Updated: Oct 23, 2020
Child care can be expensive depending on the job expectations the parent is seeking from the child care provider. It's more appropriate to reduce child care responsibilities by creating a less stressful environment for a child care facility.
Ø Limit the number of daily hours you need a child to attend daycare. Nothing else better in the world than your child care provider/worker showing up the next day refresh ready to care for your children.
Ø Reducing the various job descriptions parents give child care providers to perform and make it easier for the provider. Stick to the most important niche which should be caring for the child 125%.
Ø Give yourself a reasonable budget a week or month on what you have available to pay for child care. Keep positive and think all daycare facilities are not costly. You still have some child care providers, who aren't fancy, and just want kids to be kids (like me lol). I'm a parent myself so affordable and great is a lot of my likings. That's why I created a program that is designed to assist working parents. Mon-Fri, 8 hours a day (only), $65/per child/ 16months & walking/ a week, with a multiple child discount. Typically if it looks expensive then it’s usually an arm and a leg. Contact family, friends, or neighbors if you need more hours to ask for their assistance. Don't put too much on them. Caring for children is a lot of responsibility. Not asking for much a couple of hours a day will get you further than all day.
Ø Negotiating is a great quality to have but not when it comes to caring for your children. You have potential clients who will call a daycare ask to use their services, don’t have the money before the child start, and will not be able to pay until 2 weeks’ payday. 95% of es require money before services. The reason for this is because the parent can use the services and not pay when the time comes.
Ø If it's on the internet doesn't mean it’s accurate. If you’re hesitating to inquire or give a daycare facility a chance due to statements listed on the internet you may pass up a phenomenal facility. If you don’t know where the misleading information came from, it's uncertain, just ask the provider about what was spoken about the daycare. If the child care provider is open & honest then they will answer the questions happily easing the parent's mind.
Ø Driving outside your community/city to find reliable child care isn't a bad idea. In fact, as long as I've been in child care I cared for many children whose parents lived in surrounding cities. Best believe you’re going to pay for convenience, large establishment, and/or many child care workers. When seeking other areas it can definitely work in your favor. Just like employment. Most people work out of their city or even state to seek great employment. It's the same when it comes to child care.
Ø If you have reliable transportation drop-off and pick up on time reducing transportation fees unless parents absolutely need it.
Ø All providers love parents who drop off on time/not early and pick up on time/ not late unless the parent wants to pay the fee for the inconvenience to the daycare facility.
Ø Purchase children supplies otherwise daycare will charge parents. Bring children necessities diapers, bottles, pull-ups, wipes, changing clothes, formula, food if children eat certain meals (must be cooked & prepared already).
Ø When calling around ask daycare do they have an affordable program for working parents who don’t have a large income.
Ø Volunteer your services to reduce employee costs (not to care for your own child/children).
Ø Ask the provider do they offer a multiple kid discount. Daycares will knock off $5/10 per child if the parent has multiple children to enroll.
Ø Imperfections are the findings of any and everything in an imperfect world. No need to focus on non-important conditions. As a provider, I lost count on missing bottles, sippy cups, socks, shoes, toys, etc. Some of these same lost findings are the same ones that disappear at home.
Ø Focusing on daycare arrangements set up by different organizations(example path to quality) stating it’s a great daycare if the facility operates under the path to quality guidelines is simply not true. Every daycare is unique in its own way. All daycares do not have identical structures, beliefs, goals, missions, etc. This is what identifies daycares from one another. The most important is state license, any writes ups, probations, and if the child care provider has experience in caring for children in a business manner.
Ø Daycare should not be considered as a school. It is a place where children learn different ways of life. If you’re looking for educational teachings it’s only best to enroll child/children into a school. Children will learn through play in a smaller setting and you have educational fees.
Ø Call your local child care development program in your county and ask what’s needed to apply for free child care assistance. This program is for the parents who are under income guidelines when it comes to providing for their families.