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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-05-2015, 11:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,322
Posted By PolkaTots
Picky Eater Problem

I don't believe I've ever had such a large group of picky eaters in all of my years of providing child care. I am at my wits end with how much food I am wasting, and looking for suggestions to get...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-27-2015, 10:44 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,779
Posted By PolkaTots
I've continued with the interview, and let them...

I've continued with the interview, and let them know afterwards I've filled the spot. I've had a few that I knew weren't going to work within a couple of minutes, and it ended up being a long drawn...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-27-2015, 07:20 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,526
Posted By PolkaTots
How to word a term letter, when DCP gives notice, but no last day?

I am trying to help another daycare friend of mine word a "term" letter to a family who gave her notice today. They gave it verbally, but didn't give a last day. She was actually getting ready to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2015, 11:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,814
Posted By PolkaTots
Thanks so much!

Thanks so much!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2015, 07:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,814
Posted By PolkaTots
2 week trial period

How do you handle a 2 week trial period when the child is not a good fit?

We are nearing the end of week 1 and the child is not adjusting well at all, and it's setting off my normally calm group....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-16-2015, 04:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,269
Posted By PolkaTots
No, but do require 30 day notice.

No, but do require 30 day notice.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-16-2015, 04:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,269
Posted By PolkaTots
FOLLOWUP: Brought up with DCM that DCG was...

FOLLOWUP:

Brought up with DCM that DCG was talking about her new daycare and she would be leaving. She assured me she was just confused with starting preschool as they were talking about it. Guess...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-14-2015, 09:48 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,940
Posted By PolkaTots
Looking For a Form To Give DCPs When Issues Arise...

I would like to print a form on brightly colored paper to notify parents when an issue arises that might result in termination of contract. Ie. Late pick ups, late payments, issues with children, and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-13-2015, 09:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,269
Posted By PolkaTots
DCG Informs Me She's Going To A New Daycare...

Today a 3.5 DCG informed me she was going to go to a new daycare soon. She told me the kids here hit her too much, and mommy talked to a new daycare lady so she can go there. (The funny thing is, is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-31-2014, 01:47 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,975
Posted By PolkaTots
If Someone In The Family Has A Highly Contagious Illness...Do You Accept DCK?

In updating my policies for the new year, I am wondering if anyone requests DCKs to stay at home when a family member has a highly contagious illness? 3 weeks ago, both DCPs of one child had the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-31-2014, 12:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,143
Posted By PolkaTots
Yes! Was looking for a professional way to word...

Yes! Was looking for a professional way to word it in the new contract. Thank you :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-31-2014, 12:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,143
Posted By PolkaTots
Charging For Late Drop Offs or Early Pick Ups?

I charge for early drop offs and late pick ups...but what about late drop offs and early pick ups? I request that all children be here by 10am and to please not schedule pick ups earlier than 3pm so...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-31-2014, 09:53 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,055
Posted By PolkaTots
Need Help with Contract Wording For Facebook Requests & Birthday Party Invitations

A while ago someone posted what their contract said regarding parents sending facebook requests and birthday party invitations. To avoid awkwardness when I decline these, I want to include something...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-22-2014, 10:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,327
Posted By PolkaTots
2015 Contract Change-NO MORE SCHOOLAGE CARE

I've never really liked providing school age care, as my program is equipped for preschoolers and infants. But FINALLY, after 7 years, I am putting my foot down and no longer offering school age...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-05-2014, 11:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,464
Posted By PolkaTots
BillPay Problems...

I prefer weekly tuition paid electronically, although cash and checks are fine (if paid on time). The one payment method I despise is BillPay. I require tuition on Friday...and I have a family now...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-06-2014, 09:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,912
Posted By PolkaTots
I wouldn't be too concerned being that she is...

I wouldn't be too concerned being that she is only 10 months. Her balance isn't going to be perfected yet, and maybe she is having more trouble gaining balance now because she is taller? In my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-01-2014, 06:59 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,527
Posted By PolkaTots
She is on milk, but there are some days she...

She is on milk, but there are some days she doesn't drink it. I don't think it's related to anything she eats or drinks, it happens everyday no matter what is eaten
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-01-2014, 06:49 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,527
Posted By PolkaTots
To Term or Not To Term Over Spit Up...

In 6 years as a provider, I've not had to term too many children/families. I can honestly say that my current group is one of the best I have had in my 6 years as a provider. I have one 15mo DCG that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-21-2014, 01:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 991
Posted By PolkaTots
Nap time advice for 2yo DCB

I have a 2yo DCB who arrives very cranky, tired, and clingy, but if he gets a morning nap, won't take an afternoon nap and keeps the others up. I try to keep him awake until lunch, but he always...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-20-2014, 03:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,149
Posted By PolkaTots
Terming...do I enforce 30 day policy?

I have a 30 day notice to term a contract...but when I am terming a child due to behavior...do I let them out of the 30 days...or enforce it? Have a 2.5yo with aggression issues...and trying to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-19-2014, 02:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,442
Posted By PolkaTots
Dropping off DCKs at doorway...who has advice?

I know someone posted once about having difficult drop offs take place quickly in the doorway and not letting the parent fully enter to lessen the sadness of the child. How did you approach this with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-14-2014, 11:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,836
Posted By PolkaTots
Where Do You Stand On Pull Ups?

I have a 3yo DCB who comes in pull ups, but isn't quite ready for potty training. IMO children should only wear pull ups when they are just about potty trained and having less than 5 accidents a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-06-2014, 08:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,568
Posted By PolkaTots
I wouldn't be too worried. Most of my families...

I wouldn't be too worried. Most of my families came from my CL ad. If I can't verify them on facebook, I call and speak to them in person first.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-21-2014, 06:45 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,158
Posted By PolkaTots
What To Put In This Letter Regarding To Sticking To Contract???

There is a family I have had for 2 months now...they are friendly...but keep lightly bending the rules. It's my fault with letting them get away with it, but now I am writing a letter to them to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-01-2014, 08:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,248
Posted By PolkaTots
A DCK used to being held...all the time...

I enrolled a 3m old DCK about a month ago, he's very fussy in the mornings, and fussier on Mondays. He arrives an hour before and leaves an hour after everyone else. A fussy infant for 10 hours a day...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-26-2014, 10:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,153
Posted By PolkaTots
Reservation Fee & Termination

If you charged a reservation fee for a child and after the first couple of weeks they are enrolled you decide they aren't a good fit, would you refund the reservation fee?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-25-2014, 01:43 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,707
Posted By PolkaTots
Do You Serve Breakfast?

Now that most of my crew arrive between 8-8:30, I am considering eliminating breakfast and requiring that meal to be served at home prior to coming, and adding morning snack instead. I used to do...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-25-2014, 08:04 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 7,129
Posted By PolkaTots
That does seem like quite a bit of milk to be...

That does seem like quite a bit of milk to be bringing each day. My guess is that if he is still on demand fed, they are trying their best to keep up with his demands, but if he's not finishing a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-25-2014, 07:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,576
Posted By PolkaTots
How exactly do you attach $$ to the pick up and...

How exactly do you attach $$ to the pick up and drop off times? Like charging a late fee?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-25-2014, 06:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,594
Posted By PolkaTots
Looking For Contract Wording Regarding Bringing Children To Daycare Ready To Go...

I used to have something in my contract about bringing children ready to go for the day, and can't remember quite how I had that worded. It was basically children must be dressed, without a night...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-25-2014, 05:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,576
Posted By PolkaTots
Hours of Operation vs. Contracted Hours

I have one DCF that is constantly dropping off well before and picking up well after their contracted times. They have been here only a couple of weeks now, and usually it doesn't extend past when...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-23-2014, 06:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,120
Posted By PolkaTots
How many poo's are normal for a BF baby?

I recently enrolled a breast fed baby, which I've had before, but it's been awhile. How many poo's are normal ? She's going 5-6 times while she's here. The DCM says she's getting over a virus, but...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-18-2014, 03:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,319
Posted By PolkaTots
Current feeding & nap schedules...likes &...

Current feeding & nap schedules...likes & dislikes...if they are on a waiting list for another program...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-17-2014, 02:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,553
Posted By PolkaTots
Getting DCPs to Respect Non-Daycare Areas...

I have a split foyer home, and operate my daycare on the lower level. There is a front and back entrance, a play room, a teaching/eating room and a restroom. I have no problem with DCKs attempting to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-16-2014, 09:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,690
Posted By PolkaTots
This is what I was thinking...he does eat the...

This is what I was thinking...he does eat the same way at home, and there are some other physical issues, but not really pertaining to eating...it could be a whole other issue though.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-16-2014, 06:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,690
Posted By PolkaTots
No, he's formula.

No, he's formula.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-16-2014, 06:29 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,736
Posted By PolkaTots
I had 2 Emma's once...one was 2 and the other 4....

I had 2 Emma's once...one was 2 and the other 4. The kids took it upon themselves to call them Big Emma & Little Emma...even though I addressed them by first and last name. The girls are now 6 & 8...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-16-2014, 06:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,690
Posted By PolkaTots
I did try stretching the feedings out last week,...

I did try stretching the feedings out last week, but that resulted in a lot of crying...which in turn got the other infant crying...then some of the older children crying :(

I wondered the nipple...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-16-2014, 05:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,690
Posted By PolkaTots
Infant Not On Schedule

Does anyone have any tips on how to get an infant on a schedule?

I had an infant recently start my program who is 3 months old. He is still on demand fed at home, so eats 1-2oz every 1-2 hours...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-10-2014, 08:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,092
Posted By PolkaTots
Help with 2yo Transitioning from SAHM into Daycare

Hi all!
I have a lovely bunch of kiddos, 2 infants, 2 twos, and 2 threes, but one little guy who is 2 that started Monday, is having a very difficult time transitioning from a SAHM mom, to an in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-28-2014, 06:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,990
Posted By PolkaTots
Wasted Time at Interviews

I have a question, when you can tell a potential family is not a good fit during an interview, how do you politely excuse yourself and end the interview? I had never really had this issue before,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-31-2013, 08:29 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,432
Posted By PolkaTots
This has happened to me, and most providers I...

This has happened to me, and most providers I know. Unfortunately, being in this business...it's kind of par for the course. Eventually if you do this long enough, you are bound to come across a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-22-2013, 09:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,123
Posted By PolkaTots
4yo DCG That Growls And Chases The Kids

I have a 4yo DCG that likes to growl and chase the kids...during free play and sometimes at the meal table. This always results in everyone else start running around screaming...which isn't so great...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-01-2013, 11:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,998
Posted By PolkaTots
No no...I didn't call her a theif to her face. ...

No no...I didn't call her a theif to her face.
I handled the situation professionally and told her it isn't nice to take things that don't belong to her and we are not allowed to take our friends...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-01-2013, 11:09 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,998
Posted By PolkaTots
I Have Discovered I Have A Little Thief In My Daycare :(

An almost 4yo DCG had 4 of my daughters toys (one an antique) in her backpack. I only realized this because I went in there looking for todays tuition. I have noticed other things have gone missing,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-25-2013, 10:49 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,874
Posted By PolkaTots
Potty Training...Do you allow parents to bring potty chairs?

Do you provide a potty chair, potty ring, or just have them go on the toilet with step stool?
I've never had potty chairs here, because I just don't think they are sanitary, and now the first parent...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-21-2013, 01:29 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,213
Posted By PolkaTots
She is demand fed at home...eats about 1-3 oz per...

She is demand fed at home...eats about 1-3 oz per feeding...every 30mins-3 hours

I am actually under my registration capacity and do have an assistant. This isn't the first newborn I have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-21-2013, 01:01 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,213
Posted By PolkaTots
Changed My Mind About Cloth Diapers...

This is my 4th week of caring for a 2 month old. This is also the first cloth diapered child I have ever enrolled. I decided to give it a try, but it just isn't working. She has the fabric cover that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2013, 10:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,101
Posted By PolkaTots
Good idea...I require a 30 day notice, so that's...

Good idea...I require a 30 day notice, so that's why I was giving them the same. But I like the idea of typing up a form to make sure they know they still have to abide by the contract and not jump...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2013, 09:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,101
Posted By PolkaTots
14 Weeks...Not That I Am Counting Down or Anything...

I made the tough decision, ok, it wasn't that hard, to go back to school. My youngest will be leaving for kindergarten next year, and I was contemplating to keep my daycare open or not. I have had a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-07-2013, 08:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,320
Posted By PolkaTots
My entire daycare had this last week...thank you...

My entire daycare had this last week...thank you to a DCF who lied and told me their child did not throw up that morning and didn't have a fever...they sent them tylenol doped and exposed the whole...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-05-2013, 01:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,761
Posted By PolkaTots
Finally Termed My Problem Family :(

I have never struggled to try and communicate with a family in 5 years of daycare...no matter what notes were sent home, emails, newsletters, facebook pages updates...everything seemed to get...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-30-2013, 12:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,193
Posted By PolkaTots
It's Been About 5 Years Since I Had One This Young...

Now that my crew is growing up, I've started to enroll younger ones as the older ones leave. Well this week, I enrolled a 6 week old...Oh boy did I forget how much work these little ones are! She is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-29-2013, 08:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,773
Posted By PolkaTots
I have a section in my handbook that says pretty...

I have a section in my handbook that says pretty much the same thing...but they are sneaky :(
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-29-2013, 08:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,773
Posted By PolkaTots
How Can You Prove Tylenol Doping?

How can you prove tylenol doping? I have a child that has gotten sick here about 5 times in the last 6 months, where he doesn't look well in the morning, and then has a high temp around lunch time....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-25-2013, 01:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,046
Posted By PolkaTots
I am not upset...this really should have happened...

I am not upset...this really should have happened a long time ago, but we just kept trying to make it work. And it's not my first rodeo...my first marriage lasted 5 years...at least this one made it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-25-2013, 12:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,046
Posted By PolkaTots
Child Care Provider Going Through Divorce...

As a parent...how would you feel if your child care provider were going through a divorce? Would you feel your child would be affected?

As a provider that has gone through a divorce...did you lose...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-22-2013, 07:16 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,184
Posted By PolkaTots
Personally, unless you need this family...

Personally, unless you need this family financially, I would pass...

I've dealt with all of those red flags with parents, and have had serious issues that eventually led to termination.

On the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-22-2013, 06:16 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,816
Posted By PolkaTots
Well yesterday at pick up time, I had everything...

Well yesterday at pick up time, I had everything laid out and said, "Here, let me get him ready for you. It's pretty cold out there." No peep from mom about me doing this. I asked if this was his...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-21-2013, 08:03 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,816
Posted By PolkaTots
I am sorry...I just saw the news and realize I...

I am sorry...I just saw the news and realize I was misinformed...temp was -2...wind chill was -18 :eek: Now I am even more upset with these parents!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-21-2013, 08:01 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,816
Posted By PolkaTots
Today I am just going to send him home in his...

Today I am just going to send him home in his winter gear (minus snowpants) that he has here...and they can just slip the coat off when the sit him in the seat before they buckle him in.

"I'm...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-21-2013, 07:46 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,816
Posted By PolkaTots
I agree with no bulky coats in the car...

I agree with no bulky coats in the car seat...that's not the issue. My problem is that she can't even slip a coat on him after removing him, or a blanket, to protect him from the elements from the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-21-2013, 06:43 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,816
Posted By PolkaTots
I did request her to bring those items here to...

I did request her to bring those items here to keep if she doesn't plan on putting them on him, and she did, so I have a coat, shoes, mittens, hat, and snowpants for him here.
But to see her walk...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-21-2013, 06:32 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,816
Posted By PolkaTots
Wind Chill -2...DCK Still Arrives Without A Coat :(

I just don't understand some parents...how can you rationalize that a 1 year old should be out in this weather with no coat, no blanket, no mittens, and no shoes? I have a parent that is a huge...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-20-2013, 07:03 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,319
Posted By PolkaTots
Creating a Questionnarie for DCPs

With the changes I need to make to my daycare soon (I am getting a divorce, and my soon to be ex husband will no longer be my assistant) I want to send a questionnaire out to the parents to try and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-20-2013, 06:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,461
Posted By PolkaTots
I just termed a PT 1 year old this past week. She...

I just termed a PT 1 year old this past week. She just enrolled a few weeks ago...but has never been in daycare before, and is only here 2 days a week (with grandma the other 3) Drop offs were...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-15-2013, 08:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,257
Posted By PolkaTots
Thank you so much for the info! I will be sending...

Thank you so much for the info! I will be sending a note home today. I didn't know if it was unreasonable for me to ask, but I can't have another day like today. :(
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-15-2013, 08:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,257
Posted By PolkaTots
Does Anyone Forbid DCKs To Wear Perfume/Cologne?

Weird issue...how can I kindly request that children do not wear perfume or cologne to daycare? I am pretty sensitive to certain fragrances, and occassionally a child will arrive with a spritz of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-14-2013, 08:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,134
Posted By PolkaTots
Yes, this policy has been in my contract since...

Yes, this policy has been in my contract since Summer. I actually interviewed them December 5th, and they had a lot of other interviews, so I asked them if they could let me know by Saturday, as I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-14-2013, 08:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,134
Posted By PolkaTots
Didn't pay registration fees...and spot is already filled :/

I have had a few families in the past say they are enrolling, say how much they love my program, and tell me a start date...only to no call/no show and I find out later they enrolled with another...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-12-2013, 06:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,705
Posted By PolkaTots
Amending Contract Regarding Cloth Diapers

I have my first cloth diapering family starting soon. In 5 years, all of my other families have used disposables, so I've never had to include anything regarding cloth diapering in my contract. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2013, 07:39 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,068
Posted By PolkaTots
How would you handle moving as to not lose DCFs early?

Per registration, I have 2 SA, 2PT and 6FT DCKs (plus my own 2 SAs who don't count) My husband has always been my assistant and helped me out with school transportation to elementary schools and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2013, 07:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,534
Posted By PolkaTots
I've never had an interview last that...

I've never had an interview last that long...ever! No matter how much I tried to politely end it...she just kept talking...I mean, her feet were kicked up on my couch and she was lounging on it...I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2013, 07:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,446
Posted By PolkaTots
What would you do about an infant that is here too long?

I have a limit of 9.5 hours as a daily limit for children. I don't have a fee for going over this, as no one ever has. A few weeks ago I enrolled a 1 year old whose hours are 6:40am-5:20pm (I am open...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2013, 06:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,534
Posted By PolkaTots
Do you have a daily hourly limit? Do you charge over that?

no i did not already enroll her...luckily
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-10-2013, 08:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,534
Posted By PolkaTots
I Soooo Knew Better!!!

Red Flag Interview:
-Lasts 3.5 hours
-Child is mean to your children
-Wants you to start that night
-You charge $3X per day, and her current unregistered "evening babysitter" charges $2X a day....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2013, 10:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,582
Posted By PolkaTots
Perfect!!! Thank you!!!

Perfect!!! Thank you!!!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2013, 10:42 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,582
Posted By PolkaTots
She was a sorority sister from college...

She was a sorority sister from college...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2013, 10:05 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,582
Posted By PolkaTots
That's what I was leaning towards...just needed...

That's what I was leaning towards...just needed to hear it from someone else...ok...so what should I put in the term letter? I've never had to term someone I liked before, so don't want it to sound...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2013, 09:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,582
Posted By PolkaTots
Would You Term A Good Child Due To Bad Parents?

I have been contemplating terming a 2.5yo DCB since his first month here. The reason I haven't, is because he is a sweetheart, and the parents are very nice...and I am not desperate to keep him...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2013, 09:13 AM
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Views: 3,393
Posted By PolkaTots
That's a very good comparison! I do have in...

That's a very good comparison!

I do have in my contract that per state guidlines, a rest period is mandatory for children preschool age and younger. While I don't expect each child to sleep, it is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2013, 08:19 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,393
Posted By PolkaTots
I did move her cot to the other room, which is...

I did move her cot to the other room, which is out of sight to the other children (I can still see her), but it is not possible for her to be out of earshot. Per registration guidelines, (Level B in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2013, 08:15 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,393
Posted By PolkaTots
I do allow a quiet toy or lovie for children over...

I do allow a quiet toy or lovie for children over 12 months to sleep with...however, I do not allow them to get up to play freely in the play area or to have toys that make noise at rest time. (ie....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2013, 07:00 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,393
Posted By PolkaTots
How Would You Deal With This 3 Year Old?

I recently enrolled a 3yo DCG PT...she refuses to take a nap, although it is my policy that anyone under 5 is required to have a rest period, her mother keeps telling her it's ok if she doesn't want...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-04-2013, 10:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,886
Posted By PolkaTots
I agree...I would love to keep her, but I just...

I agree...I would love to keep her, but I just can't put the other childrens' safety in jeapordy. I will give it to more weeks, and work with the "no touching friends at all" and keep reinforcing the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-04-2013, 09:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,886
Posted By PolkaTots
Yes, you are right. I should be encouraging no...

Yes, you are right. I should be encouraging no touching period. I will be discussing this with the parents tonight.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-04-2013, 09:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,886
Posted By PolkaTots
That's what I have been doing the last 6...

That's what I have been doing the last 6 weeks...anytime she is near them during circle time or play...she forgets how to be gentle and keep her hands to herself :(
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-04-2013, 09:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,886
Posted By PolkaTots
We don't allow them to here either, but the 1...

We don't allow them to here either, but the 1 year olds walk around the playarea and like to play like the other children. I've never had a problem, and have never had to seperate children before...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-04-2013, 09:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,623
Posted By PolkaTots
I always require the child accompany the parent...

I always require the child accompany the parent on the first interview (unless they are pregnant) since I am interviewing them as much as they are interviewing me. I have had a few parents come...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-04-2013, 09:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,886
Posted By PolkaTots
WWYD About A 2 Year Old That Is Too Rough With Babies

I have cared for a 2yo DCG for about 6 weeks now, and have tried several things to curb her behavior, but she is way too rough with babies, and just not sure what else I can do :confused: I adore her...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-31-2012, 08:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,157
Posted By PolkaTots
Yes...I am on the Iowa side of the QC ;)

Yes...I am on the Iowa side of the QC ;)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-31-2012, 08:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,032
Posted By PolkaTots
I always have daycare open, and offer overnight...

I always have daycare open, and offer overnight care this night as well. I take the Christmas decorations off of my tree and decorate it with mardi gras beads, leis, NYE hats, and noise makers....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-31-2012, 08:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,157
Posted By PolkaTots
NYE ad on CL...SMH

I nearly spit my coffee out reading this...

http://quadcities.craigslist.org/kid/3511925908.html
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-28-2012, 12:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,598
Posted By PolkaTots
My issue wasn't with them being at home and still...

My issue wasn't with them being at home and still bringing their child here, my concern was with they are sick with something very contagious, and their child is here with the same germs. It's kind...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-28-2012, 10:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,266
Posted By PolkaTots
Thank you for the responses...I am fine with her...

Thank you for the responses...I am fine with her views on the car seat safety...I just can't understand why she can't bring a coat or shoes to keep in the car to slip on him or to leave here??? I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-28-2012, 09:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,266
Posted By PolkaTots
No Shoes, No Coat, No Service...

Well, I might be getting into it with a parent very soon...
She strongly believes in car seat saftey...and I do understand the importance of keeping them rear facing and not adding extra padding...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-28-2012, 08:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,598
Posted By PolkaTots
When Dcps Are Sick...

Do you allow children to attend when DCPs are sick? I have two DCMs home with the flu today...and both children came to daycare. I am kind of irked at the one's parents, as the dad is off this week,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-24-2012, 11:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,732
Posted By PolkaTots
Lol...just received a text response at 11am from...

Lol...just received a text response at 11am from the text I sent at 8am asking when he would be getting picked up after she said he would be here at 9am...she said he would be getting picked up at...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-24-2012, 10:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,732
Posted By PolkaTots
Yup, that's what I was thinking. The other little...

Yup, that's what I was thinking. The other little girl is getting picked up in 30 mins. After that, I am closed for the day. It's just frustrating that I bend over backwards to help them and then...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-24-2012, 09:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,732
Posted By PolkaTots
Christmas Eve...Supposed to be Closed!

I have never worked on Christmas Eve. I sent reminders in my November and December newsletters that I am closed on Christmas Eve. (Newsletters are emailed, posted on Facebook page, and copies given...
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