Ask Melinda

Ask Melinda is a blog written by Melinda Marshall focusing on family child care issues. Think of it as Dear Abby for family child care.

Do You Charge Families Hourly, Or To Hold A Spot?
Paying for a spot in our program can be seen as an expense, or it can be seen as an investment in your child’s future.
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How-Are-You-Handling-The-Coronavirus-In-Regard-To-Your-Business
This is uncharted territory for ALL of us, and we’re all just doing the best we can. If no one has told you yet…. your job as a family childcare provider is important. YOU are important. You matter. You are all superheroes in my eyes. I see you.
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https://form.jotform.com/JeffAJohnson/on-line-learning-evaluation
20 years ago when I wanted to begin caring for children in my home I hand drew a flier (I didn’t even have a computer or printer at the time!) and hung it up on a community board at our local corner grocery store. I remember my futile attempts to
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what are your best advertising tips
20 years ago when I wanted to begin caring for children in my home I hand drew a flier (I didn’t even have a computer or printer at the time!) and hung it up on a community board at our local corner grocery store. I remember my futile attempts to
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How Do You Deal With The Chaos
Messy play is an important and large part of our program. Much of our day incorporates sensory play, whether its digging in the sand pit, scooping and pouring water, making mud pies, or squishing cool paint in between our fingers.
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How Do You Balance Your Work Life And Personal Life
This week's question: How do you balance your personal/work life and how do you deal with provider burnout?
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Should Parents Only Pay When Their Children Attend
This week's question: The parents in my program want to pay me only when their child is here. Its costing ME to run my program this way. What should I do?
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How Do You Deal With Messy Play?
Messy play is an important and large part of our program. Much of our day incorporates sensory play, whether its digging in the sand pit, scooping and pouring water, making mud pies, or squishing cool paint in between our fingers.
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Do The Girls Roughhouse Too
A few of the girls have recently begun a new game called “Huggies”. They run up to each other and ask “Huggie?” and as they wrap their arms around each other, they fall down to the ground. While the boys tend to want to wrestle and roughhouse without much of
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How Am I Supposed To Get Anything Done
The physiological needs of the children should be at the very core of what you do. Food, water, movement, and rest are the priority. Feeling safe, secure, and knowing they are loved and cared for are equally important.
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What Does A Typical Day In Your Program Look Like?
In our program, we use a play-based child led curriculum backed by current research and is developmentally appropriate, emergent, and inspired by the children’s interests.
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This week's question: How do you set up your environment?
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