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(no subject) [Sep. 28th, 2004|01:18 pm]
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Not a lot of people post on this community, but I have a question.....how many of you are registered with your Dept. of Human Services for in home day care and how many of you accept "state paid" kids?
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(no subject) [Sep. 23rd, 2004|11:26 am]

I'm going out on a limb here, and I doubt anyone will actually go for this but... I have a friend in need. She is a pregnant teen but her mother refuses to let her have a baby shower so now her little girl is going to be born without all the goodies a lot of us thankfully got to give our children.

I'm throwing her a baby shower behind her mom's back... thing is - I only have 4 people to invite and that's not much. If any of you guys would be interested in getting her something (however small it doesn't matter, it's the thought that counts) PLEASE EMAIL ME. PlsmaChic@excite.com

She's having a little girl, & she's due on October 8th (so this is all really last minute)she hasn't registered anywhere because she doesn't think she's getting a shower, and the only thing she has is a crib (and she's breastfeeding). She could use diapers, pacifiers, outfits, etc. or even a gift card to babies r us or something... Thank you for everything and God bless.

Please help her if you can... Thank you.

~* Laura *~
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(no subject) [Aug. 1st, 2004|11:14 am]

Well, the first annual My Angels Daycare BBQ went just swimmingly!!

I got the idea from a class I went to on how to market your daycare. We learned about a woman who's been doing daycare for 20+ years and every year she has this HUGE bbq and invites past, current and any potential clients. She apparently has nearly 200 people show up each year!! Now, I really don't ever want to host something that enormous, but I've only been doing daycare for 3 years so there aren't that many families yet! :)

I invited all but 2 of the families I've had so far (two left on VERY bad terms...) and four families showed up. So it was a nice little amount of people, and I got to see some kids I haven't seen for a while. Everyone seemed to have a great time. I'm just shocked at how much Adam and Mackenzie have grown, and they've only been gone for 2 months!! I don't think Kenzie remembered who I was, which is very sad for me. But she's little, so it's understandable I guess.

We ate well, talked and laughed, the kids had a great time playing with toys and splashing around in the kiddie pools outside. And I had an activity for the kids too...bought painter's hats for everyone, and bought foam letter stickers so they each had their names on them. Bought bigger foam stickers that they could use to decorate them and they loved doing it. I really had a fun time, and I think everyone else did too. I'll certainly be doing it again next year!!
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Hello! [Jul. 20th, 2004|12:44 am]

Hi everyone!
I was hoping to get some information/advice from some of you out there.
I am 27 years old, recently married and kind of in a career slump. I'm getting really tired of the corporate rat race, and have been thinking about several different ideas for a new career. I have always loved working with children, but I don't have TONS of experience.
Long story short: what sort of training/education/certification should one have if they are going into the home day care business?
I wouldn't be making the change for another year or so, as we do not even own our own home yet! But I would like to know how to get started.
Any information/advice would be greatly appreciated!!!
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Hi everyone! [Jul. 15th, 2004|02:04 pm]
Just joined the community...

I'm 25 and just had my first child, and he's attending a home daycare right now. I plan on starting my own home daycare next year, hopefully have it up and running before spring.

i wanted to know if you would mind sharing why you started doing it, and how you feel about it. good things, and bad.

I admit i am doing this more so i can be with my son, and bring in some income. I've turned into such a softie about kids now!

I hope to get lots of info from this community!

nice to meet you all!
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Just some random thoughts... [Jun. 25th, 2004|02:36 pm]

It does my heart good to know how many little hearts I've touched. I've found myself in quite a slump recently...I lost Maggie in April because Mom wanted to move her to the same day care her brothers were attending. I lost Courtney in May because she was enrolled in preschool (no, I don't get it either). And I lost Adam and Mackenzie a couple weeks ago because Mom and Dad are working much closer to home now, and I don't live near them. Needless to say I've done a lot of crying over losing them. Not because of the money I'm losing, but because of the children I'm losing.

But like someone here said a while back, you don't REALLY lose them. Since their departure, I've watched Maggie an evening or two here and there and her Mom calls every so often just to see how I'm doing. Courtney and my daughter are in the same gymnastics class together this summer so I get to see her briefly every week and get to B.S. with her Mom while they tumble around. I've also gotten a phone call or 2 from Courtney because accdg to her parents she misses me. And I just got off the phone with Adam and Mackenzie's Dad and he said although it's going rather well at the new day care, the kids aren't too happy. Both of them refuse to nap and in the mornings Adam tells his Mom, "I don't want to go to Dawn's, I want to go to MARIA'S house today!!" I'm sure with time things will be grand for them. Oh, and I got a postcard from a client that's been gone for 2 years recently. Lost him in 2002 because they moved to Chicago. They're moving back to town! It's going to be great to see them again. Their new house is quite a ways from here so I know they won't be using me for child care, but at least it's closer than Chicago (I'm in the Twin Cities metro...MN)

Currently I now only have two kids...one of which is my daughter and it's just surreal around here with all the quiet. I honestly miss the chaos and the noise and the mess associated with a houseful of kids! I'm excited to have a houseful again so I've got to just keep marketing myself and the clients will come. And it just makes my heart sing knowing how much the kids I've lost really did love it here. I'm going to be hosting a BBQ later this summer for past, current and potential clients and I'm really excited for that. Regardless of all the bad (horrible) days I have on occasion, I still absolutely love my job and can't think of anything I'd rather do.

This got a bit longer than I'd originally planned. Thanks for reading if you've made it this far!! :)
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What are you making w/your kids for mother's Day? [May. 5th, 2004|01:52 pm]

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I made these with mine and they came out fabulous and were loved by the moms:

Dough Handprints

2 c flour
1 c salt
1 c water
food coloring (optional)
ribbon (optional)
wax paper
rolling pin

1) Add food coloring to water.
2) mix all ingredients well in lg bowl. Knead until smooth. Dough should be pretty stiff, not soft or runny or it will fill with air bubbles when baking
3) form dough into smooth ball, about the size of what you can fit in your hands when cupped ( I did it a little bigger)
4) use rolling pin w/dough on waxed paper, roll out into a circle, keep dough about 1/2 inch thick
5) Press child's hand into dough. make sure to press deep enough without going completely to the bottom (when it bakes it tends to raise the print up a little)
6) put on cookie sheet
7) use a chopstick, pen or pencil and poke 2 holes about 1/2 inch apart at top of circle. This is for the hanging ribbon
8) bake at 200 degrees for about 2-3 hours.
9) when done and cooled, use a marker or paint to write the child's name and the year on the circle.

** I checked mine afer 1 1/2 hours and loosened them from the pan, they stick a little. Just gently use a spatula. Be super careful they'll still be a bit soft. It took apx 2 1/2 hours for mine to cook.
I used a colored permanent marker to write their name and the year on the plaque, it was so much easier than trying to paint letters on. I just did some fancy writing.
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How do you advertise your daycare?? [May. 1st, 2004|01:25 am]

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I took a bit of a paycut in order to open, so money's a little tight right now.

THe newspapers here are rediculously priced for ads. I called for a Sunday and it was $40 for one day!

I've put fliers up at colleges, grocery stores and at businesses who would allow me to. I also had some business cards made at vistaprint.com..I use them in store parking lots. I kinda "car seat lurk" and stick a card on the windows of cars that have car seats in them or other child-related things.

What do you do?
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(no subject) [Apr. 30th, 2004|07:42 am]

Kind of a bummer post, I apologize.

Over the past 3 or 4 weeks I've learned I'm losing two of my clients. One is for a very valid reason, the other I just don't understand because Mom and Dad are giving me very conflicting stories.

My little Maggie's last day is today. I started watching her when she was 8 weeks old, and she's a week or so from 16 months. Her Mom sends her boys to another day care and felt they should now all be going to the same place. Perfectly understandable but no less hard on me. I've been pretty strong this week but it finally started to hit me yesterday and the waterworks started. I know today's going to be a really hard day for me.

Does anyone else out there have a lot of trouble when you lose a client? I know they're clients and clients are replaceable but they're also little chidren who've spent more of their waking hours with you than with their own parents. I've watched her grow, and taught her how to walk, say a few words, eat with silverware, they get to be like your own children...they just sleep somewhere else. I also wonder if the parents realize how hard it can be on a day care provider when they leave. Not that I think they should feel guilty...they are the parent and they make the decisions. I just wonder if it dawns on them that it's really really hard on the people "left behind", namely the provider and the other kids.

Sorry that this is so windy. It's just a tough day for me today and I know you guys can relate to what I'm going through today. Thanks for being here to listen!! :)
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(no subject) [Apr. 29th, 2004|01:37 pm]

Hi Ladies!

I'm starting to work out the plans for my in-home daycare! Its so incredibly exciting, but at the same time, very nerve-wracking! I want to make sure that I get all of my bases covered so that when the time comes, I'll be ready.

So far.. I called today to request licensing information. I currently work at a daycare, so I know those rules in and out. I'm also starting to look around for a bigger place to live... I want to have at least two rooms that I can devote souly to the children!

Any advice for me? Also, I am a single mother, so my income is all that we get. Can someone suggest what rates I should think about, and maybe age group even? I really would like to have all of one age.. like four babies or five one year olds, or something like that, so licensing wont have any worries with me.

Thanks in advance!
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