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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-08-2014, 11:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 352
Posted By Kim
I know for me I clean and sanitize daily because...

I know for me I clean and sanitize daily because it's also MY FAMILY'S HOME!!!!! When daycare parents question how often I clean that's what I tell them.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-18-2014, 06:01 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,033
Posted By Kim
Here's mine :) ...

Here's mine :)

http://www.pinterest.com/kimg2/
Forum: Curriculum 07-11-2014, 05:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 428
Posted By Kim
Thanks! I've used Funshine and MGT but they're...

Thanks! I've used Funshine and MGT but they're just getting too pricey for me.

I figured the monthly art packs would be helpful figured out they only come with art projects for 4 children. I have...
Forum: Curriculum 07-10-2014, 05:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 428
Posted By Kim
Funshine Express Monthly Art Packs?

Has anyone tried Funshine Express Monthly Art Packs? I'm thinking of trying these for next school year. I really just need some ready to go crafts for each month and this looks pretty good for $19.99...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-04-2013, 10:49 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 557
Posted By Kim
I have two and I love how easy they are to clean....

I have two and I love how easy they are to clean. They're 5yrs old now and still look new.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-04-2013, 10:48 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,940
Posted By Kim
I love seeing what everyone is doing and sharing...

I love seeing what everyone is doing and sharing ideas!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-14-2013, 11:49 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 935
Posted By Kim
I have 8 of the stackable cots and put this on...

I have 8 of the stackable cots and put this on top. I used to have it on my coffee table when my own kids were little and I'm glad I didn't throw it out. I have the city one and the kids like...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-24-2013, 06:19 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,665
Posted By Kim
I left teaching and opened my daycare when I was...

I left teaching and opened my daycare when I was 29. I'm 34 now.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-22-2013, 05:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 395
Posted By Kim
Good for you! I renew my handbooks in...

Good for you!

I renew my handbooks in August and I think I add something new every year. Just when I think I have everything I could possibly need in my handbook a situation occurs and I learn...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-22-2013, 05:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 516
Posted By Kim
That's great! He's a keeper! I am so...

That's great! He's a keeper!

I am so thankful to have a husband that is supportive of me having a daycare. It makes such a difference!!!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-22-2013, 04:59 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 872
Posted By Kim
One and done and may not return until 24hours...

One and done and may not return until 24hours later. No matter what the reason.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-22-2013, 04:57 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 854
Posted By Kim
I offered a sibling discount when I first started...

I offered a sibling discount when I first started but I don't anymore. I don't have anything about it in my handbook since it's not something I offer. I only address it if a family asks about it and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2013, 06:05 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,046
Posted By Kim
I use the Irma pillows from Ikea. They are super...

I use the Irma pillows from Ikea. They are super cheap so every time a new child starts they get a fresh one. I don't use covers- I just toss the whole pillow in the wash....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-12-2013, 01:21 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 860
Posted By Kim
Good thread! Never thought about it til now. When...

Good thread! Never thought about it til now. When I first opened 5 years ago I was 20% lower across the board for all ages. It took me a couple years to realize I was low what I offered- preschool...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-12-2013, 01:14 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 6,538
Posted By Kim
I had a family that interviewed and expected me...

I had a family that interviewed and expected me to also be available to "babysit" on the weekends like I was a 16 year old working for gas money so I could go to the mall instead of a 30something...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-12-2013, 01:02 PM
Replies: 1,262
Views: 112,159
Posted By Kim
I'm finally full with 8 kids for the first time...

I'm finally full with 8 kids for the first time ever!!! My newest one started last week and is fitting in VERY well!!!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-12-2013, 01:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 515
Posted By Kim
I won't ever mix business and friendship again....

I won't ever mix business and friendship again. Learned the lesson the hard way. I have however become friends with many of my parents over the years and for some reason that works- maybe it's...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-11-2013, 04:38 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 872
Posted By Kim
Have you checked into Bonnet Creek. It's on...

Have you checked into Bonnet Creek. It's on Disney property but now owned by Disney. They have everything you're looking for plus they're really close to the all the parks. It even has a lazy river....
Forum: Daycare Insurance 03-11-2013, 04:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 819
Posted By Kim
I have a policy through my homeowners that I...

I have a policy through my homeowners that I really only have because they make me have it. It doesn't cover much. I have a separate more comprehensive policy through DCI- recommended by NAFCC.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-03-2013, 04:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 553
Posted By Kim
You can't beat it for the price. I've had the set...

You can't beat it for the price. I've had the set for almost 2 years now in our dramatic play center and it's held up pretty well. The white table top scratched from my toddlers driving hot wheel...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-24-2013, 04:57 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 541
Posted By Kim
I have 5 girls and 3 boys right now

I have 5 girls and 3 boys right now
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-07-2013, 07:52 AM
Replies: 18
Poll: Grape Poll
Views: 577
Posted By Kim
I'm overly careful. They get cut into quarters...

I'm overly careful. They get cut into quarters for all kids and sometimes even more for the under 2 kids.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-21-2013, 05:57 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 617
Posted By Kim
I get my bulk stuff from BJ's.

I get my bulk stuff from BJ's.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-21-2013, 05:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 504
Posted By Kim
A couple years ago I decided I was so tired of...

A couple years ago I decided I was so tired of wasting my time and ink printing paperwork only to never hear from people again that I started waiting until a second interview to give out any...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-13-2013, 08:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 407
Posted By Kim
Good for you! I made some professional and...

Good for you!

I made some professional and personal resolutions too. Last year I did much better at being a business owner and enforced my policies in a professional way. I now have a full house...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2013, 06:25 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,186
Posted By Kim
I switched this fall to contracted hours and it's...

I switched this fall to contracted hours and it's been so much better for me. I also shortened my hours and close at 5 now since I started noticing that my latest pick ups were the parents that were...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-09-2013, 07:40 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 908
Posted By Kim
My downstairs is daycare only with a separate...

My downstairs is daycare only with a separate entrance. It's two rooms (kitchen/art room and playroom) that total 700 sq ft. I would love to finish in the other half of the 2 car garage and use that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2013, 03:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 794
Posted By Kim
I started in May and was licensed and open by...

I started in May and was licensed and open by August. It wasn't as perfect as I wanted it to be but I had to get my doors open and start making an income. Within the next year we finished in part of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2013, 03:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 492
Posted By Kim
Love all the pics! I agree about reorganizing the...

Love all the pics! I agree about reorganizing the schedule section so it's not a paragraph.

And howdy neighbor- I'm in Maryland too (Cecil County) :D
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2013, 09:51 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 849
Posted By Kim
Licensed for 7 with only 2 of those being under...

Licensed for 7 with only 2 of those being under the age of 2yrs.
I have 7 enrolled- ages 10 months, 13 months, 2yrs, 3 yrs, 4yrs, 4 yrs, 5yrs.


In February my own daughter will turn 6yrs and...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 01-03-2013, 07:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 657
Posted By Kim
Thanks Tom! I still may apply the TS% since the...

Thanks Tom! I still may apply the TS% since the heat does travel upstairs to heat the rest of my house too.
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 01-03-2013, 05:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 657
Posted By Kim
Pellets For Pellet Stove A Write Off?

My daycare is a dedicated separate space on the lower level of my home and I use a pellet stove to heat the area. Are pellets for the pellet stove tax deductible and if so what category would I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-07-2012, 05:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 541
Posted By Kim
I had a lovely 4yr old boy drop the F bomb within...

I had a lovely 4yr old boy drop the F bomb within the first 5 minutes of an interview. Needless to say it was a very short interview, they were not accepted into care and I wished them all the best...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-07-2012, 07:33 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,930
Posted By Kim
It's in the playroom on a wall that didn't really...

It's in the playroom on a wall that didn't really have a purpose. That wall is part of where we walk through to get to the kitchen so it wasn't working as a play area. I was tired of tripping over...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-06-2012, 05:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 616
Posted By Kim
I'm constantly rearranging! I've yet to find that...

I'm constantly rearranging! I've yet to find that perfect arrangement that works in my space. Families that have been with me long enough know it's a habit. My one family has been with me for 3 yrs...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-11-2012, 06:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 565
Posted By Kim
Mondays- The kids have to transition and I spend...

Mondays- The kids have to transition and I spend 90% of my day reminding them of my expectations vs. the expectations (or lack of) at home. Plus Mondays diapers are always worse after a weekend of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-27-2012, 01:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,745
Posted By Kim
I'm in Maryland. Let me know if you change your...

I'm in Maryland. Let me know if you change your mind and decide to sell things separately. I'd definitely be interested in some things.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-26-2012, 10:41 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,878
Posted By Kim
I love it!!!!

I love it!!!!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-23-2012, 06:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 692
Posted By Kim
I usually transition around 18-24 months...

I usually transition around 18-24 months depending on the child. Being so close to 2yrs I would just start on the cot rather than have to transition again in a few months. I currently have a 3 yr old...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-23-2012, 06:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,117
Posted By Kim
Just wanted to update. I went to Toys R Us during...

Just wanted to update. I went to Toys R Us during their trade in event and traded in my 2 old pnp's for 2 of the Graco Travel Lite cribs. I love that they don't take up as much space! Right now I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-19-2012, 08:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 461
Posted By Kim
cream of tartar- it can be found in the spices...

cream of tartar- it can be found in the spices aisle at the grocery store;)

Here's my favorite no cook recipe-

1 cup flour
2 TBSP oil
cup salt
1 cup boiling water
food coloring (or Kool...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-03-2012, 06:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,110
Posted By Kim
I have this one too. I had a plastic Step 2 one...

I have this one too. I had a plastic Step 2 one and the kids never touched it. Now that I have the more realistic Kidkraft one, they LOVE it! I also ditched the cheap plastic food and replaced it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-29-2012, 10:34 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,930
Posted By Kim
Yeah it's nothing unusual LOL! MGT was convenient...

Yeah it's nothing unusual LOL! MGT was convenient but it was just too pricey and very cookie cutter-ish!


She has lots on there. It's work to print it and laminate it but once you do it it's...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-29-2012, 10:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,117
Posted By Kim
it takes smaller sheets made specifically to fit...

it takes smaller sheets made specifically to fit it. I've read that a king size pillow case will fit too but my licensing regulations require a snug fitting sheet so I won't be able to get away with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-29-2012, 10:25 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,930
Posted By Kim
Most of the themes I do are weekly. As far as...

Most of the themes I do are weekly. As far as what's in the boxes- it's just things I've collected over the years. I laminate so things last longer. Most boxes have small finger puppets, flannel...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-29-2012, 10:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,117
Posted By Kim
Thanks! Sounds like they will work for me then....

Thanks! Sounds like they will work for me then. The regular size PNP take up so much space for the little bit they are used for a nap or two.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-29-2012, 09:53 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,930
Posted By Kim
That's the only thing I'm worried about- I may...

That's the only thing I'm worried about- I may end up having more to fit in each theme's tub and need bigger tubs eventually and then they won't all fit on the shelves.


No, I use the Letter of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-29-2012, 08:44 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,930
Posted By Kim
Take that Lakeshore!

I'm so excited. You know those pretty little theme boxes that Lakeshore sells for $50 each? Well...I took the idea and ran with it on my limited budget. I bought some cheap containers from Walmart...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-29-2012, 08:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 676
Posted By Kim
I had to let one go for the same reason. It is...

I had to let one go for the same reason. It is too difficult for a young one to be PT in my opinion. They can't adjust because it's not consistent enough.

Here's what I wrote to the family I let...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-29-2012, 08:15 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,117
Posted By Kim
Graco Travel Lite Crib?

I need to replace my two old pack n plays and am thinking of replacing them with two Graco Travel Lite cribs. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-12-2012, 05:09 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,296
Posted By Kim
It's so addicting! I love it! ...

It's so addicting! I love it!

http://pinterest.com/kimg2/
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-26-2012, 08:56 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,083
Posted By Kim
Got it! Thanks!

Got it! Thanks!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-26-2012, 08:25 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,083
Posted By Kim
I'd like an invite too please. I'm always looking...

I'd like an invite too please. I'm always looking for new ideas and rearranging my my space!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-13-2012, 11:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,261
Posted By Kim
I chose a non cutesy name to sound professional. ...

I chose a non cutesy name to sound professional.
Mine is "My Last Name" Family Child Care- plain and simple
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-06-2012, 01:41 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,123
Posted By Kim
No bottles with a baby that won't take my spare...

No bottles with a baby that won't take my spare bottles I keep on hand would have been an immediate pick up. Baby needs to eat.

No diaper bags here wither- too much of a liability. People keep...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-06-2012, 06:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,364
Posted By Kim
I let the parents know my own kids are sick and...

I let the parents know my own kids are sick and they make the decision whether or not to bring their child. If I am open they still will need to pay. I keep my own kids isolated so the parents are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-06-2012, 06:30 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,650
Posted By Kim
Wake Up- I get up a half hour to an hour before...

Wake Up- I get up a half hour to an hour before my first arrival depending on the day.

Dress- I wear shirts I had made with my daycare logo on them and khakis most days. Once in a while I will...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-05-2012, 08:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,567
Posted By Kim
I do a simple daily report for infants only. It...

I do a simple daily report for infants only. It has times they slept, diapers- wet, bm or dry when checked, bottles- amount they drank, solids- what they had and amount they ate, and a spot for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-05-2012, 08:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 814
Posted By Kim
My kids sleep as late as they want. Sometimes I...

My kids sleep as late as they want. Sometimes I have to wake DS up at 8 so he isn't late for school. Sleeping late is a perk for them of having a mom that works from home. My daycare area is...
Forum: Curriculum 06-04-2012, 07:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,196
Posted By Kim
I bought a bunch when they were having their...

I bought a bunch when they were having their dollar days too! I bought enough for me to use for alphabet activities. I wrote the letters on them with a black sharpie- upper case on one side and lower...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 05-31-2012, 06:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,901
Posted By Kim
Business Checking Account?

For the past 4 years in business I have used my (shared account with husband) personal checking account for my business. I'm a family provider, sole proprietor, have an EIN, and don't HAVE to have a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-30-2012, 06:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,150
Posted By Kim
How did it go when you gave notice? I'm...

How did it go when you gave notice?

I'm considering changing my closing time to 5pm also. Right now I'm 7:30-5:30 but I would rather change it to 7-5. My husband is home at 5 and I would love that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-24-2012, 09:56 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 712
Posted By Kim
I belong to a wonderful group of moms through The...

I belong to a wonderful group of moms through The Mommies Network. They are a national moms group but have local chapters so you are in a group with moms in your area. I have met some wonderful women...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-23-2012, 04:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 720
Posted By Kim
My daughter has a really hard time with me having...

My daughter has a really hard time with me having a daycare. She's 5 now but her worst was when she was 3-4yrs. She's gotten better but there are still days that are difficult with her. My son is 8...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-21-2012, 07:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,014
Posted By Kim
My brother in law loves candles and I ordered him...

My brother in law loves candles and I ordered him some manly scented candles for Christmas this year. I ordered them through a company called man cans. The candles are in soup cans that have been...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-18-2012, 06:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 813
Posted By Kim
Thanks! I am thinking about giving everyone new...

Thanks! I am thinking about giving everyone new contracts for the fall with contracted times. It's not the norm in my area so I'm not sure how well it will go over. I'm getting frustrated with...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 05-18-2012, 05:29 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 691
Posted By Kim
Thanks for the help Tom!

Thanks for the help Tom!
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 05-17-2012, 06:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 691
Posted By Kim
New Roof?

We are putting a new roof on our house this summer. We bought the shingles and some supplies for it last night. I'm keeping all the receipts for it but am not sure which category to put it in on the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-16-2012, 07:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 670
Posted By Kim
My families all know that while the child is...

My families all know that while the child is still here the rules apply and I will not hesitate to enforce the rules even if mom and dad are standing there. It usually only takes once or twice for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-15-2012, 06:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 813
Posted By Kim
Switching From Open/Close Times To Contracted Hours

I'm thinking of switching from open/close times to contracted hours. Right now I am open 7-5:30. I want to close at 5pm so I can have more time with my own family, especially since my own kids are...
Forum: Daycare Insurance 05-14-2012, 05:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 17,758
Posted By Kim
I'm a family provider and have DCI- www.dcins.com...

I'm a family provider and have DCI- www.dcins.com I've been with them fo 4 years and they have great customer service. They also cover centers. They are reasonable for family child care insurance so...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-14-2012, 05:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 985
Posted By Kim
Thankfully I don't travel offsite but if I'm...

Thankfully I don't travel offsite but if I'm going to be closed I let her know in the beginning of the month when I send in the old month and write up the paperwork for the new month. I make it part...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-11-2012, 05:28 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 965
Posted By Kim
I agree with the misleading part but I would...

I agree with the misleading part but I would check with licensing/your state dept of education first. I'm in Maryland and we can't use certain words or combinations of words without meeting certain...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-11-2012, 02:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,265
Posted By Kim
Great post! Sounds like the daughter is...

Great post!

Sounds like the daughter is learning first hand from her mother how to bully.

Not all children get along with each other and you made the right choice for your daughter. Don't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-11-2012, 02:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,845
Posted By Kim
Here's mine- I print them out as a half sheet of...

Here's mine- I print them out as a half sheet of paper and keep them in the front pocket of the sign in/out binder so they are always there as a silent reminder to parents. ;)

*** Child Care Late...
Forum: Curriculum 05-08-2012, 10:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,860
Posted By Kim
I saw this idea on pinterest and tried it this...

I saw this idea on pinterest and tried it this year. The kids draw/color or draw on tissue paper so most ages were able to do it. I'm doing something else with the 5 month old though. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-08-2012, 10:37 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,740
Posted By Kim
I'm glad you posted this. I was just thinking...

I'm glad you posted this. I was just thinking about this topic. I used to offer a sibling discount because it's the norm in my area and think I have decided not to offer it anymore. I haven't had to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-04-2012, 01:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 621
Posted By Kim
Legalities Of Having An Assistant?

Just wondering about the business side of things from those of you that have an assistant. I know my daycare insurance requires that I add the person to my policy. I know what my state licensing dept...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-27-2012, 10:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 740
Posted By Kim
I wouldn't be sneaky about it. I hate it when...

I wouldn't be sneaky about it. I hate it when people contact me pretending to look for care. Most of the time you can tell they are pretending to seek care just by the questions they ask so you're...
Forum: Curriculum 04-26-2012, 08:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,200
Posted By Kim
Start at the beginning and get the kids into a...

Start at the beginning and get the kids into a flexible daily routine. A routine doesn't mean a strict schedule ruled by the clock. A routine means one event follows another and the kids have some...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-14-2012, 04:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 523
Posted By Kim
I politely tell families I have a few more...

I politely tell families I have a few more interviews to conduct and will be in touch. Always interview interview interview if you have the opportunity to and then see which family will be the best...
Forum: Daycare Insurance 04-08-2012, 06:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,102
Posted By Kim
I have a rider on my homeowners because I am...

I have a rider on my homeowners because I am required to but I also have a policy through DCI- dcins.com (recommended by the National Assoc for Family Child Care). They seem to be around the same...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-08-2012, 06:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,204
Posted By Kim
I'm trying to figure this all out as well. I have...

I'm trying to figure this all out as well. I have a 12 passenger van and we travel on occasion to visit the library- usually less than 5 trips out per month in the nicer weather months and usually...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-05-2012, 10:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 441
Posted By Kim
It's a great advertising technique! I ordered t...

It's a great advertising technique! I ordered t shirts with my logo last year as a "uniform" because I was so tired of my real clothes being ruined by spit up, paint, bleach, etc. I look professional...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-05-2012, 04:13 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,132
Posted By Kim
My hours are 7:30-5:30. I'm open 10 hours a day. ...

My hours are 7:30-5:30. I'm open 10 hours a day.

I used to open at 7am because I had a couple families that needed it but they never showed up until after 7:30 anyway so I found myself getting up...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-04-2012, 05:01 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,269
Posted By Kim
I go through about 6 rolls of the select a size...

I go through about 6 rolls of the select a size kind per week. I buy the generic store brand but it still adds up. I have 6 dckids plus the four people in my family. I have to use a new disposable...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-02-2012, 07:58 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,426
Posted By Kim
I have a BSc in ECED and taught first grade for...

I have a BSc in ECED and taught first grade for two years before my son was born. Then I was a SAHM mom for a few years until my daughter was born. When she was about a year old, my husband was hit...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-01-2012, 05:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 723
Posted By Kim
I have one of those 9 bin cube cubby things with...

I have one of those 9 bin cube cubby things with the fabric drawers in them. They are used to keep a change of clothing for the kids and to send home artwork and stuff. Next to it I have coat hooks...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-30-2012, 10:31 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,928
Posted By Kim
These are the main reasons I have sensory bins! ...

These are the main reasons I have sensory bins!



But if I'm being completely honest THIS is the #1 reason I have them! :lol:



I change mine monthly or to go with the season. I get most...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-30-2012, 10:14 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,824
Posted By Kim
I'm in Maryland. During college I worked at 3...

I'm in Maryland. During college I worked at 3 different centers in MD- two were privately owned and 1 was a chain. The turnover rate at the chain center was much higher IMO. I left the first center...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-27-2012, 12:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 639
Posted By Kim
I had a child that was just not cut out for...

I had a child that was just not cut out for daycare. She cried the entire time she was here and I tried my best to help her adjust but after a few months I just couldn't do it anymore. I had to term...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-27-2012, 09:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,721
Posted By Kim
I'm very lax in the summer. I have less kids and...

I'm very lax in the summer. I have less kids and we take it easy. We take lots of trips to the library for some of their summer programs, visit a nearby playground and have lots of sprinkler days. ...
Forum: Curriculum 03-26-2012, 06:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,369
Posted By Kim
I gave up on a purchased curriculum too. ...

I gave up on a purchased curriculum too.

For themes- I just started gathering my stuff and getting organized. I bought some rubbermaid type tubs for each month and put everything in it. There are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2012, 05:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 669
Posted By Kim
Under 2yrs sleep in a port a crib. 2+ sleep on...

Under 2yrs sleep in a port a crib. 2+ sleep on cots http://www.discountschoolsupply.com/Product/ProductDetail.aspx?product=27896&category=1175&CategorySearch=&Brand=&Price=

I started out with 1"...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2012, 12:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 906
Posted By Kim
I'm interested in this as well for myself to get...

I'm interested in this as well for myself to get a better night's sleep though not for my daycare kids. :rolleyes:

For daycare, I play soft classical/relaxing music on the CD player the entire nap...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2012, 09:51 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,598
Posted By Kim
That is such an awesome idea! I have an old...

That is such an awesome idea! I have an old kiddie pool in the shed and I am SO doing this! Thanks for sharing!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2012, 09:33 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,555
Posted By Kim
My flex families can do either one- have me fill...

My flex families can do either one- have me fill out the form or I can give them a receipt. I just prefer to do receipts- it's easier for me. ;)



I think you need to part ways. It doesn't sound...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2012, 08:05 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,116
Posted By Kim
I have a no shoe policy too and a pretty little...

I have a no shoe policy too and a pretty little sign right above the cubbies at the entrance.
For most parents they usually get it if I get the broom or vacuum out while they are still here and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2012, 07:54 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,555
Posted By Kim
Gotcha- I missed that sorry! Sounds like your DH...

Gotcha- I missed that sorry! Sounds like your DH might be right but that might be a blessing in disguise for you if she's a difficult parent. :rolleyes: I would just tell her that you give out your...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2012, 07:47 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,520
Posted By Kim
I am open both Friday and Monday. I have 3...

I am open both Friday and Monday. I have 3 families that have to work those days. I still get a nice break though since my other 3 families are teacher families and will not be here for the entire...
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