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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-10-2015, 05:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,291
Posted By jenn
I homeschool my 1st grade daughter. I am in...

I homeschool my 1st grade daughter. I am in Kansas, and we have VERY relaxed laws regarding homeschool.

You need to be very organized and very dedicated in order to do both, but it is very...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-26-2014, 11:20 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,224
Posted By jenn
1. A $5-$10 gift that fits the interest of that...

1. A $5-$10 gift that fits the interest of that child.

2. I usually do some type of handprint ornament. Nothing elaborate.

3. No party. We will have special meals and snacks throughout...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-03-2014, 08:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,341
Posted By jenn
I charge the same for every age. Little ones...

I charge the same for every age. Little ones require more one on one attention, but bigger ones use more supplies and damage more things.

I don't usually take school age. I decided to take 2...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-03-2014, 08:00 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,323
Posted By jenn
I don't trust any kind of food or liquid coming...

I don't trust any kind of food or liquid coming from home.

*Formula bottles-Only store bought sealed containers of formula are accepted

*Breastmilk bottles-They provide expected amount for 1...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-28-2014, 08:53 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,668
Posted By jenn
*I do not offer juice, period. They get milk at...

*I do not offer juice, period. They get milk at breakfast and lunch. For snacks or any other times, they get water. If that means they are going to throw a fit, then let them. They will soon...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-16-2014, 06:49 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,695
Posted By jenn
I have termed over this and have a statement in...

I have termed over this and have a statement in my handbook about it. Something like "No strong smells will be tolerated due to protecting the air quality of the home. This includes but is not...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-14-2014, 08:57 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,415
Posted By jenn
My number 1 reason is transportation. I don't...

My number 1 reason is transportation. I don't want to load all my littles up and drop off/pick up school agers. We are too far away to walk. My car is not big enough to hold that many car seats...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-14-2014, 08:44 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,568
Posted By jenn
I'm so glad they rebuilt. I don't work there...

I'm so glad they rebuilt. I don't work there anymore and live in another area of town, so I haven't seen it in many years.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-14-2014, 07:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,603
Posted By jenn
I don't do before/after school SA anymore. I do...

I don't do before/after school SA anymore. I do have 2 SA that come on days school is closed and will come for about 6 weeks this summer. I found that most of the kids seemed to think that they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-14-2014, 07:03 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,568
Posted By jenn
I have seen the devastation many times. Pictures...

I have seen the devastation many times. Pictures are amazing, but do not show the emotions and reality of standing in the middle of the aftermath.

My grandparents live 2 houses down from the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-14-2014, 06:48 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,897
Posted By jenn
I would just go on with the day as normal, and...

I would just go on with the day as normal, and cross my fingers that licensing didn't decide to visit today! I would never recommend operating purposely over ratio. However, this sounds like a one...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-13-2014, 09:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,183
Posted By jenn
likethis

likethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-09-2014, 07:17 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,815
Posted By jenn
We never leave my property. We play inside and...

We never leave my property. We play inside and in the backyard.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-09-2014, 07:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,335
Posted By jenn
Wow! I guess they won't be winning any parent of...

Wow! I guess they won't be winning any parent of the year awards!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-09-2014, 07:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,582
Posted By jenn
I have similar bins and gave up on trying to get...

I have similar bins and gave up on trying to get anything to stick.

I wrote their name on a heart shaped piece of craft foam. I looped ribbon through the handle of the bin and used the glue gun...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-09-2014, 01:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,057
Posted By jenn
I have no idea if that is the same picture. ...

I have no idea if that is the same picture. However, I had a child have an allergic reaction once, and his face was so swollen that his own dad did not recognize him when he saw him.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-09-2014, 01:10 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,680
Posted By jenn
I have had some real stinkers:D, but I have had...

I have had some real stinkers:D, but I have had some good ones too!

I had a family that paid a full weeks extra pay as a Christmas bonus.

We were remodeling the play area outside and a family...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-07-2014, 02:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,130
Posted By jenn
Mine love Lincoln Logs, but you have to be...

Mine love Lincoln Logs, but you have to be careful of the smaller pieces. Over spring break, my older group used toilet paper tubes, paper towel tubes, medium to large cardboard boxes, and masking...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-07-2014, 02:55 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,492
Posted By jenn
I agree with Blackcatlikethis 1. Do you use...

I agree with Blackcatlikethis

1. Do you use a curriculum? No boxed, purchased curriculum

2. if you do which one? Self made, called "Go Play!" or "Go Play Toys!", supplemented with the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-05-2014, 10:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,315
Posted By jenn
I think it is fine! What is appropriate for the...

I think it is fine! What is appropriate for the young ones, is not always what is appropriate for the older ones.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-01-2014, 10:55 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,277
Posted By jenn
I would start looking for replacements ASAP. As...

I would start looking for replacements ASAP. As soon as you can replace them, terminate.
I would let them know that the next time you call, you will give them 10 minutes to respond, or you will...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-01-2014, 10:46 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,586
Posted By jenn
...you know more about the latest kid's movies...

...you know more about the latest kid's movies and shows than you do about current events.
...your pockets are full of random "treasures" given to you during the day.
...you say "get that out of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-30-2014, 05:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,740
Posted By jenn
Do you have a sub that could cover for you during...

Do you have a sub that could cover for you during that time? I know each state is different, so I'm not sure what your laws about that are. If you can't get a sub, I would probably just close for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-30-2014, 07:29 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,244
Posted By jenn
Hope you have a better day today! We had a great...

Hope you have a better day today! We had a great day yesterday, and now today I have a houseful of chaos! Little stinkers!:eek:
I have had a few that I just could not deal with. They caused undue...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-29-2014, 11:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,696
Posted By jenn
I charge them my regular daily rate of $30 per...

I charge them my regular daily rate of $30 per day. I allow them to drop down to part time over the summer, which is 3 days per week minimum. They can come on 1, 2, or 3 days or not come at all,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-29-2014, 11:23 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,244
Posted By jenn
I don't these behaviors are necessarily due to...

I don't these behaviors are necessarily due to being only children. Toddlers test all limits with hitting, kicking, biting,...

I have a now 17 month old (with siblings) that tested everyday for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-29-2014, 09:10 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,012
Posted By jenn
I think it is completely up to your comfort...

I think it is completely up to your comfort level!

I already have 5 in diapers, so I would not be able to handle a school ager with bathroom issues. I can barely handle school agers period! (I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-29-2014, 08:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,696
Posted By jenn
Let them complain. They know they are paying for...

Let them complain. They know they are paying for you to hold their spot and that they are getting a good deal. Of course they want you to hold their spot for free. I want someone to bring me my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-29-2014, 08:13 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 9,942
Posted By jenn
She is ridiculous! It makes no difference what...

She is ridiculous! It makes no difference what you originally said. You have given her more than enough time to make different arrangements. I would not tolerate the daily comments and questions. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-29-2014, 08:04 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,968
Posted By jenn
I agree that you shouldn't HAVE to remind them,...

I agree that you shouldn't HAVE to remind them, but I do. We all forget things.
As soon as I know of a day that I am taking off, I send them all a facebook message. A few weeks before the day...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-29-2014, 07:45 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,944
Posted By jenn
To me, there is a fine line between poor...

To me, there is a fine line between poor parenting and neglect.

The junk food/fast food is poor parenting in my opinion, but I don't think it would be considered neglectful as long as he is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-28-2014, 12:32 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,315
Posted By jenn
I don't think that I could legally tell the...

I don't think that I could legally tell the parents they are not allowed to enter my home. I do have a rule that they have to stay in the entry way, which is just an area of thick peel and stick...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-28-2014, 12:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,516
Posted By jenn
Try not to worry about it! It is their...

Try not to worry about it! It is their responsibility to have back up plans. If they don't, then than is poor planning on their part. If you decided to stay open while your own child was sick, the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-25-2014, 11:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,232
Posted By jenn
Require onesies with pants or shorts over them.

Require onesies with pants or shorts over them.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-25-2014, 11:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,583
Posted By jenn
I'm not there, yet. I do visualize what my house...

I'm not there, yet. I do visualize what my house and yard would look like without a daycare though. I think of all the things I could get rid of and what I would use the extra space for.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-25-2014, 08:58 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,147
Posted By jenn
Normally, I don't really care what the parents...

Normally, I don't really care what the parents are doing. The child is here and I'm getting paid to care for them, so what difference does it make what the parent is off doing. I do think it is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-25-2014, 08:42 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,109
Posted By jenn
Congratulations! I love older homes. They have...

Congratulations! I love older homes. They have so much personality. Ours was built in 1910. The homeowners built on and remodeled in the 50's, but did a very poor job. I imagine they did it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2014, 10:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,356
Posted By jenn
I think that is an at home job. I work with them...

I think that is an at home job. I work with them on 911. At the beginning of tornado season/tornado practices, I send a note home reminding parents that it is important to have emergency plans and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-22-2014, 03:50 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,163
Posted By jenn
I allow my teacher families to move to part time...

I allow my teacher families to move to part time for the summer. They pay for 3 days minimum per week. They can send them 3 days or just pay to hold their spot. They feel like they are getting a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-22-2014, 10:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 669
Posted By jenn
We are doing "Clean up the earth day". We...

We are doing "Clean up the earth day". We cleaned out our flower bed (and dug in the dirt much more than necessary) to get it ready for our tomato plants. We will save planting for next week since...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-22-2014, 10:48 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,207
Posted By jenn
I don't understand putting your child in shoes...

I don't understand putting your child in shoes that don't fit or are not appropriate. My daughter (5) is all about glitter and sparkle and cool, but we still find things that fit and she can play...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-22-2014, 10:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,261
Posted By jenn
I think your policy is fine! If you have your...

I think your policy is fine! If you have your policy in writing, give her a copy of it. If it's not it writing, I would add it to your handbook or contract.

I allow part timers at a minimum...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-21-2014, 01:32 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,848
Posted By jenn
Do what YOU want to do. If you enjoy it and the...

Do what YOU want to do. If you enjoy it and the kids enjoy it, do it.
I would not poll the parents. If they don't want their kid to participate, they can keep them home next time.
I don't do...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-17-2014, 06:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,287
Posted By jenn
You will be in my thought and prayers. Sometimes...

You will be in my thought and prayers. Sometimes after surgery I wish they would just automatically have them spend the night. It's no fun being in the hospital, for the patient or family, but at...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-17-2014, 06:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,086
Posted By jenn
The next time she complains, say something like...

The next time she complains, say something like "You know, you have made it very obvious that you are not happy here. I will take this as your 2 week notice, as I do not want the stress of caring...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-17-2014, 03:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,287
Posted By jenn
Hope everything went well today!

Hope everything went well today!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-16-2014, 08:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,006
Posted By jenn
My sibling policy states that if one is kept home...

My sibling policy states that if one is kept home for illness, the other(s) must stay home as well. Most parents understand, as it just helps limit exposure to germs.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-16-2014, 08:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,287
Posted By jenn
likethis Sorry your baby has to have...

likethis

Sorry your baby has to have surgery. My daughter has had several, and I know how scary it is no matter how routine the doctors make it sound! Sending positive thoughts for you and her!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-16-2014, 07:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,964
Posted By jenn
Loose stool diapers caused by medicine are OK. ...

Loose stool diapers caused by medicine are OK. Diarrhea diapers (watery, requiring immediate changing, leaking out of diaper) always go home. It's not about what is causing the diarrhea, it's about...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-16-2014, 07:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,332
Posted By jenn
I think that it is rude. She should at least...

I think that it is rude. She should at least acknowledge you. I would go out of my way to directly greet her "Hi DCM. How was your evening?" That kind of forces her to respond.
I had a mom...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2014, 10:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,088
Posted By jenn
My doors are locked at all times. They have to...

My doors are locked at all times. They have to ring the bell and then wait for me to answer. I don't think it means you have to allow free access for them to browse through your home.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2014, 10:05 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 6,000
Posted By jenn
I will do hugs and high fives, but not kisses. ...

I will do hugs and high fives, but not kisses. That's a little awkward to me. I wonder if having a stuffed animal or doll give her the go to sleep kisses would work?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2014, 11:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,062
Posted By jenn
It does sound crazy, now! "I got kicked out of...

It does sound crazy, now! "I got kicked out of daycare for today, because I rang the doorbell." I'm sure the people the mom complained to thought I was crazy! I had just had enough. This family...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2014, 09:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,413
Posted By jenn
"I'm ready to deposit the checks for last week. ...

"I'm ready to deposit the checks for last week. Just a reminder that if yours is not here tomorrow, there will be a $XX late fee added."
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2014, 09:45 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,539
Posted By jenn
I think it's sad when the parents are home and...

I think it's sad when the parents are home and the kid is with me, but I don't mind it. I get paid the same whether the parent is at work or at home.
I allow my teacher/summer off parents to move...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2014, 09:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,350
Posted By jenn
Give her the same comments. "Hey mom, daycare...

Give her the same comments. "Hey mom, daycare boy got really muddy when outside today and tracked mud through my house. Don't worry, I'll just add the extra clean up to your bill!" Then smile.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2014, 09:12 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,062
Posted By jenn
Not mean, just enforcing rules! I don't think...

Not mean, just enforcing rules! I don't think the parents realize, or care, how much disruption they cause.
Ringing the doorbell doesn't seem like that big of a deal. However, when you are the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-14-2014, 08:17 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,998
Posted By jenn
I would just keep it short and sweet. "My...

I would just keep it short and sweet.

"My weekly rate is $135 per child. Your rate for 2 children attending will be $270 weekly."

If she later questions why there is no sibling discount,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2014, 10:01 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,465
Posted By jenn
Sounds like Kansas needs to train the licensors a...

Sounds like Kansas needs to train the licensors a little more! I think they each have their own version of the regulations and that's what they want you to follow. I have a pool that is never ever...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2014, 07:18 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,465
Posted By jenn
What a mess! I seem to have a different licensor...

What a mess! I seem to have a different licensor with each visit, and they all seem to interpret the rules in a different way.

I did have to call Topeka over a playground discrepancy and they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2014, 07:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,508
Posted By jenn
likethis

likethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2014, 01:32 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,465
Posted By jenn
I agree. What the licensor is telling you, and...

I agree. What the licensor is telling you, and what mine told me, is not consistent with what the regulations say. My situation resolved itself as a different kiddo left, so I didn't have to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2014, 11:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,821
Posted By jenn
I call any unnecessary noises "noise pollution". ...

I call any unnecessary noises "noise pollution". I don't mind playing noises. I don't mind talking noises. Making noise just for the sake of hearing yourself= noise pollution.
I would tell her...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2014, 11:40 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,465
Posted By jenn
I can't tell you 100% for sure, but can explain...

I can't tell you 100% for sure, but can explain what I was told.

A couple of years ago, I had a family contact me about returning. They were a wonderful family that had moved out of the area...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-09-2014, 07:23 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,241
Posted By jenn
I'm in Kansas. I haven't heard anything about...

I'm in Kansas. I haven't heard anything about electronic attendance.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-09-2014, 06:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,378
Posted By jenn
I don't think that's discrimination at all! You...

I don't think that's discrimination at all! You set the ages for your program. I don't take school age, even if they have a younger sibling here. That's nothing against, I'm just not set up to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-08-2014, 08:13 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,867
Posted By jenn
I don't think there is right or wrong way to do...

I don't think there is right or wrong way to do it.

Do what works for you. Do what feels comfortable to you.

I started out with taking the kids and families in as if they were my friends. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-05-2014, 02:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,734
Posted By jenn
We have a pool (never used for daycare) and love...

We have a pool (never used for daycare) and love have BBQs and parties, just not with daycare people. I am so glad when Friday gets here! I spend more time than I would really like to with the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-04-2014, 10:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,341
Posted By jenn
Exactly this! I'm not sure why parents will not...

Exactly this! I'm not sure why parents will not admit that their child is capable of getting sick. It's always teething or allergies. Kids get sick. No matter what you do, not matter how good or...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-04-2014, 10:05 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,304
Posted By jenn
Must be nice! I have a mom friend that recently...

Must be nice! I have a mom friend that recently went back to work. She works about 4 hours per day, and has a once a week special event for work that takes 5-6 hours. So 26 hour max work week. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-04-2014, 07:25 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,089
Posted By jenn
100% different. I have a love for my child...

100% different.

I have a love for my child that is like no other love in the world.

Behaviorally: Your child is with you all the time and your rules/expectations remain the same. DCKs have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-03-2014, 07:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,556
Posted By jenn
Nothing. I don't really do holidays. No party,...

Nothing. I don't really do holidays. No party, no special crafts. There are a few decoration around the house, but that's it. Last year I gave each of them a package of peeps to take home with a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-01-2014, 03:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,782
Posted By jenn
I wouldn't let it bother me. Unless they were...

I wouldn't let it bother me. Unless they were directing it at you or your daycare specifically, they are just venting. Everything about having a child is expensive.
I used to be a kindergarten...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-01-2014, 03:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,197
Posted By jenn
In my experience, they won't care until it...

In my experience, they won't care until it inconveniences them or makes them look bad. There are a few families that will follow the rules, but most will push their limits.
I would start making...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-31-2014, 07:26 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,272
Posted By jenn
Our neighbor used a large plastic kids pool and...

Our neighbor used a large plastic kids pool and filed it with sand. It's actually a sand/pea gravel mix. She covers it with a fitted sheet when not in use. That keeps animals out, but it does...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-31-2014, 07:02 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,672
Posted By jenn
Good grief! What a miracle! You are a fighter!

Good grief! What a miracle! You are a fighter!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-29-2014, 06:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,289
Posted By jenn
That's tricky. I would want to meet her...

That's tricky.

I would want to meet her before agreeing to anything. I have had some parents want to come to me, but after interviewing them, I was the one saying no thanks!

I would do one...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-29-2014, 05:58 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,857
Posted By jenn
I don't want them coming in something that they...

I don't want them coming in something that they have slept in. If they come in what they wore to sleep in, their diaper probably hasn't been changed, and their hair probably hasn't been combed, and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-28-2014, 11:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,116
Posted By jenn
I would pass. You would be losing a whole spot...

I would pass. You would be losing a whole spot that could be taken by a full timer. He's only going to be there 4 hours and mom wants to spend the first hour with him? No thanks. You could tell...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2014, 07:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 764
Posted By jenn
I keep the old ones for a year or so, and then...

I keep the old ones for a year or so, and then toss them. I have never been asked for them, but just keep them in the back of my notebook. Your initial visit will be scheduled (or at least mine...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-25-2014, 07:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,424
Posted By jenn
I would term if possible. If that is not...

I would term if possible.

If that is not possible, I would send him right out the door as soon as someone pulls up to get him. Pick him up and sit him outside the door if necessary. Don't worry...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-25-2014, 07:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,192
Posted By jenn
I have had several like this. I know that many...

I have had several like this. I know that many don't agree with keeping them and would term, but like you, financially that is just not always an option. It can be hard in my area to find kids. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-25-2014, 07:42 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,971
Posted By jenn
If it came down to your word against hers... ...

If it came down to your word against hers...

You are a professional, operating legally, have documentation of this accusation, contacted licensing prior to the mother, and other parents that are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-25-2014, 07:35 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,971
Posted By jenn
I'm so sorry. What a headache! I would...

I'm so sorry. What a headache!

I would document the whole day today in detail. Everything that the boys did, ate, early pick up, conversation with mom at pick up, phone call...

Since you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-25-2014, 07:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 879
Posted By jenn
I only had 2-3 per day over Spring Break for...

I only had 2-3 per day over Spring Break for various reasons. It was wonderful! Paying the bills that week was less than wonderful, but it was still nice to have that little break.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-21-2014, 02:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,670
Posted By jenn
I have never made a wish list or asked for a...

I have never made a wish list or asked for a donation. I feel like that puts the parents in an awkward position. They look bad if they don't donate, but may not be able to financially and they are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-21-2014, 02:52 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,485
Posted By jenn
Good for you!

Good for you!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2014, 02:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,819
Posted By jenn
Sometimes when I am down to my last one, we will...

Sometimes when I am down to my last one, we will wait outside on the front porch. As soon as the parent gets out of the car, I walk the child off of the porch and into the driveway. I make sure the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-17-2014, 08:25 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,642
Posted By jenn
Lord have mercy! What is wrong with people!

Lord have mercy! What is wrong with people!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-17-2014, 01:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,292
Posted By jenn
likethis

likethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-17-2014, 10:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,165
Posted By jenn
My license says Day Care Home. Day care,...

My license says Day Care Home.

Day care, Child care, Babysitter,...whatever. I know some people hate "Babysitter", but I don't mind. As long as the family is respectful and pay on time, they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2014, 01:18 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,401
Posted By jenn
:lol:

:lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-12-2014, 06:53 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,670
Posted By jenn
I'm so sorry, and I don't have any great advice. ...

I'm so sorry, and I don't have any great advice.

A few months before we got married, my husband and I bought our house and he moved in. I didn't move in until we were married. From that moment...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-11-2014, 07:17 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,207
Posted By jenn
I don't understand the parents that pick up while...

I don't understand the parents that pick up while on the phone! Do they do this to try and look important? I think it makes them look foolish for 3 reasons.
1. If you are talking to a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-10-2014, 07:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,240
Posted By jenn
I use the 2 inch mats and I'm happy with them. ...

I use the 2 inch mats and I'm happy with them.

I bought 6 of them in 2007. I recently had to get rid of one, as the plastic was beginning to crack around the seams. Other than that, I've had no...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-08-2014, 03:06 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,770
Posted By jenn
Most in my area leave at age 3 or 4 to go to...

Most in my area leave at age 3 or 4 to go to preschool. It's just the thing to do, KWIM?

Since this has become the norm, I have quit stressing myself out preparing activities that aren't going...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-06-2014, 06:53 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,248
Posted By jenn
I have been shocked by this also. I...

I have been shocked by this also.

I recently had a family request that I stop giving their newly turned 2 year old naps. They pick her up between 5:30-6:00 and want her in bed by 7:00. They...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-05-2014, 05:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,030
Posted By jenn
Can people not read craigslist?!

I think that my add is very clear and well written.

I got a call this morning from a mom

"Do you accept 3 year olds?" Um...my add says accepting 6 weeks through 6 years.

"Do you accept...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-05-2014, 04:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,736
Posted By jenn
I would send home. Spending the afternoon in the...

I would send home. Spending the afternoon in the bathroom is not going to allow her to participate in normal activities, and in my rules, that is a reason to go home. Obviously, something is wrong....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-05-2014, 04:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,383
Posted By jenn
likethis I agree. I would not tell them...

likethis

I agree. I would not tell them much right now.

I am so sorry that you are going through this. My daughter has medical issues. In my experience, I hate idea of my child being...
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