FAMILY DAY CARE RECORD KEEPING
Constance A. Bettis
District Specialist, Communities, Families and Youth
University of Massachusetts
Family Day Care Facts series
- what records must be kept for your business.
- how to set up a record keeping system.
As a family day care provider, you must keep good records. You are running a small business.
You must keep records of your income and expenses. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and your state Department of Revenue require them. You are in business to earn money. Good records will show you how much you are making.
Your support and licensing agencies require you to keep attendance and health records and medical authorizations for the children. These records are also needed to give emergency care. Your Child and Adult Care Food Program sponsor will review your menus and attendance records. Then, you will be paid back for some of the cost of the meals and snacks you serve.
The first thing you need is something to hold your records. You can use a file cabinet, a drawer, or a sturdy box. A box or drawer is easy to carry. You may be able to take it to a table and do some work while the children are napping.
You need to put your records in order. You'll need separate files for the children's information, business records, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and other records that your sponsors need. Your records can be kept in large envelopes or file folders. You can make your own files from paper bags or cardboard.
You will need a folder for each child. Each child's folder should contain:
Your business records should include:
Records for the Child and Adult Care Food Program may include:
1. Make a business record box. Find a box to hold your records. Ask for a box at the grocery store. It should be big enough to hold 9" x 11" paper. Cover the box with contact paper. This will make the box sturdier.
Make dividers from stiff cardboard. Label the dividers by subject. Your labels could include "Children in Day Care," "Monthly Income and Expenses," and "Child and Adult Care Food Program." Make or buy files for your records. Files can be grocery bags, manila file folders, or large envelopes.
Just for practice, decide where would you put the records listed below:
Visit day care providers in your neighborhood and see how they set up their record-keeping system. Ask your day care organization to show you and other providers how to set up your records.
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