A daycare in your home also means great tax writeoffs when doing your income tax in the spring. Start keeping receipts now for all kids toys and equipment you buy and for sure all improvements to your home, as you are getting ready to start a business in your home. ( Read more...Collapse )
Since you are at home, you will have the opportunity to accomplish little tasks during the day (dishes, laundry, or garbage) and thus reduce the list of chores for the weekends. Simply being home to let in the furnace repair man saves a spouse from taking the morning off work.
Normally if you had a dentist appointment or your car needed to go into the shop, you would take a day off work. When you have your own home child care business it is hard for you to take days off because you could have several different families relying on you for care. It is sometimes easier to have a friend or family member take your car in or watch your own children after work while you go to a late dentist appointment.
This person could meet and talk to the parents so that they are familiar and feel comfortable with this person. It is stressful for parents who have limited time off work to take a day off unexpectedly, they appreciate it when their daycare provider has a backup system to ensure reliable care.
You could include:
-Daycare highlights of the month (outings, crafts, creative play, etc)
-Lunch/snack recipes that everyone enjoyed
-Upcoming family community events
-Request sections (reminders about bringing sunscreen or hats)
-Policy Review (state your sick day policy or late pick-up policy)
-Cute comments that children said in the last month
-Celebrate Wall- post recent achievements (ie. Lisa can put on her own coat now!)
-Craft Materials request (please save yogurt containers for next month)
-Milestone Checklists -give general milestones for each developmental phase so parents know what is coming up next for their child
-Share relevant articles or helpful parenting tips
-Outline planned activities for the upcoming month
Kinderloop has designed a system that saves time for the caregiver and makes it easy for the parents to access the photos through a password account. I inputed the names of my daycare children and the email addresses of their parents. Once my daycare account was set up, it was easy for me to send photos with comments with a touch of a few buttons. If a child is being especially cute (which always happens!) then I grab my ipad and snap a photo. Then I click into my Kinderloop account, choose the photo and add a comment if I wish, and the app sends it out to the correct parents of the child in the photo-easy! I can send a bunch of pictures or just one. I can add lots of comments or none. Parents can also comment on the photos they receive.