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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-29-2011, 07:09 PM
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Posted By afmama
Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Tornados.....retail therapy!!

What a crazy last couple of weeks we have had over here!! First the earthquake....DCK "why is the house shaking?" Me....ummm GET IN THE BATHROOM!! Luckily it only lasted 5 seconds....but talk about...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-04-2011, 07:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,627
Posted By afmama
thats awesome! good job!! Don't forget to save...

thats awesome! good job!! Don't forget to save all your receipts for deductions...even the party! :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-04-2011, 07:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,709
Posted By afmama
I don't think there is any set age at all. People...

I don't think there is any set age at all. People get so worried about the number....do they ask on job applications "oh and what age where you potty trained?" I think 4 or 5 would be the omg why...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-04-2011, 07:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,465
Posted By afmama
Everything sharp and/or with long cord is up in a...

Everything sharp and/or with long cord is up in a high cabinet in a tupperware container with a lid. Who wants to pull a block of knives down off the fridge?! All my cleaning/chemical...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-03-2011, 06:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,365
Posted By afmama
How much does MM cost to use?

How much does MM cost to use?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-31-2011, 07:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,042
Posted By afmama
I have the big storage where you can slide in the...

I have the big storage where you can slide in the boxes. I want the trofast from IKEA though because I like the idea of various sized drawers.

With the cubbies now, some boxes are only half full...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-31-2011, 07:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,352
Posted By afmama
Hmmm, yeah I'll have to do some reading. I wonder...

Hmmm, yeah I'll have to do some reading. I wonder if we have to have set times for meals as well. I do have a schedule, but VERY rarely follow it since I do drop-ins. And some times one kid just came...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-30-2011, 06:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,352
Posted By afmama
Time Between Meals/Snacks

I just turned in my claim for this month and she told me all meals AND snacks had to be served at least 3 hours apart to claim them. I thought the 3 hrs was just for meals.

For instance I served...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-30-2011, 06:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,991
Posted By afmama
I charge $35 for 8 hours on a weekday. 2nd shift...

I charge $35 for 8 hours on a weekday. 2nd shift care is $40, and usually only for 7-8 hrs.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-29-2011, 06:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,245
Posted By afmama
I'm still new too at this. But I'm keeping all...

I'm still new too at this. But I'm keeping all our water, electric, sewer bills etc. Because I believe you can t/s% those. I also keep an accident log (which I haven't had to use yet.) Attendance...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-28-2011, 07:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,165
Posted By afmama
Whenever ya all feel discouraged just think of...

Whenever ya all feel discouraged just think of me! I only do drop-ins so it's allllways a "new" kid :) Even if they have been here before they usually aren't here long enough to get any kind of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-28-2011, 07:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,520
Posted By afmama
I'm new and pretty flexible on things. But...

I'm new and pretty flexible on things. But no-show is probably my only automatic DONE sign :) Especially since I only do drop-ins. I save spots based on the trust that you will come and pay at drop...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-28-2011, 07:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,488
Posted By afmama
I think I've posted about this before. But a lot...

I think I've posted about this before. But a lot of new mom's, who breastfeed until the recommended 6 months, will skip purees all together. It's called baby led weaning. There are a few...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-28-2011, 07:15 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 25,340
Posted By afmama
Oh myyyy that was funny!! and very informative...

Oh myyyy that was funny!! and very informative video! Don't feed the troll! And hopefully this doesn't resort to anybody referencing Hitler! Come on ladies!;)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-28-2011, 07:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,685
Posted By afmama
I read it in the Tom Copeland, record keeping...

I read it in the Tom Copeland, record keeping book. I'll dig it back out tomorrow and double check. It basically said if you choose to send you child to a different "care facility" then you could...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-28-2011, 06:54 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 25,340
Posted By afmama
I'm lost on the "troll" term? I guess I'm not on...

I'm lost on the "troll" term? I guess I'm not on forums enough...what does that mean?

I agree with all the rest...what exactly would you like for us to do? However here, children napping are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-25-2011, 05:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,685
Posted By afmama
I did not do a good job of wording that haha! do...

I did not do a good job of wording that haha! do you claim the child care tax credit for any of your children's pre-k classes? My tax book says you can, but I wanted to see if anyone on here does it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-24-2011, 06:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,685
Posted By afmama
Do You Claim Any Pre-School As An Expense?

Is it true you can claim pre-k classes as a business expense? Anybody do this?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-21-2011, 05:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,146
Posted By afmama
I've had people use Huggies on their kid and then...

I've had people use Huggies on their kid and then all of a sudden start getting rashes. It was all over the actual cheeks though...I think that is how you can tell it's the diaper not just messy BM's.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-21-2011, 05:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,721
Posted By afmama
great idea pappy! I've seen those badge holders...

great idea pappy! I've seen those badge holders at walmart too...those would be perfect! I was sticking my business card in their pockets haha :)

I LOVE the mommy clip, I clip it onto the stroller...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-21-2011, 05:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,260
Posted By afmama
I do! And so far so good! I like the happy...

I do! And so far so good! I like the happy balance between getting the kids out and about, but not purposely FINDING reasons to leave. I'm pretty against keeping them in carseats all day. So far I've...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-21-2011, 05:30 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 14,192
Posted By afmama
I'm fairly new to home child care, but I'm on my...

I'm fairly new to home child care, but I'm on my own second baby and I disagree with the over-use of things that contain the baby. I am all about a good ole blanket on the floor! Sometimes it's tough...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-20-2011, 11:54 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,708
Posted By afmama
thanks! This is verrrry helpful! What about car...

thanks! This is verrrry helpful! What about car stuff though....do you just keep your gas receipts and write down your miles?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-19-2011, 04:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,708
Posted By afmama
Record Keeping

I'm looking to see how everyone does their record keeping. Instead of just "I use excel"....but HOW do you use it? What is your system for saving receipts? And keeping track of your bills for the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-19-2011, 04:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,721
Posted By afmama
Hmmm shirts just seem like a hassle. Especially...

Hmmm shirts just seem like a hassle. Especially because I do drop-in care I'd have to round up all the right sizes AND change babies into onesies. I guess I'll look into anklets. Or just stick some...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-19-2011, 05:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,721
Posted By afmama
Outings-Lost Prevention :)

What do you guys suggest for the children to wear while we are out and about? They are required to have my name and phone number on them somewhere. I bought shirts yesterday and was just going to...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 07-18-2011, 06:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,857
Posted By afmama
Claiming Food.....

Some questions on claiming food: I'm in the food program here in DE, is it correct I claim my reinbursments as income, minus the reinbursments for my own children?

I'll probably use the standard...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-14-2011, 02:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,333
Posted By afmama
I would keep the baby for a while longer to see...

I would keep the baby for a while longer to see if the "teething" passes. But talk to the parents NOW about your doubts. That way if you do give notice in the next few weeks they won't be totally...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-14-2011, 02:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,460
Posted By afmama
Your capital letter sentence of calling the DCB a...

Your capital letter sentence of calling the DCB a brat is your answer. Even if you wanted to help change his behavior, you just called him a brat.

Your not up for it, you obviously don't want him...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-14-2011, 02:13 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 11,477
Posted By afmama
Wow, a lot of providers seem like they couldn't...

Wow, a lot of providers seem like they couldn't survive without all their children napping. When I first read the comments I thought it was "just a saying" but you really CAN"T have a good day if a 5...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 07-14-2011, 01:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,793
Posted By afmama
Smile Don't Know Where To Begin...

Really don't know where to begin in keeping track of things for taxes....is there a good previous post or article about the basics? I've had my license for a month and have been keeping receipts for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-09-2011, 06:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,874
Posted By afmama
Exclamation The military regulates that we have racially...

The military regulates that we have racially diverse materials, at least I think that is how it is worded. But my coordinator provided the dolls, thankfully, otherwise I think they would have been...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-29-2011, 04:10 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 12,138
Posted By afmama
I'm fairly new to these boards, but it seems like...

I'm fairly new to these boards, but it seems like I always see post after post after post of providers complaining about parents who don't care.

This mom cares and wants to feed her kid! Let her!...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-28-2011, 06:10 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,943
Posted By afmama
What does the baby eat the whole rest of the day?...

What does the baby eat the whole rest of the day? She only stops in once to nurse? Has the baby started cereal or food yet that you could feed to tide the baby over until mom comes?

I would try...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-27-2011, 03:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,625
Posted By afmama
I only do drop in care, and I offer a 50% off for...

I only do drop in care, and I offer a 50% off for the 2nd sibling.
Siblings under 12 months don't receive the discount. Families of 3 and more are contracted on a case by case basis.

I figure I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-24-2011, 07:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,325
Posted By afmama
Non Payment Section Of Contract

And I don't mean what happens when they don't pay...

But how did you phrase the part of your contract that talks about when pay is due. Basically I want them to pay every week no matter what...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-24-2011, 09:15 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 919
Posted By afmama
Child Information Forms

Does anyone have a form they have parents fill out about the childs likes/needs/schedule? Care to share pleasse! :)

Do you use a different form for infants? One of my license requirements is to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-24-2011, 05:56 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,761
Posted By afmama
So the deposit would be non-refundable no matter...

So the deposit would be non-refundable no matter what? What if she pulls out during the 2 week trial period? Like say she pulls out during the 1st week do I need to refund her for the 2nd week?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-23-2011, 07:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 15,185
Posted By afmama
I charge $45 a day, with an 8 hour max. Weekend...

I charge $45 a day, with an 8 hour max. Weekend care is very hard to come by, escpecially licensed care! So get your dollars worth :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-23-2011, 07:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,761
Posted By afmama
How do you save a spot so far in advance?

I'm currently doing only drop-in care/part-time care. I juuuuust started out and I have had a few inquiries for various slots in the fall. One lady needs only 3 hrs. on Thursday nights starting in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-19-2011, 10:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 13,445
Posted By afmama
I like the idea of a refundable retainer that...

I like the idea of a refundable retainer that they can get back once they stop using me! I think to elminate emailing late at night I'm going to require an "interview" mostly to meet the kids and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-19-2011, 06:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 13,445
Posted By afmama
I don't want to have anyone that counts on me...

I don't want to have anyone that counts on me basically :) If a child wants to always come Monday and Tuesday or something thats fine, but parents must be aware that I won't always be open those...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2011, 07:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 13,445
Posted By afmama
Only Drop-In Care Rates

I'm getting together my contract here and wondering how to list my rates. I ONLY want to do drop-in care because of my hubby's crazy schedule I want to be able to simply be closed if he has a day...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-16-2011, 05:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,037
Posted By afmama
I stock up on coupons and then use them when...

I stock up on coupons and then use them when those items go on sale at the store. Thats how I plan our meals, by what is cheap that week not by what we want to eat :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2011, 06:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,736
Posted By afmama
This is one of the reasons why I want to start...

This is one of the reasons why I want to start out doing drop-in care. My husband is TDY randomly and hopefully this will help when I want to go to my kids things. Or take a day off to coincide with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-12-2011, 05:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,971
Posted By afmama
I thought about making baby food for my own son....

I thought about making baby food for my own son. But the new thing now is "baby led weaning." Basically you wait until baby can sit up well on their own...which works out well since the APA recomends...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-03-2011, 09:55 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,116
Posted By afmama
Drop-in vs. Full Time

I'm starting to debate doing only drop-in care. This way I could just not take ny kids on a certain day since my husband has a weird schedule. It seems like it would be better money since most places...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-26-2011, 05:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,173
Posted By afmama
I'm still in training here to be a provider, but...

I'm still in training here to be a provider, but they told us here to do "family style" meals. Meaning we let the kids take their own helpings...like someone else said about it being okay as long as...
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 02-05-2011, 07:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,902
Posted By afmama
Was your old coordinator Beverly? Thats who I...

Was your old coordinator Beverly? Thats who I have now...she seems really helpful so far. I meet on Monday with the other providers on base. I figure they can help me figure out rates/contract stuff....
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 02-05-2011, 12:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,902
Posted By afmama
Newbie-Military FCC

Hi girls! I just wanted to introduce myself and see if anyone here did family child care on base? I just started the licensing process through the air force and the state of Delaware. I'm sure I'll...
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