Daycare

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EricaG - February 7

Well, I've read on here how it's really hard to find good daycare and I know there are waiting lists and stuff at daycares. Well, I'm a sahm and wouldn't mind providing daycare for another infant to earn a little extra cash. I wouldn't want to make myself a home daycare and have a bunch of kids, but I would be willing to take one infant. What do you all think? I'm not sure at all how I would go about finding someone but do you think anybody would go for it? Just wondering what you all think. Especially anybody who has ever done anything like this.

 

ash2 - February 7

You could advertise in the local newspaper, or in your church. But just a bit of advice....alot of moms will want you to be CPR certified, and some will want you registered with DSS, and also trained in first aid . There is alot of things that go with keeping a child as a job....good luck : )

 

Carla - February 7

Hey, I am a stay at home first time mom as well and just recentley started watching someones baby 3 days a week at my home and its going great. My son is 5 months old and so is the baby im watching they are actually only 12 days apart. I posted an add on craigslist.com under childcare. I also worked in a daycare for 5 years and am cpr certified....It would be easier to find someone if you have some experience...Anything else uwanna know let me know and good luck

 

sahmof3 - February 7

I did this 4 years ago. My son was 2 and when I started watching the other boy he was 11 months. I just placed an ad in the paper and a few people responded. One lady made 2 appts for interviews and didn't show up for either, so I wasn't going to take her lol. Another came and was going to send her dd to me, but at the last minute her next door neighbor's daughter decided to wait a year to go to college and could come to her house to watch her dd. And the one I DID watch... his mom was a teacher, so pretty good hours for me. She was there at 7am and left by 4:30 pm. I watched him for 1 school year, but honestly did not like it that much. I just didn't have the patience for it. I made it work for that school year, but she found out she was pregnant w/ twins and I found out I was pregnant again in May. She was planning to quit teaching, so it came to an end on it's own! Anyway, I find it easier with my own 3 kids, than I did with my son + one other, but I think it was because I always felt like I was slighting my own son. Now that my kids are getting older I have considered it again, but now I am the opposite. I think I would only take kids 2 or older. I am all babied out lol. Plus, it's so much harder when you have some that walk and run and some that don't ;-) Anyway, back then my son just didn't handle not having me to himself very well, but now he's quite used to it... and the other two are really adaptive... plus, if I would do it and find kids their age they would have friends all day to play with... but we'll see... most days I feel like I have about all I can handle...

 

sahmof3 - February 7

ash post reminded me... I had CPR training (I had had it because I sometimes fill in and a__sist my dad in his dental practice, so I have to be up to date with my healthcare provider CPR). Also, we are homeowners and we had to add liability insurance to our homeowners policy. You will want to have some sort of liability insurance to cover yourself if something happens. In PA you can get it even if you are not licensed as a daycare, but that may vary from state to state.

 

Heather F - February 7

I babysit a baby that is one month younger then my dd 30 hours a week - so my dd is 10 months old and the other baby is 9 months old. The pros are: companionship for my dd, my dd has learned patience while I tend to the other baby, dd is less demanding because she is distracted by the other baby, dd is learning how to share and have good social skills, the money is nice and it offsets the lost income.......the cons are: the other baby's mom doesnt send her with adequite supplies every day (today she came with only 2 diapers), my dd has gotten sick from the other baby, its difficult to put two babies down for a nap at the same time and last but not least the other baby doesnt respond to me like my dd because she knows I'm not her mommy so if she is hystrerical then its harder to calm her down then my own dd. Its great for the money and the other pros I listed but its hard work, harder then it was before I was a mom working in an office!! I have to do all of my housework when my dd is sleeping before the other baby comes because its impossible to adequetly watch two babies and do dishes, laundry etc.....I'm not telling you all this to deter you because I am glad I am doing it...these are just things I didnt think of before I started watching her! Good luck!!

 

EricaG - February 7

Thank you all very much! I am CPR certified and trained in first aid and although I've never worked in a daycare I've babysat since I was 12 years old (The ages of children I've babysat since then have been 6 months, 18 months, 3 years, 6 years and 11 years, and of course I've taken care of my own baby, lol). I was kind of wondering about some kind of liability insurance and I'm not sure what DSS is so if someone could please clue me in on those that would be great! advertising in the newspaper and at church is a great idea. I haven't looked into this too much, it just popped into my head when I read the latest daycare vent. I feel bad that it's hard to find caregivers who can give your infant a lot of attention.

 

mischelly30 - February 8

Personally, without knowing you, I wouldn't leave my child in your care if you were not licensed through the state (i.e., a daycare facility or a licensed family provider). It's no offense, EricaG--I just don't know you and I wouldn't feel comfortable. There are so many things that could go wrong. I'm sure other mothers out there (esp. mothers of infants) would feel the same way. Also, from your point of view, I'd be wary of watching children who you do not know. What if, god forbid, something happens, and you get sued? Would your homeowner's insurance cover that? It might not- you would need professional liability insurance, I would think, just like any other in-home professional (e.g., a visiting nurse, etc.). So, if you already know families who are in need of care, that might be a better place to start than just asking around.

 

Heather F - February 8

EricaG - to take care of the liability issue I printed out worksheets i Found on the internet for at home daycare situations that basically say I can not be held liable for any acidents and so on should somthing happen to the child and I had the mother sign it and date it on the first day I also had her sign paperwork that gives me the permission to transport her child in the event of an emergency in an ambulance and that she is responcible for the costs of the medical care - she also signed this so that has taken care of any liability on my part, if she sues I have the paperwork to proove I'm no liable.

 

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