What do you expect from an in-home daycare provider?

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I think this is alluded to in the above posts, but you need to decide what is important to you and then look for it. An in-home daycare provider is an independent business with the right to provide what he/she feels is best/appropriate/doable/easiest/whatever... It's her occupation/business! However, that said, you, as the customer, get to decide who you are going to hire and give your business to.
I am posting this only because I've seen so many circumstances where the parent/guardian tries to get the provider to provide the care they think is best, and they become very frustrated. I've also seen independent day-care providers very discouraged because they cannot meet the expectations of their client, no matter how they disrupt their routine. Many times the problem is that the parent is trying to "buy" a type of daycare that is not offered at the "store" they are "shopping" in. If the parent wants to have a lot of control over the provider, the parent needs to hire a provider who works FOR her in HER home.

Jaclyn - posted on 03/06/2010

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I agree with Michelle about the improtant things that a Licensed Home Daycare provider can give a child. With my first son, I was lucky that my mom was not working for the first 6 months that I was back at work. So my son was 8 months when I had to find a daycare provider. I didn't like the centers, since they were not personal and they also cost a lot more. I found a phone number for our local Home Daycare Assosiation, I called and was given a list of 6 providers in our area that had an opening. I called each of them and only 1 answered the phone while she was with the children, I was able to meet with her that afternoon and she took my son the next day. I liked that she answers the phone incase you need to reach her. I was nervous, since she was the cheapest rate around, however I soon found out that was the best decision that I made. They are an older couple and she has been in business for over 20 years since her children were young. Her husband is retired and he is with the children constantly, which gives her a change to make lunch, prepare bottles, take older children to school, and homeschool the 3 & 4 year olds in preschool. I like that they have 2 people caring for them, like grandparents yet more structured. All meals are healthy and homemade, no sugary snacks and she really keeps them in line and teaches them a lot. My son could share at 10 months. He loves helping with the babies that are there and he sees how siblings interact, which will be great when his brother arrives any day now. She also starts to teach counting, letters and colors as soon as they can talk, so my son knew all of that before he was 2. I was lucky that I found all of this on my first try and I hope that you can find a great provider in your area.

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Ashley - posted on 03/06/2010

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if they were lisence i would expect them to do every thing a regular day care would. Have a set schedull and such. I would ask and if it was my child i would just stop by. I have worked at daycares and when you call they no ur coming so everythings ganna be good.

Jaclyn - posted on 03/06/2010

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I agree with you Beth. Our provider will not fill out any papers with what you child does all day, she feels that if she did it for all of the children then she would be spending more time on the reports then caring for the children. I see her point. My firend also takes her children there and she wants a report on what they do all day, our provider tried to meet her request and was not able to. My friends daughter is very energetic and is up playing half the night. The kids at daycare all play together with 1 or 2 toys and don't get much chance to run, so this has always concerned my friend. She has since put her daughter in preschool where she can run and play, which is all that she does and she has even more energy at night. Our provider meet all of our needs and them some, they are like family to us, however they do not always meet every parents needs/requests.

Kimberly - posted on 03/06/2010

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When I had my kids in daycare, In home was the only option for me as I worked wierd hours plus I was going to school full time. The provider I used was licensed by the state, ongoing training, learning toys and tons of room to play. She also was the only one anywhere that had overnight care too. She also was madated by the state to provide good food set by the guidelines of the school district. I think the best plus for me was the flexible hours of care and treated all the kids like her own

Michelle - posted on 03/06/2010

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I am a licensed in-home daycare provider. I just opened last August because I was going to have another baby and the daycare facilities around me are horrible. I went through them all while looking for my daughter (now 5). She even went to a few of them. At the facilities she was treated as a number, no one really cared about her, and I never got to speak with the teacher who was with her most of the day. So, I resigned as a teacher and opened my own. There are requirements and training that need to be followed, inspections will be done before opening and a few times a year once opened.
Not all in-home daycare providers are created equal! You must find the right fit for you. Below is a list that I expected as a parent and what I hope I am giving my clients:
I expect:
licensed, on going training
clean home
someone that is part of my family
someone that doesn't just babysit but also teaches my child
someone who watches for developmental milestones, documents them and discussed them
someone who makes me feel like I'm an important part of my child's life
someone who makes their home feel like a second home
someone who has structure and appropriate discipline ( my kids have grandparents and don't need someone to spoil them)
hot healthy meals with fresh fruits and veggies
someone who encourages children to eat these healthy meals and teaches good table manners and eating habits
someone who does NOT give "treats and unhealthy snacks" that should be for the parents to give
someone who is open to hear any concerns that I may have and discuss them with me

I love being a childcare provider but I also opened because I couldn't find what I expected and I felt I could provide an option for other parents who felt the same way as I did.

Jess - posted on 03/06/2010

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If it is a liscensed in-home daycare provider I would expect the same things as I would from any other daycare, maybe even more since typically there is not as many children at in-home daycares. Of course some things would be diffrent. If there is only one provider and they get sick you would probably have to find someone else to take the kids, whereas at a daycare center if a teacher was sick they would have other people to fill in.

If it is not a liscenced in-home daycare provider, then expectations would be diffrent. In my sate there are certian training requirments that are required yearly and other standards that need to be met in order to be liscenced. If the person was not liscenced they may not have this training, and/or meet the other standards.

Jess - posted on 03/06/2010

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If it is a liscensed in-home daycare provider I would expect the same things as I would from any other daycare, maybe even more since typically there is not as many children at in-home daycares. Of course some things would be diffrent. If there is only one provider and they get sick you would probably have to find someone else to take the kids, whereas at a daycare center if a teacher was sick they would have other people to fill in.

If it is not a liscenced in-home daycare provider, then expectations would be diffrent. In my sate there are certian training requirments that are required yearly and other standards that need to be met in order to be liscenced. If the person was not liscenced they may not have this training, and/or meet the other standards.

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