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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-21-2018, 05:08 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 255
Posted By DaveA
The Cat Came Back. I have it on one of my CD's...

The Cat Came Back. I have it on one of my CD's and every time it plays I can't help think "Who thought this was a good idea for a kid's song?":confused:

I had a local "supernanny" gripe at me a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-21-2018, 04:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 472
Posted By DaveA
Nope- sounds like that's a bunch of stuff for...

Nope- sounds like that's a bunch of stuff for before you've even met. I smell drama queen approaching. Say thanks but no thanks.

If you do decide to go ahead with them do what BC says and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-21-2018, 04:35 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 556
Posted By DaveA
I've never had someone just show up to see about...

I've never had someone just show up to see about openings. I would have done like the others said and scheduled an interview. To me that wouldn't be a red flag as much as a "pink flag"- I would...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-20-2018, 08:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 381
Posted By DaveA
:eek::rolleyes: I've never seen that on Facebook....

:eek::rolleyes: I've never seen that on Facebook. I have enough trouble dealing politely with people who want to meet, enroll, and start care in a couple days. OYE:ouch:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-19-2018, 11:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 226
Posted By DaveA
Regardless of it being a new construction,...

Regardless of it being a new construction, remodeling a commercial building, or a residential house the requirements will be similar. Not in CA but when we started a center converted from a duplex...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-16-2018, 04:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 305
Posted By DaveA
Understand completely. I've termed 1 child for...

Understand completely. I've termed 1 child for their behavior and even then the parents were messed up. The rest of them have been on the parents. You feel bad because the child is paying for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2018, 04:28 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 614
Posted By DaveA
20+ years total for me, 12 this May in home...

20+ years total for me, 12 this May in home daycare. Not sure how to count exact number of years as I've been around childcare. I started working in my Mom's center when I was 16 (I'll be 44 next...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2018, 04:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 300
Posted By DaveA
I still have them from all the children I've had...

I still have them from all the children I've had in 11 years. I keep them in my current files for a year or so then put them in storage in the basement.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-08-2018, 12:18 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 429
Posted By DaveA
I will give nebs for a child after they've turned...

I will give nebs for a child after they've turned 1.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-08-2018, 04:25 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 821
Posted By DaveA
Combining the contract issues with persistent...

Combining the contract issues with persistent late pickups would be a term issue for me.

If you want to keep DCF you need to tell DCP you need a signed, unmodified contract in your hand before...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-08-2018, 04:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 472
Posted By DaveA
It can get annoying. Anymore I'm at the point...

It can get annoying. Anymore I'm at the point where it's "Pay me on time, follow my policies, don't be a headache and you can call me whatever the @#&* you want to.":cool::)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-07-2018, 12:28 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 480
Posted By DaveA
I'm reading this thread as I'm grabbing a Little...

I'm reading this thread as I'm grabbing a Little Debbie brownie for a sugar rush. :lol::D:lol::D
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-05-2018, 04:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 370
Posted By DaveA
Yeah I wouldn't say anything either.

Yeah I wouldn't say anything either.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-02-2018, 06:33 AM
Replies: 973
Views: 178,543
Posted By DaveA
2 DCGs- 6 months apart, nonrelated, families...

2 DCGs- 6 months apart, nonrelated, families aren't friends.

Both just showed up wearing the exact same outfit down to the shoes. :D:lol::)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-01-2018, 04:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 170
Posted By DaveA
It will probably be a mix of observation and...

It will probably be a mix of observation and interacting with the children, especially to start out. I would ask questions, listen, and help out. Volunteering to clean a table or help put away...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-31-2018, 04:25 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 967
Posted By DaveA
Honestly I'm not doing a dang thing for...

Honestly I'm not doing a dang thing for Valentine's Day with DCKs. :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-29-2018, 04:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 304
Posted By DaveA
If the doors were off it sounds like an efficient...

If the doors were off it sounds like an efficient use of space like in those pics. But yeah I would check with licensing before doing it. I would also show your DCFs the arrangement so they know...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-29-2018, 04:31 AM
Replies: 4,202
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 408,712
Posted By DaveA
Yuck! Hope you all stay healthy.

Yuck! Hope you all stay healthy.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-29-2018, 04:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 515
Posted By DaveA
I used to deposit checks via the phone till our...

I used to deposit checks via the phone till our bank merged and the new one charges for that. :mad: Nearest branch is only a few minutes away, so now I just run drop them off after work. I used to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-25-2018, 06:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 910
Posted By DaveA
I have to agree with CH on this- find somewhere...

I have to agree with CH on this- find somewhere else ASAP. Stuff like this can end really badly. Yes job hunting sucks. It sucks more when the last place listed in your job history just got shut...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-24-2018, 05:04 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 877
Posted By DaveA
Like BC said- I would see about getting the...

Like BC said- I would see about getting the policy changed from "Mom" to "Experienced caregiver".



:rolleyes::mad::rolleyes::mad::rolleyes::mad:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-16-2018, 04:39 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 932
Posted By DaveA
I allow it but make sure I explain to DCPs about...

I allow it but make sure I explain to DCPs about not coming during naptime, the disruption that multiple in/ outs can cause in a child's day, etc. Honestly the only parent I ever had stop by was a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-12-2018, 04:23 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 847
Posted By DaveA
In 11 years I've done 1 immediate term one DCK...

In 11 years I've done 1 immediate term one DCK for behavior. The kid I termed got threw a wooden block at a toddler's head then tried to throw the rest of the box of blocks at me. :eek: All...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-12-2018, 04:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 484
Posted By DaveA
That was my guess also. Like she said- correct,...

That was my guess also. Like she said- correct, redirect, and repeat.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2018, 10:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 443
Posted By DaveA
The major holidays, my Birthday & Anniversary,...

The major holidays, my Birthday & Anniversary, and a summer and winter break. DCPs know about them well in advance. I'm a firm believer that enough time away from this business is a necessity for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2018, 10:13 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 774
Posted By DaveA
this x10.

this x10.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2018, 03:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 416
Posted By DaveA
The way it was explained to me in IL is that...

The way it was explained to me in IL is that technically a rep can show up anytime during licensed hours. But in practice they donít unless you are open and have kids. Iíve had a rep l show up right...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2018, 12:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 328
Posted By DaveA
Welcome to the forum! What part of IL? I'm...

Welcome to the forum! What part of IL? I'm about 1/2 hour south of Springfield.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2018, 12:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 353
Posted By DaveA
:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol: We used to have a...

:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:

We used to have a mouse finger puppet in the dramatic play area of my classroom at one center. The teacher in the room next to me was scared to death of mice. Our...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2018, 08:40 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 612
Posted By DaveA
I have 1 waiving of late fees due to weather/road...

I have 1 waiving of late fees due to weather/road emergencies per year (at my discretion) written into my policies. Otherwise yes I charge.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-05-2018, 06:14 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 736
Posted By DaveA
When my Mom retired & sold her daycare it was...

When my Mom retired & sold her daycare it was kept confidential until after the sale and a closing/ transfer was date finalized at request of the buyer. Staff and parents both got 2 weeks notice. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-05-2018, 05:22 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 522
Posted By DaveA
What's your late fee? I would either charge...

What's your late fee? I would either charge that. If that equals an amount you feel is "too much" do 1/2-3/4 of what a 30 minute late pickup would be.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-03-2018, 01:01 PM
Replies: 4,202
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 408,712
Posted By DaveA
Today was supposed to be the first day back to...

Today was supposed to be the first day back to school. Yesterday the furnace crashed at one building so they called school. They just sent out the message that because of the temperature/ wind chill...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-03-2018, 12:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 677
Posted By DaveA
I would do a 1 month notice unless you are...

I would do a 1 month notice unless you are prepared to close early. That way if all or most find care quickly youíre not in a lurch.

Good Luck!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-02-2018, 08:42 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,368
Posted By DaveA
I have one DCF that are model parents except in...

I have one DCF that are model parents except in all the time they have been enrolled they forget closing dates about 20% of the time. Holidays not so much, but my Birthday or Anniversary (I close for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-02-2018, 04:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 748
Posted By DaveA
I don't have a pic, but I just use one of those...

I don't have a pic, but I just use one of those boards that are 1/2 & 1/2 corkboard and dry erase board. I have to post my license, my evacuation plan map (3 feet from the door :rolleyes:), and one...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-29-2017, 11:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 566
Posted By DaveA
They look fine to me. Engaging without being...

They look fine to me. Engaging without being "busy".




I picture DCKs standing on the ceiling jumping up trying to get the toys. :lol::D:);):p
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-22-2017, 04:19 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,495
Posted By DaveA
:D:lol::D:lol::D:lol::D:lol::D Well this...

:D:lol::D:lol::D:lol::D:lol::D

Well this thread took a turn in a direction I didn't expect. :p

In IL they really don't like providers doing this. If it's not your home they want you licensed...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-21-2017, 08:36 AM
Replies: 973
Views: 178,543
Posted By DaveA
:lol::D. Iíll have to think on that one a bit....

:lol::D. Iíll have to think on that one a bit. :cool::Sunny:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-21-2017, 05:06 AM
Replies: 973
Views: 178,543
Posted By DaveA
My storage room where I keep all the toys & stuff...

My storage room where I keep all the toys & stuff I rotate in and out of the classroom is in the basement. DCB4 notices every change I make and always asks where "X" is to which I reply...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-21-2017, 04:23 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,081
Posted By DaveA
Simple- the people making the rules haven't...

Simple- the people making the rules haven't worked with children or feel the need to do "something" regardless of if it makes sense or not. :rolleyes:

In my case I would ask what counts as screen...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-21-2017, 04:13 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,368
Posted By DaveA
In the centers I worked it was about a 50/ 50...

In the centers I worked it was about a 50/ 50 split unannounced vs scheduled. Now I have to do fire and severe weather drill monthly. I do them the same time every month (2nd Tuesday around 1000)...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-19-2017, 01:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 799
Posted By DaveA
DCG2 really noticed today- she's been touching...

DCG2 really noticed today- she's been touching the side of my face and scowling. :lol: I'll talk to the kids about it tomorrow when I have school agers all day. Thanks.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-19-2017, 01:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 900
Posted By DaveA
I blame this thread for the fact that DCK 4 has...

I blame this thread for the fact that DCK 4 has forgotten how to do every single thing by himself today. :rolleyes::cool::lol:
I lost count of the number of times I've said "I'm pretty sure you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-19-2017, 08:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 799
Posted By DaveA
Thanks. It will be fine in a week or so. Right...

Thanks. It will be fine in a week or so. Right now I just look like I should be in a home security company commercial. :rolleyes::lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-19-2017, 06:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 716
Posted By DaveA
Like the others said- put it back on DCM to make...

Like the others said- put it back on DCM to make sure she follows your policies.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-19-2017, 05:22 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 799
Posted By DaveA
:D:lol::D:lol: Right after I get the dozen...

:D:lol::D:lol:

Right after I get the dozen or so tattoos Iíve made it 43 years without. :p

Nope- not happening. :rolleyes:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-19-2017, 04:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 799
Posted By DaveA
Tell DCP about appearance change?

I'm probably overthinking this one but here goes.

Would you warn parents if you were making a noticeable change in your appearance? I'm growing a beard. Haven't had one in years and only 1 DCF...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-19-2017, 04:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 614
Posted By DaveA
My contract states that fees are evaluated each...

My contract states that fees are evaluated each November with parents notified of any change by November 30 to be applied starting January 1. I don't change fees each year but this gives parents...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-15-2017, 04:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,984
Posted By DaveA
Thought I'd post an update. To test it out I...

Thought I'd post an update. To test it out I ordered a plastic peg game for school agers. It arrived yesterday. The pegs and the part they go into are fine. The back of it is so thin I put my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-15-2017, 04:21 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 950
Posted By DaveA
Yeah- I would let DCPs know they can't have a...

Yeah- I would let DCPs know they can't have a child young enough to be in daycare pick up a child. I can't imagine how they thought that was a good idea. :rolleyes:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2017, 02:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 777
Posted By DaveA
Contracts (2 copies- 1 to return and 1 for them...

Contracts (2 copies- 1 to return and 1 for them to keep) and Any state required forms
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2017, 04:16 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,830
Posted By DaveA
I give parents the choice of Evenflo or Avent...

I give parents the choice of Evenflo or Avent bottles. Never had problems with either and don't have to worry about cleaning a bunch of parts.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2017, 04:12 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 796
Posted By DaveA
6-5 M-F. Most of the times DCKs are out the door...

6-5 M-F. Most of the times DCKs are out the door by 415
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-07-2017, 11:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 996
Posted By DaveA
I don't use it a cleaner but I'm more concerned...

I don't use it a cleaner but I'm more concerned about a mislabeled cleaning bottle. Especially since you have a bleach spray also. Bleach mixed with anything base can be really bad. Window...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-06-2017, 11:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 923
Posted By DaveA
I would suggest this also. If there are major...

I would suggest this also. If there are major issues like you're saying it will blow up in the director's face eventually. You want to avoid having to apply for a job at another center because the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-05-2017, 09:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 923
Posted By DaveA
Like the others said- parents cannot give...

Like the others said- parents cannot give permission to violate licensing regulations. Any Director not enforcing that is begging to get in trouble.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-04-2017, 09:01 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 837
Posted By DaveA
I don't have an official cut off time. I'm also...

I don't have an official cut off time. I'm also very specific with DCPs that if they show up after 9 and we're already on an offsite activity they can either come back once we return or meet us...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-04-2017, 05:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 586
Posted By DaveA
Holiday Attendance Roster?

Those of you who are open around the Christmas how do you handle enrollments? There are probably going to be a few days I'll be without DCKs. Do you ask DCPs, have a sign up sheet, or just wing it?...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-01-2017, 04:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 795
Posted By DaveA
Do you have a friend, family, or DCP who could do...

Do you have a friend, family, or DCP who could do the storytelling or face painting (don't shoot me on that one- it's just common for some reason)

Otherwise I would do the craft stations idea.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-01-2017, 04:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 760
Posted By DaveA
Bag of balls and a couple of riding toys put...

Bag of balls and a couple of riding toys put where I can grab them quickly. I wait till the last possible day to cover the little tykes stuff. Right now the big thing is a couple of plastic rakes-...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-29-2017, 06:22 AM
Replies: 4,202
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 408,712
Posted By DaveA
Apparently everyone decided that their children's...

Apparently everyone decided that their children's breakfast would be pixie stix and mountain dew. Jeez these kids all hit the door wound for total sound this morning. :rolleyes::mad::eek:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-28-2017, 01:01 PM
Replies: 4,202
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 408,712
Posted By DaveA
That sucks. Possums get a bad rap because...

That sucks. Possums get a bad rap because they're ugly as all get out but are actually pretty cool. Good luck with her. :hug:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-27-2017, 06:52 AM
Replies: 973
Views: 178,543
Posted By DaveA
Put Christmas lights up over the weekend. DCK's...

Put Christmas lights up over the weekend. DCK's that came before sunrise were not happy that they were not on. :lol::rolleyes: Sorry kiddos but it's about 40 strands of C9 LED lights synched to a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-23-2017, 01:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 877
Posted By DaveA
Happy Thanksgiving Yíall!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving Yíall!!!!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-20-2017, 05:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,298
Posted By DaveA
I would go this route ASAP. Like the other...

I would go this route ASAP.

Like the other posters said- you need to be charging for enrollment not attendance. If you're wanting consistency full time enrollments should be your priority.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-16-2017, 01:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,304
Posted By DaveA
Honestly one way or another you're probably going...

Honestly one way or another you're probably going to have to replace this family. Either dealing with the stress will drive you batty or DCM will decide to pull. I would start looking for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2017, 01:09 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,831
Posted By DaveA
This is it in a nutshell. The boundaries aren't...

This is it in a nutshell. The boundaries aren't being honored and intentionally or not they're playing you and your DH off each other to get what they want. Time to part ways professionally before...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2017, 09:36 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,717
Posted By DaveA
Oh I may have to do that and see how long before...

Oh I may have to do that and see how long before someone notices. :lol::D;)

I have 3 exits within 15 feet of the classroom. All of them directly visible when in the classroom. I had to make an...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2017, 09:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 970
Posted By DaveA
Unless they are right next door or across the...

Unless they are right next door or across the street I wouldnít worry about it. I had a DCF that was 6 houses down for years and they were one of my best families. Just go through your normal...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2017, 04:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,019
Posted By DaveA
I would go BS's and Snowmom's route with DCM....

I would go BS's and Snowmom's route with DCM. That raises some red flags with me.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2017, 04:08 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,170
Posted By DaveA
Never made one, but it should be a simple build....

Never made one, but it should be a simple build. I would grab a sturdy shadow box, replace the glass with plexiglass, and put a short length of LED Christmas lights inside. You'd have to notch a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-13-2017, 11:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 750
Posted By DaveA
Thanks- it was one of those times where I was...

Thanks- it was one of those times where I was like "What is so weird about this?" Just caught me off guard before caffeine kicked in. :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-13-2017, 07:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 750
Posted By DaveA
Split Winter Break?

My winter break is in January. I have it in my contract that I will either close a whole week or do a pair of long weekends. As the kids got older and I added a January trade show it has pretty...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-10-2017, 11:22 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,042
Posted By DaveA
I use to scientific measurement of I step...

I use to scientific measurement of I step outside. The "no go" temp is "@#&^ it's cold!" :D A sunny calm day in the 20s is less likely to hit that temperature than a windy cloudy day in the low...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-09-2017, 02:45 PM
Replies: 973
Views: 178,543
Posted By DaveA
DCG2 was flat on her back crying because she ďhad...

DCG2 was flat on her back crying because she ďhad fun and didnít want to!Ē :lol::D:p:rolleyes:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-09-2017, 06:19 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,224
Posted By DaveA
The answer is a definite "maybe" :DA lot of the...

The answer is a definite "maybe" :DA lot of the brands will work together but not all of them.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-09-2017, 04:55 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,376
Posted By DaveA
Same thing. It works well and is easy to move...

Same thing. It works well and is easy to move out of the way if needed.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-08-2017, 03:12 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,600
Posted By DaveA
DCKs will make a couple different breads and...

DCKs will make a couple different breads and cookies to take home the Friday before Christmas.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-07-2017, 01:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,224
Posted By DaveA
Ordered a set!happyface

Ordered a set!happyface
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-06-2017, 04:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,560
Posted By DaveA
In my area (3 towns in a row) there are 3...

In my area (3 towns in a row) there are 3 centers. All between 50-100 capacity. So daycare homes are essential around here. The problem is not only are we losing home daycares but the ones getting...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-06-2017, 04:29 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,617
Posted By DaveA
Yes! Even the threat of doing something like...

Yes! Even the threat of doing something like that in my house would be an immediate term and take what ever action you can. :mad:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-06-2017, 04:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,200
Posted By DaveA
I'm really not a fan of the whole elf on the...

I'm really not a fan of the whole elf on the shelf thing. I find it a bit creepy more than cute. I wouldn't do it with DCKs. I keep threatening to do an inappropriate version just at my house. ...
Forum: Book Club - Reviews / Suggestions 11-03-2017, 06:23 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 742
Posted By DaveA
Tri with Mom

DW bought a new helmet off of one of her Facebook racing buddies and when it arrived she threw in a copy of a kid's book she wrote. Called Tri With Mom about a kid watching mom run a triathlon and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-03-2017, 04:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,333
Posted By DaveA
Pretty much what I do also. With the exception...

Pretty much what I do also. With the exception on one school ager I don't have any only children right now, so talking with DCPs helps me gauge how much of the behavior is specific to my house.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-03-2017, 04:33 AM
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Posted By DaveA
I don't get the kids anything. I ask the child...

I don't get the kids anything. I ask the child what he would like for snacks on his birthday. It's inevitably something we wouldn't normally have- cookies, cupcakes, etc. Add in singing Happy...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-02-2017, 04:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,130
Posted By DaveA
Happy Belated Birthday!happyface

Happy Belated Birthday!happyface
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-01-2017, 01:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,427
Posted By DaveA
Lucky you :cool: I have one child who says...

Lucky you :cool:

I have one child who says his stomach hurts and he thinks he's going to puke. Course this only happens when it's time to clean up, share, etc. :rolleyes: Another had an...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-01-2017, 01:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,551
Posted By DaveA
It can work but depending on where you're at...

It can work but depending on where you're at there may be some local & state requirements that could decide if it is worth it or not. Your best bet is to find a local CPA who does small business...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-27-2017, 12:28 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,078
Posted By DaveA
When DS turned 13 he had to have a background...

When DS turned 13 he had to have a background check but doesnít have to be printed till 16 or 17. I forget which.

If I remember it right in IL fingerprinting starts at 13 for anyone who moves...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2017, 11:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,530
Posted By DaveA
Oh yeah- I take anything kids say about home with...

Oh yeah- I take anything kids say about home with a boatload of skepticism. And most parents know the same thing. I had a DCG tell her DCM my wife moved out because she came home, grabbed her gym...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2017, 11:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,424
Posted By DaveA
Yep. I straight out tell parents that I'll lie...

Yep. I straight out tell parents that I'll lie to them about it. ;) I don't care if the child's running laps or talking up a storm. The firsts never happen here.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2017, 05:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,431
Posted By DaveA
Cup with handles but no lid? Iím drawing a blank.

Cup with handles but no lid? Iím drawing a blank.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2017, 04:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,351
Posted By DaveA
Yep. If you have the chance go for it.

Yep. If you have the chance go for it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-19-2017, 01:35 PM
Replies: 973
Views: 178,543
Posted By DaveA
DCB 10 is describing the wedding he went to last...

DCB 10 is describing the wedding he went to last weekend. His description of the bouquet/ garter toss- ďThe girl threw her flowers and all the women tried to catch them. The guy took a rubber band...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-19-2017, 04:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,465
Posted By DaveA
I don't charge a fee but I state in my contract...

I don't charge a fee but I state in my contract that because we do a lot of off site activities I can't guarantee there will be anyone here after 9. If I know ahead of time I can plan accordingly. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-19-2017, 04:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,068
Posted By DaveA
So far so good. She and DW know each other (work...

So far so good. She and DW know each other (work at same hospital and are in a running group together) and DW says they're really nice. Frankly I wish all my first weeks went this well. DCKs are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-18-2017, 06:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,068
Posted By DaveA
Hemp Milk?

I offer the choice of almond or soymilk for DCFs who don't want to do dairy milk. New DCF is a bit "crunchy" and is the first family to take me up on it. No allergies and they do other dairy...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-16-2017, 01:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,266
Posted By DaveA
That is odd! We had to do a blood test for lead...

That is odd! We had to do a blood test for lead with DS when he was 1 because of the age of the house he was in. I would advise DCP to test both for lead paint and water (lead pipes?)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-16-2017, 11:55 AM
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Sticky: Venting Thread
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Posted By DaveA
I used to joke that I ran a "2 for 1" special at...

I used to joke that I ran a "2 for 1" special at pickup. No one ever took me up on it. :lol:

But yeah- some parents just leave you going...
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