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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-09-2018, 03:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 342
Posted By CityGarden
I do not give individual daily updates..... bad...

I do not give individual daily updates..... bad or good.

I send a monthly newsletter and calendar home and we have a class photo sharing / journal site. I think parents mostly want to know what...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-29-2018, 01:56 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,798
Posted By CityGarden
I confess that nap time is always 30-60minutes...

I confess that nap time is always 30-60minutes longer on Mondays..... I do not highlight this to parents. I find the children need the sleep after busy weekends and I do not wake them.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-29-2018, 01:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 448
Posted By CityGarden
I find parents count on childcare to be reliable...

I find parents count on childcare to be reliable (or as reliable as possible), two early closures in the same week and one with little to no notice (without being an emergency) seems unprofessional. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-17-2018, 04:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 435
Posted By CityGarden
I did this exact thing with someone and they...

I did this exact thing with someone and they ended up writing bad reviews for me everywhere online..... I did need the money since I held the spot for her but if I could have financially afforded it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-16-2018, 02:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 571
Posted By CityGarden
I like to pick my battles, so I would let this...

I like to pick my battles, so I would let this go. Likely right after drop off and pick up I would just write the time in myself.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-16-2018, 01:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 504
Posted By CityGarden
Yes we give a card (often homemade by my dd) and...

Yes we give a card (often homemade by my dd) and movie passes, passes to the local museum or passes to the local botanical garden. I tend to like gifting experiences over possessions anyway so this...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-12-2018, 02:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 220
Posted By CityGarden
DCB is an older two, he will be 3 next month and...

DCB is an older two, he will be 3 next month and all of my dcks are 2-5 so we don't even own a playpen and he would easily climb out. He is very verbal and speaks clearer than several of my older...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-12-2018, 07:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 220
Posted By CityGarden
Biting Advice for DCM & I?

I have a 2 year old dcb who is biting.... this is a new behavior, he has only successfully bitten once but I can see that it has become his go to attempt to get his way when frustrated. (He also...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-11-2018, 01:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 618
Posted By CityGarden
I have a 2 bedroom + office, 1 bath home... ...

I have a 2 bedroom + office, 1 bath home...

When I first opened dcks had access to living room / dining room/ bathroom and office. I kept the bedrooms and the kitchen off limits to dcks. The...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-08-2018, 11:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 355
Posted By CityGarden
I do three things for current parents: I...

I do three things for current parents:


I give out an annual printed calendar each September (as we follow the local school district calendar).

I include special days & holiday school...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-08-2018, 10:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 273
Posted By CityGarden
It was not worth the added insurance cost (both...

It was not worth the added insurance cost (both daycare and auto) in my area and personally I would not want the hassle.

I do see the value for SA programs as most parents needing aftercare work...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-26-2018, 10:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 576
Posted By CityGarden
I require one month notice on either end (mine or...

I require one month notice on either end (mine or theirs) and for any policy changes. Additionally my contract with them is just one year.... I have a re-enrollment contract 3 months before the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-26-2018, 02:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 210
Posted By CityGarden
I suggest you define what you can/will offer...

I suggest you define what you can/will offer before you actively market. My offerings are limited and do not suit all families and it takes longer for me to fill an open spot but I am clear on what...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-25-2018, 11:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 656
Posted By CityGarden
I would not term in this case but I do require...

I would not term in this case but I do require three phone numbers (all local) to pick up children for emergency/illness, etc.
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 09-25-2018, 11:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 95
Posted By CityGarden
I would call your state licensing office and...

I would call your state licensing office and ask....

Also check what is required for a criminal exemption, the process takes much longer to open from what a friend experienced here and it did not...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-25-2018, 02:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 656
Posted By CityGarden
Yes you need to charge the late fee. You can feel...

Yes you need to charge the late fee. You can feel sorry DCD had an accident but please don't feel sorry for following your policies and the contract they signed. Had a child been left that long with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-18-2018, 02:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 240
Posted By CityGarden
I use Square Space and love it. My URL is custom...

I use Square Space and love it. My URL is custom and does not have Square Space in the domain name - I purchased my domain name from Go Daddy.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-04-2018, 02:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 259
Posted By CityGarden
I don't find any of the systems difficult but I...

I don't find any of the systems difficult but I think the benefits of doing a trial is that you can see how you like using them on a day to day basis also you will learn what you want them to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-04-2018, 01:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 417
Posted By CityGarden
I just listed the prices based on pick up times...

I just listed the prices based on pick up times and filled in their pick up time and rate in the blank spaces in the contract. In example,

XYZ Program drop off is between 7:00am - 8:00am Monday -...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-03-2018, 09:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 357
Posted By CityGarden
I love outdoor classrooms - there is so much you...

I love outdoor classrooms - there is so much you can do with them. Congrats on a fun, flexible space that looks inviting.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-02-2018, 02:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 669
Posted By CityGarden
I switched to a set pick up time (15 minutes...

I switched to a set pick up time (15 minutes window) and love it so much better. I have all the kids ready on the porch reading stories when their parents arrive.
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 09-02-2018, 01:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 569
Posted By CityGarden
I do snack online but my kids favorite snacks are...

I do snack online but my kids favorite snacks are muffins, pancakes, and popsicles. They think all of them are treats but they are loaded with health items. :)

All my kids bring lunches from home...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-02-2018, 01:52 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 353
Posted By CityGarden
Hasta la Vista

My first enrolled dcb celebrated his last day with my this past Friday. He has been with me two year and I will miss his affection, hugs, sense of wonder, natural curiosity. He is so animated that I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-02-2018, 01:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 802
Posted By CityGarden
I am late to this discussion but wanted to chime...

I am late to this discussion but wanted to chime in and say I love PT families. The way I have my fees broken down I make more with PT than full time per spot.

I require set days with a choice of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-01-2018, 12:00 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 823
Posted By CityGarden
I agree with Happy Mom. My solution has been to...

I agree with Happy Mom. My solution has been to charge an annual tuition and give them an option to make monthly payments on the annual tuition.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-01-2018, 11:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 259
Posted By CityGarden
Welcome to the forum! No two childcare...

Welcome to the forum!

No two childcare softwares are built exactly the same and I would assume you could not easily transfer between the different programs. Keep in mind the different...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-24-2018, 02:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 288
Posted By CityGarden
Newsletter Questions & Shutterfly Site Questions

NEWSLETTERS

Do any of you do a newsletter?

I am not sure if I will do them monthly or just seasonally, but I feel the desire and need to do one for the Fall.... since I have several new...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-24-2018, 02:12 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,032
Posted By CityGarden
hwichlaz where can I find these proposed changes?...

hwichlaz where can I find these proposed changes? Is this part in bold for all ages or just infants?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-24-2018, 02:09 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,032
Posted By CityGarden
While my preschool program is in my home, I am...

While my preschool program is in my home, I am only open limited hours (currently 4-6.5 hours daily, reducing to 3-5 hours daily) .... I am relatively well paid for the amount of hours I work and IF...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-22-2018, 02:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 582
Posted By CityGarden
Congratulations & welcome back. I run a part...

Congratulations & welcome back.

I run a part day preschool program it is very competitive in my area, and it takes me much longer to fill spots than an infant only program. That said, I love...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-20-2018, 01:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 378
Posted By CityGarden
As a parent for overnights I would want toddler...

As a parent for overnights I would want toddler beds (or cribs for little ones).... not cots. Do you have an Ikea near you?

Ikea Toddler Bed #1 $70...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-16-2018, 01:50 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,053
Posted By CityGarden
I use a highlighter..... at pick up time exactly...

I use a highlighter..... at pick up time exactly I highlight the line in bright yellow..... so they sign knowing that we both know they are late.

I also use a highlighter when they forget to sign...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-14-2018, 03:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 377
Posted By CityGarden
Currently I have a one hour drop off window... ...

Currently I have a one hour drop off window...
8:30am - 9:30am with no drop off after 9:30am
This has saved me so much and I am grateful for the window.

I am transitioning to a 1/2 day program...
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 08-13-2018, 10:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 666
Posted By CityGarden
Congratulations on getting your paperwork in. I...

Congratulations on getting your paperwork in. I put my name down for my program but licensing still listed ii just under my name..... that could just be my state or analyst though.
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 08-13-2018, 10:26 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 29,066
Posted By CityGarden
In my program there is an enrollment fee due your...

In my program there is an enrollment fee due your first year (which shows me your commitment to enroll and covers materials) and then a materials fee in subsequent years (that is equal to the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-08-2018, 01:08 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 874
Posted By CityGarden
Like others have said you need to find your...

Like others have said you need to find your balance and what works best for you.... My program has shorter hours so other than nap time or time my assistant is focus on the dcks or they are napping I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-07-2018, 11:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 533
Posted By CityGarden
I think for the sake of your friendship I would...

I think for the sake of your friendship I would find a way to stop providing care (when there is not an issue) because if this was not the tipping point for you it surely will come.

SA care is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-07-2018, 03:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 348
Posted By CityGarden
Most of my dcks are PT and I love them!!! I think...

Most of my dcks are PT and I love them!!! I think you will get the opposite of what you desire by getting frustrated or trying to fight her into submission....

I do the following:

Communicate...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-06-2018, 09:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 486
Posted By CityGarden
Eek I read Mike's post and thought it was a good...

Eek I read Mike's post and thought it was a good compromise so I gave the parent the option of bank transfer or check without fee or cc with 2.9% fee..... I am hoping she will figure out either bank...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-06-2018, 04:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 486
Posted By CityGarden
New Client Want To Pay With Credit Card...

I have a new client who plans to enroll and is asking to pay by credit card. I typically accept payments via Zelle (Bank Transfer) and sent her a payment request thru Zelle.

Her response today......
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2018, 11:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 428
Posted By CityGarden
I have a pre-enrollment form that is required...

I have a pre-enrollment form that is required prior to scheduling a tour.

I have ask basics: Name (parent & child), address, phone, email, age of child, schedule request, desired start date, blank...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 07-30-2018, 12:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 443
Posted By CityGarden
I am not on the FP but this is very interesting. ...

I am not on the FP but this is very interesting. A lot of my families send their children yogurt so I may add it to our morning snack once a week starting in the fall.....

What do you all serve...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-30-2018, 11:48 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 887
Posted By CityGarden
I agree with BC on this one.... had you made it...

I agree with BC on this one.... had you made it matter of fact in the first email,

"Sorry I do not offer drop in care as it disrupts the children enrolled full time in our care, however we do...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-30-2018, 11:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 365
Posted By CityGarden
LOL Dave that would be a easy feature for...

LOL Dave that would be a easy feature for Brightwheel to add though.... ;)

Yes I have learned keeping the business side as streamlined as possible is a good idea!!! I learned that pretty quickly....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-29-2018, 10:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 365
Posted By CityGarden
Talking Breaking Up with Brightwheel

Brightwheel certainly has it's strengths (daily reports/ digital journal, nice layout, billing, attendance, etc.) but I decided early on it was not for me..... I have come to loath the obligation of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-27-2018, 02:20 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 785
Posted By CityGarden
ENJOY!!!! Sounds like you earned it. I still...

ENJOY!!!! Sounds like you earned it.

I still have 2 hours to go until I am off.... I am so looking forward to being off because it is a rare night that I will have the house completely to myself...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-26-2018, 09:16 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 644
Posted By CityGarden
Yes I would.... I love what I do but if I...

Yes I would....

I love what I do but if I had a level of generational wealth that would allow me to start my own commercial preschool or another business outside of my home I would do that in a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2018, 04:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 378
Posted By CityGarden
Honestly I cracked up just thinking about how...

Honestly I cracked up just thinking about how they would respond to that --- part of me would LOVE to do that.

Since we are in a similar area / market do you find your clients want this same sort...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2018, 04:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 378
Posted By CityGarden
Would you like the picture updates more if they...

Would you like the picture updates more if they were more consistent? If they posted your child each day would you still prefer the paper slip?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2018, 04:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 378
Posted By CityGarden
I am trying to minimize their time at pick up.......

I am trying to minimize their time at pick up.... a sign that would lead to more conversation is the opposite of my goal.

I could imagine my parents now reading that sign then... "Did Billy like...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2018, 04:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 378
Posted By CityGarden
I agree I think the repetitive nature bores...

I agree I think the repetitive nature bores parents and they stop reading them --- they appreciate them initially but stop paying attention.

I could not tell from your post on one hand you say you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2018, 03:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 311
Posted By CityGarden
I have one family who I text each month the day...

I have one family who I text each month the day before payment is due..... they do an instant electronic transfer thru Zelle. Maybe offer both of them to set their payments up on auto pay so they...
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 07-23-2018, 03:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 155
Posted By CityGarden
Welcome!!! I love this forum.

Welcome!!! I love this forum.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2018, 02:46 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 662
Posted By CityGarden
I would not want that sign in my home so I can...

I would not want that sign in my home so I can understand your hesitation. I love this job (most days) but really loathe it in my home and wish my state allowed it in a second home like BC's state.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2018, 02:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 452
Posted By CityGarden
Good for you it seems you have drawn a line in...

Good for you it seems you have drawn a line in the sand!!!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2018, 02:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 378
Posted By CityGarden
Parent Communications

Another thread today reminded me I need to decide on the best method for parent communications for my program this upcoming school year. I have found good communications cut down on parents trying...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2018, 02:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 378
Posted By CityGarden
Some providers use services like Brightwheel to...

Some providers use services like Brightwheel to give individual updates, I tried it (parents LOVE it) but I am too busy (and don't like) doing individual updates. If I did infant/ young toddler care...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2018, 01:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 361
Posted By CityGarden
I am sorry but it seems like this family is not a...

I am sorry but it seems like this family is not a good fit for your program. You want teachers and teacher schedules keep your new schedule and market to replace this child/family.

Right now by...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-20-2018, 03:04 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 929
Posted By CityGarden
YES rompers are such a huge PITA. I have one dcg...

YES rompers are such a huge PITA. I have one dcg who has been wearing them 1-2 times per week all summer.... this is her last month and I am just so happy the rompers will be gone. LOL
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-19-2018, 09:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 474
Posted By CityGarden
I had this situation with my first day care...

I had this situation with my first day care family when I first opened.... except I knew DCM actually needed the hours due to work.

Once my enrollments were up and I was in a financial position...
Forum: Curriculum 07-11-2018, 04:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 460
Posted By CityGarden
Reading this I was thinking the same question.....

Reading this I was thinking the same question.....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-11-2018, 02:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 580
Posted By CityGarden
It was terrible, Assistant ended up sick with the...

It was terrible, Assistant ended up sick with the same symptoms dcb had and was out for a week. :rolleyes:

It has never been the same between the Assistant & I. That was the final straw (she was...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-11-2018, 11:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 580
Posted By CityGarden
Update: I ended up using BC's wording above but...

Update:
I ended up using BC's wording above but also said I would make a one-time exception given the short notice and offer her a partial refund for next week.... I also said my assistant was not...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-11-2018, 11:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 301
Posted By CityGarden
Hmm I do not use Brightwheel in that way........

Hmm I do not use Brightwheel in that way..... (only for billing here) but I do have some oops moments with voice to text so I always double check.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-10-2018, 10:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 580
Posted By CityGarden
I want to 100% feel that way too but I also do...

I want to 100% feel that way too but I also do know it is very short notice.....even for a SAHM :rolleyes:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-10-2018, 10:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 580
Posted By CityGarden
Thanks so much for the quick reply it really...

Thanks so much for the quick reply it really helps to hear insights from others. I will certainly be using some of your wording.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-10-2018, 10:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 580
Posted By CityGarden
Just sent you a PM!!!

Just sent you a PM!!!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-10-2018, 10:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 580
Posted By CityGarden
Cliff Notes Version: I have learned from this...

Cliff Notes Version: I have learned from this forum that my assistant should not be their backup care.

Example: Assistant babysat for a dcb's family date nights, etc. several weeks later Assistant...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-10-2018, 02:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 580
Posted By CityGarden
Would You Refund?

Last year I took 3 weeks paid vacation in Summer since I do not charge more for months with 5 weeks instead of 4 (this is in the contract)..... this year I am only taking 2 weeks. The first week I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-02-2018, 01:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 623
Posted By CityGarden
Is she asking you to do infant care? I only...

Is she asking you to do infant care?

I only taker children 2+ and two of my families just had infants neither expect me to take the infants....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-29-2018, 02:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 619
Posted By CityGarden
This is my thoughts too! I am a "water only"...

This is my thoughts too! I am a "water only" program and do not serve any milk but have thought about doing a snack rotation among the parents..... my concern is parents forgetting.

I get annoyed...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-27-2018, 11:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 346
Posted By CityGarden
If you were a home daycare or worked in a home...

If you were a home daycare or worked in a home daycare you would likely not be able to get an exemption with a violent crime so recent. I am not sure if that would be different in a center setting...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-25-2018, 05:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 394
Posted By CityGarden
Personally I like to do tours right as I open.......

Personally I like to do tours right as I open....

- the space is clean and set up for the day
- they can see the program in a natural drop off state and see other parents
- I can see if...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-24-2018, 01:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 395
Posted By CityGarden
Congratulations on getting your first dck!!! With...

Congratulations on getting your first dck!!! With three kids even if two are your own it will help to have a solid routine and it will help your own children adapt to the new routine....

Some days...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-15-2018, 01:03 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 846
Posted By CityGarden
I do not provide milk because each family would...

I do not provide milk because each family would likely have a different "milk" preference.... whole, 1%, raw, almond, soy, skim, etc. LOL

Also I personally do not agree that milk is a healthy need...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-07-2018, 09:18 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 716
Posted By CityGarden
This is how I have addressed it in the past. Once...

This is how I have addressed it in the past. Once you have filled your spots be sure to go back and delete the entire thread that way if your rates change in future they are not listed in the group...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-07-2018, 08:49 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 53,153
Posted By CityGarden
oops just noticed that.

oops just noticed that.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-07-2018, 08:48 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 53,153
Posted By CityGarden
I do not take infants.... but in my area...

I do not take infants.... but in my area providers are charging $65-70 per day for infants and they tend to do infants only if they take them.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-07-2018, 08:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 540
Posted By CityGarden
It is not uncommon in my area for parents to be...

It is not uncommon in my area for parents to be charge the same amount all year regardless of holiday/vacation closures. I charge for them and honestly if I was terminating I would wait to give that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-01-2018, 02:19 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,111
Posted By CityGarden
We serve snack only but I have asked parents to...

We serve snack only but I have asked parents to not send in the traditional rice cakes (too messy) and peanuts (due to allergies)....

Personally I do not like peas but will serve them in veggie...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-01-2018, 02:16 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 714
Posted By CityGarden
This is what I would say as well in your case. ...

This is what I would say as well in your case.

Wanted to add that I personally like the easy of mobile deposits, parents give the check to me and I upload them during snack time the funds are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-31-2018, 02:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 949
Posted By CityGarden
Yes this is a hard lesson which I have had to...

Yes this is a hard lesson which I have had to learn. All families will do what is in their own best interest.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-31-2018, 02:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 491
Posted By CityGarden
This is a nice approach! I would just need a...

This is a nice approach! I would just need a non-plastic sort of subscription though....

I have been building a Waldorf style play area and leave all items out other than art supplies which...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-31-2018, 02:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 513
Posted By CityGarden
You are right Too Many Kitties, great background...

You are right Too Many Kitties, great background info for anyone considering them.

I decided it was not a fit for me but did some research: talking to Brightwheel and some of the providers signed...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-31-2018, 12:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 654
Posted By CityGarden
Yes this is how I took it... I am in CA with a...

Yes this is how I took it... I am in CA with a small license since I have no interest in SA care I just tell parents I am licensed for six per day.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-30-2018, 01:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 527
Posted By CityGarden
I have never but I have thought about doing a...

I have never but I have thought about doing a referral discount or something like that....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-30-2018, 11:20 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 658
Posted By CityGarden
My current routine... Friday during nap time:...

My current routine...
Friday during nap time: Menu Plan (for daycare and home)
Monday during nap time: Grocery shop via Instacart
PROS: Super easy and great productive use of nap time. CONS: Often...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-22-2018, 11:43 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 513
Posted By CityGarden
Wonderschool

I came across a Facebook Ad for Wonderschool which seems to just be a network on in-home day care programs.

Do any of you have a program with Wonderschool?

I must be missing something but I do...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-15-2018, 11:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 333
Posted By CityGarden
I have thought about a fridge just for my dcks...

I have thought about a fridge just for my dcks but the additional hit to my electric bill each month was not worth it. In your case it might be worth it though.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-15-2018, 11:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 564
Posted By CityGarden
I have a little dcb who is full of wonder and has...

I have a little dcb who is full of wonder and has such a sweet soul. His family is a Waldorf family and he thrives with rhythm and loves nature. He is all boy with tons of energy, can crash into...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-15-2018, 10:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 726
Posted By CityGarden
I have several openings right now too! The...

I have several openings right now too! The nature of the age group I serve..... I would not give a heads up unless you want them to leave ASAP.

If your goal is to stay in this business then I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-15-2018, 06:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 573
Posted By CityGarden
I am late to the party but Happy Provider...

I am late to the party but Happy Provider Appreciation All!!!!!!!!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-15-2018, 05:06 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 930
Posted By CityGarden
Great point I am Tier 2 which did impact my...

Great point I am Tier 2 which did impact my decision.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-15-2018, 11:31 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 930
Posted By CityGarden
I see the value to what Tom's blog said about the...

I see the value to what Tom's blog said about the financial value but still decided to opt out of the food program. I provide homemade organic snack but I see value in parents providing lunches from...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-14-2018, 12:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 690
Posted By CityGarden
Parenting Workshops Mom & Me Classes Date...

Parenting Workshops
Mom & Me Classes
Date Night Care - once a month
Care during school breaks - Thanksgiving, winter, spring & summer
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-09-2018, 12:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 550
Posted By CityGarden
I would love the form too BC!!! For me I...

I would love the form too BC!!!

For me I make my sick policy crystal clear before they enroll and I state is as a selling point in that due to my strict policy their child will get sick less and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-09-2018, 12:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 434
Posted By CityGarden
I have not read the first post but I am glad it...

I have not read the first post but I am glad it worked itself out.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-07-2018, 02:27 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 961
Posted By CityGarden
Okay I feel the same way.... gosh I love this...

Okay I feel the same way.... gosh I love this forum.

Any suggestions on how to say no thanks since I don't want to lie and say I don't have the space. I actually don't have space until June...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-07-2018, 02:21 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 961
Posted By CityGarden
I would not make additional income for May for...

I would not make additional income for May for June I would make money on him here. Sadly I will be marketing soon for those June/September openings so I don't want to lie and her see ads or...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-07-2018, 02:18 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 961
Posted By CityGarden
I am really strict on biting and am very...

I am really strict on biting and am very concerned with adding it to the group....
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