If you’ve been a blog reader for awhile you might know that I previously was a childcare provider. I did in home care from 2000 to 2008. I really enjoyed it but ended up burning myself out by trying to act too much like a childcare center and less like a home provider. Childcare registration agencies push and push new regulations all the time and it’s really easy to get caught up in them. Whether it was a recommendation or a regulation I jumped on board. I found myself simply burned out.
I took a seven year break and am not back at it again and I’m glad I am. This time I implement the regulations and examine the recommendations to see if they work for me and if they make sense in my particular situation. Here’s an example. Being I’m a business I have to adhere to the no smoking in public places so I am required to not allow smoking in my home and I must hang the no smoking signs at the entrances to my home. I hate having the signs there but it’s a regulation and I do it.
It is a recommendation that children wear helmets when riding on ride on toys. I tried this last time I did childcare and it just doesn’t work for me. The kids are on the toys for about two minutes and are off doing something else. They didn’t want the helmets on when doing the something else so they’d take them off then two minutes later they needed the helmets again. It just doesn’t work. Also to note helmets are then needed for each and every child. All must have their own helmet to prevent lice. I do have an older gal in care who is almost five and is active with the scooter we have and I think it’s time that she get a helmet though….For simple ride on toys…I’m okay that I’m not providing them.
Anyway, with my more relaxed attitude I’ve been enjoying childcare so much more. I snapped a few pictures this week of some of my adventures and I thought I’d share them.
This is oatmeal in her hair….She dumped part of the bowl over on her hair. We’ve been transitioning from the high chair to the table and for the most part, it’s gone well. This day..not so much.
I have such a lighter attitude this time and have embraced the simple. Previously I did all I could do to push school learning…alphabet, numbers, etc. This time around I’m working to give the kids what’s harder for them to get….
Examining and experimenting with bugs took up lots of our time. We had the usual invasion of Japanese Beatles and Box Elder Bugs. We spent lots of time seeing them up close.
We spend lots of time at the park. Fresh air is our friend. Our park has a sand box. One of my littles is learning to not eat sand. It’s not always successful but we’re working on it. She filled a bottle with sand and dumped it on her mouth. I cleaned her up and we went home. Once at my house we unzipped her coat and dumped out her boots to find this….
We bake lots and lots. Kids don’t have many opportunities to do this anymore. My philosophy is if I can choose between bread dough and play dough. Why not pick bread dough? Here we are making cinnamon rolls.
Earlier in the week one gal that stays late said to me..”Jo, I think we need to bake a cake for Roger.” We did and made one for their family to take home too. We had time to bake the cake one afternoon but didn’t have time to frost the cake.
The next day we frosted the cake. I put it in a cake take. I forgot to warn her not to carry it by the handle and you guessed it. The cake went on the floor. That’s just something that happens kids.
Previously doing childcare crafting was starting to be frowned upon as far as childcare recommendations go. They want art to be art…like free painting…not crafting. I left that recommendation behind. We craft. We make our crafting educational but we craft. We talked about trees and leaves changing colors. We read books about it. We went on a walk and observed it. We made this craft with a toilet paper tube and a piece of cardboard cut into a circle. It’s simple but was fun. The kids learned to follow instructions. They worked on fine motor skills. We used my scrap booking punches which the older kids love. Luckily I had leaf punch. (Toilet paper tube crafting is now frowned on too. Supposedly the tubes are germ ridden)
I let everyone who is interested to try the craft even if they are really little. This was finger paint day.
I have to say…I have such a good time every day hanging out with the kids. I couldn’t think of better people to spend my day with. They learn a lot but I am learning a lot too. There is not a day that goes by that I’m not found smiling, laughing and just appreciating the growing and learning process. Sure there are challenging days but all in all, it’s all good.
I am so blessed to have such wonderful kids and families to work with. I’m still looking for another kiddo but I’m waiting for the right family that fits into the schedule I have started. I couldn’t be happier with my choice to start childcare again.