Tuesday, May 8, 2012

post-maternity leave

It has always been my plan to start my own in-home childcare. Ever since I started working in child care, I decided that I wanted to be my own boss. I would like to incorporate all of the things that I love about traditional child care settings, as well as the *major* benefits of in home child care.

- a true learning environment, based on an emergent curriculum
- defined schedule for each daily event (outdoor play, washroom routines, etc.)

In home:
-smaller group size to facilitate more personalized programming
-single caregiver to promote strong attachment and comfort
-family centered care. caregiver as an assistant to the family dynamic.

in order to have my own childcare, I need to renovate my basement to make it suitable for children. We need to add a washroom, and do some serious child-proofing so that it's a very safe and clean environment... and that's before I even decorate/furnish it. This is going to cost a big chunk of change.. and that's just assuming I'll be able to convince people to leave their kids with me.

Then comes advertising, and figuring out how to get my name out there, to the land of people who need child care.

All of this has me thinking that maybe I should look for something else to do. I don't really want to, but there's just so much to do to get ready :o(

maybe I should just get started.


Skwishee said...

oooh... I wanna help with the decorating/organising stuff. And I'll do a lawn sign for you. It'll be classy, promise. :)

Pyra said...

we're going to start the planning stages and getting quotes from plumbers/electricians in the next few weeks. I'm hoping to have it all set up by September at the latest so I have lots of time to do finishing touches before I need to start taking kids in. and I *could* take on five, Des doesn't count! (I won't though, that's insane)