Daycare.com Forum Daycare Management Software

Go Back   Daycare.com Forum > Main Category > Daycare Center and Family Home Forum

Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Daycare Center and Family Home owners, Directors, Operators and Assistants should post and ask questions here.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 02-07-2011, 09:46 AM
jojosmommy's Avatar
jojosmommy jojosmommy is offline
Advanced Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: MN
Posts: 1,105
Default Pregnant and Maternity ???'s

I recently found out we are expecting and although I anticipated these questions in the months of planning for this baby I havent yet come to any good answers.

Should I close for 6 weeks, 12 weeks etc? And if so what do you think my current families will think? I am afraid if they have to use back up care for that long they might not come back. Also, 2 families are on assistance and I am not sure they could find another provider willing to take them on for such a short time (the paperwork here for assistance is horrible and most providers in the area wont take those clients.)

Should I hire someone (now) to start coming in and help out and then when baby comes have them be my sub provider? Obviously I would follow all regs in our county and get them added to my license but I am wondering if anyone has done this? How did it work?

Obviously I dont want to lose my clients (all here longer than 1 yr and 2 since I have opened) but I do not want to pay someone an arm and a leg to do sub care in my home and have the inconvience of having them here while I adjust to the baby.I do not know anyone personally who could be my sub so I will be placing an ad and doing interviews. We are on a budget so I am balancing what works for my family, myself and my clients.

ANY HELP IS APPRECIATED.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 02-07-2011, 10:59 AM
Abigail's Avatar
Abigail Abigail is offline
Child Care Provider
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: North Dakota
Posts: 2,414
Default

I would start interviewing! Look for your sub, who you can trust and who you will pay. I would offer minimum wage and I'm sure you'll find someone for a short time. Who knows, maybe a grandma wants to help out for a few weeks. I would personally close for at least 1 week just to be home with baby. Then, reopen with my sub and relax for another 2 weeks. Does that sound reasonable? So, you close for one week and then have a sub for 2 weeks after that. If you can, try to find volunteers and have them help out before baby arrives. If you're due in the summer, I would call your high schools and ask for the child devlopment director/teacher because they may offer it as "extra credit" for next year's students if they volunteer 40 hours total or something. I did a class like that, I needed 120 volunteer hours to count as a credit and I did it over the summer. It really was a summer class credit I earned just in general. It is worth the call and see what you can work out with the high school child development teacher. This way, you can have help come in before hand and a sub for a week before and then close for the week and open again with your volunteer and/or sub for 2 more weeks or even longer if you can afford and stand extra people in your home.


BTW: Congrats!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-07-2011, 11:04 AM
jen jen is offline
Advanced Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 1,808
Default

Hey! I am a Minnesota girl too!

I took 12 weeks off when my daughter was born and didn't have the least trouble with it. ALL of my parents came back! A few even commented on how much they missed me!

Do whats best for you and your new baby! Congrats!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-07-2011, 11:21 AM
jojosmommy's Avatar
jojosmommy jojosmommy is offline
Advanced Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: MN
Posts: 1,105
Default

Thank you both for the comments.

The funny thing is I know my sister will be my most annoying person about finding somewhere else to go. Every time I have a day sched. off she is the only one who gives me grief about it. And she makes more than enough to pay someone else for a day off. The other familes are in tighter spots financially but never seem to complain if I have a vacation day or day off.

So how much advance time did you give parents to find a backup person? And how did you plan when that would start? I mean baby's dont wait for schedules so did you have a planned induction or ???? My dr is amazing so I know when we get closer to that she will work with my (As long as it works for baby).

The major reason I am thinking of getting a sub is because I have a special needs boy who takes the bus from my house to school everyday as well as two school agers. All three are from 1 family and I know it would be impossible for mom to set something up for 6 weeks or so around that sched. (mom works at 7:30, 1st bus comes at 8:20 and another at 8:45). Also, because of his needs I am not sure she could get a lot of providers on board to take him for just 6 weeks. I am due right at the beginning of school starting back.

For my 1st born I had 5 months off so no matter what this will be a quick return for me (compared to last time anyway!) . = /
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-07-2011, 11:24 AM
lil angels's Avatar
lil angels lil angels is offline
Advanced Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 645
Default

I closed for 4 weeks with my first and 6 weeks with my second. I didn't loose anybody the first time the second 4 yrs later I lost almost everyone. It is hard to know just worry about you and your baby and what works for you because your parents are going to do what they have to anyway. Good Luck and congrats.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-07-2011, 02:35 PM
kitkat kitkat is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 618
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by lil angels View Post
It is hard to know just worry about you and your baby and what works for you because your parents are going to do what they have to anyway. Good Luck and congrats.
I totally agree! You need to do what's best for you and your family. I think I let my families know if the late 2nd trimester, but I can't remember anymore. It was probably a "here's what I'm thinking of taking, but I'll let you know more later" type memo. I would definitely give them a heads up during the 2nd trimester.

And you are right, baby's come on their own schedule. DS was 18 days before his due date. DD was a scheduled c-section due to being breech. Baby #3 is also a scheduled c-section. Let's face it, baby's come when they want to come. I would hope the parents would be understanding about that fact!

As far as the sub...I don't know what to tell ya because honestly, I would worry about my family first and the daycare families much later. If you are super concerned about the one family and don't want to deal with a sub, maybe you could close for *** amount of time and then open up for just them for a bit before you bring everyone else back. I'm not sure if I read it right, but would they just be before/after school? There's no reason that you have to let everyone back at the same time. I didn't and I'm so glad that I didn't! It was nice to transition back a little at a time.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 02-07-2011, 03:41 PM
Mrs.Ky's Avatar
Mrs.Ky Mrs.Ky is offline
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 133
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jojosmommy View Post
I recently found out we are expecting and although I anticipated these questions in the months of planning for this baby I havent yet come to any good answers.

Should I close for 6 weeks, 12 weeks etc? And if so what do you think my current families will think? I am afraid if they have to use back up care for that long they might not come back. Also, 2 families are on assistance and I am not sure they could find another provider willing to take them on for such a short time (the paperwork here for assistance is horrible and most providers in the area wont take those clients.)

Should I hire someone (now) to start coming in and help out and then when baby comes have them be my sub provider? Obviously I would follow all regs in our county and get them added to my license but I am wondering if anyone has done this? How did it work?

Obviously I dont want to lose my clients (all here longer than 1 yr and 2 since I have opened) but I do not want to pay someone an arm and a leg to do sub care in my home and have the inconvience of having them here while I adjust to the baby.I do not know anyone personally who could be my sub so I will be placing an ad and doing interviews. We are on a budget so I am balancing what works for my family, myself and my clients.

ANY HELP IS APPRECIATED.
Congrats! When I was pregnant with my third I told my parents right away I was expecting and I would be taking off for 12 weeks and they had to find alternate care til I reopened. I enjoyed that time with my baby girl as my other 2 where in school and you can never get that time back with your newborn. They all came back also. I closed when I was 36 weeks to get ready for the baby, rest, etc. she came at 38 weeks and I reopened when she was 9 weeks old. Take the time YOU and BABY need together you will NOT regret it.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 02-07-2011, 03:41 PM
lvt77's Avatar
lvt77 lvt77 is offline
Daycare Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: boonies
Posts: 604
Default

great Idea abagil!! congrats
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 02-07-2011, 04:08 PM
ammama's Avatar
ammama ammama is offline
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Canada
Posts: 192
Default

My baby (#3) is due in the middle of June. I'm starting to close down at the beginning of May, and will have some kids until the end of May. I'm reopening September 1st, I think. I would rather have more time with just my own kids actually, but that will be all we can afford to have me take off. I already know who is coming back, have filled the spaces that will be open, and have a waiting list in case some of those families don't end up starting.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 02-07-2011, 04:27 PM
twinsand4's Avatar
twinsand4 twinsand4 is offline
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: VA
Posts: 17
Default

I only closed for 2 weeks iwth my last baby. With my twins i closed for 6 weeks. I have never had any issue with my parents finding alternate care.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
maternity, pregnant

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Pregnant DCM ... DaycareMom Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11 06-19-2012 02:43 PM
Maternity Leave jenh171 Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11 06-26-2010 01:00 PM
Pregnant and No Maternity Leave as a DCP Unregistered Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 15 10-29-2009 11:55 PM
How do I incorporate Maternity Leave tjones34 Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 7 08-10-2009 09:58 AM
Pregnant and need advice :) SimpleMom Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 1 08-10-2009 08:24 AM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:52 AM.



Daycare.com         Find A Daycare         List Your Daycare         Toys & Products                 About Us

Daycare.com
Please read our Disclaimer before continuing.

Topics pertain mainly to the following States:

Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware District of Columbia Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming