First day at Childcare – How to tackle it!
The stress leading up to sending your child to childcare for the first time is hard. But it’s always hardest for mum and dad. As an Educator, I’ve help hundreds, if not thousands of families settle in on their first day. I get it – you’re leaving your child in the hands of someone else when you’re so used to that being you! It’s mentally tough! Here are some tips to help you on your first day. Ensure you’ve checked and double checked what your child needs at their daycare. Nappies, creams, hats, waterbottles, wipes, comfort item? This will help your day start on the right foot. Give your schedule some time to adjust BEFORE you start care. If you need to drop your child off at 7am – try doing this process for a week before hand and head to a park or to breakfast instead of daycare by 7. It’s much easier for your child (and you!) to settle in slowly to avoid the stress and rush. Stress is contagious. Make visits and get to know your childs educators. When your child has some familiar faces, they’ll be much more relaxed on their first day. Some places will […]
Sick Child Etiquette
It’s hard, having a sick child. They’re sick, you need to go to work, you don’t want to take a day off. The hardest part is deciding when sick is ‘too’ sick. Let’s break it down. Your child has a sniffly nose that’s been hanging around for a week. They’re upbeat, have no temperatures or other concerns, are eating and sleeping and playing as usual. They’re probably fine to head to care that day. Your child had temperatures the night before. They’ve woken up with a cough alongside their temp and aren’t quite themselves. It’s recommended they stay home as it seems the start of a sickness. If they go to care, ensure to be honest and tell your child’s educators so they know to take precautions and be prepared to have to pick them up, but try to be proactive and avoid sending them in the first place. Your child was vomiting the night before. They’ve woken up ‘ok’ but with a temperature. You’ve given them paracetamol their temp has gone down, and they’ve regained energy. Avoid sending to care. Anything contagious treated with paracetamol means masking symptoms. Childcare Educators see it all too often, a child comes in […]
Childcare Provided is live!
Welcome to Childcare Provided New Zealand! We’re so excited to share our new directory with the public. It’s been a work in progress but we’re finally there! Childcare Provided was born locally in the beautiful Coolum Beach, Sunshine Coast. Our owners noticed a gap in finding reliable, free and easy information on care for your children. As a husband and wife team they brought about Childcare Provided with help from others in the industry to ensure we provide a great service. Anne-Marie is a Family Daycare educator and Cheyne is a Web Design and SEO specialist, so together the industry is one they’re passionate about and have the perfect balance of knowledge to create Childcare Provided. Some of the frustrating things we noticed when finding care and, for centres and educators to advertise care, was that the current situation was hard to navigate, expensive, unreliable and inconsistent. We noticed parents found it frustrating contacting care options that said they had vacancies but didn’t anymore, or were charged to sign up to enquire, and we don’t believe it needs to be that hard! The idea behind CP is simplicity. Easy to find, easy to sign up, easy to navigate, nothing overwhelming. […]
Advertising your Family Daycare Online – How to get the best results
We all know how difficult it can be to advertise and fill vacancies! How do you stand out from others local to your area? How can you be different? Here’s some ideas to get the ball rolling! 1. Create a name for your daycare that people will remember. Be unique. Avoid using generic names and spend a few weeks creating something catchy. When people remember your name they’ll be more likely to pass it through the grape vine! 2. Invest in a logo. Creating a professional image is similar to your name – you want people to see it and immediately remember who you are. It looks professional online & can greatly increase your chances at securing a call. Eye-catching advertising grabs parent’s attention much quicker than simply a name. You can nab a logo in a couple of hours by using freelancing websites, or there’s plenty of larger or local companies around. 3. Investing in a website & professional photos is a good idea. Similarly to a logo, a website and photos will show parents you’ve put everything into your Family Daycare venture. It’s simply a tool to gain reputability. 4. SEO, or Search Engine Optimisation is THE BEST […]
What sort of childcare suits your family?
The question everyone asks – What’s the difference between Family Daycare and Centres? Whats the difference between a Nanny and a Family Daycare? What will suit my family, my work hours, my child’s needs and lifestyle best? Ultimately, we recommend visiting or enquiring with a few before you make a decision. All are different, and all are unique. But here’s some information to help you along the way! What is Family Daycare? With over 20,000 Family Daycare’s registered in Australia in 2016, it’s no doubt they’re a popular choice – and for good reason! Family Daycares run exactly the same through the Department of Education as a Centre in regards to Policies and Procedures, legal paperwork, programming and planning, the Early Years Learning Framework, Assessment and requirements. A Family Daycare is generally set in a Qualified Educators home. Sometimes it’s their personal home, sometimes they have a section specifically for Family Daycare, and sometimes it can be in a venue. Family Daycares can have a maximum of 4 children per day from ages 0 – 5. Some will also allow After School Care, which is a maximum of 3 School Age. The ages are often mixed, so wonderful for parents […]