Caring for Young Children — Business Matters – Virtual Toolkit
Professional Development Activity
Begin by reading the Growing Ideas: Caring for Young Children Tipsheet (PDF) and completing the Growing Ideas Into Action Handout (PDF) – A resource to use as you read and use the tipsheets.
Training Materials to use right away:
- Four Key Tips on Contracts and Policies (PDF) – from Tom Copeland, www.tomcopelandblog.com
- Coming To Terms: How to Effectively Use Contracts & Policies (PDF) – from Tom Copeland, www.tomcopelandblog.com
Try, Review, Reflect and Plan:
The Four Key Tips on Contracts and Policies (PDF) explains some basic rules that can help providers communicate clearly with parents and reduce potential conflicts. The Coming To Terms: How to Effectively Use Contracts & Policies (PDF) provides information to help set some rules/policies for your business.
- Download and review Four Key Tips on Contracts and Policies (PDF).
- Download and review Coming To Terms: How to Effectively Use Contracts & Policies (PDF) .
- Select and try out the strategies in these resources in your program.
- Use the Caring for Young Children — Business Matters Self-Reflection Guide and Documentation Sheet (PDF) to:
- Review, reflect and plan your work with children.
- Document your training hours.
Highly Recommended Resource:
Copeland, T. (2010). Family Child Care Record-Keeping Guide (8th ed.). St. Paul, MN: Redleaf Press
From Publisher’s website:
This new edition of the bestselling guide has even more valuable information for keeping your business records and saving money on taxes. Revised and updated, the Family Child Care Record-Keeping Guide covers everything you need to keep accurate business records-from tracking income and expenses to working with a tax professional
Children’s Book Selection:
Wells, R. (2016). Max’s Bunny Business. New York, NY: Viking Juvenile
“Bunny business? Funny business!
Max’s sister, Ruby, and her best friend, Louise, are in business. They have big plans for the profits from their lemonade stand, and they definitely don’t want Max to help or share. But trust Max to have plans of his own. He just might show Ruby that he has a better way to run a bunny business.”
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