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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-24-2020, 09:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 256
Posted By kendallina
If anyone in the family has symptoms, the child...

If anyone in the family has symptoms, the child stays home.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-24-2020, 09:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 147
Posted By kendallina
In my policy I have 72 hours fever-free as long...

In my policy I have 72 hours fever-free as long as no one else in the family has symptoms. If I didn't trust my families to be honest with me, though, I would require longer.

My families have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-24-2020, 09:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 184
Posted By kendallina
I no longer allow backpacks. Shoes get taken...

I no longer allow backpacks.

Shoes get taken off on front porch and stay there.

Driveway drop off/pick up.

The biggest change for us is masks. Children are required to have two that they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-27-2020, 11:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 300
Posted By kendallina
My nurse friend says you can also take it behind...

My nurse friend says you can also take it behind their ear.

But, yes, I have one little girl that gets a 94-95 degree reading every day ??

As someone said, it's just a guide and there's other...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-08-2020, 10:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 451
Posted By kendallina
Yes, I have reduced the number of materials...

Yes, I have reduced the number of materials available each day.

We're currently spending almost all of our time outside, so the classroom is for naps, lunch, storage of toys that need to come...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-07-2020, 11:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 302
Posted By kendallina
I do not require a test. If it's been 14...

I do not require a test.

If it's been 14 days since they've been exposed then (even if they were asymptomatic carriers) they should no longer be contagious.

Most people with covid are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-29-2020, 12:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 574
Posted By kendallina
Yeh, it is awkward at first. But I just say that...

Yeh, it is awkward at first. But I just say that I open at 9. Then I tell them that their tuition is dependent on their pick up time. 3:00 is x price, 3:15 is x price ...all the way up to 5:00 is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-29-2020, 11:49 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 574
Posted By kendallina
I find having clear, firm policies and sticking...

I find having clear, firm policies and sticking to them from the very beginning is essential.

I present myself professionally as a business. I run a really good program that the children and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2020, 08:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 476
Posted By kendallina
I don't really have a lot of advice. I just...

I don't really have a lot of advice. I just wanted to say that this is a problem for a lot of providers.

My DD (now 11 yrs old and a wonderful young lady) was just AWFUL in my Preschool once...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-01-2020, 11:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 427
Posted By kendallina
Because of my son's diarrhea I kept my 11-yr old...

Because of my son's diarrhea I kept my 11-yr old DD home from school. In their policies this year we're to keep them home if ANY family member has fever, headache, diarrhea, cough, etc etc. I'm...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-31-2020, 08:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 427
Posted By kendallina
Thanks Black cat and everyone! He was fine all...

Thanks Black cat and everyone! He was fine all day. Opening back up tomorrow.

I got my bathrooms and bedrooms scrubbed and took a nap...lol. Once the guilt dissipated, it was a pretty good day...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-31-2020, 06:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 427
Posted By kendallina
Thank you for weighing in guys. You're right, I...

Thank you for weighing in guys. You're right, I decided to close. I hate this.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-30-2020, 09:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 427
Posted By kendallina
Quick Response Please...Should I Close Tomorrow? Son with Diarrhea

Hoping for quick responses...

My own 4-yr old son had diarrhea tonight. For daycare families I would require the child to stay home until diarrhea free for 24 hours.

In a normal year I would...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-22-2020, 09:46 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,053
Posted By kendallina
Small town in Ohio Fortunately I do not know...

Small town in Ohio

Fortunately I do not know anyone personally who has tested positive. We have any 20,000 University students about to descend on our town from all over the world, so I'm...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-18-2020, 07:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 892
Posted By kendallina
Heck no. Daycare is totally separate, I would...

Heck no. Daycare is totally separate, I would not let a parent tell me what their child is able to do while in my care.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-21-2020, 03:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,063
Posted By kendallina
My daughter has ADHD, sensory issues, anxiety and...

My daughter has ADHD, sensory issues, anxiety and always dealt with poop accidents. A lot of the time it was just happening and she really just didn't know it was going to happen (it would just be a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-22-2020, 09:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 802
Posted By kendallina
Evenings, I schedule based on my family's...

Evenings, I schedule based on my family's schedule. Never weekends, I dread interviews too much to spend my weekends that way ;).
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-24-2020, 08:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,123
Posted By kendallina
My first thought...does this child have any...

My first thought...does this child have any symptoms of a dairy (or other) allergy?

Both of my children (and a few daycare kids) have had a dairy allergy and one thing that they all have in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2020, 08:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 965
Posted By kendallina
I agree with most here, unless you absolutely...

I agree with most here, unless you absolutely need the money, close.

You said that you would close if your county went to 'shelter in place'. Your county is NOT properly leading you. Your state...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-17-2019, 06:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 729
Posted By kendallina
Yes, keep reporting! Anytime she tells you...

Yes, keep reporting! Anytime she tells you something that makes you suspect, write it down and report it. They sometimes need several reports and investigations before they can do anything. These...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-06-2019, 12:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,293
Posted By kendallina
I run a preschool and for the school year I...

I run a preschool and for the school year I charge a monthly rate based on their pick up time. Rate is the same no matter how many days are in the month.

For summer I run a Summer Camp. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-28-2019, 05:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,127
Posted By kendallina
I'm closed the same days as the school district....

I'm closed the same days as the school district. Wed-Fri around Thanksgiving and about 2 weeks at Christmas/New Year's. It's wonderful and in my area there a few providers that do this.

I get...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-07-2019, 05:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 748
Posted By kendallina
I never checked references unless I was going to...

I never checked references unless I was going to offer a job. Good luck!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-07-2019, 05:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 626
Posted By kendallina
Could you ask Mom to bring a few of the...

Could you ask Mom to bring a few of the children's toys from home?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-30-2019, 06:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 928
Posted By kendallina
I do a sliding scale based on pick up time and...

I do a sliding scale based on pick up time and just charge $5/hr for any extra time. It doesn't bother me since I'm working anyway.

$10/hr if it's outside my normal hours, which I only offer to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-20-2019, 12:14 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,130
Posted By kendallina
We live in a pretty 'naturey' area anyways, but I...

We live in a pretty 'naturey' area anyways, but I did add in several logs and stumps several years ago and the children LOVE them! They build campfires with them, set them up as an obstacle course,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-06-2019, 11:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 863
Posted By kendallina
This is very similar to my policy. I cannot...

This is very similar to my policy. I cannot imagine sending a child home who needs help wiping his nose. So, yes, unless child is excusable for above reasons OE if they 'cannot participate in the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2019, 06:49 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,501
Posted By kendallina
I have a regular vacuum and just got a room at...

I have a regular vacuum and just got a room at for Christmas- I looooooove it! Set it at 5:00 while I'm making dinner and I no longer have to vacuum in the morning before everyone gets here. Also...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-03-2019, 06:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,618
Posted By kendallina
Don't know what you're missing unless we see your...

Don't know what you're missing unless we see your numbers. :)

In my town, a small center will not be profitable. A large center may not get enough business, as we live in a small town. I've run...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-01-2019, 11:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 667
Posted By kendallina
I would give 2 weeks (or 30 days if that's in...

I would give 2 weeks (or 30 days if that's in your contact) notice and close on Fridays! Especially since she's a SAHM AND they're not an awesome family to work with.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-22-2019, 12:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 785
Posted By kendallina
As for families pulling out early and not paying...

As for families pulling out early and not paying the full month of May.. I don't have any issues here but I'm pretty lucky and have great parents. If someone asked about it or said they were going...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-22-2019, 12:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 785
Posted By kendallina
September is due Sept 1st. But again, I do have...

September is due Sept 1st. But again, I do have a unique clientele. Pretty much the whole town gets paid monthly on the 1st.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-21-2019, 07:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 785
Posted By kendallina
I run a preschool with a similar schedule and...

I run a preschool with a similar schedule and monthly tuition. In August I charge a pro-rated tuition. It's not due until the first day of school, but I have really great, easy clientele (mostly...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 01-15-2019, 12:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 991
Posted By kendallina
For the past ten years I've done my own with the...

For the past ten years I've done my own with the help of Tom's books-they are a lifesaver! He breaks everything down so it's simple to understand. I didn't use a program, just created my own...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-21-2018, 12:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,144
Posted By kendallina
Nope. I've worked through some nasty sinus...

Nope. I've worked through some nasty sinus infections but never vomiting/flu/strep.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-10-2018, 09:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,265
Posted By kendallina
Definitely got the word out before I started but...

Definitely got the word out before I started but I had a unique situation. I was a stay at home mom with my two year old who was very active in the stay at home mom thing in town-attended all the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-08-2018, 08:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,265
Posted By kendallina
I find that nobody in my area (small, educated...

I find that nobody in my area (small, educated college town) even has a clue about licensed/unlicensed/whether there are any rules/etc. :). Word of mouth is much more important here and how I get...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-07-2018, 04:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,265
Posted By kendallina
Hi! I'm legally unlicensed in Southern Ohio. I...

Hi! I'm legally unlicensed in Southern Ohio. I worked for several years in centers and have no desire to deal with the paperwork and home visits to become licensed. In my area, no in-homes are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-29-2018, 11:37 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,678
Posted By kendallina
Perhaps a time for change in your routine?? Go...

Perhaps a time for change in your routine?? Go outside first? Switch up snack? Free play then your activities?

Or a change in environment? My kids are usually super focused when I rotate new...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-29-2018, 08:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 939
Posted By kendallina
Does it help if you direct them to certain toys? ...

Does it help if you direct them to certain toys? Sometimes when I have a kids that have a hard time making choices I'll ask them to go play certain things and that works for a bit.

Earlier all...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-28-2018, 07:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 939
Posted By kendallina
I agree... Random toys need a center. My...

I agree... Random toys need a center.

My current centers are:

Art (markers, pencils, playdough, watercolors, paint, scissors, recyclables, etc etc).

Pretend (currently a hot chocolate stand...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-28-2018, 12:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 939
Posted By kendallina
How old are your kids and how many do you have? ...

How old are your kids and how many do you have?

Do you have any pictures of your space? How our environment is set up is very important, maybe some people can give feedback.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-27-2018, 08:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 839
Posted By kendallina
For the last several weeks it was scarves,...

For the last several weeks it was scarves, princess dresses, kitty dresses (most popular item ever!), shoes and baby dolls. I usually have "boy" dress up stuff too-king crown and cape, magician hat,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-16-2018, 07:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 807
Posted By kendallina
In this situation I will ask the two playing kids...

In this situation I will ask the two playing kids how we can include the third in what they're doing. Maybe that's by giving #3 some action figures. Or by asking #3 to build the castle for the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2018, 08:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,675
Posted By kendallina
I stay open. Most parents have to work still. ...

I stay open. Most parents have to work still.
BUT, if it's in your policies to close for snow days, then there it is. I would make sure that you're clear with families about it when they sign up...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-10-2018, 07:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,022
Posted By kendallina
My 9 year old daughter is like this. We suspect...

My 9 year old daughter is like this. We suspect ADHD but she also has definite sensory issues. She's like this even at 9 years old.

We've tried all kinds of 'discipline'. It's very difficult...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-06-2018, 05:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 955
Posted By kendallina
I do this face to face as well and I find it...

I do this face to face as well and I find it works with my families. I have often told parents, "this is Johnny's year of learning to do it all himself!". Then I tell them a big long list and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2018, 06:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,109
Posted By kendallina
We go out for almost an hour in the morning and...

We go out for almost an hour in the morning and often go out for 30-60 minutes in the afternoon.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-18-2018, 08:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,121
Posted By kendallina
It's a requirement in my contract that children...

It's a requirement in my contract that children bring a pair of rain boots on the first day to keep here all school year.

I used to just go outside and not worry about their shoes getting muddy...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-09-2018, 06:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 985
Posted By kendallina
I have in the past. But only for a short amount...

I have in the past. But only for a short amount of time do I separate them. I also combine it with being very specific about their behavior and will even pull each child aside and explain what I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-08-2018, 11:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,196
Posted By kendallina
I try to remind in some way-we all need a little...

I try to remind in some way-we all need a little help sometimes. I either send an email or post it on my parent wall a few days beforehand. I don't always remember, though. I've never had anyone...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-06-2018, 12:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,284
Posted By kendallina
If you prefer a phone conversation with the...

If you prefer a phone conversation with the parents then maybe you should have called them?

Personally I would be put off if my provider sent a text over something that clearly warranted a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-04-2018, 06:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,230
Posted By kendallina
2 weeks at Christmas paid 1 week spring break...

2 weeks at Christmas paid
1 week spring break paid
1 week vacation summer NOT paid
Random other holidays and school closure days paid
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-21-2018, 12:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,079
Posted By kendallina
He sounds like he has a lot of sensory needs. ...

He sounds like he has a lot of sensory needs. If you are at a point of wanting to term, totally understand!

If not, I would give him a sensory area. Pintetest would have a lot of ideas. It...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-21-2018, 11:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,366
Posted By kendallina
I have centers set up-dramatic play, books,...

I have centers set up-dramatic play, books, blocks, art, sensory table and two centers that rotate (i.e. writing center, discovery table, etc).

During free play, an hour in the morning and from...
Forum: Curriculum 09-19-2018, 06:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 5,095
Posted By kendallina
14 toddlers in one room sounds crazy!! Agh... No...

14 toddlers in one room sounds crazy!! Agh... No advice.....just Agh!!!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-18-2018, 08:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,604
Posted By kendallina
Yes!! My little guy is a bit coddled too. He...

Yes!! My little guy is a bit coddled too. He has two much older siblings who babysit him a LOT. And for the first 6 months he was here I thought a lot of his behavior was mostly due to him being...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-18-2018, 12:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,604
Posted By kendallina
He's behind developmentally? In my...

He's behind developmentally?

In my experience there are two reasons why a child doesn't play. The first is because parents do EVERYTHING for them at home, including playing for and with them...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-12-2018, 12:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,290
Posted By kendallina
I would cut the tv time completely if possible. ...

I would cut the tv time completely if possible. At my preschool we nap in the same room that the children eat in so while they're eating I'm turning down lights, closing curtains, etc. They clean...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-03-2018, 08:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,511
Posted By kendallina
Yes, this! Contact your local foster care...

Yes, this! Contact your local foster care agency, you should qualify for this, let them help if the father won't or can't.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-22-2018, 11:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 910
Posted By kendallina
Some days I'm more relaxed even if everyone is...

Some days I'm more relaxed even if everyone is here. Today, for example I had 4 plus my 2 and we still did activities but I called it child's choice day- so we made volcanoes and acted out Mouse...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-14-2018, 08:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,218
Posted By kendallina
I don't 'share' until I'm done with the toy. I...

I don't 'share' until I'm done with the toy. I teach the children to ask for a toy they want. The child playing with the toy is then to say either, "Yes" or "You can have it when I'm done". I do...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-11-2018, 04:55 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 9,807
Posted By kendallina
All day. 6 kids. Why?

All day. 6 kids. Why?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-10-2018, 01:20 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 9,807
Posted By kendallina
Ages 3-5 full time all year.

Ages 3-5 full time all year.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-10-2018, 10:49 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 9,807
Posted By kendallina
That's why you wouldn't enroll your child in my...

That's why you wouldn't enroll your child in my care and I wouldn't enroll my child in yours Nannyde. ;) That's okay
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-09-2018, 10:21 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 9,807
Posted By kendallina
I would not be comfortable with an in- home...

I would not be comfortable with an in- home provider that wouldn't allow me access to the playroom. My preschool is at the of my house so parents see my space and other kids daily. They see my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-22-2018, 05:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,417
Posted By kendallina
40 is a lot! I don't limit paper but I often cut...

40 is a lot! I don't limit paper but I often cut it smaller ( would cutting into thirds help?) and I always have them use both sides.

Chalkboards, dry erase boards are good too.

Another...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-28-2018, 04:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 867
Posted By kendallina
A farm we visit every fall has a corn box for the...

A farm we visit every fall has a corn box for the kid to play in and they always love it! They have a roof over it and it's fine.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2018, 11:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,170
Posted By kendallina
I ask my parents to give a little knock then walk...

I ask my parents to give a little knock then walk right in. Those that stay at the door often wait a long time before I can get there to open it.

I do have one family this year that often waits...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-23-2018, 06:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,026
Posted By kendallina
I don't know what PMO is, but when I first opened...

I don't know what PMO is, but when I first opened my preschool I allowed ages 2 and up ( even though I really wanted to work with 3 and up). It worked great, my 2-year olds stayed on with me until...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-10-2018, 06:53 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,636
Posted By kendallina
No, I don't. I like time and space to recover...

No, I don't. I like time and space to recover when I'm sick and I'd like to give my parents the same thing.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-04-2018, 07:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 910
Posted By kendallina
I run a preschool and my outdoor area has...

I run a preschool and my outdoor area has different zones. Nothing fancy....mud kitchen, climbing area, pineneedle area with trucks/shovels/etc. They also have access to our screened in porch...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-31-2018, 06:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,378
Posted By kendallina
I would prorate. They are giving more than a two...

I would prorate. They are giving more than a two week notice.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-28-2018, 07:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 853
Posted By kendallina
A friend put dye on a tray shaving cream and the...

A friend put dye on a tray shaving cream and the young ones rolled the egg in that. Turned out super cute and a great idea for littles! Not sure if other ingredients were involved but I'm sure you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-24-2018, 03:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,591
Posted By kendallina
I do an Easter egg hunt (and other activities)...

I do an Easter egg hunt (and other activities) because it's fun and the kids love it. I don't feel providers should feel obligated to do it though.

I do agree that holidays are too much. For...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2018, 07:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,775
Posted By kendallina
My DS sleeps at night similarly to this little...

My DS sleeps at night similarly to this little one. He's 2. Whenever we lay him down after 1230/100, he doesn't nap. He lays in his crib, talking, sometimes whining, but mostly talking. When we...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-22-2018, 08:17 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,513
Posted By kendallina
I typically respond to texts (not always, though...

I typically respond to texts (not always, though because sometimes my phone is dead and I don't realize it!). But, I don't get crazy texts like those either. I get the, "Johnny will be late for a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-22-2018, 11:19 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,461
Posted By kendallina
Yes, this. I was thinking of this the other...

Yes, this. I was thinking of this the other night when I was waiting for my daughter at dance and almost 1/2 of the very limited seating was taken up by children. Most of them were on devices...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-21-2018, 12:12 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,907
Posted By kendallina
Yes, it was a neighbor several houses away. I...

Yes, it was a neighbor several houses away. I didn't know them prior. I politely and professionally handed them my card and they contacted me later for a tour. They enrolled and were a great...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-15-2018, 05:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,095
Posted By kendallina
I start opening the curtains and turn down the...

I start opening the curtains and turn down the music. Several minutes later I open curtains all the way. A few minutes after that I turn music and fan off. Whoevers awake usually plays for 30...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-14-2018, 06:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 779
Posted By kendallina
Welcome!! $15/day is super cheap, but...

Welcome!!

$15/day is super cheap, but perhaps realistic for some areas. See if you can get quotes from a few well-regarded licensed daycares before deciding your rates. You will regret it if you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-07-2018, 12:00 PM
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Posted By kendallina
I do an annual Valentines Party for the families...

I do an annual Valentines Party for the families because I don't do anything at Christmas, I find that everyone's just too busy at Christmas. I keep it simple, potluck. I make chili. And we do a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-05-2018, 11:11 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,386
Posted By kendallina
I generally charge $5 per half hour for early...

I generally charge $5 per half hour for early morning drop offs. I hate late pick ups, I'd be tempted to charge more for that...lol.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-05-2018, 11:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,222
Posted By kendallina
I only offer full time, which I consider at least...

I only offer full time, which I consider at least 6 hours a day for 5 days/week. 6 hours/day is significantly cheaper than 8 hours/day, though. I like having lower numbers in the afternoon,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-31-2017, 08:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,677
Posted By kendallina
I've had these same thoughts over the years and...

I've had these same thoughts over the years and every time I run the numbers it wouldn't be worth it until I had at least 40 kids. Running a center with 40 plus kids is soooo much more work and such...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 12-22-2017, 06:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,795
Posted By kendallina
Thank you so much Tom!

Thank you so much Tom!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-15-2017, 12:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,958
Posted By kendallina
That's idiotic. My dd is in 3rd grade and these...

That's idiotic. My dd is in 3rd grade and these words are closer to what she's learning. Seems nonsensical to me.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2017, 09:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,148
Posted By kendallina
If I have a child who is in therapy or has a...

If I have a child who is in therapy or has a medical condition related to poor core strength then I will correct it when I see it(if I know parents are correcting at home). I don't correct every...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-08-2017, 06:46 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,735
Posted By kendallina
8:30-5:15. I'm super lucky

8:30-5:15. I'm super lucky
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-01-2017, 11:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,379
Posted By kendallina
I have a dome climber ($160 on amazon) that I...

I have a dome climber ($160 on amazon) that I leave out all year and it's what they play with much of the year. I also have tons of balls, flying discs, buckets ( for all that mud), shovels,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-16-2017, 11:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,969
Posted By kendallina
What's your relationship like when him? Do you...

What's your relationship like when him? Do you ever play with him? Try to have fun with him? Joke with him, be silly? Does he respond to that?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-02-2017, 07:19 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,649
Posted By kendallina
I have a birthday book basket that the children...

I have a birthday book basket that the children can choose a book from. I write a little personalized note in it. We read the book and sing happy birthday. I also have a ridiculously huge birthday...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-20-2017, 07:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,020
Posted By kendallina
When a child first starts here, it's one thing...

When a child first starts here, it's one thing that I work with them on. "Make sure when I say STOP, you STOP" (especially for walks). "When I tell you to come see me, you need to come see me. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-19-2017, 12:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,724
Posted By kendallina
Blackcat, do you do your "center time" in the...

Blackcat, do you do your "center time" in the same room as your "free play time"? What do you call each of those times of day? How much time do you spend in Center time and Free play time each...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-19-2017, 11:56 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,724
Posted By kendallina
I let them intermix as well. For me, the key to...

I let them intermix as well. For me, the key to allowing it is to make sure that I don't have too many toys in each center. Also, the children need to clean their items when they're finished.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-13-2017, 10:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,846
Posted By kendallina
If possible, I would walk outside when he does it...

If possible, I would walk outside when he does it and tell him to move before he even had a chance to go inside.

Sounds like he's doing it because he's successful at it. I wouldn't even let him...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-12-2017, 06:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,772
Posted By kendallina
THIS! My DD never had a lovie but my 18 month...

THIS! My DD never had a lovie but my 18 month old has a blankie that is super soft and he LOVES. It stays in the crib. We bought two extras for washing, etc and he recently found one in the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-12-2017, 11:35 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,264
Posted By kendallina
I'd send a reminder email or post on the door. ...

I'd send a reminder email or post on the door. If it continued, I'd just tell them.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-04-2017, 12:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,453
Posted By kendallina
As you probably know, the staff you have is 90%...

As you probably know, the staff you have is 90% of the quality of your center. It really is. It's everything.

Taking over can be tough, especially if you're already seeing things that need major...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-30-2017, 08:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,871
Posted By kendallina
I do monthly payments, due on the first of the...

I do monthly payments, due on the first of the month. All of my families are paid monthly (university employees.) I've never specified what to do if it falls on a weekend and I don't mind accepting...
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