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Do's and Don'ts of Operating a Licensed Home Childcare

It has been a busy Summer! How has Summer been for you?  I wear a lot of hats, and I recently accepted another hat to wear as a Childcare Consultant!  It. Has. Been. Amazing.  Wow! I am so excited and I just can't hide it!!  💚 Here's a little secret though... a part of me feels that I already have been doing this, but the official title just makes it so freaking awesome! 


As a Childcare Consultant I get invited by owners to visit their licensed childcare programs. Last week I visited two licensed family daycare homes. I loved every minute I spent at their daycare!  
Both childcare homes have been operating less than a year, and want some guidance on how to separate their business from their personal lives. When it come to operating a licensed family childcare there are some must things you should do and definitely some things you don't want to do, particularly if you are operating a daycare in your private home.


Don't ever use your bedroom or your children's bedr…

Milk and Cookies~ A Playgroup

The Milk and Cookies playgroup is a mixture of  the Montessori Method and Reggio Emilia. Our playgroup is designed to foster multi-age (3-6 yrs) relationships with our playmates. We embrace an endless diversity of learning styles. We seek beauty in our classroom environment and view parents, children, and educators as partners. We are committed to accepting children for who they are today!
The goal of the playgroup is to help children gain skills in Practical Life and Problem Solving through role modeling and play. 
What is Practical Life? The direct aim of Practical Life activities is to assist the child in developing social skills, and personal independence. Below is a list of different types of activities that fall under Practical Life. 
Care and Respect for SelfCare and Respect for Environment How to pour water                                             How to use a dustpan and brush How to sort cutlery                                            How to wipe up a spill How to wash…

Upcoming Programs and July Happenings

We have been planning away, but planning does no good if the people you are planning for have no idea that you have plans. You might of heard me allude to these programs over the past year.... #MilkAndCookies, #BabysittingClasses, and #CreateAndLearn. Well it's time to officially get the party started!! So, go ahead and grab your calendar because these dates your family will not want to miss. 

Each program represents one of the core values of The Geeked Out Nanny Agency. We believe that a child's play is their work (Milk and Cookies). We believe that all childcare should be quality childcare (Babysitting Certification and Badge Classes), and we believe that children should engage in experiences that cultivate a growth mindset ( Create 'N Learn Labs)
In honor of  the National Holiday Teddy Bear's Picnic Day, On Monday, July 10th from 6:00-8:30 pm we will be hosting our very own Teddy Bear's Picnic.  I really think this is a wonderful way to get to know us better …

The Geeky Nanny's 2017 Summer Bucket List

Hello Peeps! School is out, and Summer vacation has already started. I finally made my Summer Bucket List and thought I would share it with you. Creating a Bucket List is so much fun to do with the family.  If you haven't made a Bucket List yet with your family, be prepare to be impressed with how many creative ideas your family will come up with that will keep everyone curiously engaged and making memories while experiencing new things, or favorite things.

I am really excited about one of the things on my Bucket List! It is to Attend a Teddy Bear's Picnic. I have never gone to one, and this Summer I am going to make sure I get to experience this. You are all invited too, so stay tuned!!

While creating your Bucket List you can keep it full of variety by creating categories and then adding ideas. Creating a list by categories will make the experiences more likely to consist of activities that can be done at home too. To have a successful Bucket List just make sure you include a…

We Found Our Nanny! Now What?

Congratulations on finding the best nanny to match your family's needs, that was no small feat! Your almost at the finish line for completing the hiring process, there are just a few more steps you need to take to make this new relationship a success for all. I know everyone is eager to begin the bonding process between the nanny and the children, which is definitely something worth looking forward to, but we have to make sure that our business relationship with our nanny is rock solid too.

One of the first steps you can take after you have found your nanny that will foster respect, accountability and a positive relationship between you and the nanny is to create a Family Nanny Handbook. This handbook can be used as a guide, and will help to prevent any future misunderstandings. Include the nanny's job responsibilities and expectations, your parenting philosophy, how to discipline your children and emergency procedures with the emergency contact information. Make sure to addre…

The Nanny's Knapsack: Classic Activities To Do With Children While On The Go

We have places to go and people to see! Having young people in tow should not deter us from participating in events like going out for dinner, or going to the doctors. The time may not be how we planned it, but being prepared for these unplanned times will make all the difference when our children become antsy. Depending on the age and the special needs of the child the more time that passes by while waiting can cause unwanted behavior problems. Being prepared on outings helps us to show children how to learn to be patient, how to adapt to changes that were unforeseen, and to know how to plan ahead.   
Have you ever witnessed a toddler that became impatient, because things were taking too long while you were on an outing? "Yes", you say? Me too! I can remember the teary eyes, and the look of hunger while waiting on the food quite vividly. I vowed I would never put them in another situation like that again, and let's face it, we as parents have a difficult time enjoying ou…

A Childcare Solution~ The Nanny Share

I have worn many hats working alongside children as young as infants through their teenage years in high school, as a Para-Professional in a Special Education classroom I saw the challenges that schools have with the "one fits all" model, and the lack of Special Education Teachers. While working  as an elementary substitute teacher I gained tremendous respect for the diversity that public schools offer. When I was an elementary tutor I saw that when you throw out benchmarks, and give the student the personal attention they deserve that they will begin to thrive and surpass their own goals. As a former licensed group home daycare owner I saw families that had to make some hard choices when it came to paying for childcare. Also, as a homeschooling parent I have witnessed parents having to make the choice to send their child to school when it was not in their child's best interest , because they didn't have the ability to pay for childcare.  



As a community we can collec…

10 Safety Tips To Share With Children Who Stay Home Alone

Hello Everyone,

With Summer approaching we are all looking for ways to keep our kids from avoiding the Summer Slide. There are a lot of summer camps being offered in our community that help to keep the kids entertained, as well as giving them enough time to spend their summer learning on what exactly interest them. There are times when we have planned everything down to the minute and then we realize that we have a two to three hours that must be filled, or the kiddos might have to stay home by themselves. In Michigan there is no clear law that states how old a child must be to be left home alone. According to The Michigan Child Protection Law children between the ages of 10 through 12 are looked at on a case by case basis. If you are not sure about the laws in your State then go to  Home Alone Rules by State , for a quick reference. Whether your child is staying home alone after school or requesting the responsibility to stay home alone,  they will need to be prepared and taught impo…

Keeping the Standards High for In Home Childcare

Dear Friends,
I have met a lot of interesting people as the owner of a Nanny Agency. I also have read some disturbing ads online looking for a nanny, or from the nanny looking for a job. If you have decided on In Home Childcare then you have to get in research mode. You will have interviews to do and background checks to perform, etc. There is a lot you must do to make sure you are finding the nanny that your family really needs.
There are many people who would love to be your nanny depending on the money. Do not hire anyone because they are low balling. It is not a good sign of one's knowledge or character when one is low balling at all and plus there are people who are experienced, professional, passionate, have integrity and commitment to quality childcare.  If you can not afford to pay the nanny at least the going hourly rate in your area then do not choose In Home Childcare. I mean do you really want to pay someone who isn't following IRS Guidelines?! This trait is really n…

An Invitation to Invent With LittleBits

We continue to enjoy our Wonder Shelves at the Studio. I recently was able to get my hands on the Gizmos & Gadgets Kits, 2nd Edition from LittleBits , which has been added to our shelves of wonder. This kit is the next best thing to chocolate!



It comes with a guide to inspire you to invent, that is very colorful and well written. The recommended ages is 8-12 years old, but I will assure you that it is very similar to LEGOS. I would describe it as an Electronic LEGO. This kit helps to bring your inventions alive!
The first project in the guide is the SpinMate, which is very clever to put together. I just had to make a circuit that needed a DC motor, a slide dimmer, mounting board, glue dots, a wheel, adhesive shoes, battery, and power. All of this came with the kit, and in the guide there is information about what each Bit actually does. Illustrations are done of the projects are in color which makes it  easy to follow .

I used the SpinMate directions to make a Spinning Sign that invi…