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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 02:33 PM
Replies: 20
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Posted By Cat Herder
You are very welcome! KidKare has a 30 day free...

You are very welcome! KidKare has a 30 day free trial to play around with to see if you like it. https://www.kidkare.com/#trial
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 02:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 273
Posted By Cat Herder
No. There are several services. I use KidKare...

No. There are several services. I use KidKare auto invoicing. It gets glitchy from time to time but saves me a lot of time and effort. It also keeps all of my records for tax prep (time/space,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 01:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 273
Posted By Cat Herder
I wanted to verify 1) he did not pay Friday on...

I wanted to verify 1) he did not pay Friday on time 2) did not pay Monday and 3) did not pay the late fee.

As of Tomorrow at 6, he is two weeks behind.

That was my understanding. Did I get it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 01:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 273
Posted By Cat Herder
You wrote a lot more than I would. ;) I'd text...

You wrote a lot more than I would. ;) I'd text back:

"Of course I do. _____'s bag is packed, ready to be picked up. I really enjoyed my time with ___ and hate to see her go. I wish your family...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 11:05 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 238
Posted By Cat Herder
:lol::lol: I do, too. And they did the first year...

:lol::lol: I do, too. And they did the first year or so until their kids hit 2 or a sibling came along. :p You know the drill. :ouch: Can't blame them, they take way too much work home now. :dislike:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 09:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 183
Posted By Cat Herder
When I had one with high medical needs, who could...

When I had one with high medical needs, who could not be that far away from me, I used a plastic kiddie pool surrounded by a cheap plastic baby gate (not the nice metal ones I use indoors). Tossed in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 09:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 183
Posted By Cat Herder
I move the party pooper to the gated back deck....

I move the party pooper to the gated back deck. They are safe, have things to play with, have a soft seating/blanket area and are far enough away from the playground to not be so disruptive to the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 07:54 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 238
Posted By Cat Herder
Lucky. :lol: Those are my earliest arrivals and...

Lucky. :lol: Those are my earliest arrivals and last departures on school closure days. :p
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 07:19 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 238
Posted By Cat Herder
Our schools recently closed 3 days because a...

Our schools recently closed 3 days because a hurricane made landfall 6 hours drive away. They are considering closing tomorrow because it has rained for 16 days and storm drains are clogged by leaves...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 07:09 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 275
Posted By Cat Herder
This /\. He'd get a full on "Mom-Mode" lecture...

This /\. He'd get a full on "Mom-Mode" lecture and probably leave in tears or for good. :ouch:

You have allowed this to go on too long. You don't have a policy if you don't enforce it. You have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 06:54 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 238
Posted By Cat Herder
Our schools close ridiculously and politically....

Our schools close ridiculously and politically. :rolleyes: As long as I have heat and water, I am open. I also have heat and water even if I have no power. :p Rural life. :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2018, 03:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 252
Posted By Cat Herder
A few times a year would never be a problem with...

A few times a year would never be a problem with most requests (doctors appt, scouts sign up, ballet recital, etc.). Same goes for early/late arrivals. ;) Heck, I've done free care for over a year...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2018, 02:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 252
Posted By Cat Herder
I doubt you would expect that if it were in your...

I doubt you would expect that if it were in your contract before you enrolled. ;) It isn't about tuition for me, it is about the amount of traffic and disruption I am willing to deal with in my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2018, 02:17 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 252
Posted By Cat Herder
I do not offer a sibling discount. Providing care...

I do not offer a sibling discount. Providing care to them costs me the same. My bills stay the same. My income needs to pay my bills don't change. :Sunny:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2018, 02:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 143
Posted By Cat Herder
Has he verbally asked to go? Has he answered yes...

Has he verbally asked to go? Has he answered yes when asked if he needed to potty?

If both answers no, I'd invest less time in it. The majority should be done at home as this is a parental...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2018, 11:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 180
Posted By Cat Herder
50/50 custody plans are becoming the preferred...

50/50 custody plans are becoming the preferred outcome since children have a legal right to both parents. likethis To do this they tend to live in the same school district so should be able to use...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2018, 08:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 218
Posted By Cat Herder
likethis This one is a big deal to me. ;) It is...

likethis This one is a big deal to me. ;) It is how I appease my neighbors in our very secluded, private neighborhood. I promised I would make every effort to minimize traffic. I do this by...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2018, 08:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 218
Posted By Cat Herder
"Please make sure our operating hours work for...

"Please make sure our operating hours work for your family prior to enrollment. Hours are from ___AM to ____PM. One drop-off and one pick-up, per family, per day. No drop-offs after ____AM without...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-13-2018, 11:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 923
Posted By Cat Herder
3rd spam post above.

3rd spam post above.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-13-2018, 11:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,126
Posted By Cat Herder
Spamming is frowned upon.

Spamming is frowned upon.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-13-2018, 08:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 532
Posted By Cat Herder
IME, Yes. Every year.

IME, Yes. Every year.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-12-2018, 09:15 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 264
Posted By Cat Herder
I have had the "left behind sleeping baby"...

I have had the "left behind sleeping baby" nightmare many times. :dislike: It has various endings, none good. I find it happens more often when I have too many chronic "last minute" pick-up families...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-12-2018, 07:59 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 756
Posted By Cat Herder
I'd tell them they don't have to attend, by...

I'd tell them they don't have to attend, by tuition is still due. If they pull, I'd replace and never look back.

I do not re-enroll other than extreme/medical circumstance. ;)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-12-2018, 07:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 678
Posted By Cat Herder
OP has been a member here for over two years, she...

OP has been a member here for over two years, she knows my policy among many others. ;)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-08-2018, 08:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 244
Posted By Cat Herder
I recommend starting with One Child. You won't be...

I recommend starting with One Child. You won't be the same after it.

http://www.torey-hayden.com/one_child.htm
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-08-2018, 07:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 283
Posted By Cat Herder
There are many. ;) Some are middle management...

There are many. ;) Some are middle management over directors, some are in health and safety inspection some are in educational planning and oversight, etc. I don't know how many hire without degrees...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-08-2018, 07:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 283
Posted By Cat Herder
I get it. I dreaded pulling dead animals out of...

I get it. I dreaded pulling dead animals out of pool filters, cleaning up vomit on school buses and arguing with parents about money but with the right mindset and a goal in mind you can get through...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-08-2018, 07:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 283
Posted By Cat Herder
Personally, I loved my time as a floater because...

Personally, I loved my time as a floater because it allowed me to learn each job in the center. I viewed it as paying my dues and kept a smile on my face. I cooked some weeks, drove the busses, did...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-07-2018, 11:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 252
Posted By Cat Herder
Sorry if that was worded poorly. It was not meant...

Sorry if that was worded poorly. It was not meant as a judgment, just a statement.

If you don't want to do breakfast, by all means, don't. likethis

My drop off is also 730-9. No drop-offs...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-07-2018, 11:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 244
Posted By Cat Herder
Same here. I also read books like Torey Haden's...

Same here. I also read books like Torey Haden's non-fiction to inspire and remind me why I started. ;) http://www.torey-hayden.com/the_books.htm

I also set a laughter, hugs, and general silliness...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-07-2018, 11:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 252
Posted By Cat Herder
If you don't offer breakfast, then she needs to...

If you don't offer breakfast, then she needs to handle it or find a provider who does.

IMHO, It is uncommon to not offer breakfast. It is one of the bigger write-offs.

Previous breakfast poll....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-07-2018, 06:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 376
Posted By Cat Herder
When I am getting frustrated and the natives are...

When I am getting frustrated and the natives are restless, I do a reset activity.

I stop what we are doing and set up something they love. Yes, it sounds like a reward, but it is not about them....
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 11-06-2018, 03:13 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 49
Posted By Cat Herder
Congratulations! Welcome :Sunny:

Congratulations! Welcome :Sunny:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-06-2018, 12:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 384
Posted By Cat Herder
Face to face discussions will be required....

Face to face discussions will be required. Direct, short and sweet.

"Good Morning ladies! Do you need anything? No? Ok. We need you to take your conversation outside, now, so we can get back to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-06-2018, 11:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 254
Posted By Cat Herder
Leapfrog wrote a list that is pretty family...

Leapfrog wrote a list that is pretty family friendly. https://www.leapfrog.com/en-us/learning-path/articles/preschool-skills-checklist

This is a great one (free printable) -...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-06-2018, 11:05 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 540
Posted By Cat Herder
Conflict gets easier. Some say it gets easier...

Conflict gets easier. Some say it gets easier with age but I think it is desensitization to it over time. :p The sooner you start, the quicker it happens. You got this. :hug:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-06-2018, 09:31 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 540
Posted By Cat Herder
Clearly, your hours don't work for her. A face to...

Clearly, your hours don't work for her. A face to face conference to discuss this issue needs to happen today. Face to face. No hiding in the kitchen. :hug:

Are you willing to open at 7? If no,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-06-2018, 07:36 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 540
Posted By Cat Herder
Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. :p ...

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. :p

Enforcing your policies is always the way to go. Why else have them? If your contract says early arrival is $1 per minute, then she should have expected...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-05-2018, 12:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 143
Posted By Cat Herder
I used a white bounty paper towel sprayed down...

I used a white bounty paper towel sprayed down with clorox cleanup for a Melissa and Doug "washable, no stain" red paint stain and it worked great. I let it sit a few minutes at a time, three or four...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-02-2018, 11:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 323
Posted By Cat Herder
How are you helping her to learn?

How are you helping her to learn?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-02-2018, 08:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 582
Posted By Cat Herder
I am so sorry this happened to you. :hug: ...

I am so sorry this happened to you. :hug:

Personally, the stress, time and drama involved in pursuing final two weeks pay, or defending my keeping their pre-paid deposit, simply is not worth it. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-31-2018, 01:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 515
Posted By Cat Herder
Not trying to be argumentative, or even to single...

Not trying to be argumentative, or even to single you out, but what do we then do to ensure the other children's right to not be pinched every other minute?

I completely get what you are saying...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-31-2018, 01:02 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 478
Posted By Cat Herder
I'd go with...

I'd go with this:https://www.discountschoolsupply.com/Product/ProductDetail.aspx?product=36850&Category=6655
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-31-2018, 11:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 515
Posted By Cat Herder
We are not required to give them access to other...

We are not required to give them access to other kids.

If he can't keep his hands to himself while sitting at a table with others, he does not sit at a table with others.

We have a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-31-2018, 11:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 213
Posted By Cat Herder
I stack mine on top of a bookshelf, out of the...

I stack mine on top of a bookshelf, out of the way, when not in use.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-31-2018, 06:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 243
Posted By Cat Herder
Exactly. That said, it may be a good idea...

Exactly.

That said, it may be a good idea to know what hours your competition offers. :ouch: 515 would be a hard sell here. 730-530 has been working great, though. Most of my competition is 6-6....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-31-2018, 06:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 213
Posted By Cat Herder
I use 3 inch porta-crib mattresses. likethis...

I use 3 inch porta-crib mattresses. likethis https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0030UUBMO/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1

Each child has their own and it easily lasts from the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-29-2018, 07:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 208
Posted By Cat Herder
With infants, I check diapers hourly, at the...

With infants, I check diapers hourly, at the minimum. I change as needed.

For youngers, I ask if anyone needs to go potty hourly. I take them, regardless of their answer, about every two hours...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-29-2018, 07:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 225
Posted By Cat Herder
We are doing a small party and...

We are doing a small party and handprint/footprint crafts. Mine are majority under two this year. :cool: Trick or treating is from 5-8 here, my town is ridiculously into micro-management. Hopefully,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2018, 11:53 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 281
Posted By Cat Herder
Fridays are supposed to be pizza day here....

Fridays are supposed to be pizza day here. likethis I did not want to cook for just one DCK today so I made tonights dinner early. :cool: I am supposed to eat with the kids so, of course, now I don't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2018, 11:12 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 281
Posted By Cat Herder
Question What's for Lunch?

What are you serving for lunch today? :Sunny:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2018, 11:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 678
Posted By Cat Herder
Enforce my policy. :Sunny:

Enforce my policy. :Sunny:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2018, 10:14 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 370
Posted By Cat Herder
Looking again, that is true for minimal...

Looking again, that is true for minimal standards.

I am following the best practices guide provided by my state.

OP's may be different.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2018, 09:55 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 370
Posted By Cat Herder
No need to apologize. :lol: :hug::hug: ...

No need to apologize. :lol:

:hug::hug:

To the op: Some breastmilk is so thick it looks like whipping cream with plenty of fat on top. Some other bags I have been given were almost clear with no...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2018, 09:43 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 370
Posted By Cat Herder
A chiropractor should not be giving advice about...

A chiropractor should not be giving advice about infants nutrition. :rolleyes: Those conversations should be taking place with the child's' pediatrician.

Boxed Infant Cereal is not required....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2018, 08:52 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 304
Posted By Cat Herder
IME, PM Snack on the playground (when possible)...

IME, PM Snack on the playground (when possible) creates less mess and has fewer "slow eaters". ;) It also helps with cooperation and time management during clean-up for going home (I change everyone...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2018, 08:35 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 520
Posted By Cat Herder
I had one of those. :cool: It was not about...

I had one of those. :cool: It was not about seeing my kitchen. His game was intended to lead to another room. :mad: Be careful with this one.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2018, 08:24 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 370
Posted By Cat Herder
5-month-olds, here, are generally taking between...

5-month-olds, here, are generally taking between 6-8 ounces, cereals, veggies and fruits.

https://dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/community-nutrition/pdf/cacfp_infants_component_handout.pdf
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2018, 07:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 270
Posted By Cat Herder
Mine was cheap and also has the carbon monoxide...

Mine was cheap and also has the carbon monoxide detector built in. $40. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ON6M56Y/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1

Don't put it in your kitchen....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2018, 07:41 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 304
Posted By Cat Herder
In spring: After breakfast, after lunch then...

In spring: After breakfast, after lunch then after nap. Temps are perfect for longer stays and picnic meals.

In summer: After breakfast then after lunch. Afternoons often are too hot. Mosquitoes...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2018, 06:51 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 520
Posted By Cat Herder
Same. :Sunny:

Same. :Sunny:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2018, 12:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 551
Posted By Cat Herder
I don't know. Only one provider was put on a...

I don't know. Only one provider was put on a safety plan. Others were "retrained" by the next day. :cool:

Corrective Action: One staff was put on a safety plan. Staff are being retrained....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2018, 08:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 551
Posted By Cat Herder
Probably. So many parents don't know how to...

Probably. So many parents don't know how to access their providers' records. Others just assume it won't happen to their kid because they are special, somehow.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2018, 07:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 551
Posted By Cat Herder
I don't believe it was a one time fluke. ...

I don't believe it was a one time fluke.

*All of these were during inspections (several more unrelated to this topic as well). In a 4 year period. Literally witnessed by inspectors onsite. A...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2018, 05:45 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 732
Posted By Cat Herder
There have been a lot of news stories lately of...

There have been a lot of news stories lately of providers doing shady things to attempt to force naps. ;) Tying kids up, leaving them unsupervised behind closed doors, strapping them in unsafe...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-24-2018, 05:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 551
Posted By Cat Herder
Just got it. Thank you! Goodnight lovethis

Just got it. Thank you! Goodnight lovethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-24-2018, 02:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 551
Posted By Cat Herder
Swaddling is against regs/laws in most states,...

Swaddling is against regs/laws in most states, though. To my knowledge, Tennessee is one of them. I would have to look it up again and I have a parent due any minute.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-24-2018, 02:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 390
Posted By Cat Herder
I was always under the impression that the...

I was always under the impression that the parents had to be onsite with those types of childcare. :confused: That is how they were exempt from licensure, training and minimum core health and safety...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-24-2018, 01:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 551
Posted By Cat Herder
As I read it, this was an infant, covered with a...

As I read it, this was an infant, covered with a blanket, tied up in sheets, placed on his belly, overheated.

"Our son, laying there, 9-months-old, on his belly," said the baby's father Linell...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-24-2018, 01:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 390
Posted By Cat Herder
Question Gym Daycare: Licensed and Inspected?

"Yesterday, I dropped the baby off between naps to get a couple more hours of work done without interruption. This afternoon, I’ll go use the gym, steam room, and shower facilities. That way, instead...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-24-2018, 01:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 551
Posted By Cat Herder
Thumbs down Another Infant Tied Up

"A sheet was used to tie him around his thighs and around his arms and chest," said the Millers. "It was told to us that it was a tactic used to keep him from 'wallowing' around while he was...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 10-24-2018, 09:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 206
Posted By Cat Herder
For a while, they were not creditable at all....

For a while, they were not creditable at all. Personally, I give 6 with a cheese wedge on each. I have seen two served as a serving in centers, though.

I just found out that we can serve graham...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-24-2018, 08:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 270
Posted By Cat Herder
Foam crafts, sticker scenes, finger paint...

Foam crafts, sticker scenes, finger paint templates, cotton ball ghosts and magic scratch paper come to mind. likethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-23-2018, 02:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 299
Posted By Cat Herder
Physio-Control LIFEPAK® 1000 ...

Physio-Control LIFEPAK® 1000 https://www.aedsuperstore.com/physio-control-lifepak-1000.html

They sell some great small business value packs, too. ;)...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-23-2018, 11:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 354
Posted By Cat Herder
I was not aware the nanny tax allowed for...

I was not aware the nanny tax allowed for multiple families to share a nanny. :confused: This is what I found, though.

"To afford professional, in-home childcare, many families look to share the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-23-2018, 07:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 299
Posted By Cat Herder
I have a full emergency medical and trauma kit,...

I have a full emergency medical and trauma kit, AED, training, signed forms, preplanned response, landing zone, private flight insurance, and medical control oversight.

But I practice heavily in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-23-2018, 07:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 676
Posted By Cat Herder
Care.Com has an entire section for Muslim...

Care.Com has an entire section for Muslim Childcare Providers. Maybe one of these providers near you will answer some questions for you. Maybe we can get some to join here, I would love to learn more...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-23-2018, 07:20 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 549
Posted By Cat Herder
For me, my spark returned after I left the STARS...

For me, my spark returned after I left the STARS program. :Sunny: We are back to art and pizza fridays, more free play, weekly themes, parties, and stomping in the mud. Yes, I still do the structured...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-22-2018, 11:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 325
Posted By Cat Herder
Washing machine trays work great, too. Less...

Washing machine trays work great, too. Less tripping. ;)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-22-2018, 09:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 469
Posted By Cat Herder
I do feed them as that is within my breakfast...

I do feed them as that is within my breakfast hours (8-9) but if my cutoff ended at 830, I'd turn her away at the door. My cut-off is 9 am.

You may need to make your policy more concise.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-22-2018, 08:46 AM
Replies: 4,794
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 470,322
Posted By Cat Herder
It would be great if auto-invoicing would get on...

It would be great if auto-invoicing would get on the ball this morning.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-22-2018, 07:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 325
Posted By Cat Herder
Awesome! Great solution. likethis

Awesome! Great solution. likethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-22-2018, 07:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 168
Posted By Cat Herder
Got it. Then I'd recommend using the tags below...

Got it. Then I'd recommend using the tags below to lead you to many, many past threads about this topic. I bet what you are looking for is in there. It is a pretty popular topic. :Sunny:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-22-2018, 07:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 168
Posted By Cat Herder
This link lists many programs:...

This link lists many programs: https://www.capterra.com/child-care-software/
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-22-2018, 07:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 168
Posted By Cat Herder
This site helps to compare the top 10 programs:...

This site helps to compare the top 10 programs:...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-22-2018, 06:22 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,115
Posted By Cat Herder
This is why I opened the separate bill payment...

This is why I opened the separate bill payment account. ;) It took 4 months for school pictures to come out, 6 months for PTA membership and almost a year for graduation fees to clear. :cool:
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-19-2018, 12:48 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,115
Posted By Cat Herder
I would not have noticed either. :ouch: I have a...

I would not have noticed either. :ouch: I have a checking account that is only for bills. I transfer money into it in the amount of the bills with a couple hundred overflow for random fee fee's and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-18-2018, 07:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 358
Posted By Cat Herder
Both Walmart and Amazon have them for $13. ...

Both Walmart and Amazon have them for $13.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/DZT1968-Waterproof-Child-Solid-Rubber-Infant-Baby-Rain-Boots-Kids-Children-Rain-Shoes/571849511
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-18-2018, 05:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 325
Posted By Cat Herder
You could use disposable rain ponchos. They are...

You could use disposable rain ponchos. They are cheap and sold in bulk. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B077JXQN82/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A1919NYIH5072G&psc=1 These are good enough quality to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-18-2018, 04:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 283
Posted By Cat Herder
I offer them the current available slot at...

I offer them the current available slot at full-rate, they chose their start date at their leisure. likethis Most take it.

If they don't take it they go to the bottom of the waitlist and will be...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-17-2018, 09:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 576
Posted By Cat Herder
Typically the subsidy program dictates the terms...

Typically the subsidy program dictates the terms of when and how a client can be terminated and what can and can't be charged to parents. You may want to check your paperwork.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-16-2018, 09:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 649
Posted By Cat Herder
I love that Idea, hwichlaz. I thought most of it...

I love that Idea, hwichlaz. I thought most of it already did exist. ;) I know several of our local farmers do something similar, but I can't imagine any of them taking their employees back. They...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-16-2018, 08:52 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 571
Posted By Cat Herder
Brilliant. :Sunny: I am so sick of that P I...

Brilliant. :Sunny:

I am so sick of that P I can't even tell you. :lol::lol: If they are logging out the assumption should be that it is P, not A, again. Grrr... :lol::lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-16-2018, 05:33 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 505
Posted By Cat Herder
I'd probably just skip the party and mail a...

I'd probably just skip the party and mail a Birthday card with some cash or a gift card inside. :Sunny:

An adult party for a child's Birthday seems awkward. :p

"Come to our BBQ that also...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-16-2018, 05:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 649
Posted By Cat Herder
I get it. likethis No worries. I was not...

I get it. likethis No worries.

I was not writing a political ad or search title. I wanted to discuss this email with co-workers who also received it from their food program sponsors. I very much...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-15-2018, 01:06 PM
Replies: 1,956
Views: 258,349
Posted By Cat Herder
The weather was perfect today and none of my...

The weather was perfect today and none of my neighbors set anything on fire to keep us from enjoying it for the entire outdoor playtime. happyface
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-15-2018, 12:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 124
Posted By Cat Herder
I was able to input the months' expenses without...

I was able to input the months' expenses without problems 30 minutes ago. likethis

It does require refreshing, often, for me, though. Always has.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-15-2018, 07:09 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 649
Posted By Cat Herder
Ok, thanks, again. I have been here a long time...

Ok, thanks, again. I have been here a long time ;), never had an issue before.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-15-2018, 07:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 649
Posted By Cat Herder
Thank you, Nan. :hug: Who are the...

Thank you, Nan. :hug:

Who are the moderators, now?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-15-2018, 06:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 649
Posted By Cat Herder
I am still waiting.

I am still waiting.
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