J.S. asks from Green Bay, WI on November 01, 2006
Questions About Working at Home/ Childcare
I have been considering doing child care in my home, but I have concerns. I'm hoping that someone out there with some experience in this can help. First of all, how many children can you care for before needing a license(and does that number include your own child or not)? Secondly, I am really worried about liability. I think we all know that accidents can happen, even to the most careful of parents. How can I protect myself from this? Those are my main concerns at the moment, but any other suggestions or advice would be appreciated. Thank you!
So What Happened?™
Thank you everyone for your great advice. In the end, I decided that daycare was not for me, and chose a different route. I appreciate everyones help!
J.S. answers from Milwaukee on April 17, 2007
my name is J. I am also a stay at home mom. I did the in home care also. It ended up causeing problems in my marriage. I always had kids in the house 90% of the time a couple of them were sick and so most of us in the house would end up sick. My 18 month old ended up in the hospital for a week because she got one thing after another and with the kids all being sick she never got a chance to get over everything.
I would suggest if you do decide to do it you only watch kids during set hours and you really enforce not watching kids if they are sick. besides when these little ones are sick they really just want their mom and dad. You just feel so bad for them cuz they are misserable.
I currently am a PartyLite consultant and am working towards leadership. It is a great way to make money. I work when I want to, get paid weekly and have lots of fun at my shows. Plus it gets me out of the house.
If you would like me to send you some info about PartyLite send me a message. There is no pressure or obligation you could look at the info and decide for you self.
let me know. And good luck in whatever you decide
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D.L. answers from Janesville-Beloit on November 02, 2006
In Wisconsin, you can care for 3 children other than your own without a license. I received this information from my insurance man when I asked for additional liability for childcare. I then call Social Services in Rock County and it was verified I could have 3 children.
The best (and fastest) way to not only get but start the process for receiving your daycare license in Wisconsin is through Social Services. They will also put you on their own list of licensed daycare and you will receive referrals from them.
If you choose not to get your license, I would still advise getting CPR/First aid trained. Contact your local Red Cross or even your local BSA (boyscouts) council office as they may run a certification class for their leaders.
The best advise I can give you otherwise is to make sure the parents leave the carseats with you each day you have their child. You may not "intend" to go anywhere but things come up and at least you will be able to transport the children in safety.
Make up a list of questions you would ask a daycare provider for your own child. This way you can address most concerns without having to go back and forth with the parents. This should include allergies of any kind including food allergies.
Even tho you will be in your home, have some type of routine or schedule in place ahead of time. You can obviously be flexible but this way it will make things easier on you and the children. Just don't bend over backwards to accomodate everyone. It will drive you crazy!
I pattern my schedule/rules to be similar to kindergarten schools. This way the children have a good idea of what to expect when they attend and it solves the ever existing problem of "we don't do that at my house or my mom doesn't make me do that so I don't have to here". Even our own children can push the rules on occassions.
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B.S. answers from Eau Claire on November 01, 2006
Whether you're going to start a day care or have a lot of children like I do (or really any children), I recommend you take responsibility for your indoor air quality by gettin what I finally got in Nov. of 2002 after many years of not having one. The bacteria removal has helped us avoid the usual colds, flu, bronchities, coughs, runny noses that the older of my ten children endured but now my younger ones don't have to. I foresee once you make that investment in such an air purifier, you can actually advertise yours as a "bacteria-free air purified" daycare. That will attract many parents who are always concerned about their children "catching" stuff at the daycare. Plus it'll have the same obvious positive results for your own family. Plus those parents may desire to know how to get such technology for their homes and you can earn good profits either via $50 referral fees from me or via becoming a distributor yourself and earning the many times $250-300 profit on each purifier yourself. See it at http://www.yourbestair.com/aawp
Hope that helps with an area I few think of....
B. in Eau Claire, WI
M.S. answers from St. Cloud on November 02, 2006
I belive that you can have as many children as you want as long as it is only one family you are providing for before you get licenised.
You can also get daycare insurance to cover all the children under your care.
P. answers from Minneapolis on November 01, 2006
I am doing home daycare now. You can only watch one additional family in the state of Minnesota without a licence. You can watch a second family for no more than thirty days out of the year. As far as liability goes - get insurance. Otherwise, it's really alot of fun and very rewarding.
A.D. answers from Milwaukee on December 10, 2006
I am a stay at home mom of three and have only one at home.I started watching kids at home and soon learned how hard it was. I never have a set schedule, I found myself so worried about the other children that I ended up missing out on my own! I have been doing it for years! I recently found a balance I started selling Lia Sophia Jewelry and love it! I have a party a week on a weeknight have my husband watch the kids and get out and meet other mothers and make money!!I would love to talk to you about a better way to make extra money and not miss out on your own kids after all that is why we stay home with them! Feel free to email me with any questions you may have at ____@____.com Have a good day and good luck with whatever you decide!
B.H. answers from Minneapolis on November 01, 2006
You can care for ONE family(doesn't really matter how many kids the ONE family has) and your own children without being liscensed.
Then you need to have insurance for home daycare so if a accident or whatnot happened you'd be covered.
C.R. answers from Minneapolis on November 01, 2006
Prior to Licensing:
Six to nine hours of training in child-related first aid and CPR which must be completed within one year or prior to one year of the date of initial licensure.
Six hours of training in child development/care which must be completed within one year or prior to one year of the date of initial licensure.
I know we are required to take 10 hours each year, but I have not read what the rules are for NEW providers yet.
Before becoming licensed I attended a meeting in which several currently licensed providers spoke to us about their profession. This is where I obtained my copy of the licensing rules.
The rules are 29 pages long. They go into great detail regarding every aspect of caring for children. I was also given an application packet, and additional information about insurance, food program sponsors, and vendors
After reviewing my application several weeks later, a home visit was scheduled. My licensing worker walked through my entire home, made notes of the areas that needed to be improved, changed or rearranged. Every room in which the children would be had to be childproofed. If children were not allowed into the room it had to be locked. Plants had to be moved if they were toxic. Cleaners had to be moved as well. Gates were installed on stairways. Everything was inspected. The fire department also did a walk through.
The license is good for two years, and then it's up for renewal. A brief application, and a somewhat lengthy questionnaire needs to be filled in. Another walk through is scheduled, a short interview, then on with your day. Nothing too painful.
There are several License Types for a provider to choose from. Find the one that matches the services you plan to provide.
The following agencies offer both a Food Program and Liability Insurance Coverage:
Adult and Children’s Alliance
2885 Country Drive, Suite 165
St. Paul, MN 55117
Child Care and Nutrition, Inc. (CCNI)
PO Box 138
Ivanhoe, MN 56142
Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Association (MLFCCA)
Child Care Food Program
1910 West County Road B, Suite 147
Roseville, MN 55113
PO Box 39813
Minneapolis, MN 55439-0813
Resources for Child Caring (RCC)
450 North Syndicate Street
St. Paul, MN 55104-4194
Children's Advocate Programs, Inc.
The following agencies offer a Food Program only:
MN Dept of Children, Families, and Learning
Prime Providers, Inc.
You can find all this childcare business information and more at www.asktheprovider.com