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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-26-2017, 03:13 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,751
Posted By childcaremom
I would be looking at a different type of gate....

I would be looking at a different type of gate. That one doesn't sound sturdy enough for daycare. I know you said he 'should' know better but he doesn't yet, so until he does, you need something that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-17-2017, 04:36 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,154
Posted By childcaremom
I had limited photos on my site. All were taken...

I had limited photos on my site. All were taken outside of daycare hours. Most of the photos were of activities that we have done. No kids ever in my photos.

As for the other issues, I would not...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-16-2017, 02:52 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,049
Posted By childcaremom
I'm late to this party..... and I'm jaded because...

I'm late to this party..... and I'm jaded because I've closed....

I would have just termed. I wouldn't have wanted to sit and worry about them coming on time. I would not be happy dealing with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-19-2017, 06:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 673
Posted By childcaremom
If I am terming due to behavioural issues of the...

If I am terming due to behavioural issues of the child (or parent), serious policy infractions, or any other reason where I no longer wish to continue with the family and do not want them back I term...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-11-2017, 03:42 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,508
Posted By childcaremom
It's based on my experiences. ;) And they jaded...

It's based on my experiences. ;) And they jaded me. I could go on and on (and on and on) about the issues I've had but it doesn't mean that they will happen to you, kwim? These situations certainly...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-10-2017, 07:27 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,508
Posted By childcaremom
I think this really depends on what your sticking...

I think this really depends on what your sticking points are. Maybe not.

I always ask email inquiries what hours they require care for (I did contracted hours, not open to close), when they need...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-10-2017, 02:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 576
Posted By childcaremom
I give 15 mins. But it's the first strike against...

I give 15 mins. But it's the first strike against them. I need families to pick up on time and this is a sign that they aren't punctual and don't value my time.

Of course, I give them the benefit...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-10-2017, 11:49 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,508
Posted By childcaremom
:hug: This was the hardest part of the business...

:hug:
This was the hardest part of the business for me. Finding the families who will respect me and my program. I tweaked and tweaked before I found my zone.

The best thing for me was to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-09-2017, 09:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 760
Posted By childcaremom
When mine complain about their chores I (mostly)...

When mine complain about their chores I (mostly) jokingly tell them that's why I had them. And that they should be lucky that there are 4 of them so the chores are spread out. :p:lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-09-2017, 09:55 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,508
Posted By childcaremom
AFter reading the rest of the comments in this...

AFter reading the rest of the comments in this post..... I'd term.


:hug: You are getting a run for your money with these parents. :(
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-09-2017, 05:37 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,508
Posted By childcaremom
I would just reiterate that you will inform dcm...

I would just reiterate that you will inform dcm of any injuries that occur while in your care. And then drop it.

If she continues to push, well I would rethink whether I would continue to work...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-08-2017, 05:28 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 2,217
Posted By childcaremom
Yes to all of this. I have allergies. I...

Yes to all of this.

I have allergies. I take my food everywhere. I do not expect other people to know/understand/provide what I need. So I do it. I do the same for my children. I am a working...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-07-2017, 07:36 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 2,217
Posted By childcaremom
I get where you are coming from, Trix. If it had...

I get where you are coming from, Trix. If it had been brought up during the tour, you could have told her right then and there that she would have needed to send foods. She didn't. Now it's coming up...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-07-2017, 04:09 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 2,217
Posted By childcaremom
Same. I do not provide allergen free...

Same. I do not provide allergen free meals/special diet meals. If families want/need something different than what is offered then they need to provide it. I do not charge extra but do not charge...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-06-2017, 08:00 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 922
Posted By childcaremom
I agree with a lot of the advice given. New...

I agree with a lot of the advice given.

New contract with new time set by you. I would cap it at 90 extra minutes.

As for the rate.... well I would charge more than that. Prob at least 20-25....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-02-2017, 12:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 614
Posted By childcaremom
Thanks everyone! And..... just as an little...

Thanks everyone!

And..... just as an little aside..... in all of my years of providing care I've never had to deal with anyone getting sick to their stomach here.

One hour to go and I have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-02-2017, 03:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 614
Posted By childcaremom
My Last Day

It's my last day of home daycare. happyface

After 15+ years at home and 8+ years doing daycare, I got a job outside of the house. happyface

It's scary... but exciting. I'm looking forward to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-02-2017, 03:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 769
Posted By childcaremom
Ok. Reread other info. Stick a fork in me,...

Ok. Reread other info.

Stick a fork in me, I'd be done.

I stick by my first advice. No need for a chat. These parents are not as clueless as they would like you to think they are.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-02-2017, 03:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 769
Posted By childcaremom
If it is your policy to administer meds.... the...

If it is your policy to administer meds.... the parents put their child at risk by not telling you that he had meds on board. PLUS for me, it's a term worthy offense to dope and drop. It's term...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-27-2017, 01:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 757
Posted By childcaremom
I always interview multiple families for 1 spot....

I always interview multiple families for 1 spot. I tell them, or they know already, that I have x amount of space and when it's available.

I meet with everyone. Get a feel for everyone and find...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-25-2017, 04:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 690
Posted By childcaremom
I'm closing, too. happyface I agree with the...

I'm closing, too. happyface

I agree with the bolded. I have everything listed online first. I'm trying to recoup some of the cost and have things priced higher.

I've given myself a month to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-24-2017, 07:06 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 745
Posted By childcaremom
I struggle with that still after years in the...

I struggle with that still after years in the business.

And when it's affecting your sanity, then it needs to be done. :hug:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-24-2017, 04:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 745
Posted By childcaremom
I started the same way. Once I reached capacity I...

I started the same way. Once I reached capacity I decided what I wanted my hours to be and advertised for those hours. As I signed new clients, I gave notice to ones whose hours did not fit my new...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-21-2017, 03:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,008
Posted By childcaremom
My dd had lice this past fall. I tried home...

My dd had lice this past fall.

I tried home remedies and lots of brushing.
I cleaned like crazy.

Then we went to a professional. She treated us. Combed us. And gave great advice. (a lot of the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-19-2017, 04:04 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,241
Posted By childcaremom
I would not bend but that's me. It sounds like...

I would not bend but that's me. It sounds like she is the type to expect it again going forward so I wouldn't want to set the precedence.

I would also continue to check her head as the eggs take...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-18-2017, 07:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 825
Posted By childcaremom
I wouldn't. I have no experience with ear tubes...

I wouldn't. I have no experience with ear tubes but I would exclude until she is checked by a doctor and stops bleeding.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-18-2017, 05:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 612
Posted By childcaremom
I allow cds. But I also tell parents that if they...

I allow cds. But I also tell parents that if they are leaking that they will need to use disposables here.

It's a sanitary issue. And it's gross.

I also require disposables for nap times.

I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-18-2017, 02:32 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,331
Posted By childcaremom
I agree with many of above. I thought that...

I agree with many of above.

I thought that parents would only send their children only when at work.

I thought that parents would keep their sick children home..... and not complain about it.
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-17-2017, 09:20 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,096
Posted By childcaremom
Yes. :mad: When I first came to this board,...

Yes. :mad:

When I first came to this board, I used to read the threads thinking that there were some crazy stories here. And then they happened to me. :lol:

Same reasons as above. I provide...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-16-2017, 09:22 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,176
Posted By childcaremom
Wow. That's unsettling. :mad: I agree with...

Wow. That's unsettling. :mad:

I agree with the others. I would be in touch with your lawyer and the police.

Stay safe. :hug:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-15-2017, 05:30 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,461
Posted By childcaremom
Generally, I stick to my policies all the time....

Generally, I stick to my policies all the time. However, if I was in need of having the space filled and having the money, I could be a bit more lenient in some areas.

However, payment would not...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-08-2017, 10:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 568
Posted By childcaremom
I am closed with pay on Christmas Eve, Day and...

I am closed with pay on Christmas Eve, Day and Boxing Day. I would be closed on Friday for Christmas Eve.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-07-2017, 05:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,017
Posted By childcaremom
Also, being that you have a few spots, you could...

Also, being that you have a few spots, you could always 'try out' a client, too. If you are on the fence about a potential client, you could do a trial period with them to see if it is a good fit,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-07-2017, 05:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,017
Posted By childcaremom
It depends. I would look at the reasons why I...

It depends. I would look at the reasons why I didn't offer them a space. If it was hours, age, full vs part time, perm vs temp, etc.... those can change over time.

If I didn't feel like it was a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-07-2017, 02:45 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,027
Posted By childcaremom
Parents who are coming from a nanny situation are...

Parents who are coming from a nanny situation are used to being able to call the shots. They are used to being an employer and have a hard time understanding that they aren't hiring me, they are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-06-2017, 06:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,027
Posted By childcaremom
I consider everything when making decisions. ...

I consider everything when making decisions.

Demanding parents would be a no for me too. Coming from a nanny is another no. :ouch:

You sound like you've got a good feeling for the others .
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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-06-2017, 02:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,027
Posted By childcaremom
How many do you have room for? What age are you...

How many do you have room for? What age are you most comfortable with?

I'd go with full time but would consider the ages involved. Personally, I'd do the 16 month old (I don't do under 12 months)....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-04-2017, 09:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 964
Posted By childcaremom
likethis I agree with this. I require all...

likethis I agree with this.

I require all of my families to have back up. Because life happens and, let's face it, when stuff happens it tends to happen all at once.

I hope everything is ok!...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-04-2017, 02:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 714
Posted By childcaremom
I had a child like that in the past. There were a...

I had a child like that in the past. There were a lot of parenting issues that resulted in this behaviour (which resulted in me no longer accepting clients who labelled their parenting :lol:).

I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-01-2017, 09:19 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 784
Posted By childcaremom
I think that there are tons of options to...

I think that there are tons of options to consider:
1 - raising rates enough to cover extra vacation time you want
2 - charging parents for their vacation times
3 - setting your vacation time as a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-01-2017, 07:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 817
Posted By childcaremom
likethis I also don't like when clients are...

likethis

I also don't like when clients are trying to save money at my expense.

I would want to tell the mom that the weekly space is available at $115 starting Monday May 8.

If she would...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 04-28-2017, 03:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,270
Posted By childcaremom
This is me, as well. I exclude for symptoms, so...

This is me, as well. I exclude for symptoms, so to me it wouldn't matter the reason for throwing up, I would still exclude for 48 hours.

As far as the cleaning goes, I know some providers would...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-28-2017, 03:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 924
Posted By childcaremom
I'm sorry. The timing stinks. Start...

I'm sorry. The timing stinks.

Start advertising to replace. Best of luck!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-27-2017, 03:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,118
Posted By childcaremom
I like this idea. Filing away for future...

I like this idea. Filing away for future reference. :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-27-2017, 02:42 PM
Replies: 4,196
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 407,418
Posted By childcaremom
No, I don't believe that your child miraculously...

No, I don't believe that your child miraculously got rid of her fever at 7:30 am yesterday when you told me she would be out for the day at 7 am ...... however.

Her first bm smelled of meds.
Her...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-27-2017, 11:16 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,118
Posted By childcaremom
I would remove the toys except for one each. Or...

I would remove the toys except for one each. Or would remove the prove legend of playing with toys and they would have to sit and colour.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-27-2017, 09:26 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 671
Posted By childcaremom
:hug: I hear you. I'd be looking at his...

:hug: I hear you.

I'd be looking at his symptoms. What else is going on? Chesty cough? Irritability? Not eating, sleeping, napping?

I'd be looking for those type things and then sending home,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-27-2017, 09:09 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 780
Posted By childcaremom
likethis This is me, too.

likethis

This is me, too.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-27-2017, 09:03 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 671
Posted By childcaremom
I exclude for symptoms. Runny nose: if I...

I exclude for symptoms.

Runny nose: if I have to follow around with a kleenex, I send home.

Drooling: I don't exclude for.

I would find it difficult to pin point where an illness starts. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-27-2017, 03:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 924
Posted By childcaremom
Yes. Term. :hug: I've been there and it's not...

Yes. Term. :hug: I've been there and it's not fun.

I was feeling burnt out not too long ago. I felt like I had a great group of kids and great dcps.... but there was one set of dcps that required...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-26-2017, 09:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 905
Posted By childcaremom
I made my own, too. I used foe (fold over...

I made my own, too. I used foe (fold over elastic), which was even easier. Took me about 15 mins to do the entire thing.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-26-2017, 09:02 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 898
Posted By childcaremom
I would get them to show you how she eats.

I would get them to show you how she eats.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-26-2017, 09:01 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 898
Posted By childcaremom
My dd (who was a prem) had formula mixed into...

My dd (who was a prem) had formula mixed into breast milk in an attempt to boost her caloric intake. I don't remember the ratio but it was set specifically to her weight, etc.

I would def. double...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-25-2017, 11:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 661
Posted By childcaremom
:lol::lol: :hug: I would be tempted to call...

:lol::lol:

:hug: I would be tempted to call for pick up.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-25-2017, 10:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 893
Posted By childcaremom
Being home for my kids was the draw. And why I'm...

Being home for my kids was the draw. And why I'm still here, even though my youngest is 9 and oldest just finished his first year of uni. I love love love being here when they get home from school. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-25-2017, 09:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 658
Posted By childcaremom
likethis I'm more looking for a productive...

likethis

I'm more looking for a productive cough. Chesty cough. Any of those and they don't stay.

A clearing of the throat.... I'm ok with. An occasional cough. Fine.

I also look at the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-25-2017, 03:17 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,456
Posted By childcaremom
Fwiw, I take teachers and don't charge over the...

Fwiw, I take teachers and don't charge over the summer. They pay a VERY high tuition through the rest of the year that makes up for it.

However, I agree with others. I'm sorry, dcm, I cannot...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2017, 11:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 647
Posted By childcaremom
We spend our Monday mornings outside. They can...

We spend our Monday mornings outside. They can lie around out there if they like, I don't mind. Whining and tears sounds less awful if there aren't walls to contain it. :cool:

In all seriousness,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2017, 02:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 649
Posted By childcaremom
Is this your family from your other post?

Is this your family from your other post?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-21-2017, 02:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 772
Posted By childcaremom
In the past, I have. I went to parties, as well. ...

In the past, I have. I went to parties, as well.

Then, no.

Now, I get a small gift for this group of littles. But no to going to parties.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-21-2017, 07:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 830
Posted By childcaremom
Muddy buddies are the bane of my existence. ...

Muddy buddies are the bane of my existence.

I have yet to meet a child who can put this on themselves without assistance. Don't care the age. Whether it's legs, arms or zippers, they are a pita....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-21-2017, 05:16 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 11,565
Posted By childcaremom
Our schools just changed this past year to allow...

Our schools just changed this past year to allow kids at school with nits. Guess what my dds got this year? :mad:

The deterent for me is the time and expense of treatment. We spent close to $400...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-20-2017, 10:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 842
Posted By childcaremom
I restrict my hours, too. I find 9 hours to be a...

I restrict my hours, too. I find 9 hours to be a long enough day for the children in my care. I prefer 8. ;) I do contracted hours so pick families for interviews who need hours that work for me.
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-20-2017, 08:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 830
Posted By childcaremom
Oh my gosh. I dislike these things so much. :lol:...

Oh my gosh. I dislike these things so much. :lol: And so many parents love them.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-20-2017, 07:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 848
Posted By childcaremom
Up your late fees. I also tell families right...

Up your late fees. I also tell families right during the interview that I expect them to pick up on time. That I will charge fees if they are late. And that I am not a good fit if they cant make it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-20-2017, 07:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 848
Posted By childcaremom
Dear dcps, From time to time I find it...

Dear dcps,

From time to time I find it necessary to make some changes to my business. Effective May 1st, I will be closing at 5 pm. While I hope that you will be able to accomodate these changes,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-19-2017, 11:38 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 888
Posted By childcaremom
I find things come in waves. Things have been...

I find things come in waves. Things have been slow here and are just starting to pick up again. It took me a while to fill up when I first started, as well.

You could always do as snowmom...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-19-2017, 10:04 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 888
Posted By childcaremom
No. With an exception. (snowmom's suggestion from...

No. With an exception. (snowmom's suggestion from above BUT I would need to be desperate to fill)

I agree with BC's reasons.

One of the things I've learned is that there are always parents who...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-19-2017, 09:08 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 888
Posted By childcaremom
I would charge them FT regardless of whether...

I would charge them FT regardless of whether their child is there or not as you are reserving the space for them.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-18-2017, 02:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 765
Posted By childcaremom
I would tell her that she needs to lie quietly on...

I would tell her that she needs to lie quietly on her mat/cot until the timer goes off before she can get up. No noise, no talking, etc. Timer restarts if she is talking. She only gets the privelege...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-18-2017, 02:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,065
Posted By childcaremom
likethis Also, if they've been able to make...

likethis

Also, if they've been able to make arrangements to pick him up to/from preschool, then they should be able to accomodate an earlier pick up.

Either way, do what works for you. lovethis...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-17-2017, 01:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 917
Posted By childcaremom
:hug: I found it VERY difficult to do...

:hug:

I found it VERY difficult to do daycare when my kids were part of my daycare. It got much easier once they were school aged.

Can you get out for walks/outings right after the kids go?...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-13-2017, 01:27 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,145
Posted By childcaremom
That is on par with my rates and what my plans...

That is on par with my rates and what my plans were, as well. :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-13-2017, 01:02 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,145
Posted By childcaremom
I am easing into a new job but still retaining a...

I am easing into a new job but still retaining a few days of daycare. I'm starting by taking Fridays off. Come September I am taking Mondays off, too. Although I am hopeful I will be able to close...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2017, 03:51 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,248
Posted By childcaremom
This is me, as well. Usually there are symptoms...

This is me, as well. Usually there are symptoms present that would make me think to check. I check and then recheck 20-30 mins later to make sure it is staying elevated before calling.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2017, 10:44 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,022
Posted By childcaremom
likethis I arrange the furniture...

likethis

I arrange the furniture strategically when I have mixed ages. This allows the big kids in one area and the littles in another. I'm also lucky enough that I can do that outside, as well.
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-08-2017, 02:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 942
Posted By childcaremom
I would do an immediate term. Refund any monies....

I would do an immediate term. Refund any monies. Have a final receipt done up, gather all the belongings.

I would email to tell them that you are no longer able to care for their child. Very...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-07-2017, 05:08 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 735
Posted By childcaremom
:lol: This is my cats. Never come out during...

:lol:

This is my cats. Never come out during daycare hours but an interview in progress.... they are right there. I always tell clients that they are not part of the program for the cats'...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-07-2017, 04:04 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 983
Posted By childcaremom
likethis I love this. lovethis

likethis I love this. lovethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-06-2017, 07:36 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,036
Posted By childcaremom
The market here is such that families are looking...

The market here is such that families are looking for care 2-3 months in advance, and sometimes sooner.

I try to avoid doing any interviews for spaces that are too far out but if the age of the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-05-2017, 09:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 541
Posted By childcaremom
I probably would have done the same thing. I just...

I probably would have done the same thing. I just googled it and it sounds like you did exactly what you should have done.

If I ever doubt whether or not a child needs more medical attention,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-05-2017, 03:03 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,003
Posted By childcaremom
:eek: :eek: Um, no. Parents do not dictate...

:eek:

:eek: Um, no. Parents do not dictate (in any terms) how I run my business. I would NOT accept any forms/agreements/contracts from a dcp!! Especially one who is a lawyer. This is YOUR...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-04-2017, 11:17 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,003
Posted By childcaremom
likethis I would be advertising and...

likethis

I would be advertising and replacing. Hopefully before the summer. ;)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-03-2017, 05:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 815
Posted By childcaremom
I'd lock the door and put a note on the door. ...

I'd lock the door and put a note on the door.

I have a form for parents to fill out that has a spot for one sure way to contact them so if I need to close I only send one message.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-02-2017, 06:45 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 932
Posted By childcaremom
This is what I would do, as well. Schedule the...

This is what I would do, as well. Schedule the interviews during a time when you have someone available to watch your own. It will relieve stress on your part and give you an opportunity to go...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-02-2017, 06:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 841
Posted By childcaremom
Not sure what involvement means in terms of your...

Not sure what involvement means in terms of your rules....

I made a family tree. We took a large branch, attached clothespins, and families sent in pictures of dcks and their families, pets, loved...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-01-2017, 03:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 696
Posted By childcaremom
Put it back on the parents. Tell them what...

Put it back on the parents.

Tell them what your expectations are as far as naps. If she isn't sleeping and/or is tired, call for pick up.

Personally, I like Jenboo's advice. I would have a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-31-2017, 07:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 704
Posted By childcaremom
I am very clear that I am well care only. That...

I am very clear that I am well care only. That they need to have back up care in case of illness. The kicker: the papa is back up care AND lives with them.

This was strike 2. Strike 1 was picking...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-31-2017, 04:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 704
Posted By childcaremom
And never mind. I turned away at door. Double ear...

And never mind. I turned away at door. Double ear infection. Yeah, that's not happening. :eek::rolleyes::mad:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-31-2017, 04:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 704
Posted By childcaremom
How Much Crying During Adjustment Period?

I just started a 10 mos old on Monday. He's never been in care before (normal in Canada).

What do you consider to be a normal amount of crying during an adjustment period? And have you sent home...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-29-2017, 10:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 705
Posted By childcaremom
I will acknowledge it once or twice and then...

I will acknowledge it once or twice and then encourage them to have a picnic with Julie. Or, why don't you show Bobby? Then I ignore. I have a book that I read or do paperwork.

If you like...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-29-2017, 10:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 850
Posted By childcaremom
When I changed my hours, I gave 4 weeks notice of...

When I changed my hours, I gave 4 weeks notice of the change:

Dear dcps,

From time to time, I need to make changes that are in the best interest of my business. Please be advised that as of x...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-29-2017, 10:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 876
Posted By childcaremom
likethis This is exactly what I told my dcm....

likethis

This is exactly what I told my dcm. That it wasn't a reflection of the child, of me, or the parents. (my dcps had tried, and I gave them a longer "trial" because we were both working on...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-29-2017, 09:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 705
Posted By childcaremom
I do a combination of above and it def. depends...

I do a combination of above and it def. depends on the child and their age. But I am a big fan of giving them the gift of boredom. It's a gift that I give and give and give. :p

Basically, I don't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-29-2017, 09:33 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 861
Posted By childcaremom
This is good advice. I worked odd hours when I...

This is good advice. I worked odd hours when I first opened. Then once I was full, advertised to replace with clients who fit in the hours that I wanted to be open.

I continuously adapt my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-29-2017, 09:27 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 876
Posted By childcaremom
How I handle it is this: it happens once and they...

How I handle it is this: it happens once and they are my shadow. NO access to other kids. Separate play areas. Then I reintegrate and watch closely. If it happens twice then parents are put on...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-27-2017, 11:38 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,645
Posted By childcaremom
likethis Best of luck!

likethis Best of luck!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-27-2017, 11:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 806
Posted By childcaremom
Yes! That's lots. Hopefully his parents can...

Yes! That's lots.

Hopefully his parents can get his sleep sorted out. Poor little guy.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-27-2017, 10:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 806
Posted By childcaremom
I would tell them what your nap times are at your...

I would tell them what your nap times are at your house. And tell them that if he is tired and sleeping outside those hours, you will send home for not being able to participate.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-27-2017, 10:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 806
Posted By childcaremom
Sounds like he is getting his night sleep with...

Sounds like he is getting his night sleep with you during the day.

I don't have any suggestions other than to put it back on the parents.
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