See these spread sheets…I’ve been over them a zillion times. Honestly a maybe more like 100 but 100 isn’t an exaggeration at all. Some of you might remember that I started doing in home childcare again. I did it previously and liked providing care and I like it even more now. I’m so much more relaxed and more comfortable in my skin.
Being I am going to be state registered I have to abide by state guidelines. The guidelines are this. I can have 6 full time and 2 part time kids by myself. Of the kids at any time only four can be under age 2 and of those four only three can be under 18 months.
That leaves me juggling and juggling trying to get families to work into the formula.
Where we live there is 3 year old preschool that happens two days a week and 4 year old preschool that happens 4 days a week. That only happens in the mornings unless the family opts to do wrap around care allowing the kids to stay the afternoons too. Some families take this option as they can’t arrange lunch time transportation back to childcare. If kids stay all day, they can ride the bus each way.
This has been a task to try to figure into scheduling…does the kid go to preschool and do they go all day?
Add in that many of the calls I’ve been getting are from parents who work part time schedules. I have one that’s two days a week mornings for two kids. I have one that is three days a week all day for one kid. I have one that’s for two kids and the parents are on a rotating schedule so the days vary each week but when they do come it’s for all day. I have one that’s an infant soon to be born and would start in June. Mom works 10 hours days and not Friday except once a month. I have another who wants a spot saved for care starting in November…eight hour days but starting early in the morning-then alternating weeks has Thursday or Fridays off. Yet another family has four little ones and wants care for spring time planting season….oh and did I mention the one family who wants care for three over the summer for school agers and the one who also wants care for for the summer for two but one is an infant and would likely be part time…and I got a call from a family of seven who wants care for 12 hours a day one of those is and infant?!?! I also have a big family that needs care for a week while the parents take an older child on an extended trip.
Some of those families inquiring have infants…some not. I am calculating birthdays to see when the cut off is..I am juggling and juggling trying to make things work.
I’m trying to decide if I can afford to hold a position for a child that won’t start until June. I’m wondering if I can afford to take an infant part time taking one of the precious few spots I can have an infant for.
I just want to know what happened to the families in the world that work 8-5 Monday through Friday?? Wherever you are come find me. I want to do care for you.
Last time when I was a provider almost all of my kids’ parents had jobs with 7:30-4:30 schedules. I loved that….I miss that. I lamented over juggling schedules with the few part timers then…that was a piece of cake compared to this.
Every time a family inquires about child care, I have to start the whole calculation mess all over again. I hate to tell any of the families wanting summer care yes just in case the spots fill with other kids..I hate to tell them know in case they don’t fill. Some spots will fill simply because a child that was going to preschool over the school year will now be full time here.
I have one mom I am waiting on to hear the status of a job change from part time to full time. That would be great if that happened but of course, that would mean another evening juggling the spread sheet to see if I can fit them in now that the hours of needed care would change. Oh what’s a girl to do??
So if you ask how I’m liking childcare…the actual care of the children I LOVE-I am having so much fun….the scheduling I truly-truly hate.