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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-23-2017, 02:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,089
Posted By HappyPennie
I like that set up. How did you figure your rates...

I like that set up. How did you figure your rates for that system then?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-23-2017, 12:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,089
Posted By HappyPennie
How Would You Handle This?

I am looking at changing my rates or how I charge my rates. I started out with daily rates and liked the simplicity but I had families dropping off and showing up without letting me know and it was...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 01-13-2016, 06:30 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,435
Posted By HappyPennie
Shed Repair - What Category?

I am wondering what category in Minute Menu to put door trim and moldings for our storage shed/workshop in our backyard. My husband changed the old swing out doors to a regular garage door and had to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-19-2013, 11:45 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,282
Posted By HappyPennie
I have way too many shows...I'd be lost without...

I have way too many shows...I'd be lost without my DVR! I rarely watch my shows when they are actually on.

1. Nashville
2. Pretty Little Liars
3. The Following
4. The Walking Dead
5....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-16-2013, 06:57 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,944
Posted By HappyPennie
I was a cook for an Assisted Living and Nursing...

I was a cook for an Assisted Living and Nursing home
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-16-2013, 06:46 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,940
Posted By HappyPennie
What to do?

I have a friend that contacted me about daycare for her daughter for the school year. She will come Monday-Friday from 10:45 am - 1:30 pm. Occasionally she gets asked to work 7 am - 1 pm also. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-09-2013, 12:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,439
Posted By HappyPennie
I agree with Black cat. I was recently in a...

I agree with Black cat. I was recently in a similar situation where a family I had was making ends meat. When she signed I gave her a break and made an arrangement for payment with her because I want...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-07-2013, 03:25 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,040
Posted By HappyPennie
Daily Rates and part time

I know there are already a ton of posts on rates and that but I don't really have the time to go searching through them all. I currently charge a flat daily rate and require a minimum of 3 days. So...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-24-2013, 07:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,058
Posted By HappyPennie
I got her changed and in a pull-up and got the...

I got her changed and in a pull-up and got the mess cleaned up. When G-pa arrived for pick-up I told him DCG 2 had an accident and that she isn't ready for underwear at daycare yet and needs to be in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-24-2013, 08:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,058
Posted By HappyPennie
Angry No Pull-Up?!

I have never been so mad at this family! They are 2 twin girls in the process of potty training. DCG 1 has been in underwear for about a month and a half and has only had two accidents here. DCG 2 on...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-20-2013, 05:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,148
Posted By HappyPennie
I don't know a way to combine invoices but you...

I don't know a way to combine invoices but you can print out a statement of account from the reports section. Not sure if that is exactly what you are trying to do either but that will combine the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-03-2013, 10:37 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,721
Posted By HappyPennie
You are all confirming my gut feelings on this. I...

You are all confirming my gut feelings on this. I know this will be an ongoing problem. She i found out she still owes money to the provider she had before me. I told her Saturday that we have to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-31-2013, 04:29 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,721
Posted By HappyPennie
Are You Kidding Me?!

:mad::mad::mad: I am annoyed....I started a new DC boy last week and when I met with the mom we agreed on the 7th as her first payment date because it worked better for her payment schedule at work....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-22-2013, 07:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,750
Posted By HappyPennie
I have a similar situation. I have a girl here in...

I have a similar situation. I have a girl here in pull-ups and occasionally they leak. They don't even have to be that full and they leak out....it's a mess. I've had to green machine my couch and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-03-2013, 01:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,228
Posted By HappyPennie
Holding Fee?

Just curious what you would do in this situation. I had a call from an expectant mom that is due in October and will be needing daycare in December/January. I won't actually have an infant spot...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-01-2013, 06:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,200
Posted By HappyPennie
Advertising for Open Spots?

So I have recently had 3 daycare spots open up and want to advertise for them. I was wondering what forms of advertising you all use (if any) besides the usual ad in the paper. I really want to get...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-28-2013, 07:49 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,196
Posted By HappyPennie
17 Day Diet

I have about 30 pounds to lose since starting my daycare. Food is available at all times and this job, as you all know, can be stressful at times and I am an emotional eater. My sister told me about...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-13-2012, 08:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 8,779
Posted By HappyPennie
Here is what I made up for mine: Permission...

Here is what I made up for mine:

Permission to Photograph

This form is to request permission to use pictures of your child for arts/crafts projects, daycare scrapbooks and/or advertising...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-13-2012, 07:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,706
Posted By HappyPennie
I LOVE this and it is so true! I find myself...

I LOVE this and it is so true! I find myself getting frustrated a lot lately with one of my families. This week has been especially stressful for me and I couldn't have read your post at a better...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-13-2012, 07:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,991
Posted By HappyPennie
I have never gotten any calls asking if I potty...

I have never gotten any calls asking if I potty train and I can't recall anyone ever asking about it in an interview either. I have only been doing daycare for a year though, so maybe that will...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-18-2012, 06:11 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,775
Posted By HappyPennie
Daily Cleaning

Does anyone have a set list of things to do during each day as far as cleaning and stuff around the house? I'd rather spread out my cleaning throughout the week than use a large chunk of my weekends...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 06-13-2012, 11:34 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,107
Posted By HappyPennie
Okay, thank you Tom!

Okay, thank you Tom!
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 06-13-2012, 10:48 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,546
Posted By HappyPennie
My hours are the same as they were last year and...

My hours are the same as they were last year and the number of rooms used is also the same. I calculated it last year by the hours children were present, not the hours my business was open which is...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 06-12-2012, 08:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,107
Posted By HappyPennie
Flowers Deductible?

I just purchased flowers for the planter along the front of the house. Are these deductible?
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 06-12-2012, 07:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,546
Posted By HappyPennie
Time Space Percentage Lower Than Last Year??

I have a question about T/S percentage. My T/S% for 2011 was 42.74% according to MMK (I opened my daycare in October of 2011 so it was only a partial year). My current T/S percentage is only 28.17%....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-12-2012, 12:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,984
Posted By HappyPennie
I had to recently come up with a summer contract...

I had to recently come up with a summer contract myself due to one of my families being out for the summer because the mom works at the school. After searching forums I decided to charge a holding...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-25-2012, 04:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,886
Posted By HappyPennie
Thank you all for your suggestions. It didn't...

Thank you all for your suggestions. It didn't seem right to me to fabricate the truth, if it were my child I would want to know exactly what happened, so I told DCM about the incident and how DS...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-25-2012, 01:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,886
Posted By HappyPennie
How Would You Address This With A Parent?

My son has been into tripping some of the kids lately, he doesn't do it to be mean, he is playing around, but we have told him already that it is unacceptable and shouldn't be doing that to the...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 05-16-2012, 07:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,262
Posted By HappyPennie
Dust Treatment on dirt road deductible?

I was wondering if a magnesium chloride treatment applied to a dirt road to prevent dust would be deductible as part of a daycare expense? We share a side dirt road off of a main road with 2...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-16-2012, 05:40 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,760
Posted By HappyPennie
Instead of playtime at 12:30 maybe you could try...

Instead of playtime at 12:30 maybe you could try something less energetic, like story time. Maybe it takes him awhile to wind down after play and that maybe has something to do with it? Im just...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-16-2012, 05:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,210
Posted By HappyPennie
First off- their excuse for bringing them because...

First off- their excuse for bringing them because they are paying for it does not apply when the child is sick. A sick child should not be brought to daycare, they should be kept home to be cared for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-30-2012, 07:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,656
Posted By HappyPennie
A computer is an item that needs to be...

A computer is an item that needs to be depreciated, so putting it in the office expenses category will not work, it needs to go in the computer/printer/other office equipment category because that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-28-2012, 05:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,656
Posted By HappyPennie
I would put it in the computer/printer/other...

I would put it in the computer/printer/other office equipment category. That's where I put mine when we bought ours :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-26-2012, 08:10 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 12,568
Posted By HappyPennie
Those of you that charge half rate for them over...

Those of you that charge half rate for them over the summer, do you still full the spot with drop ins if the child isn't going to be there?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-26-2012, 05:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,976
Posted By HappyPennie
Another question I have, is if you charge them to...

Another question I have, is if you charge them to reserve their spot do you still fill the spot with drop ins while they're gone for the summer?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-25-2012, 03:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,976
Posted By HappyPennie
Summer Rates for Teachers

I have a DC mom who is off during the summer because she works at the school and I'm trying to figure out how to handle the situation. Do I charge her to hold her spot? I was just wondering what any...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 04-24-2012, 08:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,322
Posted By HappyPennie
What do they consider to be the first line? The...

What do they consider to be the first line? The one that is primarily used?
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 04-23-2012, 06:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,322
Posted By HappyPennie
Cell Phone

Just wondering if my cell phone bill would be deductible as I use that to contact my daycare parents. I receive calls to my home phone from people inquiring about daycare but for communication...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-21-2012, 11:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,493
Posted By HappyPennie
Smile MMK is great!

I use MMK and I love it! I get it free through my food program? Are you on a food program? If so, you should check with them and see if they cover the cost of it. Even if they don't I think it would...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-17-2012, 09:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,928
Posted By HappyPennie
I let my families change their contracted hours...

I let my families change their contracted hours at no charge if they have a need to do so. In this case I would still charge them the late fee because they were late according to their original...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-17-2012, 08:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,338
Posted By HappyPennie
2 Month Old WILL NOT Stop Crying....

I'm on my third week with new DC baby and he will not stop crying. I semi dread every day because I know there is a possibility that the day will be nothing but non stop crying. Yesterday was a good...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-13-2012, 12:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,524
Posted By HappyPennie
I hope this all works out for them and we see...

I hope this all works out for them and we see these blankets in the market someday! A 5 month old baby in our town just died of SIDS a few weeks ago. It really tears at your heart strings to hear...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-02-2012, 11:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,744
Posted By HappyPennie
2 Month Old Will Only Sleep In Swing...Any Ideas??

I've got a 2 month old baby that just started today and will only sleep in a swing, which is not allowed in daycare. Any suggestions as to how to get him to sleep in a play yard? He wakes up the...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 04-01-2012, 05:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,608
Posted By HappyPennie
Is This Deductible And What Would I Record It Under In MMK?

We just purchased a new battery for our lawn mower and changed the oil and filter on it as well. Are these expenses deductible for daycare? If so, what do I log them under in MMK?
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 02-27-2012, 08:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,687
Posted By HappyPennie
I have a question about my camera as well....I...

I have a question about my camera as well....I bought my camera in July and started my daycare in October. Can I still deduct my camera as I do use it for daycare, not just personal use, even though...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2012, 05:00 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 11,773
Posted By HappyPennie
Call me cRaZy, but I don't make my families...

Call me cRaZy, but I don't make my families pre-pay. They pay weekly or biweekly (whichever they choose at contract signing) on Fridays for the same week of care. This is less confusing for me...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2012, 04:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,525
Posted By HappyPennie
Would you just put their status as "active" then...

Would you just put their status as "active" then in the child information page when they are here and then "inactive" again when they are not? He only comes maybe once or twice every couple months.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-10-2012, 06:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,525
Posted By HappyPennie
MMK & Drop-Ins

I've got a boy that is a drop-in every once in awhile and I am trying to figure out the best way to keep track of his hours and do the whole billing part of it. I use the Minute Menu program for my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-28-2011, 12:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 14,737
Posted By HappyPennie
DBug: How did you use your own domain without...

DBug: How did you use your own domain without upgrading? I'm trying to do the same but it's telling me I need to upgrade in order to use my own domain?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-28-2011, 09:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,821
Posted By HappyPennie
What To Charge For Vacation?

I just started my daycare in October of this year and am wanting to update my contract before the 1st of the year. My current contract gives them 2 sick days per week and for vacation they only pay...