FCC Interview Series: The Learning Child Home Care, Inc.

  Earlier this month, I discussed some of the stereotypes and attitudes surrounding family child care. As a follow-up to Family Child Care - I'm not a babysitter. I am conducting a series of interviews with family child care providers across the state of Massachusetts.

  The purpose of these interviews is to spread the word about the professionals that work in this field. A commonly heard stereotype is that FCC's just play all day, are babysitters, or are unable to provide a proper pre-school education. While there are people who fall into that category, what I have experienced while talking to other providers is vastly different. FCC's provide stimulating age appropriate activities, structured and safe environments, and learning through play. 

  Today's interview is with Amy, who provides care in Somerset. Thank you for your time, Amy!

What is your name, where are you located, and does your business have a name? 
Amy Phillips, Somerset Mass. The Learning Child Home Care, Inc.

How long have you been in business? What is your work background? 
The Learning Child has been in operation since 2008, I began my career in early childhood back in 1997. I have worked in the private corporate sector as well as boys and girls clubs to a chain program.

What age groups do you provide for and what are your hours?

We provide care for children 8 week to 5 years of age. We operate from 7:15 to 4:30 Monday-Friday with a four day program during the summer months. Full time care all age groups is $212 weekly, 4 days $190, 3 days $155, and 2 day is $110.

What type of schooling/ training have you done related to child care and education?
I have held positions in each area of early education, from an assistant teacher, to a lead teacher, to an assistant director. I have a Bachelor's in Early education and currently hold a level 3 in the QRIS rating scale.

What is the best part of your job?
I get to define quality care, have very close relationships with the children and the families, and watching children grow while they are here and once they move on.

What types of activities does your program provide? 
We follow the Mother Goose Curriculum, which fits into the Mass standards.

What should people know about your program? 
We pride ourselves on the quality of care we provide and all of our families have been referrals over the last 8 years.

What is the best way to contact you, should a family be interested in more information or setting up a tour?