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Forum: Daycare and Taxes 02-04-2021, 01:36 PM
Replies: 3
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Posted By AmyKidsCo
In addition to the above, if you have records...

In addition to the above, if you have records from previous years that show a comparable number of hours I wouldn't worry too much about it. Do your best to reconstruct, then let it go.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-25-2021, 02:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 512
Posted By AmyKidsCo
You did the right thing! It doesn't matter...

You did the right thing!

It doesn't matter where the symptoms came from, it's a sanitation issue. You can't maintain a clean and healthy environment when a child has diarrhea or is vomiting. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-25-2021, 02:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 294
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I'm open because some parents HAVE to work, no...

I'm open because some parents HAVE to work, no matter what. But my policies state that if a parent's workplace is closed because it's too dangerous to go in it's assumed it's also too dangerous to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-13-2021, 02:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,258
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Agreed! And the stacks of natural baskets waiting...

Agreed! And the stacks of natural baskets waiting to go back into use.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-12-2021, 02:12 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 759
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Curriculum books. I never use them but whenever I...

Curriculum books. I never use them but whenever I see a new one I can't help wondering if I need it. I still have 15+ years of Mailbox magazines I can't part with, even though I only pull out one or...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-12-2021, 01:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 405
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I email my Parent Handbook and photos of my...

I email my Parent Handbook and photos of my environment, then do a Zoom interview. So far I've only had 1 opening, & filled it this way.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2021, 02:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,258
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Pre-Covid I switched over to mostly wood toys,...

Pre-Covid I switched over to mostly wood toys, but since Covid I've put those away and invested in nicer plastic ones. I don't have a favorite brand, but I do avoid TV, movie, or licensed characters.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-18-2020, 02:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 738
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Agreed. The only time I've terminated care was...

Agreed. The only time I've terminated care was for a child who wouldn't nap and wouldn't lay still/quiet so the others could sleep. I even refunded the last week's fees because I was so done.

If...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-02-2020, 01:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 499
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I mail it to the parents. It's a business expense...

I mail it to the parents. It's a business expense and I don't want the parents accusing me of "stealing" or something else later on.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-02-2020, 01:48 PM
Replies: 247
Views: 6,067
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I won't take it and won't require my families to....

I won't take it and won't require my families to. My aunt had polio and survived, so I do support vaccines. But my mom tells stories of how the first polio vaccine killed people. I understand why...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-24-2020, 02:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 439
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I have in the past but not regularly, for the...

I have in the past but not regularly, for the same reasons.

My questions were simple - I think I got them from Tom Copeland: What do you like about the way I care for your child? What would you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-24-2020, 02:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,638
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I totally agree! When my kiddos get too loud I...

I totally agree! When my kiddos get too loud I tell them "my neighbors don't want to hear that noise." I do allow them to scream by the music wall in the far back of the yard. Those neighbors are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-24-2020, 02:20 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 517
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Before I started the Daily Connect sign in I put...

Before I started the Daily Connect sign in I put a screening on the door with a statement "Dropping off your child indicates that you have read this checklist and affirm that your child does not meet...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-24-2020, 02:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 923
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I exclude for symptoms, not cause. I've learned...

I exclude for symptoms, not cause. I've learned that the hard way!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-24-2020, 02:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 434
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Car seats aren't allowed anymore - not changing...

Car seats aren't allowed anymore - not changing that policy after Covid! I never allowed backpacks or diaper bags.

Lovies used to travel but now they need to keep one here if they need it.

Art...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-24-2020, 02:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 480
Posted By AmyKidsCo
It's not worth the stress to deal with a family...

It's not worth the stress to deal with a family who doesn't follow your policies.

Tom Copeland's 3 choices of life:
1. You're happy the way thing are - let the parents do whatever they want.
2....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-04-2020, 02:23 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,692
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I'd give them a couple of weeks, since it's just...

I'd give them a couple of weeks, since it's just 2 days/week. If they don't make any effort then terminate.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-02-2020, 02:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 923
Posted By AmyKidsCo
My policies state that I exclude for symptoms,...

My policies state that I exclude for symptoms, not cause. So it doesn't matter what's causing the fever, if it's over 100.4 they stay home. Period.

A couple of weeks ago a 1 yr DCB had a random...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-02-2020, 02:15 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,263
Posted By AmyKidsCo
THIS is why we have 3 year olds who don't chew...

THIS is why we have 3 year olds who don't chew their food and don't know how to take a bite out of anything! :rolleyes:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-02-2020, 02:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 308
Posted By AmyKidsCo
WAY too much time when I don't keep up with it. ...

WAY too much time when I don't keep up with it.

My goal is to organize 1 night/month, and when I do it's not too bad. But I tend to let it go for a couple of months, then it takes HOURS.

My...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-30-2020, 02:18 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,359
Posted By AmyKidsCo
My mom has always said that you need to be...

My mom has always said that you need to be running TO something, not running FROM something. So if there's something else you want to do more, go for it! If you just don't like what you're doing but...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-30-2020, 02:14 PM
Replies: 6,204
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 705,928
Posted By AmyKidsCo
My 16 yr old - who was born into the child care -...

My 16 yr old - who was born into the child care - just walked down the stairs, through the living room (past a sleeping 1 yr old) through the dining room (past me & 3 sleeping 3 yr olds) into the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-30-2020, 02:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 790
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I've heard this also, and that my blood type - A+...

I've heard this also, and that my blood type - A+ - is more likely to have more serious symptoms. :eek:

I decided to reject that reality and substitute my own. I do that a lot when I don't like...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-28-2020, 02:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 632
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Same with the washcloths for hand drying. I also...

Same with the washcloths for hand drying. I also made fabric "unpaper" towels from birdseye fabric (what OLD cloth diapers were made of) and use those for cleaning.

Same with hand sanitizer.
...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 10-28-2020, 02:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 10,976
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I do give out my cell number, but only respond...

I do give out my cell number, but only respond during off hours if I feel like it. Usually a quick response is enough, but if a parent just won't quit I stop replying.

I figure that KinderCare's...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-28-2020, 02:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 520
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Are you required to take temps? I was always...

Are you required to take temps? I was always skeptical and stopped after the CDC changed to NOT recommending temperature screening for K-12 students.
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2020, 02:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,242
Posted By AmyKidsCo
RUN! Two times I've had bad feelings about a...

RUN!

Two times I've had bad feelings about a child after the interview but I enrolled anyway, and regretted it later.

I've learned that there are always families looking for care so I can pass...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-16-2020, 02:11 PM
Replies: 6,204
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 705,928
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Meanwhile, at my house all the kiddos want to be...

Meanwhile, at my house all the kiddos want to be picked up early and fight about who's mom/dad is coming first. The one who's usually picked up first melts down if anyone else goes home before him....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-16-2020, 02:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 666
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Ditto. Everyone is offered the same food at the...

Ditto. Everyone is offered the same food at the same time. It's their decision what to eat and how much.

I used to resent throwing away food until I read a comment here that the food was already...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-16-2020, 02:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 467
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Check out Tom Copeland's blog...

Check out Tom Copeland's blog (http://tomcopelandblog.com) & books. He has TONS of great info about the business side of FCC. I really wish I'd known about him when I opened.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-16-2020, 01:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 638
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Interesting! My policies state that an automatic...

Interesting! My policies state that an automatic increase will go into effect each fall. I usually look up the cost of living increase, then figure out what the rate will be if I increase by that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-13-2020, 02:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 586
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Depends... If it's contained in the diaper I'll...

Depends... If it's contained in the diaper I'll send home after a second time, but if it's not contained they go home right away. It's a sanitation issue - I can't keep things clean if there's poo...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-12-2020, 02:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 553
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Our youngest wore pull ups overnight until Kdg or...

Our youngest wore pull ups overnight until Kdg or 1st grade. When I found out he peed in it in the morning because he didn't want to get up to use the bathroom I stopped buying them. He tested me a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-12-2020, 02:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 792
Posted By AmyKidsCo
IMO the second option is better because I've had...

IMO the second option is better because I've had too many families give notice effective the week before one of my paid vacations. :mad: Now I pro-rate like BlackCat described for everyone and they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-12-2020, 02:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 792
Posted By AmyKidsCo
My policies state that they need to pay to...

My policies state that they need to pay to guarantee their spot in the fall, and if they don't they might not have a spot. I do allow them to switch to part time for the summer rather than pay for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-12-2020, 02:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 322
Posted By AmyKidsCo
ITA with BlackCat. KidKare isn't free, but it's...

ITA with BlackCat. KidKare isn't free, but it's well worth it!

I keep track of income, expenses, mileage, attendance, meals served, extra hours spent, etc. (You can do depreciation and other...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-08-2020, 02:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 822
Posted By AmyKidsCo
1. Have you downsized the amount of toys you have...

1. Have you downsized the amount of toys you have out?
Absolutely. I only have out the minimum required by licensing.

2. Did you have to get rid of wooden and plush toys?
Wooden yes, plush no....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-08-2020, 02:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 467
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Call your local health department to see what...

Call your local health department to see what they recommend.

I don't have any other requirements. If they're not around the person who tested positive for the 14 days they should be fine. If they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-08-2020, 02:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 784
Posted By AmyKidsCo
ITA. They may not realize about medication, and I...

ITA. They may not realize about medication, and I didn't think the text was rude. Maybe a little abrupt, but I tend to use the least number of words necessary in texts too. I'm also a person who gets...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-24-2020, 02:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,228
Posted By AmyKidsCo
ITA about having the parent text ahead of time....

ITA about having the parent text ahead of time. Right now parents aren't allowed in my house so I get the child/ren ready, then have them wait by the door. When I see the parent come I stand between...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-24-2020, 02:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 718
Posted By AmyKidsCo
ALL my dck, myself, my hubby, and my teenage sons...

ALL my dck, myself, my hubby, and my teenage sons caught a cold at the beginning of the month. It was AWFUL but all common cold symptoms (no loss of taste/smell, no fever, no digestive issues) so I...
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 09-18-2020, 02:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 882
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Welcome! I love Tom Copeland's Three Choices...

Welcome!

I love Tom Copeland's Three Choices in Life (http://tomcopelandblog.com/three-choices-life). He writes about conflict with a parent, but they apply to almost every circumstance.

1) I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2020, 02:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 879
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I usually say something about "I know, home is...

I usually say something about "I know, home is always best" and mention that transitions are hard for children so they probably won't want to go home at pick up.

Except if there's a behavioral...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2020, 02:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 620
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Our city health department and the CDC don't...

Our city health department and the CDC don't recommend taking temps as screening, so I don't do it anymore.

I sent home an email with a copy of our DCF screening sheet and told the parents it was...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-20-2020, 01:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 674
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Me too, but not always as a question. More often...

Me too, but not always as a question. More often I just repeat it without emphasis or "you mean" "you should say" etc...

"Her is going outside todays."
"Yup, she's going outside today."
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-20-2020, 01:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 552
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Depends on what they're looking for and if I have...

Depends on what they're looking for and if I have openings. If I don't have openings and they have an infant I wait until after vacation because my next infant opening is a year out. If I have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-19-2020, 02:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,492
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I'm not a video person so I used Google slides to...

I'm not a video person so I used Google slides to make a slideshow of photos with labels/comments. You can email the link to parents so it's super easy. We did a Zoom interview, which was easy too,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-18-2020, 02:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,594
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I breastfed in front of my DCK but not in front...

I breastfed in front of my DCK but not in front of the parents. I wasn't shy about doing it around others in general, but didn't think it was professional to do in front of parents.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-07-2020, 02:28 PM
Replies: 2,147
Views: 354,683
Posted By AmyKidsCo
ALL my kiddos napped today, and BOTH infants...

ALL my kiddos napped today, and BOTH infants slept 2 straight hours! Usually the most I can get from one is 1 1/2 hours, even when he skips his AM nap. Happy Friday to me!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-07-2020, 02:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,255
Posted By AmyKidsCo
:lol: No kidding about a long summer. I have...

:lol:

No kidding about a long summer. I have a feeling fall is going to be worse. :(
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-07-2020, 02:18 PM
Replies: 6,204
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 705,928
Posted By AmyKidsCo
YIKES!! :eek:

YIKES!! :eek:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-03-2020, 03:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,255
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Ditto! I haven't taken non-related SA for years...

Ditto! I haven't taken non-related SA for years and don't plan to start again. I'm just not built for that age - my 11 yr old granddaughter drives me batty with her non-stop talking. :lol:
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 08-03-2020, 02:53 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,699
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I have a basic template: cereal, toasted, cereal,...

I have a basic template: cereal, toasted, cereal, protein/special, cereal.

Toasted can be toast, bagel, english muffin, leftover buns, etc.
Protein is yogurt or eggs.
Special is oatmeal, rice...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-03-2020, 02:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 830
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Definitely include something about being off the...

Definitely include something about being off the premises by closing time. I've had parents who leave the house then follow their child into the backyard to see something and let them play for a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-22-2020, 02:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,037
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Nope, I don't carry out parents' punishments. My...

Nope, I don't carry out parents' punishments. My hubby and I don't even set a consequence for our kids and expect the other to carry it out. (Not that we don't support each other, but I wouldn't say...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-22-2020, 02:20 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 53,811
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I don't consider it more rude than "bad" so I'd...

I don't consider it more rude than "bad" so I'd tell the child that word isn't OK here so save it for home.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-22-2020, 02:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 829
Posted By AmyKidsCo
"An initial $10.00 flat fee, plus an additional...

"An initial $10.00 flat fee, plus an additional $1.00 per minute fee per child will be charged for each minute the child is on the premises during these times."
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-16-2020, 02:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,113
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Can you keep him up in the morning, or only let...

Can you keep him up in the morning, or only let him have a short nap?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-30-2020, 02:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,506
Posted By AmyKidsCo
The only time I have is when it was a last minute...

The only time I have is when it was a last minute change, like when i cancelled time off due to a conference being cancelled. I knew some parents had already taken the time off and couldn't cancel...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-30-2020, 02:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,182
Posted By AmyKidsCo
We replaced our AC with grant money so I...

We replaced our AC with grant money so I mentioned to parents that I received some money and used it for the AC, which we wouldn't have been able to afford otherwise, but that's all I told them.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-29-2020, 01:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,353
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Yes, but I think only time and money can hold up...

Yes, but I think only time and money can hold up in court. For instance, if you have a No "dope and drop" policy and the parents do it anyway, the court won't help. But if you call them on it and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-29-2020, 01:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,148
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I only refer to one other person that I would...

I only refer to one other person that I would trust with my own children, otherwise I give them Child Care Resource & Referral's contact info. Years ago I was told that you have to be careful...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-26-2020, 01:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,353
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Only a contract holds up in court, that's why you...

Only a contract holds up in court, that's why you need the things Tom Copeland lists as essential (time & money). You can have the parents sign that they'll follow the handbook, but it's not...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-26-2020, 01:50 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,666
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Our son snuck into our car when he was 3 or 4. He...

Our son snuck into our car when he was 3 or 4. He woke up before the rest of us on a Saturday morning, unlocked both locks on the back door, went into the garage, and got into the car. Once he was in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-26-2020, 01:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,129
Posted By AmyKidsCo
In my dreams... - Separate entrance for drop...

In my dreams...
- Separate entrance for drop off/pick up.
- Another entrance to the outdoor play area.
- A separate screened porch the children would have independent access to.
- Lots of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-25-2020, 12:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,327
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Years ago I had books on tape for some...

Years ago I had books on tape for some non-nappers, and more often than not they'd nod off while listening.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-25-2020, 12:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 974
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Licensing requires sight OR sound, and I can hear...

Licensing requires sight OR sound, and I can hear them when I'm inside if the windows are open. I'm a pro at going FAST! :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-25-2020, 12:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,054
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I'd blame it on Covid and require her to either...

I'd blame it on Covid and require her to either stay outside or in a specific area (on a rug?) and not linger. Allowing her in the play area increases the number of germs she's exposed to, and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-24-2020, 01:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,327
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Can you try to tire him out more? Wake him...

Can you try to tire him out more? Wake him earlier, have him run around outside at night, put him to bed a little later, etc?
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 06-23-2020, 01:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,040
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Welcome!

Welcome!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-23-2020, 01:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,078
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Yes! I've had a couple random cases of the pukes,...

Yes! I've had a couple random cases of the pukes, but otherwise they've been more healthy overall.

I think it's because they're not being taken places and are seeing less people.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-23-2020, 01:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 979
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Ditto. Licensing doesn't allow us to rinse soiled...

Ditto. Licensing doesn't allow us to rinse soiled clothes either, so it all goes in a plastic grocery bag. If it's really stinky I'll put it on the back porch instead of in the cubby.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-11-2020, 01:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 825
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Not a dcp, but once hubby and I were confused by...

Not a dcp, but once hubby and I were confused by a lady in the grocery store acting like she knew us. Turns out it was our daughter's future mother-in-law. :eek::lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-10-2020, 02:12 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,398
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Same here. And we need to have our facility name...

Same here. And we need to have our facility name and license number on each sheet. I filled that area plus my sign in/out as 6:00am-6:00pm (licensed hours) and just photocopy that page every week.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-10-2020, 02:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,072
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Random thoughts as I read along... 1. Don't...

Random thoughts as I read along...

1. Don't enroll a family because you're afraid to have an opening. After 25+ years in the business I've finally learned that the right family will come along,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-10-2020, 01:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 759
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I don't take infants unless they're siblings of...

I don't take infants unless they're siblings of current children. Won't the 3 yr old be in 4K next year? If he's not enrolled the infant won't be a sibling...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 06-09-2020, 02:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,433
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Isn't it interesting how one licensor can be fine...

Isn't it interesting how one licensor can be fine with something but the next one freaks out? :rolleyes:
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 06-08-2020, 02:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,433
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Are you licensed? Do you have any problems with...

Are you licensed? Do you have any problems with licensing (feeding, poop, etc)? Just curious - not looking to judge. :) Our licensing regs say that pet food/water can't be in an area accessible to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-08-2020, 02:31 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,206
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Licensing requires 30 min rest for all children...

Licensing requires 30 min rest for all children under 5. After the 30 min they can have books or other quiet toys.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-08-2020, 02:30 PM
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Posted By AmyKidsCo
I put everything away except the bare minimum...

I put everything away except the bare minimum required by licensing. I also bought dollar store bins to replace our wicker baskets. :( All hard toys get washed/disinfected every night and I disinfect...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 06-04-2020, 02:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,098
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Agreed! In WI licensing requires the same...

Agreed! In WI licensing requires the same components as the Food Program so it makes sense to do it because you've got to feed them the same food anyway.

When I first joined the food program we...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-04-2020, 02:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 893
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I get that. How old is he? I let my children play...

I get that. How old is he? I let my children play with things they didn't want to share in their rooms, or in a separate nearby room. (In this house it's the gated-off living room.)



I did the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-03-2020, 02:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 893
Posted By AmyKidsCo
All six of my own children were in my childcare,...

All six of my own children were in my childcare, and any toys they didn't want to share had to stay in their rooms.

For the outdoor toys, can you cover them with a tarp during the day so the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-02-2020, 12:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,756
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I used MMPro then moved to KidKare when it was...

I used MMPro then moved to KidKare when it was first introduced. I didn't like it at first, but now I like it a lot. It had some major issues at first, but as far as I know they've been resolved....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-29-2020, 12:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,451
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Agree with all of this! If I'd started out...

Agree with all of this! If I'd started out viewing it as a business (What would KinderCare do?) I would've saved myself a lot of stress & heartache.
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 05-28-2020, 01:27 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,988
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Thanks MyAngels. Now I wish I remembered who I...

Thanks MyAngels. Now I wish I remembered who I spoke to at our bank. :rolleyes:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-27-2020, 01:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 910
Posted By AmyKidsCo
If you can find rubbing alcohol you could spray...

If you can find rubbing alcohol you could spray them down with that. Or Everclear :lol:
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 05-27-2020, 01:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,721
Posted By AmyKidsCo
This. I've had some made of plain heavy cotton...

This. I've had some made of plain heavy cotton and some that had a plastic-like coating on them. I liked the plain ones better because they didn't crease and could just be tossed in the washer.
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 05-27-2020, 01:48 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,988
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Tom, where do the rules say that you can't use...

Tom, where do the rules say that you can't use more than 75% for payroll? I've seen several places where it says you must use at least 75%, but not that you can't use more than 75%. My lender told me...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 05-26-2020, 02:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 858
Posted By AmyKidsCo
ITA with Josiegirl. It's too big a pain to keep...

ITA with Josiegirl. It's too big a pain to keep the food separate so I did it the same way. Even if you're on the Food Program it's good to count it up separately because you might have meals that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-22-2020, 02:26 PM
Replies: 6,204
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 705,928
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Real suggestion: Don't answer. Text her later to...

Real suggestion: Don't answer. Text her later to say "Sorry I didn't answer but I was changing a diaper." Next time, "...feeding the baby." Then "...dishing up lunch." "Reading story." Eventually...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-22-2020, 02:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 934
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Weekdays after hours. My kiddos are usually...

Weekdays after hours. My kiddos are usually well-behaved, but I'm not going to take the chance they won't be while a prospective family was here.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-21-2020, 01:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 631
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I love KidKare! It really does do it all and...

I love KidKare! It really does do it all and isn't expensive. They're also open to suggestions for improvements and new features.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-19-2020, 01:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,139
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Our 15 year old was done last Friday, and our 13...

Our 15 year old was done last Friday, and our 13 year old is supposed to be done tomorrow, but he won't get all his work done. The school is grading Pass or Incomplete and I know he's getting...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-14-2020, 02:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,360
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I agree with everyone else. Let her know she's...

I agree with everyone else. Let her know she's got until ____ to enroll, and full payment is due beginning the 18th, whether the child is in attendance or not. If she's not willing, then she runs the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-14-2020, 02:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,176
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Ditto this too. I've gotten really good at both...

Ditto this too. I've gotten really good at both holding it, and peeing quickly. :lol:
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 05-14-2020, 02:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,469
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Is it at least or up to 75% must be spent on...

Is it at least or up to 75% must be spent on payroll? Because the way my bank person phrased it, it sounded like 100% could be spent on payroll. Also, she said to make sure it was disbursed within 6...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-12-2020, 01:54 PM
Replies: 6,204
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 705,928
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Agreed! I figure that KinderCare isn't answering...

Agreed! I figure that KinderCare isn't answering the phones during off hours, and parents don't have staff members' numbers to contact them at home, so in this one way I'm going to do what KinderCare...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-12-2020, 01:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,174
Posted By AmyKidsCo
They've send me several emails saying they're now...

They've send me several emails saying they're now including licensing information - woo hoo! But every time I've tried to add mine there was some error or another so I gave up.
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 05-12-2020, 01:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,469
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I'm not Tom, but I talked to my bank about it...

I'm not Tom, but I talked to my bank about it this past Friday.

I specifically asked about proving how it was spent - spreadsheet or dedicated account or what to show how much was used on...
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