I want to start providing in home child care

Patricia - posted on 02/05/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I'd really like some pointers on how to get started by anyone who has done it

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Kimberly - posted on 02/05/2010

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I put an ad on our local classifides website to help me find kids as well as let my friends and family know. You will want to decide what ages you want to care for and how much you are going to charge. I watch a 1 year old and and 2 1/2 year old and I charge 33.00 a day for each of them. Any younger than 1 and I would charge 40.00 because of the extra work involved. You will want to make a contract for the parents to sign stating things like pick up/drop off times, how much per day for how many hours, charges for late pickups, who is responsible to find alternative care for holidays, sick policy, who provides lunches/snacks, what medication you can give, emergency contacts, how much notice to end care etc. I have had many problems when I first started with parents taking advantage of me and always being late etc. Remeber that you will also have a hard time making it to appointments and things like that because of the extra children. I'm pregnant and getting to the doctors is a hassle. Research the different kinds of care providers and decide on weather you want to become licensed or not. There are also laws for how many extra kids you can have and things like that. Make sure you are comfortable with the laws and what you are looking for before you start to advertise because when people call you want to be able to give them all the same information and sound professional and like you know what you are talking about. If you have any more questions feel free to ask me. I know my response is probably not explained the best:)

Sarah - posted on 02/05/2010

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First is to get your name out there. Talk to your friends, let them know your plans. If you attend church let your pastor know and those friends. If you know someone that does inhome day care let them know. Many times I get calls but don't have any openings so it is nice to referr them onto someone else that I know and trust. When I started I did not advertise (have never advertised). I had little kids and did not want kids with behavior problems or dysfunctional families. I knew my friends and who they would referr to me would be good families. For tax stuff talk to an account before you get started, there are a lot of stuff you can deduct from your taxes that you will want to keep receipts for. You will also get a self-employment tax, so you will want all those receipts. Hope this helps.

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