Sunday, November 11, 2012

Becoming a Home Daycare Provider in Virginia


When I started back in 2005, licensing didn’t make providers have to have half of the paperwork that we have to do now.  Below I have listed a couple of the new requirements.  Some of the forms are old, like the background checks, TB testing, and sworn disclosure.  Here is a link to DSS so you can see ALL of the new forms. 

Monday, September 3, 2012

Tomorrow is the big day!


I can't believe that tomorrow, my oldest son, will be starting his first year of high school!  Damn, I'm getting old...  I just can't believe that I have a 15 and 12 year old.  The time goes soooo fast.  I can remember when they were little in dependent, and now it seems like they only want to be bothered when they want something....  Oh, the joys of teenage years.  I guess this is how my mother felt.  I was terrible as a child.  I gave that poor woman hell!  I was sooo scared of having a little girl.  The thought of getting pay back through my sons never crossed my mind.  They are nothing like how I was "Thank God!"  Anyway, that's it for tonight...  :)

Pray for me!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

More Possible Changes For Licensed Home Daycare Providers



Just when you thought, zoning was the only concern, here comes something else.  More changes.  The zoning thing still hasn't been worked out as of yet.  There has been me, Nbc4, Washington Post, and other blogs that have written about this issue. 

To learn about the proposed changes click the link. :)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

1st Zoning Meeting (July 16th)


Yesterday's meeting was full to capacity.  There were so many licensed home daycare providers, that they didn't even have enough seats.  To be honest, the place was a mess, it was full of confusion, and to be frank pissed off providers.  The interesting thing is zoning has been a part of the law for a long time, (according to the zoning rep).  But, the state never enforced us to go through zoning until NOW.  The thing that is crazy is not only do we have to go through a long and strenuous process with zoning, but the state has changed all of their renewal paperwork as well.  So, think of it this way, its like we are required to submit the same paperwork as those trying to open a center.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Zoning...



There will be a total of 3 different meetings that will be taking place.  One is on July 16th, August 22, and the other one (the Town Hall Meeting) is on July 23rd. We are supposed to be learning about how extensive the new forms for zoning will be, and how much more it will cost us for the permit. So, far I've heard that you have to take pictures of the outside of your home, and that they want to make sure that there is sufficient parking, so you don't disturb your neighbors.  I also heard that the packet is about 31 pages long.  So, it will be great to know for sure what there is to expect.  Needless to say, I'm looking forward to these meetings, to know what's what!

UPDATED~Town Hall Meeting



Dear Child Care Provider:

In the recent months, several changes have been implemented and discussed regarding child care permitting and regulating. In response, Supervisor Herrity is hosting a town hall meeting to discuss these proposals and to hear your feedback. These issues include new licensing requirements handed down by the Virginia Department of Social Services as well as new regulations being created by Fairfax County. These issues will affect both state and county licensed child care providers.  

Monday, June 4, 2012

Updated Regulations for Home Daycare's in Virginia


I went to a meeting today, about changes that will occur for licensed family (home) daycare in Virginia.  Today, we learned that a lot of us (home daycare providers) will be NOT be able to care for the same amount of children, that we were licensed for initially.  For instance, I am licensed currently, for 12 children.  But, because of new enforcement, my total will be dropping down to possibly 7-8, depending upon zoning.  And, if you would like the max, which is 10 then you will have to get a special use permit, that will cost (approximately) for my area $910.  Oh, did I mention that this goes into effect July 1st.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Child Care Assistance


I have spoken with parents that may not be able to afford some of the rates in the Northern Virginia area.  So, I decided to post about Childcare Assistance.  If you live in Alexandria, you should check out their website.  If you live in Fairfax County area here is there link.  I hope that these links help!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Happy Healers





I went to my mailbox (yesterday), and received this cute and adorable gel pack.  Not only is the pack cute, but you can use it, hot or cold.  I put it in the freezer to test it out, and it worked like a charm.  I haven't put it in the microwave or boiled water yet.  You can order the packs with different characters, and colors.  They come as a penguin like the picture I have attached, a elephant, bear, frog, or tooth.  You have your choice of white, blue, green, or pink gel.  Its really cute.  

I took a picture of the pack so you could see what it looks like.  I didn't expect to receive this and nor did I order it yet.  So, to open up the mail, and it have my name and phone number on it was pretty cool.  I'm thinking about ordering more.  This would be a perfect marketing tool.  Not only that, I am always looking for cool things to give my daycare kids for Christmas.

Thanks Accurate Manufacturing Inc.!
For more information check out there site.  I also looked them up on Amazon just to see, if they sell there packs on there.  And, sure enough they do!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Average Cost for Childcare in Northern Va Area



Have you ever wondered what the average rates are for Northern Virginia???  Well, me too.  The list is pretty cool because it not only gives you the average of home daycare's, but centers too.  I was interested because I always want to make sure that my rates aren't too high, and let me be honest, NOT too low either.  I want to stay competitive without feeling like I am taking advantage.  Anyway, I thought you might find this interesting.  And, since I just got my laptop back from Sony, I'm digging around the web finding all kinds of interesting things.

Here's the list:  Thanks to Fairfax County.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Dad’s Perspective


A Dad’s Perspective On Why You Should Own A Baby Monitor

Almost 3 years ago, my wife and I were blessed with a beautiful baby girl.  Two years later, our amazing son entered our world as well.  What a life changing event!  But one of the biggest changes I noticed was in regards to my wife’s “parenting instincts”.  She’s a total natural at being a mom.  Caring, compassionate, patient, everything I’m notJ.  However, one thing I can do well is stay calm, and not panic.  My wife has a hard time with this, and worries about the kids constantly.  So you can imagine how worried she was when we moved each kid into their own bedroom.
Having a baby video monitor made a huge difference for many reasons.  In case you’re not aware, a baby video monitor gives you a clear image of your child (even in the dark) so you can ensure that they’re sleeping soundly.

At first, we would be up all night because both of us would check the monitor constantly (I’ll admit, I was nervous too).  After a while, I was able to leave the monitor alone and trust in its effectiveness.  My wife was able to do the same a short while later.  Essentially, you have a clear image of your child, as well as audio so it’s just like being in the room with them.  I loved the fact that I didn’t have to tiptoe through our room to get ready for work each morning, and my wife loved the fact that I wasn’t waking our kids up early as well.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Tax Time









Its that time of the year again, that I hate!  I have a ton of receipts and after all this time you would think that I would be great at organizing them.  But, I still have no clue.  I am in the process of using this neat receipts thing.

Product Giveaway: Mymemories.com



I was sent this cool software from Mymemories, that I got to play with and will continue to use. You can use it to make all types of cool things like:  Scrapbook layouts, photo books, cards, videos, calenders, and much more.  It was extremely easy to use.  I was able to create my sheet above in less than five minutes.  They have templates that are ready to be used or some that you can pay for, that aren't expensive.  If you have time you can look up videos on youtube so you can learn how people use the software. 


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Monday, January 16, 2012

Munchkin Deluxe Bottle Warmer


















I went to Walmart to purchase a bottle warmer, since I couldn't get it from Kmart. I picked up the munchkin deluxe bottle warmer, which I absolutely LOVE!  I love it more than the first years bottle warmer.

Potty Hook


Check out this nifty little hook that I found at K-mart.  You hook it to the inside of your toilet and it just hangs there.  Unfortunately, I don't have a sink with cabinets yet, so I have to find little ways so the bathroom doesn't look so cluttered. I thought this was cute so I decided to post it.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Nap Time



We normally have lunch between 12-1 pm.  After lunch, the (providers) kiddies are ready to lay it down.  Just Joking.  The cribs that we have are portable.  So we place them based on how the kids are behaving that day.  Because, we have a mixed-age group, days are rarely the same.  For instance, if its a Monday, or a long weekend, the kids seem to be really want to give us a hard time.  But, its days like today that makes me want to have another baby.  LOL...

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Summer Infant - Day & Night Baby Video Monitor






I ended up purchasing two monitors, because I use my upstairs for a couple of the kids in my care to sleep during nap time.  The monitors serve there purpose, I just wish that it wasn't in black and white.  Oh well.  The main thing is that I am able to see what the kids are up to before they doze off.  There really isn't anything to setup.  You literally just prop it, plug it in, and your done!  I got it sometime last year so I don't remember what I paid for it, but it was definitely worth the money.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Saftey 1st Snack & Scibble Booster Seat







 I LOVE these little seats, and so do the toddlers.  I picked my up from BJ's Wholesale. The only problem now is that the older kids want to sit in these seats.  While I'm getting lunch together the kids can draw or use the stamps.  The best thing about this booster is that its easy to clean, and once you lift the play tray, their feeding tray is underneath. 

Baby Chef - Double-Duty Bottle Warmer










I purchased the Baby Chef bottle warmer, that is the WORST!  I liked the idea that I could heat up two bottles at one time, especially, because we have soooo many infants!  The fact that you could turn the dial to select a temperature you may need at the time would of been a plus, if it indeed, WORKED.