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FAYLEI
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5/18/06 10:46 A

Welcome Renee! I agree, call your local state office or local resource and refferal agency. They can send you information. You should also be able to do a search by internet by keying in Home daycare and the name of your state. Definately look into a food program if you get registered/liscenced, it helps. Call around to see what they charge in your area. Don't forget to ask what they charge for infants as well as others. Often the infant group is higher because your ratio's lower with infants. I so enjoy being in the home daycare business. Let us know what you find out and we can all send out other suggestions. It's such a rewarding job- full of smiles and huggs:) Check out my new website to see some of my policies, ect... http://preciouschild3.tripod.com/
Kathy, I agree with what you're doing right now and maybe at a later time you can get registered again. I had to drop my registration at one time due to the limitations on ages of children and #s. I had a wonderful group of kids who had all been with me since they were tiny and one of the mom's got pregnant. How could I turn her away! So I just dropped my registration for about a yr until her oldest went off to school and then I was able to re-register again.
Smiles to all:) Have a wonderful day!



KATHY1964
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5/18/06 10:21 A

Call your local Health and Welfare office....

What I did was I called around town and the going rate in our town is 14.00 a day. I was part of the State food program what a great help that was. But I got into it with the gal when it came time for me to relicense and I have decided not to be State licensed. I will still be CPR certified and follow all of the rules but I will not give up any of my families that I have now. Long story they told me I could only have one baby with the older kids. I told the gal when you came out to relicense a few years ago it was like having a set of twins and a set of triplets with a few old kids. So I'm on my own right now,.... That is ok it is working out great I let the parents know what help I need with food. So they have been great about that also...

So now I will have
5 yr old (mine) soon to be 6
5yr old
2-4 yr olds
3- 3yr olds
2 yr old
1 yr old
7 month old
2 month old
and one that just had her baby last Friday I will have him starting of next summer and another new born due in July.

I don't have all the kids at one time THANK GOD and they have grown up with each other three of the families are related some way or another.





RENEEMAC
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5/18/06 9:49 A

Sorry forgot another thing.. how do I find out what to charge, just call other places or is there something online I could access?
Thanks again



RENEEMAC
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5/18/06 9:44 A

Good morning ladies,
I am looking into doing home day care I know each state must be different as far as certification and student teacher ratios but if anyone can offer insight I sure would appreciate it.
Thanks,
Renee



FAYLEI
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5/18/06 8:24 A

Goodmorning to all. This is the day the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. It's such a beautiful day here in Kansas.
Kathy, I too ate things I shouldn't have yesterday. Little 5 yr old and I baked cookies and well of course I had to eat them! Today's a new day though-NO Cookies! I will stand firm today and drink extra water.
Everyone give those dear children and thier parents a dose of smiles today. Don't you just love to see people smile. When you smile, the whole world smiles with you. emoticon



KATHY1964
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5/18/06 8:03 A

Hope everyone had a good day yesterday mine stress full and ate two cupcakes and took a nap with one of my new borns.. That was the best part of the afternoon. nothing like a baby falling asleep on your chest......

Have a great day should be in the high 90's again today the kids are having a great time playing out side and I have to say after are winter this year so am I. It was way to long....
Kathy

Today I will NOT STRESS EAT...



FAYLEI
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5/17/06 2:47 P

Welcome Kathy:) Isn't it amazing reading all the different amount around the US. Thanks for your suggestions and keep them coming. We can all learn from each other and make our homes and daycares a wonderful place for those sweet children.
I just saw our local preschool walk by a minute ago on thier way to the library. They were all so cute. Their teachers were having them walk left foot right foot and saying it out loud. Wow that must teach them right and left. They then all put thier hands up in the air as they crossed the bridge together. What fun they were having! And the teachers had a wonderful straight line of at least 20 kids! Smiles to all today!



KATHY1964
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5/17/06 2:37 P

Hi Ladies my name is Kathy and I live in Idaho and I have been doing daycare in my home now for 5 years. I started so we would not have to put are oldest in daycare and then we had a second. WOW I was reading on what you get for day care and we in Idaho do not get enough that is in the small town that I live in I charge 14.50 per child that is with food new people are paying 15.00 a day per child. Infants I do not provide food. I'm very fortunate because all of my parents are school teachers so the agreement I have with my husband is if I say for the summer I get them off well I do have one part timer she no longer works at the school but he is also picked up no later then 4:30.

Some good ideas for keeping the kids in tow my sister in law sent me a rope and tied knots with a loop for a handle in it. I also have a triplet stroller that I'm able to fit an infant on the handle. I take them into the school every January for there Indent kid cards and boy they are amazed on how well behaved they are that is until the parents show up......
I'm so very excited to find you all I hope you will have me...

Kathy
From Shoshone Idaho



FAYLEI
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5/17/06 10:15 A

Thanks Jenn, I sure hope the parents like it. Other daycare parents have said they think it'll be easier to view from home on their computer vs standing and reading a bulitan board with thier child tugging at them. Have a great day!
Smiles to all here today! Put on those smiles and give those kids a big hug. Isn't it amazing how many caregivers don't smile and don't play. The children spend all day in this atmospere and then often go home to mom/dad who's exhausted and not smiling or playing either. We have the best job ever! Who else gets to go to work each day and everytime they do something right, thier boss gives em a hugg and says "I sure love you". Let's not let the little things or stinky diaper things bring us away from the true joy we can recieve. Have a wonderful day to all! Remember, you make a difference today in the life of a child and often the life of a parent too.



NIFFER129
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5/17/06 9:34 A

Faylei
I went and seen your website. I liked it a lot. You can see everything you will be doing, what the kids will be eating and your policies right up front. I would think the parents would read the website more so then if you were to hand them a handbook. I can't wait to see pictures!!
Jenn



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5/17/06 1:53 A

Yei, I finally have enough on my website to work with so I went ahead and published it to the net. It's my first website so nothing fancy. I'd love to have you all veiw it and see what suggestions you might have. I know I need to fix my calendar. It keeps giving me fits (if I add the word Sat. then it moves all to a new line, so I'll keep trying to get it right.) I hope to add a photo album soon with pictures from daycare that parents and grandparents might enjoy. I also hope to add a past daycare kids photo album after I get thier parents permission for updated pictures of kids growing up. I think that would be fun! I still get Christmas cards with school pictures of kids now fixing to graduate. I also plan on adding other forms that may be of help to other providers as well as motivational and safety tips. What else should I think of adding. Send your suggestions! I'd love to hear them. This has been fun! Well, here's the address:
http://preciouschild3.tripod.com



TEXASMAMA
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5/16/06 10:44 P

WOW!!

That state inspects unannounced once a year and the food program 3 times a year unannounced. The kids are pretty good during an inspeciton. When I have the option I pull out playdoh as it is a great entertainer!



LORIDERK
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5/16/06 8:15 P

sabrina
wow on all the inspections. I only get 3 a year. They are drop in visits plus my yearly review. I have had 4 new consultants in a year and a half. Its hard to get to know the person let alone the kids getting to know them. You are lucky in that sense.

Wow also on the military stuff!

I am trying to get in a bike ride each evening for exercise but tonight I am trying to convince myself. :lol:



SABRINAJL
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5/16/06 8:06 P

The monthly inspections are no big deal since my kids are all 7 and up. They know my monitor pretty well by now (last time she was here, one of them made her a bracelet). Generally, they just carry on whatever they were doing while she does the inspection.

Every now and then I'll have more than one inspection in a month. I have to have 3 food program inspections per year (a main meal observation, a snack observation and a surprise visit) and also once a year BUPERS (Bureau of Naval Personnel) does their own inspection where they come out with the director of the CDH (Child Development Home) program to make sure things are being done properly. Mainly BUPERS looks at our files.

Oh and I have to recertify every year, which includes inspections from the base fire department (they make sure the smoke/carbon monoxide detectors and my fire extinguisher are in working order, that I know how to put out a grease fire, that I know how and where to shut off the gas, etc...) and Preventive Meds (they make sure everything is sanitary). Which means I have at least 18 inspections a year.

LOL Typing that all out makes it sound worse than it actually is. It's really not so bad.

Edited by: SABRINAJL at: 5/16/2006 (20:07)


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5/16/06 7:23 P

Welcome to all our wonderful newcomers. Sorry I have been away today but I lost my internet connection after we lost electricity during the night. How exciting to see all the different staff/child ratios from state to state and the military base was really new to me. Wow, monthly inspections! My daycare kids always act the worse during inspections. They are so sweet and then let a new person show up and they want that persons whole attention. What do you all do during that time? For those who are new, I'm in Kansas and just moved here from Tx so I'm waiting on my registration to arrive. I already have two kids starting in Aug. who will be a principal's child and a school councelor's child. Great parents! Yei! Well, I worked on my website again all last night and almost had it ready to put out when BOOM the electricity went out so I need to check and see if all was lost or if it saved. Does anyone else here have a website for their daycare? This will be my first and it's deffinately a learning experience. Not as easy as it looks. I'll post the address when I get done or closer to done! Smiles to all. Hugg those dear children. You make a difference!!!!



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5/16/06 6:42 P

Hi! I'm an in home daycare provider in Salem, Oregon. I have been taking a break from it for 7 months or so to be home with my 7 month old girl, but I am accepting children again starting June 1st. I have a 5 month old baby girl enrolled to start on that date. I am looking to have just one more child enrolled in my daycare - a 4 year old girl so my 4 year old daughter can have a playmate her age.

I am licensed for:
2 children under age 2
4 children ages 2 - in kindergarten
4 children in 1st grade and up

I currently will have:
7 month old girl (mine)
5 month old girl
4 year old girl (mine
4 year old girl (looking to fill this spot!)

I don't know how I'm going to manage my program while doing this...but I'm sure in time I'll get it figured out :-) I am only open from 7:30-5:30, so I can get up at 6 to work out and shower before the kids get here.



SABRINAJL
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5/16/06 4:34 P

I live in military housing right now. In San Diego, since the housing was off base, I had to be state licensed AND Navy certified. Here, the housing is on base, so I only have to be Navy certified. The standards are MUCH MUCH higher for Navy certification.

We are only allowed to have 6 in mixed age group, 8 in a school-age only group or 3 in an infant only group. We aren't allowed to have helpers. We also get surprise inspections at least once a month.



LORIDERK
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5/16/06 3:47 P

thats interesting. We only get 8 regardless. But we now have the option of opening a group home where you can have 12 with a helper so I guess its kinda the same. You have to apply to open the group home and so on though.



TEXASMAMA
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5/16/06 1:32 P

Well, in Texas you can be registered or licensed. Licensed requires more education and experience plus your inspected each year instead of each 3 years like a registered home. I'm licensed.

With one person ratio depends on the ages of the kids. If I had all infants I could only keep 4. If I had all schoolers I could have 12.

Licensed homes have the option to have an assistant and keep 12 kids of any ages when two caregivers are present.



NIFFER129
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5/16/06 10:05 A

I live in Wisconsin and we are only allowed 8 also. Even with an assistant. Jenn



LORIDERK
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5/16/06 9:20 A

Texasmama
Can you have 12 kids cuz your husband will be helping you? With licensed care here you can only have up to 8 children including your own. I find the ratios from different places very interesting.

Had to get up extra early today for a child so made use of it and walked on the treadmill for 15 min and then did some stretches. Its a start I guess.



TEXASMAMA
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5/16/06 9:15 A

Jessica,

You're so right. I worked in a center for 3 years and turnover was horrible. To start with they don't pay well or offer very good benefits at most places.

I was going to hire an assistant but we decided to just have my husband and I run it together for that exact reason. I would have to hire two to avoid paying overtime because the hours I need an assistant would be 50 or more hours per week.

If I hired someone they would probably have a child they would want to bring taking away form my income, plus I'd have to worry about them leaving next week or calling in sick a lot. It would be a headache unless I got lucky and found great employees.





JESLYN2001
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5/16/06 5:47 A

My boss told me that our company (which is very big in my area...there are centers all over the place) gives free daycare to management and that everyone else has to pay for it. I think part of it is because of the turnover rate of employees. I've only been there a month, but we've had like four or five people quit since I've started.



TEXASMAMA
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5/15/06 9:55 P

So cool to find this thread!!!!

I've got a licensed home daycare and love it! It's been a real challenge to keep out of the crackers, hotdogs and other high caloriie foods I serve them but I'm getting there.

I've been doing my exercising at naptime but I'm trying this week to move it to the morning before the kids arrive because I will have a couple of school agers during the summer and it will ruin my workouts during nap. Morning workouts are going to be near impossible. Kids start getting here at 6:00 so I will need to be up and move at 4:30ish.....UGH!!!

How many kids and what ages do you keep?

I have 10 right now by myself. Come fall I will have 12 little ones and no longer keep schoolers. My husband is going to stay home and work with me starting in August!! I can't wait!

12 mo (mine)
21 mo
2 yr
2.5 yr
3 yr
3 yr
3.5 yr
7 yr (mine)
7 yr
8 yr

Cindy





SABRINAJL
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5/15/06 7:20 P

I've been doing it for 3 years now. I only do b/a school care. It's great. I make a little extra money and my day is still free. I have never and will never take infants or toddlers.

I don't make as much here as I did in San Diego. We will be moving back to San Diego soon so I'm excited about that. Here there is nothing to do. In San Diego, when the kids were on breaks we'd go lots of places. The beach, Sea World, the San Diego Zoo, the museums in Balboa Park, the skating rink, the nature center, etc...

I'm going to be off this summer though. I'm losing the kids I do have and I decided not to try to get any others. I figured this will give me the summer to concentrate on my weight loss. And we'll be moving in a few months anyways.



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5/15/06 6:18 P

Welcome home Jenn! I'm sure you had a wonderful vacation. It's great to be low on numbers when you return. I remember those days when I would return and even though I clean the house before I leave it looks a wreck coming back with all the suitcases. Sorry to hear about the baby with the bottle. It's happened time and again to me and especially with potty training. Parents give in when they're home. Then we have to start all over. Hang in there. You're in my prayers.
Loriderk, welcome to our site. So, where exactly is Saskatchewan? I'm in Kansas. Here I'm waiting to get liscensed and it's $90 a week. In Tx where I was it was $75 a week so it's a jump for me although I wish it were more. I finally got all those safety latches on my cabinets and everything is ready to go again. It's surprizing how we get out of the habit when we stop doing daycare. The hardest for my family is going to be for the kids to lock up the toothbrushes and toothpaste again. It's all about habit. I'm excited to get started and am considering doing some drop ins and parents nights out for extra money this summer while I wait on Aug. to arrive when I start.
Question to all, how much do you set aside for taxes? I have always just paid it out of my husbands at the end of the yr. but I don't think KS will let you do that.
Do you supply formula and babyfood for infants or make the parents supply it? I'll be having the parents supply it as I've done before.
Everyone keep your heads up and give those children an extra hugg. Do something fun and out of the ordinary this week that will stick with them a lifetime. One of my daycare kids whose all grown up now still remembers the tents with blankets over the table and trains made out of the chairs. Even a sandwich cut out with cookie cutters can make a memory that will last a lifetime. It's that little extra effort that shows we truly care. Smiles to all!



LORIDERK
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5/15/06 5:21 P

Just browsing the board for the first time. Your post interested me. I also do home daycare in Saskatchewan. Been doing it for over 10 years now. I quite like it.

I charge: infant $590/month, toddler $575/month, preschooler $490/month and $300 for school aged. I am licensed so not sure if that makes a difference where you are but its kinda what people charge around here.

Very frustrating on the bottle thing though on the first post



NIFFER129
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5/15/06 4:15 P

Hi everyone
I'm back from my vaction. It wasn't long enough! LOL. Then some of my kids were sick today so I had nice low numbers. I am frustrated right now. One of the little guys I watch just turned one. His mother was between jobs so he hasn't been here for about 3 weeks. Right before he stopped coming I had him off the bottle. Today he comes back with one in hand. I'm so mad. Why did I do all that work if she wasn't going to back it emoticon . So today I had to listen to the whole crying all over again. I just don't get it. If someone is nice enough to help out through the little milestones wouldn't you be appreciative and keep up with it? Oh well. Have a great day.
Jenn

Edited by: NIFFER129 at: 5/15/2006 (16:16)


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5/14/06 8:37 A

Welcome Louiseanna. Wow, I wish our gas prices were that!
Everyone have a wonderful mother's day! I'm on my way to church but I'll check back in tommorrow and chat more. I found some neat websites to share. Send yours if you have any. Smiles to all:)



LOUISEANNA
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5/13/06 2:21 P

I am starting a daycare. I charge around $25 a day per child and for infant it's $30. Some place it's up to $40.

Faylie, gas is really expensive where you are. Here in Ontario it's around 95 to $1.



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5/13/06 9:05 A

Goodmorning to all. Can't believe gas is over $3. What ever happened to the $1 price. I'll say a prayer your vouchers go through Jessica. I can't believe they're even making you pay for daycare for your child whenever you work there. It used to be the benefit of working in a daycare. It used to be that daycares paid minumum wage but a benefit that you had free daycare. Then the daycare close to me in tx started charging $5 a day for each child to cover cost of food. You're in my prayers. I'll be keeping those two kids in Aug. i'm charging $90 a week and one is still in the infant catagory. I would love to make $180 a week per child but wow, to pay it...I better get a better degree. Most of our jobs here pay $5.25-$6.50 an hour unless you have a big degree.SMiles to you. I'm working on my daycare website today. I'll send you the address to you can offer suggestions when I'm done. SMile to you:) Have a great day!



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5/12/06 6:59 P

Gas it up to $3.05 for regular here.

I'm taking the baby to work with me and paying $180 a week until my daycare vouchers go through. At least we hope that they go through.



NIFFER129
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5/9/06 9:01 A

I have to keep kids up until I leave. It makes it hard to pack but I feel bad not being there when I'm needed. I have nap time and after the kids leave so I usually get it all done. Some how. Well everyone have a great day. I have to go get snacks for our trip. Jenn



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5/9/06 7:45 A

Goodmorning everyone! Just wanted to jump in and wish you a wonderful day. Jen, you must be getting so excited about vacation. Are you working right now until you leave or just enjoying the much deserved time away? Hope you have a fun and safe trip. I had another call for daycare yesterday, but until I get a van I can't take anymore. This lady had 3 kids- 7wks, 3 yrs, 5 yrs. But she also needed what in KS is called SRS (gov't financial aid). I don't do that. They pay such a low amount here that no one really does much. I feel sorry for parents who need it, but there are so many flaws in the system with it that the daycare loses here. Well, have a wonderful day. I have to clean house today and finish laundry. Give those kids a big hug today and keep smiling. I found some of my daycare music yesterday. I love Joe Scruggs. His music is great for the kids. I really want to use it for excercize time so I can get some excercize too. Smiles to everyone:)



NIFFER129
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5/8/06 8:51 A

Hey Faylei
I have a wide range of kids. My youngest is 8 months, 9 months, 1 yr, 1.5yr, 2 yr, 3.5, two 4 yr old, 9 yr and a 10 yr old. It's nice during the summer to have the older kids because they are great help. Exspecially if we go some where. I can't believe that lady charges $70 a day!!! Wow! I wish I could get that much. My parents I watch for would think I'm nuts. I'm gonna go and get some of my packing done. We are leaving in a few days for vaction. Have a great day! Jenn



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5/8/06 7:53 A

What a difference it makes where you live. Minumum wage here is just $5.25 and Walmart pays $6 so a single mom is lucky to make just 200 a week. I really wish they would raise the minimum wage and lower the gas. I'm sure gas is probably higher there too. We're at $2.80. I'm glad though that daycares are getting paid more though because often people spent more on their takeout food each evening than they spent on their whole week's worth of daycare. Let's make a difference in the lives of those children and let them know their deffinately getting their money's worth. Smiles to all today:) Be more like a child and let the little things in life today bring you joy!



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5/8/06 5:45 A

Oh wow guys, daycare is relatively cheap where you guys are! I live in Baltimore, MD and at my center it's $270 per week infant-toddler alone. I don't know about the other rooms (I was inquiring about it for my own daughter). I contacted a home daycare provider here and she wanted $70 a day and that came to $350 a week.



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5/8/06 1:20 A

Jen, what ages of kids do you have right now? I am going to be starting off with a ten and a half month old little boy and a two and a half old little girl. One of them has a mom that will be our new school councelor and the other the new school principal. I'm excited, I get them in August. I love it when I get good parents and good kids. The kids are always great but the parents are sometimes another story. I've really been blessed most of my daycare years with the best of both. I guess the hardest thing about daycare for me is after awhile I feel like I lack in adult conversation. The parents often come and go quickly and they're the only adults other than hubby I have contact with. Dear hubby is terrific though with my daycare. He's even been known to rock babies and change diapers. I better get to bed, have a great day tomorrow! Give all those angels huggs. They are our future generation.
Jessica, where are you? Miss you on here lately! Smiles to all:)



NIFFER129
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5/7/06 11:01 P

I charge a daily rate $30 per child. Infant or not. It comes up to 150 a week. I live in Wisconsin. I always feel like my scrapbooks aren't good either but everyone else loves them. I think we are just to cridical(not sure of spelling) of our own work.



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5/7/06 9:21 P

Jen, what an awsome idea doing a scrapbook for the parents. You must be so talented. I love to do scrapbooking but mine doesn't look too good. Just my eyes only kind of. You can look at other daycares websites by typing in home day care and finding some by names. They're really fun to look at. What state are you in and how much do they charge there? Where I used to live in Tx it was $75 a week/$100 for infants. Here in Kansas it's $90 a week and up to $125 for infants. My cousin in virginia pays $150 for her infant. What differences. I started out 16 years ago at $45 a week even for infants. Fun to look at the rates everywhere. Smiles to you:)



NIFFER129
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5/7/06 5:24 P

I don't have a name that I use but some of the fathers goff around and call me Mother Goose. I don't have a website for my daycare. I didn't know you could even do that. I scrapbook so for Christmas every year I make a book for each family or add on to the one they already have. That way they have memories of every thing we have done for that year. It is a big hit and usually we get a few tears from the mom's so I know they really appreciate them. Good luck with all you have to do. Jenn



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5/7/06 9:20 A

Isn't it funny how we get all those looks with kids in tow? I even have people ask if they're all mine. I am just starting my daycare new since we moved from tx to Ks. So, I'm not going to charge big for vacations right now. I do put down that they can miss one week and after that it's paid and that I do charge for the holidays that I'm closed if they fall on a week day. Ex: memorial day, labor day, Thanksgiving day, Christmas day ect... This way has been easier on the parents in the past. Instead of them having to pay for a whole week in my absense and come up with money to pay another sitter they're paying me a day here and there (usually 5 in the year) in which they're usually off and don't have to pay another sitter. I have a busy week this week getting my daycare up and going. I need to get my fire extinguisher inspected, put knobs on the cabinet in the bathroom so I can lock it, and I'm still vehicle shopping for a bigger vehicle so I can keep more that two kids.
Do either one of you have a website for your daycare? I'm not computer savy but my teens are teaching me to build one for my daycare. I won't put any address, phone or last names so I can't be found but I thought it would be a great place for parents to have access to inorder to print out form, see my calendar, menus, daily schedule, field trips, and pictures. It would also be fun for those grandparents who live out of town to click on and see pictures of the little angels playing at daycare. I'll let you know when I get mine up.. Does your daycare have a name? In the past, I just registered under my name but am thinking of putting a name on it this time. Everyone have a wonderful day!



NIFFER129
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5/7/06 8:53 A

Faylei, I know what you mean about packing up the kids and going places. I plan weekly field trips and take all the kids places. It is good for them and me. I have 2 double strollers and a wagon and I watch a my niece who is 10 and my oldest is 9 so they just have learned to pitch in if we all want to go places. I love watching peoples faces when I go in some where with 8 kids. I have not charge for vactions in the past. I don't really need to be doing what I do. I have done it because I get bored easy and so my youngest had interaction with other kids. So the money I do make is just extra for us.
Jenn



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5/6/06 2:25 P

Welcome everyone! Jenn, I'm sure you will have a wonderful much desearved vacation. Don't let your parents bring you down for going. I know that was often a problem in my daycare business. The parents would make me feel a little guilty anytime I was gone. But it's much deserved and anything to avoid burnout is needed. Do you charge for your vacations?Have a wonderful time.
Jessica, welcome! We're just getting started here. So, what do you find is the most rewarding for you being in the daycare business? I think for me, it's the smiles and huggs from those precious kids. I can look back now at all the past kids and still remember their smiles. My first group that I kept are now 16 years old and soph/jr in high school. Wow! Maybe one day they'll become a president and remember little ol me! Ha!



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5/6/06 9:35 A

I'm in the daycare field. I'm currently working for a major daycare/learning center chain.



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5/6/06 8:44 A

I wasn't known for being a stay at home person. I told my parents from the beginning that I would love and treat thier children as my own and therefore if I had somewhere to go, I'd load up and go. I've been known to take 6-7 kids kids in carseats to the grocery store, Walmart, school programs and parties, Mcdonalds, Chuck e Cheese, the park, the zoo and the museum to mention a few. They do very well. Just learn to hold hands and get a stroller. A seat can be laid down in a regualar stroller and hold two or a two seat one can lay down and hold three. Or try a wagon. My mom was often gracious to help me but I also had a friend in one of the places that also did home daycare and we often met places with the kids which was the greatest. It gave us both a chance to talk while watching the kids play. Don't just stay home if you don't have to, avoid the burnout now. It's so easy to get. Smiles and have a great weekend! Ha Ha I'm still not completely unpacked.




NIFFER129
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5/5/06 9:41 P

Thankfully I have a mini van and plenty of car seats. I just get tired of sitting at home. Hope you had a great visit with you grandma. We'll be going on vaction next week I can't wait!! Have a great evening. Jenn



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5/5/06 5:48 P

Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. I've been visiting grandma with my 5 yr old this whole past week. I had another call while I was gone for daycare but I don't think I'll be able to accept another because I need car room to take my kids to school. Maybe I'll do dropins, mothers day out ect. over the summer but then just keep the two for the fall. I got rid of my van about a year ago and didn't think I'd be back in the daycare business but I sure miss the kids so I'm back! Will chat more when I get all unpacked.



NIFFER129
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5/1/06 2:55 P

Hi Faylei
I started doing home daycare because my youngest child is what we like to call "determined" She was easier to handle with other kids then on her own. Now I watch for six different families. Who would have thought it would have turned into all this. I think it would be great to be able to exchange ideas, menu's and to help motivate each other also.
Jenn



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4/28/06 1:04 A

I have been doing home daycare for fourteen to sixteen years and now I live in a new state and just turned in my registration again today to begin again and already I have two kids to begin in Aug. when i get my registration. Anyone else in the home daycare or even the daycare field. It would be great to inspire each other each day and share ideas, menu's, and motivation to keep up the great work.



 
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