All Work and No pay…..

I have, for the past 2 and 1/2 years ran a childcare out of my home.  My common law husband and I had our son in Feb of 2007 and as of Jan 2008 I have operated a childcare as my own business and as my primary source of income.

At first I ran a Registered License Not Required Childcare and everything worked out great. When my son was at the age of  3 months, he and I joined a “mommy and me” group and I quickly found clients to fill my future business venture.  These were not only clients but friends.  We came to know one another and see each other outside of the childcare setting.  I could trust them.

Then my husband and I decided to purchase a home together and everything changed.  I, having lived in Port Coquitlam for 5+ more consecutive years, moved to the city of Abbotsford, where I knew no one and away from all my childcare clients.  Starting my childcare business was a challenge but I went about it the right way, the legit way.  I became a fully licensed family child care with the Fraser Health Authority in the beginning of June 2009 and I can honestly say that things have gone downhill from there.

I have spent the time to jump though the ministry`s hoops, had the proper training, first aid, criminal record checks, home safety inspection and fire inspections.  I provide a safe, fun environment for children and feel like I deserve to get paid for the work that I do.  I have had nothing but problems with families paying their childcare bill.

I currently have 6 children enrolled in my childcare.  Not all children come every day.. I have a few that come on a part time basis, but those families are the ones that seem to have their shit together.  I have one mother, single mother, I might add, who brings her son 2 days per week.  She is a student at the local university and I receive childcare subsidy payments for her son to attend my childcare.   I must say that this single mother has her shit together more than any other family that I deal with on subsidy.  She does not receive full payment for her son`s childcare but every month she pays her portion, on time, every time.  Right now, as I speak I am owed over $1000.00 in childcare payments from other families that I deal with that can not seem to get their shit together.

To you, this may seem like a bunch of bitching and moaning but a month before Christmas and the fact that some days I am working 10 hour days, it is nothing more than serious.  I have been watching peoples children on a daily basis, changing their children`s diapers, wiping their noses, making sure that they are fed, dry, happy, safe and am owed money for doing so.  Parents need to realize that childcare providers are the ones that are there caring for their children when they are not and they need to be paying their childcare bills.  When you sign a contract…… read the terms of that contract… if you do not want to pay…..realize that in the future there could possibly be a consequence for your decision.  I will take you to court and fight for what is mine.  I do not watch peoples children for free while they go and line their bank accounts and how dare they think that I would.  PERIOD!

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2 Responses to “All Work and No pay…..”

  1. I operate a licensed family childcare as well, and I have to say I have 10 kids enrolled with varying schedules. I have not once had a problem with payments and all my families have varying socio-economic backgrounds. Personally my advice to you is to not look at your parents as being fault, but look to your own expectations. You deserve the best from your families, as you provide the best. So demand it. If they don’t pay, don’t provide service. It is after all a buisness. You cannot go to another buisness and assume to get goods without pay. So do not set yourself up to be in this cycle. Cut your ties, and get new families. Your reputation will precede you, and families will be more than happy to pay what you are worth.

  2. @ artandbalance….

    You have been fortunate then to not have had any issues with payments. I don’t think that my expectations are at fault at all. If a family needs childcare they are expected to pay for it. If subsidy doesn’t cover all costs, then it is the families responsibility to pay the amount that is not covered.
    As for not having families come who don’t pay….. obviously that is the only way to work…and is how I am operating. Out of the $1000.00 that was owed, $800.00 has been paid to me. The family that owes the remaining $200.00 is now no longer able to attend my childcare, but apparently they owe a few other childcare’s in my area money from doing the exact same thing.
    The new families that I have now are great and I have had no problems with them. I think I just ran into a family that has problems paying their bills.

    Thanks for visiting and leaving your comment.

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