Everything and anything these days seems to be related to Covid. Everywhere you look people are being inundated with what Covid is and what it’s not. Some of the information makes sense and is backed by science and some is just simply what others think. Do you think you were ever exposed to Covid? Not sure? Don’t remember? Maybe? It’s hard to tell when or where you may or may not have been exposed to Covid.
The 24/7 news cycle has a lot of people thinking a certain way about what the best way is to protect themselves and their loved ones …
What ever you decide is best for you and your loved ones, BRACE yourselves “The SICK season” is coming! Sniffles, coughs, runny noses, headaches, constantly tired……is it Covid?
Click below to get some idea of how to tell the difference between what you may be feeling and what you might be experiencing
Are you getting the best value from your Child Care Provider? Yes?, No?, Maybe? What do I look for? This is an often overlooked question some should be asking on a regular basis, and most certainly should be asked and discussed before signing any paper work. Most people look for the cheapest price not realizing that finding the cheapest may turn into limiting your options when you need certain things in a child care setting the most.
If your contract only allows for care in the afternoon only–would your care service be able to provide temporary hours for the morning or late evening?
How hard would it be to switch your child care plan?
Are there sibling discounts?
If your child currently attends school and there was an early dismissal, is your child care set up to accommodate the early dismissal from school?
Is the staff professionally trained?
If you school closed unexpectedly is your child care provider ready to provide care at a moments notice?
Payment options: weekly, bi- weekly, Monthly?
Does your child care offer some kind of Parent app/ email to keep you in the loop?
If you do have issues with the staff is there a direct way to speak with someone immediately or do you have to book an appointment and wait?
Does the care center sit children in front of a TV or constantly just send them outside–or do they engaged and interact with the children?
How is the security handled? do they have cameras in place? secured electronically locked doors? A fool-proof way of determining who your child is released to?
Does your child care offer regular “Open house” opportunities, to communicate parent concerns and opportunities?
Sanitation and cleanliness…Is your child care provider doing the minimum necessary or are they going full steam ahead with increased disinfecting schedules and on spot cleanings?
These are just some of the questions you can ask yourself when assessing the value you are getting; the value comes from “How is your child care “Over Delivering”?
We will discuss how to get the absolute best pricing in an upcoming post
It comes down to a few bits of communication and a good relationship with your current provider
First thing you will want you to do is look over your paper work (contract). Find out what the steps are you need.
After that just follow what you need do a request a receipt of having competed those actions. This is a very important part of the process even if your current care center does not issue receipts regularly; you will want something “in hand” communicating you have fulfilled your part of the paper work to the satisfaction of the provider
If in any event you find out, there are parts of the contract that were missed or not completely understood….have a conversation with your provider about it and remain calm-as with most contracts you will have sign off that you know what was in it and understood it.
Try your best at all costs to remain on good terms with your child care provider you may need some of their services or know someone else who may need services in the future. ((From the perspective of a Care provider: there’s nothing worse than having to settle for less than ideal child care simply because the need to “burn bridges” was part of the vocabulary)) . Child Care providers regularly change and offer new services which you may be able to benefit
If you have any questions we would be more than happy to look at your current contract and give you an opinion based suggestion
firstname.lastname@example.org and please use #contract in the RE: section
The topic of the difficult conversation comes up over and over again, coming from the point of view of a faculty administrator; we rarely have difficult conversations, although they do happen on occasion. First of all, you don’t want to avoid difficult conversations but rather communicate openly and often. One subject which continually arrises is conversations is about policy. Try to make sure you understand what the policy is of your child care center thoroughly, ask as many questions as you need to make sure you understand the terms and especially the contract. Even though you may know the staff pretty well and get along with the manager they still have to follow what is written on paper and uphold the policies to the center. A well run care center will have several ways to offer communication and for you to be heard. Suggestion boxes, email designed for communication, perhaps a unique child care app for mobile devices and in person meeting are part of the communication process. You child care center should also be willing to give you written receipts of the conversations no matter how small they may seem. This is your written record of the conversation to be able to verify anything that was discussed and also give you to opportunity to review after the conversation, after all usually during such conversations emotions play a bigger than usual role in the discussions. Once you understand the policies and everything has been communicated the best it could be the room for having a difficult conversation is greatly diminished. If all else fails… we have to understand it may have turned into an opportunity to partner with your child care provider to see if anything can be done with examining policy, reviewing alternatives never before considered and or deciding if the actual situation is really what it is or if it is something that is blown out of proportion. Sometimes the difficulty situation is something as simple as moving to a new class or adjusting learning times or even providing evaluation tools to find out if a different discipline approach is in order. All in all communicate often and ask for receipts of the conversation so that later on you are protected and it doesn’t turn into a “they said it this way and they said it that way” situation. If you are not getting the satisfaction you think you deserve after discovery the policies are serving well, after discovery of the discipline procedure fits the actions, after discovery of the staff acting according, and after meeting with the manager or administration and nothing is changing; It may be time to decide if child care fits your lifestyle at all. There will come a time when child care may no longer be an option for your as your child is now capable to function without child care. If for any reason you find this to be the case, please follow the guidelines provided by your child care providers policies and communicate your concerns, nine times out of ten, they will have an idea of different openings in the area and help you choose what you may need as far as child care is concerned. Good Child Care providers are there for the well being of the child and the family, they are there to help– even if its not with them.
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Covid positive !!! These words alone have taken on a brand new meaning in the lives of our children over the past few months. What does it mean to you? What does it mean to those around you..family, neighbors, those you come into contact with in your community? The bigger question is… What is my childcare provider doing to keep my child and my family for that matter, safe during this “Pandemic”?
Of course this will vary from Provider to Provider but there are a few things you should look for:
Ask for there cleaning schedule
This will give you an idea of how they are approaching this sanitation opportunity
Ask for the CDC guide lines for their area (State) and compare that they are doing in accordance with the guidelines
Are they in compliance? what are they missing if anything
Ask if they are doing anything extra such as using UV light or using a misting disinfectant to clean
Your “better” facilities will go that extra mile for their clients, again its not a bad thing if they are doing just the minimum
Ask what the overall policy is on Covid and how they are set up to handle the unforeseen: this should be a direct contact question through a quick phone call or contacting them directly via email
Your care provider should have all of these things in place, if they do not; it would be a great opportunity to partner with them and offer solutions