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Posted 22 August 2008 - 02:13 PM
I am finishing early today. They are all going home an hour early.
One just left and the other 2 are asleep and leaving at 3.30.
Gives me lots of time to clean but I dont have to because my cleaner comes tomorrow morning.
I have 4 families but I am going to have 5 or 6 depending how my youngest changes his days. Either that or I will take DD out of care on Fridays and have her here with me.
Goodluck Bee I'm sure you will do great! I only have a single bed and a cot. Porta cot for back up. With all my different kids I change linen a fair bit but really only use the cot and single bed.
For those of you who had to do oreientation, what happens there? Our scheme doesn't have it.
Wish we had a 1:5 ratio. I need some before school kids. It would help the pay packet.
Does anyone have problem with parents paying?
Posted 22 August 2008 - 03:01 PM
I have just been on the phone to my scheme enquiring about Cert III.Apparently Victoria is the only state which doesn't have funding for FDC workers to complete Certs. So I am looking at paying a grand or 2 to do it. She said some of it I can get back on tax.
Anyone else have no qualifications?
Anyone else studied while also doing FDC?
Posted 22 August 2008 - 03:38 PM
currently doing my Cert3, i pay the base rate of $350 instead of the full rate of $2100 (or something) and i also pay that off $25p/w. The course is also 100% claimable on tax Kodi1982 Ask an account but im sure even if you pay the full fee you can claim the full fee....
Posted 22 August 2008 - 06:50 PM
Bedding: I use to have 3 porta-cots (as i mostly under 2yrs) & then i had 3 daycare beds, like the ones at CCC's i brought them from 'Educational Experience'... Originally i just used these kiddy swag things i brought off ebay but the washing inbetween chn was getting too much so i brought the daycare beds & got the parents to provide cot sheets, which fit on them perfectly. I think i had about 6 or 7 different families at one stage & a lot of my chn only came 2 days a week, so some days i needed more porta-cots & other days i used all the beds IYKWIM?
Posted 22 August 2008 - 09:57 PM
I haven't been around for awhile but I have my 1st interview with our local FDC scheme on Tuesday. I am a little nervous but very excited! I am sending of my Blue Card Application next week and I am booked in to renew my Senior First Aid. I have started collecting some toys and organising in anticipation of when the children come.
I plan to be available 24/7 if needed as I am not to picky.
Look forward to hopefully being apart of this group as a career in the next few weeks!
Soon to be career
Girls 1 3yrs old
Schoolies : just my own two.
Posted 22 August 2008 - 10:06 PM
what do you guys do if you have kids come in the morning but you also have to get your own kids to school by car??
this is the one issue that has detered me from doing FDC.
Posted 22 August 2008 - 10:09 PM
Ah I can't help there sorry, we don't have a car. I just need to get a triple pram with a skate board, or double with skateboard and harness for my DD. I am about 3blocks from school though.
I will be setting a cut off drop of time of 7.34am as I leave the house at 8am and get back around 8.45am. So they will either drop of before that time, or after the return time.
Edited by aejsmum, 22 August 2008 - 10:15 PM.
Posted 22 August 2008 - 10:16 PM
what do you guys do if you have kids come in the morning but you also have to get your own kids to school by car??
I actually have my DD go to school on thursdays and fridays and i have 2 babies (1 is mine) and i put all the kids in the car and when i get to the school i carry my DS and my day care baby goes in the stroller and DD walks obviously
I have no idea what im going to do the day it rains...
Posted 22 August 2008 - 10:18 PM
Bedding - I have two cots and a port a cot in addition to four thin mattresses that I purchased from Judius. I also purchased fitted sheet/flat sheet sets and I have the parents supply me with a bag to store the sheets in which I then wash fortnightly (as im only providing care two days a week at the moment)
School Aged Care - In regards to school aged children I have set down that once I have school aged children starting with me I need to have the other children in care by 8:15am at the latest or start after 9:15am. My families are quite flexible as they all live in my estate so are happy to accommodate this. Don't let it deter you just work around it!
Double pram I have a double pram (side/side) with two skateboards on the back to allow me to transport up to 4 children however I have not needed to use it at this stage.
Posted 22 August 2008 - 10:21 PM
Umbrella's rain covers, rain jackets and gum boots!
It's fun!! Unless it's bucketing down rain really really hard...
Forest Friends - It's good to know that two skate boards will fit a side by side, that solves my dilemma! I'm sure I will attract a lot of attention but I don't really care lol.
Also, the equipment that is tax deductible, what % of the purchase is tax deductible. Say if I spent $300 on a double pram, I couldn't claim the whole $300 back on my tax could i? Is it only 20% of something? I'm not quite understanding how that all works. I have friends who have done family daycare and they all say they have never paid tax because of their tax deductions on purchases/supplies.
Edited by aejsmum, 22 August 2008 - 10:25 PM.
Posted 22 August 2008 - 11:34 PM
Also, the equipment that is tax deductible, what % of the purchase is tax deductible
I tax deduct everything, the only time you use the % as a tax deduction is if you are going to be using the item for YOUR children also. Eg: if i bought a new highchair and Jaykub was still using it i would claim 50% on tax if Jaykub used it 50% of the time, if Jaykub uses it 75% of the time i would then claim 25% on tax, another way of looking at it is you can claim a certain ammount according to the decreasing value of the highchair every yr.
I hope that makes sense...I pretty much claim everything and 100% of it, FDC mums are extreamely low risk for being audited by that tax agency, hat are the odds there going to come into your home to make sure your using the "highchair" for 50% of the time... .
I have a Valco jogger that i bought for Jaykub as a baby and i use the toddler seat on it for him and put the baby underneath (although the baby is getting to big for it now), if i go shopping and i have to get groceries i use a shopping trolley and cover the handles with a clean shopper (tax deductable).
Edited by beccalyn, 22 August 2008 - 11:47 PM.
Posted 23 August 2008 - 07:04 AM
Thanks for that.
Did you buy the tax handbook from the FDC Association? I am going to be doing that and also go on the hunt for a tax agent that has FDC return experience. No idea where I will find one of those though!
Posted 23 August 2008 - 08:28 AM
I am going to be doing that and also go on the hunt for a tax agent that has FDC return experience. No idea where I will find one of those though!
Hi aejsmum - Where are you. If you are in Adelaide the accountant I go to specialises in fdc. They are excellent. Very knowledgable about what you can and can't claim for.
Kodi - I think it was you that asked about parents not paying. I have had a few that I have had to remind about payment but nothing to bad. I know carers though who are owed hundreds. What frustrates me is a parent can change carers whilst owing another carer money and the scheme isn't allowed to tell you for privacy reasons that the parent owes fee to previous carers.
Anyone working today. I am working tonight overnight. I have a very busy day before they come in.
Have a great day ladies.
Posted 23 August 2008 - 03:40 PM
Did you buy the tax handbook from the FDC Association?
No i didnt buy the book as its about $30 and not worth $30 IMO, however i did go to the library and photocopy every page.... makes it cost about $10.
Theres nothing overally interesting in the manual that a generalised accountant couldnt tell you.
I am in canberra and im using my mum as my accountant, although this will be her first yr doing FDC tax so we will see.....
Have good weekend ladies chat to you all later
Posted 24 August 2008 - 10:49 AM
Had a lazy morning. Going to get ready to go watch the boys play baseball soon. Then to the park and off to do groceries.
I'm keen to do Cert III so I am going to call up on tomorrow and get started.
Hope you are all enjoying your weekends. We have some sun today YAY!
Posted 24 August 2008 - 12:45 PM
I've had to live without the computer for a few days and just read all the last posts.
ForestFriend - Great website. Does your scheme refer people to your site? I was thinking of creating one as well.
I went to my local toy library on Sat and signed up. They've got really great toys there. Good variety.
Someone mentioned the Judius website and I just had a look and saw these play panels http://www.judius.com.au/under furniture (second page at bottom) that would make a great outdoor fence. No clue how much they are? Does anyone have the catalogue?
Oh and I have another big question:
I've been talking with my daughter's babysitter. She also works at my daughter's childcare centre and when I mentioned I was looking into FDC she said she had always wanted to do that.
Anyway... so we were thinking how nice it would be to have us both working from my house. Each carer would have their own kids, own ABN but we could help each other out and do planning together & tidy up etc. And I think the company would be great.
Does anyone know if we're allowed to do that? Of course both carers would have to get registered.
So far I haven't read anywhere that you can't. But you only get the grant once.
Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.
Posted 24 August 2008 - 12:52 PM
Yes the scheme referes people to my website but it works two fold as if people find the website and I don't have vacancies there is link details to the scheme for them to contact. In todays world websites are a great tool for advertising.
In regards to two carers running, in Qld there are some schemes that allow it and others that don't. That was my plan to begin with having another carer and then taking on additional children. Most will not allow you to run a family day care thoug with a ratio of 2:8 just in case one of you gets sick one day or have a family emergency, however you can haev a second carer who has done all the training that does e.g mon, tues and you then do wed, thur, fri. It is also helpful having a backup carer if you are ill that has done the training as instead of the parents having to find another care provider for the day your backup carer can step in. This can work and work well but you need to be flexible and be upfront with your scheme.
In the end I decided to do it alone, as the person I had in mind to be my backup carer had two kids of her own which would limit the number of children she could take into care on those days. Was also going to be confusing in the way of payments as one of the two needed to be in charge of paying the other as the scheme will only see you both as (1) provider and therefore will not seperate payments to you (that is if your scheme is the one that is paying you).
Best to ask your scheme and find out.
Posted 24 August 2008 - 01:12 PM
I'll have to check with my scheme. I rang friday & left message but they haven't replied yet.
I was hoping we'd be allowed 2:8 ratio since both carers would be qualified etc. I thought if one gets sick the allocated kids for that carer would not be able to come in that day. Basically everything would be kept seperate but we'd care for the kids together.
Anyway I'll check again on Monday.
I run a pretty big website already so I'm pretty confident in that area and can't wait to set another one up.
Thanks for your answers.
Posted 24 August 2008 - 01:16 PM
No problems as I mentioned its generally a scheme by scheme decision. Will also be determined based on what space capacity you have wether you can have up to 8 children comfortably. According to childcare building guidelines my available space I could have had up to 10 children but due to my schemes limitations we did not do that.
What other website do you run be good to see other peoples sites.
Posted 24 August 2008 - 01:25 PM
I was told that if you have more than one carer you can still only have the same number of children. If you wanted more children and another worker you had to register as a centre.
Also in regards to having the other carer in your home and being two seperate day cares I am pretty sure each day care must be run from the place the carer resides.
So if she lived very close she could bring them round alot but still had to be based at home IYKWIM?
Would love to hear differently though as I would of loved to do it with someone else at my place (assuming we moved to a bigger space of course!)
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