CHILDCARE BASICS - HOW TO FIND DAYCARE: Get an overview of the childcare industry in BC, Canada, learn about different types of child care : from licensed daycare facilities to perfectly legal licence-not-required home-based daycare arrangements. Most importantly, get guidance on figuring out what type of care is right for you and your child and Tips and Tricks on HOW TO FIND A DAYCARE SPOT WITHIN DAYS or WEEKS not months!
I'll walk you step-by-step through things to consider when selecting a daycare, things to ask the childcare provider about, details of a standard contract you'll be asked to sign and what to watch out for.
I'll give you guidance on how to assess safety and security of a childcare facility you chose, what background information to look for and where to get it.
I'll break down the costs of putting your child into daycare: not only daycare prices, but all other hidden costs such as registration fees, waitlists, supplies, etc. But most importantly, I will also give you an overview of savings through BC government programs that could help you reduce the costs through benefits and subsidies.
NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. ALL INSTRUCTIONS ARE FULLY DETAILED AND STEP-BY-STEP SO ANYONE CAN FOLLOW THEM EASILY.
So often I hear horror stories that it takes this or that family 4-5 months to find a daycare spot, that a family "had to take what was available".
Most painful for me are the stories about families not being able to afford to put their kids into the program, and as a result one of the parents has to chose or is forced to stay at home, at the expense of their career, education, realizing own potential.
On the other hand I hear stories of daycare providers having to close their perfectly amazing daycare facilities as they can't find enough kids to fill-up to capacity. Running a daycare is expensive! As most family-based and home-based facilities can only host 7-8 children, one child out of the program is a direct hit on their bottom-line.
Whaaaat? you ask me. I was looking for a daycare for 5 months! and you are telling me daycare owners can't find kids? you're kidding!
Nope. There is a grandiose mismatch happening as caregivers may lack technical sophistication, knowledge or resources to advertise, and the parents do not know where to look! That simple!
But is it really possible?
The short answer is "yes."
The longer answer is "yes, but you need to know the tricks and be engaged in the process. You also need to know what you really want."
I myself have a 3yo son. Our family have moved few times around Canada, landing in BC in early 2017. My son was 1.5yo at the time. I was able to find a fantastic daycare and start him on the program within 4 weeks. The second time around, when he was ready to move on to 3-5yo program, it took me only 10 days to find an amazing spot, which he absolutely loves and the cost for it is way lower than I budgeted for!
I've helped a dozens of my friends and acquaintances to find a quality and affordable daycare solution quickly - typically within few weeks. We even ran a Daycare Concierge service on HopKidz website, helping families with their childcare arrangements!
In my course, I give you a step-by-step overview of all available options, and show you have efficient, mostly online, search actually works. I will share with you tips and tricks that I've personally used.
NOTE: Throughout my course you will be referred to video lessons. The information provided covers Child Care regulation in British Columbia Canada, and is inclusive to changes made in late 2018 (new Affordable Child Care Benefit introduction, and Universal Childcare pilot programs). I will try to keep all the information in video lessons as up to date as possible, please exercise your own due diligence and cross-reference current childcare regulation.
LAST UPDATE: January 2019
What you’ll learn:
Types of Child Care in BC, Canada
Safety, screening, education requirements
Searching for a Daycare Spot
Choosing what’s right for you: questions to ask and things to consider
Paying for Child Care
Are there any course requirements or prerequisites?
Who this course is for:
Intended for parents with small children, parents with newborn, expectant parents, families planning to have a child, anyone interested in childcare industry in British Columbia, Canada. No prior experience required
Some light legalize, but I have to put it here:
PLEASE NOTE THAT INFORMATION PROVIDED IN THIS COURSE IS INTENDED ONLY AS OVERVIEW & RECOMMENDATIONS BASED ON PERSONAL EXPERIENCE OF THE AUTHOR AND THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE PUBLICLY INCLUDING ON GOVERNMENT WEBSITES. NONE OF THE INFORMATION IN THIS COURSE IS TO BE TREATED AS LEGAL ADVICE.
THE AUTHOR IS NOT A REGULATOR OF CHILDCARE AND CANNOT ADVISE WHETHER ANY RECOMMENDATIONS AND GUIDELINES ARE APPROPRIATE FOR YOUR CIRCUMSTANCE. YOU HAVE NO OBLIGATION TO FOLLOW THE SUGGESTED RECOMMENDATIONS AND GUIDELINES. HOWEVER IF YOU CHOOSE TO FOLLOW THE RECOMMENDATIONS AND GUIDELINES WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU TAILOR THEM TO SUIT YOUR CIRCUMSTANCE, AND YOU DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK.
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