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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Today, 08:03 AM
Replies: 4
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Posted By DaveA
Songs for cd?

I'm going to make a new cd for the room over the weekend. What are some Disney type songs popular right now? Just want to make something with the frozen moana type stuff in it. Only song banned is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-16-2019, 08:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 208
Posted By DaveA
I keep skin so soft on hand for bug spray....

I keep skin so soft on hand for bug spray. Sunscreen I use store brand waterproof SPF 30. If DCPS want something else they can supply it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2019, 10:08 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 612
Posted By DaveA
Glad theyíre out of your hair. Donít be surprised...

Glad theyíre out of your hair. Donít be surprised if you get a call from DCM either mad at you or begging for a few days they ďreally needĒ care for. :rolleyes:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-07-2019, 05:44 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 555
Posted By DaveA
I'd offer to change them, but usually the parents...

I'd offer to change them, but usually the parents will do it regardless.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-05-2019, 05:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 460
Posted By DaveA
Do what is best for you and don't feel bad about...

Do what is best for you and don't feel bad about it. Recognize it was an inconvenience, thank them for their understanding, and move on.


My "are you kidding me?" moment was when I went to the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-04-2019, 03:54 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 991
Posted By DaveA
OYE! Did you ever make the right decision not...

OYE! Did you ever make the right decision not enrolling. happyfacehappyfacehappyfacehappyface
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-02-2019, 11:29 AM
Replies: 1,104
Views: 207,838
Posted By DaveA
Oh I couldn't have kept it together without...

Oh I couldn't have kept it together without laughing. :lol:



Mine should maybe be a vent, but I'm laughing too hard at the super child expert speech therapist who showed up for initial visit...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-01-2019, 11:26 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 727
Posted By DaveA
Aside from the "gross" factor that throws Ag...

Aside from the "gross" factor that throws Ag biosecurity 101 out the window. Horrible idea:rolleyes::eek:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-01-2019, 03:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 253
Posted By DaveA
Like bluemoon said- the parents will probably...

Like bluemoon said- the parents will probably have more of an issue than the parents. Especially if the new teacher is someone they've already seen. When I was in centers the director handled...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-27-2019, 08:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 372
Posted By DaveA
Impromptu Learning Moment

Today's surprise learning experience is about plumbing. Namely why there suddenly is water all over the bathroom floor while washing hands for snacks, what a P trap is, what happens when it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-25-2019, 12:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 385
Posted By DaveA
Depending on where you're looking you are...

Depending on where you're looking you are probably ok looking for a house to turn into a center. Like Mom2Two said a lot of areas are mixed use. So even if you have to rezone it won't be a major...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2019, 05:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 447
Posted By DaveA
I don't in the letter/ closing reminders I send...

I don't in the letter/ closing reminders I send out. There I just put day(s) closed and if it's paid or unpaid.

Now when talking with parents I'll say something general about why I'm closing...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-22-2019, 05:54 AM
Replies: 2,003
Views: 277,344
Posted By DaveA
Closed today!happyface There is literally no one...

Closed today!happyface There is literally no one aside from me in the house till 4. I'll head out to the shop in a bit but right now just enjoying the silence. :Sunny:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-22-2019, 04:26 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 984
Posted By DaveA
I can see both sides, but I use some food items...

I can see both sides, but I use some food items in crafts or sensory play because frankly it's fun and the kids enjoy it. I am not taking food from someone who needs it by buying something at a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-21-2019, 11:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 356
Posted By DaveA
Paid- major holidays including day after...

Paid- major holidays including day after Thanksgiving and day after Christmas. I also made my birthday and anniversary paid holidays.

Unpaid- 2 five day breaks. 1 winter 1 summer. I either do...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2019, 11:31 AM
Replies: 5,079
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 523,392
Posted By DaveA
OYE:rolleyes: Option 1- Doc told her...

OYE:rolleyes:

Option 1- Doc told her anything to make her feel better and get her the heck out of their office.

Option 2- Doc didn't say anything like that. Maybe something along the lines of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2019, 03:49 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 527
Posted By DaveA
My dogs are on the other side of the gate from...

My dogs are on the other side of the gate from the DCKs. When we go outside they come out with us sometimes. DCKs will go over to the gates and pet them, but that's about it.

Outside we have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-15-2019, 03:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 379
Posted By DaveA
Like the others have said- charge weekly or...

Like the others have said- charge weekly or biweekly and for enrollement not attendance. I do FT only 50 weeks a year. Start enrolling new families and changing over current ones to a system that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-08-2019, 05:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 260
Posted By DaveA
I tell parents after an interview I won't make a...

I tell parents after an interview I won't make a decision for 48 hours. Gives me time to step back and think about how the interview went and if they're a good fit for my program.

I live in a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-07-2019, 12:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 422
Posted By DaveA
I don't need to know why they are vomiting. I'm...

I don't need to know why they are vomiting. I'm not dealing with it here. They need to be not vomiting for 24 hours before they can come back.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-07-2019, 04:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 354
Posted By DaveA
Yes there is usually a demand for later/ evening...

Yes there is usually a demand for later/ evening care. The problem in a home daycare is people need morning care as well. My hours are 6a-5p, and because I've chosen early shift families I'm...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-06-2019, 11:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 456
Posted By DaveA
Check the sibling now. If they have them call...

Check the sibling now. If they have them call for pickup. I would go ahead and grab a nit comb, wash anything soft/ plush, and count on checking sibling for the next few days upon arrival.

...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-04-2019, 12:21 PM
Replies: 5,079
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 523,392
Posted By DaveA
It's not just age- there's 4 years between DW &...

It's not just age- there's 4 years between DW & I. She grew up in cities and I lived a few miles from a town of 60 growing up. Our childhood and teenage experiences are so unrelatable/ different as...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-04-2019, 05:37 AM
Replies: 5,079
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 523,392
Posted By DaveA
Snow day today. Yuck Snowed a few inches...

Snow day today. Yuck

Snowed a few inches yesterday. Not bad but it was powdery and the wind was supposed to be brutal last night and this morning so dangerous wind chill and drifting/ blowing on...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-01-2019, 11:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 374
Posted By DaveA
I feel his struggles. :lol::D;):cool:

I feel his struggles. :lol::D;):cool:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-27-2019, 12:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 328
Posted By DaveA
15 min/ day equals 1.25 hours/ week. What do you...

15 min/ day equals 1.25 hours/ week. What do you consider your time worth an hour? Since you're offering an "extra" to one family I would charge 25% above what you consider your time worth. If...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-27-2019, 11:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 473
Posted By DaveA
Mini bagels or biscuits, sausage patties, hash...

Mini bagels or biscuits, sausage patties, hash brown patties, fruit. "Fast food" meal without the fast food. :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-26-2019, 09:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 495
Posted By DaveA
Nope. It's too much of a headache because it's...

Nope. It's too much of a headache because it's counted as a medicine.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-24-2019, 05:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 611
Posted By DaveA
Along with what CH said I think a big part of it...

Along with what CH said I think a big part of it is what's going on in your area. Our area is losing providers but not at a large rate (yet). So licensing is still pretty active about illegal...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-22-2019, 07:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 491
Posted By DaveA
I'd schedule the interview. Like others said-...

I'd schedule the interview. Like others said- there could be a bunch of reasons why he was that way on the phone. Or it may just be his personality.

See what kind of vibe you get during the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-22-2019, 05:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 279
Posted By DaveA
At 21 months he can know how to not damage them. ...

At 21 months he can know how to not damage them. I wouldn't allow him to have the books for a while. Then make him use board books with me after that for a bit.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-20-2019, 06:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 270
Posted By DaveA
I had something similar in my contract. I took...

I had something similar in my contract. I took it out. A really great long term family I might offer 1/2 rate for a couple months. Otherwise I'm not taking that kind of $$ hit if I can fill the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-20-2019, 05:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 423
Posted By DaveA
happyfacehappyfacehappyface

happyfacehappyfacehappyface
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-18-2019, 06:45 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 605
Posted By DaveA
I'm open but have 2 kids and they're early...

I'm open but have 2 kids and they're early pickups. Going to do some rotating toys and maybe throw a movie in during naptime.

As for paid vacation- I added 4 days (birthday, anniversary, and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2019, 11:46 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,085
Posted By DaveA
Nope. I'd pass on most infants for 1 day a week....

Nope. I'd pass on most infants for 1 day a week. So hard for them to adjust. Combine that with the sleep issue and I don't see it ending well.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2019, 03:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 463
Posted By DaveA
I'm flexible if I'm communicated to and it's an...

I'm flexible if I'm communicated to and it's an actual surprise emergency. Weather that's been talked about for 2 days isn't an emergency. It's poor planning. If it happens multiple times...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2019, 03:39 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 817
Posted By DaveA
I've never had a child not transition to regular...

I've never had a child not transition to regular food at 12 months. If there really is a medical reason they need something from the doctor. Otherwise that is a request I would tell parents I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2019, 03:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 489
Posted By DaveA
This. I wouldn't want to be beholden to parental...

This. I wouldn't want to be beholden to parental whims 4 months out.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-09-2019, 03:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 660
Posted By DaveA
Well they managed to follow that shirt up with...

Well they managed to follow that shirt up with another real winner. :rolleyes: Last night's email was for one reading "Crazy Daycare Provider". That one isn't bad- I liken it to the "Crazy ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-07-2019, 12:05 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 991
Posted By DaveA
+1 on the "red flag" alert. Sounds like Mom is...

+1 on the "red flag" alert. Sounds like Mom is looking for someone who she can boss around.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-07-2019, 03:52 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 921
Posted By DaveA
I keep my doors unlocked during daycare hours. ...

I keep my doors unlocked during daycare hours. I'm in a pretty calm subdivision near a quiet small town. If I still lived in a city I'd have the locks with the keycode entry for parents.

I'm...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-06-2019, 12:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 378
Posted By DaveA
I use a plastic tool box with a combination...

I use a plastic tool box with a combination padlock.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-05-2019, 05:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 343
Posted By DaveA
I really don't do Valentine's Day crafts with...

I really don't do Valentine's Day crafts with DCKs. But those are cool looking. happyface
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-05-2019, 03:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 660
Posted By DaveA
Now I like that shirt. I have a DCK that DCM and...

Now I like that shirt. I have a DCK that DCM and I describe as "cute & cuddly- just like a baby cougar!" :lol::D The shirt I posted about just rubbed me the wrong way.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-04-2019, 04:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 660
Posted By DaveA
Who Thought This Was A Good Idea?

I get emails from teespring regarding daycare provider t-shirts constantly. Most are either cutesy or funny but the one I got yesterday leaves me shaking my head. It says "Daycare Provider. Not...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-31-2019, 04:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 285
Posted By DaveA
Short answer- Unabashedly play based and...

Short answer- Unabashedly play based and concentrating on learning through having fun.


I have a philosophy statement in my contract/ policy manual. Really it is just a really long way of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-25-2019, 03:41 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,134
Posted By DaveA
That the parents will be the hard part of the job.

That the parents will be the hard part of the job.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-24-2019, 09:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 275
Posted By DaveA
How handy is your husband? It's a pretty simple...

How handy is your husband? It's a pretty simple build and easy to tailor to suit your bathroom's style.


There are some folding changing tables on Amazon, but I've never used one and frankly...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-21-2019, 05:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 370
Posted By DaveA
Excel spreadsheet with payment dates, check # or...

Excel spreadsheet with payment dates, check # or cash, and totals. I hand them out to current families & mail to former DCFs.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-21-2019, 03:34 AM
Replies: 2,003
Views: 277,344
Posted By DaveA
Probably only have 2 here also. ...

Probably only have 2 here also. happyfacehappyfacehappyface
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-14-2019, 10:29 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 788
Posted By DaveA
I do the meals & snacks so I know what the kids...

I do the meals & snacks so I know what the kids are eating. Plus I have a DCP who Iím pretty sure would grub hub fast food daily if I had them bring meals. :rolleyes:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-10-2019, 05:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 427
Posted By DaveA
I'm open 6a-5p, usually out of DCKs by 430. ...

I'm open 6a-5p, usually out of DCKs by 430. Probably add a 1/2 hour per day and 2 hours on the weekend doing daycare stuff.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-10-2019, 05:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 584
Posted By DaveA
Like the others said- neat trick to get free...

Like the others said- neat trick to get free childcare.

Tell Mom she needs to make other arrangements. I personally would not enroll her if she asked. You've already seen how she will behave. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-04-2019, 03:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 871
Posted By DaveA
Anytime something involves an HOA my advise is...

Anytime something involves an HOA my advise is always contact both licensing and a local attorney. Depending on the jurisdiction HOA's are given huge amounts of latitude on what they can do for some...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-02-2019, 04:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 469
Posted By DaveA
mileage is my big one. I go a lot of places with...

mileage is my big one. I go a lot of places with DCKs and constantly forget to track mileage. :rolleyes: Otherwise it is to get a new toy or activity for the classroom weekly, rotate stuff more...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-02-2019, 04:49 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 468
Posted By DaveA
I won't let the DCKs in our bedrooms because if...

I won't let the DCKs in our bedrooms because if DCKs have can go there DCPs and DCFS are granted access to those areas. The kids nap on cots in the classroom. If I have a pack & play it is right...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-31-2018, 12:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 410
Posted By DaveA
I would charge them 10-15% above your full time...

I would charge them 10-15% above your full time rate. Theyíre asking for flexible schedule, early mornings and/or late evenings plus transportation. Thatís a lot of variables to deal with.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-21-2018, 12:50 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,129
Posted By DaveA
DCF1- amazon gift card, tray of homemade frozen...

DCF1- amazon gift card, tray of homemade frozen cinnamon rolls, & jar of cookies & chocolate covered popcorn.

DCF2 always buys gifts for my own kids. happyface
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-21-2018, 06:03 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,310
Posted By DaveA
Not boredom- just a member tired of trolls...

Not boredom- just a member tired of trolls seeking attention. As for my choice of website suggestions- I was merely suggesting where everyone could send all those videos your mom keeps sending us. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-21-2018, 04:33 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,310
Posted By DaveA
Kind of like the elitism required to think the a...

Kind of like the elitism required to think the a random unregistered troll's opinion matters.:rolleyes:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-20-2018, 05:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 342
Posted By DaveA
My school age rate is the same throughout the...

My school age rate is the same throughout the year regardless of b/a school, holidays, or breaks.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-18-2018, 11:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 456
Posted By DaveA
YEP!:eek::ouch: I basically have BC's...

YEP!:eek::ouch:

I basically have BC's policy- if you have them or even think you might don't come in till you're sure they're totally gone.

As for schools/ CDC/ doctor's recommendations- when...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-14-2018, 03:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 260
Posted By DaveA
I require diapers and formula if isn't one of the...

I require diapers and formula if isn't one of the 2 types I supply. If a child has certain allergies or food requirements or if they want a particular brand of a supply the parents supply those. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2018, 04:27 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,079
Posted By DaveA
Skipping it this year. Doubt I'll have anyone on...

Skipping it this year. Doubt I'll have anyone on Christmas Eve and what we usually make (cookies, breads, candies)probably won't keep well if I make it the Friday before.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-11-2018, 03:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 373
Posted By DaveA
It is different. You'll still be dealing with...

It is different. You'll still be dealing with them, but not as much and in a different way. Plus you can tailor your program this time more to what you want to do simply because your family's needs...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-07-2018, 03:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 527
Posted By DaveA
Yes Alex- I take "How to get your a$$ fired for...

Yes Alex- I take "How to get your a$$ fired for $200 please!"

Jeez what a screw up. Glad no one got hurt. :eek:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-06-2018, 04:21 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 415
Posted By DaveA
This. I'm not putting up with that in my...

This. I'm not putting up with that in my business.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-04-2018, 12:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 351
Posted By DaveA
Stroller for walks Superyard or something...

Stroller for walks
Superyard or something similar for when you need to use the bathroom
Otherwise the basics that have been mentioned and simple non electronic toys
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-03-2018, 03:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 818
Posted By DaveA
Glad you closed and hopefully you get a diagnosis...

Glad you closed and hopefully you get a diagnosis today. Good luck:hug:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-29-2018, 05:27 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,288
Posted By DaveA
Once for child's behavior- DCB3 threw a wooden...

Once for child's behavior- DCB3 threw a wooden block at a toddler's head for not moving out of his way. Then threw the whole basket of blocks at me when I stopped him from throwing another one. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-27-2018, 05:48 AM
Replies: 1,104
Views: 207,838
Posted By DaveA
Well that's what I get for giving my wife grief...

Well that's what I get for giving my wife grief about getting an AARP card application. She just called me to let me know a child from my last 2 year old center classroom is the area's high school...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-27-2018, 03:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 501
Posted By DaveA
Like amberrose3dg said- don't. If/ when you get...

Like amberrose3dg said- don't. If/ when you get caught the trouble is not worth any temporary gain. You could face fines, have to operate under an corrective plan (such as having to hire an...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-26-2018, 11:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 356
Posted By DaveA
I'll trade you a monkey for a grouchy sloth. ...

I'll trade you a monkey for a grouchy sloth. :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-26-2018, 11:15 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 576
Posted By DaveA
No I don't. Off hours are for family not DC.

No I don't. Off hours are for family not DC.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-26-2018, 05:33 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 283
Posted By DaveA
A lot of old jewelry (especially costume) and...

A lot of old jewelry (especially costume) and knickknacks have lead in it because it casts easy, bonds easy with many other metals, and is cheap.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-20-2018, 11:15 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,406
Posted By DaveA
I had a bit of an advantage as I came from a...

I had a bit of an advantage as I came from a center background. Over the years I watched centers that were consistent with policies both for staff and parents ran better than ones who didn't. When...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-20-2018, 03:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 466
Posted By DaveA
I have it in my contract that fees are evaluated...

I have it in my contract that fees are evaluated each November for a rate increase Jan 1. I'm raising mine $10/ week per child. If you are really below your area's average ($15-20/ week per child...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-19-2018, 10:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 635
Posted By DaveA
OUCH! Hope your day improves!:hug:

OUCH! Hope your day improves!:hug:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-16-2018, 03:50 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,010
Posted By DaveA
Probably chit chatting with DCPs, especially at...

Probably chit chatting with DCPs, especially at pickup. I really want to hurry pickups along. Then somehow I always end up in a ridiculously long conversations. Considering I have a couple of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2018, 04:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 575
Posted By DaveA
This what I was thinking. Plus DCPs can have an...

This what I was thinking. Plus DCPs can have an accident walking to daycare or work just as easily as driving. I don't follow school schedule but will close if I think the roads in our area aren't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2018, 04:38 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,960
Posted By DaveA
This would have sent me ballistic. My...

This would have sent me ballistic. My conversation would be simple- the next time he shows up during that time will be the last time they are enrolled. He's not sorry- he just doesn't think he has...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2018, 10:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 518
Posted By DaveA
To me itís a full time enrollment. I explain to...

To me itís a full time enrollment. I explain to DCPs that it would be next to impossible to find another enrollment to mirror their schedule. Iím not willing to lose that kind of money regardless of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-12-2018, 04:25 AM
Replies: 5,079
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 523,392
Posted By DaveA
There's a skunk either in the back corner of the...

There's a skunk either in the back corner of the backyard or just on the other side of the fence. Not a great way to start the week. Yuck
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-12-2018, 03:30 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,110
Posted By DaveA
Like the others said- if they want to secure the...

Like the others said- if they want to secure the spot they can pay for it. I had a "reserve rate" of 1/2 fee but dumped it in my last contract. I could see helping someone in a real emergency, but...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-12-2018, 03:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 514
Posted By DaveA
I'm sure I have, but I don't remember a specific...

I'm sure I have, but I don't remember a specific dream about the daycare or the kids.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-08-2018, 05:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 793
Posted By DaveA
We don't do a gift, but the DCKs make a bunch of...

We don't do a gift, but the DCKs make a bunch of breads, candies, or cookies right before Christmas to take home.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-06-2018, 03:17 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 832
Posted By DaveA
Between that and the previous issues I would let...

Between that and the previous issues I would let DCM know that she's ran out of chances with you. It might be the "lightbulb moment" that she needs to treat you professionally. If late payment,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-05-2018, 11:41 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 699
Posted By DaveA
This. I had to change my vacation policy after a...

This. I had to change my vacation policy after a DCF tried to use vacation to skip out on 2 weeks notice of changing providers. :rolleyes:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-05-2018, 11:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 267
Posted By DaveA
Short of sanding, restaining, and resealing...

Short of sanding, restaining, and resealing probably not. Might be easier to paint it a color you like.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-05-2018, 05:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 369
Posted By DaveA
I don't charge a deposit, so no help for you...

I don't charge a deposit, so no help for you there.

As for former DCM- I would contact your rep and let them know you have a hostile termination that could be going to court. That way if DCM...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-05-2018, 03:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 443
Posted By DaveA
Talked to someone from the R&R. As they...

Talked to someone from the R&R. As they understand it Carbon Monoxide detectors are not covered in this law. But there is a really good change when DCFS makes the rules up making sure we comply...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-05-2018, 03:41 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 706
Posted By DaveA
I would probably use a string of LED Christmas...

I would probably use a string of LED Christmas lights instead of the camp lights. Maybe even use the ones that you can change the color on. Even building one out of wood and Plexiglas or Lexan...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-02-2018, 10:53 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 706
Posted By DaveA
One of my big complaints about grants is most...

One of my big complaints about grants is most won't let you submit materials lists. For what a simple wooden swing/ playhouse kit costs I can build something twice the size with a ton more features...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-02-2018, 10:51 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 706
Posted By DaveA
I'd split it into about 4-5 sections like...

I'd split it into about 4-5 sections like puzzles, manipulatives, dolls/ animals....... and buy a bunch of simple stuff rather than something big.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-01-2018, 05:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 522
Posted By DaveA
happyfacehappyfacehappyfacehappyfacehappyfacehappy...

happyfacehappyfacehappyfacehappyfacehappyfacehappyfacehappyface
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-31-2018, 03:34 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,064
Posted By DaveA
I know they had some kind of family thing a few...

I know they had some kind of family thing a few weeks ago- DW was talking about driving to it at pickup right before. That's a possibility.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-30-2018, 10:45 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,064
Posted By DaveA
I wanted to add I've never had a child act this...

I wanted to add I've never had a child act this way to me saying "I'm fond of you too", and I've been saying it for at least 15 years in centers and my home daycare. It's surprising/ confusing to me.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-30-2018, 10:42 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,064
Posted By DaveA
Honestly no I don't. I like working with...

Honestly no I don't. I like working with children, like running a home daycare, and have a great bunch of kids, but I don't "love" them. As much psychotic fun as this is I do this to meet the needs...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-30-2018, 05:47 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,064
Posted By DaveA
"I Love You"

I have a DCG that says "I love you" to me a few times a week. I always respond "I'm pretty fond of you too" because frankly I don't get that attached to DCKs. She (and any other DCK I've said it to)...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-30-2018, 03:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 463
Posted By DaveA
My contract and policies are the same document. ...

My contract and policies are the same document. Each page has a "I have read and agree to follow" place for DCPs to initial and the last page is where they sign.
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