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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-16-2019, 12:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 252
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Nope, I wouldn't mess with it. There's no reason...

Nope, I wouldn't mess with it. There's no reason it HAS to be administered at daycare except that the parents don't want to deal with it.

My kids HATED it with a passion so if I'd had a way to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-15-2019, 01:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 264
Posted By AmyKidsCo
ITA with 2 consecutive nasty diapers, or just 1...

ITA with 2 consecutive nasty diapers, or just 1 if it's not contained by a diaper or an older child doesn't make to the toilet.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-13-2019, 01:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 18
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I'm similar to Cat Herder. If the spot isn't...

I'm similar to Cat Herder.

If the spot isn't available yet they pay the Enrollment Fee plus first week's tuition. Once the spot becomes available they bring the child or pay full amount to hold...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-13-2019, 01:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 160
Posted By AmyKidsCo
IMO a drop in space is just that - if there's an...

IMO a drop in space is just that - if there's an opening the child can drop in. If they want a guaranteed space they need to pay for it, otherwise you're giving up potential income.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-13-2019, 01:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 289
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I tell parents it's because I've gained another...

I tell parents it's because I've gained another year of experience plus ___ additional hours of continuing education. Most jobs increase pay/benefits with experience and education.
Forum: Book Club - Reviews / Suggestions 07-31-2019, 01:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 334
Posted By AmyKidsCo
For light reading I like Nora Roberts and her...

For light reading I like Nora Roberts and her pseudonym J.D. Robb. Happy endings are my thing. :D

I also love the Mary Russell series by Laurie R. King. It's a Sherlock Holmes spinoff but I like...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-31-2019, 01:34 PM
Replies: 2,030
Views: 288,774
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Yay for you! happyface 23 more hours and I'm...

Yay for you! happyface

23 more hours and I'm off for a week! Nine days if you count the weekends.

I'm going to take our youngest to swimming and tennis and his older brother to soccer...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-31-2019, 01:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 321
Posted By AmyKidsCo
If they're sitting at the table with food in...

If they're sitting at the table with food in front of them I offer to put the food in a baggie to send home. Otherwise they sit there forever nibbling on the last pretzel while the parent stands...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-30-2019, 01:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 573
Posted By AmyKidsCo
My policies state that full time has precedence...

My policies state that full time has precedence over part time, and if a potential family is interested in a full time spot a current part time family will be allowed to switch to full time to keep...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-30-2019, 01:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 298
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I've considered it but all of my parents have a...

I've considered it but all of my parents have a preferred brand and will ONLY use that brand. I suppose you could provide diapers and wipes with the uncharge and if parents don't like your brand they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-30-2019, 01:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 411
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I'm open 7-5 and FT enrollment entitles parents...

I'm open 7-5 and FT enrollment entitles parents to care from 7-5. If they want to drop off earlier or pick up later they'd need to arrange it ahead of time and pay extra.

I keep toying with the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-30-2019, 12:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 385
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Honestly, if your target age is school age you...

Honestly, if your target age is school age you probably will have a lot of competition from the Boys & Girls Club. Many parents just look at convenience and price when choosing care, or simply can't...
Forum: Open Daycare Center - Sell a Daycare - Rent a Daycare - Buy a Daycare 07-30-2019, 12:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 147
Posted By AmyKidsCo
You'd have to check Ohio rules. In WI you can...

You'd have to check Ohio rules. In WI you can have 2 licensed providers - at the same time to cover ratios, or alternating to provide 24 hour care.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-24-2019, 01:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 226
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Have someone take a photo of you with all of the...

Have someone take a photo of you with all of the children, write everyone's names on the back with the year, and put it in a nice frame.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-24-2019, 01:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 556
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Once a parent forgot to put her car in Park and...

Once a parent forgot to put her car in Park and it idled forward into our van, causing damage. Luckily it was our vehicle and no one was hurt. I added a policy asking parents to turn off their cars...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2019, 01:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 395
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I plan parent volunteer events in the afternoon...

I plan parent volunteer events in the afternoon so it makes sense for them to take their child with them when they leave.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-19-2019, 12:49 PM
Replies: 5,278
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 554,606
Posted By AmyKidsCo
That sucks. Unfortunately you can't fix stupid....

That sucks. Unfortunately you can't fix stupid. :hug:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-19-2019, 12:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 288
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I keep tax stuff 7 years and children's records...

I keep tax stuff 7 years and children's records forever.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-18-2019, 01:32 PM
Replies: 5,278
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 554,606
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I used to think that they were worried about...

I used to think that they were worried about being too firm with their children in front of us, but now I think they just don't want to make their children unhappy.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-17-2019, 01:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 711
Posted By AmyKidsCo
ITA that all 2 and 3 year olds need to do is...

ITA that all 2 and 3 year olds need to do is play, eat and sleep.

The other things are concerning. You should probably report specific problems to licensing. If you're not comfortable doing that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-17-2019, 01:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,964
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I was just reminded of a child I saw in the...

I was just reminded of a child I saw in the grocery store a couple of weeks ago. She looked like she was about 3 years old, had one of those pacifiers with the attached stuffed animal in her mouth...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-17-2019, 01:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 520
Posted By AmyKidsCo
We go outside or do games/coloring at the table.

We go outside or do games/coloring at the table.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-16-2019, 01:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 425
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I have 16 weeks of menus: 4 for each season. But...

I have 16 weeks of menus: 4 for each season. But it's not as much as it sounds because I have a system. I change things up with seasonal fruits and veggies, and within the category, like "toasted"...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-16-2019, 01:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 475
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Love those! I have a dad like that, and I'm the...

Love those! I have a dad like that, and I'm the one with sensitivities. Most days I can hold my breath or breathe shallowly enough until he leaves. But a reminder is going in next month's newsletter.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-16-2019, 01:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,964
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I don't, but when they get to the point that they...

I don't, but when they get to the point that they only "need" it when they see it I've been known to hide it until nap. I had to push one mom into taking it away when the child put 2/3 of it in his...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-12-2019, 01:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 226
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: 710
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: 331
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: 353
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: 1,458
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: 350
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: 715
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: 428
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: 350
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: 549
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: 930
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: 24
Views: 1,241
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: 1,316
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: 905
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: 385
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: 947
Posted By AmyKidsCo
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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-24-2019, 01:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 709
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: 772
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: 500
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: 1,216
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: 653
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: 471
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: 1,439
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: 1,549
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: 2,555
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: 519
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: 5,278
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 554,606
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: 399
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: 666
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: 777
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: 2,555
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: 373
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: 508
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: 659
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: 443
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: 891
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: 455
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: 300
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: 756
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: 775
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: 685
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: 1,072
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: 366
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: 1,405
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: 719
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: 725
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: 861
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: 678
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: 792
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: 707
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: 637
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: 637
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: 1,083
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: 520
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: 1,513
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: 549
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: 443
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: 425
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: 621
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: 418
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: 524
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: 427
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: 626
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: 742
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: 696
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: 918
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: 773
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: 3,008
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: 601
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: 1,429
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: 4,404
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: 987
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: 1,337
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: 819
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: 1,436
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...
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