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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-10-2018, 01:34 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,685
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Ahhh, and now I see where Tom's blog post came...

Ahhh, and now I see where Tom's blog post came from. likethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-10-2018, 01:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 279
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Last week I would've said maybe, but after...

Last week I would've said maybe, but after reading Tom Copelands blog post (http://tomcopelandblog.com/when-can-you-terminate-a-child-with-a-disability) about discriminating and disabilities I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-10-2018, 01:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 758
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I'm very similar to Cat Herder, I have toys and...

I'm very similar to Cat Herder, I have toys and materials out and they play. I plan and offer 1 structured activity every day and read before nap. I also read to them and play with them if they ask,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-10-2018, 01:09 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,694
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I'm in the "I don't care" camp. I have a 2.5...

I'm in the "I don't care" camp.

I have a 2.5 yr old who didn't eat a single thing her first whole month here. She drank her milk and that's it. Now she eats some things but is still VERY picky and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2018, 08:40 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 531
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Honestly, if he's headed to preschool it won't be...

Honestly, if he's headed to preschool it won't be your issue anymore. I exclude for symptoms and puking is a symptom. Not to mention unsanitary for the other children. ITA with everyone else - let it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2018, 08:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 879
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I use the Daily Connect app and parents can get...

I use the Daily Connect app and parents can get real time updates... assuming I update in real time. Most days I'm so busy with the children that I update when they're outside, at nap, and after pick...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-12-2018, 08:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 511
Posted By AmyKidsCo
ITA with Blackcat, and IMO coffee tastes better....

ITA with Blackcat, and IMO coffee tastes better. :D

DH's friend's mom told me that she'd give her other DS strong coffee when he didn't have his ADD meds.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-12-2018, 01:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,042
Posted By AmyKidsCo
My BFF has been in FCC about as long as I have...

My BFF has been in FCC about as long as I have and we've both noticed that today's kids can't/don't chew. I offer what I offer and they can choose what to eat and how much.

I don't mind if they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-12-2018, 01:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 566
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I've never worked in a group center so I usually...

I've never worked in a group center so I usually don't "get" why things are done a certain way, but why is the director saying how naptime is done? Wouldn't it make more sense to have the teachers...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-12-2018, 01:10 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 620
Posted By AmyKidsCo
ITA about the Twitter rants being a bit much -...

ITA about the Twitter rants being a bit much - what did people expect??

I think BoB was nuts for running the promotion in the first place.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-29-2018, 12:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 660
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Wait, he has a dairy allergy and tolerates whole...

Wait, he has a dairy allergy and tolerates whole milk? That sounds like a something-other-than-dairy allergy.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-29-2018, 12:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 585
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Me too! At one time my refrigerator had 6...

Me too! At one time my refrigerator had 6 different types of milk:
- Family organic 1%
- My organic skim
- Daycare regular 1%
- Daycare regular Whole
- Silk
- Almond Bliss
:eek:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-29-2018, 12:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 585
Posted By AmyKidsCo
ITA with Blackcat. When I read the title of your...

ITA with Blackcat. When I read the title of your post my first thought is "Don't remind, have consequences." :D

Charge them a fee if they forget. Either a one-time fee, or a daily fee until they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-28-2018, 01:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 750
Posted By AmyKidsCo
ITA with everyone else. Can you have her...

ITA with everyone else.

Can you have her outside at pick up? That will eliminate the snack thing. Also I have designated meal/snack times and those are the only times food is available.

My...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-28-2018, 12:54 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 880
Posted By AmyKidsCo
That probably depends on what state you're in....

That probably depends on what state you're in. Here in WI you can care for up to 3 unrelated children under 7 (no limit on how many over 7 or related children) without being regulated. Many parents...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-08-2018, 11:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 404
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I've done footprints in Model Magic with a pretty...

I've done footprints in Model Magic with a pretty string to hang it with. Much easier and cleaner than plaster of Paris!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-03-2018, 01:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 398
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I've been in this business for almost 25 years...

I've been in this business for almost 25 years and still have "lightbulb" moments of learning.

My biggest one this past year is When children are trying to master a new skill, a previously...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-03-2018, 01:09 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,288
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I used to wear jeans, tees and sweatshirts. Now I...

I used to wear jeans, tees and sweatshirts. Now I wear leggings/long tops when it's cool and shorts/tees in the summer.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2018, 01:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,536
Posted By AmyKidsCo
My policy is "If a death occurs in the provider's...

My policy is "If a death occurs in the provider's immediate family, (spouse, parent, sibling, child, father/mother-in-law, brother/sister-in-law, son/daughter-in-law, or grandchild) the center may be...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2018, 01:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,008
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I don't set a Do Not Disturb because I want my...

I don't set a Do Not Disturb because I want my family to be able to reach me if they need to.

I just don't reply if I don't feel like it. My policies state "Please be aware that even though I do...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2018, 12:49 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 986
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I am too. I wouldn't like it if I had to give up...

I am too. I wouldn't like it if I had to give up my phone or purse somewhere so I don't expect children to give up their comfort items either.

I put the item in a plastic bag and leave it on the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2018, 12:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 805
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I close Good Friday & Easter Monday so I don't do...

I close Good Friday & Easter Monday so I don't do anything. :D

If I were going to do something for the kids it'd be a little bag with bubbles, sidewalk chalk, easter stickers, etc - stuff from the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-14-2018, 06:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,147
Posted By AmyKidsCo
ITA! But in WI we're required to call parents if...

ITA! But in WI we're required to call parents if a child doesn't arrive in X amount of time after their contracted drop-off time. I think it's dumb that we can choose the amount of time and there's...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-14-2018, 02:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 412
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Thanks Michael. The email account is fine, it's...

Thanks Michael. The email account is fine, it's the Instagram and attached services I'll have to redo.

I didn't know you offered email - you learn something new every day!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-14-2018, 01:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 412
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Grrrr!

Someone hacked my daycare email account and tried to send out HUNDREDS of spam emails. Instagram deleted my account without notice - I assume because of the spam. I had a SnapWidget connected to the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-14-2018, 01:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 447
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Here too. :rolleyes: 2/5 yr old dcb: Amy!...

Here too. :rolleyes:

2/5 yr old dcb:
Amy! Amy! Amy! Amy! Amy!
Yes (name)?
Block! (holding up a block)

All. Day. Long.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-14-2018, 01:08 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 999
Posted By AmyKidsCo
If your program doesn't provide vegan meals then...

If your program doesn't provide vegan meals then they're not a good fit for your program.

I do have a vegetarian (doesn't eat anything that was alive but can have eggs, cheese, beans) AND 2...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-14-2018, 12:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 706
Posted By AmyKidsCo
A couple of months ago I was considering only...

A couple of months ago I was considering only doing 0-2 years because it's usually SUPER hard to enroll 2 yr olds. Most families start them somewhere as babies and keep them there until 3K, or if...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-22-2018, 06:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 553
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I don't call it a deposit because Tom Copeland...

I don't call it a deposit because Tom Copeland says not to. (He's got a reason but I don't remember it, and his saying not to is good enough for me :lol:)

At enrollment I require the enrollment...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-31-2018, 07:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 956
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I allow pick ups whenever. My parents know that...

I allow pick ups whenever. My parents know that naptime isn't a great time so they're always really fast and quiet if they have to come during naps.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-31-2018, 07:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 427
Posted By AmyKidsCo
- Themed collages (apples, hearts, etc) -...

- Themed collages (apples, hearts, etc)
- Matching: by shape, color, letters or number to dots (2 = oo)
- Seriation (big - small) with different sizes of the same shape
- Tracing
- Tape to paper,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-31-2018, 07:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 618
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Open 7:00 AM Breakfast 9:00* Lunch...

Open 7:00 AM
Breakfast 9:00*
Lunch 12:00-12:30
Nap 1:00-3:00*
PM Snack 3:30*
Close 5:00

*Earliest time, it could be up to 15 min later depending on the day.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-31-2018, 12:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,470
Posted By AmyKidsCo
My families love the Valentine exchange so we'll...

My families love the Valentine exchange so we'll do that. We'll decorate bags and have red/pink/white food all day. That's pretty much it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-31-2018, 12:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 658
Posted By AmyKidsCo
If you have a bad vibe, listen to it! I...

If you have a bad vibe, listen to it!

I don't understand the working interview thing - if they're not watching you how can they know what/how you're doing, and if they're watching you how could...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-31-2018, 11:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 704
Posted By AmyKidsCo
If he's not actively potty training I'd insist on...

If he's not actively potty training I'd insist on one piece outfits or at least onesies under his clothing. It's a matter of keeping the environment clean and sanitary.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-31-2018, 11:52 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,052
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I was allowed to do all my practicums except the...

I was allowed to do all my practicums except the Administrators and Kindergarten ones in my own center with my DCK. It made it MUCH easier! My local Tech has an accelerated program so I went to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-31-2018, 11:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 494
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Just wanted to let you know... (add details,...

Just wanted to let you know... (add details, maybe include that shots will be kept up to date, how/when the dog will be with the children, etc) We're all excited about the new addition! Let me know...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-30-2018, 01:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 592
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Since you've got more than 1 spot open I'd hold...

Since you've got more than 1 spot open I'd hold it at a discount with the understanding that if the other spots fill and there's a chance you could fill the last spot she'll have to pay the full...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-30-2018, 12:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 634
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I only exclude for the typical things: fever,...

I only exclude for the typical things: fever, vomiting, diarrhea, unexplained rash, etc.

In researching influenza I discovered that you can be contagious 3-4 days before showing symptoms and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-30-2018, 12:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 507
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I do my invoices monthly so I only have 12 per...

I do my invoices monthly so I only have 12 per family instead of 50-some. You can still keep track of weekly payments. The down-side is that if you need to change a payment you have to delete all...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-30-2018, 12:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 664
Posted By AmyKidsCo
ITA that it depends on how many children and...

ITA that it depends on how many children and their ages.

For cars I have 2 sets of Melissa & Doug wooden vehicles, so 18 maybe?

I put away the play food because they were just dumping it out,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-26-2018, 01:29 PM
Replies: 4,709
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 453,287
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Ditto. A couple of years ago I closed for a day...

Ditto. A couple of years ago I closed for a day for dentist, doctor, etc, but haven't since. I've been meaning to make appointments again but my dentist is closed on Fridays and I don't want to close...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-26-2018, 01:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 816
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I accept checks, cash, direct deposit and money...

I accept checks, cash, direct deposit and money orders. I can deposit checks from home using my bank's app, which saves me a trip to the bank every Saturday. If only they'd figure out how to do that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-25-2018, 01:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 683
Posted By AmyKidsCo
It's a fine policy to have - it's your business...

It's a fine policy to have - it's your business so you can have whatever policy you want.

I personally don't give any sick days because my expenses don't change just because 1 child is absent. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-25-2018, 01:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 786
Posted By AmyKidsCo
:eek: I wouldn't have room to store all of...

:eek:

I wouldn't have room to store all of those, except in the attic. Then I'd probably forget they were up there and have the parent bring more a month later. :lol:
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 01-15-2018, 08:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 638
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Honestly, I switched to KidKare and have gotten...

Honestly, I switched to KidKare and have gotten used to it. I tried a couple of other things but didn't like them, and KidKare is the closest to MMK Pro that I've found.

I'd be interested to see...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-15-2018, 08:41 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,997
Posted By AmyKidsCo
This. 100%. My only rule is that they must...

This. 100%.

My only rule is that they must have a little of everything on the plate. If they balk at taking something I ask if they want to take some or have me give them some. If they choose me...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-15-2018, 08:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 601
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Most of the time they're awake, looking at books...

Most of the time they're awake, looking at books on their cots. They start to sit up when I take my computer and water glass off the table. By the time I've turned the music off and the lights on...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-15-2018, 07:38 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,363
Posted By AmyKidsCo
likethis My policies state that parents are...

likethis

My policies state that parents are welcome to visit anytime (unless restricted by a court order) but afternoon naptime isn't a great time. They also state that if parents want an extended...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-12-2018, 01:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,194
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Ditto BlackCat. Just tell them that they're...

Ditto BlackCat.

Just tell them that they're not a good fit for your program and care is terminated effective immediately. If they ask for details just repeat that they're not a good fit for your...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-09-2018, 07:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 886
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I do the same as MarinaVanessa, and also charge...

I do the same as MarinaVanessa, and also charge more for fewer days.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-19-2017, 12:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,063
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Nope. I changed my hair color to purple several...

Nope. I changed my hair color to purple several months ago and didn't tell anyone ahead of time. As long as my clothes cover the important bits my appearance is none of their business anyway. :cool:
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 12-14-2017, 08:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 549
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I cut up chicken breast, dip in milk then Italian...

I cut up chicken breast, dip in milk then Italian bread crumbs, then bake about 15 min at 400. You can spray with olive oil spray to add a little crispiness.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-14-2017, 07:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,030
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Coloring or play dough usually help here.

Coloring or play dough usually help here.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-14-2017, 11:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 974
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Here's the thing, and I'm not being insensitive,...

Here's the thing, and I'm not being insensitive, just realistic - you can be concerned all you want but you can only do so much. You job is to offer healthy food when he's with you and his job is to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-11-2017, 10:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 790
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Is it all the time or only after something...

Is it all the time or only after something specific? Our 19 yr old couldn't tolerate any kind of ice cream and would spit up after eating it until he was 15/16 months old. He was OK with everything...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-08-2017, 12:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,101
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I used to be 7-5:30 but that last half hour was a...

I used to be 7-5:30 but that last half hour was a killer, and I got really upset when there were late pick ups because then it was pushing 6:00.

Now I'm 7-5 and that half hour change made a big...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-07-2017, 08:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,265
Posted By AmyKidsCo
No kidding! I usually say something like...

No kidding!

I usually say something like "Well, then they're even because last time Mary started it" or "Well you know, eventually it'll be Mary sharing and then they'll be even"
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-07-2017, 07:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 893
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Who supplies the diapers? If it's the parents I'd...

Who supplies the diapers? If it's the parents I'd set a timer and change every hour, then record it on a daily sheet. :D
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-06-2017, 01:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,143
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I'm super-sensitive to that smell but if he's...

I'm super-sensitive to that smell but if he's clean and his clothes are clean I wouldn't say anything, especially if his mom is super shy. Some people just don't know not to leave clothes in the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-06-2017, 11:49 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,175
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I use Safari and every so often there's a message...

I use Safari and every so often there's a message that says basically "We noticed you're using Safari. You may have issues and should switch to Chrome." I just ignore it and haven't had any major...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-05-2017, 08:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,175
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I had glitches earlier this week (late last...

I had glitches earlier this week (late last week?) but everything works OK for me now.

I'm sorry it's not working for you, and don't understand how the same program can work for some people but...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-04-2017, 01:29 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,548
Posted By AmyKidsCo
ITA that you should talk to the teachers and see...

ITA that you should talk to the teachers and see what's going on.

I had a parent terminate care because she didn't like what she thought was going on but never asked me about it. For instance, she...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-29-2017, 12:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,394
Posted By AmyKidsCo
That's a great point, but who gets to decide...

That's a great point, but who gets to decide what's humiliating or shaming? I have a feeling that if the licensor walked in and the child's nose is buried in the corner my saying "But he LIKES it!"...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-29-2017, 12:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,310
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Stick with your policies because if you change...

Stick with your policies because if you change them once they'll expect you to change them (in their favor) again.

It sounds like you're not comfortable with your current policy so you might want...
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 11-28-2017, 08:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,048
Posted By AmyKidsCo
ITA with everyone else. You signed a contract...

ITA with everyone else. You signed a contract which stipulated termination procedures.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-28-2017, 08:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,394
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I had a child like this once - her parents had...

I had a child like this once - her parents had her sit on the bottom stair until she calmed down but my stairs are gated off so she'd sit in the hall outside the bathroom. I made sure to tell my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-27-2017, 08:29 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,520
Posted By AmyKidsCo
My contract states that I'm closed between...

My contract states that I'm closed between Christmas and New Year - specific dates TBA. This year stinks because the holidays are on weekends. :mad:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-27-2017, 08:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,114
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Oh heck yeah! But then I realized that even...

Oh heck yeah!

But then I realized that even if I'd worked on Friday we'd still have Monday today so it was worth that day off.

Mondays are always hard - tomorrow will be a little better and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-27-2017, 08:22 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,881
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I see it as more of an agreement, not necessarily...

I see it as more of an agreement, not necessarily an acknowledgement. For instance, if someone is ranting and I don't agree I won't like the post, even to acknowledge that I read it.

However, in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-22-2017, 02:53 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,913
Posted By AmyKidsCo
WI regulations say that if we have children under...

WI regulations say that if we have children under 2 we can't go outside if temps with wind chill are under 20. I don't know what the temp is if all the children are over 2 because I've never had...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-21-2017, 01:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,535
Posted By AmyKidsCo
ITA that you should take it up with the parents...

ITA that you should take it up with the parents first - maybe print an article about proper car seat use.

That said, according to this article...
Forum: Curriculum 11-20-2017, 08:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,101
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I recently purged my curriculum materials and got...

I recently purged my curriculum materials and got rid of anything I hadn't used in the past 2 years. I also scanned all the ideas I'd clipped out of various places over the years. :eek:happyface
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-20-2017, 12:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,581
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I've been in this situation and the amount of...

I've been in this situation and the amount of stress relief I felt when they finally left taught me that it's not worth it. There are other families out there that will be a better fit. Life is too...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-19-2017, 12:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,655
Posted By AmyKidsCo
The thing is, parents will always, always, always...

The thing is, parents will always, always, always do what's best for them. Even if they nod their heads that they understand this is your livelihood. Even if they say they're planning to bring their...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2017, 07:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,355
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I had that problem so I put a large plant there....

I had that problem so I put a large plant there. The dcm just pushed it aside so she could put her child there. :rolleyes::p
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 11-15-2017, 04:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,252
Posted By AmyKidsCo
However, if the grandma had written the check to...

However, if the grandma had written the check to the parent and the parent paid then they could claim the tax credit, right?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2017, 12:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,001
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I visited a school for something one winter and...

I visited a school for something one winter and they had bins for the boots, which I thought was brilliant. And centers around me have the children bring reusable grocery bags for their coats, snow...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2017, 12:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,526
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I've seen homemade ones that were basically a...

I've seen homemade ones that were basically a wooden box with a bottom, florescent lights or a LED light rope inside, and white plexiglass screwed on top. One I saw had a light switch on the side to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-13-2017, 12:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,513
Posted By AmyKidsCo
likethis I do a later breakfast and...

likethis

I do a later breakfast and encourage parents to give their children a snack before dropping off. I have to offer food every 3 hours but only get reimbursed for 3 meals so having a later...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-08-2017, 11:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,838
Posted By AmyKidsCo
My policies are the same as the OP's but I'm...

My policies are the same as the OP's but I'm changing to the above for next year!

I close for "Winter Break" between Christmas and New Year so this year I'm taking Dec 25 - Jan 1, which stinks...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-07-2017, 08:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,975
Posted By AmyKidsCo
My policies state that children must be picked up...

My policies state that children must be picked up and OFF THE PREMISES by closing time.

I used to have a mom show up right at closing time to get her 2 yr old. She'd bring her older children and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-07-2017, 08:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,339
Posted By AmyKidsCo
When the heat is on I keep it around 70 because I...

When the heat is on I keep it around 70 because I can't stand being cold. The AC only goes on when it hits the high 80s in the house. It's set around 75.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-07-2017, 12:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,518
Posted By AmyKidsCo
My kiddos LOVE them! I have 4 sets and it's not...

My kiddos LOVE them! I have 4 sets and it's not enough. They are pricey but I got mine free with Scholastic points. likethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-06-2017, 06:20 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,312
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Yep. Although I'm not against apologies in...

Yep. Although I'm not against apologies in general, but you have to know when to expect them and when to let it go.

To me apologies fall under General Politeness. You say please, thank you,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-06-2017, 01:12 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,312
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I don't know if I'd say something about a child...

I don't know if I'd say something about a child hitting their own parent, but if it were another child I'd definitely say something. I wouldn't demand an apology though, because that sets up a power...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 11-06-2017, 01:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,408
Posted By AmyKidsCo
But I thought everything on the internet was...

But I thought everything on the internet was true! :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-06-2017, 01:04 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,154
Posted By AmyKidsCo
My cubbies are in the play room - now I'm all...

My cubbies are in the play room - now I'm all paranoid. Ugh.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-02-2017, 08:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,930
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I haven't had any problems with KK for a while,...

I haven't had any problems with KK for a while, but I only use it for record-keeping. I don't accept payments via KK and my food program sponsor discontinued MMK about a year before it switched to KK...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-02-2017, 07:59 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,741
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I usually buy them a $10-15 Melissa and Doug toy...

I usually buy them a $10-15 Melissa and Doug toy and make a birthday treat if their parents don't bring one. It's tax deductible, and I like picking out something each child will enjoy.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-02-2017, 07:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,557
Posted By AmyKidsCo
ITA with CatHerder. I work with the child first,...

ITA with CatHerder. I work with the child first, then if I think I need the parents' help I'll mention casually that we've been working on __________. Then if things don't improve I'll mention it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-01-2017, 08:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,301
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Happy Belated Birthday! happyface

Happy Belated Birthday! happyface
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-01-2017, 12:29 PM
Replies: 4,709
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 453,287
Posted By AmyKidsCo
SO TIRED of kids who won't nap! (no pun intended)...

SO TIRED of kids who won't nap! (no pun intended)

Yesterday was a just-turned-two year old who kept himself awake tossing and turning all afternoon.

Today is a 19 mo old who's doing the same...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-01-2017, 12:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,036
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Ditto! I hate tying shoes - if they come in with...

Ditto! I hate tying shoes - if they come in with tie shoes on the shoes stay on all day, or they stay off until pick up time.

I don't even try to put too-small shoes on. They stay off until pick...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-27-2017, 12:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,516
Posted By AmyKidsCo
What if you had mom & dad bring in a photo of...

What if you had mom & dad bring in a photo of themselves you could laminate then let her carry around? Or a photo of the boy she cries for? Does she have any other lovey she could carry around?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-27-2017, 12:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,397
Posted By AmyKidsCo
:hug:

:hug:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-27-2017, 12:37 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,615
Posted By AmyKidsCo
In WI fingerprinting is only required if you...

In WI fingerprinting is only required if you participate in the QRS system. There's talk of requiring it for all licensees though.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2017, 08:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,113
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Did you wash it first? I clean spots with soapy...

Did you wash it first? I clean spots with soapy water to get the dirt out, then spray with a disinfectant. Otherwise you've just got Lysol'd poop. :eek:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2017, 08:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,645
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Personally I agree that you should close. If you...

Personally I agree that you should close. If you were in a car accident and were hospitalized for a week you wouldn't be able to give them 30 days notice - this isn't much different.

But if you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2017, 08:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,340
Posted By AmyKidsCo
My policies state that I charge 100% to hold a...

My policies state that I charge 100% to hold a spot, but parents don't start paying until that spot is available.

But to be fair I offer the option of not paying and hoping that another family...
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