How to Keep Your Childcare Provider Happy

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  • Don’t send an excessive amount of toys with your child.  It’s probably a good idea to leave all toys at home.  Most childcare providers have plenty of age appropriate toys for your child. They don’t want to spend their day trying to keep up with toys or keep them from getting broken by other kids
  • Pay your childcare provider on time.  Seriously, this is my biggest complaint.  I have gotten paid late several times because parents either “didn’t have it this week” or they “forgot”. How would you feel if you didn’t get paid when you were supposed to? You’d probably be pretty angry.
  • If you are going to be late, give your childcare provider adequate notice. If you are supposed to pick your child up at 5:30, don’t text/call them at 4:30 and tell them that you have decided to run an errand and will be late.  Providers have a life outside of work just like you do.
  • Drop your child off at the same time everyday. I provided part time care for a child once and the father worked nights. He didn’t have to be at work until later on in the afternoon. However, his drop off time ranged from 10 am-1 pm.  It was tough to keep the other kids on a schedule on the days the child was here.
  • If you have a problem with something that I do, tell me. Don’t run to facebook and vaguely makes statuses about me.  I had a couple of parents (sisters) who didn’t like the fact I was taking a week off.  I gave them ample notice and instead of talking to me about it, they went to their mom who then unfriended me then made a public status about looking for other childcare providers in the area. Looking back in restrospect, I probably should have never “friended” them on facebook.  That’s another topic all together though.
  • Don’t ply your child with children’s pain reliever and then drop them off.  It will become  evident that your child doesn’t feel well once it wears off.  If the child has a fever I will call you to come pick him/her up.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the kids I have kept in my home. It’s usually the parents who really get under my skin.  And I’m a push over so people have taken advantage of me many times. I know there are some awesome daycare parents.  I just haven’t met any of them lol. Seriously, every one I’ve provided childcare for has done one or more things on the list.

If you’re a childcare provider, is there anything you’d add to the list?

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