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Forum: Daycare and Taxes 06-17-2016, 07:28 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,962
Posted By VTMom
Taxes for Legally Unlicensed, Summer Only Care

Hello!

I was wondering if someone could help me. I am (legally) watching 3 kids for the summer break. Even though I'm not registered, can I still claim meals, expenses, etc for that time, or do I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-09-2015, 02:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,699
Posted By VTMom
Or close November 20th (Friday before...

Or close November 20th (Friday before Thanksgiving). You could put aside the money earned during November and treat yourself and DH to something extravagent! Plus you'll get your holidays!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-30-2015, 09:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,464
Posted By VTMom
My own kids are now 8 and 10 and have outgrown...

My own kids are now 8 and 10 and have outgrown the whole daycare at home bit. After school, they often go to their own rooms and play by themselves, which really bums me out. As they get older, their...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-30-2015, 05:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,464
Posted By VTMom
Thank you!

After 5 1/2 years of having a home daycare, I've closed shop as of today!

I just wanted to thank everyone for their advice, sharing and understanding. Although I haven't been the most frequent...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-25-2015, 05:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,186
Posted By VTMom
"It's a snack not a meal." Even the daycare kids...

"It's a snack not a meal." Even the daycare kids say this now!

I do offer 2nds on fruit if it's available. I don't offer 2nds on the grain or protein part of it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-23-2015, 07:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,082
Posted By VTMom
I'm in the same boat of course! We're going...

I'm in the same boat of course!

We're going to be doing "fizzing fireworks" with coffee filters. Dropping some food coloring on them, adding some baking soda, and then spraying them with 3/4...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-21-2015, 11:11 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,847
Posted By VTMom
I wonder if any other providers in your area will...

I wonder if any other providers in your area will be transporting their DCK's from kindergarten. If there are, maybe someone has an extra seat in the vehicle. I'd offer to pay a transportation fee,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-19-2015, 05:58 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,079
Posted By VTMom
We're June 16th through August August 25th.

We're June 16th through August August 25th.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-18-2015, 06:59 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,174
Posted By VTMom
Last year I had one that was leaving me on a...

Last year I had one that was leaving me on a full-time basis to go to preschool. I gave her an inexpensive plastic backpack with school supplies (crayons, paper, glue, etc). She loved it! She still...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-14-2015, 09:18 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,406
Posted By VTMom
I agree with all of the above. As far as the...

I agree with all of the above.

As far as the preschool deal...he's still in your care 6 hours a day. When I offered part-day care (I no longer do), part day was under 4 hours. 4 hours and more is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-11-2015, 08:49 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,894
Posted By VTMom
http://www.artsonia.com/museum/art.asp?id=17196365...

http://www.artsonia.com/museum/art.asp?id=17196365&exhibit=486981&gallery=y
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-11-2015, 08:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,894
Posted By VTMom
I'm having the kids do a "To the Moon and Back"...

I'm having the kids do a "To the Moon and Back" project on canvas for Dad's. I'll have them paint it blue, attach gold stars, glue on craft sticks to make a ladder to a paper moon, and finally a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-11-2015, 07:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,894
Posted By VTMom
likethis

likethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-07-2015, 01:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,669
Posted By VTMom
I have a little different perspective. I don't...

I have a little different perspective. I don't see it as a lack of friendship or loyalty necessarily. Quality childcare can be really hard to find, especially in my area. If you can get a spot, you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-07-2015, 11:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,960
Posted By VTMom
Birthdays I just do a helium balloon, birthday...

Birthdays I just do a helium balloon, birthday card and cupcakes.

Christmas, I do a book and a boxed craft. I think total, I spend about $15-20 per child.

Graduation from my program, I give...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-07-2015, 08:47 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,307
Posted By VTMom
likethis

likethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-07-2015, 06:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,865
Posted By VTMom
Check out "outdoor play area for kids" on...

Check out "outdoor play area for kids" on Pinterest! Tons of do-it-yourself ideas. Lucky you!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2015, 06:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,668
Posted By VTMom
There's "Sharks and Minnows". A couple people are...

There's "Sharks and Minnows". A couple people are sharks and start in the middle, while the rest are minnows and each have their ball. The goal is to dribble your ball from one side of the ocean to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-14-2015, 10:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,668
Posted By VTMom
Me too! Games like "hit the coach" (kids try...

Me too!

Games like "hit the coach" (kids try to kick the ball at you within a defined space was a huge favorite when I "coached" preK, as well as follow the leader. My advice to you would be to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-13-2015, 03:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,635
Posted By VTMom
Same here. likethis

Same here. likethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-08-2015, 12:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,570
Posted By VTMom
I have a Spotify playlist too. I mixed it up with...

I have a Spotify playlist too. I mixed it up with kid songs, some of the popular (already checked lyrics) songs that the kids know/love, Beastie Boys instrumental:D, Grateful Dead, etc. It's a nice...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-08-2015, 06:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,304
Posted By VTMom
I use Quicken for all my accounts. I record each...

I use Quicken for all my accounts. I record each deposit using the families last name as the "category". Year end I can run a report that shows the totals for each family, as well as my annual...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-25-2015, 06:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,630
Posted By VTMom
If you feel the need for an explanation (I...

If you feel the need for an explanation (I usually do:rolleyes:), I'd say something along the lines "Beginning xyz date, I will be open Monday through Thursday in order to accommodate the needs of my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-24-2015, 09:29 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,065
Posted By VTMom
Then: I'd accommodate special requests to be as...

Then: I'd accommodate special requests to be as flexible as possible, frequently regretting it as soon as the "yes" came out of my mouth.

Now: Use the phrase "let me think about it and get back to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2015, 05:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,588
Posted By VTMom
I hate those mornings! It seems once a year I...

I hate those mornings! It seems once a year I forget to set my alarm clock and wake to the sounds of someone pulling into the driveway :eek: (my bedroom is right next to the driveway). I've had...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-12-2015, 12:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,879
Posted By VTMom
I'll confess. I do allow it, although only for...

I'll confess. I do allow it, although only for school aged children during nap time (school vacations only). So it's more for volume control. :o I'll have them read for an hour and then they're...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-12-2015, 12:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,310
Posted By VTMom
When the weather's nice, I'll have the cordless...

When the weather's nice, I'll have the cordless with me. Otherwise, I just have my cell. All but one DCP regularly contacts me via text/messaging, so most of the time, the cordless is for other...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-10-2015, 01:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,190
Posted By VTMom
I have a Diaper Champ that I've had for over 10...

I have a Diaper Champ that I've had for over 10 years. No odor (except when emptying it) and it uses regular kitchen garbage bag as opposed to specialized bags.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-05-2015, 06:54 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,886
Posted By VTMom
Looking at seed catalogs, snooping around the...

Looking at seed catalogs, snooping around the Gardeners Supply website, and planning my garden makes me happy around this time of year! I'm planning on planting oodles of San Marzano tomatoes for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-03-2015, 06:47 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,465
Posted By VTMom
Seriously. It was -10' here this morning. Done....

Seriously. It was -10' here this morning. Done. SO done.

But...it's supposed to be 40' tomorrow! You too? Spring is coming (it has to, right?):)

:Sunny::Sunny::Sunny::Sunny::Sunny:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-02-2015, 05:21 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,316
Posted By VTMom
I had that once when I was a teenager. I do...

I had that once when I was a teenager. I do recall that it was really itchy:dislike:. I don't believe it's contagious. Do they have a note from a doctor? I would allow them to attend daycare unless...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-11-2015, 06:56 AM
Replies: 6,208
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 706,994
Posted By VTMom
When I booked my doctor's appointment a year ago...

When I booked my doctor's appointment a year ago for tonight at 6:00, I thought it was so convenient that I wouldn't have to close early...until I was reminded this past Monday that I need to fast...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-09-2015, 09:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,900
Posted By VTMom
I currently have Fridays off as well (as of...

I currently have Fridays off as well (as of October), but I'm closing up shop in July, so I don't really have the same consequences as you. I recently had 2 kids come back (after leaving for a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-02-2015, 09:24 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,274
Posted By VTMom
Today is a snow day so we have an unplanned full...

Today is a snow day so we have an unplanned full house! I'm going with the crowd pleasers of waffles/apples/milk for breakfast, hard boiled egg/kiwi/water for morn snack, turkey tacos/steamed...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-29-2015, 06:07 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,792
Posted By VTMom
Yikes! And they wonder why there's a need in a...

Yikes! And they wonder why there's a need in a lot of the state for quality childcare! I assume that's just the tip of the iceburg. I'm still irritated it's our responsibility to report DCK's...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-28-2015, 08:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,623
Posted By VTMom
This is what I have in my handbook: Based...

This is what I have in my handbook:

Based on State regulations, Daycare will close with short notice due to extended power outages. Maximum time without power shall be 2 hours. Staff will call...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-27-2015, 10:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,588
Posted By VTMom
Usually 15' and above (includes windchill). This...

Usually 15' and above (includes windchill). This winter it feels like those days are few and far between though. :(
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-15-2015, 09:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,888
Posted By VTMom
Yeah, sounds like they realize the gig is up and...

Yeah, sounds like they realize the gig is up and you're onto them. Time for the next sucker...I mean daycare provider. I would follow your contract as written for anyone wanting to withdraw.

If...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-29-2014, 07:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,956
Posted By VTMom
I just have 2 as well (brothers). My own kids are...

I just have 2 as well (brothers). My own kids are staying with my Dad and his wife until Thursday. Feels weird! I was greeted with a "he's in underwear after 5 days with only 2 accidents". This kid...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-23-2014, 10:14 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,210
Posted By VTMom
I can understand how it may be difficult to take...

I can understand how it may be difficult to take an additional day off around the holidays. Personally, I take December 25th and 26th off as well. My daycare is in my house and living space, and I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-16-2014, 08:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,916
Posted By VTMom
This is what I would do as well. I would also...

This is what I would do as well. I would also give her a specific date that full time care could begin and add that if circumstances change and an opening becomes available before that, she will be...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-11-2014, 01:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,668
Posted By VTMom
That's tough considering you only know that...

That's tough considering you only know that information from FB stalking (which I'm totally guilty of :D). I don't think I'd call her back and hope she doesn't continue the inquiry. Not the most...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-11-2014, 12:29 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,305
Posted By VTMom
I close at 3:00 Christmas Eve, and closed...

I close at 3:00 Christmas Eve, and closed Christmas Day and the following day (12/26).

I close at 4:00 New Year's Eve (because DH and I are actually going out with grown-ups for the first time...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-19-2014, 08:48 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,441
Posted By VTMom
You live in MASSACHUSETTS! DCM cannot avoid...

You live in MASSACHUSETTS! DCM cannot avoid winter! We all go outside. Check your regulations. My guess is that this is not allowed. You can then use that to backpedal with DCM saying "I checked...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-10-2014, 10:08 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,219
Posted By VTMom
Is there a market for summer care? In my area, I...

Is there a market for summer care? In my area, I have kids that only come during the summer (have since I opened), so having school year kids works out perfect for me. Maybe you could offer to hold...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-03-2014, 08:09 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,439
Posted By VTMom
As of this week, I do not have any daycare kids...

As of this week, I do not have any daycare kids on Fridays! I'm also nervous about the decrease in income. What I've decided to do is substitute teach at our local elementary school on Fridays (after...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-03-2014, 07:10 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,439
Posted By VTMom
I'd go this route too if I could afford it. ...

I'd go this route too if I could afford it.

So why should you give up your opportunity to have Fridays off and dedicated to YOUR family, so she can have Fridays off to not have her own kids? I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-29-2014, 06:17 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,035
Posted By VTMom
I rarely get a "thank you" too. The only times it...

I rarely get a "thank you" too. The only times it seems as though I receive thanks is for Mothers and Fathers day gifts made by the children, and even then it's typically by just one or two (and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-16-2014, 05:08 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,281
Posted By VTMom
Worthingtondirect.com I bought a 12' X 6'...

Worthingtondirect.com

I bought a 12' X 6' ABC/shape rug a couple years ago for about $200.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-19-2014, 05:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,137
Posted By VTMom
I LOVE Scott Noyes! He's so engaging and down to...

I LOVE Scott Noyes! He's so engaging and down to earth. I took that training once a few years ago and still think back to it (especially with my almost 10 year old daughter).

"Just because you're...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-18-2014, 09:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,309
Posted By VTMom
I used to be the same way when my kids first...

I used to be the same way when my kids first started school. I couldn't wait for them to come home. Give it a couple years;). It may switch, like it did for me, to when you look forward to that bus...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-09-2014, 06:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,896
Posted By VTMom
I'm not sure about the new regs and requirements....

I'm not sure about the new regs and requirements. I've just heard rumors here and there (Fundamentals being one of them). I took this class a few years ago. It was useful, and it qualified me to be a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-07-2014, 12:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,896
Posted By VTMom
Have you taken the Fundamentals class? It sounds...

Have you taken the Fundamentals class? It sounds like that may be required in the near future to be registered with the State. Maybe adding that to your plan will kill two birds with one stone.
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-05-2014, 09:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,836
Posted By VTMom
I don't have a specific contract for school-age...

I don't have a specific contract for school-age kids, but there's a couple things you should consider. Will you take these kids over school days off, or before school only? If you take them on school...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-26-2014, 06:35 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,895
Posted By VTMom
I serve their favorite meal, do cupcakes for...

I serve their favorite meal, do cupcakes for afternoon snack, and give them a birthday balloon and card from all of us at the daycare. Keep it simple and consistent. Like other posters, my own kids...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-07-2014, 05:31 AM
Replies: 6,208
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 706,994
Posted By VTMom
Monday morning after a 4 day weekend. DCB 7 yr...

Monday morning after a 4 day weekend. DCB 7 yr comes in declaring "I watched fireworks four days in a row!" This being a child who often goes to bed by 7:30 and is a bear and has night terrors when...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-06-2014, 09:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,698
Posted By VTMom
When we left our daycare 5 years ago (after being...

When we left our daycare 5 years ago (after being there for 3 1/2 years), our provider made us an incredible scrapbook with pictures, memories and poems. It's a treasure still and brings tears to our...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-05-2014, 06:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,352
Posted By VTMom
Perfect. :confused: I hadn't heard any specifics...

Perfect. :confused: I hadn't heard any specifics about the changes yet. I thought the new changes were supposed to ensure quality care AND a better work experience for the providers. I wonder where...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-02-2014, 12:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,594
Posted By VTMom
I have a similar situation here too. Half...

I have a similar situation here too. Half nappers, half older school agers. Following lunch, the older kids need to read quietly for an hour before being allowed to have electronics. I also put on a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-27-2014, 04:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,996
Posted By VTMom
She did ask me the same questions. I'll have...

She did ask me the same questions. I'll have between 5 and 6 full time kids over the summer, but I have 5 full timers plus 5 after school kids during the school year. She wanted to know if I wanted...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-25-2014, 07:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,996
Posted By VTMom
I was surprised when she said she was there for...

I was surprised when she said she was there for the variance request as well as my usual visit. I hadn't had a visit from licensing in over two years so I was due for that. I didn't ask if it was...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-24-2014, 06:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,996
Posted By VTMom
I haven't received a variance although I just...

I haven't received a variance although I just applied for my first one a couple weeks ago. Licensing just came a week and a half ago for a variance request "visit" as well as an announced visit. She...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-24-2014, 12:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,996
Posted By VTMom
Hey! Perhaps offer the spot (assuming the...

Hey!

Perhaps offer the spot (assuming the variance is allowed) to the family that has been with you the longest? So the first family originally enrolled with you gets the first option to take the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-16-2014, 06:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,801
Posted By VTMom
We'll be making a "chia pet" (found on...

We'll be making a "chia pet" (found on pinterest)! Basically, it's cutting the bottom 1/3 from a 2 liter clear soda bottle, decorating that with googly eyes, nose, etc, filling with soil and planting...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-02-2014, 11:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,489
Posted By VTMom
You could explain that having the boys play...

You could explain that having the boys play together would be lovely...let's set up playdates when I'm not working. Of course the playdates would be at both houses, naturally.:Sunny:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-30-2014, 06:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,977
Posted By VTMom
Ah...take the day off for sure! You won't regret...

Ah...take the day off for sure! You won't regret the time you spend supporting your son!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-30-2014, 06:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,977
Posted By VTMom
I'd either close at 11:00 for the rest of the...

I'd either close at 11:00 for the rest of the day, or take the whole day off. It sounds like you will really regret it if you miss it, so make sure that you don't! I wouldn't reopen afterwards. Take...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2014, 04:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,037
Posted By VTMom
I have/had a screamer too. As a matter of fact,...

I have/had a screamer too. As a matter of fact, when the food program rep was here doing a visit she commented "that goes right through you, doesn't it!" He's now almost 2 years old, and although he...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-14-2014, 06:55 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,810
Posted By VTMom
Me too. Including your holding fee will save you...

Me too. Including your holding fee will save you from asking/explaining for it later.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2014, 10:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,468
Posted By VTMom
"In the spring, at the end of the day, you should...

"In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt."
Margaret Atwood

I saw this on Facebook and thought it was perfect!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-10-2014, 11:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,209
Posted By VTMom
likethis

likethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-10-2014, 07:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,636
Posted By VTMom
I wouldn't term and I doubt I'd talk to her about...

I wouldn't term and I doubt I'd talk to her about it unless it continued. Small towns tend to know EVERYONE'S business and I'd guess most of the people she was talking to are fully aware of the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-10-2014, 07:12 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,132
Posted By VTMom
Electronic attendance? yes - for subsidy and food...

Electronic attendance? yes - for subsidy and food program only
What state are you? Vermont
Who paid for equipment? State for subsidy, and food program sponsor (minute menu)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-31-2014, 09:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,641
Posted By VTMom
I'm taking off July 3rd and 4th, a week in August...

I'm taking off July 3rd and 4th, a week in August for a family vacation, and Labor day.

I agree with the other poster...their lack of planning should not impact your vacation.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-14-2014, 11:34 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,845
Posted By VTMom
I do the same for snacks. If I have any leftovers...

I do the same for snacks. If I have any leftovers for lunch, I'll allow seconds until it's gone, but otherwise it's just seconds on fruits, vegetables and milk (within reason).
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-12-2014, 07:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,375
Posted By VTMom
You did the right thing. I put that specific...

You did the right thing. I put that specific policy in my handbook: can't go to school, can't come here. I had a DCB that was a handful and I fully expected DCM to try to unload him if/when he was...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-07-2014, 06:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,475
Posted By VTMom
I have a similar DCB. He's 22 months and was a...

I have a similar DCB. He's 22 months and was a late walker (@ 18 mos). He's still unsteady and doesn't like to be outside in the snow. I have an infant sled that I'll pull him in for a little bit,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-23-2014, 09:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,902
Posted By VTMom
I'm feeling your pain! We'll be off until the day...

I'm feeling your pain! We'll be off until the day after Town Meeting Day.

My plans for school vacation this week, in addition to being outside as much as possible, are to make snowflakes with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2014, 11:29 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,261
Posted By VTMom
We had a slightly different reason for...

We had a slightly different reason for transporting my daughter to a "standard preschool" from a daycare we loved.

When we used to bring my kids to daycare, it was out of town, although it was...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-11-2014, 09:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,896
Posted By VTMom
I stay open and charge. My daycare is out of my...

I stay open and charge. My daycare is out of my house so I have no place to travel to. I have 2 parents that are teachers, so typically if there is no snow, they've left the decision to come or not...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-10-2014, 12:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,741
Posted By VTMom
I did the same thing with a 10mg tablet of...

I did the same thing with a 10mg tablet of vitamin B6. It was amazing! I tried just taking the B6 (that alone works for some women with morning sickness), but it didn't work. 10mg B6 plus 1/2 table...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-10-2014, 10:35 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,113
Posted By VTMom
Maybe I'm stirring the pot a little here,...

Maybe I'm stirring the pot a little here, but...is this just a transfer within the same bank - their account to yours, or is between different banks? If it's between different banks, I'm pretty sure...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-06-2014, 06:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,570
Posted By VTMom
It's baffling. I had a DCM that, after receiving...

It's baffling. I had a DCM that, after receiving a bad report, would promise Junior that if he behaved from that point on, he could have XYZ. Ummm...yeah. Great lesson learned there!

What I would...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-06-2014, 09:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,033
Posted By VTMom
Although I don't have details about my friend's...

Although I don't have details about my friend's husband's treatment or severity, I do know that they have a beautiful toddler without medical intervention after being told he would not be able to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-27-2014, 08:43 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,438
Posted By VTMom
I'd let them know too. Perhaps it could still...

I'd let them know too. Perhaps it could still work if they're in a pinch. It's not ideal, but it may give the family some wiggle room to find something, and will supply you with some income.

Good...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-20-2014, 09:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,556
Posted By VTMom
Same here. We'll also do snowflakes, penguins and...

Same here. We'll also do snowflakes, penguins and Mardi Gras (making mask and painted macaroni necklaces). Can't believe February is right around the corner already!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-17-2014, 10:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,075
Posted By VTMom
I'm changing my closing time this spring for my...

I'm changing my closing time this spring for my kids as well. I wrote "In order to try to meet the evolving needs of my family, I will be closing at 5:15 as of March 30, 2014".

Family comes...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-15-2014, 07:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,153
Posted By VTMom
Although I wouldn't personally exclude for thrush...

Although I wouldn't personally exclude for thrush alone, if baby can't eat while at daycare, they'd have to stay at home until they can. The medication should clear it up, or at least make baby feel...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-14-2014, 06:14 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,526
Posted By VTMom
Similar to Upstate NY...April 21st through 25th...

Similar to Upstate NY...April 21st through 25th with a February winter break. I'm in Northern Vermont.

We're heading to Cancun in April! Counting down already (self-torture really).
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-13-2014, 08:38 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,644
Posted By VTMom
Along the same lines...I don't think I'd respond....

Along the same lines...I don't think I'd respond. You're busy being sick and trying to recuperate so you can open tomorrow. You are closed for business today which includes business related texts.
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-10-2014, 06:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,908
Posted By VTMom
I have a 9 year old daughter and exaggerations...

I have a 9 year old daughter and exaggerations and drama are part of my daily life now! When I hear a shocking story from her, I have to do some digging to extract what really happened out of what...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-09-2014, 06:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,599
Posted By VTMom
Wow! What a deal!;) That comes out to $5.95...

Wow! What a deal!;)

That comes out to $5.95 assuming 20 days off for vacation and holidays assuming those are unpaid. Paid for 35 hours for 52 weeks comes to a whopping $5.50. What would you do...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-07-2014, 06:35 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,028
Posted By VTMom
I just sent you a PM... and a little...

I just sent you a PM...

and a little :Sunny::Sunny::Sunny:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-03-2014, 07:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,041
Posted By VTMom
I also do a cover letter with any significant...

I also do a cover letter with any significant changes. This year, I'm raising my rates and changing my closing time. I feel that your notice is sufficient. I'm also raising the same amount as you. In...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-30-2013, 01:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,271
Posted By VTMom
Same here.

Same here.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-30-2013, 01:24 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,618
Posted By VTMom
I'm sorry for your loss.

I'm sorry for your loss.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-27-2013, 07:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,552
Posted By VTMom
likethis I have an amazingly easy day. Just...

likethis

I have an amazingly easy day. Just 1 SA for the day, plus my own 2! The 3 kids are playing with Christmas toys, and we'll be heading to the movies to see Frozen this afternoon. No diapers...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-18-2013, 02:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,176
Posted By VTMom
They even have Monster High bands;). Both Monster...

They even have Monster High bands;). Both Monster High and the rubber band looms are big here too.

Duct tape crafts are pretty big here also. You can now find any pattern (including One...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-17-2013, 09:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,054
Posted By VTMom
New Years Day Memorial Day two days for...

New Years Day
Memorial Day
two days for Fourth of July (this coming year= 7/3 and 7/4)
Labor Day
Thanksgiving and the day after
Christmas and the day after

I also take 2 weeks vacation, one...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2013, 10:28 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,954
Posted By VTMom
In Vermont, registered home daycares can have 6...

In Vermont, registered home daycares can have 6 children (with 2 under the age of 2), plus 4 school age kids. Our own children over the age of 2 do not count in our ratios.

With an assistant: "Up...
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