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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-27-2018, 11:32 AM
Replies: 5
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Posted By LittleScholars
This is good advice. I have a very, very basic FB...

This is good advice. I have a very, very basic FB page (I don't love FB), but a very nice website that clearly states what I offer. What I want is to funnel people to my website, which currently is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-27-2018, 11:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 239
Posted By LittleScholars
I also have two! I should have said that. I don't...

I also have two! I should have said that. I don't invite people to like it, but I think I can do that. I've always had the best luck in the mom groups, but some are now forbidding posts about daycare...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-26-2018, 12:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 239
Posted By LittleScholars
Boosting Facebook Page?

Has anyone boosted their facebook business page? Did it yield good results?

I've never had a problem filling spots, but I'm currently in an extra weird position because I'm closing until Nov 26...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-26-2018, 09:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 454
Posted By LittleScholars
I'm on my second daycare pregnancy (due any day...

I'm on my second daycare pregnancy (due any day now), and I remind myself that moms of multiple kiddos are constantly exposing themselves to things that their other kiddos bring home. There really is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-24-2018, 10:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 450
Posted By LittleScholars
This is all so helpful! It gives me a lot to...

This is all so helpful! It gives me a lot to think about. To start, I think I'm going to beef up a few centers (particularly writing/fine motor and sensory play). I have great items for these...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-21-2018, 10:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 450
Posted By LittleScholars
That's helpful! Thank you!

That's helpful! Thank you!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-21-2018, 08:05 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 450
Posted By LittleScholars
This is helpful! Right now I have all of these...

This is helpful! Right now I have all of these centers, but no system to rotate them through. If a kiddo prefers one center and wants to stay do you still require that they clean up and rotate? I'm...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-21-2018, 08:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 450
Posted By LittleScholars
I get that! Only my own kiddo would attempt to...

I get that! Only my own kiddo would attempt to eat a crayon or something small (and it is pretty rare), but I know him well enough to know when he's looking tempted. Luckily, that means I can keep...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-21-2018, 07:58 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 456
Posted By LittleScholars
What a shame! That *looks* like such an amazing...

What a shame! That *looks* like such an amazing piece! How is their customer service? I wonder if they will make it right?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-20-2018, 12:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 450
Posted By LittleScholars
Absolutely! This is what we are currently doing....

Absolutely! This is what we are currently doing. I don't really manage, limit, or encourage other areas as much (blocks, trucks, dramatic play, puzzles, library, the fine motor activities that are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-20-2018, 11:07 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 450
Posted By LittleScholars
Centers vs. Complete Free Play... Which to Choose and How to Manage It?

I have centers (ish) set up, but kiddos can move through much of the day freely other than during designated group time (e.g., circle time, group activities). Other than meals, group time is also...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-20-2018, 10:58 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 456
Posted By LittleScholars
They really do. And I haven't found that products...

They really do. And I haven't found that products are particularly amazing. As we used kaplan playdough this morning I was reminded of that.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-20-2018, 10:13 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 456
Posted By LittleScholars
I love this! I didn't realize the bins lifted...

I love this! I didn't realize the bins lifted out. That's great!!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-20-2018, 10:12 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 456
Posted By LittleScholars
Oh! One just like this is actually available! I...

Oh! One just like this is actually available! I hadn't considered multi-levels!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-20-2018, 10:08 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 456
Posted By LittleScholars
And we don't even have access to the whole site!...

And we don't even have access to the whole site! A customer service rep explained it is items selected by the grant admins.

When these come around we can choose between Kaplan or Becker, and if...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-20-2018, 09:48 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 456
Posted By LittleScholars
This is the exact one I want! They aren't...

This is the exact one I want! They aren't offering it through the grant for some reason (we have access to a designated Kaplan site). It might be worth just getting that myself and using the money...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-20-2018, 08:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 456
Posted By LittleScholars
Indoor Sand and Water/Sensory Table...Thoughts on This One?

Does anyone have an indoor sand and water table they love? I just received a grant and I'm itching to get a sensory table and some new supplies, but I want to make sure I spend wisely.

Thoughts...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-13-2018, 11:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 212
Posted By LittleScholars
Oh wow!! How does it work? You call ahead for...

Oh wow!! How does it work? You call ahead for transportation?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-13-2018, 10:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 212
Posted By LittleScholars
Why didn't I think of a bus company?! I was...

Why didn't I think of a bus company?! I was looking at private drivers. Thank you! I wonder how parents would feel about no car seats. I'll have to look into this! Another home daycare is hoping to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-13-2018, 09:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 212
Posted By LittleScholars
Field Trip Transportation

Does anyone have unique solutions for transporting kiddos on field trips? My insurance only covers kiddos while their feet are on the ground (not in a car), and a commercial policy isn't an option at...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2018, 01:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 269
Posted By LittleScholars
Oh that's amazing!! I'm on all sorts of garage...

Oh that's amazing!! I'm on all sorts of garage sale sites, but no free ones (I never thought to look). Great idea!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2018, 12:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 269
Posted By LittleScholars
Awesome, thank you! I think we could use some...

Awesome, thank you! I think we could use some more open ended items outside. We are in the suburbs have almost no interesting natural items in my backyard at the moment.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2018, 12:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 269
Posted By LittleScholars
I'm all about letting them play! We've always...

I'm all about letting them play! We've always just played and it has been fantastic. Lately, we are suddenly getting bored. I don't know if I'm projecting because we've had 90 degree days and I'm so...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2018, 12:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 269
Posted By LittleScholars
Do you keep all of your loose piece type things...

Do you keep all of your loose piece type things out all of the time? Does everything hold up ok in the elements? Did you just go to a home improvement store and get that stuff? And how to do you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2018, 12:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 269
Posted By LittleScholars
Downsizing might actually help, especially in the...

Downsizing might actually help, especially in the sandbox area. We've collected so many things, that it actually takes time to clear them to play. And we all love the same 5 bikes.

Until recently...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2018, 10:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 269
Posted By LittleScholars
Outdoor Activities?

Can you share what your outside time looks like?

I *think* I'm feeling like our outside time is getting a little lame because it has been crazy hot this summer and I'm super pregnant (ready to pop...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-04-2018, 10:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 393
Posted By LittleScholars
I went through this exact situation and was told...

I went through this exact situation and was told the same thing. It ended up being totally fine and no one else got it. Their best guess was that it was from stagnant water the child had been...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-28-2018, 09:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 322
Posted By LittleScholars
That's a great idea!

That's a great idea!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-27-2018, 11:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 322
Posted By LittleScholars
I was thinking maybe the long, multiple shelf...

I was thinking maybe the long, multiple shelf version of this might work. I have a door with free space and they would take up multiple shelves. Thanks!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-27-2018, 10:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 322
Posted By LittleScholars
Creative Water Bottle Storage

Does anyone have a fun, hygienic way to store water bottles? I'm thinking of getting a clear, PVC over-the-door shoe holder, but you all have such great ideas.

My must haves are:
-bleachable...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 08-20-2018, 12:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 574
Posted By LittleScholars
Brilliant! Thank you for sharing! Those are lucky...

Brilliant! Thank you for sharing! Those are lucky kiddos! Your meals sound fantastic.
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 08-17-2018, 05:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,107
Posted By LittleScholars
OH! I think I'm discovering my area of confusion...

OH! I think I'm discovering my area of confusion and real question. I had been under the impression that if one takes the standard deduction we lose the ability to itemize anything (other than the...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 08-16-2018, 10:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,107
Posted By LittleScholars
Tom, I'm getting slightly off topic but I'd...

Tom,

I'm getting slightly off topic but I'd love to know your thoughts at some point about whether the food program is still going to be beneficial with the standard deduction. For the first...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 08-15-2018, 12:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,107
Posted By LittleScholars
I'll be following your work closely! Thank you!!

I'll be following your work closely! Thank you!!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-14-2018, 12:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 340
Posted By LittleScholars
You're my hero. I couldn't do every 30 minutes! ...

You're my hero. I couldn't do every 30 minutes!

When I feel a kiddo is ready, this is what works for us:
-start out wearing a diaper taped at the sides for easy up and down. We go just a bit...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 08-14-2018, 11:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,107
Posted By LittleScholars
I should add that the standard deduction piece is...

I should add that the standard deduction piece is what is really confusing to me. I've read Tom's awesome updates, but I'm super confused about how the new, higher standard deduction will work and...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 08-14-2018, 10:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,107
Posted By LittleScholars
2018 Tax Changes

I know I'm super early with this (I'm getting ahead of my bookkeeping so I don't need to scramble at the end of the year). Do we have any insight on how tax changes will impact...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 08-13-2018, 10:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 574
Posted By LittleScholars
Do you find the salmon and chicken keep well? The...

Do you find the salmon and chicken keep well? The kids will tolerate leftover meat, but my own family can't stand it (so spoiled). It might be my lazy reheat method (microwaving).
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 08-13-2018, 10:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 574
Posted By LittleScholars
Another great idea I hadn't thought of!

Another great idea I hadn't thought of!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-13-2018, 10:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 516
Posted By LittleScholars
This is such a cool idea!!!

This is such a cool idea!!!
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 08-10-2018, 07:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 574
Posted By LittleScholars
Ohhh I LOVE this! Why hadn't I thought of this!?...

Ohhh I LOVE this! Why hadn't I thought of this!? Thank you!
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 08-09-2018, 08:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 574
Posted By LittleScholars
Lunch/Dinner Schedule And Prep Time

Not long ago, I would make one big meal in the morning (often with my instant pot) that I would serve for lunch and dinner. I don't mind leftovers and I loved the extra time it gave me. Now that I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-31-2018, 10:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 908
Posted By LittleScholars
I've been in similar situations a number of times...

I've been in similar situations a number of times this year. Most of my kiddos aged out so I had spots open for the first time in a few years, and I'm moving to a school schedule. I have a good...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-10-2018, 10:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 485
Posted By LittleScholars
I'm (mostly) making the leap next summer. I renew...

I'm (mostly) making the leap next summer. I renew contracts/update handbooks each summer, so families anticipate that changes will be rolled out then. I notified families that beginning summer 2019 I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-22-2018, 09:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 590
Posted By LittleScholars
With my first, I went into labor with the kids...

With my first, I went into labor with the kids here (right before drop off) and wasn't ready to head to the hospital for many hours. It was totally fine. If it had progressed faster, parents all knew...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-21-2018, 11:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 391
Posted By LittleScholars
This is interesting. Helping pull up and down...

This is interesting. Helping pull up and down will be key, especially because I already hate bending over!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-21-2018, 11:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 391
Posted By LittleScholars
That's so helpful! Thank you!

That's so helpful! Thank you!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-21-2018, 10:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 391
Posted By LittleScholars
So many moms have recommend this method! I'm...

So many moms have recommend this method! I'm having a hard time understanding how it can translate into a daycare setting. I work alone and wouldn't feel comfortable messing up our solid routine just...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-21-2018, 10:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 391
Posted By LittleScholars
I have zero experience with training pants! All...

I have zero experience with training pants! All of my dcks have used pull ups, so I need to look into these. He's going fairly long periods without going. He tends to go a little, wait for a new...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-21-2018, 10:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 391
Posted By LittleScholars
My thinking (and I could be totally wrong), is...

My thinking (and I could be totally wrong), is that he's very ready for the routine aspect of it. I think he'd actually enjoy sitting on the potty (he's weird) and he really hates a dirty diaper. He...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-20-2018, 11:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 722
Posted By LittleScholars
All of this is great advice. I'll also add that...

All of this is great advice. I'll also add that we are outside 95% of the time at the end of the day. That really helps. Some days I have a few kids getting picked up closer to closing, and they may...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-20-2018, 10:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 722
Posted By LittleScholars
The two key pieces for me are (1) everything has...

The two key pieces for me are (1) everything has a place that is obvious for everyone, including kids, (2) we all clean up as we go. For example, after lunch kiddos check their areas and pick up and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-20-2018, 10:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 391
Posted By LittleScholars
Potty Training My Own Kid At Daycare

My son is 17 months old and I *think* he is ready for early potty training. He is stubborn and is generally not a particularly easy kid, but he LOVES (and it mildly obsessed with) routines,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-15-2018, 05:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 271
Posted By LittleScholars
I used this when I first started teaching and...

I used this when I first started teaching and didn't love it. I don't blame you for not wanting to use it!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-15-2018, 05:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 271
Posted By LittleScholars
I have and I've attended the trainings, but they...

I have and I've attended the trainings, but they just give a few examples of expectations. I also taught K forever. I'm just being terribly lazy and I'm looking for a nicely formatted one ;).
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-14-2018, 12:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 271
Posted By LittleScholars
Kindergarten Readiness Assessment

Does any use a great, simple kindergarten readiness assessment they would be willing to share?

I have so many versions, and I dislike them all. Before I sit down and create a new one for next...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-13-2018, 11:59 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 741
Posted By LittleScholars
My vote is $20/day. A day is only so long and...

My vote is $20/day. A day is only so long and this requires you to spend even more of your precious time doing daycare. Personally, I'm at a point that there isn't any amount of money that could make...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-09-2018, 03:20 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 4,769
Posted By LittleScholars
You're getting a lot of good feedback, but I'll...

You're getting a lot of good feedback, but I'll chime in because I'm a nursing mom and provider, and I started my daycare primarily because I knew I'd be a nervous daycare mom (I taught elementary...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-08-2018, 12:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 889
Posted By LittleScholars
I have. I posted something like this when I moved...

I have. I posted something like this when I moved to a new space. It made me crazy that parents were walking through the house with their shoes on, and I've since eliminated pretty much everything...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-08-2018, 12:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 284
Posted By LittleScholars
This is lovely and these are great ideas. I'm...

This is lovely and these are great ideas. I'm going to take my first trip to hobby lobby tomorrow!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-07-2018, 09:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 284
Posted By LittleScholars
Wall Art

Has anyone recently purchased pieces they love for their daycare space(s)?

I moved to a new space last year and have lots of bare wall space. I run a preschool program and I'm a "less is more"...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-05-2018, 12:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 603
Posted By LittleScholars
I wouldn't charge for intentional damage on my...

I wouldn't charge for intentional damage on my watch, and and, in reality, probably not for damage caused while a parent is here. I do understand the real shift in behavior that can happen at times...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-01-2018, 10:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 518
Posted By LittleScholars
Thank you for all of the helpful replies!

Thank you for all of the helpful replies!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-31-2018, 10:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 518
Posted By LittleScholars
How Often Do You Purchase/Introduce New Toys?

How often do you all purchase/introduce new (or new to them) toys? Do you rotate toys on a regular basis?

In short, I'm asking because I'm re-organizing my limited storage space and sort of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-31-2018, 09:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 305
Posted By LittleScholars
This is so sweet!! Thank you for sharing!

This is so sweet!! Thank you for sharing!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-31-2018, 05:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 308
Posted By LittleScholars
This is just along the lines I was thinking :)....

This is just along the lines I was thinking :). Thanks!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-30-2018, 04:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 305
Posted By LittleScholars
Moving Up to K Celebration

Do any of you celebrate your kiddos that are moving on? I've had the same cohort since I opened, so I want to do something special. Pinterest has cute ideas, but I'd love to know what fun things you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-30-2018, 04:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 308
Posted By LittleScholars
Book Recommendation for Children Moving Up to K

I've had the same cohort of kids and their siblings since opening, and this June most of them move on to K. We are having a special celebration, and I'd love to gift them a special book. I'd like it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-25-2018, 09:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 407
Posted By LittleScholars
I require sunscreen, swim suit, and sturdy,...

I require sunscreen, swim suit, and sturdy, closed-toe shoes (they run and I don't want to risk a twisted ankle). Most of us have found great, cheap options at target. I send swim suits home to be...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 05-22-2018, 10:19 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,618
Posted By LittleScholars
Additionally, you should not go to court to avoid...

Additionally, you should not go to court to avoid being a nightmare of a human being.

I think in-home care is amazing, but there is always an eliminate of unpredictability when you are relying on...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-17-2018, 08:11 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 645
Posted By LittleScholars
I'd also be most interested in consumables for...

I'd also be most interested in consumables for writing/fine motor skills if the price was right. I agree with Black cat that subscription curriculum programs were really helpful when I was getting...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-17-2018, 06:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 766
Posted By LittleScholars
I also think it is worth a try. I think it is a...

I also think it is worth a try. I think it is a bit trickier totally switching from little ones to SA, but doable. Could you begin sign ups now so that both you and parents can feel secure knowing...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-16-2018, 08:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 766
Posted By LittleScholars
I'm rolling out this model beginning summer 2019,...

I'm rolling out this model beginning summer 2019, so I'll share in case this is helpful or you have feedback.

I was an elementary school teacher for many years, so I already tend to attract...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-14-2018, 10:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 719
Posted By LittleScholars
In my area moms will pay a small fortune for...

In my area moms will pay a small fortune for weekend mommy & me classes of any kind (I know because I'm one of them!). I've been asked to start my own, but I very selfishly want my weekends off and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-10-2018, 09:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 626
Posted By LittleScholars
I had my first January 2017. I worked up until...

I had my first January 2017. I worked up until the moment I went into labor (I thought I was in labor but it didn't pick up speed until a few hours after they left). I stayed super active with the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-09-2018, 12:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 575
Posted By LittleScholars
Like others have said, because I still feel...

Like others have said, because I still feel awkward in the moment but also want to stick to my policies, I always include the info in my text about pick up (texting works best for my parents during...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2018, 09:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 571
Posted By LittleScholars
I love this thread. I'm trying to automate my...

I love this thread. I'm trying to automate my life as much as possible right now.

Instacart isn't working for me yet, but that's really a problem with my local store. They are always out of so...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-19-2018, 09:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 586
Posted By LittleScholars
Property cost is important to consider. In my...

Property cost is important to consider. In my area, many of the successful indoor parks purchased land in random warehouse districts. They aren't far from any of the major suburbs or city centers,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-18-2018, 09:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 586
Posted By LittleScholars
My husband has been building large-scale indoor...

My husband has been building large-scale indoor play places the last few years and the owners have shared what a killing they make. If an area (like mine) isn't saturated, I think it is a great...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-16-2018, 10:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 579
Posted By LittleScholars
I should prepare things ahead. I used to. Now I'm...

I should prepare things ahead. I used to. Now I'm pregnant again and busy with my own 15 month old and really want to consolidate daycare tasks to daycare hours.

I love both of these ideas!...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-16-2018, 10:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 579
Posted By LittleScholars
I should really do this!

I should really do this!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-16-2018, 10:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 579
Posted By LittleScholars
I'm so glad I asked this! Have you tried other...

I'm so glad I asked this! Have you tried other noodles?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-16-2018, 10:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 579
Posted By LittleScholars
Does it take forever to boil?

Does it take forever to boil?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-16-2018, 10:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 579
Posted By LittleScholars
How!? I mean, I've done it, but it was the only...

How!? I mean, I've done it, but it was the only thing that I found super gross. It was either so soft or so hard, and it absorbed the sauce like crazy. What is the trick?!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-13-2018, 12:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 579
Posted By LittleScholars
Sorry, I should clarify that I have a microwave,...

Sorry, I should clarify that I have a microwave, big multi-function toaster over and instant pot. I'm specifically looking for a way to boil pots of water (we miss pasta). I'm also not allowed to go...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-13-2018, 10:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 579
Posted By LittleScholars
Portable Stove/Burner For Daycare

Does anyone use a little portable stove/single burner type thing for cooking? If so, do you like it and what brand is it?

Specifically, I'm looking for something safe that will boil water quickly...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-06-2018, 10:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 581
Posted By LittleScholars
You should totally close for June! In case...

You should totally close for June!

In case this is helpful, when school closes (end of June for us), I plan to largely run half day "mommy's day out" days and charge a bit more than I normally...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-05-2018, 10:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 581
Posted By LittleScholars
My policies are similar to yours now, and I'm...

My policies are similar to yours now, and I'm also hoping to move toward a teachers-only program (or families willing to adjust to that schedule) next summer.

I plan to give them all lots of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-03-2018, 10:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 585
Posted By LittleScholars
I also do Muffins for Mom and Donuts for Dad, and...

I also do Muffins for Mom and Donuts for Dad, and open 15 minutes early for that and run it for 30 minutes. It is perfect and I don't use much of my own time. Parents get to take a cute kid-made...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-02-2018, 12:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 625
Posted By LittleScholars
I don't have a set policy, but I do close when...

I don't have a set policy, but I do close when only 1-2 kiddos plan to attend at times. Around holidays I often end up with 1-2 kiddos planning to attend, but I know parents are off. I've closed a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-02-2018, 10:07 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 8,452
Posted By LittleScholars
Same, same, same. I had to train some parents...

Same, same, same. I had to train some parents around this expectation in the beginning, but this is how I operate. My own child wears play clothes and is a mess at the end of the day, but he had the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2018, 09:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,084
Posted By LittleScholars
I do this for our rental properties and in the...

I do this for our rental properties and in the future will do this for parents. I love this option.

And for what it is worth, I'm super happy to ignore parents without a response at all. Sometimes...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-22-2018, 12:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 777
Posted By LittleScholars
I haven't wanted to term over a child's behavior,...

I haven't wanted to term over a child's behavior, but I have threatened to term over a parent's behavior. Although this is a business it is also my home and I have no tolerance for parent...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-20-2018, 10:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 566
Posted By LittleScholars
I sort of do this. Almost all of my kids bring...

I sort of do this. Almost all of my kids bring rain pants. A lot of parents like the LL Bean ones, but they are pricey. The iplay ones on Amazon have held up super well and used to be $12. I have it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-19-2018, 11:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 772
Posted By LittleScholars
My own son acts differently at daycare. He loves...

My own son acts differently at daycare. He loves the kids, but he is pretty reserved and likes to sit back and take it all in. He is a MANIAC once the kids leave and there isn't so much stimulation....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-19-2018, 10:24 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,103
Posted By LittleScholars
I think this is where I am now. I really want to...

I think this is where I am now. I really want to make it work with this family, but meal prep is such an enormous task that I really can't do much accommodating.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-19-2018, 10:22 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,103
Posted By LittleScholars
Untrue. My question was how I should respond to...

Untrue. My question was how I should respond to this parent. I'm not sure what indicates I want to meet them on the back burner.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-16-2018, 08:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,103
Posted By LittleScholars
Haha!! I'm also supportive of vegans, but I love...

Haha!! I'm also supportive of vegans, but I love this.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-16-2018, 08:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,103
Posted By LittleScholars
I only have two milk drinkers, but excluding milk...

I only have two milk drinkers, but excluding milk did require a doctor's note. I'm really fine with that level of modification. I personally don't eat much meat and I don't drink cow's milk, so my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-15-2018, 05:52 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,103
Posted By LittleScholars
I think I could get away without recording all of...

I think I could get away without recording all of the adjustments. I've had a handful of dairy sensitivities over the years and that has been fine, although it did require a doctor's note. I'm...
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