Are there common mistakes you might have made that come to mind right away? We came across a blog post called "Top 10 Mistakes New Home Daycare Providers Make" from Welcome to the Zoo on Facebook. Thanks for posting Child Care Connections.
A few are:
- Not having a written contract and policies in print
- Not enforcing contracts and policies
- Not researching or understanding legislature in your state
- State Licensing - get licensed. Regulations for your state should be on your states licensing website. You could also find help at your local Child Care Resource and Referral or Child Care Aware of America.
- Tom Copeland - when it comes to contracts and policies, as well as advice for enforcing them Tom Copeland's books and body of knowledge online is helpful and comprehensive. If you have a question, ask him.
- Associations - National Association for Family Child Care is an organization focusing on advocating for and creating resources just for family child care providers! National Association for Education of Young Child is another association that advocates and provides resources for early education. There are local chapters of these associations as well!
- Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Sponsors are a fabulous resource to not only enable you to get partially reimbursed for feeding children in your care but also comes with a wealth of nutrition education and more support for you. Check out your states CACFP webpages to find the sponsor that services your area.
- Small Business Association and Chamber of Commerce. You are business. While these resources don't understand the nuances of family child care, these business resources can help you network and learn about running a typical small business.
- Mentors are great too and with the advent of social media and Facebook groups, it's even easier to find colleagues to guide you through. Find a local facebook group or join the ChildCareInfo Roundtable on Linked In or Daycare Meals and Crafts has a great community going, focused on crafts and meals but still a dynamic group of caregivers helping each other out!
These are just a few things to get you started and in the right direction!