Maternity Leave and Childcare

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Registered: 11-05-2006
Maternity Leave and Childcare
Sun, 10-23-2011 - 7:28pm
I posted on here a while ago that I was thinking about opening a family daycare out of my home. I have been looking into it a lot and I am very interested in going this route, but I know we are not done having children and I am not sure what would happen with maternity leave and having another child, also what is it like to be pregnant and running a family daycare? How long did you take off when you had children? Where did your children go?
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Registered: 01-08-2001
Wed, 10-26-2011 - 1:23am
Hello there and welcome:)

I have 4 children. 2 of them I had while I was working outside the home and they went into daycare. 2 of them I have had while running my in home daycare. My last 3 kids were all c-sections so the recovery time was supposed to be longer. For my 3rd daughter I took 2 weeks off - the daycare was closed - unpaid. I was fortunate to have my mom come and stay with me for a total of 6 weeks so she helped out for 4 weeks while the daycare was open. With my last child, I did the same, I took 2 weeks off, unpaid and then reopened and went back to work. My feeling was my own kids were still here and needed care and it is almost easier for the daycare kids to be here so my kids have someone to play with. It's hard for the first while - especially trying to sit and nurse a baby and have other kids get into a argument or need something. They all just learned to find something to do (we would read a book, watch TV - bad I know, but it made life manageable, color, sing, etc) .

It wasn't financially feasible for me to be closed more than the two weeks. Luckily all my c-sections were scheduled so I could give the families the exact dates and they could make arrangements. It worked good for everyone. I wish I could have take more time off, but overall with having my other kids here it worked well for me.

Have you opened your child care yet? Good luck in any decisions you make!

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Registered: 10-19-2011
Thu, 10-27-2011 - 2:37pm
I use a home day care provider. What my provider did was hire extra help for a while... even just getting some families to volunteer to help you out? I know the financial aspect sucks, but you have to take care of your needs first, and hurting yourself to make money won't help your family, so don't rush to get back too soon.

Recovering from childbirth takes time, but we're pretty resilient; after I had my first, I was up and walking around in a few hours (no drugs) and felt great two weeks later. I did get exhausted quickly, though.

Good luck with your new baby!
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Fri, 10-28-2011 - 2:12pm


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Registered: 11-03-2011
Thu, 11-03-2011 - 7:46pm

Hi...I'm new here so this is my first post. I'm just getting back into daycare again after being out for about 14 years...just waiting for my license to come so I can get started.

When I was doing daycare before, I was preganant with my last (and 6th) child...don't worry, they weren't all home. Mine were spaced out 20 years apart. Anyways, I cared for kids on Friday, went into labor that night. Had my daughter at 3 am on Saturday morning and was open for business the following Monday...NO JOKE!!!

I will never forget when one of my mom's came in and I was holding my baby that morning and she asked me who's baby was that. I told her mine. She said "huh uh"