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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-08-2012, 01:59 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,554
Posted By kidkair
When we play outside until pickup the parents are...

When we play outside until pickup the parents are responsible for changing them if they want their kid clean before getting in the car. I've yet to have anyone complain.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-05-2012, 01:46 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,491
Posted By kidkair
Actually from the speech language pathologist's...

Actually from the speech language pathologist's point of view it is totally awesome you get your kids to use real cups so early. Thus far I've moved mine at various ages. I give them practice with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-01-2012, 04:24 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 10,069
Posted By kidkair
#1 No electronics of any sort. Preferably none...

#1 No electronics of any sort. Preferably none even in the rooms the kids will be using so they are not a source of temptation. I do it so I know it can be done.

#2 I would want to find out...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-03-2012, 03:35 PM
Replies: 1,963
Views: 261,648
Posted By kidkair
I'm on vacation! First one since last May! I...

I'm on vacation! First one since last May! I also sent out letters about increasing my rates with new contracts and a newsletter. I also totally set up the daycare for after my vacation so I don't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-31-2012, 01:59 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,884
Posted By kidkair
I want winter too! We finally got some snow and...

I want winter too! We finally got some snow and now it's all melting away. Yesterday the new snow was so much fun to play in and today we made a snowman. With all the building snow hills and the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-31-2012, 01:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,553
Posted By kidkair
I keep a pnp ready for when I can't be right...

I keep a pnp ready for when I can't be right beside them. I lay them down and encourage them to explore the grass and stuff on the ground. I make sure there are no choking hazards but let them...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-31-2012, 01:41 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,896
Posted By kidkair
Try feeding family style and give them just a...

Try feeding family style and give them just a small spoonful of everything you are offering and only let them have more when they have tried everything on their plate. Keep with giving them very...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-30-2012, 04:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,408
Posted By kidkair
I have sensory boxes that I just have lined up on...

I have sensory boxes that I just have lined up on a shelf and place them on the floor for the kids. I give each kid a different one so there is one kid to each box and that helps the mess slightly. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-30-2012, 04:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,848
Posted By kidkair
I have Ooma and love it! We pay just a little...

I have Ooma and love it! We pay just a little extra a month for the advance features which work great for our needs.

My friend used a magic jack for awhile and really liked it. It worked well. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-27-2012, 05:18 PM
Replies: 1,076
Views: 198,232
Posted By kidkair
The absolutely wonderful snow that came today! I...

The absolutely wonderful snow that came today! I laughed and danced and played in it with the kids. It was amazing!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-27-2012, 04:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,594
Posted By kidkair
You could start charging her for the amount of...

You could start charging her for the amount of time she's still on your property :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-27-2012, 04:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,034
Posted By kidkair
My main advertising difference is the amount of...

My main advertising difference is the amount of time I have the kids outside. I get them out as much as possible and have windows wide open during the warmer months so they get all the fresh air...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-26-2012, 04:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,459
Posted By kidkair
I have free play most of the day. My definition...

I have free play most of the day. My definition of free play is they pick what they are doing from all the stuff out in the room/centers. They are free to move things from one area to another. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-26-2012, 01:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,122
Posted By kidkair
I wish we had the much snow! We can still see...

I wish we had the much snow! We can still see grass everywhere! The kids get rather bored with no snow mounds to climb on.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-26-2012, 01:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,928
Posted By kidkair
I agree with you and flip kids back to their back...

I agree with you and flip kids back to their back until they can roll back to belly and belly to back with ease.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-25-2012, 04:49 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,388
Posted By kidkair
A hygiene issue? Really? Kids who play right...

A hygiene issue? Really? Kids who play right next to each other all day long should have their coats separated? This just seems bizarre to me.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-25-2012, 04:42 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,388
Posted By kidkair
You could contact Blackcat because her husband...

You could contact Blackcat because her husband makes cubbies and other furniture. I also live in the cold north and I don't have cubbies. I have a coat room with lots (20+) hooks at various kid...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-25-2012, 01:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 918
Posted By kidkair
Sensory bins. I have sensory bins for my kids...

Sensory bins. I have sensory bins for my kids when they need some quiet time. Each kid gets a separate bin and I swap them when they start looking a little bored. Here's what I have in the bins:...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-25-2012, 01:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,122
Posted By kidkair
Sorry, I'm still wishing for a snow storm! We...

Sorry, I'm still wishing for a snow storm! We need the snow!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-24-2012, 04:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 13,634
Posted By kidkair
I'm raising rates mainly because I kept my rates...

I'm raising rates mainly because I kept my rates low for the first few years and now am matching the norm of my peers which is much higher than what I was charging. I now realize I'm worth the money...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-23-2012, 04:10 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 21,920
Posted By kidkair
What my space currently looks like. It's our...

What my space currently looks like. It's our snow theme and we always have dinosaurs around so that's why there are dinos in the fake snow.
Toy room from entry way...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-23-2012, 01:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,381
Posted By kidkair
I would have moved her sooner. I physically more...

I would have moved her sooner. I physically more kids that age to time out when they are violent. It's quick and gets their full attention immediately after the act as well as keeps them from...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-23-2012, 01:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,960
Posted By kidkair
Lots and lots of talking and small touches...

Lots and lots of talking and small touches without holding. Talk to her and let her know you are nearby and can hear she's unhappy. Let her know what you are doing. Put her on her back on the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-23-2012, 12:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,714
Posted By kidkair
I have a birthday theme and so I take down the...

I have a birthday theme and so I take down the current theme and put up the birthday stuff for a day for the kid's birthday and we just have fun playing with balloons and a ball pit for a day. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-23-2012, 12:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 13,634
Posted By kidkair
Joyce: Thank you. I knew to keep it short but I...

Joyce: Thank you. I knew to keep it short but I couldn't come up with just the right phrasing. :)

Michael: I did try searching first but it's so much faster to just ask some times.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-23-2012, 12:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 5,128
Posted By kidkair
I have a snow theme right now and this is what I...

I have a snow theme right now and this is what I have out in each of the areas:
Block: wooden blocks
Dramatic play: hats, mittens, scarves, stuffed winter animals and snowmen, used boxes and fabric...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-22-2012, 05:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,658
Posted By kidkair
The P-Patch: Cultivating the future.

The P-Patch: Cultivating the future.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-22-2012, 05:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,479
Posted By kidkair
Niki's Corner Care

Niki's Corner Care
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-22-2012, 05:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 13,634
Posted By kidkair
Sample Letters For Raising Rates

I need some help on wording a raising rates letter. I'm only raising some client's rates and each one is different so they'll be getting slightly different letters. I'm just at a loss for wording. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-19-2012, 02:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,361
Posted By kidkair
Tons of pillow on the floor! They have a very...

Tons of pillow on the floor! They have a very hard time running without falling and learn to slow down a bit when there are pillows everywhere. Plus I can sit them all on a different pillow if they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-19-2012, 02:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,402
Posted By kidkair
Just to show how bad of a rep daycares can get. ...

Just to show how bad of a rep daycares can get. The article linked in OP sited 9 child deaths in a daycare situation. According to MO's 2010 annual report found here:...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-19-2012, 09:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,535
Posted By kidkair
Yep you can register without a family needing it...

Yep you can register without a family needing it and our office recommends you do that so that you are ready if a family needs care. I don't take it any more because all the ones I interviewed...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-18-2012, 04:27 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,346
Posted By kidkair
I'm in about the same situation and yes full time...

I'm in about the same situation and yes full time trumps part time especially drop in! If you are completely full and cannot take the other drop ins at all on any day I would let them know. If you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-18-2012, 04:11 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,745
Posted By kidkair
Keep being a jerk then. :) She was a jerk for...

Keep being a jerk then. :) She was a jerk for telling you the plan instead of asking if it was okay. You could always tell her it's fine if dcg comes one or two times a week but her fee is not going...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-17-2012, 05:09 PM
Replies: 4,832
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 479,975
Posted By kidkair
I've seen a couple and they are just gross. I've...

I've seen a couple and they are just gross. I've been slowly going toward vegetarian meals but it's difficult to make the change especially when I'm repairing my house and getting it as efficient as...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-17-2012, 05:03 PM
Replies: 4,832
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 479,975
Posted By kidkair
Here's the site I was reading about protein:...

Here's the site I was reading about protein: http://michaelbluejay.com/veg/protein.html

I'm not even sure what to believe at this point. I'm not going off the food program because I'm not sure...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-17-2012, 04:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 952
Posted By kidkair
The way I'd do it: I'd offer them contracted days...

The way I'd do it: I'd offer them contracted days first. If they contract for two days a week and want to drop in a third day then only the third day would be the drop in fee and they'd have to get...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-17-2012, 04:17 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,275
Posted By kidkair
I'd check licensing before getting a...

I'd check licensing before getting a turtle/lizard as you are not allowed to have them even in a different room in MN same with frogs.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-17-2012, 02:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,158
Posted By kidkair
You could sit down and have a big girl talk with...

You could sit down and have a big girl talk with her making sure to list all the things she gets to do because she's a big girl. Then make a list of things she gets to do because she's a big girl...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-17-2012, 02:02 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,125
Posted By kidkair
Thanks Blackcat! This wording is great and...

Thanks Blackcat! This wording is great and exactly what I was looking to add to my contract.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-17-2012, 01:06 PM
Replies: 4,832
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 479,975
Posted By kidkair
More like ramblings than venting but stuff on my...

More like ramblings than venting but stuff on my mind that I want to write out.
Rambling thought 1: I have two clients who are having babies and I have agreed to have both babies start in August. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-17-2012, 12:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,023
Posted By kidkair
The glue mixed with shaving cream was just to...

The glue mixed with shaving cream was just to make it look cracked when it dries. Egg whites would work well I think. I didn't have any shaving cream when we did it so we just poured on some paint...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-17-2012, 12:06 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 822
Posted By kidkair
:Sunny: Yippy! Good luck! I recently got...

:Sunny: Yippy! Good luck! I recently got someone who will start right when I get back from my Feb vacation. I simply asked that they pay their first two weeks up front since when they signed it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-17-2012, 11:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,442
Posted By kidkair
Sounds pretty crazy to me and the rate increase...

Sounds pretty crazy to me and the rate increase does seem a bit too much. I know I wouldn't feel comfortable doing that to my clients. Can you do less of an increase and do it twice? Maybe in a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-16-2012, 01:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,074
Posted By kidkair
I'd move him to a mat so that I could hold him a...

I'd move him to a mat so that I could hold him a bit as he falls asleep and gradually back away earlier and earlier so that I get to the point he stays calm while I'm rubbing his back and eventually...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-16-2012, 12:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,205
Posted By kidkair
Feel free to PM it too me too. It's always good...

Feel free to PM it too me too. It's always good to get a couple eyes looking over things. And congrats on getting it (almost) done!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-13-2012, 04:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,415
Posted By kidkair
momma2girls: I love to know what you have. I...

momma2girls: I love to know what you have. I kinda just take each kid's situation as it comes right now.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-13-2012, 04:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,306
Posted By kidkair
I tell the kid who comes whining to me to go back...

I tell the kid who comes whining to me to go back and tell the other kid to stop ______ then I continue whatever I was doing. In my experience once I can get them talking to each other then they do...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-13-2012, 04:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,415
Posted By kidkair
Yep sounds like she's not really ready. I'd work...

Yep sounds like she's not really ready. I'd work on ups and downs with pants and have mom bring diapers rather than pull ups. Maybe in another month or so she'll be more used to you and your...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-13-2012, 01:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,415
Posted By kidkair
Honestly I'd tell her "Sorry it's not potty time...

Honestly I'd tell her "Sorry it's not potty time right now. I'll take you in a little bit when it is potty time. Work on holding it inside you until then." I'd just keep repeating something of the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-12-2012, 04:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,139
Posted By kidkair
I once had such a bad month of feeling frustrated...

I once had such a bad month of feeling frustrated and overwhelmed and burned out that I drafted and printed and signed notices to every parent that I was closing in two weeks. My husband saw them on...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-12-2012, 04:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,079
Posted By kidkair
This is why I usually let it go to voice mail...

This is why I usually let it go to voice mail first. If the message is clear and I can understand them saying their name and number then I'll call back. One message was very nice polite and I was...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-12-2012, 04:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 983
Posted By kidkair
I'd say she's ready to start at home. She needs...

I'd say she's ready to start at home. She needs to learn to release quicker on the potty before you should have to worry about it. If you don't mind and have the time to have her sit then by all...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-12-2012, 03:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,562
Posted By kidkair
I love this! There are just a few parents I...

I love this! There are just a few parents I would have liked to term and kept their kid coming. Maybe saying something like: Sorry you are no longer allowed to drop off nor pick up your child. You...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-12-2012, 03:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,192
Posted By kidkair
I would have called her in the morning and given...

I would have called her in the morning and given her the choice of coming or not.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-12-2012, 03:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 984
Posted By kidkair
I have a huge 6' by 6' sandbox in my yard and I...

I have a huge 6' by 6' sandbox in my yard and I love it! I cover it with a tarp and use tarp holders to keep it down. I drape it and secure it over the fence right next to the sandbox when it's...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-10-2012, 05:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,939
Posted By kidkair
I consider a kid who will hold it and go every 2...

I consider a kid who will hold it and go every 2 hours with my help and has gone 2 weeks without accidents like that potty trained enough to not wear diapers. They eventually get the confidence to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-10-2012, 02:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,393
Posted By kidkair
I honestly haven't had any luck with kids under...

I honestly haven't had any luck with kids under 10 months. I've had plenty of interviews and such but under 10 months they just don't stick around or come at all. I've had interviews with under 10...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-10-2012, 01:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,397
Posted By kidkair
At 9 mo with her screaming for it I would just...

At 9 mo with her screaming for it I would just let her keep it. I would give her time to find it herself but would give it to her hand if she wasn't finding it. I'd also keep it to just nap times. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-10-2012, 01:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,020
Posted By kidkair
During interviews I just list off that I have X...

During interviews I just list off that I have X full timers, X part timers, and X drop-ins. I let them know because my sign in sheet has all the kids listed first and last name mainly because that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-10-2012, 01:45 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,758
Posted By kidkair
They pay for every week that I am open. I try...

They pay for every week that I am open. I try for two solid weeks off a year so they pay for 50 weeks a year. Part timers pay for their days whether I'm open or not as long as I'm open that week...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-10-2012, 01:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,254
Posted By kidkair
Sorry no pictures right now but I'll describe it...

Sorry no pictures right now but I'll describe it a little. I have a living room and dining room (and coat room and 1/2 bath) devoted entirely to the kids. Overall I keep way less toys out than...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-10-2012, 12:41 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,758
Posted By kidkair
MMK is Minute Menu Kids. Many food programs use...

MMK is Minute Menu Kids. Many food programs use it and you can get information from them before you are licensed. I actually had my food program person come for a visit before I was licensed and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-10-2012, 12:36 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,758
Posted By kidkair
I have them prepay now too. The way I look at is...

I have them prepay now too. The way I look at is the parents have to trust me a lot for them to leave their kid here but that doesn't mean I have to trust them at all. When they prepay then I have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-10-2012, 12:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,348
Posted By kidkair
Sounds to me like you should cut back and do the...

Sounds to me like you should cut back and do the ones you can fit in the car. You probably just need to get out and away from the house a bit more than you are able to right now. Even taking them...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-09-2012, 02:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,793
Posted By kidkair
I do drop ins from time to time and I just give...

I do drop ins from time to time and I just give them their space. I let them come to me when they are ready. I just pay attention to my regulars as usually and ask the new kid to come join every...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-09-2012, 12:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,319
Posted By kidkair
I would have handed the papers back and have her...

I would have handed the papers back and have her sign papers that did not include either child on Wednesdays. When you get the papers right then you can tell the person who e-mailed you that you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-09-2012, 12:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,472
Posted By kidkair
I had a kid who was delayed in moving, not as bad...

I had a kid who was delayed in moving, not as bad as yours but behind. I rolled up a towel and had her rest on that during play time. It helped her gain the muscles needed to get up on her hands...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-06-2012, 04:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,843
Posted By kidkair
I'm guessing she lives in Canada where every...

I'm guessing she lives in Canada where every woman gets a year off. :)

OP: congrats! I had a client who had a hard time with getting pregnant with her second but she wanted to let me know asap...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-06-2012, 01:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,085
Posted By kidkair
I owe you my thanks for adding that! I have a...

I owe you my thanks for adding that! I have a new client and another very strong potential! Thanks!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-30-2011, 07:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,085
Posted By kidkair
Happy New Year!

:Sunny: I wish everyone a happy new year full of joy, love, learning, and celebrating! :Sunny:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-30-2011, 07:45 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 9,827
Posted By kidkair
All my kids stayed home today so I get a 4 day...

All my kids stayed home today so I get a 4 day weekend! Happy New Year Everyone!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-27-2011, 05:02 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 9,827
Posted By kidkair
I had lots of happiness over the weekend! I was...

I had lots of happiness over the weekend! I was happy there was no snow as I was traveling. :) I was happy to be in company with so many wonderful people. :) I was happy for a warm bed to curl up...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 12-27-2011, 04:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,606
Posted By kidkair
My kitten will jump a 4 foot gate so there is no...

My kitten will jump a 4 foot gate so there is no keeping him out of the daycare at this point which is why I asked. He is the daycare kitten so I wouldn't want him excluded during hours and like...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-23-2011, 01:45 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 9,827
Posted By kidkair
Has everyone been too busy to write their happy? ...

Has everyone been too busy to write their happy? I know I have been.
This week has definitely been an up and down week but now it's Friday!
My happy for today was that I got to hold and play with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-23-2011, 01:37 PM
Replies: 4,832
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 479,975
Posted By kidkair
I know that feeling. I usually blow bubbles for...

I know that feeling. I usually blow bubbles for them. The deep breaths help calm me and their joy and laughter help me turn my focus on them vs their parents.

My vent is that I have a drop in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-23-2011, 01:19 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,139
Posted By kidkair
If he was in my care I'd suggest to mom that the...

If he was in my care I'd suggest to mom that the kid needs some counseling.

In regards to his behavior at your house I would give him a place to go and sit if that's what he wants to do. I'd...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-22-2011, 08:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,411
Posted By kidkair
Oh my! My licensor was just here today and she...

Oh my! My licensor was just here today and she was here for about 35 minutes. She looked at all the daycare rooms, checked one smoke detector per level of the house, asked a few questions based on...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-22-2011, 02:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 763
Posted By kidkair
Survived Relicensing Visit!

Just passed my relicensing visit! :Sunny: I'm thankful I have such a nice licensor who was considerate, fast, and praised my efforts with the kids and the way I keep the house orderly. I was also...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-22-2011, 01:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,077
Posted By kidkair
I have an android phone and so I can link it to...

I have an android phone and so I can link it to my email too. When I first got it I tried to distinguish between texts and email notifications but every set up I tried didn't work. So I recorded...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-22-2011, 01:28 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 7,871
Posted By kidkair
happyface These posts made my day! Thank you for...

happyface These posts made my day! Thank you for sticking up for other faiths. I try to do the same and get so tired of those who think only their faith is right and all other faiths are wrong. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-20-2011, 04:35 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 7,871
Posted By kidkair
You could send out a newsletter for January and...

You could send out a newsletter for January and say something like: I appreciate all the wonderful gifts you gave me. I especially enjoyed the gift cards to restaurants, it's great to get out after...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-20-2011, 04:25 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,944
Posted By kidkair
Personally I love having open hours. All my...

Personally I love having open hours. All my families can drop off at 7 or later. I just greet them and we spend a few minutes getting the kid into the daycare and saying hi and goofing off then we...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-20-2011, 04:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,420
Posted By kidkair
One thing that must be clarified is that...

One thing that must be clarified is that nightmares and night terrors are two completely different things. Nightmares are bad dreams and occur during REM/natural dream time. Nightmares can be...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-20-2011, 12:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,316
Posted By kidkair
I recently changed to no snack and lunch at 11...

I recently changed to no snack and lunch at 11 but not so they sleep earlier. I did it to get out in the sun about noon and get them some fresh air before nap. It's been working great thus far. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-20-2011, 12:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,769
Posted By kidkair
Any child under age 1 I nap/feed/change on demand...

Any child under age 1 I nap/feed/change on demand regardless of what schedule they may or may not be on at home. I make them follow the regular schedule when they are one if they aren't already...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-20-2011, 12:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,432
Posted By kidkair
I chat with the parent as the child is getting...

I chat with the parent as the child is getting ready to go or as the parent is readying the child to go. We just chat about the child's day and any concerning or cute behaviors that the child is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-19-2011, 12:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,101
Posted By kidkair
1. What temperature do you keep your home at? ...

1. What temperature do you keep your home at?
62 - 65 during daycare hours
2. What style of a home do you have?
two story with unfinished basement
3. Can you tell if one level of the home is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-16-2011, 04:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,244
Posted By kidkair
WI's YoungStar thing is just stupid in my...

WI's YoungStar thing is just stupid in my opinion. I had a couple kids on WI subsidy and was actually happy that they left last August when the pay changed so I didn't have to deal with it.

OP:...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-16-2011, 01:16 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 9,827
Posted By kidkair
My cat has been curling up with me again :) (she...

My cat has been curling up with me again :) (she shunned my husband and I for awhile when we brought a kitten into the house).
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-15-2011, 05:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,420
Posted By kidkair
Great article to answer your question: ...

Great article to answer your question:
http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2011/01/the-5-best-toys-of-all-time/all/1
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-15-2011, 05:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,782
Posted By kidkair
I don't chase clients. I go on a first come...

I don't chase clients. I go on a first come first serve basis. I've interviewed so many people that never brought paperwork back that I don't often send paperwork home and have them come back a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-15-2011, 02:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,693
Posted By kidkair
I wouldn't term anyone to make room for the...

I wouldn't term anyone to make room for the infant. I would just let them know the earliest date I could take their infant and let them figure it out. I currently have a younger sibling but not the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-15-2011, 02:01 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 9,827
Posted By kidkair
I got two new clients yesterday! :) Today...

I got two new clients yesterday! :)

Today I actually got to sit down during nap time cause all the kids stayed asleep.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-15-2011, 01:59 PM
Replies: 1,076
Views: 198,232
Posted By kidkair
My 3 year old "making" holy guacamole :)

My 3 year old "making" holy guacamole :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-13-2011, 03:50 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 9,827
Posted By kidkair
Going shopping! Husband got bonus today :)

Going shopping! Husband got bonus today :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-13-2011, 01:33 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,942
Posted By kidkair
Can you talk to the doctor yourself? Does she...

Can you talk to the doctor yourself? Does she drink the pediasure? Does she drink juice? I'd see if I could get her to drink lots of fresh made juice or thick juices like Naked juice and V8 to get...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2011, 04:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,048
Posted By kidkair
I answer 'food' to kids like that too. I tell...

I answer 'food' to kids like that too. I tell them that if they don't like it they can just leave it. I also tell them I don't want to hear about it and if they complain right after I set it in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2011, 04:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,966
Posted By kidkair
Blackcat said it great. I just want to let you...

Blackcat said it great. I just want to let you know I was in a similar situation and the mom quit her job and found one that worked with my hours just to keep with me. I gave her two months notice...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2011, 04:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,698
Posted By kidkair
I'd contact customer service as they may be able...

I'd contact customer service as they may be able to help out with transferring information from one account to another so you don't have to go through the hassle of having two accounts.
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