Dueling Roles: Daycare Office Registrar vs. Parent

I am the Registrar and Childcare Office Administrator for a larger preschool where my daughter also attends. I manage parent relationships, staff communication, daycare tuition collection and the goto person for accounting in our childcare software.  We have several staff who also have children attending the preschool.  Our paths cross in the classroom, out on the playground, and on occasion, in the office.  Yes, my daughter gets sent to the preschool office once in a while too!  This can quickly become a sticky situation.  Think about it, how often have you seen a staff members child (or your own) in your office because they’ve done something to merit a trip to speak with the Director?  How many of those times were they allowed to get away with breaking the rules because they are children of staff?  How do you handle such situations in your preschool?  Solutions are not easy.

I remember her first trip to the office very well.  I had no warning that she was coming!  She was brought in and told to sit “criss-cross applesauce” quietly until our childcare Director was convinced she was ready to talk about her offense.  She saw me and was all smiles, excited to see daddy!  How sad it made me feel when I had to tell her that I was “not daddy” during work. I needed to “let the system work” so that she could learn the appropriate lesson.   It is so very important that she learns to follow and obey the rules just like all of our other students, otherwise she will become one of “those children” who believe that the rules do not apply to them.  I had to tell her to listen and obey and let her “suffer the consequences” of her own actions.  In some ways that was difficult but as I listened to the conversation between her and our Director, I knew that my daughter was going to learn a great lesson on following rules.  It is extremely important to be sure that staff children don’t play by a different set of rules or they will grow up with a distinct disadvantage in life.


Top childcare stories for 2014

If were too busy managing your childcare, we have picked the top three stories of 2014 for you. Enjoy!

1. Childcare costs more than college: The average cost of childcare is at least a quarter of the median income of single parents, according to a report Thursday from Child Care Aware, a group that provides resources to parents and caregivers.

2. Obama’s plan for Early Headstart and Preschool for all: Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships, aimed to increase the availability of high-quality infant and toddler care, and the Preschool Development Grants, which are meant to expand preschool programs in disadvantaged communities

3. Should Children Be Held Back for Kindergarten?: Many parents are holding back their 5-year-olds from school for a year, but the benefits are doubtful

Sign In-Out for extended care in schools

Kinderlime is a great tool to replace your paper sheets for your extended care. Tracking attendance of students is extremely laborious process. The reports on the Kinderlime website allows extended care directors to track the total time the students have spent in your care so that you can bill parents.

If you use staff timesheets, using the Kinderlime Sign In-Out app, you can also track their weekly and monthly hours and generate payroll.

Here is what one of our extended care directors has to say about Kinderlime –

Kinderlime has made my job less complicated. I worked with the Kinderlime team to understand how to make the sign-in/out process less arduous, In turn, it helped me as the Extended Day Coordinator streamline the monthly billing process.


Afterschool attendance tracking

Afterschool Sign In-Out time tracking for before and after care is a major challenge for many school districts and agencies. Their funding is dependent on accurate reporting of attendance. In some cases, a minimum number of hours are required to be attended in a program to be counted towards a student who can be counted as present. In California the stated funded ASES programs require a minimum of 2 hours of attended time to qualify as a student who attended afterschool.
Kinderlime Sign In-Out is a great way to replace your paper sign in sheets and completely make that electronic. This makes sign in out time tracking error proof. Go paperless, free yourself with in-out time manual entry by using the Kinderlime system.