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Luke25 09:50 AM 07-28-2016
Hi!
I was wondering if anyone does only 2 year olds and older, making it more like an in home preschool?? Wondering if there would even be a market for that?
Infants and one year olds are just not my favorite... Don't get me wrong. The kids I have right now I treat wonderfully and love like they are my own, I just don't find myself very happy and fulfilled. I taugh kindergarten for several years, so it's just a tad different with my age group I have right now (all under 2)
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Luke25 09:56 AM 07-28-2016
Just wanted to note this is all for future reference. I'm going to stick it out with my kids I have now 😊.
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EntropyControlSpecialist 09:57 AM 07-28-2016
I run an in home preschool for 2+. For awhile it was 2.5+ due to some bad clients.

If you can make yourself unique in some way (and it sounds like you can since you're a certified teacher!) then the clients will come. I live in a SMALL community so please don't think you have to live somewhere with a large population to make it work.
I'm also a certified teacher and have mostly 2 day students. Some are 4 day. I stopped offering Fridays 1.5 years ago, upped my rate back to my old 5 day rate 6 months ago, and parents that use me for child care still make it work.
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thrivingchildcarecom 10:29 AM 07-28-2016
I think it depends on your community. Many of my colleagues prefer kids to be close to the 2 yr mark before they will enroll them. I find that I simply have to take the younger ones just to compete with the larger preschools in my community. Parents are pulling them out as early as age 2 to move to a "real school".
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daycarediva 11:24 AM 07-28-2016
Originally Posted by thrivingchildcarecom:
I think it depends on your community. Many of my colleagues prefer kids to be close to the 2 yr mark before they will enroll them. I find that I simply have to take the younger ones just to compete with the larger preschools in my community. Parents are pulling them out as early as age 2 to move to a "real school".
I take 18m+ and run as a playschool.

Parents want infant/low ratio care and toddler/preschool care here, so the 18m+ was my way to get kids before they had already moved beyond infant care. It works well here.
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Luke25 12:51 PM 07-28-2016
Originally Posted by daycarediva:
I take 18m+ and run as a playschool.

Parents want infant/low ratio care and toddler/preschool care here, so the 18m+ was my way to get kids before they had already moved beyond infant care. It works well here.
I could definitely see that working better! Thanks!
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LysesKids 12:56 PM 07-28-2016
Originally Posted by Caseycampbell:
Hi!
I was wondering if anyone does only 2 year olds and older, making it more like an in home preschool?? Wondering if there would even be a market for that?
Infants and one year olds are just not my favorite... Don't get me wrong. The kids I have right now I treat wonderfully and love like they are my own, I just don't find myself very happy and fulfilled. I taugh kindergarten for several years, so it's just a tad different with my age group I have right now (all under 2)
If you lived near me we would make a great team because all my babies age out by 18 months or so... haven't found anywhere I trust to send them - half go local Montessori schools when a spot opens, the rest try like the devil to have the kids kept here; NOPE... I don't do Older Toddlers or Preschoolers; my home has been infant specific for years lol

BTW, most my parents drive 20-30 minutes each direction to get to me & then go to work... only one parent actually lives & works here in Blount Co, the rest live & work in Knoxville or OakRidge, but drive to me
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Luke25 05:19 PM 07-28-2016
Originally Posted by LysesKids:
If you lived near me we would make a great team because all my babies age out by 18 months or so... haven't found anywhere I trust to send them - half go local Montessori schools when a spot opens, the rest try like the devil to have the kids kept here; NOPE... I don't do Older Toddlers or Preschoolers; my home has been infant specific for years lol

BTW, most my parents drive 20-30 minutes each direction to get to me & then go to work... only one parent actually lives & works here in Blount Co, the rest live & work in Knoxville or OakRidge, but drive to me
We would be a good team!! I live in west Knoxville!! In a couple years when I'm ready to try this out I'll have to get with you for sure!
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Luke25 05:21 PM 07-28-2016
Originally Posted by LysesKids:
If you lived near me we would make a great team because all my babies age out by 18 months or so... haven't found anywhere I trust to send them - half go local Montessori schools when a spot opens, the rest try like the devil to have the kids kept here; NOPE... I don't do Older Toddlers or Preschoolers; my home has been infant specific for years lol

BTW, most my parents drive 20-30 minutes each direction to get to me & then go to work... only one parent actually lives & works here in Blount Co, the rest live & work in Knoxville or OakRidge, but drive to me
I would love to get your contact info just for future reference. All of my families would give me glowing recommendations. It will be 3 years before my oldest one is in school so it would definitely be a while! I'm planning way in advance! Haha
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LysesKids 05:38 PM 07-28-2016
Originally Posted by Caseycampbell:
We would be a good team!! I live in west Knoxville!! In a couple years when I'm ready to try this out I'll have to get with you for sure!
3 of my 4 families drive Pellissippi lol... You could have been a great fit for my one kid who aged out; now I have little brother (she's 3 now & goes to Montessori) - have a few other looking for January positions. PM me & we can exchange info... I am listed on the voting ballot for City View Best of the Best... Tir na nOg Playcare
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AmyKidsCo 06:42 PM 07-28-2016
Totally depends on your community. My city has 4K in the group centers so parents get the double benefit of cheaper childcare and no need to transport. Centers have started offering 3K too so I've noticed a definite trend of losing dck the fall after they turn 3. And to make it more challenging, parents are putting their kids into centers when they turn 2 so they'll "have friends and be ready for 3K." Many FCC providers here are going to 0-2 only because over-2 is hard to find and keep.
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kendallina 07:22 PM 07-28-2016
I run an in-home preschool. Typically I take children ages 3-5, but some years I take 2.5 year olds. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. There are 3 other providers in my relatively small town who do the same as I do, but it totally works because we live in a college town where people really like the small, individualized setting and there are very few center-based preschool options.
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CityGarden 12:30 PM 07-29-2016
Originally Posted by kendallina:
I run an in-home preschool. Typically I take children ages 3-5, but some years I take 2.5 year olds. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. There are 3 other providers in my relatively small town who do the same as I do, but it totally works because we live in a college town where people really like the small, individualized setting and there are very few center-based preschool options.
Do you offer a full day or half day program Kendallina? Do you mind sharing the hours of your preschool?
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kendallina 05:12 PM 07-29-2016
Originally Posted by CityGarden:
Do you offer a full day or half day program Kendallina? Do you mind sharing the hours of your preschool?
I have done all combinations of everything!

I started out with a MW and TTH class 9am-noon.

I've done MWF, TTH 9-12.

I've done MWF Prekinder (ages 4+) 9am-2pm, TTH 9-12 (ages 3)

Some years I've offered extended care, some years I have not. Each year I just take into account what works for me and my family and consider what families that I know need in regards to care.

Starting last year I became full time, mostly because my own daughter is in school now (I also now have a baby, which complicates it all!). So, I'm open 9-5:15, M-F. I do not currently offer anything other than full time, which I count as at least 6 hrs/day. I charge based on how many hours they contract for, i.e. 9am-3pm is one rate, 9am-5pm is a much higher rate. 4 of my 6 families will be gone by 3:45 this year, which works great for getting my daughter off the bus and having my baby with me in the afternoons.

Even though I am full time now, "preschool" activities only happen in the morning time (basically 9am-noon). My own baby goes to a babysitter for these hours and then she'll bring him to me during naptime.

Hope that helps!
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Luke25 09:38 PM 07-29-2016
Originally Posted by kendallina:
I have done all combinations of everything!

I started out with a MW and TTH class 9am-noon.

I've done MWF, TTH 9-12.

I've done MWF Prekinder (ages 4+) 9am-2pm, TTH 9-12 (ages 3)

Some years I've offered extended care, some years I have not. Each year I just take into account what works for me and my family and consider what families that I know need in regards to care.

Starting last year I became full time, mostly because my own daughter is in school now (I also now have a baby, which complicates it all!). So, I'm open 9-5:15, M-F. I do not currently offer anything other than full time, which I count as at least 6 hrs/day. I charge based on how many hours they contract for, i.e. 9am-3pm is one rate, 9am-5pm is a much higher rate. 4 of my 6 families will be gone by 3:45 this year, which works great for getting my daughter off the bus and having my baby with me in the afternoons.

Even though I am full time now, "preschool" activities only happen in the morning time (basically 9am-noon). My own baby goes to a babysitter for these hours and then she'll bring him to me during naptime.

Hope that helps!
Thank you!! Yes that helps a lot! Glad to know that can work. 😊
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CityGarden 08:07 AM 08-04-2016
Originally Posted by kendallina:
I have done all combinations of everything!

I started out with a MW and TTH class 9am-noon.

I've done MWF, TTH 9-12.

I've done MWF Prekinder (ages 4+) 9am-2pm, TTH 9-12 (ages 3)

Some years I've offered extended care, some years I have not. Each year I just take into account what works for me and my family and consider what families that I know need in regards to care.

Starting last year I became full time, mostly because my own daughter is in school now (I also now have a baby, which complicates it all!). So, I'm open 9-5:15, M-F. I do not currently offer anything other than full time, which I count as at least 6 hrs/day. I charge based on how many hours they contract for, i.e. 9am-3pm is one rate, 9am-5pm is a much higher rate. 4 of my 6 families will be gone by 3:45 this year, which works great for getting my daughter off the bus and having my baby with me in the afternoons.

Even though I am full time now, "preschool" activities only happen in the morning time (basically 9am-noon). My own baby goes to a babysitter for these hours and then she'll bring him to me during naptime.

Hope that helps!
Yes thank you that is very helpful. Right now I am debating hours of my program and I'm conflicted by wanting to pick my own dd up from school (and not have the extra expense of after-care or a driver to bring her home) OR offering a longer extended day program.

I do think I have some unique qualities to my program however it is so hard knowing what will "sell" to parents. I would love at 9-12 or 9-2 program so I think that is what I will offer and if it does not get me fully enrolled then I can readjust from there. When you offered the 9am - 2pm program did you have the children nap?
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kendallina 07:30 PM 08-04-2016
Originally Posted by CityGarden:
Yes thank you that is very helpful. Right now I am debating hours of my program and I'm conflicted by wanting to pick my own dd up from school (and not have the extra expense of after-care or a driver to bring her home) OR offering a longer extended day program.

I do think I have some unique qualities to my program however it is so hard knowing what will "sell" to parents. I would love at 9-12 or 9-2 program so I think that is what I will offer and if it does not get me fully enrolled then I can readjust from there. When you offered the 9am - 2pm program did you have the children nap?
I did not have the children nap. My 9-2 program was a prekinder program, so just ages 4 and up. Some of the kids went home for their nap or quiet time, many were just not needing a nap anymore and the one kiddo that went to another daycare went there in the middle of naptime and napped there. One year I had 2 kids stay after 2pm for extended care and they took a nap here and were usually up by 3:30.
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