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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Today, 06:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 236
Posted By Cat Herder
We are not permitted to have animals within reach...

We are not permitted to have animals within reach of daycare kids except during a specific activity aligned with our written curriculum for the day. Inspectors are pretty strict about that.

I am...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 08:29 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 5,565
Posted By Cat Herder
A Texas judge has sentenced a mom to 40 years in...

A Texas judge has sentenced a mom to 40 years in prison for the hot car deaths of her two toddler daughters.

Amanda Hawkins, 20, was sentenced Wednesday, about three months after she pleaded...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 06:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 396
Posted By Cat Herder
I didn't. It just applied. ;)

I didn't. It just applied. ;)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 06:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 228
Posted By Cat Herder
I simply offer the current slot at full price....

I simply offer the current slot at full price. Assuming they won't pay has cost me a lot of money over the years. Most parents actually expect to pay to hold the guaranteed slot. When we refuse to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 06:01 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 117
Posted By Cat Herder
Disregard. The photos I originally posted won't...

Disregard. The photos I originally posted won't work as puppets. I missed that part, initially.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-14-2018, 08:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 396
Posted By Cat Herder
likethis Re-reading what I typed (with a 6 week...

likethis Re-reading what I typed (with a 6 week old in my arms) I don't think my point was made as well as I hoped.

It sounds like an accusation to me, now. :o My intended message was that the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-14-2018, 06:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 396
Posted By Cat Herder
"I know it's tough sometimes, kids really want to...

"I know it's tough sometimes, kids really want to spend time with their parents."
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-14-2018, 06:06 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 797
Posted By Cat Herder
Both process art and heirloom art have a place in...

Both process art and heirloom art have a place in childcare.

One is about the child's creativity the other is about engagement.

Both are valuable.

If some parents don't appreciate the...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 12-13-2018, 11:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 358
Posted By Cat Herder
Licensed providers? IME, part of licensing was...

Licensed providers? IME, part of licensing was the requirement to have written policies.

I am unaware of any state that does not require it. I am sorry I misspoke if I am incorrect.

"N....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-13-2018, 10:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 185
Posted By Cat Herder
I don't exclude for shots, but I do monitor for...

I don't exclude for shots, but I do monitor for reactions and send home accordingly. This resource may help you:
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-13-2018, 07:28 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 797
Posted By Cat Herder
"What are your kids making for parent gifts?" ...

"What are your kids making for parent gifts?"

Nothing.

They are painting, drawing and coloring art for our classroom walls. The school ager is drafting his letter to Santa, though. :lol:

I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-13-2018, 06:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 75
Posted By Cat Herder
And this is why it is so hard to defend. :hug: ...

And this is why it is so hard to defend. :hug:

No is so much easier to understand and defend. :ouch:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-13-2018, 06:23 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 365
Posted By Cat Herder
Doctors notes. :lol: They are the worst clients....

Doctors notes. :lol: They are the worst clients. I have way too many as personal family friends and live to bust their b:Sunny:lls about it. The slackiest of slacker daycare parents. They are so...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 12-13-2018, 06:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 358
Posted By Cat Herder
Why did you choose this provider? Sometimes...

Why did you choose this provider? Sometimes voting with your feet is the logical solution. :ouch: 7 years is a long time to run by the seat of your pants. I'd be suspicious of what other corners are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-13-2018, 06:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 75
Posted By Cat Herder
IME, It will be easier to do away with their...

IME, It will be easier to do away with their unpaid/discounted vacation week in the new year. It is one of those "constant drama" policies that continue to be a battle every year.
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 12-12-2018, 03:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 75
Posted By Cat Herder
In your shoes, I'd start here:...

In your shoes, I'd start here: http://va.childcareaware.org/child-care-providers/

So much has changed and they offer free help. likethis They also can help you access grants.

Technical...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2018, 02:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 365
Posted By Cat Herder
The last two cases of preschool age, daily,...

The last two cases of preschool age, daily, "anxiety" vomiting I had were actually caused by a daily jug of Strawberry Quik and chocolate milk (respectively) on an empty stomach during the car ride...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2018, 01:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 142
Posted By Cat Herder
Direct from my newsletter: “Exclude until...

Direct from my newsletter:

“Exclude until 24 hours after fever subsides. Without fever-reducing medications.”

Clarification: If your child is sent home for fever you will be asked to keep your...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2018, 01:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 365
Posted By Cat Herder
Do they have a carbon monoxide detector in their...

Do they have a carbon monoxide detector in their home? Does she leave the car in the garage running to warm up in the morning?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2018, 01:28 PM
Replies: 1,076
Views: 198,410
Posted By Cat Herder
I love them in turkey root stew (carrots, celery,...

I love them in turkey root stew (carrots, celery, leeks, turnips, potatoes, onion). :Sunny: I was not planning on making any more this year, though. I am turkey'd out. :lol:

I liked the little...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2018, 12:04 PM
Replies: 1,076
Views: 198,410
Posted By Cat Herder
:lol: I'll add "or avoided raising them by being...

:lol: I'll add "or avoided raising them by being "busy".
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2018, 11:42 AM
Replies: 1,076
Views: 198,410
Posted By Cat Herder
I thought I had three large chilled Honeycrisp...

I thought I had three large chilled Honeycrisp apples in the crisper for this afternoons snack. I just pulled out the bag from the farmers market and they are not apples, they are turnips. :eek:
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2018, 11:33 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 320
Posted By Cat Herder
It is a requirement in most regs, handbooks, and...

It is a requirement in most regs, handbooks, and food programs that they bring it in case of spillage, spoilage, outage or evacuation. :Sunny: There should always be a backup plan for feeding...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2018, 11:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 211
Posted By Cat Herder
Can you add up your vacation days, multiply them...

Can you add up your vacation days, multiply them by your daily rate, divide that by 52, then add that amount to your weekly rate and still be competitive for your area?

Ex. 25 days x $27 per day =...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2018, 09:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 320
Posted By Cat Herder
The next phase should be calling DCM for pick up...

The next phase should be calling DCM for pick up (or feeding baby herself, onsite) or giving the go-ahead for formula. :hug: If she were part of the decision, she'd have less of an issue with it all.
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 12-12-2018, 07:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 358
Posted By Cat Herder
If her policies are not written down, agreed to...

If her policies are not written down, agreed to and signed by you she cannot enforce them, legally.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2018, 07:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 164
Posted By Cat Herder
Yes, they have been out for a while. The only...

Yes, they have been out for a while. The only parents that sent them in were both sets of twins, though. :Sunny:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-10-2018, 01:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 229
Posted By Cat Herder
Learned helplessness. ;) ...

Learned helplessness. ;)

http://www.stalbansclub.ca/blog/2016/06/30/learned-helplessness-in-early-childhood-and-how-we-can-respond/
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-10-2018, 01:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 274
Posted By Cat Herder
CDC Daycare Exclusion policy: Diarrheal...

CDC Daycare Exclusion policy:

Diarrheal illness: cause unknown

There are many causes of diarrhea in children under age five. Illness may be mild and not require medical attention.

Symptoms...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-10-2018, 01:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 274
Posted By Cat Herder
CDC Daycare Exclusion policy: Diarrheal...

CDC Daycare Exclusion policy:

Diarrheal illness: cause unknown

There are many causes of diarrhea in children under age five. Illness may be mild and not require medical attention.

Symptoms...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-10-2018, 12:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 278
Posted By Cat Herder
This story came out of Texas Thursday, but I did...

This story came out of Texas Thursday, but I did not see it until today: December 6, 2018 at 6:54 AM EST

MCKINNEY, TX (RNN) - Police are investigating reports that a former daycare worker caused...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-10-2018, 12:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 278
Posted By Cat Herder
The call started with a school resource officer...

The call started with a school resource officer going to the home to confirm a child's residency.

They seemed pretty focused on all the infants being strapped into their car seats with no mention...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-10-2018, 12:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 253
Posted By Cat Herder
I have had dialysis, LEO, DFACS, ER, military,...

I have had dialysis, LEO, DFACS, ER, military, EMS, and CT/MRI personnel and all of them had their spouses or family member pick up if they were going to be late. That is the parent's responsibility...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-10-2018, 11:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 278
Posted By Cat Herder
more than a dozen children children ranged in...

more than a dozen children
children ranged in age from infant to two years old
operating for close to a year
infants were left in their car seats
toddlers were sitting on the floor
they had...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-10-2018, 06:02 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 818
Posted By Cat Herder
It is a QRIS thing for home providers here. I...

It is a QRIS thing for home providers here. I solved it by having parents take home the coats the kids wear enroute here (most simply use blankets for car rides) and I use the coats/hats that stay...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-07-2018, 11:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 346
Posted By Cat Herder
It will be interesting to see what happens. Since...

It will be interesting to see what happens. Since it is a church program it is most likely exempt from inspections and licensing.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-07-2018, 08:09 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 818
Posted By Cat Herder
The updated training video says to look for the...

The updated training video says to look for the *good idea* in his action. :lol: So, going with that theory, at least he knows not the throw it on the floor? :p

Awesome of you to get the rack....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-06-2018, 08:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 307
Posted By Cat Herder
Sorry. I keep 6 kids, so do 6 handprint ornaments...

Sorry. I keep 6 kids, so do 6 handprint ornaments and maybe 12 pinch pots/animals per year with it. I don't think I'd use 25 lbs in 10 years. :lol: It is a hardish grey clay that dries whitish. The...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 12-06-2018, 06:24 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,877
Posted By Cat Herder
Many people posted their menus here:...

Many people posted their menus here: https://www.daycare.com/forum/showthread.php?t=33259

It was a sticky post but seems to no longer be.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-06-2018, 06:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 307
Posted By Cat Herder
I have had the 5lb can for almost 3 years, now...

I have had the 5lb can for almost 3 years, now (6/1 ratio). ;) It is down to about 1lb. I mist it with a water bottle and knead it on wax paper before use as it does harden up a bit over time. I put...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-06-2018, 05:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 396
Posted By Cat Herder
I specialize in infants, special, and high...

I specialize in infants, special, and high medical needs. 4/1 is actually lower than when I first started, it was 6/1 infants with 12 kids total to 1. Mixed group. ;)

Being a caregiver is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-06-2018, 05:38 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,448
Posted By Cat Herder
I just wanted to say I adore the above poster....

I just wanted to say I adore the above poster. lovethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-06-2018, 05:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 234
Posted By Cat Herder
Life is not fair. Never was, never will be....

Life is not fair. Never was, never will be. Welcome to adulthood, DCM.

Unfortunately, it seems the more we bend for some families the worse their behavior gets. They won't see anything as a gift,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-05-2018, 02:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 307
Posted By Cat Herder
Yes and yes. I have only done traditional...

Yes and yes. I have only done traditional handprints and pinch pots with it, so far.

https://www.crayola.com/things-to-do/how-to-landing/airdry-clay/
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-05-2018, 01:30 PM
Replies: 4,836
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 480,739
Posted By Cat Herder
I'd bet it was because of the free tokens when...

I'd bet it was because of the free tokens when parents complete their potty training calendar. ;) https://www.chuckecheese.com/kids-corner/rewards-calendar
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-05-2018, 10:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 307
Posted By Cat Herder
Once I found the air dry clay...

Once I found the air dry clay https://www.michaels.com/crayola-air-dry-clay-white/10446567.html I never went back. I shrink wrapped the ones my kids made back in the day to keep them pretty and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-05-2018, 09:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 135
Posted By Cat Herder
Generally speaking, he will adjust. Eventually....

Generally speaking, he will adjust. Eventually. The issue is how much disruption and extra stress you and the other kids should have to take while he does. Only you know that answer.

Put the star...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-05-2018, 08:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 152
Posted By Cat Herder
Goodwill. They can get you going. I know, it...

Goodwill. They can get you going. I know, it sounds weird, but I have sent several clients to them and all were employed quickly and moved up even faster. They have all kinds of local connections, it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-05-2018, 07:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 168
Posted By Cat Herder
$135 M-F, 730A to 530P, meals included. ...

$135 M-F, 730A to 530P, meals included.

Rural southeast, 68% graduation rate, predominately blue collar. - That info is very relevant when planning. ;)

I am located in a wealthier...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-05-2018, 07:44 AM
Replies: 4,836
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 480,739
Posted By Cat Herder
My chore calendar says I am doing windows today...

My chore calendar says I am doing windows today but my energy level says "just close the blinds". :ouch:

It is still early, we shall see, we shall see. ;)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-05-2018, 07:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 417
Posted By Cat Herder
I used to do the same. Stopped for the same...

I used to do the same. Stopped for the same reasons. :hug: I have not had a thank you for gifts in 3 years, now.

I will occasionally offer a PNO for former clients when I am working on a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-03-2018, 12:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 481
Posted By Cat Herder
I also would not allow a child who has been given...

I also would not allow a child who has been given fever-reducing medications to attend. I'd be very careful with this scenario. I can see it going bad pretty quick. Also, Tylenol is a pretty...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-03-2018, 08:05 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,594
Posted By Cat Herder
Sounds like a great day for red and green paint...

Sounds like a great day for red and green paint to me. :Sunny:

This guy sounds like a gem. :rolleyes:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-02-2018, 07:37 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,448
Posted By Cat Herder
As a mother of two adult son's, I can see the...

As a mother of two adult son's, I can see the other side, though. Being a SAHM means Dad has the full responsibility for supporting the family. He does not get the same bonding time or the same...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-30-2018, 11:22 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 447
Posted By Cat Herder
This ^ I use circle rugs right now (towels...

This ^

I use circle rugs right now (towels work, too, in a pinch) because they won't leave the tape alone and trip over the hulas (most under 2, here, now) :rolleyes: but it works all the same.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-30-2018, 10:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 319
Posted By Cat Herder
Also, this same technique works for food and...

Also, this same technique works for food and mealtime issues, too. ;)

Good luck :Sunny:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-30-2018, 10:12 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 319
Posted By Cat Herder
This behavior sounds like he may be punished at...

This behavior sounds like he may be punished at home for accidents. I don't necessarily mean spanking, more like yet another lecture and scowl of disappointment. ;)

Maybe they even celebrate too...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 11-30-2018, 09:09 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 59,410
Posted By Cat Herder
I agree completely, BC. All of her posts today...

I agree completely, BC. All of her posts today were over the top vile, accusatory and broad brush.

I do hope that if she is simply angry and venting about a specific bad daycare experience that...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 11-30-2018, 05:32 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 59,410
Posted By Cat Herder
The decision to have children is expensive. We...

The decision to have children is expensive. We earn less than most careers yet are expected to provide much more for longer hours.

With your mindset I would search for miles to find another...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-29-2018, 11:21 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 447
Posted By Cat Herder
What time is morning snack?

What time is morning snack?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-29-2018, 06:27 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 99
Posted By Cat Herder
I posted one on this thread 3 days ago. :...

I posted one on this thread 3 days ago. : https://www.daycare.com/forum/showthread.php?t=90763
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-29-2018, 06:17 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 930
Posted By Cat Herder
"Psycho" DCM spun circles in my front lawn with...

"Psycho" DCM spun circles in my front lawn with her vehicle when told no on a special request for extended hours and refusing to pay her co-pays.

"My child" DCM threw a physical tantrum, hitting...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-28-2018, 05:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 7,876
Posted By Cat Herder
This is a sample from FEMA. :...

This is a sample from FEMA. : https://emilms.fema.gov/is36/assets/EAP_Sample.pdf
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-28-2018, 09:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 271
Posted By Cat Herder
Buh-Bye outside. :Sunny: Read Changing of...

Buh-Bye outside. :Sunny:

Read Changing of the Guard. - https://www.daycare.com/nannyde/the-dynamic-of-bad-behavior-in-daycare.htm
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-28-2018, 09:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 403
Posted By Cat Herder
I do buh-bye outside to end the opportunity....

I do buh-bye outside to end the opportunity. likethis

I'd recommend reading Nan's "Changing of the guard". likethis

https://www.daycare.com/nannyde/the-dynamic-of-bad-behavior-in-daycare.htm
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-28-2018, 07:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 165
Posted By Cat Herder
Have you verified that she won't pay your...

Have you verified that she won't pay your fulltime rate or just assumed?

I just ran into this as I have always simply told people I don't offer part-time slots when they ask on the phone and end...
Forum: Book Club - Reviews / Suggestions 11-28-2018, 06:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,507
Posted By Cat Herder
Robin Cook, Torey Hayden, many classics (Austen,...

Robin Cook, Torey Hayden, many classics (Austen, Twain, Bronte, Shakespeare, Gibran, Alcot, Poe, Dickes, etc.)

Really I could go on all day. :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-28-2018, 06:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 198
Posted By Cat Herder
I have capes, masks, boots, hats and career sets...

I have capes, masks, boots, hats and career sets (chef, construction, astronaut, doctor, forestry, pilot, police, fire, postal worker, etc).

I also keep play tools, stethoscopes, meds kits,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-27-2018, 08:17 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,594
Posted By Cat Herder
Really? :eek: How many warnings have they...

Really? :eek:

How many warnings have they had, already? This can hardly be a surprise to him.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-27-2018, 06:54 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,594
Posted By Cat Herder
Can you text DCM "He showed up right in the...

Can you text DCM "He showed up right in the middle of bus stop time, again. Can you handle it, please? This is his last warning before termination and I'd hate to lose you."
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-27-2018, 06:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 330
Posted By Cat Herder
You will be setting yourself up for fines,...

You will be setting yourself up for fines, publicly posted citations, closure and possibly losing the ability to work with young children and elderly in the future.

The immediate hit will be to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-26-2018, 05:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 228
Posted By Cat Herder
I don't know why that post went wonky wide. :eek:...

I don't know why that post went wonky wide. :eek: I don't know how I could have caused it or how to fix it (I did try). Sorry. :o
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-26-2018, 05:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 228
Posted By Cat Herder
This is my handout. Feel free to copy, paste and...

This is my handout. Feel free to copy, paste and edit. :Sunny:

Toilet (Potty) Training Checklist

Is your child ready to be Potty Trained? Check those that apply to your child.

_____Follows...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-26-2018, 02:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 411
Posted By Cat Herder
I do not attend while they are enrolled. ...

I do not attend while they are enrolled.

The past has taught me that, if I go, those will then be the parents who expect the most and flame out the hottest when the rules apply to them, too....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-26-2018, 11:40 AM
Replies: 1,963
Views: 261,907
Posted By Cat Herder
Today I learned Aleene's Tacky glue comes in glue...

Today I learned Aleene's Tacky glue comes in glue sticks, easy to squeeze and even a pen. happyface

https://www.aleenes.com/original-tacky-glue
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-26-2018, 09:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 235
Posted By Cat Herder
I second the 2 loose/watery/acidic stools that...

I second the 2 loose/watery/acidic stools that cause obvious discomfort to the child requiring immediate attention and treatment.

That said, with this being the first day back after a 4 day...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-20-2018, 06:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 289
Posted By Cat Herder
Current clients won't care that you did not know...

Current clients won't care that you did not know your competitor's rates so it is likely you may lose them if you go higher than they can afford.

I generally started new families at the desired...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-20-2018, 06:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 501
Posted By Cat Herder
Contact your sheriff's departments school...

Contact your sheriff's departments school resource officer division. They can solve this quickly. likethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-20-2018, 05:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 225
Posted By Cat Herder
I got tired of the paid vacation arguments so I...

I got tired of the paid vacation arguments so I base my tuition on 50 weeks (instead of 52) and *don't charge* for my two weeks vacation (taken separately to minimize disruption). ;) *I am already...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-19-2018, 06:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 556
Posted By Cat Herder
Understood. ;) Headstart is a government program,...

Understood. ;) Headstart is a government program, totally different environment. I would not touch that job with a 100ft pole. Comparing apples and tornados. :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-16-2018, 03:10 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 756
Posted By Cat Herder
It is the adult equivalent to having a...

It is the adult equivalent to having a preschooler put a toy in the "gone for the rest of the day" box for throwing it. ;)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-16-2018, 10:32 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 756
Posted By Cat Herder
I was that way (second guessing if I was...

I was that way (second guessing if I was punishing them for something someone else did) until I opened my daycare facebook page. It opened my eyes and firmed my spine like nothing else. ;) I did not...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-16-2018, 07:20 AM
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Posted By Cat Herder
I would not allow DCG3 to be a gatekeeper to...

I would not allow DCG3 to be a gatekeeper to play. I would have intervened prior to exclusion by setting up the center for 4, each having two figures (to include the two year old as well), the last...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-16-2018, 05:29 AM
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Posted By Cat Herder
I don't see flexibility as a weakness. I also...

I don't see flexibility as a weakness. I also don't try to fool myself by calling fear of conflict or upsetting my client's "flexibility".

When my clients struggle with a life circumstance that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-16-2018, 05:19 AM
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Views: 1,594
Posted By Cat Herder
You are going to have to look him in the face and...

You are going to have to look him in the face and tell him no more. One more time and he is gone. Then you are going to have to let him go when he does it again. You. :hug:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2018, 02:33 PM
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Views: 618
Posted By Cat Herder
You are very welcome! KidKare has a 30 day free...

You are very welcome! KidKare has a 30 day free trial to play around with to see if you like it. https://www.kidkare.com/#trial
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2018, 02:02 PM
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Views: 618
Posted By Cat Herder
No. There are several services. I use KidKare...

No. There are several services. I use KidKare auto invoicing. It gets glitchy from time to time but saves me a lot of time and effort. It also keeps all of my records for tax prep (time/space,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2018, 01:47 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 618
Posted By Cat Herder
I wanted to verify 1) he did not pay Friday on...

I wanted to verify 1) he did not pay Friday on time 2) did not pay Monday and 3) did not pay the late fee.

As of Tomorrow at 6, he is two weeks behind.

That was my understanding. Did I get it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2018, 01:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 618
Posted By Cat Herder
You wrote a lot more than I would. ;) I'd text...

You wrote a lot more than I would. ;) I'd text back:

"Of course I do. _____'s bag is packed, ready to be picked up. I really enjoyed my time with ___ and hate to see her go. I wish your family...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2018, 11:05 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 331
Posted By Cat Herder
:lol::lol: I do, too. And they did the first year...

:lol::lol: I do, too. And they did the first year or so until their kids hit 2 or a sibling came along. :p You know the drill. :ouch: Can't blame them, they take way too much work home now. :dislike:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2018, 09:40 AM
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Views: 361
Posted By Cat Herder
When I had one with high medical needs, who could...

When I had one with high medical needs, who could not be that far away from me, I used a plastic kiddie pool surrounded by a cheap plastic baby gate (not the nice metal ones I use indoors). Tossed in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2018, 09:00 AM
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Views: 361
Posted By Cat Herder
I move the party pooper to the gated back deck....

I move the party pooper to the gated back deck. They are safe, have things to play with, have a soft seating/blanket area and are far enough away from the playground to not be so disruptive to the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2018, 07:54 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 331
Posted By Cat Herder
Lucky. :lol: Those are my earliest arrivals and...

Lucky. :lol: Those are my earliest arrivals and last departures on school closure days. :p
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2018, 07:19 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 331
Posted By Cat Herder
Our schools recently closed 3 days because a...

Our schools recently closed 3 days because a hurricane made landfall 6 hours drive away. They are considering closing tomorrow because it has rained for 16 days and storm drains are clogged by leaves...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2018, 07:09 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,594
Posted By Cat Herder
This /\. He'd get a full on "Mom-Mode" lecture...

This /\. He'd get a full on "Mom-Mode" lecture and probably leave in tears or for good. :ouch:

You have allowed this to go on too long. You don't have a policy if you don't enforce it. You have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2018, 06:54 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 331
Posted By Cat Herder
Our schools close ridiculously and politically....

Our schools close ridiculously and politically. :rolleyes: As long as I have heat and water, I am open. I also have heat and water even if I have no power. :p Rural life. :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2018, 03:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 344
Posted By Cat Herder
A few times a year would never be a problem with...

A few times a year would never be a problem with most requests (doctors appt, scouts sign up, ballet recital, etc.). Same goes for early/late arrivals. ;) Heck, I've done free care for over a year...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2018, 02:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 344
Posted By Cat Herder
I doubt you would expect that if it were in your...

I doubt you would expect that if it were in your contract before you enrolled. ;) It isn't about tuition for me, it is about the amount of traffic and disruption I am willing to deal with in my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2018, 02:17 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 344
Posted By Cat Herder
I do not offer a sibling discount. Providing care...

I do not offer a sibling discount. Providing care to them costs me the same. My bills stay the same. My income needs to pay my bills don't change. :Sunny:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2018, 02:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 216
Posted By Cat Herder
Has he verbally asked to go? Has he answered yes...

Has he verbally asked to go? Has he answered yes when asked if he needed to potty?

If both answers no, I'd invest less time in it. The majority should be done at home as this is a parental...
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