"Our children spent over 2 1/2 years with Amy and we were extremely pleased with the entire experience. We would definitely recommend Amy & Kids Co.!" ~Mark & Taya
Child Care Openings
If you're looking for in-home child care you may have discovered that openings in licensed family child care centers are hard to come by - especially if your child is under two years old. This is primarily due to the popularity of home learning environments and licensing ratios. I do my best to keep this child care openings page current; keep reading to see what openings are currently available in my program!
Current Child Care Openings
Generally child care openings only become available when a child turns two or graduates from my program into school. Generally the longest wait is usually for children who are infants or toddlers less than two years old.
Current child care openings are listed below. If there are no openings in your child's age range, place your family on the waiting list; I will contact you when a child care opening becomes available.
Updated September 2018
Anticipated Child Care Openings
I'm often asked when I think there will be an opening, and although I can make a guess based on current children's birthdays, I never know for sure. Sometimes a family's child care needs change unexpectedly due to a job change or upcoming bundle of joy who will need an anticipated opening.
Parents with children under two may have a longer wait than parents with children over two. Believe it or not, the best time to look for child care is before your baby is born!
Parents who are looking for more than one opening may also have a longer wait. Most openings in our center occur one at a time so if you have twins or siblings you may want to consider enrolling one child at a time with the understanding that you will get the next available opening for your other child.
If there are no openings in your child's age range, place your family on the waiting list; I will contact you when a child care opening becomes available.
Child Care Openings are Based on Ratios
In Wisconsin licensed family child care centers are allowed to care for a maximum of eight children under most circumstances. Children's ages dictate how many children in each age group a center is allowed to care for. The following table illustrates Wisconsin's caregiver/child ratios.
|Two and Up||8||7||5||2||0|
|* 5+ years old, enrolled in school, and in care less than 3 hours per day.|
Waiting List for Child Care Openings
I maintain one waiting list and fill available child care openings from that list. When an opening becomes available families will be notified in the order that they were put on the waiting list, with priority given to siblings of children already enrolled and those families whose child care schedule most closely fits the available opening. Interviews and tours are on a "first-come-first-served" basis and will be scheduled in the order that responses are received. Families who do not respond within a week will be removed from the waiting list.
Generally all interested families are interviewed before any decision is made, however in certain circumstances the opening may be offered to a family before all of the scheduled interviews are completed. Parents must submit a completed Enrollment Application, enrollment fee, and the first week's tuition within 24 hours of being offered the opening. If these items are not received within 24 hours the interview process will continue until the opening is filled.
While Waiting for a Child Care Opening
While you're waiting for a child care opening, feel free to hang out in the Parent Corner to become familiar with the other children and the day-to-day happenings at Amy & Kids Co. When a child care opening becomes available you'll feel like you've been a part of the program all along!