Have the parents pay you at the BEGINNING of the week, not the end. Do NOT keep kids you don't like just because you need the money. There are other children that need care and you would be doing the family and child a diservice if you keep them. Make sure you have a contract, an emergncy list of phone numbers and contacts and maintain RECORDS. Make sure to record every ouchie a child gets....diaper rash, throw up etc. Cover your own butt. Have the parents sign a photo release form so that you can take pics of their kids. STAY within ration. NEVER more than 4 to 1...or 5 depending on the state and county that you live in.
If you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them. I run an in home daycare....
at 11:29 AM on Oct. 29, 2008