Daycare.com Forum Kidacare by Minute Menu Force of Nature Disinfectant

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 05-13-2011, 07:32 AM
3kidzmama's Avatar
3kidzmama 3kidzmama is offline
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: southern USA
Posts: 155
Default Advice About Hiring An Assistant

I am needing to hire an assistant, but all of the applicants I've gotten so far have young children that they expect to bring (at no cost). I can't afford this since their child or children would count in my ratio and take available slots that I need to get paid for. Do any of you have a policy against hiring someone with their own small children?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 05-13-2011, 07:43 AM
wdmmom wdmmom is offline
Advanced Daycare.com
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: WDM, IA
Posts: 2,669
Default

You can't NOT hire them based on familial status...that's discrimination.

Now if you word it like this, you shouldn't have any issues:

This is a job/a business just like any other. You aren't allowed to take your child to work with you if you are a mechanic, plumber, etc. so you aren't allowed to bring them to work here.

I've never hired an assistant with children and won't...especially if they think they can bring their child to work.

If you have room for another child, consider hiring someone with a child. But I wouldn't give them any credit for childcare...I would tell them, "The hourly rate is "x" but if you plan to bring your child, it goes down to "x" to compensate for childcare/use of equipment, meals, etc." In the end, I see it being more of a problem than a benefit...just my opinion.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 05-13-2011, 08:14 AM
nannyde's Avatar
nannyde nannyde is offline
All powerful, all knowing daycare whisperer
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Des Moines
Posts: 7,296
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 3kidzmama View Post
I am needing to hire an assistant, but all of the applicants I've gotten so far have young children that they expect to bring (at no cost). I can't afford this since their child or children would count in my ratio and take available slots that I need to get paid for. Do any of you have a policy against hiring someone with their own small children?
BTDT

NO staff assistants kid.

I've had it twice and it worked out once and didn't work out the second time.

Lots of people want free day care for their kid. I never allowed that. Full pay including holdiay and vacation pay just like everyone else and child can't attend when they aren't working.

The main issue I ran into was that as a Mother the staff assistant wants her child to be happy FIRST. My day care rules are based on SAFETY first... happiness of the adults.... happiness of the kids.. in that order. (Kids can't be happy in a world the adults aren't happy ;-)

So the staff assistant is making decisions for her kid to keep her kid happy and that causes a LOT of conflict with me, the child, and the other kids.

I had to let an excellent ... hand trained by ME for 7.5 year staff assistant go over this. It was very very hard because I love her to bits and she was as close to me in skill set I could ever want. Her kid was so unhappy here and I had to spend SO much of my day dealing with it that it got to the point where I had to let her go.

I won't even interview anyone that wants to bring their kid.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 05-13-2011, 03:21 PM
3kidzmama's Avatar
3kidzmama 3kidzmama is offline
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: southern USA
Posts: 155
Default

Yeah, I'm not going to do it. But now the problem is, I need applicants that won't need/expect free care for their own kid. Ugh.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 05-13-2011, 06:03 PM
snbauser's Avatar
snbauser snbauser is offline
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 1,385
Default

Whenever I advertise for assistants I state in the job description "due to licensing restrictions on ratio's, this position does not allow you to bring your own child." I am usually full so I wouldn't have an opening for an assistant's child. Even if I did, like you I couldn't afford to "give away" a spot. Plus there are soooo many issues that can occur when they bring their own child from favoritism, or ignoring, child not listening to you because mommy is there, assistant getting upset because you are disciplining their child, etc, etc, etc.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 05-13-2011, 07:50 PM
3kidzmama's Avatar
3kidzmama 3kidzmama is offline
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: southern USA
Posts: 155
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by snbauser View Post
Whenever I advertise for assistants I state in the job description "due to licensing restrictions on ratio's, this position does not allow you to bring your own child." I am usually full so I wouldn't have an opening for an assistant's child. Even if I did, like you I couldn't afford to "give away" a spot. Plus there are soooo many issues that can occur when they bring their own child from favoritism, or ignoring, child not listening to you because mommy is there, assistant getting upset because you are disciplining their child, etc, etc, etc.
Yes these are all things that I can totally see happening. And I like how you word your ad.... Do you mind if I use that?
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 05-13-2011, 07:56 PM
snbauser's Avatar
snbauser snbauser is offline
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 1,385
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 3kidzmama View Post
Yes these are all things that I can totally see happening. And I like how you word your ad.... Do you mind if I use that?
Nope, feel free to use it.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
assistant, hiring

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
Help Finding Thread On ?'S To Ask Hiring An Assistant DaycareMama Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 2 08-27-2012 10:03 PM
Home Daycare Assistant Minimum Age - and Supervision? working9to5 Parents and Guardians Forum 11 01-20-2012 10:10 AM
Hiring An Assistant DancingQueen Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 13 11-22-2010 01:32 PM
Getting a New Assistant - Need Your Opinion sahm1225 Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 4 08-08-2010 01:19 PM
Hiring an Assistant kpa0627 Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 6 04-14-2010 10:52 AM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 04:15 PM.



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