Dear Daycare Spaces and Ideas FB group member,
As you know, I've been facilitating FB groups (with some amazing help from amazing volunteers) since 2013. Many exciting changes have happened in our communities, and to the Daycare Spaces and Ideas site over these last (almost 5) years. Throughout these changes and our growth, our FB group members have continued to be positive, and supportive and have made our groups great.
Just as you evaluate the needs in you business, I also do the same with Daycare Spaces and Ideas. In looking to the future, I feel that is important to position our on-line communities for future growth and longevity. This means they need to serve the needs of our members who invest their time in them-while at the same time making them easy to facilitate.
I want you to know I take your feedback very seriously. Thank you to those of who recently took the time to complete my group survey (your feedback was very valuable). When I received the survey responses, there were many members who shared their biggest challenge was related to members asking the same questions too often without searching our group first, and the biggest compliments were about how positive and kind our members are! The majority of respondents were flexible with the structure of our groups, followed by those who wished to have fewer FB groups,
I'm excited to announce the following changes!
Effective 4/1/18 Daycare Spaces and Ideas readers, club members will have access to the following two Daycare Spaces and Ideas sponsored FB groups to meet your needs: Our Forum and our Gallery.
Find out about the Forum:
Our Forum will the be place to ask all of your general childcare related questions, and get feedback from other members! It will also be a place for you to stay up to date on the latest products, posts, and events being offered from Daycare Spaces and Ideas.
We will continue to have facilitated threads where you can collaborate and participate in a variety of childcare related topics (Collaborate on Daycare Spaces and Ideas weekly themes, Give advice on common childcare topics, participate in weekly professional development topics, and show off your favorite highlights from your week.
Find out more about the Gallery
The Gallery will be the place to share! We are going to take advantage of some of the newest FB features that allow our admin team to organize our group posts by topic. Members can use the Gallery to share photos of specific learning spaces, activities, childcare meals/snacks as well as Daycare Spaces and Ideas printable products.
The Gallery will also make it easier for our new members, and new providers to find awesome examples of "real life" childcare learning spaces, activities, meals and more without having to post general questions or photo requests-for example "Can you show me your basement?"
This will be a big undertaking (I'll really need your help)! The gallery will reflect all kinds of childcare photos! We will have members from different countries, different philosophies, and different sized businesses-all sharing with the intention of inspiring through sharing and connecting with other providers.
One of my goals for the website has always been to find new ways to feature you-because at my core I know you all have something to contribute, and can inspire other providers! I have started to do this with my provider spotlight series, and I have plans to bring back my community highlights feature this Summer (after I get settled with my move to Washington). I hoping the gallery will be a great source of inspiration.
Photos in our gallery may be shared on the Daycare Spaces and Ideas Website and our Social Media accounts for our readers to see your inspiring ideas-so please make sure to also include a link to your childcare program when you strut your stuff in the gallery so that I can give you credit!
These changes will be happening pretty quickly. Our groups will undergo maintenance the week of 3/26/18 as we transition to our Forum and Gallery.
What does this mean for you?
Monday 3/26: Our Daycare Spaces and Ideas Community FB group will transition to our Forum. *If you are a club member, or home daycare chat member who hasn't joined this group please do so by 3/25. We will not be approving pending members during our maintenance period (3/26-3/31)
Tuesday 3/27: Our Pre-K Printables Club group will transition to our Gallery Feel free to ask questions about my products, and stay up to date on my latest products in our Forum).
We will invite all Club members to and a small group of Forum members to the Gallery to help set it up with some photos. If you’d like an invitation to help add photos to the gallery please fill out this form below:
Friday 3/30: Our Home Daycare Chat will be archived (*Members are invited to ask questions in our Forum).
Saturday 3/31: We will invite all Forum members to join the Gallery
Thanks for being part of the adventure
I know change isn't always easy to accept, but my hope is you'll be hopeful for this change. Having fewer groups to facilitate will make it easier for me to spend more time on making connections with you all, creating new products, and creating new group events and courses.
There will be an update our group rules, so please be sure to swing by our pinned posts to read those after we complete this transition.
Thank you again for your support, and your willingness to share your advice, and ideas with so many providers from around the world.
Welcome to my Provider Spotlight series. Join me each month as I feature childcare providers from our FB Community. Throughout this series you will have an opportunity to get to know a little more about our members, as well as explore unique childcare programs across the U.S and in other countries.
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