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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-24-2020, 01:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 317
Posted By AmyKidsCo
ITA about having the parent text ahead of time....

ITA about having the parent text ahead of time. Right now parents aren't allowed in my house so I get the child/ren ready, then have them wait by the door. When I see the parent come I stand between...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-24-2020, 01:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 260
Posted By AmyKidsCo
ALL my dck, myself, my hubby, and my teenage sons...

ALL my dck, myself, my hubby, and my teenage sons caught a cold at the beginning of the month. It was AWFUL but all common cold symptoms (no loss of taste/smell, no fever, no digestive issues) so I...
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 09-18-2020, 01:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 195
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Welcome! I love Tom Copeland's Three Choices...

Welcome!

I love Tom Copeland's Three Choices in Life (http://tomcopelandblog.com/three-choices-life). He writes about conflict with a parent, but they apply to almost every circumstance.

1) I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2020, 01:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 555
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I usually say something about "I know, home is...

I usually say something about "I know, home is always best" and mention that transitions are hard for children so they probably won't want to go home at pick up.

Except if there's a behavioral...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2020, 01:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 341
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Our city health department and the CDC don't...

Our city health department and the CDC don't recommend taking temps as screening, so I don't do it anymore.

I sent home an email with a copy of our DCF screening sheet and told the parents it was...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-20-2020, 12:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 390
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Me too, but not always as a question. More often...

Me too, but not always as a question. More often I just repeat it without emphasis or "you mean" "you should say" etc...

"Her is going outside todays."
"Yup, she's going outside today."
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-20-2020, 12:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 271
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Depends on what they're looking for and if I have...

Depends on what they're looking for and if I have openings. If I don't have openings and they have an infant I wait until after vacation because my next infant opening is a year out. If I have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-19-2020, 01:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 928
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I'm not a video person so I used Google slides to...

I'm not a video person so I used Google slides to make a slideshow of photos with labels/comments. You can email the link to parents so it's super easy. We did a Zoom interview, which was easy too,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-18-2020, 01:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,026
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I breastfed in front of my DCK but not in front...

I breastfed in front of my DCK but not in front of the parents. I wasn't shy about doing it around others in general, but didn't think it was professional to do in front of parents.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-07-2020, 01:28 PM
Replies: 2,101
Views: 342,319
Posted By AmyKidsCo
ALL my kiddos napped today, and BOTH infants...

ALL my kiddos napped today, and BOTH infants slept 2 straight hours! Usually the most I can get from one is 1 1/2 hours, even when he skips his AM nap. Happy Friday to me!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-07-2020, 01:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 814
Posted By AmyKidsCo
:lol: No kidding about a long summer. I have...

:lol:

No kidding about a long summer. I have a feeling fall is going to be worse. :(
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-07-2020, 01:18 PM
Replies: 5,892
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 672,754
Posted By AmyKidsCo
YIKES!! :eek:

YIKES!! :eek:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-03-2020, 02:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 814
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Ditto! I haven't taken non-related SA for years...

Ditto! I haven't taken non-related SA for years and don't plan to start again. I'm just not built for that age - my 11 yr old granddaughter drives me batty with her non-stop talking. :lol:
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 08-03-2020, 01:53 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,023
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I have a basic template: cereal, toasted, cereal,...

I have a basic template: cereal, toasted, cereal, protein/special, cereal.

Toasted can be toast, bagel, english muffin, leftover buns, etc.
Protein is yogurt or eggs.
Special is oatmeal, rice...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-03-2020, 01:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 427
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Definitely include something about being off the...

Definitely include something about being off the premises by closing time. I've had parents who leave the house then follow their child into the backyard to see something and let them play for a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-22-2020, 01:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 597
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Nope, I don't carry out parents' punishments. My...

Nope, I don't carry out parents' punishments. My hubby and I don't even set a consequence for our kids and expect the other to carry it out. (Not that we don't support each other, but I wouldn't say...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-22-2020, 01:20 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 51,509
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I don't consider it more rude than "bad" so I'd...

I don't consider it more rude than "bad" so I'd tell the child that word isn't OK here so save it for home.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-22-2020, 01:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 433
Posted By AmyKidsCo
"An initial $10.00 flat fee, plus an additional...

"An initial $10.00 flat fee, plus an additional $1.00 per minute fee per child will be charged for each minute the child is on the premises during these times."
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-16-2020, 01:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 608
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Can you keep him up in the morning, or only let...

Can you keep him up in the morning, or only let him have a short nap?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-30-2020, 01:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,053
Posted By AmyKidsCo
The only time I have is when it was a last minute...

The only time I have is when it was a last minute change, like when i cancelled time off due to a conference being cancelled. I knew some parents had already taken the time off and couldn't cancel...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-30-2020, 01:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 579
Posted By AmyKidsCo
We replaced our AC with grant money so I...

We replaced our AC with grant money so I mentioned to parents that I received some money and used it for the AC, which we wouldn't have been able to afford otherwise, but that's all I told them.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-29-2020, 12:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 889
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Yes, but I think only time and money can hold up...

Yes, but I think only time and money can hold up in court. For instance, if you have a No "dope and drop" policy and the parents do it anyway, the court won't help. But if you call them on it and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-29-2020, 12:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 716
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I only refer to one other person that I would...

I only refer to one other person that I would trust with my own children, otherwise I give them Child Care Resource & Referral's contact info. Years ago I was told that you have to be careful...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-26-2020, 12:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 889
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Only a contract holds up in court, that's why you...

Only a contract holds up in court, that's why you need the things Tom Copeland lists as essential (time & money). You can have the parents sign that they'll follow the handbook, but it's not...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-26-2020, 12:50 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,840
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Our son snuck into our car when he was 3 or 4. He...

Our son snuck into our car when he was 3 or 4. He woke up before the rest of us on a Saturday morning, unlocked both locks on the back door, went into the garage, and got into the car. Once he was in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-26-2020, 12:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 658
Posted By AmyKidsCo
In my dreams... - Separate entrance for drop...

In my dreams...
- Separate entrance for drop off/pick up.
- Another entrance to the outdoor play area.
- A separate screened porch the children would have independent access to.
- Lots of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-25-2020, 11:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 883
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Years ago I had books on tape for some...

Years ago I had books on tape for some non-nappers, and more often than not they'd nod off while listening.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-25-2020, 11:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 605
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Licensing requires sight OR sound, and I can hear...

Licensing requires sight OR sound, and I can hear them when I'm inside if the windows are open. I'm a pro at going FAST! :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-25-2020, 11:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 671
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I'd blame it on Covid and require her to either...

I'd blame it on Covid and require her to either stay outside or in a specific area (on a rug?) and not linger. Allowing her in the play area increases the number of germs she's exposed to, and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-24-2020, 12:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 883
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Can you try to tire him out more? Wake him...

Can you try to tire him out more? Wake him earlier, have him run around outside at night, put him to bed a little later, etc?
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 06-23-2020, 12:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 713
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Welcome!

Welcome!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-23-2020, 12:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 692
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Yes! I've had a couple random cases of the pukes,...

Yes! I've had a couple random cases of the pukes, but otherwise they've been more healthy overall.

I think it's because they're not being taken places and are seeing less people.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-23-2020, 12:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 588
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Ditto. Licensing doesn't allow us to rinse soiled...

Ditto. Licensing doesn't allow us to rinse soiled clothes either, so it all goes in a plastic grocery bag. If it's really stinky I'll put it on the back porch instead of in the cubby.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-11-2020, 12:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 531
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Not a dcp, but once hubby and I were confused by...

Not a dcp, but once hubby and I were confused by a lady in the grocery store acting like she knew us. Turns out it was our daughter's future mother-in-law. :eek::lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-10-2020, 01:12 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,785
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Same here. And we need to have our facility name...

Same here. And we need to have our facility name and license number on each sheet. I filled that area plus my sign in/out as 6:00am-6:00pm (licensed hours) and just photocopy that page every week.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-10-2020, 01:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 712
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Random thoughts as I read along... 1. Don't...

Random thoughts as I read along...

1. Don't enroll a family because you're afraid to have an opening. After 25+ years in the business I've finally learned that the right family will come along,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-10-2020, 12:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 467
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I don't take infants unless they're siblings of...

I don't take infants unless they're siblings of current children. Won't the 3 yr old be in 4K next year? If he's not enrolled the infant won't be a sibling...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 06-09-2020, 01:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 931
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Isn't it interesting how one licensor can be fine...

Isn't it interesting how one licensor can be fine with something but the next one freaks out? :rolleyes:
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 06-08-2020, 01:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 931
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Are you licensed? Do you have any problems with...

Are you licensed? Do you have any problems with licensing (feeding, poop, etc)? Just curious - not looking to judge. :) Our licensing regs say that pet food/water can't be in an area accessible to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-08-2020, 01:31 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,770
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Licensing requires 30 min rest for all children...

Licensing requires 30 min rest for all children under 5. After the 30 min they can have books or other quiet toys.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-08-2020, 01:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 698
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I put everything away except the bare minimum...

I put everything away except the bare minimum required by licensing. I also bought dollar store bins to replace our wicker baskets. :( All hard toys get washed/disinfected every night and I disinfect...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 06-04-2020, 01:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 738
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Agreed! In WI licensing requires the same...

Agreed! In WI licensing requires the same components as the Food Program so it makes sense to do it because you've got to feed them the same food anyway.

When I first joined the food program we...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-04-2020, 01:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 614
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I get that. How old is he? I let my children play...

I get that. How old is he? I let my children play with things they didn't want to share in their rooms, or in a separate nearby room. (In this house it's the gated-off living room.)



I did the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-03-2020, 01:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 614
Posted By AmyKidsCo
All six of my own children were in my childcare,...

All six of my own children were in my childcare, and any toys they didn't want to share had to stay in their rooms.

For the outdoor toys, can you cover them with a tarp during the day so the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-02-2020, 11:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,376
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I used MMPro then moved to KidKare when it was...

I used MMPro then moved to KidKare when it was first introduced. I didn't like it at first, but now I like it a lot. It had some major issues at first, but as far as I know they've been resolved....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-29-2020, 11:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,010
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Agree with all of this! If I'd started out...

Agree with all of this! If I'd started out viewing it as a business (What would KinderCare do?) I would've saved myself a lot of stress & heartache.
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 05-28-2020, 12:27 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,407
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Thanks MyAngels. Now I wish I remembered who I...

Thanks MyAngels. Now I wish I remembered who I spoke to at our bank. :rolleyes:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-27-2020, 12:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 617
Posted By AmyKidsCo
If you can find rubbing alcohol you could spray...

If you can find rubbing alcohol you could spray them down with that. Or Everclear :lol:
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 05-27-2020, 12:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,247
Posted By AmyKidsCo
This. I've had some made of plain heavy cotton...

This. I've had some made of plain heavy cotton and some that had a plastic-like coating on them. I liked the plain ones better because they didn't crease and could just be tossed in the washer.
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 05-27-2020, 12:48 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,407
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Tom, where do the rules say that you can't use...

Tom, where do the rules say that you can't use more than 75% for payroll? I've seen several places where it says you must use at least 75%, but not that you can't use more than 75%. My lender told me...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 05-26-2020, 01:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 506
Posted By AmyKidsCo
ITA with Josiegirl. It's too big a pain to keep...

ITA with Josiegirl. It's too big a pain to keep the food separate so I did it the same way. Even if you're on the Food Program it's good to count it up separately because you might have meals that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-22-2020, 01:26 PM
Replies: 5,892
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 672,754
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Real suggestion: Don't answer. Text her later to...

Real suggestion: Don't answer. Text her later to say "Sorry I didn't answer but I was changing a diaper." Next time, "...feeding the baby." Then "...dishing up lunch." "Reading story." Eventually...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-22-2020, 01:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 675
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Weekdays after hours. My kiddos are usually...

Weekdays after hours. My kiddos are usually well-behaved, but I'm not going to take the chance they won't be while a prospective family was here.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-21-2020, 12:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 364
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I love KidKare! It really does do it all and...

I love KidKare! It really does do it all and isn't expensive. They're also open to suggestions for improvements and new features.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-19-2020, 12:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 851
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Our 15 year old was done last Friday, and our 13...

Our 15 year old was done last Friday, and our 13 year old is supposed to be done tomorrow, but he won't get all his work done. The school is grading Pass or Incomplete and I know he's getting...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-14-2020, 01:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,056
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I agree with everyone else. Let her know she's...

I agree with everyone else. Let her know she's got until ____ to enroll, and full payment is due beginning the 18th, whether the child is in attendance or not. If she's not willing, then she runs the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-14-2020, 01:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 944
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Ditto this too. I've gotten really good at both...

Ditto this too. I've gotten really good at both holding it, and peeing quickly. :lol:
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 05-14-2020, 01:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 928
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Is it at least or up to 75% must be spent on...

Is it at least or up to 75% must be spent on payroll? Because the way my bank person phrased it, it sounded like 100% could be spent on payroll. Also, she said to make sure it was disbursed within 6...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-12-2020, 12:54 PM
Replies: 5,892
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 672,754
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Agreed! I figure that KinderCare isn't answering...

Agreed! I figure that KinderCare isn't answering the phones during off hours, and parents don't have staff members' numbers to contact them at home, so in this one way I'm going to do what KinderCare...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-12-2020, 12:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 838
Posted By AmyKidsCo
They've send me several emails saying they're now...

They've send me several emails saying they're now including licensing information - woo hoo! But every time I've tried to add mine there was some error or another so I gave up.
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 05-12-2020, 12:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 928
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I'm not Tom, but I talked to my bank about it...

I'm not Tom, but I talked to my bank about it this past Friday.

I specifically asked about proving how it was spent - spreadsheet or dedicated account or what to show how much was used on...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-12-2020, 12:41 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,572
Posted By AmyKidsCo
My door opens to the playroom so the parent opens...

My door opens to the playroom so the parent opens the door, gives the child a hug, and pushes him in or hands me the infant.

For pick up the parents text me 5 min out and I get the children ready,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-08-2020, 12:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 997
Posted By AmyKidsCo
You could set up a rotation like I have - 1 day...

You could set up a rotation like I have - 1 day out, 3 days away. It's not a big deal to switch things, takes about 5 minutes.
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 05-08-2020, 12:36 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,407
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Thanks! I had read that article but missed the...

Thanks! I had read that article but missed the part about getting unemployment after the 8 weeks. :rolleyes:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-06-2020, 01:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,261
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Ditto! I'm the only provider here and I still...

Ditto! I'm the only provider here and I still have problems with the staff. :lol: I'd fire myself but then I'd have to fill in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-06-2020, 01:18 PM
Replies: 5,892
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 672,754
Posted By AmyKidsCo
And THIS is why my parent handbook is 58 pages...

And THIS is why my parent handbook is 58 pages long! (Also because it's divided into sections and each section starts on a new page, but still...)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-06-2020, 01:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 997
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Are you FCC or group? I'm FCC and never...

Are you FCC or group?

I'm FCC and never closed. I sent home a letter to the parents that basically said I expect them to shelter in place, keep their kids home, follow CDC guidelines, etc. I only...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 05-06-2020, 11:42 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,407
Posted By AmyKidsCo
If I'm getting the PPP I'm not eligible for PUA,...

If I'm getting the PPP I'm not eligible for PUA, correct? I've already applied for PUA, so if approved I assume there's a way to decline it?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-05-2020, 12:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,261
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I don't have to make snack 3 days this week. ...

I don't have to make snack 3 days this week.

One of the kiddos wanted to bring snack "like K" (the family who's bringing groceries every week) so he brought snack yesterday, and now my...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 05-05-2020, 12:51 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,407
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Faxed my PUA paperwork in last night. happyface ...

Faxed my PUA paperwork in last night. happyface

Still waiting for PPP paperwork. If it's not here by Thursday I'm going to call and offer to pick it up from their drive-up window. Our CU is within...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 05-04-2020, 01:16 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,407
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Called our CU this morning and am approved for...

Called our CU this morning and am approved for PPP! happyface

She thought I would've been notified before now because we only have 10 days from approval to sign the forms and get them back. So now...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-04-2020, 01:13 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,546
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I can't agree more!...

I can't agree more! likethislikethislikethislikethislikethislikethislikethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-01-2020, 01:28 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,261
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Seeing how much my parents appreciate me. I've...

Seeing how much my parents appreciate me. I've had a family bringing groceries for breakfast & snack every week since the Stay at Home order started. And they're all picking up earlier than before.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-01-2020, 01:24 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,546
Posted By AmyKidsCo
GOOD FOR YOU!! In WI the QRIS system,...

GOOD FOR YOU!!

In WI the QRIS system, YoungStar, is optional unless you want to accept state subsidized families. I don't, so I decline to participate in YS. It means that I'm listed at the bottom...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-01-2020, 01:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 624
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Agreed!

Agreed!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-01-2020, 01:18 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,297
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Too, too funny! You could've bounced it back...

Too, too funny!

You could've bounced it back to her and agreed to each of the changes - for a hefty fee. Like, an extra $100 each check to change the payday. :D
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-28-2020, 01:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 848
Posted By AmyKidsCo
ITA that if you can afford to stay closed, stay...

ITA that if you can afford to stay closed, stay closed.

I've been open this whole time, but no one in my household is high risk. And we can't afford for me to close anyway...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-28-2020, 01:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 716
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Your under-ones must not be as loud as mine!...

Your under-ones must not be as loud as mine! :eek:

ITA about repetition. Also, try to really tire them out the first week or so, so they fall asleep right away. And don't be afraid to use the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-28-2020, 01:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 720
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Luckily my only school-ager is my granddaughter....

Luckily my only school-ager is my granddaughter. She uses our iPad to access her assignments & lessons. She's in 5th grade so she doesn't need a lot of oversight, but it does add an extra layer of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-23-2020, 01:25 PM
Replies: 5,892
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 672,754
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I can't stand it when a child doesn't like...

I can't stand it when a child doesn't like something and starts crying "Mommy, Mommy, Daddy, Daddy!" Seriously - I only told you to go wash your hands!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-23-2020, 01:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,249
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Being there for my parents. My mom was in the ER...

Being there for my parents. My mom was in the ER last weekend, then admitted overnight. The ER allowed my dad with her, but no-one else. I understand, but he was a mess and could've used emotional...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-23-2020, 01:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,155
Posted By AmyKidsCo
ITA with everyone else. I'd look for new clients...

ITA with everyone else. I'd look for new clients and not accept the other ones back if they ask. As a rule I don't take clients back after they leave.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-22-2020, 01:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 736
Posted By AmyKidsCo
"I'm sorry, but because of licensing I have to...

"I'm sorry, but because of licensing I have to keep that information confidential."

And don't you love it when they blame a child who isn't there that day?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-21-2020, 12:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 775
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Can you have an honest conversation with the...

Can you have an honest conversation with the family? Let them know you're concerned and ask what they're doing at home. I've been open this whole time and know that my families are following CDC...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-21-2020, 12:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 647
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I put a sign on the door "We're outside" and the...

I put a sign on the door "We're outside" and the parents just come to the play yard.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-21-2020, 12:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 505
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Agreed with both of the above. I'd hold the spot...

Agreed with both of the above. I'd hold the spot until June, then expect them to pay the full amount to hold it longer if they still want it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2020, 01:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 560
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Impetigo is usually wet in the middle and crusty...

Impetigo is usually wet in the middle and crusty yellow on the edges.

ITA to watch it for another day or two and see what it does. If it doesn't heal more or gets bigger it's impetigo. If it heals...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2020, 01:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 585
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I had a 2 yr old break her leg here. She went...

I had a 2 yr old break her leg here. She went home the day she broke it, stayed home 1 day, then came back the next - scooting all over in her cast. She didn't need any pain meds or anything. I'd say...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-14-2020, 12:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 702
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Congratulations! happyface I was off Friday...

Congratulations! happyface

I was off Friday to yesterday so I celebrated by NOT disinfecting every night. :lol: We watched church and Hubby made a ham with all the fixin's. Other than that it was...
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 04-14-2020, 12:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,140
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Tom Copeland says you don't need to worry about...

Tom Copeland says you don't need to worry about that because you're not liable if a child catches Covid-19, just as you're not liable if they catch any other virus.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-14-2020, 12:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 665
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I think 50% is fair, since they're still being...

I think 50% is fair, since they're still being paid in full. If you can't pay your bills you'll need to get a different job, then they won't have child care when this is all done.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-14-2020, 12:26 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 519
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I take both - Good Friday through "Easter Monday"...

I take both - Good Friday through "Easter Monday" and never regret it!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-09-2020, 01:08 PM
Replies: 5,892
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 672,754
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Can't you block her?

Can't you block her?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-08-2020, 01:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 570
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I take Good Friday & "Easter Monday" off as...

I take Good Friday & "Easter Monday" off as "Easter Break." Most of the time I've had no days or just one day off since New Year's Day so I'm more than ready for a break by Easter!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-07-2020, 01:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,125
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I'm staying open. The recommendation is for when...

I'm staying open. The recommendation is for when you're out in public, like in a store. My kiddos are only here and home, they're not going shopping with their parents. Most of my parents work from...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-07-2020, 01:35 PM
Replies: 5,892
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 672,754
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I forgot how hard 2 babies are! Both need to be...

I forgot how hard 2 babies are! Both need to be changed every 2 hours. One eats every 3 hours, the other every 4 hours. Neither one sleeps more than 25-30 min at a time, and never at the same time....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-03-2020, 01:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 779
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I've given this a lot of thought and my decision...

I've given this a lot of thought and my decision is that as long as I'm open and the parents are working FT they need to pay me 100%. If *I* get sick and have to close I won't charge (it's in my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-03-2020, 01:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,125
Posted By AmyKidsCo
There's so much conflicting information it's hard...

There's so much conflicting information it's hard to know what do to. I'm committed to staying open for as long as I can. I plan to make masks for the adults in our family to wear when we're out and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-31-2020, 02:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 979
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Tom Copeland says to not use the word "Deposit"...

Tom Copeland says to not use the word "Deposit" because it implies refunds. I use "Final Payment" and "Holding Fee"
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-31-2020, 01:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,048
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I loved the Outlander series, but can't stand...

I loved the Outlander series, but can't stand Stephen King. :lol:

I started re-reading the J.D. Robb "In Death" series in November. I've read them all already, but don't remember all of the...
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