Anxieties about resigning as daycare provider

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Registered: 06-09-2006
Anxieties about resigning as daycare provider
Tue, 10-16-2012 - 8:47am


Maybe I'm just venting, but I am looking for opinions/advice on resigning as an in-home daycare provider.

I am facing the possibility of closing my daycare to provide care for an elderly family member.  I have done in-home daycare for about 4 1/2 years and I have 2 children (ages 2 1/2 and 1 1/2) who have been with me since they were 2 months old, as well as a new child who just started who is 7 weeks old.  I love these kids and their parents dearly, but this is a good change for me and for my family.

I should also mention that I am a college student (I have gone back to finish my degree in Special Education), so I would have eventually needed to close and/or find something else to do so that I can attend the classes that my university offers only during the day.  Also, I have 2 children of my own who are in school and this would give me the ability to take them to school every day and to be more available to them when they need me.  It's actually a great opportunity, but I worry about what is going to happen when I tell my daycare parents that I need to give up this job.

One of the girls I sit for is the granddaughter of a friend.  Another is the niece of our neighbor.  I worry about damaging these relationships, but I also feel like I have to do what's best for my family.

Any thoughts or opinions?

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Registered: 01-08-2001
Thu, 10-18-2012 - 1:27am

First of all - congrats on your new opportunity.  I would hope that if the families you care for are friends they would be able to understand where you are coming from with your change.  I would write a letter and hand it out at the same time to all families.  I would explain what is going and why you are making the changes. If you know it's the right decision to you then you should be able to explain yourself and your reasons. 

Good luck!