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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-12-2019, 01:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 136
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I serve mainly whole grains and little processed...

I serve mainly whole grains and little processed food, which I think helps overall. When a child is constipated I push fruits and water, and encourage them to move around a lot.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-12-2019, 01:29 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 480
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I supply sunscreen and bug spray, but if parents...

I supply sunscreen and bug spray, but if parents want a different brand they supply it themselves. Most of the time they only send sunscreen, but that's their choice.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-10-2019, 01:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 206
Posted By AmyKidsCo
We have a visual schedule too, but there's no...

We have a visual schedule too, but there's no times on it.

Our schedule is:
Play, Breakfast, Clean Up, Outside, Play, Lunch, Story, Nap, Snack, Play/Outside, Go Home.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-10-2019, 01:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 199
Posted By AmyKidsCo
ITA with BlackCat. If the space is available...

ITA with BlackCat.

If the space is available they need to pay full rate to hold it. Around here infant openings are in such high demand that I could easily find another family to fill the space.
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-09-2019, 01:43 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,283
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I have a "disposable supply fee" in my policies....

I have a "disposable supply fee" in my policies. If a parent doesn't bring diapers or wipes I'll use some from my stash and charge per item. I don't recall the amount off the top of my head but it's...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-09-2019, 01:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 245
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Not judging, but when you look at the color coded...

Not judging, but when you look at the color coded chart, what color dominates? Are they supposed to be quiet most of the day? Maybe I'm way off base, but personally I need to write things out like...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-09-2019, 01:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 563
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Also not being snarky, just curious - why can't...

Also not being snarky, just curious - why can't they take their shoes off? Is it a center rule? Safety issue?

If it's not a rule I say let them stay off. Why put yourself through all that hassle...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-09-2019, 01:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 311
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I've held infant spots over the summer without...

I've held infant spots over the summer without pay 3 times and was burned every single time.

Now I offer parents who want summers "off" a choice of paying a minimum PT fee to hold the spot (child...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-09-2019, 01:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 260
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I had a group of children who went through a...

I had a group of children who went through a biting stage so I put together a Biting Toys box and put a photo of a mouth with big teeth on it. :D When it's just one or two biting I sometimes attach a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-09-2019, 01:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 427
Posted By AmyKidsCo
If you're only moving 5 miles away I'd make sure...

If you're only moving 5 miles away I'd make sure not to offend anyone. Word travels fast and you're not going so far away that criticism won't follow you.

When we moved from MI to WI I gave the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-28-2019, 01:32 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 753
Posted By AmyKidsCo
It's all a parent thing. I have a BIG 3 1/2 yr...

It's all a parent thing. I have a BIG 3 1/2 yr old who's carried in every day and an 18 mo old who's been walking in (even up the 3 steps) for about 4 months now, since the snow/ice melted.

My...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-28-2019, 01:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 721
Posted By AmyKidsCo
My thoughts exactly. What would Walmart do...

My thoughts exactly.

What would Walmart do - take her vouchers for most of her food then give her the rest free? I don't think so!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-05-2019, 01:44 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,196
Posted By AmyKidsCo
In WI we're required to contact parents if their...

In WI we're required to contact parents if their child is dropped off late without notice. My policies say that I charge a $5 fee for this "service." My parents are good about letting me know when...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-05-2019, 01:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 810
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Who told you to get a waiver?

Who told you to get a waiver?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-05-2019, 01:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 317
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Definitely check with your licensor. I...

Definitely check with your licensor.

I personally think the entire outdoors is one big choking hazard, from sticks to leaves to random stones the kids find. My kiddos rarely put anything from...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-05-2019, 01:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 811
Posted By AmyKidsCo
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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-24-2019, 01:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 610
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I'm super excited about popcorn! It's one of my...

I'm super excited about popcorn! It's one of my favorite suppers. :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-24-2019, 01:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 674
Posted By AmyKidsCo
We spend about an hour outside in the morning -...

We spend about an hour outside in the morning - more if it's nice. In the afternoon I try to get them out by 4:15, then it's a matter of who goes home when. Last pick up is 5:20 so he's out the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-23-2019, 01:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 436
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Yes, yes, yes, yes. If picky eater wants seconds...

Yes, yes, yes, yes. If picky eater wants seconds on something I give it, but not thirds unless they've eating everything else, which is my policy for everyone, not just picky eaters. Licensing and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-23-2019, 01:42 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,055
Posted By AmyKidsCo
YES!!! I need an article: When you give in...

YES!!!

I need an article: When you give in because your kid keeps asking you're teaching him that "no" really means "keep asking enough times and I'll give in."
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-23-2019, 01:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 540
Posted By AmyKidsCo
For me it's 101. If there's a fever I check again...

For me it's 101. If there's a fever I check again in 10 min before contacting the parents. Usually it's pretty obvious they're sick before I take it the first time.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-13-2019, 01:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 385
Posted By AmyKidsCo
That's a much nicer alternative the "Hot sauce!"...

That's a much nicer alternative the "Hot sauce!" that popped into my head. :lol: Not that I'd actually do that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-13-2019, 12:53 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,304
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Sorry it didn't go well, but when I read "I'm...

Sorry it didn't go well, but when I read "I'm pretty miserable" it was an obvious sign that it was time for them to go.

It is hard to terminate. So far I haven't been able to - I always talked...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-13-2019, 12:39 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,399
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Licensing won't let us rinse anything, so it all...

Licensing won't let us rinse anything, so it all goes into a bag and gets sent home. Usually it only takes 1-2 bags before the parents realize the child isn't ready for undies here.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-26-2019, 01:35 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,411
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Ours specifically says "visit". :( (a) The...

Ours specifically says "visit". :(

(a) The center shall permit parents to visit and observe the centerís operations at any time during the centerís hours of operation unless parental access is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-26-2019, 01:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 463
Posted By AmyKidsCo
My child care space is just above the minimum...

My child care space is just above the minimum 35sq feet for 8 children. The dining room is 117 and the play room is 167. It's not huge, but there's still plenty of space for 8 kiddos.

Just out of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-26-2019, 01:08 PM
Replies: 5,230
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 543,098
Posted By AmyKidsCo
"Sally" will be 3 in 10 days. Yesterday she...

"Sally" will be 3 in 10 days. Yesterday she kicked 17 mo old "Bob" at drop off. I said "Sally! Don't kick Bob - kids aren't for kicking!" Mom says "Ok, Sally, bye" and goes out the door.

Today,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-26-2019, 01:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 356
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I wouldn't worry about it, as long as she's not...

I wouldn't worry about it, as long as she's not showing signs of dehydration. I have a 3 yr old who sometimes goes all day without eating anything because he doesn't like what we're having.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-26-2019, 12:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 596
Posted By AmyKidsCo
ITA with Cat Herder. My families are more...

ITA with Cat Herder.

My families are more likely to baby their big kids, except when it comes to academics. Somehow they're expected to know their ABCs, 123s, colors, shapes, etc, but aren't able...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-26-2019, 12:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 714
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I've been in FCC for over 25 years and it took me...

I've been in FCC for over 25 years and it took me a LONG time to realize that my policies are "take it or leave it" and if a family decides to leave, there are plenty more where they came from.
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-26-2019, 12:28 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,411
Posted By AmyKidsCo
LOVE THAT! How do you have it worded in your...

LOVE THAT! How do you have it worded in your policies?

We have the same licensing rule. My policies state that parents can come at any time but should be aware that naptime is not a good time. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-26-2019, 12:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 339
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I'm the same, but my problem is that I don't...

I'm the same, but my problem is that I don't think before speaking when a parent asks me to bend my policies.

Like when the mom of a TWTh child asked if she could switch Th for F I said "Sure no...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-18-2019, 01:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 458
Posted By AmyKidsCo
ITA with BlackCat also (no surprise!) When I...

ITA with BlackCat also (no surprise!)

When I had a TEACH scholarship I was paid for 15 hours "release time" so I could pay a sub. Instead of getting a sub I studied late at night, but I didn't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2019, 03:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 587
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Ohhh yeah. My FCC friend and I have often...

Ohhh yeah. My FCC friend and I have often discussed how the kiddos run around inside then when they get outside they sit in the sandbox or on the patio or whatever and don't run at all. :rolleyes:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2019, 01:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 386
Posted By AmyKidsCo
ITA that if she wants to keep that space she...

ITA that if she wants to keep that space she should pay for it.

Personally, my rate structure is 2 or 3 day part time, or full time. One parent asked why 4 days was considered full time instead of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2019, 01:31 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 779
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I did that with my daughter once. She was always...

I did that with my daughter once. She was always super-slow moving and I'd had it being late all the time so I sent her in pajamas with her clothes in a bag. She was so embarrassed it never happened...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-09-2019, 01:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 400
Posted By AmyKidsCo
If he's staying dry I'd try it. Most kids don't...

If he's staying dry I'd try it. Most kids don't like the feeling of wet pants or pee running down their legs so it may just tip him over the edge to being fully trained.

I made the fatal error of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-09-2019, 12:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 259
Posted By AmyKidsCo
My friend runs year-round but has separate...

My friend runs year-round but has separate contracts for school year and summer so parents can change hours for summer if needed.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-08-2019, 01:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 680
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I'm closed Good Friday and Easter Monday so I...

I'm closed Good Friday and Easter Monday so I don't do anything special. But our monthly theme is Bunnies/Easter so we kind of celebrate all month.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-08-2019, 01:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 695
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Are you licensed? Our licensing rules state that...

Are you licensed? Our licensing rules state that children under 1 must be kept on their own schedules, so I couldn't keep him awake or wake him early even if I wanted to. I think there may be one...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-08-2019, 01:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 609
Posted By AmyKidsCo
As always, Black Cat has words of wisdom. ...

As always, Black Cat has words of wisdom.

Parents need to have a back up plan, period. If they don't, it's not my problem.

Not to mention, I'll bet that parent has called in to work at least...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-08-2019, 01:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,016
Posted By AmyKidsCo
No hurting. That covers people and property,...

No hurting.

That covers people and property, physical and verbal, etc.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-08-2019, 01:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 326
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I find a period of time that the child is happy...

I find a period of time that the child is happy at drop off then say something to parents about how it won't always be this way - he'll go through a stage of not wanting to come and not wanting to go...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-08-2019, 12:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,346
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I had a 2 yr old who was "stiff" like that - he...

I had a 2 yr old who was "stiff" like that - he always stood to play, never sat or lay on the floor, didn't like to bend his legs to go up/down stairs or get changed, etc. Eventually he grew out of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-08-2019, 12:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 658
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Yep, BTDT. One thing I've done is written a note...

Yep, BTDT. One thing I've done is written a note to the parent saying that in the past the late fee has been waived, but starting on X date it will be charged. Then I attached a list of all the dates...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-08-2019, 12:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 664
Posted By AmyKidsCo
It's hard because you don't want to give it too...

It's hard because you don't want to give it too much attention (don't water your weeds) but you don't want it to continue either.

I have the same situation with a 2 yr old who uses G*d D*mmit...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-27-2019, 01:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 799
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I agree with everyone else too. Plus, you need to...

I agree with everyone else too. Plus, you need to go with what works now, not what you think will work best in the future. Families leave unexpectedly for lots of reasons so it's best to focus on now...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-25-2019, 01:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 599
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I use whatever terminology is in my policies:...

I use whatever terminology is in my policies: Winter Break, Vacation, Provider Day Off. Except if I'm taking "off" to attend a conference - I want them to know it's not really a day off. Sometimes I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-25-2019, 01:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 747
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Been there, done that! I totally agree that...

Been there, done that! I totally agree that sometimes you don't realize how stressful a family is until they leave.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-20-2019, 01:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 670
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Every time I've bent my sick policy I've...

Every time I've bent my sick policy I've regretted it. likethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-20-2019, 12:17 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 570
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Having learning centers outside is a big thing...

Having learning centers outside is a big thing here too. It looks great in photos but whenever I've tried it the kiddos have participated for a couple of minutes, then they run off to PLAY.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-20-2019, 11:36 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 570
Posted By AmyKidsCo
That's nuts. :eek: And the reason for that...

That's nuts. :eek:

And the reason for that is... ???
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-19-2019, 01:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,025
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Me too. I don't answer for the child, I wait it...

Me too. I don't answer for the child, I wait it out.

Another pet peeve is when I ask the child a question "Good morning, how are you today?" and the parents answers. :mad:

Edited to add that I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-19-2019, 01:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 485
Posted By AmyKidsCo
That's what I do. I tell parents that my policies...

That's what I do. I tell parents that my policies state they must pay to hold the spot, but I'll waive the fee unless another family becomes interested in the position. Then the first family can...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 03-19-2019, 01:17 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,345
Posted By AmyKidsCo
So here's a question - if the provider is in...

So here's a question - if the provider is in breach of the contract by not giving the children 2 SNAKES a day, is the OP responsible for 90 days notice? Obviously SNAKES is a typo, however if the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-19-2019, 11:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 495
Posted By AmyKidsCo
How long has she been with you total? It could be...

How long has she been with you total? It could be that she just needs more time to get used to the new environment and other children. It can be intimidating to be put into a new place with kids that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-19-2019, 11:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 400
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I isolate my kiddos in their bedrooms or the...

I isolate my kiddos in their bedrooms or the basement family room. When they were younger I used an extra baby monitor so they could call me if they needed something, but now they're older they take...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2019, 01:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 349
Posted By AmyKidsCo
In WI you have to store nap mats/cots so they...

In WI you have to store nap mats/cots so they don't touch. You could make big "pillowcases" to slide them in and out of, or put a sheet in between each one (making sure the same sheet goes on the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2019, 01:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 551
Posted By AmyKidsCo
My policies state that I will charge $5/item...

My policies state that I will charge $5/item replacement fee for clothes that aren't returned. So far I haven't had to charge the fee. :D
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-22-2019, 01:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 382
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Honestly, I'd just be happy that a 2 yr old is...

Honestly, I'd just be happy that a 2 yr old is using a utensil! I have a 2.5 yr old who still eats almost everything - including cereal in milk - with her hands. :rolleyes:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-21-2019, 01:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 463
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I open at 7am and serve breakfast at 9am. I tell...

I open at 7am and serve breakfast at 9am. I tell parents that they might want to give their child a snack before dropping off if they can't make it until 9. I changed breakfast time because so many...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-21-2019, 01:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 389
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Rather than ask parents to read the policies...

Rather than ask parents to read the policies again I'd go over the highlights as a reminder. Maybe print the cartoon at the bottom, and tape the whole thing to a box of tissues for fun.
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 12-07-2018, 01:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 553
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I deduct those kinds of things. Also flowers my...

I deduct those kinds of things. Also flowers my hubby buys me - I put them where the parents can see them (Marketing!) and some have mentioned how pretty they are.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-07-2018, 01:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 687
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I don't because once the parent is there it's not...

I don't because once the parent is there it's not my problem. For children who try to run away I put myself in-between the child and the escape route. I've also been known to go pick up a child and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-07-2018, 01:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 638
Posted By AmyKidsCo
:eek: Interesting how licensing...

:eek:

Interesting how licensing micro-manages all kinds of things but big things like this still keep happening. Probably because the staff were concentrating on the little things...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-27-2018, 08:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 869
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I require 2 weeks. IME when they're leaving on...

I require 2 weeks. IME when they're leaving on good terms they either give lots of notice or I know it's coming, like if the child is aging out. Usually when they only give 2 weeks notice it's not on...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-27-2018, 08:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 722
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I have in my policies that rates will go up each...

I have in my policies that rates will go up each year. Then every fall I edit my policies and send them out with the new rates. I usually send them out a month ahead of time.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-10-2018, 01:34 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,870
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Ahhh, and now I see where Tom's blog post came...

Ahhh, and now I see where Tom's blog post came from. likethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-10-2018, 01:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 562
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Last week I would've said maybe, but after...

Last week I would've said maybe, but after reading Tom Copelands blog post (http://tomcopelandblog.com/when-can-you-terminate-a-child-with-a-disability) about discriminating and disabilities I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-10-2018, 01:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,334
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I'm very similar to Cat Herder, I have toys and...

I'm very similar to Cat Herder, I have toys and materials out and they play. I plan and offer 1 structured activity every day and read before nap. I also read to them and play with them if they ask,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-10-2018, 01:09 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,308
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I'm in the "I don't care" camp. I have a 2.5...

I'm in the "I don't care" camp.

I have a 2.5 yr old who didn't eat a single thing her first whole month here. She drank her milk and that's it. Now she eats some things but is still VERY picky and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2018, 08:40 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 915
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Honestly, if he's headed to preschool it won't be...

Honestly, if he's headed to preschool it won't be your issue anymore. I exclude for symptoms and puking is a symptom. Not to mention unsanitary for the other children. ITA with everyone else - let it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2018, 08:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,272
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I use the Daily Connect app and parents can get...

I use the Daily Connect app and parents can get real time updates... assuming I update in real time. Most days I'm so busy with the children that I update when they're outside, at nap, and after pick...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-12-2018, 08:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 779
Posted By AmyKidsCo
ITA with Blackcat, and IMO coffee tastes better....

ITA with Blackcat, and IMO coffee tastes better. :D

DH's friend's mom told me that she'd give her other DS strong coffee when he didn't have his ADD meds.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-12-2018, 01:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,389
Posted By AmyKidsCo
My BFF has been in FCC about as long as I have...

My BFF has been in FCC about as long as I have and we've both noticed that today's kids can't/don't chew. I offer what I offer and they can choose what to eat and how much.

I don't mind if they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-12-2018, 01:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 816
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I've never worked in a group center so I usually...

I've never worked in a group center so I usually don't "get" why things are done a certain way, but why is the director saying how naptime is done? Wouldn't it make more sense to have the teachers...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-12-2018, 01:10 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,255
Posted By AmyKidsCo
ITA about the Twitter rants being a bit much -...

ITA about the Twitter rants being a bit much - what did people expect??

I think BoB was nuts for running the promotion in the first place.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-29-2018, 12:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,090
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Wait, he has a dairy allergy and tolerates whole...

Wait, he has a dairy allergy and tolerates whole milk? That sounds like a something-other-than-dairy allergy.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-29-2018, 12:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 929
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Me too! At one time my refrigerator had 6...

Me too! At one time my refrigerator had 6 different types of milk:
- Family organic 1%
- My organic skim
- Daycare regular 1%
- Daycare regular Whole
- Silk
- Almond Bliss
:eek:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-29-2018, 12:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 929
Posted By AmyKidsCo
ITA with Blackcat. When I read the title of your...

ITA with Blackcat. When I read the title of your post my first thought is "Don't remind, have consequences." :D

Charge them a fee if they forget. Either a one-time fee, or a daily fee until they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-28-2018, 01:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,252
Posted By AmyKidsCo
ITA with everyone else. Can you have her...

ITA with everyone else.

Can you have her outside at pick up? That will eliminate the snack thing. Also I have designated meal/snack times and those are the only times food is available.

My...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-28-2018, 12:54 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,689
Posted By AmyKidsCo
That probably depends on what state you're in....

That probably depends on what state you're in. Here in WI you can care for up to 3 unrelated children under 7 (no limit on how many over 7 or related children) without being regulated. Many parents...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-08-2018, 11:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 622
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I've done footprints in Model Magic with a pretty...

I've done footprints in Model Magic with a pretty string to hang it with. Much easier and cleaner than plaster of Paris!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-03-2018, 01:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 747
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I've been in this business for almost 25 years...

I've been in this business for almost 25 years and still have "lightbulb" moments of learning.

My biggest one this past year is When children are trying to master a new skill, a previously...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-03-2018, 01:09 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,819
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I used to wear jeans, tees and sweatshirts. Now I...

I used to wear jeans, tees and sweatshirts. Now I wear leggings/long tops when it's cool and shorts/tees in the summer.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2018, 01:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,081
Posted By AmyKidsCo
My policy is "If a death occurs in the provider's...

My policy is "If a death occurs in the provider's immediate family, (spouse, parent, sibling, child, father/mother-in-law, brother/sister-in-law, son/daughter-in-law, or grandchild) the center may be...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2018, 01:02 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,684
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I don't set a Do Not Disturb because I want my...

I don't set a Do Not Disturb because I want my family to be able to reach me if they need to.

I just don't reply if I don't feel like it. My policies state "Please be aware that even though I do...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2018, 12:49 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,448
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I am too. I wouldn't like it if I had to give up...

I am too. I wouldn't like it if I had to give up my phone or purse somewhere so I don't expect children to give up their comfort items either.

I put the item in a plastic bag and leave it on the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2018, 12:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,121
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I close Good Friday & Easter Monday so I don't do...

I close Good Friday & Easter Monday so I don't do anything. :D

If I were going to do something for the kids it'd be a little bag with bubbles, sidewalk chalk, easter stickers, etc - stuff from the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-14-2018, 06:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,740
Posted By AmyKidsCo
ITA! But in WI we're required to call parents if...

ITA! But in WI we're required to call parents if a child doesn't arrive in X amount of time after their contracted drop-off time. I think it's dumb that we can choose the amount of time and there's...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-14-2018, 02:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 602
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Thanks Michael. The email account is fine, it's...

Thanks Michael. The email account is fine, it's the Instagram and attached services I'll have to redo.

I didn't know you offered email - you learn something new every day!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-14-2018, 01:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 602
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Grrrr!

Someone hacked my daycare email account and tried to send out HUNDREDS of spam emails. Instagram deleted my account without notice - I assume because of the spam. I had a SnapWidget connected to the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-14-2018, 01:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 650
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Here too. :rolleyes: 2/5 yr old dcb: Amy!...

Here too. :rolleyes:

2/5 yr old dcb:
Amy! Amy! Amy! Amy! Amy!
Yes (name)?
Block! (holding up a block)

All. Day. Long.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-14-2018, 01:08 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,433
Posted By AmyKidsCo
If your program doesn't provide vegan meals then...

If your program doesn't provide vegan meals then they're not a good fit for your program.

I do have a vegetarian (doesn't eat anything that was alive but can have eggs, cheese, beans) AND 2...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-14-2018, 12:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,207
Posted By AmyKidsCo
A couple of months ago I was considering only...

A couple of months ago I was considering only doing 0-2 years because it's usually SUPER hard to enroll 2 yr olds. Most families start them somewhere as babies and keep them there until 3K, or if...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-22-2018, 06:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 855
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I don't call it a deposit because Tom Copeland...

I don't call it a deposit because Tom Copeland says not to. (He's got a reason but I don't remember it, and his saying not to is good enough for me :lol:)

At enrollment I require the enrollment...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-31-2018, 07:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,231
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I allow pick ups whenever. My parents know that...

I allow pick ups whenever. My parents know that naptime isn't a great time so they're always really fast and quiet if they have to come during naps.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-31-2018, 07:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 708
Posted By AmyKidsCo
- Themed collages (apples, hearts, etc) -...

- Themed collages (apples, hearts, etc)
- Matching: by shape, color, letters or number to dots (2 = oo)
- Seriation (big - small) with different sizes of the same shape
- Tracing
- Tape to paper,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-31-2018, 07:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 903
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Open 7:00 AM Breakfast 9:00* Lunch...

Open 7:00 AM
Breakfast 9:00*
Lunch 12:00-12:30
Nap 1:00-3:00*
PM Snack 3:30*
Close 5:00

*Earliest time, it could be up to 15 min later depending on the day.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-31-2018, 12:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,131
Posted By AmyKidsCo
My families love the Valentine exchange so we'll...

My families love the Valentine exchange so we'll do that. We'll decorate bags and have red/pink/white food all day. That's pretty much it.
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