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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-14-2011, 04:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,515
Posted By Pammie
I think the mugs would be a nice gift from you:-)...

I think the mugs would be a nice gift from you:-)

I like the idea of filling them with hot chocolate mix - call it "Snowman Soup" and add some mini-marshmallows and a candy cane:-) I know there's...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-03-2011, 06:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,905
Posted By Pammie
I don't think it would be wrong just to talk to...

I don't think it would be wrong just to talk to the new mom and find out exactly what she's looking for - and how comfortable she would be with your program. If a good fit and a full time client -...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-01-2011, 06:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,989
Posted By Pammie
My responses are in bold above

My responses are in bold above
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-01-2011, 06:51 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,489
Posted By Pammie
Boy, I'd be baking that mom a BIG batch of...

Boy, I'd be baking that mom a BIG batch of homemade cookies today:-):-)

It means the world to me when one of my clients jumps to my defense.

A few years ago, I had a new client that went...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-30-2011, 12:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,661
Posted By Pammie
I tell all of my prospective clients during...

I tell all of my prospective clients during interviews that anytime an issue becomes a battle of wills between a child and myself, I will always win.

Then, when we have such issues when the child...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-30-2011, 03:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,124
Posted By Pammie
My average interviews go an hour to hour-15min. ...

My average interviews go an hour to hour-15min. I go over EVERYTHING in that first interview - I don't do a series of interviews - like many of other providers, just one:-)

We go over my packet...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-29-2011, 11:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,105
Posted By Pammie
Sounds great as is:-) I wouldn't include an...

Sounds great as is:-)
I wouldn't include an explanation;)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-29-2011, 06:14 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,002
Posted By Pammie
I did the "If you give a Pig/Pancake" with...

I did the "If you give a Pig/Pancake" with pancake mix last year too:-)

I've also done Jan Brett's "Mitten" - kids got the book and a new pair of mittens.

Jan Brett's "Umbrella" - kids got the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-28-2011, 08:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 924
Posted By Pammie
Clear contact paper works great! I make new...

Clear contact paper works great!

I make new placemats for each month - construx paper with a place setting diagram on one side and pictures that relate to our themes for the month on the other -...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-28-2011, 08:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,286
Posted By Pammie
I have a few families that use the Kroger...

I have a few families that use the Kroger off-brand. I don't have a package here to check the name - but they're in a yellow package. Super cheap - about $4.99/package and work as well as Pampers:-)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-28-2011, 08:53 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,002
Posted By Pammie
This year, each of my dcks will be receiving "If...

This year, each of my dcks will be receiving "If You Give A Dog A Donut" book (thanks to Children's Book of the Month Club Sale @$6/each) and a pair of Christmas Pajamas (thanks to Kohl's Veterans...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-25-2011, 06:11 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,359
Posted By Pammie
I personally don't think it's that big of a...

I personally don't think it's that big of a problem. Most parents will have some time off of work that week anyway. And I know many providers that close for that whole week every year tool

I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-21-2011, 09:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,856
Posted By Pammie
This:-) But if you're like me - I'm trying...

This:-)

But if you're like me - I'm trying to phase out all of my teacher clients for year-round-full-time clients. I've yet to find a teacher-family willing to pay for a year-round spot...or...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-19-2011, 07:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,600
Posted By Pammie
My standard response is....(with as sweet a tone...

My standard response is....(with as sweet a tone as I can muster)...

I understand your concerns. But understand that you have been a parent for 6 months, I've been parenting children for 26...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-17-2011, 07:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,179
Posted By Pammie
Unhappy Throwing Up My Hands

I know elements of this rant have been in many previous posts --

That being said ---

I'm throwing up my hands - giving up trying to help guide these toddlers/prescholers into becoming wonderful...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2011, 09:40 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,422
Posted By Pammie
I've never given "free" days - but found that I...

I've never given "free" days - but found that I needed to change my policy to stay competitive in my area.

Effective Jan 1 - all of my families will get the equivalent of 2 weeks of regularly...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-10-2011, 03:22 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,492
Posted By Pammie
Yup. I started doing daycare because my kids...

Yup. I started doing daycare because my kids came first. That never changed from when my kids were infants/toddlers, til when they were in middle/high school, til now- one still in college;) If my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-09-2011, 02:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,076
Posted By Pammie
I don't do gift-exchanges any more with the dc...

I don't do gift-exchanges any more with the dc kids. However the most successful one that I ever did was a "Little Golden Book" exchange. We didn't choose names, each child just brought one wrapped...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-09-2011, 02:19 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,571
Posted By Pammie
All of my dc kids receive a hardcover book for...

All of my dc kids receive a hardcover book for Christmas - this year it's "If you Give a Dog a Donut" that I got from Children's Book of the Month Club for $6/each ! I also always give them small...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-01-2011, 10:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,128
Posted By Pammie
When I get questions like those, my response is...

When I get questions like those, my response is always, "Why do you want to know?" with the sweetest smile and tone I can muster.
It gives the dcp the opportunity to tell me what's *really* behind...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-27-2011, 05:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,519
Posted By Pammie
The Food Program is run through sponsoring...

The Food Program is run through sponsoring organizations - licensing depts in most states.
Contact your local daycare licensing office for your local food program sponsor:)
Forum: Curriculum 10-24-2011, 11:01 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,973
Posted By Pammie
That sounds really awesome! I'm a little...

That sounds really awesome!

I'm a little hesitant to take on that kind of commitment with my current group of dc families.

We just started working on Operation Christmas Child through...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-23-2011, 12:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,930
Posted By Pammie
We have a small dog (14lbs) and 2 cats that all...

We have a small dog (14lbs) and 2 cats that all interact with the daycare kids to whatever degree they're comfortable doing so. Over the years we've had other cats and larger (50lb) dogs in my home...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-20-2011, 06:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,502
Posted By Pammie
If you can get parents to pay you $15/day all...

If you can get parents to pay you $15/day all year round just to secure a spot for their s/a child on school days off and summer breaks - more power to you:-)

Like PP mentioned - that's a LOT of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-13-2011, 03:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 957
Posted By Pammie
Wow! I want to come and play at your house!:) ...

Wow! I want to come and play at your house!:)

I think what I offer that sets me apart from other home daycares in my area isn't tangible.

It's my education (BS degrees in Child Development...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-13-2011, 03:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,558
Posted By Pammie
I do daily reports for infants up until their...

I do daily reports for infants up until their first birthday - only longer if there's a medical issue to document.

All of my other families get a "WOW-What A Week" summary on Fridays, that tells...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-12-2011, 05:31 AM
Replies: 25
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Posted By Pammie
(((hugs))) I'm sorry that your family is going...

(((hugs)))
I'm sorry that your family is going through this now. I can totally relate, as my husband has been laid-off (Effectively terminated with company restructuring) 3 times in the 24 years...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-10-2011, 10:13 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,223
Posted By Pammie
[QUOTE=wahmof3;152659]When interviewing potential...

[QUOTE=wahmof3;152659]When interviewing potential clients what are your procedures for going over your phb, newsletters, etc? Do you read everything to them, or do you expect that they are adult...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-09-2011, 01:28 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,292
Posted By Pammie
I applaud you for your concern for this child. ...

I applaud you for your concern for this child. You obviously know this family better than any of us - so only you truly know whether a conference with them to point out the errors in their parenting...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-07-2011, 09:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,180
Posted By Pammie
I think you've answered your own question;)

I think you've answered your own question;)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-07-2011, 04:15 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,731
Posted By Pammie
So true, Over the summer, I found myself trying...

So true,
Over the summer, I found myself trying to tactfully answer a question posed to me by one of my s/a kids - as to why two sibling dcks were here for daycare every day of the summer, when both...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-06-2011, 03:01 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,731
Posted By Pammie
I'd work. I honestly could care less what my...

I'd work.

I honestly could care less what my dcps do during their days - that's their business. As long as I can reach them in an emergency, and I get paid for the day - I'm happy.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-06-2011, 09:40 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,336
Posted By Pammie
Well, I'm one with a different experience! I've...

Well, I'm one with a different experience! I've had 2 dc children officially diagnosed with red dye allergies by medical doctors - children's allergists through our city's children's hospital. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-06-2011, 09:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,338
Posted By Pammie
Oops Forgot to add that I agree with Crystal! ...

Oops
Forgot to add that I agree with Crystal! Find out what the parents of your students careers are - and ask them to come in too!!!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-06-2011, 09:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,338
Posted By Pammie
My dh is a restaurant manager, and went in for...

My dh is a restaurant manager, and went in for career day at my daughter's middle school - his presentation was such a hit that they still ask him to come back every year - even though my daughter is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-06-2011, 06:04 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,048
Posted By Pammie
I had been offering a PNO every Friday night -...

I had been offering a PNO every Friday night - the extra income was great and my dh works 3rd shift on Fridays, so it didn't inconvenience my family. But over the last couple of months, interest has...
Forum: Curriculum 10-05-2011, 05:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,375
Posted By Pammie
I actually use an expandable file with sections...

I actually use an expandable file with sections for each area.

I send them home for the children to share with their parents in October, January and April. I ask that all of the contents come...
Forum: Curriculum 10-05-2011, 10:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,375
Posted By Pammie
Portfolios

Anyone else use portfolios to show the children's learning and growth over the course of an academic year??

I started doing them a few years ago for my 2yo+, and my dcps LOVE them. They get to...
Forum: Book Club - Reviews / Suggestions 10-02-2011, 10:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,589
Posted By Pammie
Also wanted to add that most "typical" children -...

Also wanted to add that most "typical" children - especially toddlers/preschoolers display some "out of sync" behaviors at times. Problem is that some children can't learn to handle/process stimuli...
Forum: Book Club - Reviews / Suggestions 10-02-2011, 10:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,589
Posted By Pammie
I was given this book a couple of years ago by a...

I was given this book a couple of years ago by a dcp whose dd was diagnosed with several "disorders". The book was recommended to her by her pediatrician. It certainly helped me to understand why...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-02-2011, 10:32 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,855
Posted By Pammie
Currently my hours are 6am-6pm. I don't really...

Currently my hours are 6am-6pm. I don't really like it, but I had to fill spots;)
When I have my first drop-off /last pick-up clients leave daycare, I'll try to reduce hours then.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-30-2011, 10:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,266
Posted By Pammie
Personally, I'd politely decline, citing my...

Personally, I'd politely decline, citing my policy never to take clients that are friends, relatives, or neighbors;)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-28-2011, 03:11 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,451
Posted By Pammie
I find it very difficult to tell a family that I...

I find it very difficult to tell a family that I won't accept them into daycare face-to-face. I also find it unsettling that a family asks me to provide daycare for them without knowing me from...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 09-25-2011, 01:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,611
Posted By Pammie
Shouldn't be a problem. I generally always have...

Shouldn't be a problem. I generally always have children that share spaces - all that licensing is generally concerned with are children on site at any given time. As far as taxes it won't be an...
Forum: Curriculum 09-17-2011, 06:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,848
Posted By Pammie
Thank you so very much for sharing! I got 10...

Thank you so very much for sharing!
I got 10 free - and will start using them on Monday!!

Thanks a bunch:D
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-16-2011, 10:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,466
Posted By Pammie
I buy rolls of butcher paper at Sam's club - for...

I buy rolls of butcher paper at Sam's club - for us to use on BIG projects - I can cut whatever size we need:)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-16-2011, 03:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,466
Posted By Pammie
One of my favorites is to do a fall tree too. ...

One of my favorites is to do a fall tree too.

I paint the child's hand and entire forearm up to their elbow with brown paint and then they press onto paper, making the whole tree (trunk and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-12-2011, 11:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,573
Posted By Pammie
We do baking for the Ronald McDonald House...

We do baking for the Ronald McDonald House once/month.

I tie in the service aspect of the activity with other content goals for the month so it's always a morning of cross-content learning. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-31-2011, 12:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,923
Posted By Pammie
I LOVE the first one - too cute! But I would...

I LOVE the first one - too cute!

But I would probably purchase the second one - I'd be able to stack bins on top of it for some extra storage space - or make a little cushioned seat on top for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-31-2011, 03:06 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,639
Posted By Pammie
Group Care vs One-on-One Care

Does anyone have a *something* that explains to parents the differences between group/one-on-one care? Maybe something that lists some of the benefits of group care - and then the reality that group...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-30-2011, 06:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,583
Posted By Pammie
Years ago I had to downsize my group. This is...

Years ago I had to downsize my group. This is how I handled it:

*Talked privately to each of the parents that I wanted to keep. I told them that in 4 weeks I would be downsizing my group, that I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-30-2011, 06:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,506
Posted By Pammie
Deal with it on Monday. Maybe have them all draw...

Deal with it on Monday. Maybe have them all draw pictures/make cards that you could send to him? (Or just have them do the activity for closure for themselves)

I had a similar situation here just...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-28-2011, 03:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,765
Posted By Pammie
Is this it?? "I Don't Wanna Throw Up":lol: ...

Is this it??

"I Don't Wanna Throw Up":lol:
(Sung to the tune of the ToysRUs Commercial)



I don't want to throw up, I just feel like I do;
I ate so much terrific stuff, today at the zoo.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-24-2011, 11:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,510
Posted By Pammie
I keep a separate trash can in my garage - just...

I keep a separate trash can in my garage - just off the kitchen - for diapers. I literally just open the door to the garage from my kitchen and reach out and drop 'em in.

Any poopie ones, get...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-23-2011, 04:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,829
Posted By Pammie
I email a copy of my handbook to prospective...

I email a copy of my handbook to prospective clients after their initial contact with me. I tell them something like, "Read it over. See if my philosophy is consistent with your own, and if my...
Forum: Curriculum 08-23-2011, 04:01 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,265
Posted By Pammie
Yup - all of these:) I use a file folder system...

Yup - all of these:)
I use a file folder system - old fashioned I know but it works. I'm sure there's probably a better way to organize myself - but I tend to stick with what works for me

I have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-23-2011, 03:08 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,304
Posted By Pammie
I'm taking off Friday, December 23 and Monday,...

I'm taking off Friday, December 23 and Monday, December 26 and I'm also taking off Friday, December 30 and Monday, January 2.

My families all got notice of these dates back in April, so they've...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-22-2011, 10:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,742
Posted By Pammie
I use the IKEA ones too - LOVE THEM! I think...

I use the IKEA ones too - LOVE THEM!
I think they're actually bibs - they sell them in the same aisle.

They're long sleeve with ribbing at the wrist - velcro back closure - made of super...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-18-2011, 10:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,255
Posted By Pammie
I have the parents provide the liners. They're...

I have the parents provide the liners. They're rather expensive -IMO.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-18-2011, 10:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,221
Posted By Pammie
$20/child. I don't offer discounts for siblings...

$20/child. I don't offer discounts for siblings or early pick-ups. And I'm generally at capacity each week;)
Due to licensing, I'm limited to #6 children here at a time.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-18-2011, 04:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,221
Posted By Pammie
I offer Parent's Nights Out most Friday nights. ...

I offer Parent's Nights Out most Friday nights. (I'm home alone anyway<dh works 3rd shifts on weekends>, and the extra income is nice)

I don't have a separate contract, but I do spell out my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-17-2011, 11:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,522
Posted By Pammie
Make pear sauce - just like applesauce! My...

Make pear sauce - just like applesauce! My kiddos LOVE it:-)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-14-2011, 04:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,945
Posted By Pammie
My s/a boys really LOVE legos - they could play...

My s/a boys really LOVE legos - they could play with those toys all day! They also like board games, card games, and of course their hand-held video games. Mine LOVE science experiments, building...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-13-2011, 04:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,488
Posted By Pammie
I think many parents looking for daycare need to...

I think many parents looking for daycare need to understand just what their money is buying.

Maybe if you keep your price at $150 - but in your ad let parents know what your program includes that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-13-2011, 03:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,847
Posted By Pammie
When you set up an appointment for an interview,...

When you set up an appointment for an interview, get:
Mom's home, cell and work phone numbers
and
Dad's home, cell and work phone numbers


I tell people that in the event that I need to cancel...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-12-2011, 03:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,034
Posted By Pammie
Or you could just hot-glue a single crayon to...

Or you could just hot-glue a single crayon to each card???
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-12-2011, 03:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,034
Posted By Pammie
Most craft stores carry little mini zip-lock bags...

Most craft stores carry little mini zip-lock bags in their jewelry section (primarily for crafters that make/sell jewelry). I picked up a box of #300 for about $4 and they would be the perfect size...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-11-2011, 05:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,034
Posted By Pammie
What about if you would glue a Hershey's Hug...

What about if you would glue a Hershey's Hug candy to each card - and if your cards are already printed, you could write, "Hugs from XYZ daycare" on the back?

I think a BabiesRUs gift card would...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 08-11-2011, 05:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,775
Posted By Pammie
I used Turbo Tax last year to file my taxes with...

I used Turbo Tax last year to file my taxes with my daycare income along with income from a part-time job reported on W-2s. Was no problem for me;)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-10-2011, 09:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,497
Posted By Pammie
Great response!! Can I borrow it??;)

Great response!!
Can I borrow it??;)
Forum: Curriculum 08-10-2011, 03:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,355
Posted By Pammie
Oh I love that:)

Oh I love that:)
Forum: Curriculum 08-09-2011, 03:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,355
Posted By Pammie
Oh you're so creative!! Thanks for the...

Oh you're so creative!!
Thanks for the ideas:Sunny:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-08-2011, 12:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,413
Posted By Pammie
My infants/toddlers sleep in pack-n-plays in the...

My infants/toddlers sleep in pack-n-plays in the bedrooms (3) in my home. Only one child/room - each with a monitor on while they're in there.

Once the toddlers graduate out of pack-n-plays to...
Forum: Curriculum 08-08-2011, 10:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,355
Posted By Pammie
Need Creative Help Please

I want to start a home:daycare connection project this school year with my dckids, but I need some help coming up with a creative and clever name for the activity.

I have oodles of empty, large,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-05-2011, 10:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,902
Posted By Pammie
good luck!

good luck!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-05-2011, 10:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,549
Posted By Pammie
I do ask for parent's birthdates (month/day only)...

I do ask for parent's birthdates (month/day only) on my enrollment forms. I tell parents that it's an extra step in the security of their child - should they have to send someone that they've given...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-04-2011, 02:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,920
Posted By Pammie
Since you used an encrypted email with your ad -...

Since you used an encrypted email with your ad - they're trying to get your valid email address - which they will have if you respond. Your response will let them know that they now have a valid,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-04-2011, 10:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,024
Posted By Pammie
How To Nicely Decline??

I have brand-shiny-new clients whose infant will be starting with me the first of September. I've been holding a space for them since April. Dcd emailed yesterday wanting to know the "process" is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-01-2011, 11:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,160
Posted By Pammie
[QUOTE=SilverSabre25;132669]do they prefer to pay...

[QUOTE=SilverSabre25;132669]do they prefer to pay regardless of whether they attend daycare but NOT have to pay when the provider takes off?
/QUOTE]

This is what is most favorable to my clients:-)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-01-2011, 11:07 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 7,783
Posted By Pammie
I have a couple of families that pay monthly -...

I have a couple of families that pay monthly - the 1st of each month for that month.

I have them take the # of weekdays in that calendar month - minus any holidays (that I don't charge for) x my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-01-2011, 06:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,120
Posted By Pammie
I agree rotating would be a great idea! ...

I agree rotating would be a great idea!

Maybe keep the kitchen (and all the accessories for it) in for 2 weeks - then swap it out for the workbench and it's accessories for the next 2 weeks??
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-01-2011, 06:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,379
Posted By Pammie
I do daily sheets up until the child's first...

I do daily sheets up until the child's first birthday - then only continue after that if there's a specific reason (medical/developmental) to have documentation for the parents.

I used to continue...
Forum: Curriculum 08-01-2011, 03:52 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 3,076
Posted By Pammie
I did an entire year of nursery rhyme weekly...

I did an entire year of nursery rhyme weekly themes...that was 2 years ago now:-)
It was truly fun for the kids - and me too! I found lots of resources on line for activities to tie into each...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-30-2011, 08:14 AM
Replies: 2,032
Views: 289,840
Posted By Pammie
I'm so excited I could burst!! Several times...

I'm so excited I could burst!!

Several times each year I have events for my "Daycare Alumni" kids - kids that have grown up in my daycare but have since aged-out, so that they can come back and...
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 07-30-2011, 08:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,866
Posted By Pammie
Welcome to another Buckeye:Sunny: There are...

Welcome to another Buckeye:Sunny:

There are several of us here that are also from Ohio:)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-26-2011, 05:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,701
Posted By Pammie
I have both - group supplies and individual kits...

I have both - group supplies and individual kits for the older kids (3+). My little ones share everything, as they are learning proper use of things like markers, glue and scissors, I like to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2011, 05:48 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,768
Posted By Pammie
I was always told by our pediatrician to throw...

I was always told by our pediatrician to throw away any sunscreen and insect repellent that was left over at the end of the season - that it loses it's effectiveness after open and sitting on a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2011, 05:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,282
Posted By Pammie
From my experience - the ages that children are...

From my experience - the ages that children are introduced foods, taken off formula, and the quantities of what individual children eat VARY greatly - from child-to-child, and also varies...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-21-2011, 02:49 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,737
Posted By Pammie
Nope. No neighbors. No relatives. ;)

Nope.
No neighbors.
No relatives.
;)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-20-2011, 10:17 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,079
Posted By Pammie
You can actually shop samsclub.com - they have...

You can actually shop samsclub.com - they have more online than they do in the stores - and prices are very reasonable:-))

Like PP I use Scott tp that I buy at Sam's. Any other brand seems to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-20-2011, 04:15 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,228
Posted By Pammie
I use a basket that hangs on my coat hook rack by...

I use a basket that hangs on my coat hook rack by my front door. I specifically tell parents in our initial interview to please drop their checks in the basket - not to hand them to me as I'll...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-19-2011, 06:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,730
Posted By Pammie
How about making goop, gak or slime? ...

How about making goop, gak or slime?

http://www.kidactivities.net/category/Art-Goop-Slime-Gak-Type-Recipes.aspx
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-18-2011, 11:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,579
Posted By Pammie
I only have two that I use. I found little...

I only have two that I use.

I found little chalkboards at the craft store, and painted the lettering with white paint pen so it looks like chalk:-) I attached magnets to the back and just pop...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-18-2011, 02:35 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 21,722
Posted By Pammie
I've never seen a regulation concerning this in...

I've never seen a regulation concerning this in my state.

I'm curious to know though from providers that do work a job during daycare hours that takes them away from direct care/supervision of the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-15-2011, 03:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,472
Posted By Pammie
Be careful with this. According to my insurance...

Be careful with this. According to my insurance agent, if you charge specifically for transportation (or even gas/time reimbursement to transport), then you are no longer covered by your regular...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-14-2011, 05:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,855
Posted By Pammie
My potty training kids get lots of High-5s, hugs...

My potty training kids get lots of High-5s, hugs and praise from me and all of the other kids (potty users and non) when they use the potty! The pride on their faces when receiving such wonderful,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-14-2011, 07:14 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,855
Posted By Pammie
I don't believe in rewarding kids for doing...

I don't believe in rewarding kids for doing regular every-day responsibilities that are expected of them. I expect them to do these things and show ownership and responsibility. The good...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-13-2011, 06:22 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,320
Posted By Pammie
Personally, I think that if you approach home...

Personally, I think that if you approach home daycare providers that only care for infants/toddlers, they would be very happy to work with you. I know several providers around here that only do...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-13-2011, 04:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,022
Posted By Pammie
Oh my goodness these are wonderful!!!! Thanks...

Oh my goodness these are wonderful!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!

I'm thinking that these would make great Christmas gifts!!! HHmmm a trip to IKEA, and stock up on back-to-school sales for the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-13-2011, 04:12 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,444
Posted By Pammie
My biggest red flags - and ones that cause me to...

My biggest red flags - and ones that cause me to **immediately** end the interview and decline a contract are:

The slightest disrespect to me or my family during the interview.
Parents that don't...
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