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Forum: Daycare and Taxes 08-17-2018, 04:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 192
Posted By LittleScholars
OH! I think I'm discovering my area of confusion...

OH! I think I'm discovering my area of confusion and real question. I had been under the impression that if one takes the standard deduction we lose the ability to itemize anything (other than the...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 08-16-2018, 09:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 192
Posted By LittleScholars
Tom, I'm getting slightly off topic but I'd...

Tom,

I'm getting slightly off topic but I'd love to know your thoughts at some point about whether the food program is still going to be beneficial with the standard deduction. For the first...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 08-15-2018, 11:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 192
Posted By LittleScholars
I'll be following your work closely! Thank you!!

I'll be following your work closely! Thank you!!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-14-2018, 11:22 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 87
Posted By LittleScholars
You're my hero. I couldn't do every 30 minutes! ...

You're my hero. I couldn't do every 30 minutes!

When I feel a kiddo is ready, this is what works for us:
-start out wearing a diaper taped at the sides for easy up and down. We go just a bit...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 08-14-2018, 10:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 192
Posted By LittleScholars
I should add that the standard deduction piece is...

I should add that the standard deduction piece is what is really confusing to me. I've read Tom's awesome updates, but I'm super confused about how the new, higher standard deduction will work and...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 08-14-2018, 09:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 192
Posted By LittleScholars
2018 Tax Changes

I know I'm super early with this (I'm getting ahead of my bookkeeping so I don't need to scramble at the end of the year). Do we have any insight on how tax changes will impact...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 08-13-2018, 09:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 230
Posted By LittleScholars
Do you find the salmon and chicken keep well? The...

Do you find the salmon and chicken keep well? The kids will tolerate leftover meat, but my own family can't stand it (so spoiled). It might be my lazy reheat method (microwaving).
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 08-13-2018, 09:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 230
Posted By LittleScholars
Another great idea I hadn't thought of!

Another great idea I hadn't thought of!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-13-2018, 09:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 326
Posted By LittleScholars
This is such a cool idea!!!

This is such a cool idea!!!
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 08-10-2018, 06:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 230
Posted By LittleScholars
Ohhh I LOVE this! Why hadn't I thought of this!?...

Ohhh I LOVE this! Why hadn't I thought of this!? Thank you!
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 08-09-2018, 07:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 230
Posted By LittleScholars
Lunch/Dinner Schedule And Prep Time

Not long ago, I would make one big meal in the morning (often with my instant pot) that I would serve for lunch and dinner. I don't mind leftovers and I loved the extra time it gave me. Now that I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-31-2018, 09:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 740
Posted By LittleScholars
I've been in similar situations a number of times...

I've been in similar situations a number of times this year. Most of my kiddos aged out so I had spots open for the first time in a few years, and I'm moving to a school schedule. I have a good...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-10-2018, 09:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 277
Posted By LittleScholars
I'm (mostly) making the leap next summer. I renew...

I'm (mostly) making the leap next summer. I renew contracts/update handbooks each summer, so families anticipate that changes will be rolled out then. I notified families that beginning summer 2019 I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-22-2018, 08:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 483
Posted By LittleScholars
With my first, I went into labor with the kids...

With my first, I went into labor with the kids here (right before drop off) and wasn't ready to head to the hospital for many hours. It was totally fine. If it had progressed faster, parents all knew...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-21-2018, 10:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 314
Posted By LittleScholars
This is interesting. Helping pull up and down...

This is interesting. Helping pull up and down will be key, especially because I already hate bending over!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-21-2018, 10:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 314
Posted By LittleScholars
That's so helpful! Thank you!

That's so helpful! Thank you!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-21-2018, 09:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 314
Posted By LittleScholars
So many moms have recommend this method! I'm...

So many moms have recommend this method! I'm having a hard time understanding how it can translate into a daycare setting. I work alone and wouldn't feel comfortable messing up our solid routine just...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-21-2018, 09:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 314
Posted By LittleScholars
I have zero experience with training pants! All...

I have zero experience with training pants! All of my dcks have used pull ups, so I need to look into these. He's going fairly long periods without going. He tends to go a little, wait for a new...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-21-2018, 09:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 314
Posted By LittleScholars
My thinking (and I could be totally wrong), is...

My thinking (and I could be totally wrong), is that he's very ready for the routine aspect of it. I think he'd actually enjoy sitting on the potty (he's weird) and he really hates a dirty diaper. He...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-20-2018, 10:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 587
Posted By LittleScholars
All of this is great advice. I'll also add that...

All of this is great advice. I'll also add that we are outside 95% of the time at the end of the day. That really helps. Some days I have a few kids getting picked up closer to closing, and they may...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-20-2018, 09:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 587
Posted By LittleScholars
The two key pieces for me are (1) everything has...

The two key pieces for me are (1) everything has a place that is obvious for everyone, including kids, (2) we all clean up as we go. For example, after lunch kiddos check their areas and pick up and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-20-2018, 09:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 314
Posted By LittleScholars
Potty Training My Own Kid At Daycare

My son is 17 months old and I *think* he is ready for early potty training. He is stubborn and is generally not a particularly easy kid, but he LOVES (and it mildly obsessed with) routines,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-15-2018, 04:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 227
Posted By LittleScholars
I used this when I first started teaching and...

I used this when I first started teaching and didn't love it. I don't blame you for not wanting to use it!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-15-2018, 04:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 227
Posted By LittleScholars
I have and I've attended the trainings, but they...

I have and I've attended the trainings, but they just give a few examples of expectations. I also taught K forever. I'm just being terribly lazy and I'm looking for a nicely formatted one ;).
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-14-2018, 11:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 227
Posted By LittleScholars
Kindergarten Readiness Assessment

Does any use a great, simple kindergarten readiness assessment they would be willing to share?

I have so many versions, and I dislike them all. Before I sit down and create a new one for next...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-13-2018, 10:59 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 590
Posted By LittleScholars
My vote is $20/day. A day is only so long and...

My vote is $20/day. A day is only so long and this requires you to spend even more of your precious time doing daycare. Personally, I'm at a point that there isn't any amount of money that could make...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-09-2018, 02:20 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 3,704
Posted By LittleScholars
You're getting a lot of good feedback, but I'll...

You're getting a lot of good feedback, but I'll chime in because I'm a nursing mom and provider, and I started my daycare primarily because I knew I'd be a nervous daycare mom (I taught elementary...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-08-2018, 11:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 741
Posted By LittleScholars
I have. I posted something like this when I moved...

I have. I posted something like this when I moved to a new space. It made me crazy that parents were walking through the house with their shoes on, and I've since eliminated pretty much everything...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-08-2018, 11:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 246
Posted By LittleScholars
This is lovely and these are great ideas. I'm...

This is lovely and these are great ideas. I'm going to take my first trip to hobby lobby tomorrow!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-07-2018, 08:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 246
Posted By LittleScholars
Wall Art

Has anyone recently purchased pieces they love for their daycare space(s)?

I moved to a new space last year and have lots of bare wall space. I run a preschool program and I'm a "less is more"...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-05-2018, 11:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 530
Posted By LittleScholars
I wouldn't charge for intentional damage on my...

I wouldn't charge for intentional damage on my watch, and and, in reality, probably not for damage caused while a parent is here. I do understand the real shift in behavior that can happen at times...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-01-2018, 09:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 426
Posted By LittleScholars
Thank you for all of the helpful replies!

Thank you for all of the helpful replies!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-31-2018, 09:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 426
Posted By LittleScholars
How Often Do You Purchase/Introduce New Toys?

How often do you all purchase/introduce new (or new to them) toys? Do you rotate toys on a regular basis?

In short, I'm asking because I'm re-organizing my limited storage space and sort of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-31-2018, 08:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 246
Posted By LittleScholars
This is so sweet!! Thank you for sharing!

This is so sweet!! Thank you for sharing!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-31-2018, 04:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 232
Posted By LittleScholars
This is just along the lines I was thinking :)....

This is just along the lines I was thinking :). Thanks!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-30-2018, 03:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 246
Posted By LittleScholars
Moving Up to K Celebration

Do any of you celebrate your kiddos that are moving on? I've had the same cohort since I opened, so I want to do something special. Pinterest has cute ideas, but I'd love to know what fun things you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-30-2018, 03:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 232
Posted By LittleScholars
Book Recommendation for Children Moving Up to K

I've had the same cohort of kids and their siblings since opening, and this June most of them move on to K. We are having a special celebration, and I'd love to gift them a special book. I'd like it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-25-2018, 08:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 333
Posted By LittleScholars
I require sunscreen, swim suit, and sturdy,...

I require sunscreen, swim suit, and sturdy, closed-toe shoes (they run and I don't want to risk a twisted ankle). Most of us have found great, cheap options at target. I send swim suits home to be...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 05-22-2018, 09:19 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,269
Posted By LittleScholars
Additionally, you should not go to court to avoid...

Additionally, you should not go to court to avoid being a nightmare of a human being.

I think in-home care is amazing, but there is always an eliminate of unpredictability when you are relying on...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-17-2018, 07:11 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 544
Posted By LittleScholars
I'd also be most interested in consumables for...

I'd also be most interested in consumables for writing/fine motor skills if the price was right. I agree with Black cat that subscription curriculum programs were really helpful when I was getting...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-17-2018, 05:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 645
Posted By LittleScholars
I also think it is worth a try. I think it is a...

I also think it is worth a try. I think it is a bit trickier totally switching from little ones to SA, but doable. Could you begin sign ups now so that both you and parents can feel secure knowing...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-16-2018, 07:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 645
Posted By LittleScholars
I'm rolling out this model beginning summer 2019,...

I'm rolling out this model beginning summer 2019, so I'll share in case this is helpful or you have feedback.

I was an elementary school teacher for many years, so I already tend to attract...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-14-2018, 09:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 637
Posted By LittleScholars
In my area moms will pay a small fortune for...

In my area moms will pay a small fortune for weekend mommy & me classes of any kind (I know because I'm one of them!). I've been asked to start my own, but I very selfishly want my weekends off and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-10-2018, 08:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 562
Posted By LittleScholars
I had my first January 2017. I worked up until...

I had my first January 2017. I worked up until the moment I went into labor (I thought I was in labor but it didn't pick up speed until a few hours after they left). I stayed super active with the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-09-2018, 11:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 475
Posted By LittleScholars
Like others have said, because I still feel...

Like others have said, because I still feel awkward in the moment but also want to stick to my policies, I always include the info in my text about pick up (texting works best for my parents during...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2018, 08:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 486
Posted By LittleScholars
I love this thread. I'm trying to automate my...

I love this thread. I'm trying to automate my life as much as possible right now.

Instacart isn't working for me yet, but that's really a problem with my local store. They are always out of so...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-19-2018, 08:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 507
Posted By LittleScholars
Property cost is important to consider. In my...

Property cost is important to consider. In my area, many of the successful indoor parks purchased land in random warehouse districts. They aren't far from any of the major suburbs or city centers,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-18-2018, 08:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 507
Posted By LittleScholars
My husband has been building large-scale indoor...

My husband has been building large-scale indoor play places the last few years and the owners have shared what a killing they make. If an area (like mine) isn't saturated, I think it is a great...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-16-2018, 09:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 480
Posted By LittleScholars
I should prepare things ahead. I used to. Now I'm...

I should prepare things ahead. I used to. Now I'm pregnant again and busy with my own 15 month old and really want to consolidate daycare tasks to daycare hours.

I love both of these ideas!...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-16-2018, 09:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 480
Posted By LittleScholars
I should really do this!

I should really do this!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-16-2018, 09:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 480
Posted By LittleScholars
I'm so glad I asked this! Have you tried other...

I'm so glad I asked this! Have you tried other noodles?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-16-2018, 09:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 480
Posted By LittleScholars
Does it take forever to boil?

Does it take forever to boil?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-16-2018, 09:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 480
Posted By LittleScholars
How!? I mean, I've done it, but it was the only...

How!? I mean, I've done it, but it was the only thing that I found super gross. It was either so soft or so hard, and it absorbed the sauce like crazy. What is the trick?!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-13-2018, 11:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 480
Posted By LittleScholars
Sorry, I should clarify that I have a microwave,...

Sorry, I should clarify that I have a microwave, big multi-function toaster over and instant pot. I'm specifically looking for a way to boil pots of water (we miss pasta). I'm also not allowed to go...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-13-2018, 09:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 480
Posted By LittleScholars
Portable Stove/Burner For Daycare

Does anyone use a little portable stove/single burner type thing for cooking? If so, do you like it and what brand is it?

Specifically, I'm looking for something safe that will boil water quickly...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-06-2018, 09:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 518
Posted By LittleScholars
You should totally close for June! In case...

You should totally close for June!

In case this is helpful, when school closes (end of June for us), I plan to largely run half day "mommy's day out" days and charge a bit more than I normally...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-05-2018, 09:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 518
Posted By LittleScholars
My policies are similar to yours now, and I'm...

My policies are similar to yours now, and I'm also hoping to move toward a teachers-only program (or families willing to adjust to that schedule) next summer.

I plan to give them all lots of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-03-2018, 09:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 452
Posted By LittleScholars
I also do Muffins for Mom and Donuts for Dad, and...

I also do Muffins for Mom and Donuts for Dad, and open 15 minutes early for that and run it for 30 minutes. It is perfect and I don't use much of my own time. Parents get to take a cute kid-made...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-02-2018, 11:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 522
Posted By LittleScholars
I don't have a set policy, but I do close when...

I don't have a set policy, but I do close when only 1-2 kiddos plan to attend at times. Around holidays I often end up with 1-2 kiddos planning to attend, but I know parents are off. I've closed a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-02-2018, 09:07 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 8,061
Posted By LittleScholars
Same, same, same. I had to train some parents...

Same, same, same. I had to train some parents around this expectation in the beginning, but this is how I operate. My own child wears play clothes and is a mess at the end of the day, but he had the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2018, 08:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 947
Posted By LittleScholars
I do this for our rental properties and in the...

I do this for our rental properties and in the future will do this for parents. I love this option.

And for what it is worth, I'm super happy to ignore parents without a response at all. Sometimes...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-22-2018, 11:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 650
Posted By LittleScholars
I haven't wanted to term over a child's behavior,...

I haven't wanted to term over a child's behavior, but I have threatened to term over a parent's behavior. Although this is a business it is also my home and I have no tolerance for parent...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-20-2018, 09:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 425
Posted By LittleScholars
I sort of do this. Almost all of my kids bring...

I sort of do this. Almost all of my kids bring rain pants. A lot of parents like the LL Bean ones, but they are pricey. The iplay ones on Amazon have held up super well and used to be $12. I have it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-19-2018, 10:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 596
Posted By LittleScholars
My own son acts differently at daycare. He loves...

My own son acts differently at daycare. He loves the kids, but he is pretty reserved and likes to sit back and take it all in. He is a MANIAC once the kids leave and there isn't so much stimulation....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-19-2018, 09:24 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 936
Posted By LittleScholars
I think this is where I am now. I really want to...

I think this is where I am now. I really want to make it work with this family, but meal prep is such an enormous task that I really can't do much accommodating.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-19-2018, 09:22 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 936
Posted By LittleScholars
Untrue. My question was how I should respond to...

Untrue. My question was how I should respond to this parent. I'm not sure what indicates I want to meet them on the back burner.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-16-2018, 07:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 936
Posted By LittleScholars
Haha!! I'm also supportive of vegans, but I love...

Haha!! I'm also supportive of vegans, but I love this.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-16-2018, 07:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 936
Posted By LittleScholars
I only have two milk drinkers, but excluding milk...

I only have two milk drinkers, but excluding milk did require a doctor's note. I'm really fine with that level of modification. I personally don't eat much meat and I don't drink cow's milk, so my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-15-2018, 04:52 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 936
Posted By LittleScholars
I think I could get away without recording all of...

I think I could get away without recording all of the adjustments. I've had a handful of dairy sensitivities over the years and that has been fine, although it did require a doctor's note. I'm...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-15-2018, 04:27 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 936
Posted By LittleScholars
That's where I am. It is an additional thing I...

That's where I am. It is an additional thing I can't take on, as I work solo.

Thank you, everyone, for the input!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-14-2018, 08:47 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 936
Posted By LittleScholars
Great advice! I will do just that.

Great advice! I will do just that.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-14-2018, 08:24 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 936
Posted By LittleScholars
Thank you! I think I just needed someone to tell...

Thank you! I think I just needed someone to tell me it is ok to say I can't cook vegan meals. I feel really bad, but I know if I agree to take that on I will soon regret it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-14-2018, 07:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 936
Posted By LittleScholars
Oh, yes. Wait lists are insane here. Years long....

Oh, yes. Wait lists are insane here. Years long. That part is standard business and it is only ever a maybe. Parents like to do the best planning they can and I'm happy to support that. It is a tough...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-14-2018, 07:11 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 936
Posted By LittleScholars
Parent Requesting Vegan Meals

My apologies-- I really feel like I remember someone asking a similar question, but I can't seem to find the thread.

I think my question is: how would you respond to the following question? I...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 03-08-2018, 10:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 699
Posted By LittleScholars
I totally agree with this. This is my third...

I totally agree with this.

This is my third year having daycare taxes done and I've changed CPAs each year. This has been my experience:

Year 1: CPA had never done daycare taxes, I did ALL of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-08-2018, 09:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 556
Posted By LittleScholars
Same. I called a snow day the day before...

Same. I called a snow day the day before Christmas break and didn't charge. Weather was predicted to be bad and all parents were off anyway. I didn't charge and enjoyed my extra long break.

Other...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-01-2018, 09:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 689
Posted By LittleScholars
I have this dispenser and love it:...

I have this dispenser and love it:...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-26-2018, 09:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,393
Posted By LittleScholars
I also offer a preschool program and had one...

I also offer a preschool program and had one family opt to send their child to a very expensive private preschool when he turned 3. She didn't assume it would offend me at all, and talked about it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-20-2018, 08:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 735
Posted By LittleScholars
I worried about this too, but got over it really...

I worried about this too, but got over it really quickly. I told all of the current parents. I wasn't worried about the kids, but I didn't want parents to be surprised if I was nursing at pick up (I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-16-2018, 09:23 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,423
Posted By LittleScholars
I just bought a brand new (EXPENSIVE) thermometer...

I just bought a brand new (EXPENSIVE) thermometer and it reads insanely high. I didn't catch it until I took my husband's temperature when he was sick and it read 105.5. We re-took underarm and he...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2018, 09:21 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 984
Posted By LittleScholars
I've been open 2.5 years, but taught elementary...

I've been open 2.5 years, but taught elementary school for over a decade before opening.

I hope to stay open long enough to see all of my current and future children off to K... so maybe 8 years?...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2018, 09:03 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 578
Posted By LittleScholars
I'm in this camp also. My handbook is on my...

I'm in this camp also. My handbook is on my website, which is pretty hard to find (I haven't felt the need to upgrade to a more searchable option yet). Many parents don't look at it in advance, but I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-09-2018, 10:58 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 757
Posted By LittleScholars
Same. Only two of my parents serve milk at home....

Same. Only two of my parents serve milk at home. Most of my kids have doctors notes saying they should have almond milk. They do all seem to have stomach troubles after drinking straight milk, so I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-05-2018, 12:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 458
Posted By LittleScholars
I WISH he could nap in his room. My old licensor...

I WISH he could nap in his room. My old licensor said yes, my new licensor said no and that he cannot even nap at a distance that does not allow me to see him/other kids at the same time. I plan to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-05-2018, 11:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 458
Posted By LittleScholars
My own child is by FAR harder to manage, and I...

My own child is by FAR harder to manage, and I know we have some habits that I love, but make it that way.

Sleeping "like a big kid" is a great idea! He squeals when we make his mat each day, but...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-05-2018, 11:36 AM
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Posted By LittleScholars
Thanks for responding! I wish I had a space...

Thanks for responding!

I wish I had a space away from other kids, but I now have a totally open (single) floor plan. We moved the daycare down to our finished basement. It is big(ish), but isn't a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-05-2018, 10:59 AM
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Views: 458
Posted By LittleScholars
My Terrible Little Napper

I feel like I saw a similar post, but I can't seem to find it. My daycare kiddos have been AMAZING nappers; however, my own son (now 13-months-old) is NOT. It is totally my fault. I should have sleep...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-01-2018, 11:07 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 715
Posted By LittleScholars
This is great. It does mean I'd have to do...

This is great. It does mean I'd have to do daycare laundry (boooo), but it would mean everyone always has the necessary materials. I have to supply these things if they forget and have to do laundry...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-01-2018, 09:47 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 715
Posted By LittleScholars
Ohh patches, great idea! And those are the mats I...

Ohh patches, great idea! And those are the mats I have! I thought the seams would hold up for a long time!

I love the enrollment fee idea. That makes things SO much easier to manage. And I'd like...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-01-2018, 08:55 AM
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Views: 715
Posted By LittleScholars
If you're willing to share, I'd love bullet...

If you're willing to share, I'd love bullet points, as well. It might be helpful since my inspectors aren't as critical.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-01-2018, 08:53 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 715
Posted By LittleScholars
YUCK. I do get inspected a lot, and I welcome it,...

YUCK. I do get inspected a lot, and I welcome it, but I feel like they've been trying to give more "technical support" when they can, and they aren't hunting for violations. I am a super rule...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-01-2018, 08:04 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 715
Posted By LittleScholars
This sounds cozy! I'm guessing you wash the...

This sounds cozy! I'm guessing you wash the sleeping bags, not parents? I kind of love that I don't wash bedding, but I don't love that my run with these mats is coming to an end.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-01-2018, 08:02 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 715
Posted By LittleScholars
Oh my! We definitely have mulch requirements, as...

Oh my! We definitely have mulch requirements, as well, but I'm growing increasingly grateful that licensing's take thus far has been that if you're truly trying to do the right thing and have a habit...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-01-2018, 07:14 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 715
Posted By LittleScholars
This is helpful, and also interesting that you...

This is helpful, and also interesting that you have such strict nap mat requirements! I don't take infants or use cribs, but if I ever do this is a GREAT idea! Thank you!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-01-2018, 07:03 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 715
Posted By LittleScholars
Arrow I'm thinking I might require this of parents when...

I'm thinking I might require this of parents when this group turns over, as well. So far the kids do treat them well, but they also so 100% of the cleaning up (intentionally), so I bet that has...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-01-2018, 06:52 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 715
Posted By LittleScholars
Looking at the regulations I think it is fine,...

Looking at the regulations I think it is fine, especially since they are perfect splits on the seams (once they get gross they are GONE).

Do you have mats that you're finding more durable? I have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-01-2018, 05:57 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 715
Posted By LittleScholars
Nap mat repair/glue?

I use the angeles nap mats, and they've been great for us for 2 years; however, some are suddenly starting to split at the seams. I'd like to try to repair them before purchasing new ones (they seem...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-24-2018, 09:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 610
Posted By LittleScholars
I was in this spot when I opened (I left my FT...

I was in this spot when I opened (I left my FT teaching job to open a daycare prior to starting a family), and I'm in this position again now. I case any of this is helpful, I'll share my experience....
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 01-16-2018, 06:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 562
Posted By LittleScholars
Thank you! I suppose an even better question may...

Thank you! I suppose an even better question may have been, does it raise flags to have a high supplies/material total vs. breaking expenses out further? I use quickbooks and dump most things in this...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 01-12-2018, 05:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 562
Posted By LittleScholars
Tax catergories

Since opening I've used two different CPAs, and each use slightly different categories (some overlap, of course, but others do not). Do you all lump activities/toys/supplies under materials and...
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