Please scroll across for all of the pictures! Click on the first picture and view them like a slide show so you can really see all the smiling, happy faces! Some of these pictures are of my own kids, grandkids, friends of my kids, daycare kids that no longer come here, from many different years and months. I don't have a million different kids here at one time. All of these pictures ultimately belong to me.
I know this is long, but I've taken the time to try and answer most of the questions parents ask me, and explain how I do things here. If you are serious about looking for quality daycare, you'll appreciate the extensive amount of information I've provided in this ad. It makes sense to me, to provide you with as much information as possible to help you narrow your choices into a do-able list of places to visit. Many of the comments that you may find odd, are actual real life situations that I've encountered with parents.
We are a smoke free - pet friendly home.
I'm a very experienced & responsible 56 year old Mom who is offering childcare in my fun, child friendly home. My hours available are outlined near the bottom of my ad. I offer full-time care only, at this time
I have limited availability, so please read this carefully!
I have 2 or possibly 3 spots for a child that is newborn to 6 years old. These are the only spots I have available, at this time.
I am very happy to assist in the potty training process and to help your child get to a reliable place in the potty situation. Reliable to me, means hasn't had an accident in 6 months and doesn't require pull-ups at night or during naps. Don't tell me your child is potty trained when they're not, just to save a few bucks. That's just mean and puts a lot of stress on your child, on me, and my precious little group, that is absolutely perfect and running as smoothly as it gets. Please don't believe anyone who says they can have your 2-year-old potty trained in a few weeks. They are either lying or hurting them to get them to do it. Kids learn to get to the potty when they know how to take their pants down, know the feeling and how much time they have before it starts coming out, and can get there with out an adult running and carrying them. This is solely on YOUR child, when they are ready. It has nothing to do with you, except for you teaching them how to take their pants down.
I live in the High Point Subdivision & the bus stop for Ridgewood Elementary is directly across the street from my house. I don't provide transportation to any school.
I've been caring for children since I was 13 years old. I have 5 children of my own, and 5 step-children, so I have lots of experience taking care of kids. Most of our kids are grown and on their own, and only 1 is currently living at home; our 18-year-old daughter. My 18-year-old will be helping me full time during the summer with childcare and is also available for evening and weekend babysitting for date nights, etc...
I'm a very calm Mom, and I don't run around screaming in panic in an emergency situation. I'm Infant and Child CPR and First Aid Certified. Don't worry. I will take care of your child the same as I would my own. With love, concern, and kindness. I love the kids in my group. They are precious to me and they're our future. I want to help them succeed in anything they want to try, They tell me their secrets and dreams while we play beauty parlor or doctor or dinosaur museum. They tell me what they're thinking when we put on a puppet show or put together a puzzle. These kids are precious to me.
I was a Girl Scout Leader 7 years ago and have volunteered extensively at the schools, so I've completed several recent background and reference checks. Most recently the Drama Boosters. I also volunteered for the Optimist Club with their cheer leading and football and basketball programs. I was on board of the Hilliard Civic Association years ago, and am very community-minded. I have great references for both current and previous daycare parents.
I provide a stable home daycare situation for your child. I don't have marital problems. I've been with my husband for 20 years, we've lived in the Hilliard area for 18 years and I have no plans on leaving. I like Ohio, except for the snow and cold. LOL! I plan on doing daycare until I can no longer physically do it, so I'm thinking another 20 years. See how optimistic I am? If I win the lottery, I will give you 2 weeks notice and I would expect the same from you, if your plans change and you no longer need my services. So I expect 2 weeks notice. You may consider this ad our contract. By bringing your child to my daycare, you agree to my terms.
This is not a fly by night operation that I just started on a whim, or because I couldn't find a job. This is what I do because I love kids, and have dedicated my life and my home to the care of children. I've had a home daycare for about 30 years. I'm not going to put them in a room in my basement, which I think is dangerous in the event of an emergency. They play and learn in my huge, bright and sunny playrooms on the main floor of my house. I have dedicated most of my ranch style house to the kids. I want them to have lots of space to play, learn & grow in a safe environment.
This is a fun, family daycare setting. Not a sterile daycare center. If you are looking for an extremely organized, spotless home daycare, this is not the place for you. Sometimes the books get jumbled, the little toy bins aren't always as organized as I would like, and I'm certain I can find a dust bunny upon request. I spray everything with Lysol every night and wash toys as often as practical. I use a mild bleach solution to wash down tables, chairs, and large surfaces several times a day. We are very big into hand washing and using common courtesy when we have colds. I haven't been so sick that I couldn't get out of bed, or cover with a helper, except for 2 days in 30 years.
Any childcare provider that says their house is spotlessly clean, well, guess what they're doing instead of playing with your little one? Do you want your kid to be in trouble for running through their daycare providers house with dirty feet, because they're trying to make it to the bathroom in time? I have a steam cleaner, and when the carpet really needs it, I steam clean it on the weekend. Otherwise, we are extremely busy playing and making messes!!
The moment you walk into my house, you will know that I am very serious about daycare. Everything here is all about kids & learning & playing & having fun! Even my yards are all for the kids. The backyard has all the big toys and swimming pools, and in the front yard we have raised bed veggie gardens that the kids get to help with. It's important for kids to know that food doesn't come from the store. Somebody has to grow it, and at my house, that "SOMEBODY" is us! At least some of it is grown by us. Kids who are part of the gardening process are more likely to try new foods that they thought they "hated." To me, eating a variety of food is key to a healthy body. I'll try to help your child see that too. We want your kids to know that people NEED food and growing it and donating the extras is the right thing to do. Who wouldn't want their kids to be a part of that?!
I live in the High Point Subdivision, very close to Dublin Road. You can ues your GPS to check the intersection of Dublin Road & Highpoint Drive Columbus 43221, to see if my location is convenient for you. I am only a few minutes from 270 & Roberts Rd, Mill Run and Cemetery/Fishinger Road. I could easily walk to Capital Area Humane Society, if that helps get your bearings straight.
We have a fenced-in yard and have tons of fun toys. Look at the pictures of my front and back yards. All those toys and fun things to do!! When it's nice outside, we go out and play every day.
While it's rainy and gloomy and wet and yucky outside, we make dinosaur museums, have puppet shows, play with Barbie & Ken in their huge house, bake pretend feasts in the kitchen, play barber shop or beauty salon, color and paint, spend time learning, and you know what the best part is? I get to squeeze and hug little kids that I love! It's the best job I've ever had. I guess that's why I've been doing this for about 30 years. I love it, and I'm lucky to be able to stay here and play with your precious child. I can't imagine doing anything else.
We don't go from station to station, with every minute scheduled. In fact, there is no schedule. We play and eat and get to know each others likes and dislikes, and have fun and laugh. There is no "typical" day here. If your daycare provider gives you a list of everything they did that day, what time they had a diaper change, how much they ate and what's on next weeks menu, well that sucks. I couldn't live like that and I don't think your kid wants me to spend my time writing all that down. Right now, playing is the best way for them to learn.
I will text you pictures of what your kid did that made me laugh, a few times a week. I will friend you on facebook so you can check out the PRIVATE albums of your child watering plants, playing in the mud, swinging on a swing, creating something with sidewalk chalk, sliding down the slide into the pool, or just being themselves. Happy or mad. You'll get it all, because that is normal.
When it's nice outside, we are out there playing and your child will be filthy and tired when you come to pick them up. Even if they get a nap. I keep them busy and try to wear them out. If you're picky about their clothes being clean, or their hair being in place, please. Find someone else to care for your child.
We love to play outside everyday, as long as the weather isn't terrible.
We have the Little Tikes Cottage, Log Cabin and the Castle.
A BIG Bounce house for "special" warm weather occasions.
We have a swing set, a sand box, climbing toys, slides, and lots of little bikes & cars.
We have the Step 2 roller coaster for LITTLE kids.
We have 2 swimming pools in the summer time. Both are Step 2 pools, 1 with a slide and another with no slide, with water that's about 6 to 8 inches deep
We do lots of playing, story time, coloring, creating, pretend play, and learning to be good friends to each other.
We have a pretend kitchen with lots pretend food and cooking utensils
A vanity with pretend make up, jewelry, and other things you would find on a vanity
A beauty salon with lots of pretend blow dryers, play scissors, play hair products, etc. . .
A workshop with just about every pretend tool you can imagine
Lots and lots of Little People & their houses, buildings, vehicles, etc...
Lots of books for story time
A mini trampoline
Just tons of toys! Your little one won't be bored at my house.
We play in the dirt, run through the sprinklers, swing on the swings, and make big messes!
We have been known to squirt parents with our water guns when they come to pick up their kids, so GET READY!!! LOL!!!
I have a dedicated nap room in an extra bedroom. Each child has their own bed/port-a-crib, sheets, blanket & pillow. Nap time is for 3 years and under, or if you want your older child to nap. Older kids that aren't napping take "sun breaks" or have quiet time here. I put a big blanket down on the floor and turn on a kids show and if they want to, they fall asleep. If they don't (or you don't want them to) we do something else, like work on numbers, letters, reading readiness or just play quietly. But this is nap time and they have to play quietly if you don't want them to lie down. Most of them fall asleep. But this is quiet time and a necessary part of our day.
I don't have a set schedule here, however, we are working on learning to read for the beginning readers, and learning numbers, letters, basic math, weather, telling time, etc.... I set aside time each morning to work on age appropriate academics. I have 4 Fire tablets for kids, they HAVE to learn how to use a tablet for Kindergarten, Hooked On Phonics, flashcards, traceables, workbooks, wall charts, Leap Frog, Leapster, V-Tech Readers, play money, a microscope, magnifying glasses, little calculators, clocks, tie your shoes, etc... We will continue to work on this through the school year and through the winter. I'm not a teacher, but I will do my best to help them advance and learn. I won't force them, if they don't want to do it. If you're not working with them at home, they're not going to want to work on it here. It takes us partnering up, to insist that they learn and pay attention when I'm teaching them about letter, numbers, using flash cards or puzzles, etc..
We do have a lot of free play, and I have lots of fun things for the kids to do. If the kids want to paint, we paint. If they want to color, or do a craft project, we can do that. They'll have plenty of time to sit down and be forced to work on numbers and letters when they go to school. We like to have fun here and while I do work on numbers & letters, I'm not a teacher and we don't spend all day doing those things. I'm a very crafty type person and love doing craft projects with the kids.
I am extremely laid back, outgoing, and rather flamboyant. I am the opposite of shy. I also love and adore little kids and think all children are a precious gift. The kids who come here love me and would sit on my lap all day if I would let them. This is what I do and I will be doing this until I can't physically do it any more. I really like what I do and I'm thankful that I'm in a position where I can stay home and play with kids all day. If you expect your child to be spotless at the end of the day, you'll hate it here. We like to dig for worms, go on bug hunts in the yard, and make mud pies. People either love the way I do things, or they hate it. I can't worry about who will hate how I do things because I'm not changing that. I've raised 10 kids of my own using these same methods and they're all wonderful contributing members of society, so I must have done something right.
If you are a serious, uptight, and rigid person, you won't like me. I mean this sincerely. There isn't a pretentious bone in my body and if you're worried about every small detail, this isn't the place for you. I do not care abut your race, with whom you choose to live, your religion or lack there of, your tattoos, piercings, marital status, political leanings, sexual orientation, or anything else that falls into the "not my business" category. I don't discuss things like that with children. As long as you're a good person with a kind soul, and you treat me with respect, we'll get a long fine.
I provide all food except baby food and formula/breast milk. I'm very serious about kids not eating a bunch of junk food. Snacks are usually fruit, veggies, cheese, crackers, etc.. I try very hard to get the kids to try new things and make healthy choices, but ultimately, this isn't a restaurant, cafeteria, or buffet, and there's no short order cook on duty. If they hate what I make, that's really too bad. It's not like I'm offering them dog poop sandwiches and cat hair soup. We eat regular food that I make, and it's much better than what they'll ever get at school or fast food. I'm a home cook and we eat home cooked food.
I'm an experienced, former breast feeding Mom and understand safe handling of breast milk, and that it's to be treated like liquid gold. LOL! Don't worry, I'm not going to put your breast milk in my microwave. Many of the babies that have passed through my door have been breast fed babies, and I will work with you to find the best possible solution for you and your family.
You'll never find a drop of Kool-Aid in my house. We drink juice, milk, and water. I will provide a light breakfast, lunch & snacks, as long as your child is here during the times that we eat. I can't make breakfast 3 or 4 times and then start making lunch around 11:30. I'd be in the kitchen all day long. No thank you. I'll let you know if your child needs to eat before you bring them, based on your schedule. Please don't drop off your child at 10am and expect me to make breakfast for him/her. It wrecks everyone's morning and is unfair to the kids who are watching your child eat. That's not going to happen here.
I can not accommodate severe food allergies, or parents who are opposed to their child having popsicles, ice cream or chocolate chip cookies. I like to bake, and trying out new recipes for candy or cake and cookies. So we almost always have goodies here. When I make way too much, you will be getting plates of cupcakes to take home. LOL! We don't eat carrot biscuits or broccoli burgers here. We eat real food that I cook. I am very happy to accommodate religious or personal preferences about food, and I'm open to trying something new. This is something we can discuss in person.
My house is open to you, if your child is here. You may come at any time to visit your child, and please come right in. If your child is here, or you're dropping him or her off, you don't ever need to knock on my door. We have no secrets here, and I want you to feel welcome in my home. Don't walk into my house after business hours or on the weekend. Sorry that I even have to say that, but I do.
We have 2 kitties, a Yorkie, fish, snails, crawdads, a turtle, and the occasional toad that hops by. I'm so sorry if you're allergic to the littlest members of our family, but you definitely have a right to know they're here. Our pets are part of our family and are treated with kindness and respect. We will help your child have that same love and respect for animals.
I rarely go away on vacations because of my husband's work schedule and because I know that you are counting on me to provide consistent, reliable care. There will never be a day when you come to my house and I'm not available, unless it's a holiday or a day you're not scheduled to be here. This isn't a daycare center where you pick up and drop off, any time you like. This is my home and I expect you to give me the same respect that I give you. Even when I'm sick, I know that you need someone reliable, and I won't let you down. I've taken one sick day in over 10 years that I wasn't able to cover with an experienced, paid helper or family member that I would trust with my life. I tried to find someone to help me. but was unsuccessful. I had the flu and could barely move. It was definitely a rare situation. But, how many sick days have YOU taken in the past 10 years?
I can't plan for every single situation. Back up daycare needs to be your responsibility. If I'm in the hospital or so sick I need to be in the hospital, you're going to have to help me out and figure out your own childcare during that time. Have a back up plan!! Please do not bring your sick, contagious child here, making the rest of us sick. That's how I've gotten sick, every single time and it shows a total lack of respect for every other family here.
I don't work on major holidays that are - but not limited to - New Years Day - Thanksgiving Day & the day after Thanksgiving- Christmas day & the day after Christmas - 4th of July - Veterans Day - Memorial Day- I think that's it. There are also a few days I might have to take off to go to a special concert or an important doctor that only has bankers hours, Sometimes I'll ask if you can pick up early for an event I want to attend. It's pretty rare and I give at least a months notice. That should not be a problem. I'm not a robot or Mary Poppins. I'm just me, trying to make sure your kid is having a blast, and also live my life outside of my daycare! After 30 years of not having a proper vacation, I may take one this summer/fall. I'm trying to plan it so that it has the least impact on my daycare families. You will always have months to plan for this kind of situation.
Valentine's Day, Halloween, groundhog day, Sweetest day & Presidents day are NOT major holidays, by the way. Please discuss other days that you're wondering about and I'll let you know.
I'm available to care for your child from 7:00am to 5:00pm. I do not have any weekend availability ever.
I have a 18 year old daughter who is very responsible and has tons of experience taking care of little kids. She helps me in my daycare during the summer in a paid position, and does a wonderful job! She's such an integral part of my daycare that I pay her to help me and she is worth every dime. She is available some weekends to babysit for date nights.. If you are interested in that, it's something we can discuss as a family, in person. She comes with glowing recommendations from my daycare parents.
I charge a flat rate of $150.00 a week for full time care.
That's for an 8 hour day with travel time to and from work.
$100 a week for before or after school Kindergarteners
Everyone has to have something of a schedule that I can count on. I understand circumstances change and I'm willing to accommodate that. But I do need to know what time you're dropping off and what time you're picking up.
If you are stopping by the store to do your grocery shopping, getting your nails done, getting a haircut, going to the gym, or stopping by the bar with your BFF, those are NOT reasons to be late in picking up your child. Those are all things I would like to do as well, and will not foster a respectful relationship with me. Don't surprise me by dropping your child off when I'm not expecting them, because I may not have prepared enough food for them, or made other plans for my late afternoon, if they're not scheduled to be here.
I'm also happy to work out a generous sibling discount that we can discuss during the interview process.
Since I am always here, and rarely take vacation or sick days, in return, you pay whether your child/ren are here or not. You are paying for a safe place to leave your child while you work, and that's what I provide. I'm very happy for you if you are going on vacation some where, but I'm still here, holding your child's paid for spot. Let me be clear about this: This is not a huge childcare center. This is a small family daycare. I get paid regardless of your time off. I'm not going to leave you hanging with no childcare and I expect the same courtesy when it comes to my income. Don't leave me hanging either. To reiterate: You pay me whether you bring your child or not. Even if a holiday or a rare "personal day" falls on a weekday. You still pay me. After 30 years of being in this business, I deserve paid holidays and personal time off. If you go away without paying me, you will not be welcome back.
Consider this ad our contract please.
Also, I do not give receipts, so please don't ask for one. This is a family daycare in my home. If you need something different than that, I understand. But that's not what this is. I am paid in cash, in advance. I don't care if you pay weekly, twice a month or monthly, but it always has to be in advance. Once you start paying a certain way, I adjust my budget accordingly. Please don't go from paying twice a month to weekly, without giving me advance notice, so I can fix my budget.
I have day and very early evening interview appointments available to meet with you, but I'd like to have time to make dinner and spend time with my family too. So I try to have interviews done by 5:30 or 6:00, so I can do those things. Sorry, but I can't meet with you on the weekends. That's always reserved for family time.
If you're interested in speaking with me further, please feel free to email me at the craigslist addy. Please include a phone number or I won't contact you due to the amount of spam emails I get. Please read my ad and check out the map/location so you'll get a good idea if this might be a good fit for you and your family and that this is a reasonable commute for you.. To help you narrow your search to a manageable level, I've spent a huge amount of time answering commonly asked questions in this ad. If you ask me questions that I've covered in this ad, I will know that you didn't really read the ad, and don't care about quality daycare.
I'm not the lowly babysitter, and I won't be treated like that. I consider myself a partner with you, in the business of helping you raise your child. I have to have a close business relationship with you because your child matters to me. If that doesn't matter to you, then you don't need to respond to my ad. This is so much more than "just a job" to me. I give my heart and soul to your child and your child loves me back. It really doesn't get more important and personal than that.
do NOT contact me with unsolicited services or offers