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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-20-2015, 03:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,363
Posted By earlystart
Income and Employment Verification for a Home Loan?

Has anyone been in a similar situation and have any information/advice? I've run my home daycare out of this house for 3 years (I rent). But my husband and I want to move and buy our own townhouse....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-09-2015, 03:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,818
Posted By earlystart
I don't do invoices, the parents have set...

I don't do invoices, the parents have set schedules and payments, unless they take a vacation day, which they usually are able to calculate themselves, or email me to confirm the amount. I only do...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-17-2015, 09:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,648
Posted By earlystart
Yeah, centers like Kindercare are going to be...

Yeah, centers like Kindercare are going to be more expensive than home daycares. I advertise myself as an alternative to a big preschool center, so the parents get all the benefits of preschool...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-15-2015, 01:05 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,819
Posted By earlystart
I only provide breakfast and PM snack, none of my...

I only provide breakfast and PM snack, none of my parents have made any comments about wishing I served lunch. I guess I'm just too lazy to take the time to make lunch, and don't want the extra...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-15-2015, 12:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,648
Posted By earlystart
As far as worrying about money, have you run the...

As far as worrying about money, have you run the numbers to see how much you'll make if you're fully enrolled and let's say half-way enrolled (and set aside like 20% for taxes until you figure out if...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-12-2015, 02:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,688
Posted By earlystart
When I was around 9-12 years old I gained some...

When I was around 9-12 years old I gained some weight, and wasn't real chubby, but I weighed probably 10-15 lbs more than my classmates. The change in my behavior is that I spent more time watching...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-28-2015, 08:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,554
Posted By earlystart
Shutting down daycare - how much notice/details do you give?

I'm 99% certain I'm going to be closing my daycare in the Fall, first week of September or whenever the public pre-k starts that a couple of my daycare kids will be going to.

I'm going to be...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-28-2015, 07:29 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,224
Posted By earlystart
haha, I guess I'm the odd person out in thinking...

haha, I guess I'm the odd person out in thinking I would allow it and be excited and totally understand why the parents want to do it there :)

But the liability thing is a perfectly good reason...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-28-2015, 12:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,991
Posted By earlystart
I would offer the parents your sincerest...

I would offer the parents your sincerest apologies and offer to pay for all of their co-pays and any elective plastic surgery that isn't covered. I would also create a plan of action to prevent such...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-28-2015, 12:33 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,996
Posted By earlystart
Give this to them and highlight the pertinent...

Give this to them and highlight the pertinent information:

http://www.ccld.ca.gov/res/pdf/FamilyChildCareSelfAssessGuideTenantRights.pdf

A helpful brochure:...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2015, 11:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,034
Posted By earlystart
Check out this: ...

Check out this:

http://www.tomcopelandblog.com/requirements-for-hiring-an-employee.html
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2015, 10:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,577
Posted By earlystart
Offering Free Logos, Business Cards, Yard Signs, Decals, Etc

Hi Guys,

Fellow daycare provider here, been a part of this forum for a couple years. I've been studying graphic design and want to build up my portfolio. I've done a couple logo designs for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-03-2015, 11:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,323
Posted By earlystart
as far as not going over ratio, I don't believe...

as far as not going over ratio, I don't believe the child visiting would count towards your ratio if their parents were there, because the child is not in your care. If you're paranoid about that,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-15-2015, 03:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,413
Posted By earlystart
Thanks for the advice. I think I will just stop...

Thanks for the advice. I think I will just stop being lazy, and transfer it to my daycare savings account from now on
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-14-2015, 03:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,413
Posted By earlystart
Considering Changing 2 Week Deposit Policy

I currently have the parents pay a 2 week deposit when they sign up, and it goes towards their last 2 weeks of care. The thing is, I don't put it away in a savings account to actually use during...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-14-2015, 03:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,412
Posted By earlystart
I thought you were going to complain about your...

I thought you were going to complain about your cats. Right now my senior cat keeps peeing in the kitchen and I was going to relate to you, heh. But anyway, if they produce a doctor's note then I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-14-2015, 02:58 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,082
Posted By earlystart
I had been wondering what happened to her since...

I had been wondering what happened to her since she's a fellow CA provider. I'm so paranoid about licensing visiting, they've never come in the 2 years I've been open. I don't know her story though...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-14-2015, 11:10 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,341
Posted By earlystart
I do close for it, and feel kinda bad because I...

I do close for it, and feel kinda bad because I don't think any of the parents have that day off work. But I've mentioned my guilt before and one of the parents said "oh well I guess I have to get...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-14-2015, 11:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,911
Posted By earlystart
I have something written in my policies that says...

I have something written in my policies that says I don't have specialized training in special needs, but will work with an IEP or let a therapist come over during the day as long as I can...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-14-2015, 10:37 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,319
Posted By earlystart
When I worked at a center I had a two year old...

When I worked at a center I had a two year old trip and fall on a concrete curb outside and cut his forehead open (I could see bone, very traumatizing for me actually). Strangely it didn't bleed very...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2015, 07:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,210
Posted By earlystart
For regulation purposes, you'll notice it says...

For regulation purposes, you'll notice it says when it's in USE. But for your own piece of mind for the pilot light, the stand-alone fireplace screens are good (that's what I used even though I had...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2015, 11:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,098
Posted By earlystart
One of my favorite non-messy activities is...

One of my favorite non-messy activities is letting the kids paint with water on the chalkboard easel (or if outdoors, on the sidewalk/patio)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-06-2015, 02:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,428
Posted By earlystart
Do you mean tips on getting her on an eating...

Do you mean tips on getting her on an eating schedule? Looks like she's already on her own schedule, which sounds normal to me (that's what my son did for the longest time, he had a bit of GERD...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-06-2015, 02:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,291
Posted By earlystart
It let me order from Red Leaf Press, on the...

It let me order from Red Leaf Press, on the product page it says it comes out January 9th.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-06-2015, 02:35 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,983
Posted By earlystart
I'm not a fan of SeaWorld, not just because I...

I'm not a fan of SeaWorld, not just because I don't want to support orcas in captivity, but because last time I went it was boring and the animal enclosures were depressing. Disneyland is fun but...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-31-2014, 10:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,824
Posted By earlystart
I do part-time the way the preschool center I...

I do part-time the way the preschool center I used to work at did it. You choose between 2 part time schedules (Monday/Wednesday/Friday, or Tuesday/Thursday). Each client chooses which schedule they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-31-2014, 10:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,411
Posted By earlystart
each kid gets their own cubby basket in a storage...

each kid gets their own cubby basket in a storage shelf: http://www.target.com/p/room-essentials-8-cube-organizer-espresso/-/A-15116840#prodSlot=_1_1 . I don't have pillows though. One kid used to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-30-2014, 05:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,983
Posted By earlystart
Those preschool toys sound like a good idea. You...

Those preschool toys sound like a good idea. You could get more ideas by looking at the different curriculum categories at http://www.discountschoolsupply.com/ or http://www.lakeshorelearning.com/
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-30-2014, 05:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,030
Posted By earlystart
I had gotten my contract wording from Tom...

I had gotten my contract wording from Tom Copeland's contract & policies book. I listed out my paid holidays, and then it says "if the holiday falls on a Saturday, it will be observed the day before...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-30-2014, 05:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,047
Posted By earlystart
My First "Daycare Family Drama"

Over the past year or two that I've been reading this forum I've read about many horror stories of nightmare parents and not paying and such. I thought to myself how incredibly lucky I must be to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-23-2014, 09:53 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,095
Posted By earlystart
That's not a bad idea. I get the two week deposit...

That's not a bad idea. I get the two week deposit up front when enrolling. But I end up spending the money over the course of 1-2 years the kid is here, then when they leave and I can't get a new kid...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-23-2014, 09:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,396
Posted By earlystart
I keep most of my daycare files electronically in...

I keep most of my daycare files electronically in a cloud drive on my computer (automatically backs up to the internet). So each child has a folder and I create a text document (using Notepad) called...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-17-2014, 12:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,947
Posted By earlystart
I did know this, only because my lactation...

I did know this, only because my lactation consultant told me about it after I had my son, and I've been letting all my friends with babies know. I also saw this on facebook a while ago, good to know...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-16-2014, 03:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,057
Posted By earlystart
When I have a tricky one to figure out, I just...

When I have a tricky one to figure out, I just write out every single day and the tuition next to it:

12/22: $24 (whether mom brings him or not, since vacation days will be used up by the actual...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-16-2014, 03:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,877
Posted By earlystart
I use an excel spreadsheet to track my daycare...

I use an excel spreadsheet to track my daycare income (tuition/food program). There is one master page, with everyone's payment on it in the order it was received by date. Then there are separate...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-16-2014, 03:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,527
Posted By earlystart
some people will close their daycare for doctor...

some people will close their daycare for doctor appointments (and not charge the parents for that time), so in that case you'd probably make the appointment really early, and open the daycare later...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-16-2014, 02:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,912
Posted By earlystart
it sounds like you only have to report if there...

it sounds like you only have to report if there is currently a communicable disease in your program...now the only question is if it's supposed to be within 24 hours, or if you have until the end of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-11-2014, 02:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,392
Posted By earlystart
I would write a notice that there will be some...

I would write a notice that there will be some upcoming policy changes, effective <insert date>. Then group the changes into categories, with a heading for each topic, then a bulleted list of each...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 12-05-2014, 10:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,616
Posted By earlystart
I would look into buying books by Tom Copeland,...

I would look into buying books by Tom Copeland, look him up on Amazon.com, he also has a blog, just google his name. I pay about $680 a year for a million dollar liability policy...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-05-2014, 10:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,504
Posted By earlystart
I had a 2-3 year old boy with terrible meltdowns...

I had a 2-3 year old boy with terrible meltdowns and he would lose control of his emotions at the slightest thing. It turned out he wasn't getting enough sleep, and lacked a consistent...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-05-2014, 10:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,375
Posted By earlystart
I've had it go through my daycare before, it was...

I've had it go through my daycare before, it was like every day a different kid would call in sick, then I'd hear that their whole family got it. Everyone was willing to follow the 24 hour...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-05-2014, 10:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,688
Posted By earlystart
I agree, there's no problem in having a "potty...

I agree, there's no problem in having a "potty trained only" policy for 3-5 year olds, it's very common in a preschool setting, which it sounds like you'll be having. It just means some kids can't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-05-2014, 10:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,890
Posted By earlystart
I could look at your contract. Not sure if you...

I could look at your contract. Not sure if you have to private message me and attach the file or what, but I'm willing to take a look. I have really thorough contract/policies/handbook/welcome...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-05-2014, 09:56 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,202
Posted By earlystart
I don't think it's tacky, because it's not the...

I don't think it's tacky, because it's not the teacher's idea to give you the list, it is the school's idea, and often they have the appointed "classroom parent representatives" do these types of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-25-2014, 12:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,382
Posted By earlystart
To be honest, if she enrolls her son, I'm just...

To be honest, if she enrolls her son, I'm just going to change his diaper even if he cries, I don't know the boy, but what is he gonna do - hit me? He seemed like a calm somewhat shy kid. I told her...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-25-2014, 11:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,400
Posted By earlystart
I would tel them that you're overhauling your...

I would tel them that you're overhauling your rate structure to make your business run more efficiently. Then lay out the new changes. Yes some people may leave, but that's ok because you eventually...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-25-2014, 11:38 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,382
Posted By earlystart
Prospective Client Worried 3 y.o. won’t Let Me Change Diaper

Anyone have any experience with and older kid (3 y.o.) who doesn't want anyone besides mom/dad/grandma changing their diaper? I have a parent who wants to enroll but is worried her son will refuse to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-20-2014, 03:11 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,124
Posted By earlystart
I would totally ask parents for plastic bags if I...

I would totally ask parents for plastic bags if I used them. But I use regular diaper bags that I buy on Amazon. I used my grocery bags for cat litter, heh. Now that everything's going reusable at...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-20-2014, 02:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,896
Posted By earlystart
I use excel spreadsheets (you could use Open...

I use excel spreadsheets (you could use Open Office spreadsheets too) and I save everything to a cloud drive, so that it is always backed up online. There are many free options to choose from: Google...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-06-2014, 12:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,404
Posted By earlystart
I have these exact shoes in gray and black....

I have these exact shoes in gray and black. Expensive but worth it. I had the same problem, I didn't wear shoes and my arches started to hurt so bad and the pain would radiate to different parts of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-30-2014, 02:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,883
Posted By earlystart
For the 3 and 4 year old I would suggest...

For the 3 and 4 year old I would suggest implementing a timeout system where they get 3 warnings and the third warning they get a 3-4 minute time out. You can explain to them ahead of time what this...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-15-2014, 12:51 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,574
Posted By earlystart
My first year I gave myself 14 days unpaid...

My first year I gave myself 14 days unpaid vacation and 11 paid holidays a year, but didn't want to use my vacation days because I wasn't willing to lose like $200/day in income. The next year I told...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-13-2014, 03:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,064
Posted By earlystart
I would just buy the Tom Copeland book on...

I would just buy the Tom Copeland book on Contracts and Policies, it has a CD with templates on it that you can adjust to your liking.
Forum: Daycare Insurance 10-02-2014, 04:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,500
Posted By earlystart
I use this company:...

I use this company: http://www.assurechildcare.com/child-care-insurance-quote.html (http://www.assurechildcare.com/child-care-insurance-quote.html)

I'm licensed for 6 kids in California and it's...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-13-2014, 11:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,604
Posted By earlystart
I continued to work my regular job during the 3...

I continued to work my regular job during the 3 months it took to set up, get licensed and get a couple families to sign up. I was only working about 20 hours a week though. I think I had one full...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-13-2014, 11:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,162
Posted By earlystart
I don't store it in separate spaces or even make...

I don't store it in separate spaces or even make separate shopping trips. I just circle the daycare food on the receipt and write the total dollar amount of daycare food on the top of the receipt
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-09-2014, 08:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,890
Posted By earlystart
For you to have gained 30 lbs in 3 months you'd...

For you to have gained 30 lbs in 3 months you'd have to gain about 2.5 lbs a week. Which is 8,750 extra calories per week than you were consuming before. Which is 1,250 extra calories per day...which...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-25-2014, 05:17 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,139
Posted By earlystart
6 years at a center, 2 years in my home ...

6 years at a center, 2 years in my home

Total now 1,059
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-14-2014, 09:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,364
Posted By earlystart
2 year olds are capable of learning ABC's, 123's,...

2 year olds are capable of learning ABC's, 123's, Colors, Shapes, Numbers, why not teach them if they're ready and able to learn? I always start introducing those concepts from as young as 18 months,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-08-2014, 05:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,358
Posted By earlystart
you can have dogs. I have a chihuahua and a...

you can have dogs. I have a chihuahua and a couple cats freely roaming around the daycare. I also have a turtle in a tank. I'm not sure exactly what the regulations are, but my licensor didn't seem...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-06-2014, 04:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,358
Posted By earlystart
I'm in CA (San Diego) and renting, and can answer...

I'm in CA (San Diego) and renting, and can answer lots of questions:
1. If you are getting a small license (8 kids or less) then you need to take the orientation (can do it online on the ccld...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-06-2014, 02:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,710
Posted By earlystart
It's almost been 2 years for me too, and I...

It's almost been 2 years for me too, and I reached a breaking point last month where I knew I had to make some major changes because my level of stress and the amount of hours I was putting into the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-01-2014, 02:56 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,765
Posted By earlystart
I have the same issue as Daycare, except since...

I have the same issue as Daycare, except since I'm a small license, you can't even search by address, so I guess parents would be out of luck with this website and would just have to call using my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-25-2014, 08:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,838
Posted By earlystart
I guess I'm the odd one out, but I would totally...

I guess I'm the odd one out, but I would totally tell the parents I caught my mistake and send them a new invoice. I would be offended that they tried to take advantage of my mistake. Just because I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-16-2014, 04:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,459
Posted By earlystart
When I first opened I advertised what rates I...

When I first opened I advertised what rates I wanted to charge, but said there was a special if you signed up at the full-time schedule by X date, then you'd get a $15/week discount. I've heard in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-10-2014, 02:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 805
Posted By earlystart
To give an idea, my full time rate is $200/week...

To give an idea, my full time rate is $200/week ($40/day). I do two part time schedules: Mon/Wed/Fri for $132/week ($44/day), and Tue/Thur for $96/week ($48/day). Drop-in would be $48/day, but I have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-05-2014, 06:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,163
Posted By earlystart
I feel your pain too. I'm currently in a rut as...

I feel your pain too. I'm currently in a rut as well. Sometimes I will absolutely LOVE my job - the freedom to be my own boss, to make my own policies, to not have gossiping coworkers I don't like,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-05-2014, 06:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,677
Posted By earlystart
I was in a similar situation before...this 3 y.o....

I was in a similar situation before...this 3 y.o. boy had TERRIBLE mood swings and being disciplined would set him off on a screaming tantrum where he'd scream "NO" over and over and couldn't calm...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-01-2014, 03:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,237
Posted By earlystart
For documents I really recommend a "cloud drive"...

For documents I really recommend a "cloud drive" - you have to be connected to the internet - and you use this folder to save all your important documents, and it automatically syncs to the internet,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-25-2014, 11:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,915
Posted By earlystart
I've always had the parents provide lunch. I'm on...

I've always had the parents provide lunch. I'm on the food program and provide breakfast and PM snack. Yes, the kids have some junk food in their lunch, and it does bother me, but not enough to take...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-19-2014, 01:52 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,146
Posted By earlystart
Here's a couple things I have about potty...

Here's a couple things I have about potty training. One, from my Welcome Packet:

Potty Training
• Potty training is an important step in development in a toddler’s life. I will get the children...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-18-2014, 03:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,526
Posted By earlystart
Not sure if you can just write up your own...

Not sure if you can just write up your own document, like an addendum to the contract saying "I agree to carry over my old contract with provider at old address/facility number, to the new location...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-12-2014, 02:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,538
Posted By earlystart
Just wanted to give you an idea of perhaps adding...

Just wanted to give you an idea of perhaps adding something in your handbook/contract about early drop-off policies and the hours you're available to take phone calls, that might help in the future. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-28-2014, 10:05 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,661
Posted By earlystart
Just wanted to say I'm sorry you're going through...

Just wanted to say I'm sorry you're going through this for trying to be honest and up-front about wanting to do daycare! Sucks that it's biting you in the butt. Seems like if you're dead set on...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-30-2014, 12:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,686
Posted By earlystart
I've never had a child with special needs at my...

I've never had a child with special needs at my daycare, but here's what my handbook wording says:

Children with Special Needs

I don't have any expertise or specialized training in caring for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-19-2014, 12:59 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,245
Posted By earlystart
I'm a graphic designer, so here are some changes...

I'm a graphic designer, so here are some changes I would make, which incorporate what's called "white space" (leaving blank spaces around each element so as not to crowd things), and fixes some...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-01-2014, 11:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,135
Posted By earlystart
I think you absolutely did the right thing,...

I think you absolutely did the right thing, considering you live in a townhome and especially because someone literally came over to see if everything was ok! Since I live in a single family home, I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2014, 07:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,343
Posted By earlystart
If you really want to discourage it, you need to...

If you really want to discourage it, you need to change your policy, since obviously it's still worth it for this parent to come late. I personally never want parents to be late so I started with a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2014, 03:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,150
Posted By earlystart
That does sound enormous! My son was a chubby...

That does sound enormous! My son was a chubby baby (90th percentile on weight since birth basically) and on formula and until he started walking at 11 months he was a chubster - and his pediatrician...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-11-2014, 05:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,372
Posted By earlystart
It sounds like currently they only pay for the...

It sounds like currently they only pay for the days they use, as opposed to having them pay for a "spot" regardless of attendance. You can make an announcement that you're going to start charging for...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 02-12-2014, 02:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,964
Posted By earlystart
Deduct Shipping and Handling for Online Purchases?

I wasn't able to find this by searching threads, so, does anyone know if you can deduct the shipping costs of items you buy for the daycare online? I know we can include sales tax, but now I'm...
Forum: Daycare Insurance 01-15-2014, 03:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,667
Posted By earlystart
I have a million dollar policy from...

I have a million dollar policy from http://www.assurechildcare.com/ for about $650 a year, I make monthly payments - small family child care home, 6 kids. I wanted excellent coverage if something...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-15-2014, 02:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,515
Posted By earlystart
White milk does not have added sugar by the...

White milk does not have added sugar by the way...I think you may be confused with naturally occurring sugar in milk called "lactose".
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-14-2014, 08:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 962
Posted By earlystart
I would personally do preschool activities with...

I would personally do preschool activities with the 2 and 3 year olds - you just do age appropriate things. And let the 1 year olds do their own thing or let them join if they want to. Like someone...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-10-2014, 05:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,687
Posted By earlystart
From personal experience, I know you're able to...

From personal experience, I know you're able to earn a certain amount of money per month and still remain on disability for a certain period of time (like 9 months at a stretch - it's like a trial...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-10-2014, 04:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,737
Posted By earlystart
If you're worried about not having someone to...

If you're worried about not having someone to replace them yet, then maybe you can agree to the late pick ups while you are interviewing to replace them. But you do need to replace this family, one...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-09-2014, 09:45 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,422
Posted By earlystart
The one year doesn't have to be in home daycare,...

The one year doesn't have to be in home daycare, but I'm pretty sure it has to be paid experience, such as a preschool teacher in a center (for example, you can't just say you babysat kids for a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-09-2014, 09:23 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,460
Posted By earlystart
I'm in California, and I only serve breakfast and...

I'm in California, and I only serve breakfast and PM snack (parents bring lunch), and I'm on the food program. There was a learning curve, but it taught me how to serve proper portions and food...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-23-2013, 01:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,403
Posted By earlystart
Firstly, don't get upset at the parent, because...

Firstly, don't get upset at the parent, because they are justified in being concerned. My son started hitting/pushing/throwing toys when he was about 20 months old and I felt so horrible. He would...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-25-2013, 11:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,470
Posted By earlystart
I have a sign from vistaprint, I keep it closer...

I have a sign from vistaprint, I keep it closer to my front door, not way out in the lawn. I've gotten several calls from it from people in the neighborhood, but they are few and far between. I had...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-23-2013, 12:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,539
Posted By earlystart
I updated my illness policy to a fever being 99.4...

I updated my illness policy to a fever being 99.4 measured under the armpit. I know it's strict and I explained to the parents that I'm trying to reduce the number of times one child comes to school...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-16-2013, 04:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,370
Posted By earlystart
If I had to save money I would cancel my cable...

If I had to save money I would cancel my cable service and just keep the internet to watch shows and movies on Netflix and/or Hulu
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-16-2013, 04:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 953
Posted By earlystart
I'm a little confused by your post, but I think...

I'm a little confused by your post, but I think you're saying you provide care for 2 kids that are two years old, and one child that is 4 years old who has autism. It is good to cater to his interest...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-16-2013, 10:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,041
Posted By earlystart
I have no idea about the 30 ft space...

I have no idea about the 30 ft space question...is that 30 sq. ft total for the daycare? Per child? I assume it would mean room dimensions, so it doesn't matter what furniture is there. I would...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-31-2013, 04:52 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,737
Posted By earlystart
In San Diego county and haven't heard anything...

In San Diego county and haven't heard anything yet. Finding time to get fingerprinted for everyone again sounds like a pain in the butt, but what can you do. I'm curious why they'd need to physically...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-31-2013, 04:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,828
Posted By earlystart
I do pre-pay by Friday when I close at 5:30pm. I...

I do pre-pay by Friday when I close at 5:30pm. I deposit the checks electronically using the bank's app on my Android phone. Doing it the Friday before means you get to make sure the check CLEARS...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-09-2013, 11:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,348
Posted By earlystart
I'm one of those people with a ton of paperwork....

I'm one of those people with a ton of paperwork. Size 11 font, Calibri. I email all the forms though (they can fill them out on the computer), and the parents print out the contract and licensing...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-01-2013, 10:13 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 760
Posted By earlystart
ooh, I like the idea of a fee for not doing it! I...

ooh, I like the idea of a fee for not doing it! I have a huge sign on my front door, and that is apparently not enough. I do want them to sign in to prove they were in my care should I ever have to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-01-2013, 09:44 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 760
Posted By earlystart
CA - Do Parent's HAVE to sign in/out?

Do any California providers know if licensing requires parents to sign in and out? Like, with their signature on a paper? Or is it good enough if I keep track on my own tracking sheet? Some of my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-24-2013, 09:50 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,201
Posted By earlystart
I would totally do it, but maybe word it so that...

I would totally do it, but maybe word it so that you're offering to buy second hand items not just looking for freebies. I'm sure many people would just say you can have it for free. Just mention you...
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