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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Today, 05:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 235
Posted By DaveA
This what I was thinking. Plus DCPs can have an...

This what I was thinking. Plus DCPs can have an accident walking to daycare or work just as easily as driving. I don't follow school schedule but will close if I think the roads in our area aren't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Today, 05:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 269
Posted By DaveA
This would have sent me ballistic. My...

This would have sent me ballistic. My conversation would be simple- the next time he shows up during that time will be the last time they are enrolled. He's not sorry- he just doesn't think he has...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 11:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 178
Posted By DaveA
To me itís a full time enrollment. I explain to...

To me itís a full time enrollment. I explain to DCPs that it would be next to impossible to find another enrollment to mirror their schedule. Iím not willing to lose that kind of money regardless of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-12-2018, 05:25 AM
Replies: 4,794
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 470,222
Posted By DaveA
There's a skunk either in the back corner of the...

There's a skunk either in the back corner of the backyard or just on the other side of the fence. Not a great way to start the week. Yuck
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-12-2018, 04:30 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 754
Posted By DaveA
Like the others said- if they want to secure the...

Like the others said- if they want to secure the spot they can pay for it. I had a "reserve rate" of 1/2 fee but dumped it in my last contract. I could see helping someone in a real emergency, but...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-12-2018, 04:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 264
Posted By DaveA
I'm sure I have, but I don't remember a specific...

I'm sure I have, but I don't remember a specific dream about the daycare or the kids.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-08-2018, 06:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 235
Posted By DaveA
We don't do a gift, but the DCKs make a bunch of...

We don't do a gift, but the DCKs make a bunch of breads, candies, or cookies right before Christmas to take home.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-06-2018, 04:17 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 539
Posted By DaveA
Between that and the previous issues I would let...

Between that and the previous issues I would let DCM know that she's ran out of chances with you. It might be the "lightbulb moment" that she needs to treat you professionally. If late payment,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-05-2018, 12:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 440
Posted By DaveA
This. I had to change my vacation policy after a...

This. I had to change my vacation policy after a DCF tried to use vacation to skip out on 2 weeks notice of changing providers. :rolleyes:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-05-2018, 12:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 143
Posted By DaveA
Short of sanding, restaining, and resealing...

Short of sanding, restaining, and resealing probably not. Might be easier to paint it a color you like.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-05-2018, 06:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 230
Posted By DaveA
I don't charge a deposit, so no help for you...

I don't charge a deposit, so no help for you there.

As for former DCM- I would contact your rep and let them know you have a hostile termination that could be going to court. That way if DCM...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-05-2018, 04:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 269
Posted By DaveA
Talked to someone from the R&R. As they...

Talked to someone from the R&R. As they understand it Carbon Monoxide detectors are not covered in this law. But there is a really good change when DCFS makes the rules up making sure we comply...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-05-2018, 04:41 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 478
Posted By DaveA
I would probably use a string of LED Christmas...

I would probably use a string of LED Christmas lights instead of the camp lights. Maybe even use the ones that you can change the color on. Even building one out of wood and Plexiglas or Lexan...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-02-2018, 11:53 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 478
Posted By DaveA
One of my big complaints about grants is most...

One of my big complaints about grants is most won't let you submit materials lists. For what a simple wooden swing/ playhouse kit costs I can build something twice the size with a ton more features...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-02-2018, 11:51 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 478
Posted By DaveA
I'd split it into about 4-5 sections like...

I'd split it into about 4-5 sections like puzzles, manipulatives, dolls/ animals....... and buy a bunch of simple stuff rather than something big.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-01-2018, 06:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 356
Posted By DaveA
happyfacehappyfacehappyfacehappyfacehappyfacehappy...

happyfacehappyfacehappyfacehappyfacehappyfacehappyfacehappyface
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-31-2018, 04:34 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 788
Posted By DaveA
I know they had some kind of family thing a few...

I know they had some kind of family thing a few weeks ago- DW was talking about driving to it at pickup right before. That's a possibility.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-30-2018, 11:45 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 788
Posted By DaveA
I wanted to add I've never had a child act this...

I wanted to add I've never had a child act this way to me saying "I'm fond of you too", and I've been saying it for at least 15 years in centers and my home daycare. It's surprising/ confusing to me.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-30-2018, 11:42 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 788
Posted By DaveA
Honestly no I don't. I like working with...

Honestly no I don't. I like working with children, like running a home daycare, and have a great bunch of kids, but I don't "love" them. As much psychotic fun as this is I do this to meet the needs...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-30-2018, 06:47 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 788
Posted By DaveA
"I Love You"

I have a DCG that says "I love you" to me a few times a week. I always respond "I'm pretty fond of you too" because frankly I don't get that attached to DCKs. She (and any other DCK I've said it to)...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-30-2018, 04:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 262
Posted By DaveA
My contract and policies are the same document. ...

My contract and policies are the same document. Each page has a "I have read and agree to follow" place for DCPs to initial and the last page is where they sign.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-29-2018, 12:02 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,813
Posted By DaveA
Pulling this up because I just used DCKs being...

Pulling this up because I just used DCKs being great during an EIS initial as the reason we grabbed McDonalds for lunch. Really it was because today was the first day the McRib was back in our area....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-29-2018, 06:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 320
Posted By DaveA
Don't feel bad about enforcing your policies,...

Don't feel bad about enforcing your policies, especially on payment.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2018, 11:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 280
Posted By DaveA
Cheese pizza, carrot sticks, pears.

Cheese pizza, carrot sticks, pears.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2018, 09:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 451
Posted By DaveA
Close for an hour and go. Enjoy and have fun. ...

Close for an hour and go. Enjoy and have fun. happyface
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2018, 06:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 269
Posted By DaveA
IL Smoke Alarm Law

Saw this on the news this morning. Only a couple of stories online so far, so not much other information. Illinois is going to require by 2022 all smoke alarms must be replaced with the ones with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2018, 06:10 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 519
Posted By DaveA
The only people who ever asked have been siblings...

The only people who ever asked have been siblings of enrollees and a DCM while she was pregnant. I said OK.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2018, 06:06 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 304
Posted By DaveA
If we can do twice a day it's so much better. ...

If we can do twice a day it's so much better. Doesn't have to be for long periods of time. Just enough to burn off some energy and soak up some sun.

If I had to choose one I would say...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2018, 03:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 390
Posted By DaveA
:lol::lol::lol: Could be worse- considering...

:lol::lol::lol:

Could be worse- considering some of the triathlon/ marathon/ cycling groups I've seen I'm not surprised they don't have "kiddy gym" with mini treadmills, machines, and weight...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2018, 03:19 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 732
Posted By DaveA
I see what you're saying, but the point I was...

I see what you're saying, but the point I was trying to make is if her state's rules are like IL's any licensed area with a DCP's child in it during business hours is fair game for a parent to have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2018, 01:18 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 732
Posted By DaveA
Do you have another area you can put the pack &...

Do you have another area you can put the pack & plays? I specifically wanted my bedroom excluded from my license (they are gated off from the areas DCKs are allowed) because if it's a spot the kids...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2018, 04:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 247
Posted By DaveA
I'm thinking of quoting a very mean Ebenezer...

I'm thinking of quoting a very mean Ebenezer Scrooge line because you're talking about Christmas crafts in October. :D:lol::p:cool:

I wouldn't do candles (maybe the led tea lights) but something...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-24-2018, 02:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 390
Posted By DaveA
Itís been years since my kids used them with DW,...

Itís been years since my kids used them with DW, but if I remember right they werenít licensed in IL. As for inspected- whatever the normal inspection routine is for a gym includes the daycare I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-24-2018, 07:27 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 549
Posted By DaveA
Josie- can you add some "me time" days off? A...

Josie- can you add some "me time" days off? A day every few weeks aside from holidays to focus on you could be a big help. Otherwise- like Sharlan said do what you want with your program.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-24-2018, 07:24 AM
Replies: 1,066
Views: 196,332
Posted By DaveA
Today was "wacky clothes day" :rolleyes: at...

Today was "wacky clothes day" :rolleyes: at school DCB comes in clothes inside out, shorts over pants, jeans used as shirt sleeves, and socks over his shoes. DCM says as she's leaving "Please come...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-23-2018, 01:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 299
Posted By DaveA
Which AED do you have? I don't have a home...

Which AED do you have? I don't have a home daycare that I do CPR/ First Aid training for that has one yet.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-23-2018, 04:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 299
Posted By DaveA
I don't supply any meds for DCKs. If DCPs want...

I don't supply any meds for DCKs. If DCPs want it here they need to supply it. Honestly I can't remember the last time I gave medicine. And I'm too lazy to go look it up ;).
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-22-2018, 12:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 263
Posted By DaveA
Personally I think Option A is the best one. As...

Personally I think Option A is the best one. As for early care- if there is a need for it ( and I think there would be) it sounds like a good addition to the program.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-21-2018, 08:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 466
Posted By DaveA
To me it's a trade off- It takes me longer to...

To me it's a trade off- It takes me longer to fill openings because I'm picky. But because I'm picky I don't have to fill openings as often. This job is crazy enough without dealing with every...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 10-18-2018, 04:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 415
Posted By DaveA
There we go! Now I'm hungry for grits or polenta....

There we go! Now I'm hungry for grits or polenta. Both are similar but have subtle differences. I found Scot Conant's polenta with mushrooms recipe & it has become a regular recipe when I want...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-18-2018, 04:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 415
Posted By DaveA
This is what I do from day one. We have a...

This is what I do from day one. We have a transition area at the door- bamboo by the door-carpeted rest of the area. DCKs know not to step onto the bamboo without an adult.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-11-2018, 04:41 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 571
Posted By DaveA
That's what I was thinking. DW went from the...

That's what I was thinking. DW went from the Navy to healthcare field. Any time written down is military time. It's just habit to her.

ETA: I would let this one go. If he's anything like DW...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-09-2018, 05:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 326
Posted By DaveA
In one of my center classrooms I had 3 boys who...

In one of my center classrooms I had 3 boys who were great friends but not great at playing together. :rolleyes: The room we shared a bathroom with thought Brendan Daniel Thomas was one child...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-09-2018, 05:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 273
Posted By DaveA
I transport kids. We do a lot of off-site...

I transport kids. We do a lot of off-site activities and up until a couple years ago the school didn't bus pre-K. So it was transport kids or pretty much lose the 3-5 age group. Plus for the first...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-05-2018, 04:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 352
Posted By DaveA
10 paid holidays- major ones including day after...

10 paid holidays- major ones including day after Thanksgiving & 12/26 plus birthday & anniversary

1 week unpaid summer break

1 week unpaid winter break taken either as a full week or 2 long...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-04-2018, 04:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 519
Posted By DaveA
It just sounds like they're griping to gripe. ...

It just sounds like they're griping to gripe. It's your business- they can follow your policies or find other care.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-25-2018, 09:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 659
Posted By DaveA
In my contract I give families 1 late pickup...

In my contract I give families 1 late pickup without charging fee after 6 months attendance at my discretion. 50 minutes with no contract would make me absolutely charge them.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-25-2018, 08:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 261
Posted By DaveA
Something like this is pretty site specific. ...

Something like this is pretty site specific. Every center I have worked in had their own policy. If you're not onsite yet email your director and ask if you can have a copy so you can be up to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-19-2018, 05:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 391
Posted By DaveA
I have it in my contract fees are evaluated each...

I have it in my contract fees are evaluated each November. If I raise them they take effect January 1. I send out a letter the end of the month stating if I'm raising rates or not. If I am raising...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-14-2018, 06:15 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 874
Posted By DaveA
Painting with Nerf balls. It was all fun and...

Painting with Nerf balls. It was all fun and games till my director looked out the window and saw us. :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-07-2018, 11:28 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,052
Posted By DaveA
I do because you never know when a DCP is going...

I do because you never know when a DCP is going to try to tell you that their childís misbuttoned onesie is the reason they have cirrhosis of the toe. :rolleyes::D
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-06-2018, 10:20 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 545
Posted By DaveA
Licensed for 8, currently have 3 :ouch: If I...

Licensed for 8, currently have 3 :ouch:

If I was doing general mixed age group I would be happiest with 6, 5 if I had an infant, 4 if multiple infants. If I can fill my openings with school age/...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-05-2018, 09:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 272
Posted By DaveA
:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D Didn't take it mean. I'm...

:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D Didn't take it mean.

I'm on my 4th rep in 2 years. 2 of them I had no communication with other than "I'm your new rep" and "I will no longer be your rep" :rolleyes::eek: For...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-05-2018, 04:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 272
Posted By DaveA
Online Food Handler's Course?

Anybody ever done an online food handler's course? What was it like/ how long did it take?

I just found out I need one for my license. Apparently it's been a rule for a while. No one told me...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-04-2018, 06:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 359
Posted By DaveA
Love the setup! I'm sure the kiddos will get a...

Love the setup! I'm sure the kiddos will get a kick out of it.
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 09-02-2018, 09:31 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 165
Posted By DaveA
Do you have a dishwasher? It sounds like your...

Do you have a dishwasher? It sounds like your program has grown to the point it needs one. Specifically a commercial one that has quick cycles. Be prepared for your director to have a stroke when...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-02-2018, 07:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 458
Posted By DaveA
As for the pizzas, buy the premade crusts & cut...

As for the pizzas, buy the premade crusts & cut with a 4" circle cutter or by hand. I think they freeze pretty well. Or use grand type biscuits and roll them out thin for crusts.

As for the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-31-2018, 04:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 301
Posted By DaveA
Yes I do. DCPs appreciate the heads up.

Yes I do. DCPs appreciate the heads up.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-29-2018, 12:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 451
Posted By DaveA
:D:lol: wouldn't be surprised if that happened. ...

:D:lol: wouldn't be surprised if that happened. :rolleyes:

Raccoons are pretty much a "shoot on sight" animal on my property. What they can do to a chicken coop isn't pretty. :mad: I've never...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-27-2018, 04:23 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 843
Posted By DaveA
You made the right call to term. :hug: I...

You made the right call to term. :hug:

I would send an email to your rep stating that you just termed a ridiculous DCF and explain what was going on. DCM sounds like the type to fill a complaint...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-24-2018, 06:07 AM
Replies: 1,066
Views: 196,332
Posted By DaveA
Itís pouring rain this morning so I opened garage...

Itís pouring rain this morning so I opened garage doors so DCFs can stay dry. DCG3 is mad she didnít get to use her umbrella. :lol::D:)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-23-2018, 01:45 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,035
Posted By DaveA
I think itís against the rules here in IL, but I ...

I think itís against the rules here in IL, but I imagine it varies state by state. I come from a center background where falling asleep on the job very likely get you fired. Personally I wouldnít...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-23-2018, 05:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 316
Posted By DaveA
Congrats!happyface

Congrats!happyface
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-22-2018, 06:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 584
Posted By DaveA
Just once I want to see a Faith Based Program use...

Just once I want to see a Faith Based Program use the name Holy Terrors. :lol::cool:

What about an antonym of "Noise"? Something like "Joyful Harmony"? Most synonyms of noise don't quite fit.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-20-2018, 09:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 576
Posted By DaveA
DCPs use the entryway and can come in the...

DCPs use the entryway and can come in the classroom (right off the entryway. Otherwise they stay out of the rest of my house.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-20-2018, 06:16 AM
Replies: 1,066
Views: 196,332
Posted By DaveA
DCB10 spent the morning talking about these...

DCB10 spent the morning talking about these really cool "antique things" for music he found in his basement over the weekend- Cassette tapes.

I feel really old now. :lol: :rolleyes::o:D:cool:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-17-2018, 06:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 319
Posted By DaveA
I would take the 1 y/o assuming the family is a...

I would take the 1 y/o assuming the family is a good fit. Having a DCP with issues about your policy before they even enroll your program is not a great way to start out.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-15-2018, 04:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 222
Posted By DaveA
In our area the half day programs are generally...

In our area the half day programs are generally school or church based. The home daycares and centers are usually full day and incorporate any preschool elements into their regular schedule.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-15-2018, 04:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 569
Posted By DaveA
One thing I've ran into the last couple years is...

One thing I've ran into the last couple years is even the younger grades get assigned some work that has to be done online. So at 3rd grade plus it's not unusual to see kid with a device. I don't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-13-2018, 04:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 561
Posted By DaveA
Y'all stay safe!:eek:

Y'all stay safe!:eek:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-10-2018, 06:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 323
Posted By DaveA
Our zoo is a great example of a small zoo knowing...

Our zoo is a great example of a small zoo knowing what it is. They keep things really simple. You can walk through it in a couple hours and get really close to the animals. We're about 2 hours...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-10-2018, 05:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 323
Posted By DaveA
Zoo Trip

Today is the last day of summer break here. We always do a trip to the zoo before school starts. Kind of a "last gasp of summer". We stop on the way home and grab McD for lunch, so it's a favorite...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-09-2018, 03:40 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,228
Posted By DaveA
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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-09-2018, 03:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 336
Posted By DaveA
That was going to be my suggestion also. I would...

That was going to be my suggestion also. I would do a bunch of email/ phone conversations and make sure they have all the paperwork including your policies and contract so there are fewer surprises.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-09-2018, 12:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 389
Posted By DaveA
This is what I had to do when my son was about...

This is what I had to do when my son was about that age did the same stuff.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-09-2018, 12:26 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,228
Posted By DaveA
Dadbod- I want to clarify something. I wasn't...

Dadbod- I want to clarify something. I wasn't saying you were sexist. You asked if bias played a factor in your opinion, and I responded to that part. You handled it well- you looked for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-09-2018, 05:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 217
Posted By DaveA
I've heard early learners, playschool,...

I've heard early learners, playschool, foundations.... I would avoid "preschool" label for 2's. I would stress the "learning through play" aspect.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-08-2018, 05:44 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,228
Posted By DaveA
I'm happy to have brightened your day. Bless...

I'm happy to have brightened your day. Bless your heart. :p
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-08-2018, 05:43 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,228
Posted By DaveA
And this young man is learning the industry in a...

And this young man is learning the industry in a similar fashion to how I did. I wish him the best of luck if he decides to stay in this field and is good at it. As long as your provider is not...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-08-2018, 04:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 379
Posted By DaveA
No locks, but I put a gate up in the hallway...

No locks, but I put a gate up in the hallway blocking access to the bedrooms.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-08-2018, 02:54 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,228
Posted By DaveA
My Mom ran a home daycare when I was 10-16 and I...

My Mom ran a home daycare when I was 10-16 and I helped out. I don't remember if I changed diapers then (mid-late 80's). I know I changed diapers at 16 assisting in a 2 year old classroom in the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-06-2018, 04:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 484
Posted By DaveA
I would still do the interview. Make sure DCPs...

I would still do the interview. Make sure DCPs know how you run your program and that the process is as much about finding out if DCF is a good fit for your program as it is DCPs find out about...
Forum: Forms - Uploads 08-02-2018, 04:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 535
Posted By DaveA
I just printed out at a list of what I checked...

I just printed out at a list of what I checked for, when I would do the check, and added a yearly calendar. I circle to mark days I'm open and checked and x out days I'm closed.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-31-2018, 04:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 511
Posted By DaveA
Stay safe! :hug:

Stay safe! :hug:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-30-2018, 04:32 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 366
Posted By DaveA
Reading the title I thought you were using...

Reading the title I thought you were using Brightwheel to give term notice to DCP. :lol:

I've never used it. Honestly I keep the business side of my program as basic as possible. I don't use...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-30-2018, 04:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 887
Posted By DaveA
Personally I wouldn't do that. That feels too...

Personally I wouldn't do that. That feels too close to poaching clients off someone for me. Now if she asks if you have a FT spot that's a different story.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-29-2018, 09:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 245
Posted By DaveA
I rotate out something every weekend. It may be...

I rotate out something every weekend. It may be one or two things or half the classroom. There is no set rhyme or reason to it. I just go off of what has been out a while, what are kids really...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-27-2018, 05:01 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 788
Posted By DaveA
Make sure everything is put up and turn on the TV...

Make sure everything is put up and turn on the TV or radio for a few minutes before starting supper.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-27-2018, 04:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 433
Posted By DaveA
DCPs pay for enrollment not attendance. She's...

DCPs pay for enrollment not attendance. She's only been there a week & DCM is dropping this on you? Call me cynical, but I don't think this was a surprise to her. She's just trying to get a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-25-2018, 11:31 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 645
Posted By DaveA
The day it makes more financial sense to work in...

The day it makes more financial sense to work in my shop full time is the day DCPs get the "I'm closing" notice. :D I'd probably volunteer 1X/ week or so at children's museum, library, or...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-24-2018, 06:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 378
Posted By DaveA
I do logs/ daily reports for under 12 months with...

I do logs/ daily reports for under 12 months with feeding times & amounts and diaper changes. Otherwise it's either talk to DCPs at pick up and quick texts/ pic of their child's activities.

I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2018, 04:53 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 669
Posted By DaveA
I just put mine on the parent board with all the...

I just put mine on the parent board with all the other required stuff.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-20-2018, 06:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 511
Posted By DaveA
This. The situation won't improve till you...

This. The situation won't improve till you improve it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-18-2018, 04:39 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,282
Posted By DaveA
It can be a factor. Children tend to act...

It can be a factor. Children tend to act differently during the interview then they do with me, so that's not a given. But it does weigh in on my post interview evaluation. It's basically depends...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-13-2018, 08:15 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 693
Posted By DaveA
Hands down I would bet the parents....

Hands down I would bet the parents. :lol::rolleyes:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-13-2018, 07:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 633
Posted By DaveA
This times 10. My contract is written so...

This times 10.

My contract is written so fees are assessed on Monday if not paid, doubled on Tuesday, and DCF is denied care until paid in full on Wednesday.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-10-2018, 09:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 520
Posted By DaveA
When I was a kid I never liked Mr Rodgers. I...

When I was a kid I never liked Mr Rodgers. I always thought we were going to find out he had a basement full of bodies or something. That being said you can't deny his impact or great intentions. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-28-2018, 05:02 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 807
Posted By DaveA
What class were they offering? Often times the...

What class were they offering? Often times the community courses are Friends & Family class which doesn't count as being certified. The AHA course that is the correct one in most jurisdictions is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-28-2018, 04:59 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 807
Posted By DaveA
$20-$30 is typical for a training center based...

$20-$30 is typical for a training center based course. The classes at my TC ( local hospital) are $25 for Heartsaver First Aid including CPR/AED. The local R&R charges $50-60 for the class.

If...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-26-2018, 06:21 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,065
Posted By DaveA
I agree with you in theory. The reason I...

I agree with you in theory. The reason I consider it a waste of time is IMHO most parents using an illegally unlicensed daycare know but don't care until it bites them in the butt. I have to have...
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