Does anyone operate a LARGE (up to 10 children) Licensed family childcare?

Liz - posted on 01/03/2009 ( 28 moms have responded )

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Does anyone here have a large family childcare? How is that working for you? I have a small license and care for 5 children 2 days a week and 4 children 3 days a week. I am thinking about expanding my license to large and hire a few helpers. I would love to start a preschool program (curriculum, circle, themes, music etc). Does anyone have any ideas? Any of you offer a preschool curriculum, if so what types of things have you found that worked (activities, themes)

Thanks so much

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Marybeth - posted on 08/13/2009

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I operate a facility at our church. I absolutely LOVE Creative Pre-k curriculum. Just google it and you will see. It comes with themes for every week, and lists of what you need for that theme, including books you can check out at Library to go with it! :0)

Janice - posted on 02/06/2009

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Hello

I'm a registered nurse in Georgia. I provide CPR and First Aid training to DayCare centers. Any DayCare centers in the middle Georgia area need any CPR / First Aid updates? Please let me know!!

Mara - posted on 02/02/2009

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I work in a large in home family childcare.  We can have upto 17 unrelated with 4 under the age of 3.  There are 2 of us.. the owner and myself.  We do a pre-k program and have used everything from weekly readers to the Jump Start computer programs to workbooks and make photo copies.  I personally like the workbooks.  Today for example, we did letters A&B and it was a hidden picture.  They had to find things that started with the letters A&B. The kids LOVED it.  They found themselves after they were done with the actual activity.. they were finding other items on the page and trying to tell me what letter each thing started with.  The 2nd activity we did was shapes. It was a picture and there were different shapes that had to be colored specific colors.  After they colored in the right colors they saw that it was a bird sitting on a branch. they had a BLAST doing it and they asked if they could do more of that and the hidden pictures.  For arts and crafts projects, we go to Oriental Traders. You can get ideas to do yourself but you can also buy kits with 6 to a dozen projects in it for each holiday for a relatively inexpensive price! Hope this helps

Chantel - posted on 01/27/2009

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I charge based on age ... under a year its 50 / day for  12 - 18 months its 40 a day 18 months till  age 3  its 35 a day, ages 3 - 5 is 30 a day and school aged is 27 a day. im only charging 7/day at the moment for afterschool care but I only offer after school to older siblings of my more full time little ones.

Taya - posted on 01/27/2009

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I am licensed in Kansas and by myself I can only have 10 children, that includes my own, and infants take up 2-spots.  If I become group licensed I can have 12-15 with another adult helper.  With my 3 children I curently watch 6 other children.  They vary in age from 6 weeks to 9 years.  I run my daycare m-f from 7 am-5:30 pm.  In the area I live I wouldn't make any money to hire and pay a helper.  Is anyone willing to say what they charge for certain age groups?

Cindy - posted on 01/26/2009

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yeah im not sure i would want more than 3 under 3 lol i have that now and its enough for sure.

Chantel - posted on 01/26/2009

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Were only allowed to have three under three years as well and of those three only one of those are allowed to be under 18 months. Im sure this rule is in place for good reason but it makes it almost impossible for families to find childacre for their little ones.

Cindy - posted on 01/26/2009

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Thats good for you guys then we are only allowed 5 children in our care and only 3 under 3 as per the ministry but strangely enough we dont need our first aid and CPR anymore that just changed

Chantel - posted on 01/26/2009

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I have my class 1 BUT  here in Saskatchewan you dont need to have any formal training other than first aid and infant CPR

Chantel - posted on 01/26/2009

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I have my class 1 BUT  here in Saskatchewan you dont need to have any formal training other than first aid and infant CPR

Chantel - posted on 01/26/2009

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I have my class 1 BUT  here in Saskatchewan you dont need to have any formal training other than first aid and infant CPR

Cindy - posted on 01/25/2009

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To Chantel:So to have that many kids in your care do you have to have an E.C.E?What province are you in?

Heather - posted on 01/25/2009

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I think I said what I meant the wrong way, I do not take the taxes out of what I pay them but I pay in for them so if I ever get audited, the taxes are still being paid in but I take that cut so that they are actually making something! So basically I pay in the extra taxes for them!

Chantel - posted on 01/25/2009

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Im in canada and  in the province that i'm in I only need a liscence to operate if I'm planning on having more than 8 children in my care at one time.  If im on my own I can have 8 ... with a second adult I can have a maximum of 12

Cindy - posted on 01/25/2009

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Oh yeah so maybe the licensing is different there.How many kids can you have in your care if your alone and can 2 people do it in one house?

Cindy - posted on 01/24/2009

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Do you guys run the childcare program on your own?To have more than 5 children do you need your E.C.E if its in your own home?I currently have a home child care business in my home but i am licensed through the YMCA.Are you in Canada or the United States?

Sandy - posted on 01/18/2009

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I own and operate a licensed group day care.  I'm licensed for up to 18 children and I currently have 13 enrolled.  I have 2 part time employees that I pay just like any other employee with taxes and all.  I was told NOT to hire an employee like an individual contractor.  I'd hate to get audited and have to pay all the back taxes.   However if you hire a summer minor employee (for day care they have to be at least 14 in not related, 12 if related to you) you are not required to take out taxes, but they can only work so many hours a week.  I've done that way too and that works out good.

Chantel - posted on 01/11/2009

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Im currently running a centre for up to 8 children. Ive fallen completly in love with the Reggio Emelia approach to child care. Its a child led curriculum that uses art, music and dramatic play asa vessle for children to develop relationships with the things and people around them. Its great for mixed age groups for children 6 months to 6 years. Google it if your interested.

Heather - posted on 01/05/2009

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I do have employees, but I do not take taxes out for them! I just pay them out of my personal account and don't claim it on taxes otherwise they would not be making anything if they had to claim taxes!

Liz - posted on 01/05/2009

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I actually run my small childcare out of a separate space of our house. we have a full 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, full kitchen, separate dining room, and separate living room attached to our house (basically an in law unit) that I have converted just for the childcare. I am also going to be renovating our garage as another play area. Do you have employees? Do you take taxes out for them or treat them as individual contractors? Thanks

Heather - posted on 01/04/2009

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I run a licensed childcare with a maximum of 12 children but I don't do it in my own home, I purchased a separate home just for my business! I have been doing it for over a year and plan to start a preschool type program in the fall but haven't decided which curriculum I am going to go with yet but there are some great options online if you google preschool curriculums!

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