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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-20-2019, 01:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 494
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Yup. Once I realized that parents will always,...

Yup. Once I realized that parents will always, always, ALWAYS do what's best for them it made it much easier to NOT bend my rules or go the extra mile.

I also ask myself "What would Kinderkare...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-20-2019, 01:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 326
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I do similar but my chart goes left to right. I...

I do similar but my chart goes left to right. I used to have a movable arrow to show which part of the schedule we were on but the kids kept taking it off. Now they just point at the photos.
Forum: Forms - Uploads 12-20-2019, 01:09 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 226
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I'm not so thrilled with it. :p:lol:

I'm not so thrilled with it. :p:lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-20-2019, 01:02 PM
Replies: 5,598
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 606,350
Posted By AmyKidsCo
No kidding!! Yesterday was our Christmas...

No kidding!!

Yesterday was our Christmas Party. It was a rare day when EVERYONE napped. Late. I had to wake them up so we'd have time to do special snack before first pick ups. Today only 2 of 7...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-18-2019, 12:59 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 949
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Yay, good for you!! happyface

Yay, good for you!! happyface
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-17-2019, 01:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 460
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Congrats on your upcoming little one, and for the...

Congrats on your upcoming little one, and for the time off!

Are your two families coming back afterward, or are you starting over?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-17-2019, 01:30 PM
Replies: 5,598
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 606,350
Posted By AmyKidsCo
That's kind of what I do - I pro-rate my vacation...

That's kind of what I do - I pro-rate my vacation weeks into the other weeks (they pay for 52 weeks in 49 payments) and they don't give me a check the weeks I'm closed. If someone leaves before...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-17-2019, 01:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 544
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I've heard the same thing so I don't even offer...

I've heard the same thing so I don't even offer to help a grandparent or alternate pick-up person. I believe my policies say that everyone who picks up must have a car seat and know how to use it.
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-17-2019, 01:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 659
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I blame it on state licensing rules (most parents...

I blame it on state licensing rules (most parents don't know the specifics) and add "if it were another child you wouldn't want them here sharing their germs."
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-17-2019, 01:07 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 949
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I'm sorry! I originally closed 12/23 through...

I'm sorry!

I originally closed 12/23 through 1/2 but then a parent asked for clarification if I was closed 1/2 or opening again and I was worried she'd be upset if I was closed so I said Open and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-16-2019, 02:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 328
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Good point. Although hubby might disagree... :lol:

Good point. Although hubby might disagree... :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-16-2019, 02:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 328
Posted By AmyKidsCo
On one hand I wish we had this rule so I wouldn't...

On one hand I wish we had this rule so I wouldn't need to worry about administering meds. On the other hand I think kids who would feel better with Tylenol or cold meds would be brought without and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-16-2019, 02:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 544
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Sorry to take this on a tangent - but what about...

Sorry to take this on a tangent - but what about families who only have 1 car seat and one parent drops off and the other picks up?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-16-2019, 02:08 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 886
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I call it "Flat Rate Monthly" and emphasize the...

I call it "Flat Rate Monthly" and emphasize the convenience of being able to budget the same amount each month.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-16-2019, 01:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 979
Posted By AmyKidsCo
That's awful! I really hope you don't get it!...

That's awful! I really hope you don't get it! lovethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2019, 01:30 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,025
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I switched to an app, which takes much less time...

I switched to an app, which takes much less time that I don't care if some parents never check it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-11-2019, 02:21 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,025
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I think many people are getting into...

I think many people are getting into "decluttering" and prefer not having all that stuff come home so they don't have to decide what to do with them. As a mom of 6 I didn't keep most of the things my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-11-2019, 02:16 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 886
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Yikes! Did the center just lose that week of...

Yikes! Did the center just lose that week of payment? That would be a lot to give up! My monthly rate is 1/12 the annual weekly total so it's always the same regardless of how many weeks in a month,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-10-2019, 01:08 PM
Replies: 5,598
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 606,350
Posted By AmyKidsCo
My FCC friend has a teacher mom who's posting on...

My FCC friend has a teacher mom who's posting on FB looking for a sitter for 12/23 because "daycare is closed and we don't have any more days off." The mom has been at the program 4 years and the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-10-2019, 01:01 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 886
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I discount a little because I'd rather deal with...

I discount a little because I'd rather deal with 12 invoices/receipts per year instead of 49. Less chance I'll mess up. :lol:

My discount is about $50 for the whole year.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-05-2019, 01:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 220
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I think this is the best article about potty...

I think this is the best article about potty training: https://visiblechild.wordpress.com/2015/09/20/toilet-training-in-one-simple-step/

If you can't do that, I agree with Cat Herder that the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-05-2019, 01:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 773
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Can you get one of those Open/Closed signs for...

Can you get one of those Open/Closed signs for the door? Post the Closed side until opening time. Maybe something that obvious will help...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-04-2019, 01:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 385
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I breastfed our 2 youngest to 2 years but we...

I breastfed our 2 youngest to 2 years but we didn't cosleep (except when I fell asleep while they were nursing :lol:). They're 13 & 15 now so my memory is a little hazy but I'm pretty sure they woke...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 12-03-2019, 02:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,169
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I have a 4 yr old who started with me at 2 and...

I have a 4 yr old who started with me at 2 and didn't eat ANYTHING for a full month. It's not sensory, just super-picky, and because I don't give him cookies, pop tarts, waffles, french fries,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-25-2019, 02:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 304
Posted By AmyKidsCo
We have things like that too in WI. I have them...

We have things like that too in WI. I have them all listed at the end of the contract with a place for them to initial, right above their signature. For example:

I/We have read and understand the...
Forum: Forms - Uploads 11-25-2019, 02:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 471
Posted By AmyKidsCo
My interview folder has Enrollment Application,...

My interview folder has Enrollment Application, Rates, Schedule & Credentials. I usually email the Parent Handbook before the interview so they can bring questions with them.

After enrollment I...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 10-08-2019, 01:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 257
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Thanks Michael. I hate the financial aspect...

Thanks Michael.

I hate the financial aspect of this job. :lol:
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 10-08-2019, 12:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 257
Posted By AmyKidsCo
How to Record Refund?

I have parents pay for their last 2 weeks up front, in case they leave without giving notice.

Last week I terminated a family's contract and refunded the amount they'd paid for their last week of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-04-2019, 02:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 940
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Stop - you're scaring me! I'll have a 3 mo old...

Stop - you're scaring me! I'll have a 3 mo old starting in November and I'm not looking forward to it. I decided not to take any infants under 10 mo except siblings, and now I've got this one plus...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-04-2019, 01:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 359
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Ditto. It stinks for my Mon/Wed/Fri child, but...

Ditto. It stinks for my Mon/Wed/Fri child, but that's the schedule they chose.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-03-2019, 04:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 764
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I need one of those too! My son in law...

I need one of those too!

My son in law bought me one about a wicked witch living here with all her little goblins.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-03-2019, 02:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 970
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I don't. I do tell the parents that Trick or...

I don't. I do tell the parents that Trick or Treating starts at 4 here and to let me know if they're picking up early to take their child. Some get the hint, some don't. :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-03-2019, 02:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 958
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Yikes! Definitely call and let CPS figure out...

Yikes! Definitely call and let CPS figure out what's going on. So sad...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-03-2019, 02:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 411
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I updated my policies (thanks to y'all) to say...

I updated my policies (thanks to y'all) to say that children should not be brought after immunizations "in case of adverse reactions" So far it hasn't been an issue...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-03-2019, 02:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 479
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Would you send it to me too please? :)

Would you send it to me too please? :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-20-2019, 02:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 354
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I give 30 days' notice for rate increases, and...

I give 30 days' notice for rate increases, and include the with my annual Parent Handbook update. I have the parents sign that they received an updated copy and agree to follow the policies.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-20-2019, 02:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,364
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Use utensils, not fingers. Keep food in your...

Use utensils, not fingers.

Keep food in your mouth - don't show it to everyone.

Hold the cup to drink, don't pick it up with your mouth and tip your head.

Only eat food off your plate, not...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-20-2019, 02:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 948
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I don't feel guilty but I do sometimes worry that...

I don't feel guilty but I do sometimes worry that parents will leave for a group center because they don't have to close to give staff time off. On the other hand, parents take off here and there on...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-19-2019, 02:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 547
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Can you make a big deal of when he talks like a...

Can you make a big deal of when he talks like a big boy? I have an almost 4 yr old who still talks baby talk: shoesies, sockies, huggies, _______ies, etc. I just say "I don't have any _____ies" here...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-19-2019, 02:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 443
Posted By AmyKidsCo
How many children do you have? I have 6-7...

How many children do you have?

I have 6-7 every day and don't "make" them separate, but they often do on their own. I have activity centers set up and just let them play where they want, when they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-19-2019, 02:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 501
Posted By AmyKidsCo
OMG, my brain connected "late" to "pregnant"...

OMG, my brain connected "late" to "pregnant" :lol::lol::lol:

ITA to bill both. likethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-17-2019, 02:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,036
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I DO live in my daycare and it still drives me...

I DO live in my daycare and it still drives me nuts.

Like I said - if you can consistently leave your house in time to arrive at 6:58 you can consistently leave your house in time to arrive at...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-17-2019, 01:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 678
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I'm open 7am - 5 pm. I offer FT, 2-day PT...

I'm open 7am - 5 pm.

I offer FT, 2-day PT or 3-day PT. PT is only on contracted days; any additional days are extra. I have 3 age tiers for each: 0-2, 2-5 & 5+.

I also offer a monthly...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-17-2019, 01:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 994
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Nope, it was for the local newspaper group. ...

Nope, it was for the local newspaper group.

LOL Taylortots - BTDT! I never used to have my computer save passwords but I've given in so now I don't know any of my passwords. :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-17-2019, 01:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,036
Posted By AmyKidsCo
That's a great idea. :D I once had a family that...

That's a great idea. :D I once had a family that consistently dropped off at 6:58 - my open time is 7:00. I figured if you can arrive consistently at 6:58 you can figure out how to arrive at 7:00....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-17-2019, 01:04 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,411
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I have been asked to but don't. If a child is...

I have been asked to but don't. If a child is sleeping that much they need that sleep.

BlackCat - I consider nap time a "break" because I can relax a bit and don't have to be "on alert." Aside...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-17-2019, 12:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 412
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I have a collection of $1 or free-with-points...

I have a collection of $1 or free-with-points Scholastic books so I write a message in a book and write a Thank You card for the parents. I also have laminated 8x10 photos of the children playing in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-16-2019, 02:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 994
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I was interviewed for a Child Care Desert...

I was interviewed for a Child Care Desert article, coming out who-knows-when. :lol:

Personally, I think if licensing relaxed ratios a little it would make a BIG difference all around. There would...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-16-2019, 02:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 407
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Could be dairy sensitivity, or at this time of...

Could be dairy sensitivity, or at this time of year LOTS of fruit. Especially if he's transitioning to feeding himself table food instead of baby food.

I'd take photos to document, then put them...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-16-2019, 02:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 291
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Agree with Cat Herder. Also, I'd charge...

Agree with Cat Herder.

Also, I'd charge more for drop in care because of the inconvenience. :D
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2019, 01:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 526
Posted By AmyKidsCo
We have to offer seconds on certain foods and...

We have to offer seconds on certain foods and aren't allowed to make a child finish - or even taste - anything in order to get seconds.

I serve family style and direct the children to take up to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-09-2019, 02:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 979
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Can you put up a fence from the driveway to the...

Can you put up a fence from the driveway to the door so they can't get to the other areas of the yard? I used to keep the play yard gate open until a mom let her child play there for a few minutes...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-16-2019, 01:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 625
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Nope, I wouldn't mess with it. There's no reason...

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

My kids HATED it with a passion so if I'd had a way to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-15-2019, 02:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 839
Posted By AmyKidsCo
ITA with 2 consecutive nasty diapers, or just 1...

ITA with 2 consecutive nasty diapers, or just 1 if it's not contained by a diaper or an older child doesn't make to the toilet.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-13-2019, 02:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 207
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I'm similar to Cat Herder. If the spot isn't...

I'm similar to Cat Herder.

If the spot isn't available yet they pay the Enrollment Fee plus first week's tuition. Once the spot becomes available they bring the child or pay full amount to hold...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-13-2019, 02:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 354
Posted By AmyKidsCo
IMO a drop in space is just that - if there's an...

IMO a drop in space is just that - if there's an opening the child can drop in. If they want a guaranteed space they need to pay for it, otherwise you're giving up potential income.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-13-2019, 02:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 653
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I tell parents it's because I've gained another...

I tell parents it's because I've gained another year of experience plus ___ additional hours of continuing education. Most jobs increase pay/benefits with experience and education.
Forum: Book Club - Reviews / Suggestions 07-31-2019, 02:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 932
Posted By AmyKidsCo
For light reading I like Nora Roberts and her...

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

I also love the Mary Russell series by Laurie R. King. It's a Sherlock Holmes spinoff but I like...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-31-2019, 02:34 PM
Replies: 2,088
Views: 320,813
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Yay for you! happyface 23 more hours and I'm...

Yay for you! happyface

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

I'm going to take our youngest to swimming and tennis and his older brother to soccer...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-31-2019, 02:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 557
Posted By AmyKidsCo
If they're sitting at the table with food in...

If they're sitting at the table with food in front of them I offer to put the food in a baggie to send home. Otherwise they sit there forever nibbling on the last pretzel while the parent stands...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-30-2019, 02:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 843
Posted By AmyKidsCo
My policies state that full time has precedence...

My policies state that full time has precedence over part time, and if a potential family is interested in a full time spot a current part time family will be allowed to switch to full time to keep...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-30-2019, 02:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 490
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I've considered it but all of my parents have a...

I've considered it but all of my parents have a preferred brand and will ONLY use that brand. I suppose you could provide diapers and wipes with the uncharge and if parents don't like your brand they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-30-2019, 02:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 614
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I'm open 7-5 and FT enrollment entitles parents...

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

I keep toying with the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-30-2019, 01:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 589
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Honestly, if your target age is school age you...

Honestly, if your target age is school age you probably will have a lot of competition from the Boys & Girls Club. Many parents just look at convenience and price when choosing care, or simply can't...
Forum: Open Daycare Center - Sell a Daycare - Rent a Daycare - Buy a Daycare 07-30-2019, 01:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 361
Posted By AmyKidsCo
You'd have to check Ohio rules. In WI you can...

You'd have to check Ohio rules. In WI you can have 2 licensed providers - at the same time to cover ratios, or alternating to provide 24 hour care.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-24-2019, 02:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 385
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Have someone take a photo of you with all of the...

Have someone take a photo of you with all of the children, write everyone's names on the back with the year, and put it in a nice frame.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-24-2019, 02:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 860
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Once a parent forgot to put her car in Park and...

Once a parent forgot to put her car in Park and it idled forward into our van, causing damage. Luckily it was our vehicle and no one was hurt. I added a policy asking parents to turn off their cars...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2019, 02:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 774
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I plan parent volunteer events in the afternoon...

I plan parent volunteer events in the afternoon so it makes sense for them to take their child with them when they leave.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-19-2019, 01:49 PM
Replies: 5,598
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 606,350
Posted By AmyKidsCo
That sucks. Unfortunately you can't fix stupid....

That sucks. Unfortunately you can't fix stupid. :hug:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-19-2019, 01:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 541
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I keep tax stuff 7 years and children's records...

I keep tax stuff 7 years and children's records forever.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-18-2019, 02:32 PM
Replies: 5,598
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 606,350
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I used to think that they were worried about...

I used to think that they were worried about being too firm with their children in front of us, but now I think they just don't want to make their children unhappy.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-17-2019, 02:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,028
Posted By AmyKidsCo
ITA that all 2 and 3 year olds need to do is...

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

The other things are concerning. You should probably report specific problems to licensing. If you're not comfortable doing that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-17-2019, 02:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,737
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I was just reminded of a child I saw in the...

I was just reminded of a child I saw in the grocery store a couple of weeks ago. She looked like she was about 3 years old, had one of those pacifiers with the attached stuffed animal in her mouth...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-17-2019, 02:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 867
Posted By AmyKidsCo
We go outside or do games/coloring at the table.

We go outside or do games/coloring at the table.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-16-2019, 02:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 699
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I have 16 weeks of menus: 4 for each season. But...

I have 16 weeks of menus: 4 for each season. But it's not as much as it sounds because I have a system. I change things up with seasonal fruits and veggies, and within the category, like "toasted"...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-16-2019, 02:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 701
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Love those! I have a dad like that, and I'm the...

Love those! I have a dad like that, and I'm the one with sensitivities. Most days I can hold my breath or breathe shallowly enough until he leaves. But a reminder is going in next month's newsletter.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-16-2019, 02:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,737
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I don't, but when they get to the point that they...

I don't, but when they get to the point that they only "need" it when they see it I've been known to hide it until nap. I had to push one mom into taking it away when the child put 2/3 of it in his...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-12-2019, 02:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 418
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I serve mainly whole grains and little processed...

I serve mainly whole grains and little processed food, which I think helps overall. When a child is constipated I push fruits and water, and encourage them to move around a lot.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-12-2019, 02:29 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,040
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I supply sunscreen and bug spray, but if parents...

I supply sunscreen and bug spray, but if parents want a different brand they supply it themselves. Most of the time they only send sunscreen, but that's their choice.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-10-2019, 02:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 589
Posted By AmyKidsCo
We have a visual schedule too, but there's no...

We have a visual schedule too, but there's no times on it.

Our schedule is:
Play, Breakfast, Clean Up, Outside, Play, Lunch, Story, Nap, Snack, Play/Outside, Go Home.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-10-2019, 02:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 519
Posted By AmyKidsCo
ITA with BlackCat. If the space is available...

ITA with BlackCat.

If the space is available they need to pay full rate to hold it. Around here infant openings are in such high demand that I could easily find another family to fill the space.
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-09-2019, 02:43 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,840
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I have a "disposable supply fee" in my policies....

I have a "disposable supply fee" in my policies. If a parent doesn't bring diapers or wipes I'll use some from my stash and charge per item. I don't recall the amount off the top of my head but it's...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-09-2019, 02:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 539
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Not judging, but when you look at the color coded...

Not judging, but when you look at the color coded chart, what color dominates? Are they supposed to be quiet most of the day? Maybe I'm way off base, but personally I need to write things out like...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-09-2019, 02:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,008
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Also not being snarky, just curious - why can't...

Also not being snarky, just curious - why can't they take their shoes off? Is it a center rule? Safety issue?

If it's not a rule I say let them stay off. Why put yourself through all that hassle...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-09-2019, 02:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 597
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I've held infant spots over the summer without...

I've held infant spots over the summer without pay 3 times and was burned every single time.

Now I offer parents who want summers "off" a choice of paying a minimum PT fee to hold the spot (child...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-09-2019, 02:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 567
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I had a group of children who went through a...

I had a group of children who went through a biting stage so I put together a Biting Toys box and put a photo of a mouth with big teeth on it. :D When it's just one or two biting I sometimes attach a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-09-2019, 02:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 759
Posted By AmyKidsCo
If you're only moving 5 miles away I'd make sure...

If you're only moving 5 miles away I'd make sure not to offend anyone. Word travels fast and you're not going so far away that criticism won't follow you.

When we moved from MI to WI I gave the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-28-2019, 02:32 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,277
Posted By AmyKidsCo
It's all a parent thing. I have a BIG 3 1/2 yr...

It's all a parent thing. I have a BIG 3 1/2 yr old who's carried in every day and an 18 mo old who's been walking in (even up the 3 steps) for about 4 months now, since the snow/ice melted.

My...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-28-2019, 02:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,675
Posted By AmyKidsCo
My thoughts exactly. What would Walmart do...

My thoughts exactly.

What would Walmart do - take her vouchers for most of her food then give her the rest free? I don't think so!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-05-2019, 02:44 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,634
Posted By AmyKidsCo
In WI we're required to contact parents if their...

In WI we're required to contact parents if their child is dropped off late without notice. My policies say that I charge a $5 fee for this "service." My parents are good about letting me know when...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-05-2019, 02:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,108
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Who told you to get a waiver?

Who told you to get a waiver?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-05-2019, 02:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 568
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Definitely check with your licensor. I...

Definitely check with your licensor.

I personally think the entire outdoors is one big choking hazard, from sticks to leaves to random stones the kids find. My kiddos rarely put anything from...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-05-2019, 02:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,249
Posted By AmyKidsCo
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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-24-2019, 02:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,081
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I'm super excited about popcorn! It's one of my...

I'm super excited about popcorn! It's one of my favorite suppers. :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-24-2019, 02:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,015
Posted By AmyKidsCo
We spend about an hour outside in the morning -...

We spend about an hour outside in the morning - more if it's nice. In the afternoon I try to get them out by 4:15, then it's a matter of who goes home when. Last pick up is 5:20 so he's out the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-23-2019, 02:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 711
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Yes, yes, yes, yes. If picky eater wants seconds...

Yes, yes, yes, yes. If picky eater wants seconds on something I give it, but not thirds unless they've eating everything else, which is my policy for everyone, not just picky eaters. Licensing and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-23-2019, 02:42 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,661
Posted By AmyKidsCo
YES!!! I need an article: When you give in...

YES!!!

I need an article: When you give in because your kid keeps asking you're teaching him that "no" really means "keep asking enough times and I'll give in."
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-23-2019, 02:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 946
Posted By AmyKidsCo
For me it's 101. If there's a fever I check again...

For me it's 101. If there's a fever I check again in 10 min before contacting the parents. Usually it's pretty obvious they're sick before I take it the first time.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-13-2019, 02:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 763
Posted By AmyKidsCo
That's a much nicer alternative the "Hot sauce!"...

That's a much nicer alternative the "Hot sauce!" that popped into my head. :lol: Not that I'd actually do that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-13-2019, 01:53 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,031
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Sorry it didn't go well, but when I read "I'm...

Sorry it didn't go well, but when I read "I'm pretty miserable" it was an obvious sign that it was time for them to go.

It is hard to terminate. So far I haven't been able to - I always talked...
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