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Kindergarten / Re: Age for kindergarten
« Last post by creativegarden on September 19, 2017, 02:01:27 AM »
When your child is turning 4 to 5, that is the perfect age of a baby for going Kindergarten
Starting a daycare / Re: FYI: how much to charge
« Last post by Tegan on September 14, 2017, 02:47:21 PM »
Hi!  This message gets to what my own post (which has no responses yet) was asking.  Here it says to figure costs factor in percentage of your home/ rent/ food/utility bills, etc....there is quite a list!!!! yes for all that people supposedly factor in what I'm hearing from other posts is still that on average people are charging very small amounts - like $3 an hour or less for a full day of work.  I still don't understand why so little and how on one hand people are saying we charge a maximum of $30/day while others are saying you need to factor in all these things (which would work out to far more than $30 a day)  I'm so lost. Which way is right?
Starting a daycare / what about illness?
« Last post by Tegan on September 14, 2017, 11:36:06 AM »
How do you handle illness with regard to your daycare services, both your own and that of the children you watch?  What about your own children - if you have any?  Do any of you have a policy about what happens if your own kid is, like super, vomiting type sick - as in, you yourself need to find a person to get your own other children home from school because you need to be with your very sick kid, let alone spend the day trying to quiet down a bunch of other kids so your very sick child can have some peace?    What do you tell the parent sof the kids you watch?
Starting a daycare / Confusion Over Rates
« Last post by Tegan on September 14, 2017, 11:00:46 AM »
Hi y'all.
I googled standard childcare rates in Canada and it said it was $14/hr. But most sites like this say people are charging, like $30 a day.  I'm so confused - why so little? That's like $3/hr.  To watch one kid at a time, for example, it wouldn't even be worth it.  I'm not trying to be devil's advocate here, I am actually confused.  If a parent's time at a job is worth whatever their pay is (Say $15/hr) why is my time watching their kids only worth $3/hr?  How does that make sense?  I ask because I am planning on only taking on one child - someone I know desperately needs a childcare provider and I have always wanted to do it. I figure I'll start with one and see how it goes. But when I found out people think $30 or less for a full 8 hours is reasonable I sort of panicked.  That's not even minimum wage. That's not even half minimum wage.  I love kids. I'd do it for free just for fun. But my hubby wants me to get a job soon and bring home the $$$.  How come people do this job if every hour of their day is tied up and it doesn't pay?  I'm not trying to be a jerk, I just don't understand what the reasoning is or why people are okay with it. It's full time job - no doubt one of the most important jobs in history...but ....we're not supposed to get paid as much as ....any other job, anywhere?
Toddlers / Looking for Child Care - Shot in the Dark
« Last post by clearly_confused on September 01, 2017, 06:34:23 PM »
I'm Looking for Child Care for my Toddler in the Ottawa, On Area. Preferably in the East End Near Vanier, but not Down Town. I'm also looking for places that can accept early (and I mean early) drop offs as my work needs me to be there for 6:30am on occasion. Please let me know if any of you know of anything. Thank You!!
Canadian Child care / daycare news / Rural Alberta childcare warburg
« Last post by SaraGi on May 27, 2017, 03:56:06 PM »
Hi, my name is Sara. I am currently a full time mother. I am thinking about opening a day home in Warburg Alberta beginning January 2018.  However, I wanted to get an idea for the demand before I commit to this plan. The day home would be located on an acreage 3 miles from the town of Warburg.
I have a graduate degree in social work, 8 years of experience working with children, first aid, and am a certified level 3 childcare worker with the government of Alberta. If you think that there is a need for this service in Warburg please reply to this post.
Child behaviour / Toddler that regressed
« Last post by Saskmomma on May 18, 2017, 12:27:52 PM »
Have had a little girl on board for a few mths & has been enjoying playing with toys on her own amongst other children all of a sudden she is fussing to have me out of her sight & doesn't go far from me ... no clue why 😌
Toddlers / Re: Daycare near paramount and mud
« Last post by hira88 on March 18, 2017, 07:01:29 PM »
hi do you still need daycare for your baby ?
I have space available I'm on green mountain road west and centennial very close to from you are
thanks , you can call me 9056648347
Health / Microwave ovens + baby milk = unsafe? HELP!!!
« Last post by laurarna87 on February 17, 2017, 02:04:55 PM »
Hello moms! My name is Laura Randall. I'm the mom of a little handsome man. I am currently writing my Master's Thesis about the use of microwave ovens for heating breast-milk, formula and porridge. I am trying to research on the current habits of heating baby-milk and, specifically, I want to know if microwave ovens are actually being used for this purpose. Many people doesn't want to admit that they use microwave to heat their babies' food/milk, as it isn't socially accepted (because we do not really know if microwaves are harmful), so I have developed a very short anonymous survey (it takes less than 30 seconds to answer), to get the real thoughts of parents. This is just a small part of my research, as I intend to analyze the effect of microwaves in baby-food at a molecular structure, but I need to get a realistic estimation of the usage of microwaves when heating baby food. It would be really helpful if you could answer it and/or share it with other mothers. Thank you very much in advance. Here is the link:
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