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Old 06-12-2015, 05:34 PM
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Question Sub/Temporary Assistant/Pregnancy - CA

Hi all! I am about 10 weeks pregnant and am preparing for all my appointments ect that are coming up.

I am having a hard time finding the qualifications for hiring a sub for my home daycare (in CA). Do the just need a livescan or do they also need cpr & first aid, tb test, and the health practices class? I read that someone else can fill in for me 20% of the time, but what about a long term sub position (like a month, but I would be on site). Would that just be considered an assistant?

I am semi-planning on hiring a short term sub for when I have the baby in january, but I'm trying to figure out how this is feasible. This is my third child - how did any of you deal with pregnany, childbirth, and maternity leave while dealing with a home daycare? This pregnancy was not planned I am still just starting out and have one DCK so this kinda threw a wrench in our plans. I feel like taking time off is going to hurt my starting this business out.

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Thank you, I did try searching earlier but I think I did it wrong! Only three posts showed up haha.
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if they are over 18 they will need
cpr first aid
DOJ clearance
TB clearance

I have 4 asst. and I am in CA

now they can sub for you all day long as long as you are there or you can be gone 20% of the time.
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Old 06-12-2015, 07:20 PM
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if they are over 18 they will need
cpr first aid
DOJ clearance
TB clearance

I have 4 asst. and I am in CA

now they can sub for you all day long as long as you are there or you can be gone 20% of the time.
Ok awesome, I was having a hard time finding where it said EXACTLY what they needed. That's good news I thought they would need the preventative practices class too. They sure don't make it easy!
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Ok awesome, I was having a hard time finding where it said EXACTLY what they needed. That's good news I thought they would need the preventative practices class too. They sure don't make it easy!
no they don't....only what I listed.


I make them pay for all of that stuff and after 90 days of employment I will refund them the cost to cover those things.... if they quit or get fired before the 90 day or I have to extend it, I don't cover the cost of the fees they paid to get all of the certs and clearances
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Old 06-14-2015, 05:54 PM
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So I've been doing a lot of research and it looks like I have to have workers comp insurance just because the sub is an employee, not a independent contractor. That seems like a really high expense for someone I am planning on having at the daycare for 2-4hr a month. Is there anyone who has run into this situation? What else can I do?

I have a friend willing to sub for me (she has experience, just needs the livescan), but this seems like a really big hurdle to overcome.
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I recently went through this in CA and there are really only a few legal options.

Get an employee through a temporary agency.

Find a legitimate independent contractor. (Someone who markets herself as a sub and sets her own rates)

Pay workmans comp and employment taxes. My policy for 1 employee was over 700 a year.

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As long as you advertise that you're looking for a temporary substitute child care provider or assistant that counts as being an "independent contractor" even if she only works for you during that time. You clearly advertise that you are looking for an independent contractor and make that clear to anyone who applies and that you hire. I'd make a contract as well that says this as well that way there's no misrepresentation.

As far as the requirements go anyone that's going to work in your home and have contact with the children will need to be LiveScan fingerprinted, and TB tested. Since you'll be pregnant and assuming that you'll be using the same person to sub for you when you deliver and after you bring your baby home I'd suggest that you require that person to get a Pertussis vaccine as well (although it's not required). When it comes to CPR the sub will need to be CPR certified if she will be left alone with the children at any time (like when you go offsite to your appointments). If you weren't planning on leaving then the sub wouldn't need to be CPR certified.

The CPR certification needs to be the same specific CPR courses you took to get licensed ... CPR, Adult, Child & Infant and Pediatric First Aid, and Preventative Health & Safety.

I've had two children while doing daycare in CA and I didn't take any time off. I just had my husband help me the first week full time and the second week he worked mornings at his job until noon and helped me in the afternoons. By the third week I was running alone again.

For you having a substitute shouldn't be a big deal as long as you make clients aware that you're doing that. Word it so it sounds like you're doing it for their benefit "I'll be interviewing for a substitute child care provider who will fill in for me for days that I have appointments. This will prevent me from having to close on those days so that your family will not be inconvenienced and your care will not be interrupted" ... that sort of thing. As your due date gets closer I would notify your clients of what's going to happen when you go into labor and what's going to happen when the baby is born.
- Will you call the clients to pick up their children and close for the rest of the day/week if you go into labor during daycare hours?
- Will you be scheduling your sub the week of your due date just in case you go into labor so you don't have to close?
- Will your sub take over for you while you are at the hospital?
- Will your sub take over for you when you return from the hospital with your baby? For how long?
Etc.

I would do what you feel like you can do. The fact that you're getting a sub instead of just closing is a good thing and it shows you don't want to inconvenience your clients. Maybe once you contract someone you can have them show up for a few hours in the evening so that the children and the parents can meet your sub and get to know her.

Congrats BTW!!
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http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/faq_indep...contractor.htm

These are the laws regarding independent contractors in California.
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