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Starting a daycare / Re: dayhome fees
« Last post by Rachael on June 24, 2015, 12:37:39 PM »
I have a daily fee but fees are paid in advance bi-weekly since that is how most are paid.

Payment is for the days reserved for a child, not their attendance so I multiply the daily rate but number of days reserved for that child (5 for FT) and that's a weekly fee. I double that for the bi-weekly fee.

I don't charge monthly because the number of working days a month change between 20-24 depending on where the weekends fall. It means having a variable monthly rate to reflect the number of week days and is overly complicated. Charging a flat fee normally results in lost income.
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Canadian Child care / daycare news / Re: Opening an unlicensed home daycare
« Last post by Rachael on June 24, 2015, 12:32:32 PM »
What province are you in?

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1. How do I register my daycare name? Do I have to have a daycare name if I'm not licensed? I would love to have a name. Smiley

You do not have to register your inhome day care. It's one of the few businesses where it's not required. However, without a business number to include on tax receipts, you must instead provide your SIN number.

No, you don't need to register regardless of being licensed or not, you can operate under your own name. But if you want a business name, then you have to register your business in case someone else is using that name all ready. It protects you from getting a bad rep from a business unconnected who has the same name.

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2. I want to be able to give out receipts to the parents because I want to give them the opportunity to tax it at the end of the year. Do I have to have a daycare name if I give out receipts?

You are legally obligated to give out receipts. You don't need to be a registered business (for this job code) to give receipts.

This guide is by the CRA and tells you what you must include on receipts. http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/E/pub/tg/p134/

Essentially, you must have name of parents, name of child, dates the receipt is from and to, amount paid by parent, your name, your address, your SIN, your signature.

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3. How do I pay taxes on my "pay checks"? How does this taxes thing work?

You are considered to be an independant contractor which just means you are self-employed and not an employee. As such, you have no protection from Labour Standard Laws and so you need to protect yourself. Make sure you have a contract which spells out your service and is signed by both you and the client. Make sure the client gets a signed copy as well.

And the end of the tax year, you do your taxes and pay your tax bill in one hit. Save the fees from at least one FT day care child for your tax bill.

When you do your taxes (I use UFILE but there are other softwares too), you must also pay CPP. You pay the full amount for your province since there isn't an employer contributing on your behalf. So be warned, you pay what an employer + employee would normally pay between them.

Also, the self employed can now opt in to EI. The coverage is NOT the same so think carefully. If you opt in, you cannot make an EI claim for one full year and you cannot make a claim just because you are low in clients. It's solely for if you are on mat leave, have a sick dependant child, or if you are prevented from working and have zero business income. You cannot opt our once you opt in so you must decide if you benefit from having this. You can opt in at any time and do so by calling CRA and that will be the start date. Your EI is also paid year end.




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Food and Nutrition / Re: Breakfast and Snack Ideas
« Last post by elly-care on June 09, 2015, 10:29:11 PM »
banana bread made with pureed cauliflower in place of butter works great
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Kindergarten / Re: Age for kindergarten
« Last post by mariasmith on June 04, 2015, 03:36:15 AM »
My daughter is 2 years old and I have enrolled her in preschool. Before going to kindergarten, kids should get prepared for it. At the age of 5, I will enroll her in kindergarten. In preschool, she will get habit of it and activities, programs will help her in future. As, directly admission in kindergarten is not good, as I think it gets difficult for children to adjust in full day school.
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Food and Nutrition / Re: Breakfast and Snack Ideas
« Last post by mariasmith on June 04, 2015, 03:16:17 AM »
Thank you Rose , for suggestions.
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As any new mother, i am terrified of leaving my child and going back to work. But this time is approaching fast

Can anyone recommend a child care center?

Thanks
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Preschoolers / Re: Regular preschool or Montessori preschool?
« Last post by acastro on May 27, 2015, 12:06:01 AM »
my kid attended Montessori last summer and it was a great foundation.
He learned how to follow instructions specifically Montessori's rules

Although it is  a quite expensive but I never regret that I sent my son in there. 
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Preschoolers / Re: preschool curriculum
« Last post by mariasmith on May 25, 2015, 02:46:39 AM »
Check online for curriculum.
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Program Plans and Activities / Re: Daycare is stealing from me
« Last post by Emmaclark on May 11, 2015, 04:25:15 PM »
Small claims court? Even threatening can sometimes help.
Also is she registered/accredited? You could get in touch with her agency?
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Preschoolers / Childcare in The South End of Barrie
« Last post by CandaceF on April 25, 2015, 06:58:13 PM »
I'm currently looking into several in the Yonge/Dambroisio/BigBay/Madeline Area, this is all new to me!. I would like some good reviews of ones around that area. My son is 4yrs old I want to prep him for Kindergarden. Looking for the Best Atmosphere, Clean, Safe, Healthy Snacks, Reliable, Friendly, Fenced Yard, Arts, Crafts AND Learning. NO Dogs at the Daycare. Please let me know if theres a better one that isnt listed in the poll. Thanks!!  :)
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