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If need a little feedback and help. Im currently getting my degree in early childhood education. I had lost my job a week after i went back from maternity leave and Ive had problems trying to find a new job. So i thought i would watch maybe 1 or 2 kids during the day.
For those who do daycare if you dont mind me asking...
Hi there! While I've never had a home daycare, if I were you, I would look around town and call a few places and find out what is "average" for a day care center aroudn you to charge for children of different ages. That will give you a realistic idea of how much people pay for child care in your area.
Also, you shouldn't have to invest much into it beyond basic things like food, milk, juice, water, etc. For kids 1 and under, I'd make sure their parents brought all of their supplies, including food and formula and enough bottles for the day, etc. For kids older than that, I might ask the parent to pack a small lunch or snack ,but provide most everything (similar to daycares in my area).
Anyway, good luck with this! It's a great idea I am getting my degree in child and family studies/early childhood - 4th grade teaching certification, but I honestly think I'll end up homeschooling! lol!
I also have my degree in Early Childhood Education. I did home daycare for a few months as a favor. Then right before Christmas her mom came to town and kept the children. This came as a surprise to me, but I should have been prepared for it. You want to make sure that you are paid in advance. You want to be straight forward and have charges for things like being late, forgetting to bring formula, diapers, etc... These things will happen, and you want to protect yourself. I love working with children, but after each time I would say, "Next time I'm going to have to do this..." Now I work from home with my telephone, computer, and a team of other moms, and I'm making more than I did with home daycare, and there is a lot of room for growth. What's great is that a lot of the other moms were also teachers, and they understand child develop. They do not mind hearing my children in the background because I can hear theirs too!