One of your biggest expenses as a high quality family child care home will be purchasing materials. One way to address this issue is setting up a plan to rotate and share some of the more expensive or larger sized materials with another provider. Let’s say you would like to purchase some big ticket materials, but want to share the cost with another provider who lives near you. You could split the cost and make a plan to share or rotate the materials between your programs. Rotating materials is a recommended best practice anyway, but this way you don’t have to find a place to store all those rotated materials. So less money out of pocket and no storage issues. It’s a win-win!
Some thoughts about sharing materials
-make sure you have a written agreement with the other provider, so there are no misunderstandings
-only purchase and share high quality materials–these materials will be receiving extra use so they should be materials that will hold up
-choose items that are easily transported as someone will have to transport the items and you don’t want this to be difficult
-to facilitate transportation and transfer consider purchasing a good quality storage container
-make sure you keep clear documentation of the split cost for your taxes
-make sure there is a clear agreement about who will keep the materials if a provider closes there program
Interested in learning more about how to use the Project Approach in your Family Child Care home? Read in an article from Young Children about how one provider brought the project approach in through collaborating with both children and adults.