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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-11-2018, 12:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 290
Posted By KSDC
I don't allow the parents to bring furniture type...

I don't allow the parents to bring furniture type items. If i feel that a child needs it, I provide it. If momma wants baby in a Mamaroo, she can do it on her own time - as long as baby can still...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-06-2018, 09:38 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 541
Posted By KSDC
I am licensed for 10, and the amount of each age...

I am licensed for 10, and the amount of each age level depends on how many infants I have. (Infants are defined as under 18 months)

Right now I have one 13 month old, 5 between 2 and 4. Then I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-13-2018, 09:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 505
Posted By KSDC
I use the foldable naptmats (once they move from...

I use the foldable naptmats (once they move from PnP) and cover them with body pillow pillowcases. They fit perfect and are easily laundered. My kids also get a small pillow and a blanket. They...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-02-2018, 01:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 830
Posted By KSDC
I have in my handbook that children should be in...

I have in my handbook that children should be in velcro or slip on shoes until they are old enough to learn how to tie them themselves. This age is totally dependent on the child's fine motor skills...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2018, 12:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 392
Posted By KSDC
This is me, too! I refuse to be the parent. I...

This is me, too! I refuse to be the parent. I provide a loving and safe place for my munchkins to be during the day. But, I won't take on tasks that are the parents job. And, providing...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-20-2018, 08:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 509
Posted By KSDC
Check your regs before you stop offering water. ...

Check your regs before you stop offering water. Here in Kansas our regs say something to the effect that water must always be available to the children.

I would do the same as PP - give very...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-17-2018, 09:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 628
Posted By KSDC
Following this thread for ideas. There is an...

Following this thread for ideas. There is an abandoned lot next to my house. The town is setting it up for a community garden - and has offered to let my daycare take part in it!

Last year we...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-06-2018, 12:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 593
Posted By KSDC
I don't teach phone numbers and addresses. ...

I don't teach phone numbers and addresses. Honestly, it never occurred to me to do that for my 5 and under crowd. (Honestly, several of them have a hard time remembering 911 for our emergency...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-22-2018, 08:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 632
Posted By KSDC
We have melted them into rainbow crayons using an...

We have melted them into rainbow crayons using an old muffin tins that I picked up at a thrift store. Something like this: ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-22-2018, 07:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,058
Posted By KSDC
I don't mind the texts. I answer, or not, as I...

I don't mind the texts. I answer, or not, as I have time and inclination. My parents know that if they text after hours, not to expect a quick response. And, I would much rather a quick text than...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-22-2018, 07:53 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 767
Posted By KSDC
I guess it depends on your definition of craft. ...

I guess it depends on your definition of craft.
We do some type of hands are experience every day. Some days it is as simple as blank paper and crayon. 2-3 times a weeks I get out more involved...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-03-2018, 08:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 524
Posted By KSDC
I second and third going outside! But, on...

I second and third going outside!

But, on those days that weather wont' let us out...

Action songs! I have several CDs with everything from Bear Hunt to Bean Bag Dances.
Or I play music on...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-03-2018, 08:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 925
Posted By KSDC
Did you make these kits or purchase? If...

Did you make these kits or purchase? If purchase, can you include a link?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-03-2018, 08:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 459
Posted By KSDC
Around 15 months or so, I start offering crayons...

Around 15 months or so, I start offering crayons and paper for the littles while the big kids are coloring, and cutting and gluing and painting and all the other fun activities. Under very close...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-01-2018, 01:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 925
Posted By KSDC
My kids favorite spot is our digging spot. I...

My kids favorite spot is our digging spot. I took a corner of the yard, under a big tree and dug out all the grass. I have real hand shovels as opposed to the cheapy sand toys. The shovels I found...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-01-2018, 01:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 763
Posted By KSDC
I have wall mounted hooks with hand towels...

I have wall mounted hooks with hand towels hanging on them. Each child has their own color and their hook is labeled with their name. I was the towels weekly. (More often if we have sickness going...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-19-2018, 11:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,290
Posted By KSDC
I made a monthly meal schedule for my lunches and...

I made a monthly meal schedule for my lunches and for my family's evening meals. I know what I am serving every week and can shop towards that plan. I always thought I would hate that kind of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-18-2018, 08:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,169
Posted By KSDC
The only time I had this type of situation, an...

The only time I had this type of situation, an officer of the court came and interviewed me at my home. She took my testimony(?), notarized it, and then it was entered into evidence.
I wasn't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-08-2017, 01:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,160
Posted By KSDC
7:30-5:15 When I first opened I was 7-6. I...

7:30-5:15

When I first opened I was 7-6. I have gradually pared that down to a point that I am happy with. :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-08-2017, 09:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,284
Posted By KSDC
How Long Do You Keep Old Forms?

So, I have been a provider for 11 years now. I have every form that any parent has ever filled out for me, and all the paperwork that I have filled out, in my files.
(Contracts, food program,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-01-2017, 08:13 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,124
Posted By KSDC
This is me. I hate tying laces all day. My...

This is me. I hate tying laces all day. My handbook states no shoelaces until the child is ready to learn to tie them!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-30-2017, 09:17 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,755
Posted By KSDC
Kansas We aren't required right now, but it...

Kansas

We aren't required right now, but it is coming in 2018.
Here is the info I have:

Who is required to have a comprehensive fingerprint-based background check?
 Each applicant,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-06-2017, 12:29 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,079
Posted By KSDC
This is my policy too. It is the parents job to...

This is my policy too. It is the parents job to clothe their child. I try very hard to not let parents pass their jobs onto me.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-06-2017, 11:49 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,082
Posted By KSDC
This would depend a little on the child/family. ...

This would depend a little on the child/family. if they are a golden family, I would send the email just as you wrote it. Give them a choice.

If either the child or the parents are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-03-2017, 10:37 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,732
Posted By KSDC
21 month old is mad because I didn't let him take...

21 month old is mad because I didn't let him take a water bottle away from my other toddler - even though said 21 month old was already holding his own water bottle! :rolleyes:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-29-2017, 06:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,056
Posted By KSDC
My first thought is to check the regulations for...

My first thought is to check the regulations for your state. I know that many, if not most, states required running water and working electricity. And, the diaper changing/hand washing policies are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-29-2017, 11:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,312
Posted By KSDC
My grocery store closes at 6:00. I don't walk up...

My grocery store closes at 6:00. I don't walk up to the door at 6:00 and expect them to let me shop.

5:15 is my closing time. I expect all children to be picked up and off my property by then....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-29-2017, 05:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,193
Posted By KSDC
I wouldn't have waited. When it was time to...

I wouldn't have waited. When it was time to leave, I would have sent a text to DCD. "Leaving for our field trip. Feel free to bring Johnnie to the splashpad. Be sure he is in his suit and has...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-29-2017, 05:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 825
Posted By KSDC
I would just tell mom that if she would like her...

I would just tell mom that if she would like her child to be in Head Start, then it is her responsibility to work out the transportation. it is not a service that you provide.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-18-2017, 09:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 862
Posted By KSDC
I used to give toys for birthdays and Christmas. ...

I used to give toys for birthdays and Christmas. But, my munchkins have sooo many toys that I feel they don't really need me to add to the clutter! :)

I started gifting books a couple of years...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-28-2017, 08:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 947
Posted By KSDC
I offer my teachers the option of full-time or a...

I offer my teachers the option of full-time or a part-time that is only mornings. Child is to be picked up by noon. I am willing to do this because I like have a smaller group in the afternoon when...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-20-2017, 11:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 834
Posted By KSDC
This is my written policy: My quiet...

This is my written policy:



My quiet time activities include coloring, quiet play with dolls, puzzles, short turns with educational games on the computer(this is very limited and usually a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-20-2017, 10:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,044
Posted By KSDC
I also take Christmas Eve and Day, New Year's Eve...

I also take Christmas Eve and Day, New Year's Eve and Day all as paid holidays. Last year when they both fell on holidays, I took a 4 day weekend for Christmas and worked my normal days around New...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-21-2017, 10:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,479
Posted By KSDC
Love all the crafty and cooking ideas! I...

Love all the crafty and cooking ideas!

I had several older kids last summer. They played board games every day! Sorry, Life Twist and Turns, Uno Attack, Kerplunk, Monopoly... They kept...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-21-2017, 10:41 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 993
Posted By KSDC
I do a book and a small toy - usually something...

I do a book and a small toy - usually something themed with the book for Birthdays and for Christmas.

I went to one party years ago. It was very awkward. I was in a home full of grown-ups that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-08-2017, 12:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,064
Posted By KSDC
Depends on the age. If dck is at 2 or older,...

Depends on the age.

If dck is at 2 or older, then I have a "crying spot". Safe soft area, separate from the fun play, but still where I can see and supervise. Crying dck gets a little time of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-08-2017, 08:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,472
Posted By KSDC
Until they turn 5, all my children lie down for a...

Until they turn 5, all my children lie down for a nap. For the 4 year olds, if they lie still and quiet for 30 minutes and don't fall asleep, they can get up. (Although, they almost always fall...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-18-2017, 12:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,345
Posted By KSDC
When I get these questions, I always remind the...

When I get these questions, I always remind the parents that their child is much busier at daycare than at home. Here we have lots of friends to play with, organized activities, lots of outdoor...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-18-2017, 12:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 668
Posted By KSDC
I don't do "parties" for the daycare. (My kids...

I don't do "parties" for the daycare. (My kids all seem to think "party" means junk food!) But, all of my activities crafts and snacks will be a heart theme.

I don't make a big deal about...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-13-2017, 11:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,178
Posted By KSDC
I, personally, would offer the PT the option of...

I, personally, would offer the PT the option of moving to FT. If they want the FT spot it is theirs, if not, two weeks notice.

FT always trumps PT at my daycare. Yes, I love your children, but...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-09-2016, 12:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 993
Posted By KSDC
Yep, every time. Mainly because my state has a...

Yep, every time. Mainly because my state has a full diapering procedure that I have to follow.

Here is a link to it, if you are interested....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-07-2016, 12:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,619
Posted By KSDC
Thawing breast milk isn't something that I have...

Thawing breast milk isn't something that I have time for. Nor do I do long term storage. I request that the parents bring the milk daily. If there is any left at the end of the day, it goes back...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-02-2016, 01:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,207
Posted By KSDC
I don't let them leave car seats here. They take...

I don't let them leave car seats here. They take up too much space and I do not want there to ever be any question of liability on me concerning their use of the seats.

I leave it up to the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-18-2016, 12:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 860
Posted By KSDC
We did this today. :) Hullabaloo game is a...

We did this today. :)

Hullabaloo game is a good way to let them move with control.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/252622872511?lpid=82&chn=ps&ul_noapp=true

Animal pretend - have kids act like...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2016, 10:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 782
Posted By KSDC
It has been Monday all morning long.:eek: ...

It has been Monday all morning long.:eek:

Kids wanting to chase and scream and fight and exclude and dump toy bins.
A constant need for correction and redirection.

<sigh> :rolleyes:

With...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2016, 10:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 597
Posted By KSDC
We will miss her! Remember, that payment is...

We will miss her! Remember, that payment is still due today.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-08-2016, 08:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,305
Posted By KSDC
I have my parents bring new milk daily. I don't...

I have my parents bring new milk daily. I don't want the hassle/liability of dealing with storing breast milk.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-11-2016, 01:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 643
Posted By KSDC
I'm not sure you can afford to keep him. If he...

I'm not sure you can afford to keep him. If he is this disruptive, it might start costing you your current clients. I can't imagine that your other families like having their children in that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-09-2016, 07:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 885
Posted By KSDC
I'd check with your state's regulations. I have...

I'd check with your state's regulations. I have to have a specific form filled out to administer any medications in daycare.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-01-2016, 07:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 955
Posted By KSDC
I allow my families to set up their pay schedule...

I allow my families to set up their pay schedule when they first sign on. So, I have several who pay on the 1st of the month, some who pay every Friday, one who pays on the 1st and the 15th. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-23-2016, 12:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 948
Posted By KSDC
If I could be legally unlicensed ad make enough...

If I could be legally unlicensed ad make enough money to pay my bills, I would. Just to avoid the extra hoops and having to deal with inspections.

Of course, in my state, that isn't even an...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-21-2016, 06:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,000
Posted By KSDC
I live right across the street from the school. ...

I live right across the street from the school. I just take all my kids and we watch the parade. They love it.

Last year, the school even allowed us to participate.

I'm no help on concerts...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-13-2016, 12:01 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,388
Posted By KSDC
If it were me, I'd be sure to have all of the...

If it were me, I'd be sure to have all of the required paperwork completed, too!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-31-2016, 12:19 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,726
Posted By KSDC
In some states, it is already here. In Kansas,...

In some states, it is already here. In Kansas, there is no longer a legal way to be just registered or unlicensed. If you are caring for children you aren't related to in your own home, then you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-29-2016, 11:29 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 536
Posted By KSDC
I've been using body pillow covers for 10 years...

I've been using body pillow covers for 10 years now. They are wonderful!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-23-2016, 01:12 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,647
Posted By KSDC
I have a child with an epi. Her family keeps it...

I have a child with an epi. Her family keeps it in a small bag that is handed to me when she walks in the door. No epi, no stay. The bag is then hung on a high hook in my office behind a child...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-21-2016, 12:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,260
Posted By KSDC
My DH built me a shed a couple of years ago. ...

My DH built me a shed a couple of years ago. Everything except the riding toys goes in there. Sorted into bins and baskets. We do clean up time outside the same as inside.

I have found that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-21-2016, 12:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,271
Posted By KSDC
I know someone who used to do daycare in a...

I know someone who used to do daycare in a separate home. She loved it. I remember her specifically commenting on the fact that during inspections she didn't have to have someone going through the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-06-2016, 12:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 784
Posted By KSDC
In my state, school age children are in a...

In my state, school age children are in a different category on the ratios chart. We have a max # we can keep in each age range. So, having my own SA child doesn't affect how many children under 5...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-30-2016, 09:28 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,443
Posted By KSDC
My neighborhood pool has a wading area that...

My neighborhood pool has a wading area that starts with "zero entry" access an only goes to 3 foot deep. It is separated by a wall from the deeper areas. This summer I have a 3 year old, 2 four...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-30-2016, 06:02 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,443
Posted By KSDC
I take my children to the neighborhood pool...

I take my children to the neighborhood pool almost daily in the summer time. We do sprinklers and water play. And today we are doing a Mud Day!

As long as they are closely supervised, I think...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-26-2016, 07:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 628
Posted By KSDC
Thanks BC! As usual, you had exactly words I...

Thanks BC! As usual, you had exactly words I needed! :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-26-2016, 06:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,460
Posted By KSDC
I don't have a chart for you. But, something...

I don't have a chart for you. But, something else you need to consider is cost of living. I know that I make a lot less per hour in Kansas than I would in California. But, my $ goes a lot further...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-24-2016, 01:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 628
Posted By KSDC
How To Word Handbook Re: Pick Up Times

So, one of my biggest annoyances has been parents that are contracted until 5:00. They pull up to my house at 5:00 and then want to spend another 15 minutes visiting and trying to get little...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-24-2016, 09:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,449
Posted By KSDC
Thanks! Of course, I won't copy your work in...

Thanks! Of course, I won't copy your work in total. But, can I steal a phrase here or there to improve mine?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-23-2016, 06:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,449
Posted By KSDC
Care to Share Your Handbook?

I am getting ready to do an overhaul on my handbook. I was wondering if any of you have your handbook online and would like to share links?

Here is what mine looks like currently:...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-23-2016, 06:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 815
Posted By KSDC
If I did PT and had the opening, I would take the...

If I did PT and had the opening, I would take the toddler now.

For the baby, I would do the same at AmyKidsCo: "If the opening isn't available until they're ready to start I don't charge...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-30-2016, 08:26 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,428
Posted By KSDC
I give my teacher families two options: 1. ...

I give my teacher families two options:

1. Continue to pay the full-time rate and use the spot whenever they want.

2. Pay for a half-time slot. They can only bring their child for the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-18-2016, 12:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,363
Posted By KSDC
I discount. I also charge a weekly fee. If I am...

I discount. I also charge a weekly fee. If I am open - they pay. If I am closed - they don't.

I feel that if I close 2 hours early, then the families have to make alternate arrangements for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-18-2016, 12:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,474
Posted By KSDC
I found this article about being able to catch...

I found this article about being able to catch HFM again.
http://www.drgreene.com/qa-articles/catch-handfootandmouth-disease/
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-05-2016, 12:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 842
Posted By KSDC
Ask your local daycare surveyor if they have a...

Ask your local daycare surveyor if they have a list of organizations that provide on-line CEU's. I don't know about Florida, but my state only accepts courses that are through approved organizations.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2016, 07:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 700
Posted By KSDC
http://www.amazon.com/Daycare-Whisperer-Doing-Woul...

http://www.amazon.com/Daycare-Whisperer-Doing-Would-Parents-ebook/dp/B00N6H3LLE
Daycare Whisperer Doing Daycare: This Job Would be Great if it Wasn't for the Parents! by our own Nannde
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-07-2016, 10:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,826
Posted By KSDC
I'm a lot like PPs. While potty training is...

I'm a lot like PPs. While potty training is still on-going, one might be going potty while another is washing hands.

The child gets privacy once they are fully trained and don't need...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-02-2016, 09:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,104
Posted By KSDC
I don't know anymore than you do and it is...

I don't know anymore than you do and it is driving me crazy. Last time we had changes they released a ton of info. This time it seems to be so hush hush. I can't make it to any of the meetings, so...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-29-2016, 08:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,539
Posted By KSDC
My contract says 2 weeks notice, but I give more...

My contract says 2 weeks notice, but I give more if I am able. With your DCM, I would just tell her, "I don't have the exact dates yet. As soon as I know, I will let you know." Rinse and repeat.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-29-2016, 05:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,766
Posted By KSDC
I had one child that was a horrible napper in the...

I had one child that was a horrible napper in the PnP. I moved her to the mat at 12 mos and she has been an angel ever since.

For those who keep them longer, be sure you are following the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-25-2016, 03:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,531
Posted By KSDC
Up to age 5, everyone lies down for naptime. If...

Up to age 5, everyone lies down for naptime. If they are able to lie quiet and still for 30 minutes without falling asleep, then I let them get up and play quietly in the play room.

Age 5 and up...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2016, 01:16 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,347
Posted By KSDC
I get hugs all day long. One of the favorite...

I get hugs all day long. One of the favorite parts of my job!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-10-2016, 09:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 921
Posted By KSDC
likethis I could have written this post!

likethis
I could have written this post!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-09-2016, 12:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,576
Posted By KSDC
They do here! My current infant was planned to...

They do here! My current infant was planned to coincide with an opening in my daycare. (I have his big sis.) ;)

But, I am in a town with a serious daycare shortage. If you don't call early,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-09-2016, 12:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 702
Posted By KSDC
I would, unless you think you can fill the spot...

I would, unless you think you can fill the spot with another child. My families are paying for the spot, whether they use it or not.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-28-2016, 12:51 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,115
Posted By KSDC
I'm in Kansas too! Feel free to PM if have...

I'm in Kansas too!
Feel free to PM if have any state specific questions.

This forum is a great place to get advice. You will find a lot of good info here. Welcome!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-27-2016, 01:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 781
Posted By KSDC
I just send home a statement with their annual...

I just send home a statement with their annual total and my tax #. For those still in my care, I give to them at pick up.
Any who have left my care I mail it to.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-27-2016, 01:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 697
Posted By KSDC
FP differences constantly amaze me. I don't...

FP differences constantly amaze me.
I don't have to turn in anything ahead of time for meal schedules. I just have to fill out what I served before the next daycare day.

Too many bureaucrats...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-20-2016, 11:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 667
Posted By KSDC
I have my handbook posted online, too. I always...

I have my handbook posted online, too. I always start with giving them the link so that they can see if my daycare is what they are looking for.

Then, if I don't have any openings, I take their...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-19-2016, 12:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,022
Posted By KSDC
I had never heard of squeaky shoes. I had to...

I had never heard of squeaky shoes. I had to google them and find a video.

:eek: Who in the world thought that was a good idea?

I am just eternally grateful that none of my families have sent...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-19-2016, 10:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 852
Posted By KSDC
We do one table-time activity every day as part...

We do one table-time activity every day as part of the routine. I vary what I put out: coloring, play dough, cutting and gluing, painting. Oftentimes this activity is associated with a letter of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-14-2016, 02:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,028
Posted By KSDC
My older non-mouthing stage kiddos get legos at...

My older non-mouthing stage kiddos get legos at the dining room table. The younger munchkins get duplos on the floor. :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-14-2016, 01:58 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,807
Posted By KSDC
In my state, children under 5 are in a separate...

In my state, children under 5 are in a separate category from school aged children. I can add the school age children in on top of the current pre-school set.
So, she may not be "filling your...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-14-2016, 08:03 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,807
Posted By KSDC
I agree with this, up to a point. That change of...

I agree with this, up to a point. That change of plans needs to be before the day of care. If my DCP tells me that they will not be using care, I don't allow them to just show up and drop their...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-14-2016, 07:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,028
Posted By KSDC
With my children, we built the set following the...

With my children, we built the set following the directions the first time. They played with them built for a week or two. Then the pieces got taken apart and put into the mix.

For me, I love...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-12-2016, 01:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 836
Posted By KSDC
We do a lot of action songs. I have a bunch of...

We do a lot of action songs. I have a bunch of CDs.

Lots of action books and rhymes.

Cranium Hullaballoo is awesome. We were gifted one 15 years ago and it is still working. :)...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-12-2016, 12:44 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,265
Posted By KSDC
I don't have a hard and fast temperature rule. ...

I don't have a hard and fast temperature rule. It is a combo of temperature, cloud cover, and wind. If it is sunny with no wind we are out there 15-20 degrees. If it is cloudy and windy, then it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-17-2015, 12:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 765
Posted By KSDC
My kids under age 5 are required to lie quietly...

My kids under age 5 are required to lie quietly for 30 minutes. If they are still awake after that time, they are allowed to get up and play with quiet toys or color.
I don't start timing until the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-04-2015, 11:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 649
Posted By KSDC
I don't hold open spots without full payment. ...

I don't hold open spots without full payment.

But, there is such a lack of childcare in my area, that honestly I have families that sign up to wait for my open spots. For instance, I have two...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-03-2015, 12:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 604
Posted By KSDC
Personally, I would wait for the results of the...

Personally, I would wait for the results of the private assessment to make any major changes. Then, be sure to ask mom for a meeting and a copy of the paperwork so that you can best help the child...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-03-2015, 12:56 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,920
Posted By KSDC
I have had lots of children do baby sign with me....

I have had lots of children do baby sign with me. Some spoke early and some "on-time" and some were delayed. My daughter was great at baby sign language and went on to speak early according to her...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-03-2015, 12:33 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,356
Posted By KSDC
I do birth to SA. I like the mix and the limited...

I do birth to SA. I like the mix and the limited turn over. I usually get them as babies and keep them until they age out.

(The only SA that I take are those that came through my program.)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-23-2015, 01:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 484
Posted By KSDC
Appropriate Mouthing Items

I didn't want to hijack another thread, so here is a spin-off. :ouch:

I have always been a DCP who tried to break the mouthing habit around age 2. But, the more I read here, the more I am...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-19-2015, 11:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 583
Posted By KSDC
Personally, I would ask. "DCB mentioned that...

Personally, I would ask.
"DCB mentioned that he will miss me in the spring. Is there something I need to know?"
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