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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-28-2016, 05:53 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,694
Posted By Stepping
It wouldn't keep me away as I've worked with some...

It wouldn't keep me away as I've worked with some excellent early childhood educators who are male. I also think it's important for children to see men in caring professions.
However, I have seen...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-23-2016, 06:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,021
Posted By Stepping
I found a standard template online. Thanks for...

I found a standard template online. Thanks for the suggestions.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-22-2016, 09:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,021
Posted By Stepping
Illinois State By-Laws?

I haven't been on the forum for a while as I'm busy trying to get my first (very small) center open. You ladies (and gentlemen) have always been so helpful in the past!
I had my first license visit...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-04-2015, 01:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,021
Posted By Stepping
I send out a holiday list at the beginning of the...

I send out a holiday list at the beginning of the year, an email reminder each month, have a notice on the door and updated calendar on the website. I have at least two families who will say "oh I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-08-2015, 04:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,505
Posted By Stepping
I have the ikea one. It's been used daily for...

I have the ikea one. It's been used daily for three years and is still going strong. Great value for money!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-08-2015, 04:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,254
Posted By Stepping
Following for ideas. We have a mixture of free...

Following for ideas. We have a mixture of free play and guided activities here and try to keep rules to a minimum: inside voices, walking feet, no throwing toys. But lately, I feel like all they do...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-27-2014, 09:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,305
Posted By Stepping
Are there any online parent forums, blogs or...

Are there any online parent forums, blogs or facebook groups in your area? I did most of my advertising for free in these sites during the start up process and it worked really well. Put as many...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-22-2014, 11:39 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,876
Posted By Stepping
Thanks for all the ideas! A lot of my families...

Thanks for all the ideas!
A lot of my families are traveling for the holidays so I made up busy bags for their journeys with small coloring books, sketch pads and puzzles.
I think I'll do...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-22-2014, 11:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,410
Posted By Stepping
My kids love pesto pasta! I use whole wheat...

My kids love pesto pasta! I use whole wheat pasta to keep it on the healthier side.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-13-2014, 04:03 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,876
Posted By Stepping
I know it's to late for this year but how do...

I know it's to late for this year but how do scholastic points work?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-13-2014, 09:07 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,876
Posted By Stepping
What Are You Giving Your DC Children This Year?

I'm really stuck for inspiration this year and a wander around target proved fruitless. So, I'm looking for inspiration for small gift ideas for my little ones. I have 10 kids, mostly aged 2-3...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-21-2014, 01:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,042
Posted By Stepping
I switched from funshine to mgt and love it! ...

I switched from funshine to mgt and love it!

I keep all the craft instructions and other supplies and will use them again on a 2 year rotation. I find it works best with my over 3's. I only...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-21-2014, 12:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,495
Posted By Stepping
I have 60 minutes max in my contract.

I have 60 minutes max in my contract.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2014, 01:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,563
Posted By Stepping
I have a facebook page for sharing photos of our...

I have a facebook page for sharing photos of our activities through out the day. My website is mostly for new customers to find out more information so I put our menu and curriculum etc on there. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-23-2014, 07:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,921
Posted By Stepping
But does each 'owner' live in the house? There's...

But does each 'owner' live in the house? There's one round here that is proudly telling potential parents that no one lives in the house so everything is dedicated to daycare space but they are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-23-2014, 07:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,921
Posted By Stepping
Same in illinois. You have to be resident in the...

Same in illinois. You have to be resident in the home for it to be licensed as a home daycare. Although, I know of several home daycares that advertise two and even three or four locations. Not...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-23-2014, 07:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,622
Posted By Stepping
My license only covers two rooms of my house, so...

My license only covers two rooms of my house, so I can't really separate him. There's a baby sleeping in the other room.

We already have a quiet time before nap with reading or busy books on...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-23-2014, 01:03 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,877
Posted By Stepping
I find I get more attached to the ones I have had...

I find I get more attached to the ones I have had since they were babies. I'm fond of them all but there's something about having cared for them and watched them grow that makes them a little more...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-23-2014, 12:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,622
Posted By Stepping
Disruptive Nap Time :(

Hello all, I've always had really good nappers and I'm struggling with ideas for how to help our 'new' boy settle down at nap times.

Dcb (28 mos) has been with me since April. He comes to dc...
Forum: Curriculum 09-08-2014, 11:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 15,860
Posted By Stepping
We usually teach the letters in their name first....

We usually teach the letters in their name first. Then we teach letters that are easier to pick up phonetically and can be used to build Cvc words.

So, if a child has s,t,p,a,e they can write...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-28-2014, 06:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,531
Posted By Stepping
If I have multiple families interested in the...

If I have multiple families interested in the same spot, , I don't give a deadline. I just let everyone know that the first family to turn in a signed contract and deposit gets it.

I wasted...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2014, 06:54 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,879
Posted By Stepping
No for 3 reasons. 1. Your relationship with...

No for 3 reasons.

1. Your relationship with the family needs to be based on trust.
2. Breeches privacy for the other children.
3. I would be concerned about hackers accessing the webcam.
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2014, 06:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,026
Posted By Stepping
Just read outlander a few weeks ago and I'm...

Just read outlander a few weeks ago and I'm already on the 4th book! Brilliant read.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2014, 06:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,356
Posted By Stepping
There's a free subscription and premium. I only...

There's a free subscription and premium. I only download the free stuff and have printed out tons of stuff so far with no issues.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-22-2014, 08:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,356
Posted By Stepping
Great site for signs and labels

I found a great site for printing free classroom signs and labels. Thought I'd share:
http://www.twinkl.co.uk
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-17-2014, 04:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,449
Posted By Stepping
Soooo glad this isn't just me. I feel like I...

Soooo glad this isn't just me. I feel like I spend all morning saying 'no running inside' 'use your inside voices'. And then all of playtime saying 'go play!!!!!'
:confused:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-16-2014, 07:18 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,244
Posted By Stepping
This is the same issue here. He had a problem...

This is the same issue here. He had a problem with his circumcision and it had to be redone at 12 months. Good to know it gets better. Poor guy :(
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-16-2014, 01:17 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,244
Posted By Stepping
Wee willie just made me lol in the middle of nap...

Wee willie just made me lol in the middle of nap :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-16-2014, 01:16 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,244
Posted By Stepping
Thanks for the tips everyone. Sitting reverse...

Thanks for the tips everyone. Sitting reverse may help but there isn't anything to point down :(
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-16-2014, 11:14 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,244
Posted By Stepping
Awkward Potty Training Issue

Dcm has been potty training dcb (28 months) since Saturday with good results. We continued with potty training at dc today but have had some difficulty as his penis is really small.

I know this...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-15-2014, 12:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,371
Posted By Stepping
I don't post on the website. Mainly because I...

I don't post on the website. Mainly because I live in a highly competitive neighborhood and I don't really want other providers to have easy access to this info. I usually give out my fee schedule...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-27-2014, 11:40 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,022
Posted By Stepping
I'm in Illinois too. When licensing came I had...

I'm in Illinois too. When licensing came I had two high chairs and the rest of my chairs were toddler sized. I don't think they even counted how many chairs I had. They did count how many CDs I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-25-2014, 04:51 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,092
Posted By Stepping
I spend way too much time on Pinterest! Looking...

I spend way too much time on Pinterest! Looking forward to getting some new ideas.

http://www.pinterest.com/steppingstones1/
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-25-2014, 04:45 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,394
Posted By Stepping
I used to serve: Breakfast 7.30 Am snack 9.45...

I used to serve:
Breakfast 7.30
Am snack 9.45
Lunch 12.00
Pm snack 3.45

But lately behavior at meal times has been terrible and they haven't been eating much so I just dropped breakfast and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-24-2014, 05:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,412
Posted By Stepping
Sorry to derail the thread but how did you get...

Sorry to derail the thread but how did you get Aflac coverage? I was told I couldn't get it due to being self employed. I'm planning to start trying for number 2 and was hoping to get Aflac to...
Forum: Daycare Insurance 06-24-2014, 04:39 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,231
Posted By Stepping
Hmmm, my assistant often babysits after hours. I...

Hmmm, my assistant often babysits after hours. I guess I should rethink that one :(
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-23-2014, 12:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,246
Posted By Stepping
This is a great discussion! I also don't...

This is a great discussion!

I also don't like to give empty praise and have taught too many kids over the years who can't function without constant attention, need to be praised, need to be...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-06-2014, 12:34 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,231
Posted By Stepping
Most of my dcp's are pretty good. They pay on...

Most of my dcp's are pretty good. They pay on time and respect my working hours. I have one mom in particular who is awesome. She always picks up early, buys large gifts for the playroom...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-26-2014, 04:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,459
Posted By Stepping
Ugh! The no nap days are not fun :( I have a...

Ugh! The no nap days are not fun :(
I have a similar system here. I put all the good nappers in a quieter, darker room and the not so good nappers in our playroom. Then I sit in a chair with a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-25-2014, 11:41 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,475
Posted By Stepping
Tongue and groove is a great idea! We probably...

Tongue and groove is a great idea! We probably have loads of it in the garage.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-25-2014, 11:37 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,647
Posted By Stepping
The couch is from p'kolino but I bought it on...

The couch is from p'kolino but I bought it on sale from zulily. It can also fold out so we occasionally have 'sleepovers' during story time.

The rugs are from ikea, they are really big and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2014, 06:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,475
Posted By Stepping
And again!

And again!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2014, 06:38 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,475
Posted By Stepping
Pics didn't load. Trying again :)

Pics didn't load. Trying again :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2014, 06:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,475
Posted By Stepping
I have tree bark blocks, ramps and balls, pebbles...

I have tree bark blocks, ramps and balls, pebbles and old pots and pans. Occasionally, I throw in tubes, boxes and other parts from packaging. These get thrown out once they are deteriorating.
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2014, 06:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,647
Posted By Stepping
We have our gross motor stuff out in this pic,...

We have our gross motor stuff out in this pic, which are usually stored away but this is the best shot I could find.

We have laminate flooring and it used to drive me nuts listening to toys being...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-22-2014, 07:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,396
Posted By Stepping
Interesting Article On How We're Overprotecting Our Children

I saw this on another discussion board and thought it was really interesting. I grew up not far from where 'the land' has been created and had a similar childhood. It was a lot of fun!

I thought...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-20-2014, 01:25 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,754
Posted By Stepping
I apologize if my comments offended or angered...

I apologize if my comments offended or angered you, that wasn't my intention. However, the US has far more gun crime than most other western countries and rightly or wrongly this is a common...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-19-2014, 04:36 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,754
Posted By Stepping
I've always believed, and learned as part of my...

I've always believed, and learned as part of my training, that power, aggressive and gun play are a part of healthy, normal development.

However, I was raised in a different country where we don't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-19-2014, 01:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,329
Posted By Stepping
Zulily had some good kids furniture on sale the...

Zulily had some good kids furniture on sale the last couple of days. I'm thinking of getting the cart on wheels to store my craft supplies.
...
Forum: Forms - Uploads 03-19-2014, 12:58 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 19,756
Posted By Stepping
Thanks for the input! I am also not usually...

Thanks for the input! I am also not usually worried about putting money first. Problem is, I have 3 due at the same time so I think there will be a race to the finish line :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-19-2014, 12:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,573
Posted By Stepping
Any Tips For Building Resilience In Preschoolers?

Hello all,

I've had a difficult few days with my oldest dcb (3.75 yrs) and thought I should reach out for help before I slowly go insane!

Backstory:
DCbs parents are divorced. I'm not sure...
Forum: Forms - Uploads 03-19-2014, 12:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 19,756
Posted By Stepping
I have the same issue here with 4 current...

I have the same issue here with 4 current families expecting new siblings. I'm thinking of writing up a new policy which states that I will hold spots for up to two months with a months deposit but...
Forum: Curriculum 03-02-2014, 07:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,863
Posted By Stepping
Share Your Favorite Action Songs and Rhymes

I feel like we're stuck in a rotation of itsy bitsy spider and teddy bear, teddy bear!

What are your go to action songs when you need to get the children's attention for a few minutes?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-16-2014, 07:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,642
Posted By Stepping
I don't add any sugar or syrup to their meals or...

I don't add any sugar or syrup to their meals or serve sugary foods, such as cookies etc. we're also a no juice daycare.

The only time dck's have high sugar foods are on birthdays when parents...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-14-2014, 04:47 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 963
Posted By Stepping
Reading about other providers standing up for...

Reading about other providers standing up for themselves has really helped me to do the same. I'm so grateful for this forum :hug:
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 02-14-2014, 12:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,911
Posted By Stepping
Breakfast - 'Cheerios' with raisins Snack -...

Breakfast - 'Cheerios' with raisins
Snack - anything with hummus
Lunch - pesto pasta (and I sneak some shredded spinach into the sauce)

Mine won't eat anything breaded like chicken nuggets or...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 02-14-2014, 11:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,364
Posted By Stepping
Following. We have dcb with peanut allergies...

Following.

We have dcb with peanut allergies and really miss being able to use peanut butter in our snacks.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2014, 06:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,199
Posted By Stepping
My parents pay the same. They pick their own...

My parents pay the same. They pick their own hours (within reason) so if they want to take the full 10 hours they can. It's their choice to take less but I don't charge less if they do.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2014, 11:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 909
Posted By Stepping
We went out today for the first time in over a...

We went out today for the first time in over a week! There's still snow everywhere but I make sure all my dck's have snow pants and boots.

It was still pretty cold below 20f but we really needed...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2014, 11:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,199
Posted By Stepping
I Think My Backbone Is Finally Here!

So, after reading many posts on here about contracted hours I decided to switch over to set hours with all my parents in the new year.

Several of my parents have had a really hard time adjusting...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2014, 05:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,526
Posted By Stepping
We can't have trampolines here but I'm wondering...

We can't have trampolines here but I'm wondering if we could get away with this one as it doesn't really look like a trampoline.

It's very cute!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2014, 01:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,508
Posted By Stepping
I saw a Pinterest craft where someone used up all...

I saw a Pinterest craft where someone used up all their broken crayons and melted them into heart shaped molds. I'll see if I can find it.

Or maybe a small tub of play dough and a heart shaped...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2014, 01:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,416
Posted By Stepping
Well at least I'm not alone in the 'madhouse'...

Well at least I'm not alone in the 'madhouse' :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2014, 12:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,571
Posted By Stepping
I'm in illinois. We already have a place in...

I'm in illinois. We already have a place in mind, it's in our current building but there are tenants in it at the moment.

Our biggest hurdle is permits for parking and drop off/pick up. We have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2014, 12:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,416
Posted By Stepping
Are there any 'unspoken' rules. For example, can...

Are there any 'unspoken' rules. For example, can children take toys or resources from one center and use it in another?

At the moment, we don't allow this but it's the one thing I'm constantly...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2014, 12:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,416
Posted By Stepping
Playroom Rules?

I'm just curious to see how many rules you have in your play room?

Just lately I feel like I'm constantly reminding dck's of the rules, which leads me to think I have too many or they're too...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-11-2014, 06:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,571
Posted By Stepping
Congratulations! How long did it take to get to...

Congratulations! How long did it take to get to this point? I'm just starting out on the initial planning stages now.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-11-2014, 05:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,275
Posted By Stepping
I bought some great folding wooden mini cribs...

I bought some great folding wooden mini cribs from Walmart for around $110 each. They still look like new two years later and are very easy to clean.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-11-2014, 05:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,659
Posted By Stepping
I love the colored ice bricks idea, I think I'll...

I love the colored ice bricks idea, I think I'll try that one tomorrow!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-11-2014, 01:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,274
Posted By Stepping
I bought long sleeved smocks at ikea too. The...

I bought long sleeved smocks at ikea too. The smaller ones are great, lovely fabric and easy to move around in.

They have a new line of larger long sleeved smocks but the fabric is very stiff and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-10-2014, 04:04 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 6,491
Posted By Stepping
I think this is a big contributor but not the...

I think this is a big contributor but not the main reason. I have a two year old at home and my husband works very long hours, 6 days a week. So I do morning and evening duty on top of the 11 hours...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-10-2014, 01:26 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 13,309
Posted By Stepping
I have one teacher family and charge full rate...

I have one teacher family and charge full rate over the summer.

I don't see it as charging for care that I am not providing. They are choosing not to use care that they have paid for.

They are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-04-2014, 04:45 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,244
Posted By Stepping
I usually wait about an hour before texting. ...

I usually wait about an hour before texting.

I had one today that dropped off an hour late without letting me know. At drop off I mentioned to dad that I need him to let me know if they are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-04-2014, 04:05 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 6,961
Posted By Stepping
likethis too. I love seeing other ideas! ...

likethis too.
I love seeing other ideas!
Please like my page if you get chance. I'm trying to get to 100 likes.

https://www.facebook.com/SteppingStonesNurserySchool?ref=tn_tnmn
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-01-2014, 06:04 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,469
Posted By Stepping
It must be the weather! I was also mean teacher...

It must be the weather! I was also mean teacher this week and removed all the toys from the playroom. My kids seem to have completely forgotten how to clean up!!!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-31-2014, 07:07 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 6,491
Posted By Stepping
Yes, this exactly. Every day!

Yes, this exactly. Every day!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-31-2014, 06:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,006
Posted By Stepping
No, I don't think anyone was rude. I'm the...

No, I don't think anyone was rude.

I'm the first to admit I have a chip on my shoulder when it comes to success and money. I come from very humble beginnings (my wonderful mum was a teen parent...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-31-2014, 06:47 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,221
Posted By Stepping
Wow! I can't believe someone would do that? ...

Wow! I can't believe someone would do that? Also shocked that it's still up after so many flags:eek:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-31-2014, 06:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,006
Posted By Stepping
I know it seems high but I live in a neighborhood...

I know it seems high but I live in a neighborhood with a very high cost of living (our real estate taxes alone are more than $1000 a month).

My two closest competitors charge 90 and 100 per day...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-31-2014, 05:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,006
Posted By Stepping
Yes, that's on the low end of average in the...

Yes, that's on the low end of average in the city. Mortgage, taxes etc are very high!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-31-2014, 05:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,006
Posted By Stepping
How Much To Charge For Half Day?

I have a 3 day a week vacancy that I've been trying to fill for a while. I have a family interested but they only want a half day. I'm happy to offer that as they admitted their child doesn't nap...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-28-2014, 11:37 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,956
Posted By Stepping
Me too! I even put down an extra rug and one dcd...

Me too! I even put down an extra rug and one dcd just walked right around it leaving mud, snow, slush all over the floor. My kids know to stamp and wipe their feet before entering, grown ups should...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-27-2014, 05:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,710
Posted By Stepping
I'm interested in this too. I spend way too much...

I'm interested in this too. I spend way too much on books!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-24-2014, 03:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,151
Posted By Stepping
If the back is too plain you can also purchase a...

If the back is too plain you can also purchase a felt or whiteboard panel to attach to the back. I bought a felt one that just velcroed on (it's super strong and the kids have never got it off). This...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-23-2014, 11:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,248
Posted By Stepping
Very funny and true! I just shared with friends...

Very funny and true! I just shared with friends who are finally pregnant after 11 years of trying happyface
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-17-2014, 11:12 AM
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Views: 1,182
Posted By Stepping
If there will be children present, I would also...

If there will be children present, I would also set out some easy child friendly activities too. Like a box of pebbles/stones with trucks or something like that, a simple craft or playdough. It will...
Forum: Daycare Insurance 01-16-2014, 11:45 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 4,923
Posted By Stepping
Health Insurance Policies For Maternity

We are thinking about trying for a second baby. I was employed when I conceived my first and had great medical coverage through my employer.

The individual plan I pay for now does not cover...
Forum: Daycare Insurance 01-15-2014, 01:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,188
Posted By Stepping
I have a separate policy for daycare. Costs...

I have a separate policy for daycare. Costs approx 670 a year.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-15-2014, 01:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,171
Posted By Stepping
I would and it's detailed in my policy that...

I would and it's detailed in my policy that parents still have to pay.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-13-2014, 04:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,561
Posted By Stepping
Using it for clean up time is genius! I'm making...

Using it for clean up time is genius! I'm making one tomorrow, my kiddos have been awful at picking up after themselves since the holidays.
Forum: Daycare Insurance 01-13-2014, 04:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,330
Posted By Stepping
No, he didn't mention that but I'll be sure to...

No, he didn't mention that but I'll be sure to bring it up! Thanks for the info happyface
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-13-2014, 04:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,308
Posted By Stepping
Same here. I like having a way to keep track of...

Same here. I like having a way to keep track of the kids day and I don't have to give a report at the end of the day because parents can check in anytime to see how their kiddo is doing.
Forum: Daycare Insurance 01-10-2014, 11:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,330
Posted By Stepping
I have two part time employees and the base rate...

I have two part time employees and the base rate workers comp was approx $1000. They then charge another fee at the end of the year depending on your total salary costs. I'm not really sure how it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-09-2014, 09:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,132
Posted By Stepping
I also use intuit online and have found it very...

I also use intuit online and have found it very easy to use.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2014, 08:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,717
Posted By Stepping
We start quiet time at 12.30. All children 15...

We start quiet time at 12.30. All children 15 mos to 4 years sitting on their cots reading books. The younger ones usually start falling asleep straight away.
Nap time music put on and books away...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2014, 11:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,169
Posted By Stepping
Wow that's a short nap! Have you tried...

Wow that's a short nap!

Have you tried keeping him up a little later to see if he sleeps longer?

We finally have all of ours on one nap at the same time. For the first few weeks, I gradually...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2014, 11:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,810
Posted By Stepping
I love the idea of having a large mixed age group...

I love the idea of having a large mixed age group downstairs so that everyone has direct access to outside.

We could spend the mornings downstairs and then go to our own rooms for nap time etc
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2014, 11:07 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,686
Posted By Stepping
I would love to be an anthropologist or...

I would love to be an anthropologist or archeologist and travel around the world learning about different cultures.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2014, 09:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,810
Posted By Stepping
I know, I love preschool too. We are not...

I know, I love preschool too.

We are not affiliated with the church, we bought an old church building to rehab.

I'm leaning towards doing 15mos + so that I don't have to worry about DCFS infant...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2014, 08:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,810
Posted By Stepping
Ok, I looked at it again. How does this sound? ...

Ok, I looked at it again. How does this sound?

Ground floor - 0-15 mos, 8 children two adults (this fits DCFS requirements)
Ground floor - 15-23 mos 8 children two adults (ratio is more than...
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