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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Today, 10:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 250
Posted By daycarediva
No way. He's tired because of the chronic...

No way. He's tired because of the chronic benadryl use, which is obviously not helping anyway.

I would speak to parents, tell them you've never seen it so bad, or whatever works, and get them to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Today, 10:39 AM
Replies: 4,707
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 453,214
Posted By daycarediva
SAME. I almost regret three day weekends, they're...

SAME. I almost regret three day weekends, they're so much harder to fix. I also have a bunch of T-F kids so Monday AND Tuesday are rough here.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Today, 10:36 AM
Replies: 1,054
Views: 193,004
Posted By daycarediva
:lol::lol::lol: My LOL today- Doing...

:lol::lol::lol:

My LOL today-

Doing lacing beads (balls) this AM. Dcb announces "DCG, you gave me blue balls. I don't want blue balls."

Kiddo drew a scary looking picture (dck thought it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Today, 10:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 136
Posted By daycarediva
I would turn the couch towards the wall. Provide...

I would turn the couch towards the wall. Provide more enticing climbing pieces, turn couch back. Redirect. "We climb here. No couch."
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Today, 10:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 249
Posted By daycarediva
On the late end of normal, yep. These two kiddos...

On the late end of normal, yep. These two kiddos have gait issues (tip toe walking).





To encourage them to step all the way down to hear the squeak, both have gait issues and are tip toe...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Today, 03:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 249
Posted By daycarediva
OT is prescribing these locally for late walkers....

OT is prescribing these locally for late walkers. I have TWO with them (walked at 14m and 17m)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 10:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 160
Posted By daycarediva
I serve raisins WITH another food (eg in toddler...

I serve raisins WITH another food (eg in toddler friendly trail mix, with 1/2 banana on the side).
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-21-2018, 11:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 272
Posted By daycarediva
I second the ECR4 kids. I think the quality is...

I second the ECR4 kids. I think the quality is decent for the price (on Amazon, anyway).




Yep, when given the option I ALWAYS chose reimbursement. No choice for that on this round. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-19-2018, 11:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 292
Posted By daycarediva
If you're already going to have an assistant, I...

If you're already going to have an assistant, I would stay open for the 5 days and try to run errands/work less on those days that have fewer children naturally. Eg. My day is Mondays, and I can...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-19-2018, 10:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 177
Posted By daycarediva
Could it be this family cannot afford the...

Could it be this family cannot afford the increased cost OR supplying food?

More children go hungry than we realize.

If that is the case, I would feed the child and help the parent find...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-19-2018, 10:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 348
Posted By daycarediva
knowing that this family already left without...

knowing that this family already left without notice to another daycare, I wouldn't have enrolled them to begin with.

That being said, do you have two weeks upfront or similar deposit to CYA? If...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-19-2018, 10:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 191
Posted By daycarediva
Ours are jusssttt starting. I'm so excited I...

Ours are jusssttt starting. I'm so excited I can't contain it! Every day I have the kids 'spying leaves'. :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-18-2018, 11:23 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 703
Posted By daycarediva
There is a ton of talk lately about preschool...

There is a ton of talk lately about preschool expulsion rates. Could you be insinuating this is a race related issue, by chance?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-18-2018, 11:21 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 703
Posted By daycarediva
This thread though. :lol: I'm dying to know...

This thread though. :lol:

I'm dying to know WHY child was booted, effective immediately. I did it to a daycare child who decided to pick up a (toy, but 'actual tool') shovel and smash a glass...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-18-2018, 11:12 AM
Replies: 4,707
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 453,214
Posted By daycarediva
I am 18 days into KidKare and I HATE IT SO MUCH! ...

I am 18 days into KidKare and I HATE IT SO MUCH!

FP is using it now, and there is a disgruntled provider meeting tomorrow. :lol: I'm going. If enough of us threaten to abandon ship, they'll let...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-14-2018, 11:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 260
Posted By daycarediva
I had the same issue with a SA child. Bus dropped...

I had the same issue with a SA child. Bus dropped off at 3:15, Dad couldn't ALWAYS be there to get her off the bus. She was never here for more than 1/2 hour (she had aged up with me, so that's the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-14-2018, 10:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 198
Posted By daycarediva
I won't partner with the state for early head...

I won't partner with the state for early head start or any prek BUT, thanks to universal prek, it's pretty much mandatory to run a state aligned prek program or lose kids at 3-4.

I've lost 1 this...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-13-2018, 11:25 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 784
Posted By daycarediva
Kids are just tiny people. Some people I like,...

Kids are just tiny people. Some people I like, some I don't. I do this for money. The same reason the vast majority of people go to work.



I will NEVER go back to a center. I don't even like...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2018, 10:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 737
Posted By daycarediva
I hired a sub and take one Friday morning off a...

I hired a sub and take one Friday morning off a month. My assistant takes the same Friday, but afternoon. It gives me a chance to plan appointments and get my errands done to start the weekend. Even...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2018, 10:18 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 181
Posted By daycarediva
THIS. I completely removed ride ons. The...

THIS.

I completely removed ride ons. The kids just sat on them to 'keep' them.


I added wood pieces, gutters, gravel pit, water table/play, sand table/play.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2018, 10:16 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 940
Posted By daycarediva
:p I take them OFF at first change....

:p

I take them OFF at first change. EVERYTHING with buttons or crazy snaps gets swapped out for their back up clothes and at the last diaper change I put it back on them (to go home in) :ouch:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-04-2018, 11:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 261
Posted By daycarediva
I find the opposite to be true, they have no...

I find the opposite to be true, they have no instrinsic motivation as they are praised for breathing at home.

I have two like this. "You didn't say 'good boy' to me for sneezing in my elbow."
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-04-2018, 11:23 AM
Replies: 4,707
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 453,214
Posted By daycarediva
turned my DC cell on this morning to messages...

turned my DC cell on this morning to messages from 6/18 families. "ARE YOU OPEN?"

Dh and I thought ahead and put the gate up on the driveway with the pin code for family only. Nice try. It was...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-04-2018, 11:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 291
Posted By daycarediva
Ecoli 0157H7 is the deadly kind. It causes...

Ecoli 0157H7 is the deadly kind. It causes HUS/hemolytic uremic syndrome and can cause TTP.

Almost lost my own kid to it, it's scary stuff.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-29-2018, 10:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 363
Posted By daycarediva
:lol::lol::lol: raccoon response plan. The...

:lol::lol::lol: raccoon response plan.

The raccoon that hangs around with my cats uses the litter box in the cattery. He eats cat food, sleeps in the hammocks inside, and plays with them, too....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-22-2018, 10:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 687
Posted By daycarediva
YES! "see husband, I NEED to be a stay at...

YES!

"see husband, I NEED to be a stay at home mom."
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-22-2018, 10:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 341
Posted By daycarediva
Shoes off here, too. I keep an emergency tote in...

Shoes off here, too. I keep an emergency tote in my shed (far enough away that it would be safe to access). It has various sizes of slip on shoes, jackets, hats, gloves, diapers, wipes, etc. I also...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-17-2018, 10:31 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 578
Posted By daycarediva
"Oh, Sarah is angry. It's ok to be angry, but...

"Oh, Sarah is angry. It's ok to be angry, but it's not ok to be unkind."

I had a mom tell my loudest dck that EVERYONE IS BEST FRIENDS. He repeats it every time this comes up. I just tell him no,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-16-2018, 11:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 275
Posted By daycarediva
I don't buy for birthdays. I do get them a...

I don't buy for birthdays. I do get them a birthday treat. Kids have enough crap.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-16-2018, 11:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 489
Posted By daycarediva
Just had a 3yo bring in HER phone. THAT was new. ...

Just had a 3yo bring in HER phone. THAT was new.

I have a no electronics policy. Yes SA have tablets to do school work on, but I don't accept SA kids so that's a non issue.

3.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-13-2018, 09:41 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,125
Posted By daycarediva
:lol: Try MAed. :rolleyes: When did I say...

:lol: Try MAed. :rolleyes:

When did I say parents couldn't have opinions and make choices? In fact, I respected this parents rights to speak to his provider and voice his opinions?

Quite...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-09-2018, 10:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 365
Posted By daycarediva
WOW though! At almost 6 I would have sent the...

WOW though! At almost 6 I would have sent the parents a text and this dck would have sat out for some recess time and then had supervised use of his water bottle only.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-09-2018, 10:15 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,125
Posted By daycarediva
dadbod (cracking up at that username, BTW) I hope...

dadbod (cracking up at that username, BTW) I hope you stay on! We need more parents here! Also, glad you broached your concerns with your provider and I hope she was receptive. I don't think you came...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-09-2018, 10:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 347
Posted By daycarediva
Mine are just story tellers lately. ...

Mine are just story tellers lately.

So-and-so is pushing me.

SO AND SO IS NOT EVEN HERE.

Had a dck go home and tell all sorts of lies about the new kid. New kid starts NEXT MONTH. :ouch:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-08-2018, 11:21 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,125
Posted By daycarediva
I agree. Our state requires a caregiver to be at...

I agree. Our state requires a caregiver to be at least 18 years old and approved by the office (background check, fingerprinting, etc). Even if there is a grey area with the caregiver/volunteer...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-06-2018, 10:21 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,684
Posted By daycarediva
NOW! I also wouldn't worry about the other...

NOW!

I also wouldn't worry about the other family. I have MANY friends/families enrolled and termed several people who referred others. The other party never left care.

Keep it professional...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-06-2018, 10:19 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,706
Posted By daycarediva
no hoods, no strings, no jewelry (amber necklaces...

no hoods, no strings, no jewelry (amber necklaces and toddlers in earrings is a big thing here and parents don't always use the screw on backs), no hair ties/clips, heck I even remove clothing with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-06-2018, 10:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 415
Posted By daycarediva
I love referrals! Usually gives me a bit of...

I love referrals! Usually gives me a bit of background info on the kid, and then some parent reassurance from the referring party.

I go over my polices and expectations. I don't charge less, work...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-06-2018, 10:13 AM
Replies: 4,707
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 453,214
Posted By daycarediva
Parent kept kid home Friday with a cold, brought...

Parent kept kid home Friday with a cold, brought her today and it's obviously NOT better. She is livid that I even hinted at sending her home. I stood my ground. Wiping brown snot off of her face and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-06-2018, 10:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 313
Posted By daycarediva
I never would have held the space. It would be a...

I never would have held the space. It would be a 175/week loss for me.

I would say.

Dcm,

I am excited to see X in the am. I included an invoice (attached to the email, electronic, in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-06-2018, 10:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 466
Posted By daycarediva
I would be on the phone. He has two choices...

I would be on the phone.

He has two choices at rest time- listen or lay down.

Tantrum at 6? Oh heeeellll no.
Forum: Forms - Uploads 08-03-2018, 11:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 136
Posted By daycarediva
I don't because parents do NOT accurately...

I don't because parents do NOT accurately represent their children.

I make my own observations and move on from there.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-03-2018, 10:37 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 531
Posted By daycarediva
***CLAPPING*** Natural consequences. I...

***CLAPPING***

Natural consequences.

I had a child do this recently (and still starts once in a blue moon...)

I looked him straight in the face and calmly said "If you vomit, you'll clean...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2018, 11:02 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 640
Posted By daycarediva
YES! We have a huge Amish population and I love...

YES! We have a huge Amish population and I love their lifestyle. We shop with them and they have even done work for us around our property.

Don't know if I could get the hang of Pennsylvania...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2018, 10:40 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 683
Posted By daycarediva
:hug: By the time I get upstairs, my dh...

:hug:


By the time I get upstairs, my dh already has dinner on the table and a glass of whatever goes best with dinner. I wash my hands and sit down. (hard knock life, eh?) :p

I've been...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2018, 10:25 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 640
Posted By daycarediva
Wow, a term for my general malaise towards...

Wow, a term for my general malaise towards everyone.

I, too, was calling myself jaded.

I told dh last night "If I get one more single mom, poor poor me phone call. I bet her hair and nails...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2018, 09:58 AM
Replies: 4,707
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 453,214
Posted By daycarediva
Congratulations on your breaking off a toxic, one...

Congratulations on your breaking off a toxic, one sided relationship! :D

I am sooo tempted to partner with early head start in my state. Speaking to the woman I emailed regarding more information...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-01-2018, 11:24 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 877
Posted By daycarediva
YES. and if you have the release, photo document...

YES. and if you have the release, photo document (these are time stamped) what you can. Drinking a bottle, a photo of the dirty diaper, a nap, etc.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-01-2018, 10:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 573
Posted By daycarediva
Is she licensed? I would report it. If not,...

Is she licensed? I would report it.

If not, I would be speaking to the parent immediately about 'daycare expectations' regarding safe sleep (maybe even toss in drinking bottles, too)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-26-2018, 10:21 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 556
Posted By daycarediva
^ that. It would not be a 'raise', it would...

^ that.

It would not be a 'raise', it would have to be 'set for life' money. Millions, honestly. If I could pay off all debt, set aside trusts for my kids, live until I was 101 without a worry...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-26-2018, 10:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 576
Posted By daycarediva
isn't it so incredibly sad when you can SEE the...

isn't it so incredibly sad when you can SEE the track this child is on and you alone aren't enough to derail him? I am so sad for not only him, but society as a whole when it comes to children like...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-24-2018, 11:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 247
Posted By daycarediva
Revisiting Potty Training Policy, What Are Your Non-Negotiables?

My checklist
ready, willing, and able to use the toilet
able to verbally express the need to go
able to hold it for short periods of time
able to step on/off the toilet independently
able to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-24-2018, 10:05 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 1,487
Posted By daycarediva
Yes, and about 75% of my parents are...

Yes, and about 75% of my parents are separated/divorced, so they see even less of each parent. When I break down the numbers for one child...

7:30-5 M-F, 7:30 bedtime. 1/2 hour commute home.
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2018, 10:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 393
Posted By daycarediva
Well, walmart is going to refund me I guess. I...

Well, walmart is going to refund me I guess. I did cancel the order and they said IF it shows up (highly unlikely) as customer service, which was great, said the same company is not answering to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-20-2018, 11:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 393
Posted By daycarediva
It didn't say sold by anyone other than Walmart....

It didn't say sold by anyone other than Walmart. Walmart is on my cc receipt. It's been almost a month. I called WM customer service, they can't help. They can't even tell me who shipped it,when or...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-20-2018, 11:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 432
Posted By daycarediva
agree here! I would just say "Ok!" and be...

agree here!

I would just say "Ok!" and be done. WHEN they contact you, I would tell them that unfortunately you could not hold their spaces for free, and you filled them with a paying family.
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-20-2018, 11:06 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 822
Posted By daycarediva
SO MANY. Rompers, onesies, skinny jeans, too...

SO MANY. Rompers, onesies, skinny jeans, too tight clothes, WAY too big clothes.

Crocs
Jelly shoes are back. YAYYYYY not.
Flip flops on littles.
SHOES THAT SQUEAK. WHY!?
Sundresses/skirts...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-19-2018, 11:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 393
Posted By daycarediva
Nope, there is literally NO information. ...

Nope, there is literally NO information.

Processing
estimated delivery date

no other info. Doesn't even say walmart didn't fulfill the order even. I didn't realize that until I contacted...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-19-2018, 11:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 277
Posted By daycarediva
likethis I have 'toddler toys' and 'big kid...

likethis

I have 'toddler toys' and 'big kid toys'.

Big kids do not touch toddler toys and vice versa.

With my one very sensory seeking/oral PRESCHOOLER, I bought her a chewelry necklace...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-19-2018, 10:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 393
Posted By daycarediva
Has Anyone Ever Purchased Through Walmart.com?

I made a purchase on walmart.com 6/24. It was processed, my CC was charged. I checked on the shipping a few days later (large item, freight shipping) and it was expected to be delivered 7/16.
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-11-2018, 10:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 270
Posted By daycarediva
ALL THE TIME. I rarely even put meals into...

ALL THE TIME.

I rarely even put meals into it anymore. Check the menu. :ouch:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-11-2018, 10:06 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 624
Posted By daycarediva
RIGHT!?! Survival mentality or whatever. I...

RIGHT!?! Survival mentality or whatever. I personally know a kid killed in one of those stupid ways we rode in cars, and knew a kid missing a leg when she was flung off a riding lawnmower and run...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-10-2018, 10:25 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 624
Posted By daycarediva
Ugh. I hate when I see safety issues because I...

Ugh. I hate when I see safety issues because I MUST speak up. Even if you place blame elsewhere- hey dcd many of the parents have mentioned seeing Jr in the drivers seat after pick ups. You might...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-10-2018, 10:22 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 511
Posted By daycarediva
Yes, it works great, too!!! My own ADHD kid was...

Yes, it works great, too!!! My own ADHD kid was given soda by teachers mid day to restart him (after his morning caffeine dose, we used gum, not coffee though).

DD has always loved coffee, as...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-03-2018, 11:31 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 658
Posted By daycarediva
Sooooo... it isn't an actual dairy allergy?...

Sooooo... it isn't an actual dairy allergy? :confused:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-03-2018, 11:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 429
Posted By daycarediva
My granddaughter haD reflux this severe. ...

My granddaughter haD reflux this severe.

PASS. It took a LONG time to get the right combo of meds/formula to make it better and in the mean time it was scary as hell.

IF you decide to accept...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-03-2018, 11:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 489
Posted By daycarediva
That is never going to leave his head! ...

That is never going to leave his head!

WONDERFUL JOB!

My kiddos love that book, too.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-29-2018, 09:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 585
Posted By daycarediva
I provide EVERYTHING except clothes. Those I even...

I provide EVERYTHING except clothes. Those I even wash and return to cubbies so parents cannot 'forget' to send clean ones. I got VERY sick of getting the bag of dirty clothes I sent home yesterday...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-28-2018, 11:17 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 665
Posted By daycarediva
INSANE. I just paid $160 for a group course, well...

INSANE. I just paid $160 for a group course, well double that since assistant and I both took it. Our state requires Red Cross.
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 06-28-2018, 09:38 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 485
Posted By daycarediva
NOPE! Crazy picky eaters for sure. There...

NOPE! Crazy picky eaters for sure.


There are some with no pizza, some no PB&J, some no PASTA, etc. No one size fits all favorite, unfortunately.

Even for snacks, it's hit or miss. I throw...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-27-2018, 11:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 373
Posted By daycarediva
yup. I just did 9 hours in a week online....

yup.

I just did 9 hours in a week online. It's doable, but she needs to be prepared for the possibility she doesn't get a teaching job and plan for the job she currently HAS.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-27-2018, 11:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 319
Posted By daycarediva
This is exactly what I would do, too. :Sunny:

This is exactly what I would do, too. :Sunny:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-27-2018, 11:11 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 388
Posted By daycarediva
YES! Great reminder! Glad he calmed down! ...

YES! Great reminder!

Glad he calmed down!

I would definitely be chatting with mom about age appropriate expectations!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-26-2018, 11:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 351
Posted By daycarediva
THIS. a complete stranger around my...

THIS.

a complete stranger around my littles? no way.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-26-2018, 11:07 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 878
Posted By daycarediva
Agree! :Sunny: I actually REALLY like this!...

Agree! :Sunny:

I actually REALLY like this! We are now mandated to give parents access to our online licensing site. It's sparked great conversations with families about legal/illegal and what...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-26-2018, 11:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 750
Posted By daycarediva
Nope. I would have a chat with the mom. Have...

Nope. I would have a chat with the mom. Have child all ready to go and hand over hand give her to Mom. "No, the kitchen is closed and Miss. Katie has things to do! See you tomorrow! BYE!" and BLOCK...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-22-2018, 11:14 AM
Replies: 4,707
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 453,214
Posted By daycarediva
:lol: I COULD offer this service for EVERY parent...

:lol: I COULD offer this service for EVERY parent as I have a second assistant now. :ouch:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-22-2018, 10:11 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 934
Posted By daycarediva
INSANELY SO. I've had several parents file...

INSANELY SO. I've had several parents file reports on me after terminating the contract.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-22-2018, 10:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 374
Posted By daycarediva
I would still follow a schedule. 3 kids is SO...

I would still follow a schedule. 3 kids is SO SLOW that I won't even open for less than 3.

I would still do meals, circle time, recess, indoor centers, and free play time even with a handful of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-22-2018, 10:07 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 281
Posted By daycarediva
NY here- no exceptions. Only those grandfathered...

NY here- no exceptions. Only those grandfathered in. The 'onsite provider' can only be the provider in 1 location, period.

It's also damn near impossible to open a small center. They're stingy...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-21-2018, 10:41 AM
Replies: 4,707
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 453,214
Posted By daycarediva
She requested again today. I am OVER it already....

She requested again today. I am OVER it already. Guarantee the push for 'independence' and 'no nap' is for a prek program. Older sibs attended one, and Mom gushed about my program and how she wished...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-21-2018, 09:43 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 934
Posted By daycarediva
Yup. They thanked you, in their mind, by...

Yup.

They thanked you, in their mind, by paying you. It's a business. I don't say 'thank you' to the gas company when I mail their check. Most people see daycare the same way. As providers, we...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-21-2018, 09:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 281
Posted By daycarediva
Amen to this. In our current district, the...

Amen to this.

In our current district, the kids get evaluated prior to starting K and the district places them in 3 different level classrooms. Spec ed, where some intervention is required, a JR....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-21-2018, 09:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 645
Posted By daycarediva
SAME! Our dogs stand in the hallway while...

SAME!

Our dogs stand in the hallway while we eat in a lay/stay command. I did this with every dog we have ever had, even when my kids were little. THEN my kids cleaned up after themselves and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-20-2018, 10:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 645
Posted By daycarediva
12 kids, 1 assistant. Routine. Clean as you...

12 kids, 1 assistant.

Routine. Clean as you go. Give the kids jobs, expect them to pick up their own toys, food messes (to an extent), etc. We don't move on until the previous activity is picked...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-19-2018, 09:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 491
Posted By daycarediva
Here is how I do teachers I take their...

Here is how I do teachers

I take their annual tuition rates, and divide by 10 months. They pay that, regardless of attendance. No refunds, no paying OR attending over summer, but a guaranteed...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-18-2018, 08:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 464
Posted By daycarediva
I charged parents a supply fee for sunscreen. I...

I charged parents a supply fee for sunscreen. I supply (then I can use a bulk sunscreen log instead of individual forms.

I use gloves so it's easier to strip them and apply it to the next child. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-15-2018, 05:41 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 805
Posted By daycarediva
Why not? Seriously if a child is too challenging...

Why not? Seriously if a child is too challenging there's no shame in saying so.

Interview, do trial runs, and then pick and chose your kids.

Out of our group of 16 (part timers share spaces)...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-14-2018, 10:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 546
Posted By daycarediva
My 'solution' is VERY temporary. I REFUSE...

My 'solution' is VERY temporary.

I REFUSE to raise my voice to be heard over them.

I flicker the light on/off until they look. Then I use a LOW tone of voice and remind them to lower their...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-14-2018, 10:30 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 691
Posted By daycarediva
likethis same rules here, regardless of the...

likethis same rules here, regardless of the reasoning allergy or parent preference. They can supply the milk (note on file) and I can claim it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-14-2018, 10:26 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 58,038
Posted By daycarediva
Good lord I know these are old but DO NOT FOLLOW...

Good lord I know these are old but DO NOT FOLLOW THIS ADVICE. :eek:




:lol:

Do you vent or complain about your job? Because EVERYONE does. Just because a person is frustrated about a child...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-14-2018, 10:08 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 546
Posted By daycarediva
same. Also "HEY GUESS WHAT!?" to nobody...

same.


Also "HEY GUESS WHAT!?" to nobody in particular and then SCREECHING when I/assistant don't respond. :rolleyes:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-14-2018, 10:07 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 597
Posted By daycarediva
Do this. If you cancel the interview, it...

Do this.

If you cancel the interview, it won't seem professional.

I NEVER EVER enroll
neighbors
family
friends
family friends/friends of family members
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-14-2018, 10:03 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 3,922
Posted By daycarediva
Same here. Just had a registrar opening drawers...

Same here. Just had a registrar opening drawers in my master bathroom. N. ot in DC space, NEVER used for DC. NO PRIVACY.

Shed, dh's shop and office, I even had to submit the survey of my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-13-2018, 09:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 414
Posted By daycarediva
I've never purchased a daycare, but I have been a...

I've never purchased a daycare, but I have been a director.

What do you mean by tax returns aren't accurate? Is the gross matching enrollment for the previous year? The net with daycare can be...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-13-2018, 09:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 641
Posted By daycarediva
My before/after care hours are $21/hr (my hourly...

My before/after care hours are $21/hr (my hourly rate for 6 kids). I'm AT LEAST making what I do normally if working extra. $5-10/week would NOT be worth it to me.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-13-2018, 09:14 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 691
Posted By daycarediva
I don't provide food for special diets, so those...

I don't provide food for special diets, so those kids would need to come with milk from home, in three separate sippy cups, daily.

I buy whole, under 2's and skim, over 2's.

My current crew...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-12-2018, 09:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 796
Posted By daycarediva
I have a separate entrance. Dh built a 1/2 wall...

I have a separate entrance. Dh built a 1/2 wall with space between for cubbies. For now I have a swinging baby gate installed, we will be building a custom self latching gate when time allows.
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-12-2018, 09:53 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 3,922
Posted By daycarediva
OP- I am a licensed daycare provider, but I would...

OP- I am a licensed daycare provider, but I would NEVER enroll my child in an area I didn't SEE personally, daily. That's just me. I know of three providers with basement daycares. Two are perfectly...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-06-2018, 09:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 760
Posted By daycarediva
YES! Happy Father's Day (cricut vinyl) on the...

YES! Happy Father's Day (cricut vinyl) on the back and the card says chip off the old block. :D
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