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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 12:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 403
Posted By MarinaVanessa
I've had this also. An almost 3 year old walked...

I've had this also. An almost 3 year old walked in with a phone in hand recently and I pointed it out to DCD thinking it was Dad's phone. Nope, it was DCB's phone. Dad had upgraded his and gave...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 11:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 139
Posted By MarinaVanessa
We are shoes off here, including me. I keep a...

We are shoes off here, including me. I keep a pair of flip flops or slip-ons near my door where all of the kids keep their but we don't put them on for fire drills.

My emergency plan and drill...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 09:10 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 71
Posted By MarinaVanessa
You should to contact your local Resource &...

You should to contact your local Resource & Referral agency to ask them since most official rates are averages by city/county etc. not by areas in the cities.

You can also try going on Facebook...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 09:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 370
Posted By MarinaVanessa
Sounds like the mother is not ready for daycare. ...

Sounds like the mother is not ready for daycare. She is sabotaging any chance for her daughter to acclimate. She needs to feel needed so she lingers even when things are fine until her daughter...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 09:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 212
Posted By MarinaVanessa
Mine have free range of my whole downstairs but...

Mine have free range of my whole downstairs but only because it's all daycare space (I don't have a large house). My living room and dining room are pretty much the same space and my kitchen is a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-17-2018, 04:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 284
Posted By MarinaVanessa
There is no law that requires a daycare to have...

There is no law that requires a daycare to have video surveillance, therefore, the daycare can decide it's own policies on who can and can't view them or for how long is entirely up to the daycare.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-17-2018, 04:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 235
Posted By MarinaVanessa
I'm more "real world" when it comes to certain...

I'm more "real world" when it comes to certain situations and something like this falls under that, kind of like sharing. In real life, people can't force me to like someone or be friends with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-17-2018, 03:57 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,515
Posted By MarinaVanessa
I use a highlighter also. As soon as their...

I use a highlighter also. As soon as their pick-up time passes I highlight the space for the day's signature.

I use separate monthly sign-in sheets for each child so this works better for me. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-17-2018, 03:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 238
Posted By MarinaVanessa
We do have an updated form, the only Personal...

We do have an updated form, the only Personal Beliefs Affidavit on the immunization card is for TB testing where required to enter school. The new card no longer lists immunization cards under the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-15-2018, 05:28 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,515
Posted By MarinaVanessa
Yep we're still going through the battle, but at...

Yep we're still going through the battle, but at least we know what to do now. We haven't been able to get anything better than a 504 plan for her, even recently, and even though the most recent...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-15-2018, 05:02 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 497
Posted By MarinaVanessa
If you are not in the military and work on base...

If you are not in the military and work on base as a food service worker, office assistant, maintenance etc. then you are a civilian but because you work for the government you have to be...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-15-2018, 04:51 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 497
Posted By MarinaVanessa
They can ask for it but you don't have to give...

They can ask for it but you don't have to give it. Just like hospitals and medical doctors. They ask for it in case you don't pay your bill so they can sue you or send you to collections but you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-15-2018, 04:49 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 497
Posted By MarinaVanessa
You don't understand how the fingerprinting...

You don't understand how the fingerprinting works. Yes you are being placed into "the system" but getting fingerprinting is licensing checking your fingerprints to verify that you are not a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-15-2018, 04:39 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,515
Posted By MarinaVanessa
They wouldn't do an evaluation on her that young...

They wouldn't do an evaluation on her that young because she had ADHD and they said it could just be behavioral and to wait it out. When she was 4 I got her into Head Start where they referred her...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-15-2018, 03:20 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 497
Posted By MarinaVanessa
If it bothers you find out if they do it at your...

If it bothers you find out if they do it at your Sherrif's office. That's where I had mine done (CA)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-15-2018, 11:58 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,515
Posted By MarinaVanessa
Sometimes, but not always true. I had no choice...

Sometimes, but not always true. I had no choice but to keep my DD in "regular" childcare because I could not afford specialized childcare. I couldn't even get her in for a proper evaluation because...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-15-2018, 10:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 145
Posted By MarinaVanessa
How about something like ... "Dear parents, ...

How about something like ...

"Dear parents,

Due to safety, liability and behavior concerns items from home will no longer be allowed to be brought to daycare. Please leave them in your home...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-14-2018, 01:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 298
Posted By MarinaVanessa
I have contracted hours so each family is...

I have contracted hours so each family is different but I require (it's in my policies) them let me know in advance what time they'll be arriving each day and if they're running late to let me know. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-14-2018, 01:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 403
Posted By MarinaVanessa
Not specifically but I have a "no items/food from...

Not specifically but I have a "no items/food from home" policy.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-14-2018, 01:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 6,803
Posted By MarinaVanessa
I had the same problem and gave up. I switched...

I had the same problem and gave up.
I switched to a magnet board and superglued magnets to the back of my stuff. :rolleyes::lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-14-2018, 11:33 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 96
Posted By MarinaVanessa
What works for me is to have the parents focus on...

What works for me is to have the parents focus on potty training at home until they are successful with no accidents for the whole weekend and diaper free.

Then here they use undies under a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-14-2018, 11:09 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,515
Posted By MarinaVanessa
Yes very true. If her income all went towards...

Yes very true. If her income all went towards living expenses then it would also be considered excessive, which is why I mentioned it's on a case by case basis.

Like for me even if I was making...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-14-2018, 10:47 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,515
Posted By MarinaVanessa
Providers often terminate care for being late, I...

Providers often terminate care for being late, I think this could be an out for you. Address it in writing, have the parent sign in acknowledgment that their child needs to be picked up and out of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-14-2018, 10:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 224
Posted By MarinaVanessa
Oooooooooooooh ... that makes so much sense! ...

Oooooooooooooh ... that makes so much sense!

Here was the answer ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-14-2018, 10:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 198
Posted By MarinaVanessa
For me the more regular hours you spend here the...

For me the more regular hours you spend here the less you pay hourly. So yes, I charge more for drop-in.

As an example here's how my rates break down (FT & PT pay a flat weekly rate, I'm breaking...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-13-2018, 09:00 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,515
Posted By MarinaVanessa
I believe that it depends on each provider's...

I believe that it depends on each provider's circumstance. For example, if a provider had 6 children and was charging $200/week and making $1,200 a week total/$4800 a month then $400 a month would...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-13-2018, 05:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 333
Posted By MarinaVanessa
Most phones now have great camera's so what about...

Most phones now have great camera's so what about taking your own photos? Like if you have alphabet flashcards, blocks or make letter cutouts you can do your own ABC and 123 photos??

Like one of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-13-2018, 05:49 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,515
Posted By MarinaVanessa
Looks like Tom recently wrote an article that...

Looks like Tom recently wrote an article that covered this and some of the other things that were touched on in this thread. Probably because of this thread.


When Can You Terminate a Child...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-13-2018, 03:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 224
Posted By MarinaVanessa
SO I went to check it out and went to their...

SO I went to check it out and went to their website to see if it would kill Rotavirus and found in their FAQ's this little gem ...
"Can Benefect Be Used To Clean Up A Meth Lab?"
:lol::lol::lol::lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-13-2018, 03:19 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,515
Posted By MarinaVanessa
I guess I'm just saying that I understand why...

I guess I'm just saying that I understand why parents don't alert providers about this just like I understand why providers don't alert potential landlords in CA that they do daycare ... because 9...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-13-2018, 01:05 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,515
Posted By MarinaVanessa
I was in a training for ADA and I was told that I...

I was in a training for ADA and I was told that I could not ask during an interview (before they became a client) if their child had a disability ... and if I did that the parent was legally not...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-13-2018, 12:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 198
Posted By MarinaVanessa
Sounds to me like her daughter will be changing...

Sounds to me like her daughter will be changing from FT to drop-in. I personally consider any child that does not come regularly as drop-in care because I do not want to hold a spot for these kids. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-13-2018, 12:31 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,173
Posted By MarinaVanessa
Yep, for me too :rolleyes:

Yep, for me too :rolleyes:
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 08-13-2018, 12:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 295
Posted By MarinaVanessa
I would check with your licensing office first to...

I would check with your licensing office first to see if they will allow you to run under a Fictitious Business Name (or DBA ... "Doing Business As". If they do then check with your local government...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-12-2018, 09:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 299
Posted By MarinaVanessa
Crazy isn't it. I only know because my DH works...

Crazy isn't it. I only know because my DH works in IT so he knows about a bunch of weird but strangely (sometimes) useful apps and programs. I tried it before just messing with it but just kind...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 08-12-2018, 09:47 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 27,958
Posted By MarinaVanessa
Sounds like they may be trying to be like an...

Sounds like they may be trying to be like an "elite" daycare where the more wealthy families tend to sign up. Typically these type of preschools/daycares are in large metropolitan areas like LA, NYC...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-12-2018, 09:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 420
Posted By MarinaVanessa
I feel for you!!! We had the Thomas Fire come...

I feel for you!!!
We had the Thomas Fire come through our and neighboring cities and burn through 280,000 acres and we couldn't even step outside. N-95 masks are the way to go if you do plan on...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-10-2018, 02:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 249
Posted By MarinaVanessa
This is what I thought you were talking about,...

This is what I thought you were talking about, don't worry ;)
I think spitting a larger room in half (or in 1/3 if the baby isn't super mobile, and then increase the size over time) is a good...
Forum: Curriculum 08-10-2018, 10:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 286
Posted By MarinaVanessa
When it comes to infants and toddlers the focus...

When it comes to infants and toddlers the focus should mostly be about positive relationships (social-emotional). It's easy to over-complicate their "curriculum".

The rest comes naturally along...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-10-2018, 10:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 292
Posted By MarinaVanessa
Nannyde once gave me great advice a loooong time...

Nannyde once gave me great advice a loooong time ago with my then 3yo (she's 13 now).
I placed a chair in the kitchen (i used a small kids chair) and explained to her before the parents arrived...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-10-2018, 10:19 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,378
Posted By MarinaVanessa
If you have play time after lunchtime or another...

If you have play time after lunchtime or another activity then for sure the kids would pick playing over eating.
My schedule has nap immediately after lunch also so for me giving them the option...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-10-2018, 09:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 235
Posted By MarinaVanessa
I don't allow food from home unless it aligns...

I don't allow food from home unless it aligns with the food program standards so as long as the child is getting a balanced meal and snack with appropriate serving sizes then I'm fine with it. So I...
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 08-10-2018, 09:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 295
Posted By MarinaVanessa
A better option would be to search around for a...

A better option would be to search around for a local child care association. Typically you pay a low yearly fee and they can help you with everything (ours is $45 a year and they advertise their...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-10-2018, 09:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 299
Posted By MarinaVanessa
If you have an android phone you can try Google...

If you have an android phone you can try Google Goggles. Open the app and point your camera in the direction of the toy you want to search for and touch the photo icon. If Google recognizes the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-10-2018, 09:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 249
Posted By MarinaVanessa
You definitely don't want to isolate the toddler...

You definitely don't want to isolate the toddler in a play yard. She will need room to walk around and master her large motor skills. If you don't feel safe having her with 3 yo's then I would...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-07-2018, 08:20 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 371
Posted By MarinaVanessa
Oh I hear you. I personally use Square for my...

Oh I hear you. I personally use Square for my daycare. It's much more convenient. I hated KidKare (not sure if there have been any improvements this year) and Square was a great alternative as far...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-07-2018, 07:46 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 659
Posted By MarinaVanessa
Sounds like a great balance to me. It's also...

Sounds like a great balance to me. It's also important that the kids learn to play on their own and also for you to maintain a clean space. :D
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-07-2018, 07:41 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 371
Posted By MarinaVanessa
You can use Zelle without banking at a major...

You can use Zelle without banking at a major bank. I meant that Zelle has to be secure otherwise banks wouldn't use it. Well, let me clarify further ... if they don't bank at a bank that uses zelle...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-07-2018, 07:04 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 659
Posted By MarinaVanessa
I interact a lot with the kids while they're...

I interact a lot with the kids while they're here. I'm not "entertaining" them but we do play a lot together and do things. I guess for you it depends on what you want to do in your own daycare and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-07-2018, 06:58 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 371
Posted By MarinaVanessa
Interesting. Zelle is actually very secure. ...

Interesting. Zelle is actually very secure. Several major banks use it and it's built right into their money transfer system online and in their banking apps. Chase bank, Bank of America, Wells...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-11-2018, 08:53 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,142
Posted By MarinaVanessa
I read that it was her ex that turned her in

I read that it was her ex that turned her in
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-11-2018, 08:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 699
Posted By MarinaVanessa
Technically only things considered poisons...

Technically only things considered poisons (things meant to kill like rat poison, bug spray etc) are required to be locked up. Everything else that says "keep out of the reach of children" just has...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-11-2018, 08:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 391
Posted By MarinaVanessa
I have young kids of my own .... one is two, one...

I have young kids of my own .... one is two, one if four, one is seven and then I have my 13yo. Because I have two young ones I'd never be able to have no toys in the other "non-daycare" rooms...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 03-11-2018, 12:50 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 395
Posted By MarinaVanessa
Yep! Absolutely. Even the time you spend...

Yep! Absolutely. Even the time you spend chatting on this forum during times when you don't have kids in your daycare count so definitely the tax time.
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 03-08-2018, 09:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 702
Posted By MarinaVanessa
Buy a copy of Tom Copeland's book Family Child...

Buy a copy of Tom Copeland's book Family Child Care Record Keeping Guide. For yourself so that you get a better understanding of what you can claim, why, how to claim it, how to keep records etc and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-08-2018, 08:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 485
Posted By MarinaVanessa
Yes this just came into effect January 1st and...

Yes this just came into effect January 1st and was posted in our quarterly updates on the CCL website. I went to a local meeting at our resource and referral agency last Friday where there was a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-08-2018, 08:23 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 621
Posted By MarinaVanessa
That's great! If you already have something put...

That's great! If you already have something put together you can take it with you to the training and have them review it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-07-2018, 11:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 621
Posted By MarinaVanessa
If you don't know what you need or where to start...

If you don't know what you need or where to start we (in CA) have a book that's helpful when planning your emergency disaster plan.
https://cchp.ucsf.edu//files/CA-ChildCare-Disaster-Plan.pdf
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-07-2018, 09:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 378
Posted By MarinaVanessa
I have a Berg Runabout Quad in-line jogger and I...

I have a Berg Runabout Quad in-line jogger and I love it. I can have all 4 seats filled with kids and can still run with it. I take it on concrete, sand, dirt, gravel etc and it works great. IDK...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-07-2018, 09:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 378
Posted By MarinaVanessa
I have a Berg Runabout Quad in-line jogger and I...

I have a Berg Runabout Quad in-line jogger and I love it. I can have all 4 seats filled with kids and can still run with it. I take it on concrete, sand, dirt, gravel etc and it works great. IDK...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 03-07-2018, 04:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 443
Posted By MarinaVanessa
If it's for your taxes it's the square footage...

If it's for your taxes it's the square footage based on your floorplan. In other words the room measurements if the rooms were completely bare: no furniture, no cabinets, no bathtub, no toilet etc. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-04-2018, 06:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 485
Posted By MarinaVanessa
I'm in CA and it's not that hard really. I...

I'm in CA and it's not that hard really.
I actually think the process is too easy.

Overall here's the basic of what you will need to get a license:
- Anyone working with the children or living...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-02-2018, 07:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 496
Posted By MarinaVanessa
A month in advance is the most I would do and...

A month in advance is the most I would do and even then I don't like to do that. The most I like to wait is 2 weeks. However infant spots are hard to come-by here so there is always a need and I'm...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-02-2018, 07:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 779
Posted By MarinaVanessa
I find that it has helped me. In one situation I...

I find that it has helped me. In one situation I realized that their previous provider was someone I knew, someone that had vented about a family that left owing money and was now dodging them. In...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-01-2018, 10:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 779
Posted By MarinaVanessa
I ask. And I do call. I don't ask a lot of...

I ask. And I do call. I don't ask a lot of questions, I just ask to confirm that the child was enrolled there and if the family asked to return if the provider would take them back. If they say no...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-27-2018, 09:38 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 598
Posted By MarinaVanessa
It does look nice doesn't it ;) The color one...

It does look nice doesn't it ;)
The color one will only go on my website, business cards and social media pages, black and white will be for print so pretty much everything else.

New color...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-27-2018, 09:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 627
Posted By MarinaVanessa
Hello back!! I'm so glad that your parents' home...

Hello back!! I'm so glad that your parents' home was saved. I took a drive around upper Andolando and above Foothill yesterday and it's so tragic. One home is fine, another home is fine, the next...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-27-2018, 09:24 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,602
Posted By MarinaVanessa
You should call your subsidy program and ask...

You should call your subsidy program and ask them. My subsidy program only covers up to certain hours per week and sometimes the parents use more than they are allotted. I also charge weekly like...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-26-2018, 10:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 627
Posted By MarinaVanessa
I am in CA. If it is a residential home then you...

I am in CA. If it is a residential home then you can only operate as a family child care home and therefore have to live in the home. If you find a building that is a home and want to run a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-26-2018, 10:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 598
Posted By MarinaVanessa
#6 which most everyone seems to like the most is...

#6 which most everyone seems to like the most is my favorite also. Here it is in black and white. I think it still works well.
I like that its a home so it's fitting to my family child care home...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-23-2018, 06:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 598
Posted By MarinaVanessa
Here are a few more

Here are a few more
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-23-2018, 06:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 598
Posted By MarinaVanessa
Logo Design Critique, Need Your Input

I've mentioned before about re-branding my daycare. I want to update my current logo (my avatar).to something newer and fresh. I've made different styles and wanted your input. Some have my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-20-2018, 10:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 602
Posted By MarinaVanessa
Welcome back! So sorry for your loss! lovethis

Welcome back! So sorry for your loss! lovethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-20-2018, 10:21 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 974
Posted By MarinaVanessa
It has happened to me. I politely turn them away...

It has happened to me. I politely turn them away telling them that I'm not available for a tour atm and ask them if they want to schedule a tour. I give them a business card with my email address...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-20-2018, 03:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 666
Posted By MarinaVanessa
I live in a town of almost 200k people and see...

I live in a town of almost 200k people and see these posts in local FB groups every now and then. It's not a small town, people just really do leave their kids with people they don't know well.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-20-2018, 03:40 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,631
Posted By MarinaVanessa
This. Everything this.

This. Everything this.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2018, 10:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 599
Posted By MarinaVanessa
I do keep sign in sheets for tax purposes along...

I do keep sign in sheets for tax purposes along with meal counts and tha type of stuff but only for 7 years. Emails/texts I never delete (texts are to my Google number so they're saved on the cloud...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2018, 09:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 610
Posted By MarinaVanessa
Thanks for your advice Michael. Even though it...

Thanks for your advice Michael. Even though it wasn't directed at me :lol:
I was having a hard time registering a domain name that I liked for when I changed my name sometime in the future and I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2018, 08:53 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 582
Posted By MarinaVanessa
In general I will answer any questions that they...

In general I will answer any questions that they have even if I know that we will cover them in the tour. I do suggest that they email me questions and let them know that I'm busy during the day and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2018, 07:22 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 582
Posted By MarinaVanessa
ETA: 4 - people sometimes read the policies on...

ETA:
4 - people sometimes read the policies on paper and don't understand them correctly. I go over it with them in person so that I can explain and so that they don't misinterpret the rules which...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2018, 07:15 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 582
Posted By MarinaVanessa
For me a couple of reasons: 1 - I don't feel...

For me a couple of reasons:
1 - I don't feel like someone gets a good feel for me personally or my daycare until they come and see me/my daycare. If you read my policies it has a bunch of "we don't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2018, 06:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 411
Posted By MarinaVanessa
Do you mean like get a notification that tells...

Do you mean like get a notification that tells you when someone has read it on Google docs? It doesn't work that way that I'm aware of because in essence you are simply uploading a file onto the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2018, 06:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 599
Posted By MarinaVanessa
You mean as in keeping all files no matter what? ...

You mean as in keeping all files no matter what? My children's files are just the state's intake paperwork, their contracts and their immunization records. I don't have "Unusual Injury/Incident...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2018, 06:28 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 582
Posted By MarinaVanessa
I don't send my handbook or contract until they...

I don't send my handbook or contract until they have come to the tour and I think that they'd be a good fit. After the first contact (whether by phone or email) I schedule the tour and I go through...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2018, 02:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 859
Posted By MarinaVanessa
I charge a flat weekly rate based on enrollment,...

I charge a flat weekly rate based on enrollment, not attendance. So yes, I charge even if they are only with me for a few hours in a day, or not at all.
Forum: Curriculum 02-06-2018, 03:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 548
Posted By MarinaVanessa
I just plan for my pre-k age kids and do the same...

I just plan for my pre-k age kids and do the same activities with the toddlers but focus more on each stage of development for each child. So for example today we made red playdough. The pre-k kids...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-06-2018, 01:32 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 767
Posted By MarinaVanessa
Everyday especially now. My 13yo DD is a Girl...

Everyday especially now. My 13yo DD is a Girl Scout and she's selling cookies and there's no way that for $5 a box I'm sharing those with the DCK's :o
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-30-2018, 03:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 570
Posted By MarinaVanessa
I would not hold a spot for that long. I will...

I would not hold a spot for that long. I will hold a spot for a month but no longer. I charge a weekly holding fee of half of my weekly FT rate per week which they pay up front along with their 2...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-24-2018, 11:55 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,195
Posted By MarinaVanessa
I'm going to be the odd one out here. It doesn't...

I'm going to be the odd one out here. It doesn't matter much to me, any of it. The pajama thing doesn't bother me because at this age they develop more independence and want to choose things for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-24-2018, 11:42 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,402
Posted By MarinaVanessa
In CA, if you file the paperwork under your name...

In CA, if you file the paperwork under your name then your license will be under your name and will look something like " last name FCC".

When I applied for my license I went through the process...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-23-2018, 02:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,402
Posted By MarinaVanessa
Once you're done (or even as you are creating)...

Once you're done (or even as you are creating) post it here so we can check it out. We can give you creative criticism, spellcheck and boost your site.

The hardest part about leaving my website...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 01-23-2018, 01:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,795
Posted By MarinaVanessa
I would argue that you signed up with her because...

I would argue that you signed up with her because she was licensed and under the impression that she was running her daycare legally. That you enrolled your child under the guise the the provider...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-23-2018, 01:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,402
Posted By MarinaVanessa
Up until now I didn't own my own domain name. I...

Up until now I didn't own my own domain name. I wish I had taken your advice early on when I first became a member here. My domain name is taken already and any deviations of it that I like.
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-23-2018, 01:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 608
Posted By MarinaVanessa
I explain that they are paying for a spot, not...

I explain that they are paying for a spot, not for attendance. If they are sick, go on vacation, go on maternity leave etc they still pay. I personally don't take any paid sick days or vacation ......
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 01-23-2018, 01:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 501
Posted By MarinaVanessa
If you work with kids and are licensed chances...

If you work with kids and are licensed chances are that you are mandated reporter. If you are a mandated reporter you are required to report any POSSIBLE neglect or abuse. You don't have to know...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-23-2018, 12:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 15,346
Posted By MarinaVanessa
I rarely do daycare on the weekends or evenings. ...

I rarely do daycare on the weekends or evenings. I offer it only to past or current clients in good standing and charge a premium. I'm still cheaper than a babysitter but I refuse to do weekend...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-23-2018, 12:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,402
Posted By MarinaVanessa
Yes it's easy! I use Webs.com and love the drag...

Yes it's easy! I use Webs.com and love the drag and drop site designer. I'm in the process of going to a Wordpress site which is more complicated but I've had my website for more than 8 years now...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-19-2018, 04:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 15,346
Posted By MarinaVanessa
You may want to contact your local childcare...

You may want to contact your local childcare resource and referral organization for a list of child care providers that provide care on weekends. Posting here will probably not help you because this...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-19-2018, 03:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,402
Posted By MarinaVanessa
I know you asked for help from people who use it...

I know you asked for help from people who use it but I wanted to chime in anyway ... I don't use it and I have never paid for advertising promotion. I did pay a small fee for web hosting (after...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-19-2018, 03:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 579
Posted By MarinaVanessa
Yes, you can click on a designer and they have...

Yes, you can click on a designer and they have multiple images of logo's that they have created. I don't need anything complicated, just something flat. I somehow lost my original photoshop file...
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