn’t ask for one. Moments before they were about to leave and when I least expected it “she” decided to give me a hug. It was a...