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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-26-2015, 11:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,883
Posted By akpayne
The child was a biter and it didn't stop until...

The child was a biter and it didn't stop until parents intervened? The centre didn't have a problem with it, the parents of the child being bit? That seems untrue to me and probably the real reason...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-05-2014, 09:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,102
Posted By akpayne
Exactly this. Your daughter has gone from one on...

Exactly this. Your daughter has gone from one on one interaction to a group atmosphere. She is not the only one with wants/ needs and she needs to learn that. Manners can never be taught too early
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-03-2014, 04:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,823
Posted By akpayne
I'm willing to work with any child, as long as...

I'm willing to work with any child, as long as the parents are 100% backing me up. This dcm doesn't sound like she's willing to do that, so I would probably put the child on probation pending...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-03-2014, 09:59 AM
Replies: 6,246
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 808,881
Posted By akpayne
My own 3 year old has a closet full of nice...

My own 3 year old has a closet full of nice clothes and insist on wearing one of 2 batman shirts every day.... I pick my battles :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-26-2014, 01:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,207
Posted By akpayne
I understand you are just posting here, but be...

I understand you are just posting here, but be careful about adding to the rumour mill. It discredits your professionalism. Concentrate on running your own centre well
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-26-2014, 01:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,050
Posted By akpayne
I can have 5 kids, I opened with one family with...

I can have 5 kids, I opened with one family with 3 kids.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-24-2014, 11:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,004
Posted By akpayne
I would tell them. That is no appropriate...

I would tell them. That is no appropriate language for a 3 yo and parents need to be cautious of the fact he is obviously repeating words
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-16-2014, 10:29 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,083
Posted By akpayne
I'm sorry I find her excuse of too long topic...

I'm sorry I find her excuse of too long topic title a cop-out. This op has posted many times before and I worry about her competence to care for this child and deal with the parents appropriately. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-16-2014, 08:38 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,083
Posted By akpayne
The fact that you needed to be told not to refer...

The fact that you needed to be told not to refer to this child as "down syndrome baby" really concerns me. I hope you will be more tactful when dealing with this child's family. I currently care for...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 05-10-2014, 07:34 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 10,774
Posted By akpayne
It's lovely that you like her so much, but its...

It's lovely that you like her so much, but its not really your business why she is closing. 2 weeks is standard.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-08-2014, 01:52 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,173
Posted By akpayne
In the winter we go out 2x a week to playgroups...

In the winter we go out 2x a week to playgroups and library. In the summer, we go out almost everyday. We do long nature walks, park, splash pad or beach. I like to get out and stay busy makes the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-29-2014, 09:41 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,533
Posted By akpayne
Exactly this! I also have two young children, a...

Exactly this! I also have two young children, a full house all day and manage to make healthy tasty meals everyday. A little organization goes a long way.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-28-2014, 09:54 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,533
Posted By akpayne
I cook everything from scratch. I'm sorry, but...

I cook everything from scratch. I'm sorry, but I'm pretty appalled by the things you listed that you serve. I believe in clean, nutritious meals to balance our minds and body and I would never serve...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-06-2014, 09:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,172
Posted By akpayne
Thanks! Will check them out when I'm off my mobile

Thanks! Will check them out when I'm off my mobile
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-06-2014, 08:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,172
Posted By akpayne
Pregnant Providers

Those of you currently expecting or past, how much time did you take off? We are planning to expand our family and I'm trying to sort out the details in my head. I have 5 dck 3 and under and 2 of my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-26-2013, 11:18 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,928
Posted By akpayne
absolutely agree!

absolutely agree!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-24-2013, 10:40 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 7,523
Posted By akpayne
Good for you for standing up for yourself!...

Good for you for standing up for yourself! Hopefully this is a wake up call for this woman to get her act together
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-24-2013, 10:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,642
Posted By akpayne
Im very laid back about birthdays. Usually make...

Im very laid back about birthdays. Usually make something for lunch I know birthday child really likes and a special treat for afternoon snack.
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 07-22-2013, 10:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,071
Posted By akpayne
this week Monday- Vegetable Primavera and...

this week

Monday- Vegetable Primavera and fresh buns

Tuesday- Chicken and veggie kabobs

Wednesday- Ham and cheese omelettes and fruit salad

Thursday- Homemade Meatballs and wild rice
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 07-10-2013, 10:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,978
Posted By akpayne
I use sandwich maker. less mess to clean up and...

I use sandwich maker. less mess to clean up and soo yummy!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2013, 09:46 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,887
Posted By akpayne
I do sandwiches 1x a week...we head to library...

I do sandwiches 1x a week...we head to library story time one day a week and by the time we get back, kids are starved and it is easy to have prepared before hand....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-10-2013, 10:09 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 11,437
Posted By akpayne
I love my own childrens names My dd is...

I love my own childrens names

My dd is Peyton and my ds is Wyatt...if we have a third, I love Holden for a boy and Aubrey for a girl
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-04-2013, 10:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,375
Posted By akpayne
I dont allow drop off after 9am. It disrupts the...

I dont allow drop off after 9am. It disrupts the other kids and gets us out of our routine. Also, I have activities and field trips planned. I don't have time to wait around for people to wake up!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-12-2013, 10:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,183
Posted By akpayne
good for you! you should be compensated for...

good for you! you should be compensated for opening earlier
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-15-2013, 10:06 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,767
Posted By akpayne
I would put them on probabtion. Tell them exactly...

I would put them on probabtion. Tell them exactly why- the disrespect and rudeness youve recieved from grandma. Have them deal with her and if it doesnt change, term them....a paycheck isnt worth it
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 02-15-2013, 10:03 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,801
Posted By akpayne
My dd is 4.5 and is just starting to read. Ive...

My dd is 4.5 and is just starting to read. Ive been told by her teachers and specialists that she is advanced. Therefore, no I dont think a 3.5 yo is delayed...where did you even get such an idea??...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-14-2013, 11:25 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,342
Posted By akpayne
Ive done it once and it was awful. I ended up...

Ive done it once and it was awful. I ended up terming them after they failed to pay again that week. I learned my lesson on that one :(
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-07-2013, 10:55 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,940
Posted By akpayne
I am open 7:00-6:00pm but I only work 8-5 which...

I am open 7:00-6:00pm but I only work 8-5 which is what I plan to change my hours to in the spring.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-07-2013, 10:53 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,829
Posted By akpayne
I have 5 dc and my own 2. all under 4 yo. That is...

I have 5 dc and my own 2. all under 4 yo. That is more than enough! LOL
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-31-2012, 10:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,082
Posted By akpayne
when dcm works late, is dcd with her? i ask...

when dcm works late, is dcd with her? i ask because i have a dcg whose mom also works late hours...when dcd is with her, he lets her eat junk and stay up all night watching tv...then when she gets to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-31-2012, 10:50 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,564
Posted By akpayne
if you compromise your hours this time, whats...

if you compromise your hours this time, whats going to stop from doing it again, and again, and again? you are just going to burn out that way...i use to be open to 6pm and hated it...changed my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-28-2012, 11:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,816
Posted By akpayne
no I dont. i think its a little ridiculous to say...

no I dont. i think its a little ridiculous to say that they cant come to daycare because they MIGHT get sick. if theres no symptoms that a) are contagious to myself and other children or b) causes...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-28-2012, 11:37 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,099
Posted By akpayne
yup! i wore my own ds until he was walking and i...

yup! i wore my own ds until he was walking and i love wearing dck as well. at that young age, they need to feel skin-to-skin contact and imo that is the best way and still allows hands free to help...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-21-2012, 11:35 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,670
Posted By akpayne
we played outside in the snow this morning. while...

we played outside in the snow this morning. while i made lunch, kids watched rudolph and after lunch treat was chocolate-peanut butter balls. after nap, we are going to decorate gingerbread men and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-21-2012, 11:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,731
Posted By akpayne
i have a dcm who texts me every friday asking how...

i have a dcm who texts me every friday asking how much she owes! lol i dont mind, id rather that than not gettting paid
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-21-2012, 10:39 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 7,687
Posted By akpayne
I have been pleasantly surpised today with all...

I have been pleasantly surpised today with all the nice gifts I have recieved. beautiful candles, bubble bath, yummy chocolates and some very generous gift cards. The best gift was a beautiful letter...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-11-2012, 11:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,264
Posted By akpayne
Sorry but I dont really blame the parents...it...

Sorry but I dont really blame the parents...it was nice of you to let them know before you found a job but they have to look out for themselves and their child.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-27-2012, 10:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,320
Posted By akpayne
younger ones in PNP older ones on cots. they...

younger ones in PNP
older ones on cots. they all go up while im making lunch and come back down after nap.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-12-2012, 07:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,722
Posted By akpayne
under 18 months- $30/day up to and including 9...

under 18 months- $30/day up to and including 9 hours. after that, $5/hr.

over 18 months- $25/day up to and including 9 hours. after that, $5/hr.

this is standard for my area.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2012, 12:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,811
Posted By akpayne
My goodness that is a looooooong day! How do you...

My goodness that is a looooooong day! How do you manage that with personal/family time?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2012, 11:32 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,894
Posted By akpayne
I charge $25/ day up to and including 9 hours for...

I charge $25/ day up to and including 9 hours for children 18months+. AFter 9 hours, I charge $5/ hr.

Under 18 months, I charge $30/day.

This is very standard for my area. I am approx. 3 hours...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2012, 11:27 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,811
Posted By akpayne
I dont have set hours. All my DCP have contracted...

I dont have set hours. All my DCP have contracted hours. However, I do not start before 7am and I dont work past 6pm. My daily rate is based on 9 hours. They are free to come and go within 9 hours....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-18-2012, 07:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,260
Posted By akpayne
I wish sometimes I could charge based on parents...

I wish sometimes I could charge based on parents behavior!! LOL I have some who are doozys...love the kids, cant stand the parents. In a dream world huh?.....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-18-2012, 06:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,869
Posted By akpayne
I clean my floors every day after my DCK leave. I...

I clean my floors every day after my DCK leave. I do dishes everyday before DCK arrive and during nap. I clean my bathrooms and dust every other day. Laundry is done everday, I throw a load in before...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-11-2012, 10:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,405
Posted By akpayne
sounds like excess lipase- milk needs to be...

sounds like excess lipase- milk needs to be scalded before freezing.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-10-2012, 05:32 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 16,145
Posted By akpayne
I dont know maybe Im in the minority here but if...

I dont know maybe Im in the minority here but if you are requiring parents to pack a lunch it seems a little hypocritical to then turn around and make a decision about what is or is not appropriate....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-31-2012, 11:30 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,419
Posted By akpayne
How Do You Transition?

So far all the kids I watch have been in a daycare before, and have adjusted beautifully. Ive been lucky.
I have a little guy starting monday who at 23 months has never really been away from mom and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-28-2012, 04:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,476
Posted By akpayne
that has to be a typo! im thinking she meant to...

that has to be a typo! im thinking she meant to put $100- How could one possibly live on $10? I spend more than that in one day...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-25-2012, 10:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,479
Posted By akpayne
Thank you- good tips to remember. I guess Im just...

Thank you- good tips to remember. I guess Im just gonna keep plugging away and hope things work out
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-25-2012, 06:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,479
Posted By akpayne
So Frustrated!

I am just so frustrated- I am advertising like crazy. I had a bunch of calls, a couple great interviews (I thought they were great) and no call-backs. I don't know what else I should be doing. I have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-15-2012, 07:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,685
Posted By akpayne
Good luck :)That sounds promising!

Good luck :)That sounds promising!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-02-2012, 04:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,094
Posted By akpayne
thanks everyone! i never thought about having ONE...

thanks everyone! i never thought about having ONE person responsible, but that does make the most sense :) I will discuss further with DCM when she is here next week....I just want to set up a system...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-01-2012, 12:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,094
Posted By akpayne
New Advice on Divorced DCP

So just interviewed the cutest little DCB to start part time. He seems great. Problem is parents are going through a divorce. Dad left mom, got someone else pregnant and is marrying her. ouch. Mom is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-19-2012, 06:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,423
Posted By akpayne
aww i love new babies! enjoy all the cuddles :)

aww i love new babies! enjoy all the cuddles :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-18-2012, 11:10 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,851
Posted By akpayne
WOW. I can't believe this woman. She needs...

WOW.

I can't believe this woman. She needs you to text her to remind her to pay? How ridiculous. I wouldnt be backing down, Id be making her pay the late fee. She seems like the type who likes to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-18-2012, 11:05 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,004
Posted By akpayne
thanks everyone! i was pretty disappointed but...

thanks everyone! i was pretty disappointed but see it probbaly wouldnt have been a good fit. No matter how good with kids my dog is, if shes afraid its not gonna matter. Glad to hear lots of people...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-18-2012, 06:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,070
Posted By akpayne
How old is he? My daughter is painfully shy,...

How old is he?
My daughter is painfully shy, much worse when she was younger. Before I started my DC, it took her almost a month to adjust to going to one. Everntually it turned out wonderfully and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-18-2012, 06:54 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,004
Posted By akpayne
Dog is a Liability?!?!

I am very disappointed! DCM just called and cancelled our second interview! The first one went great, she loved me and I really liked her. Was suppose to meet her twins who are the same age as my son...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-13-2012, 07:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,401
Posted By akpayne
Advice Please

So I interviewed a DCK earlier this week- wasnt so sure about them and mom said shed call me. She called today (at 9pm!) saying her and hubby want me to take their kids. I have two more interviews...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2012, 06:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,173
Posted By akpayne
That is so wierd! I had a guy call me about...

That is so wierd! I had a guy call me about watching his daughter before and after school. He wanted to know if there would be other kids there! Well, YEAH, I just finished telling you I have two...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2012, 11:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,264
Posted By akpayne
Implementing a Contract, or No?

So I originally thought I would go without a contract- I have no intention of charging when DCK are not here and I didn't think I would need one. After reading some of the problems people have with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-09-2012, 12:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,767
Posted By akpayne
Thanks everyone! They dont seem to get bored of...

Thanks everyone! They dont seem to get bored of anything, but maybe thats because Im not giving them a chance to. I love the idea of incorporating toys into a theme- what kind of themes have you done?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-09-2012, 11:38 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,219
Posted By akpayne
I have 3 dck and my own 2. That is my limit. Its...

I have 3 dck and my own 2. That is my limit. Its probably smaller than most but any more and I wouldnt feel like I was giving them enough attention or have enough time to plan fun things to do.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-09-2012, 11:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,767
Posted By akpayne
How Often?

How often do you switch out your toys? I am trying to come up with some sort of schedule. I have been doing it every week and that is very time consuming so I was thinking of switching to every 2...
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 04-06-2012, 06:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,110
Posted By akpayne
My children are 8 months and 3.5- We do have a...

My children are 8 months and 3.5- We do have a designated playroom and DCK will not be allowed in my childrens rooms. I think I will just try and give my kids special one on one time when DCK are not...
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 04-05-2012, 06:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,110
Posted By akpayne
How To Make The Transition For Own Children

Hi everyone

I am new to the daycare world. I decided to leave my job and start a daycare from my home. I will be watching 3 children on top of my own 2. I am wondering if anyone has any tips on...