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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-13-2019, 07:04 AM
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Sticky: Venting Thread
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Posted By coloradoprovider
If the child has backup clothing (shorts, etc.)...

If the child has backup clothing (shorts, etc.) for warm weather, then they can change later. Our weather in Colorado usually has wide temperature swings, so mornings (even in the summer) are quite...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-11-2019, 05:33 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 401
Posted By coloradoprovider
Thumbs up Well said!

Please, take care of your family and yourself by implementing the great advice from fellow providers!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2019, 12:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 401
Posted By coloradoprovider
Wink quick answer: NO

Only $20 for 6 hours of care and transportation?! Um, 'No as my day is done at X time." If you want to work later, tell her, "You can pick up child an hour and a half later if you want to pay my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-07-2019, 07:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 184
Posted By coloradoprovider
good ideas

These are good reminders of simple yet timeless activities for children - good contrast to the "more toys" is "better" mentality that pervades our culture.

The children will enjoy doing any of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-05-2019, 07:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 315
Posted By coloradoprovider
Yep

Sounds like the parents have gotten too comfortable in your home! Shoes are taken off (parents too!) at my home. A child running wild in my home would be corrected by me - if the parent gets...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-03-2019, 08:54 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,227
Posted By coloradoprovider
I would never let a child be wet without changing...

I would never let a child be wet without changing them! What's their excuse?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-03-2019, 08:52 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,227
Posted By coloradoprovider
never

See answer to above post below. When commenting on a specific post, I messed up the process
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-30-2019, 06:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 709
Posted By coloradoprovider
It's not the child, it's the parents

Anything a kids does, I can work out with the support of parents! I define support as: parents see issue and work on issue with a mutually agreed strategy at both home and childcare. Consistency...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-24-2019, 08:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 549
Posted By coloradoprovider
Talking Talk to parents!

I would approach this as an ongoing conversation with parent(s) Something along the lines of. . .
1st day: talk with the parents about what her after school schedule looks like. Give them an...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-20-2019, 12:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 340
Posted By coloradoprovider
weigh the risks

I wouldn't do daycare if my children could easily open a door and go out the front door! I keep my front door locked and the backdoor to my fenced yard unlocked. I believe that children running out...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-14-2019, 12:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 404
Posted By coloradoprovider
Agree wholeheartedly

If a child has a prescription that has to be administered 3 times a day, I follow the Medication Administration procedures as required by licensing. If a medication can be given 2 times a day, the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-11-2019, 10:15 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 538
Posted By coloradoprovider
Wise advice

Everyone here is advising you not to do it. Please listen and if money is that tight do anything else that's legal. Check out day labor type of places. Stocking shelves, flaggers for road...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2019, 11:22 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 230
Posted By coloradoprovider
Hope not!

We planted about 7 of them last year. People make raspberry leaf tea - so I assume they're safe?! Of course if children are consuming large amounts of plant material then that's not good not matter...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2019, 07:07 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 8,780
Posted By coloradoprovider
no sew bibs

I like to use a dish towel with a mini spring clamp. I get the spring clamps at my local home warehouse store (Lowe's or Home Depot). The clamps are strong (good for bag clips too as they are super...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-03-2019, 02:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 770
Posted By coloradoprovider
Wink I deal with the opposite problem - I don't allow...

I deal with the opposite problem - I don't allow shoes inside! if a child/parent wanted said child to wear shoes inside they would need to leave a clean pair that I wash and keep the bottoms clean...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-01-2019, 06:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 324
Posted By coloradoprovider
more information for bleach solutions

https://www.rjschinner.com/blog/literature/clorox/NI-21593_AFH_CBI_GrmcdlBle_Brochure_cln.pdf


The above link has good information. Remember there are 8 ounces in a cup, 16 cups per gallon, so...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-01-2019, 05:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 324
Posted By coloradoprovider
It depends on whether you have regular or more...

It depends on whether you have regular or more concentrated bleach. It's best to check the manufacturer's website to get the correct ratios (many bleach jugs have the information on the labels). ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-15-2019, 06:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 855
Posted By coloradoprovider
Safe sleep

I would be the most concerned about allowing babies to sleep on boppy pillows. Please, make sure you and any one who cares for your baby follows safe sleep practices! :hug:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-03-2019, 05:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 669
Posted By coloradoprovider
quick answer

"What do you think?" or "Why do you think that is?" Let her answer her own questions.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-23-2019, 07:34 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 496
Posted By coloradoprovider
I was mistaken. I looked it up also, I assumed...

I was mistaken. I looked it up also, I assumed we HAD to administer if prescribed. We can choose not to unless medication is for a disability. Thanks for the information!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-23-2019, 05:40 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 496
Posted By coloradoprovider
medication

In my state providers are required to take a "Medication Administration" class to be licensed. We are not allowed to refuse to give prescribed medication. Do licensed providers in other states have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-10-2019, 10:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 526
Posted By coloradoprovider
You could ask previous parents to look at their...

You could ask previous parents to look at their tax returns, they probably have the EIN number.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-05-2019, 01:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 808
Posted By coloradoprovider
sleep issues

Ha!;) Clearly outline what safe sleep consists of. Ask parents if they want to work together with you to solve this issue. Their answer will guide your next steps. If they say "yes" then have a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-01-2019, 06:43 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,602
Posted By coloradoprovider
no shoes inside

Agreed! Shoes pick up the nastiest stuff, don't want my crawlers exposed. One exception, in warm weather, I encourage barefeet when playing outside (we clean before we come inside). There are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-30-2019, 09:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 894
Posted By coloradoprovider
Agree!

Since the family didn't reserve the spot, you can simply state that the spot has been filled. They signed nothing, paid nothing, you owe them nothing. Don't feel guilty!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-24-2019, 03:43 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,378
Posted By coloradoprovider
Good question

Yes, what alternative, that doesn't add to the huge plastic problem, is there for sensory bins?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-21-2019, 01:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 504
Posted By coloradoprovider
time off

I take paid national holidays; Jan. 1, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving (Thursday and Friday).
I usually take a week and a half off at Christmas - unpaid. I take a spring break...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-14-2019, 01:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 485
Posted By coloradoprovider
imaginative play

I have a small group of 3 year olds who are great at imaginative play. I often hear them assign roles and then go on to make up their own stories about what they're doing. I love to hear their...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-28-2019, 11:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,091
Posted By coloradoprovider
if you want to make it easy

When mom comes say "Sorry, I need to close at my normal time, I have somewhere to be." You know you need to be at home fixing dinner, or whatever, she doesn't need you to explain further. Repeat...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2019, 12:33 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,308
Posted By coloradoprovider
Yes, agree with Hunni Bee!

Mom doesn't have a clue.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-10-2019, 08:52 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,354
Posted By coloradoprovider
The children also like green smoothies. Kale,...

The children also like green smoothies. Kale, spinach and frozen mango (Costco has organic frozen mango cubes) maybe a little orange or two in the blender. Surprisingly, the kids really like the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-10-2019, 07:07 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,354
Posted By coloradoprovider
The USDA guidelines should be nationwide, so if...

The USDA guidelines should be nationwide, so if you're on a food program it doesn't matter what state you're in, the rules will be the same for all providers. Juice has been discouraged for quite a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-07-2019, 12:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 929
Posted By coloradoprovider
I have learned (the hard way) to educate parents...

I have learned (the hard way) to educate parents that if their child hasn't learned to sleep without being held they will be miserable. I know everyone in daycare (other children and myself) are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-06-2019, 05:34 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,146
Posted By coloradoprovider
Locked at all times

I wouldn't feel safe without the door being locked. The back door to the backyard is unlocked.

Two different authorities deem it necessary to keep your front door unlocked? I would be...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-13-2019, 09:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 557
Posted By coloradoprovider
Smile Don't go too fast and burn out! Enjoy the...

Don't go too fast and burn out! Enjoy the process and especially enjoy the results! Happy organizing!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-13-2019, 07:11 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,113
Posted By coloradoprovider
Good advice from other providers! Writing is a...

Good advice from other providers! Writing is a process, formal instruction is best left to when the child is developmentally ready - when I was a child (back in the stone age!) we didn't begin...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-12-2019, 03:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 557
Posted By coloradoprovider
Organization

Binders! Binders! Binders! (and plastic dividers with pockets and clear paper protectors) 1: "Child Records" - contracts, medical, emergency, enrollment, etc. Divided into sections for each child....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-05-2019, 08:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 762
Posted By coloradoprovider
Wink ripping off the bandaid

Do I understand this correctly? THEY informed you of the new hours? Are the new hours within your normal operating hours? By accepting their schedule are you extending your operating hours?
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-15-2018, 08:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 578
Posted By coloradoprovider
Exactly!

Exactly!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-15-2018, 08:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 578
Posted By coloradoprovider
Thumbs up Exactly!

Exactly!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-10-2018, 12:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 680
Posted By coloradoprovider
Unhappy Desperate parents.

Desperate parents.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-08-2018, 07:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,206
Posted By coloradoprovider
I agree. Emery board - let parent take care of...

I agree. Emery board - let parent take care of it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-08-2018, 02:37 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,532
Posted By coloradoprovider
Wink keep it simple

"Coats go here." When they walk in the door, say "Good morning, coats go here." Speak before he acts. Repeat as necessary. Don't over explain, don't apologize or feel badly about speaking up. So...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-16-2018, 12:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,318
Posted By coloradoprovider
Red face Practice saying "I'll think about it." It gives...

Practice saying "I'll think about it." It gives you time to really consider the request. Even if you know it'll work for you right away, practice "I'll think about it."
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-16-2018, 06:02 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,318
Posted By coloradoprovider
Agree- now that I'm older (in my 50's) I have...

Agree- now that I'm older (in my 50's) I have found that I can say "No" much more easily but at the same time, I can be flexible for parents who could use some grace. I won't let any parent take...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2018, 12:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 561
Posted By coloradoprovider
Yes messages

This! I try to limit "No" to behavior that has to stop immediately. "Yes, we can . . ., but first I need to . . ." "Yes, but . . ." "Yes . . . first we need to . . ." etc. "Yes, you may . . ....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-01-2018, 01:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 996
Posted By coloradoprovider
Cool halloween hangover

Love the parents I have, they limited the candy consumption last night! Normal behavior here today - yea!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-31-2018, 12:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 508
Posted By coloradoprovider
screecher

Maybe redirection when the screeching starts. Sing a song that he/she likes and will participate in. Maybe whisper to the child so he needs to be quiet to hear what you're saying.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-29-2018, 12:22 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,075
Posted By coloradoprovider
music

I confess (but the parents know) that too much "kid" music drives me bonkers, so I play Pandora frequently with music I like. I really like the Mark Knopfler station, sometimes Beatles and Rolling...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2018, 12:55 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 975
Posted By coloradoprovider
This!

So much wrong with this - seriously? Had no one been trained on safe sleep?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2018, 12:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 587
Posted By coloradoprovider
Lunch today

Turkey and Colby jack cheese on whole wheat bread. Sliced tomatoes, corn, potatoes, milk.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2018, 05:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 640
Posted By coloradoprovider
makes sense

The 10 year sealed units are inexpensive and makes the twice yearly battery replacement just one more chore we don't have to do in our already busy days. I already exclusively use the 10 year smoke...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-28-2018, 03:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 521
Posted By coloradoprovider
Yep! I usually let them know that I'm sharing my...

Yep! I usually let them know that I'm sharing my toys and they must share. I define sharing as letting someone else play with a toy that I'm not using. If someone wants a particular toy they are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-28-2018, 03:23 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,184
Posted By coloradoprovider
Agreed! I only potty train when developmentally...

Agreed! I only potty train when developmentally ready and parents are also ready. If a child isn't ready at 2, are the parents "bad?" I wouldn't ever define potty training readiness as an...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-24-2018, 06:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,749
Posted By coloradoprovider
agree

You absolutely should require that the doctor give you a signed note as to the no formula request. I would want acceptable substitutes in the signed note as well.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-17-2018, 02:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 853
Posted By coloradoprovider
Qris

In Colorado, we have county early childhood education councils that provide coaching (their funding is through government grants). There is no cost to the provider for this coaching. I was able to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-23-2018, 11:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 599
Posted By coloradoprovider
response

Something along the lines of: I want "name of child" to have the best possible start to her time with me - due to her illness and vacation, it would probably not be the best for her to adjust to my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-21-2018, 11:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 659
Posted By coloradoprovider
crying infant

I had the same issue with a 3 day a week infant - he had been at home for the first 5 months and didn't learn to fall asleep on his own. After 4 days away, the first day back was the worst. You are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-10-2018, 10:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 581
Posted By coloradoprovider
snacks from home

Since I'm on a food program and I personally aim to serve whole grains, low sugar, lots of organic fruits and vegetables etc. I highly discourage snacks from home. Occasionally I allow a less than...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-09-2018, 09:08 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,476
Posted By coloradoprovider
"Entertaining" children

The thought that we need to "entertain" children does a disservice to them and to us. Children have enough entertainment with movies, television etc. outside of daycare hours. We need to provide...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-26-2018, 12:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 940
Posted By coloradoprovider
I do the same - at least 2 weeks dry. I have...

I do the same - at least 2 weeks dry. I have found it's easiest on everyone when parents try to toilet train during my vacation so that the child and parents can learn the process without...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-06-2018, 03:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 922
Posted By coloradoprovider
Go ahead and use my wording.

Go ahead and use my wording.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-06-2018, 06:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 922
Posted By coloradoprovider
teaching to share

I agree - I teach children the same thing. The parent needs to be educated. I would bring up the issue again with the parent. Preface the conversation by stating that you want to give a more...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-05-2018, 06:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 971
Posted By coloradoprovider
Thumbs up cleaning

Had been wanting a good cordless vacuum and put off buying a Dyson because of the price. Finally purchased for a Christmas present for me (with funds from daycare parents' Christmas bonus to me). ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-09-2017, 06:14 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,344
Posted By coloradoprovider
Talking Take care of yourself

You need to rest and relax. All work and no play makes for a grumpy caregiver.

I try to let my daycare families know at least a few months ahead for vacations; it's a great time for them to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-31-2017, 08:27 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,480
Posted By coloradoprovider
Separate towels, etc.

I rarely do cloth diapers, if so, the whole diaper gets bagged. Most parents don't want to deal with the mess, so disposables are the product of choice.

As to the separate towels; each of my...
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