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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-17-2018, 05:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 112
Posted By DaveA
64 pages in a pdf file

64 pages in a pdf file
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-17-2018, 03:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 191
Posted By DaveA
My stuff is the basics. Plastic cube blocks,...

My stuff is the basics. Plastic cube blocks, stacking cups, the stacking rings on a stick (not sure what to call that), rattles, fabric books, etc. Really anything colorful, easy to get ahold of,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2018, 08:06 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 339
Posted By DaveA
David Gets in Trouble. The kids love looking at...

David Gets in Trouble. The kids love looking at me and sighing "OH DAVID!":lol::D:p
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2018, 03:44 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 352
Posted By DaveA
No specific list but my current crop of DCPs are...

No specific list but my current crop of DCPs are a pretty good bunch. They have their quirks and :rolleyes: moments, but overall I can't complain too much.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-10-2018, 08:01 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 198
Posted By DaveA
Thanks BC! That will work great.

Thanks BC! That will work great.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-10-2018, 03:25 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 198
Posted By DaveA
How to word this?

I need to do some updates to my contract/ policies and want to add something. I am trying to figure out a way to say that if school ager can't go to school when it's open for any reason (like a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-06-2018, 11:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 357
Posted By DaveA
Yeah- I'd shift that one onto parents rather than...

Yeah- I'd shift that one onto parents rather than at daycare. I'd be too worried they'd learn someone else's address/ number. :D
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-06-2018, 11:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 234
Posted By DaveA
I was wondering if it was just a couple inches or...

I was wondering if it was just a couple inches or a single step. That big of a drop will need a pretty substantial ramp. I doubt you would find a contractor willing to do ramp for that height that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-06-2018, 05:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 234
Posted By DaveA
How far of a drop is it? That might have a...

How far of a drop is it? That might have a bearing on the answers.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-06-2018, 04:33 AM
Replies: 996
Views: 184,010
Posted By DaveA
Remember the old "Mom Curse" I hope you have a...

Remember the old "Mom Curse" I hope you have a child who acts just like you? Since my Mom was my first center director I guess that carries to my professional life. DCB4 doesn't try to be rude or...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-06-2018, 04:28 AM
Replies: 996
Views: 184,010
Posted By DaveA
And you thought shoveling snow was annoying...

And you thought shoveling snow was annoying before :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-04-2018, 03:36 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 1,486
Posted By DaveA
Jeans or jean/ khaki shorts and a button up shirt

Jeans or jean/ khaki shorts and a button up shirt
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-27-2018, 12:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 477
Posted By DaveA
:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek: Anyone one of those...

:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:
Anyone one of those sentences would be her last day with me. My advise it she needs to be gone now. If it costs you the brother oh well. It's not worth the headache or...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2018, 03:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 689
Posted By DaveA
Thatís a whole different ball game. I hate it if...

Thatís a whole different ball game. I hate it if someone assumes because Iím home Iím available.



Agreed on letting parents know. I tell parents if DW or my sub will be subbing for me, have a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2018, 02:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 689
Posted By DaveA
My wife doesn’t “visit”. She’s a part of this...

My wife doesn’t “visit”. She’s a part of this home and this family. The classroom area is part of the main area of the house, so if she’s home she interacts with me & DCKs. She subs for me...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2018, 12:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 293
Posted By DaveA
It's not live in person, but care courses has a...

It's not live in person, but care courses has a ton of online courses. Pretty much my "go to" for inservice hours anymore.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2018, 03:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 235
Posted By DaveA
In IL you would need to reapply for a new...

In IL you would need to reapply for a new license. You can use all the admin stuff like trainings, physical, etc. But you would have to do a new inspection and get a new license.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2018, 03:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 545
Posted By DaveA
I wouldn't. The school isn't closed- DCPs are...

I wouldn't. The school isn't closed- DCPs are choosing for them not to attend. I can understand the reason why they are making that choice. But if that's the case they need to keep the school ager...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-22-2018, 08:30 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 539
Posted By DaveA
To DCPs- "That information should be in your...

To DCPs- "That information should be in your contract/ the letter I sent out last week."

To DCKs- "You choose your plan. You don't tell X how to play."

In my head and never aloud- "If you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-21-2018, 05:28 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 751
Posted By DaveA
I actually think when the older groups/ singers...

I actually think when the older groups/ singers have a good perspective of who they are they do some of the best shows. The last concert I went to was Travis Tritt, The Outlaws, Marshall Tucker...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-21-2018, 04:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 839
Posted By DaveA
I'd be Ok with taking them (minus the...

I'd be Ok with taking them (minus the severe:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes: when not around the parents) but I would let DCPs know that if the child isn't able to participate normally I'd be calling...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 03-21-2018, 04:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 229
Posted By DaveA
I've always rounded up or down. We have an...

I've always rounded up or down. We have an accountant do our taxes and he's said it was fine.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-20-2018, 05:25 AM
Replies: 996
Views: 184,010
Posted By DaveA
New line in my job description- relationship...

New line in my job description- relationship counselor for DCB11 & DCG10 (who have both came here for 4-5 years). DCG is mad at DCB because he didn't tell her he had an afternoon Dr appointment so...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-19-2018, 05:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 460
Posted By DaveA
I agree completely. Poor planning on DCM's part...

I agree completely. Poor planning on DCM's part does not mean you did anything wrong.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-16-2018, 03:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 308
Posted By DaveA
In IL it's the same way- it has to be part of...

In IL it's the same way- it has to be part of your actual house and not another building on your property. They would count it as a daycare center.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-14-2018, 03:27 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 851
Posted By DaveA
Well it's a start :cool: I understand...

Well it's a start :cool:



I understand that, but what worries me is that I could see this being twisted into the provider being partially "responsible" for the actions of a parent. Not a line...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2018, 03:33 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 851
Posted By DaveA
Oh for the love of....:rolleyes: DCPs are my...

Oh for the love of....:rolleyes: DCPs are my clients, not my kids.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2018, 03:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 462
Posted By DaveA
Yeah- really the whole first week is stressful...

Yeah- really the whole first week is stressful for me. A part of me wonders when it will go wrong with either DCKs or DCPs. Glad it went well.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-10-2018, 05:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 232
Posted By DaveA
I don't think it's too early. A lot of parents...

I don't think it's too early. A lot of parents will be starting to think about what to do for the summer.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-05-2018, 10:22 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 591
Posted By DaveA
I usually spend between $100-$150 a week on...

I usually spend between $100-$150 a week on groceries. Supplies tend to bought ďas neededĒ, but I would SWAG it out at $20-$30 a week.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-02-2018, 06:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 346
Posted By DaveA
3 or 4 months seems to be about average. ...

3 or 4 months seems to be about average. Anything over that I would take their information and get back in touch with them a couple months before they would need care and see if they were still...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-01-2018, 03:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 280
Posted By DaveA
This what I do. I'll send a few pics throughout...

This what I do. I'll send a few pics throughout the first few days or couple of text how on how DCK's day is going, but that's pretty much it. I tell new parents it takes 3 weeks for a child to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-27-2018, 03:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 360
Posted By DaveA
The first time I let DCKs pick out the classroom...

The first time I let DCKs pick out the classroom pet they picked out a rat. DW was less than amused. :D They are great pets- we ended up with 3. The DCKs and I built a big multilevel cage about...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-26-2018, 01:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 360
Posted By DaveA
New Pets for Classroom

Our classroom mice (from the same litter)died in the last 2 weeks. So this morning we went and picked our new classroom pets. Mice again. happyface Was only going to get two. The white one ran up my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-26-2018, 12:22 PM
Replies: 4,397
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 421,389
Posted By DaveA
Bought a new carpet cleaner over the weekend, so...

Bought a new carpet cleaner over the weekend, so there is a big box in the classroom. DCB 5 (who thinks my toys are "lame" because nothing is electronic and keeps asking me to get a kindle for the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-26-2018, 12:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 442
Posted By DaveA
I like that one the best. To me it looks better...

I like that one the best. To me it looks better in B&W.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-21-2018, 04:08 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 391
Posted By DaveA
The Cat Came Back. I have it on one of my CD's...

The Cat Came Back. I have it on one of my CD's and every time it plays I can't help think "Who thought this was a good idea for a kid's song?":confused:

I had a local "supernanny" gripe at me a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-21-2018, 03:39 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,045
Posted By DaveA
Nope- sounds like that's a bunch of stuff for...

Nope- sounds like that's a bunch of stuff for before you've even met. I smell drama queen approaching. Say thanks but no thanks.

If you do decide to go ahead with them do what BC says and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-21-2018, 03:35 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 817
Posted By DaveA
I've never had someone just show up to see about...

I've never had someone just show up to see about openings. I would have done like the others said and scheduled an interview. To me that wouldn't be a red flag as much as a "pink flag"- I would...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-20-2018, 07:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 533
Posted By DaveA
:eek::rolleyes: I've never seen that on Facebook....

:eek::rolleyes: I've never seen that on Facebook. I have enough trouble dealing politely with people who want to meet, enroll, and start care in a couple days. OYE:ouch:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-19-2018, 10:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 483
Posted By DaveA
Regardless of it being a new construction,...

Regardless of it being a new construction, remodeling a commercial building, or a residential house the requirements will be similar. Not in CA but when we started a center converted from a duplex...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-16-2018, 03:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 456
Posted By DaveA
Understand completely. I've termed 1 child for...

Understand completely. I've termed 1 child for their behavior and even then the parents were messed up. The rest of them have been on the parents. You feel bad because the child is paying for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2018, 03:28 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 778
Posted By DaveA
20+ years total for me, 12 this May in home...

20+ years total for me, 12 this May in home daycare. Not sure how to count exact number of years as I've been around childcare. I started working in my Mom's center when I was 16 (I'll be 44 next...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2018, 03:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 403
Posted By DaveA
I still have them from all the children I've had...

I still have them from all the children I've had in 11 years. I keep them in my current files for a year or so then put them in storage in the basement.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-08-2018, 11:18 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 527
Posted By DaveA
I will give nebs for a child after they've turned...

I will give nebs for a child after they've turned 1.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-08-2018, 03:25 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 961
Posted By DaveA
Combining the contract issues with persistent...

Combining the contract issues with persistent late pickups would be a term issue for me.

If you want to keep DCF you need to tell DCP you need a signed, unmodified contract in your hand before...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-08-2018, 03:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 570
Posted By DaveA
It can get annoying. Anymore I'm at the point...

It can get annoying. Anymore I'm at the point where it's "Pay me on time, follow my policies, don't be a headache and you can call me whatever the @#&* you want to.":cool::)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-07-2018, 11:28 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 605
Posted By DaveA
I'm reading this thread as I'm grabbing a Little...

I'm reading this thread as I'm grabbing a Little Debbie brownie for a sugar rush. :lol::D:lol::D
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-05-2018, 03:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 504
Posted By DaveA
Yeah I wouldn't say anything either.

Yeah I wouldn't say anything either.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-02-2018, 05:33 AM
Replies: 996
Views: 184,010
Posted By DaveA
2 DCGs- 6 months apart, nonrelated, families...

2 DCGs- 6 months apart, nonrelated, families aren't friends.

Both just showed up wearing the exact same outfit down to the shoes. :D:lol::)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-01-2018, 03:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 247
Posted By DaveA
It will probably be a mix of observation and...

It will probably be a mix of observation and interacting with the children, especially to start out. I would ask questions, listen, and help out. Volunteering to clean a table or help put away...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-31-2018, 03:25 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,134
Posted By DaveA
Honestly I'm not doing a dang thing for...

Honestly I'm not doing a dang thing for Valentine's Day with DCKs. :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-29-2018, 03:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 400
Posted By DaveA
If the doors were off it sounds like an efficient...

If the doors were off it sounds like an efficient use of space like in those pics. But yeah I would check with licensing before doing it. I would also show your DCFs the arrangement so they know...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-29-2018, 03:31 AM
Replies: 4,397
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 421,389
Posted By DaveA
Yuck! Hope you all stay healthy.

Yuck! Hope you all stay healthy.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-29-2018, 03:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 638
Posted By DaveA
I used to deposit checks via the phone till our...

I used to deposit checks via the phone till our bank merged and the new one charges for that. :mad: Nearest branch is only a few minutes away, so now I just run drop them off after work. I used to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-25-2018, 05:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,063
Posted By DaveA
I have to agree with CH on this- find somewhere...

I have to agree with CH on this- find somewhere else ASAP. Stuff like this can end really badly. Yes job hunting sucks. It sucks more when the last place listed in your job history just got shut...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-24-2018, 04:04 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,021
Posted By DaveA
Like BC said- I would see about getting the...

Like BC said- I would see about getting the policy changed from "Mom" to "Experienced caregiver".



:rolleyes::mad::rolleyes::mad::rolleyes::mad:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-16-2018, 03:39 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,077
Posted By DaveA
I allow it but make sure I explain to DCPs about...

I allow it but make sure I explain to DCPs about not coming during naptime, the disruption that multiple in/ outs can cause in a child's day, etc. Honestly the only parent I ever had stop by was a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-12-2018, 03:23 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 982
Posted By DaveA
In 11 years I've done 1 immediate term one DCK...

In 11 years I've done 1 immediate term one DCK for behavior. The kid I termed got threw a wooden block at a toddler's head then tried to throw the rest of the box of blocks at me. :eek: All...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-12-2018, 03:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 581
Posted By DaveA
That was my guess also. Like she said- correct,...

That was my guess also. Like she said- correct, redirect, and repeat.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2018, 09:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 509
Posted By DaveA
The major holidays, my Birthday & Anniversary,...

The major holidays, my Birthday & Anniversary, and a summer and winter break. DCPs know about them well in advance. I'm a firm believer that enough time away from this business is a necessity for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2018, 09:13 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 848
Posted By DaveA
this x10.

this x10.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2018, 02:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 527
Posted By DaveA
The way it was explained to me in IL is that...

The way it was explained to me in IL is that technically a rep can show up anytime during licensed hours. But in practice they donít unless you are open and have kids. Iíve had a rep l show up right...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2018, 11:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 394
Posted By DaveA
Welcome to the forum! What part of IL? I'm...

Welcome to the forum! What part of IL? I'm about 1/2 hour south of Springfield.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2018, 11:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 461
Posted By DaveA
:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol: We used to have a...

:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:

We used to have a mouse finger puppet in the dramatic play area of my classroom at one center. The teacher in the room next to me was scared to death of mice. Our...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2018, 07:40 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 721
Posted By DaveA
I have 1 waiving of late fees due to weather/road...

I have 1 waiving of late fees due to weather/road emergencies per year (at my discretion) written into my policies. Otherwise yes I charge.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-05-2018, 05:14 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 860
Posted By DaveA
When my Mom retired & sold her daycare it was...

When my Mom retired & sold her daycare it was kept confidential until after the sale and a closing/ transfer was date finalized at request of the buyer. Staff and parents both got 2 weeks notice. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-05-2018, 04:22 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 599
Posted By DaveA
What's your late fee? I would either charge...

What's your late fee? I would either charge that. If that equals an amount you feel is "too much" do 1/2-3/4 of what a 30 minute late pickup would be.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-03-2018, 12:01 PM
Replies: 4,397
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 421,389
Posted By DaveA
Today was supposed to be the first day back to...

Today was supposed to be the first day back to school. Yesterday the furnace crashed at one building so they called school. They just sent out the message that because of the temperature/ wind chill...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-03-2018, 11:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 839
Posted By DaveA
I would do a 1 month notice unless you are...

I would do a 1 month notice unless you are prepared to close early. That way if all or most find care quickly youíre not in a lurch.

Good Luck!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-02-2018, 07:42 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,544
Posted By DaveA
I have one DCF that are model parents except in...

I have one DCF that are model parents except in all the time they have been enrolled they forget closing dates about 20% of the time. Holidays not so much, but my Birthday or Anniversary (I close for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-02-2018, 03:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 838
Posted By DaveA
I don't have a pic, but I just use one of those...

I don't have a pic, but I just use one of those boards that are 1/2 & 1/2 corkboard and dry erase board. I have to post my license, my evacuation plan map (3 feet from the door :rolleyes:), and one...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-29-2017, 10:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 646
Posted By DaveA
They look fine to me. Engaging without being...

They look fine to me. Engaging without being "busy".




I picture DCKs standing on the ceiling jumping up trying to get the toys. :lol::D:);):p
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-22-2017, 03:19 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,677
Posted By DaveA
:D:lol::D:lol::D:lol::D:lol::D Well this...

:D:lol::D:lol::D:lol::D:lol::D

Well this thread took a turn in a direction I didn't expect. :p

In IL they really don't like providers doing this. If it's not your home they want you licensed...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-21-2017, 07:36 AM
Replies: 996
Views: 184,010
Posted By DaveA
:lol::D. Iíll have to think on that one a bit....

:lol::D. Iíll have to think on that one a bit. :cool::Sunny:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-21-2017, 04:06 AM
Replies: 996
Views: 184,010
Posted By DaveA
My storage room where I keep all the toys & stuff...

My storage room where I keep all the toys & stuff I rotate in and out of the classroom is in the basement. DCB4 notices every change I make and always asks where "X" is to which I reply...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-21-2017, 03:23 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,200
Posted By DaveA
Simple- the people making the rules haven't...

Simple- the people making the rules haven't worked with children or feel the need to do "something" regardless of if it makes sense or not. :rolleyes:

In my case I would ask what counts as screen...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-21-2017, 03:13 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,526
Posted By DaveA
In the centers I worked it was about a 50/ 50...

In the centers I worked it was about a 50/ 50 split unannounced vs scheduled. Now I have to do fire and severe weather drill monthly. I do them the same time every month (2nd Tuesday around 1000)...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-19-2017, 12:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 891
Posted By DaveA
DCG2 really noticed today- she's been touching...

DCG2 really noticed today- she's been touching the side of my face and scowling. :lol: I'll talk to the kids about it tomorrow when I have school agers all day. Thanks.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-19-2017, 12:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 984
Posted By DaveA
I blame this thread for the fact that DCK 4 has...

I blame this thread for the fact that DCK 4 has forgotten how to do every single thing by himself today. :rolleyes::cool::lol:
I lost count of the number of times I've said "I'm pretty sure you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-19-2017, 07:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 891
Posted By DaveA
Thanks. It will be fine in a week or so. Right...

Thanks. It will be fine in a week or so. Right now I just look like I should be in a home security company commercial. :rolleyes::lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-19-2017, 05:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 834
Posted By DaveA
Like the others said- put it back on DCM to make...

Like the others said- put it back on DCM to make sure she follows your policies.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-19-2017, 04:22 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 891
Posted By DaveA
:D:lol::D:lol: Right after I get the dozen...

:D:lol::D:lol:

Right after I get the dozen or so tattoos Iíve made it 43 years without. :p

Nope- not happening. :rolleyes:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-19-2017, 03:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 891
Posted By DaveA
Tell DCP about appearance change?

I'm probably overthinking this one but here goes.

Would you warn parents if you were making a noticeable change in your appearance? I'm growing a beard. Haven't had one in years and only 1 DCF...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-19-2017, 03:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 716
Posted By DaveA
My contract states that fees are evaluated each...

My contract states that fees are evaluated each November with parents notified of any change by November 30 to be applied starting January 1. I don't change fees each year but this gives parents...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-15-2017, 03:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,094
Posted By DaveA
Thought I'd post an update. To test it out I...

Thought I'd post an update. To test it out I ordered a plastic peg game for school agers. It arrived yesterday. The pegs and the part they go into are fine. The back of it is so thin I put my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-15-2017, 03:21 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,046
Posted By DaveA
Yeah- I would let DCPs know they can't have a...

Yeah- I would let DCPs know they can't have a child young enough to be in daycare pick up a child. I can't imagine how they thought that was a good idea. :rolleyes:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2017, 01:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 898
Posted By DaveA
Contracts (2 copies- 1 to return and 1 for them...

Contracts (2 copies- 1 to return and 1 for them to keep) and Any state required forms
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2017, 03:16 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,996
Posted By DaveA
I give parents the choice of Evenflo or Avent...

I give parents the choice of Evenflo or Avent bottles. Never had problems with either and don't have to worry about cleaning a bunch of parts.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2017, 03:12 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 872
Posted By DaveA
6-5 M-F. Most of the times DCKs are out the door...

6-5 M-F. Most of the times DCKs are out the door by 415
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-07-2017, 10:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,093
Posted By DaveA
I don't use it a cleaner but I'm more concerned...

I don't use it a cleaner but I'm more concerned about a mislabeled cleaning bottle. Especially since you have a bleach spray also. Bleach mixed with anything base can be really bad. Window...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-06-2017, 10:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,000
Posted By DaveA
I would suggest this also. If there are major...

I would suggest this also. If there are major issues like you're saying it will blow up in the director's face eventually. You want to avoid having to apply for a job at another center because the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-05-2017, 08:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,000
Posted By DaveA
Like the others said- parents cannot give...

Like the others said- parents cannot give permission to violate licensing regulations. Any Director not enforcing that is begging to get in trouble.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-04-2017, 08:01 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 920
Posted By DaveA
I don't have an official cut off time. I'm also...

I don't have an official cut off time. I'm also very specific with DCPs that if they show up after 9 and we're already on an offsite activity they can either come back once we return or meet us...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-04-2017, 04:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 649
Posted By DaveA
Holiday Attendance Roster?

Those of you who are open around the Christmas how do you handle enrollments? There are probably going to be a few days I'll be without DCKs. Do you ask DCPs, have a sign up sheet, or just wing it?...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-01-2017, 03:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 851
Posted By DaveA
Do you have a friend, family, or DCP who could do...

Do you have a friend, family, or DCP who could do the storytelling or face painting (don't shoot me on that one- it's just common for some reason)

Otherwise I would do the craft stations idea.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-01-2017, 03:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 833
Posted By DaveA
Bag of balls and a couple of riding toys put...

Bag of balls and a couple of riding toys put where I can grab them quickly. I wait till the last possible day to cover the little tykes stuff. Right now the big thing is a couple of plastic rakes-...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-29-2017, 05:22 AM
Replies: 4,397
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 421,389
Posted By DaveA
Apparently everyone decided that their children's...

Apparently everyone decided that their children's breakfast would be pixie stix and mountain dew. Jeez these kids all hit the door wound for total sound this morning. :rolleyes::mad::eek:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-28-2017, 12:01 PM
Replies: 4,397
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 421,389
Posted By DaveA
That sucks. Possums get a bad rap because...

That sucks. Possums get a bad rap because they're ugly as all get out but are actually pretty cool. Good luck with her. :hug:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-27-2017, 05:52 AM
Replies: 996
Views: 184,010
Posted By DaveA
Put Christmas lights up over the weekend. DCK's...

Put Christmas lights up over the weekend. DCK's that came before sunrise were not happy that they were not on. :lol::rolleyes: Sorry kiddos but it's about 40 strands of C9 LED lights synched to a...
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