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Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 06-04-2020, 01:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 224
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Agreed! In WI licensing requires the same...

Agreed! In WI licensing requires the same components as the Food Program so it makes sense to do it because you've got to feed them the same food anyway.

When I first joined the food program we...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-04-2020, 01:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 250
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I get that. How old is he? I let my children play...

I get that. How old is he? I let my children play with things they didn't want to share in their rooms, or in a separate nearby room. (In this house it's the gated-off living room.)



I did the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-03-2020, 01:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 250
Posted By AmyKidsCo
All six of my own children were in my childcare,...

All six of my own children were in my childcare, and any toys they didn't want to share had to stay in their rooms.

For the outdoor toys, can you cover them with a tarp during the day so the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-02-2020, 11:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 897
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I used MMPro then moved to KidKare when it was...

I used MMPro then moved to KidKare when it was first introduced. I didn't like it at first, but now I like it a lot. It had some major issues at first, but as far as I know they've been resolved....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-29-2020, 11:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 409
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Agree with all of this! If I'd started out...

Agree with all of this! If I'd started out viewing it as a business (What would KinderCare do?) I would've saved myself a lot of stress & heartache.
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 05-28-2020, 12:27 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 845
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Thanks MyAngels. Now I wish I remembered who I...

Thanks MyAngels. Now I wish I remembered who I spoke to at our bank. :rolleyes:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-27-2020, 12:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 273
Posted By AmyKidsCo
If you can find rubbing alcohol you could spray...

If you can find rubbing alcohol you could spray them down with that. Or Everclear :lol:
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 05-27-2020, 12:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 810
Posted By AmyKidsCo
This. I've had some made of plain heavy cotton...

This. I've had some made of plain heavy cotton and some that had a plastic-like coating on them. I liked the plain ones better because they didn't crease and could just be tossed in the washer.
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 05-27-2020, 12:48 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 845
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Tom, where do the rules say that you can't use...

Tom, where do the rules say that you can't use more than 75% for payroll? I've seen several places where it says you must use at least 75%, but not that you can't use more than 75%. My lender told me...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 05-26-2020, 01:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 183
Posted By AmyKidsCo
ITA with Josiegirl. It's too big a pain to keep...

ITA with Josiegirl. It's too big a pain to keep the food separate so I did it the same way. Even if you're on the Food Program it's good to count it up separately because you might have meals that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-22-2020, 01:26 PM
Replies: 5,766
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 642,557
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Real suggestion: Don't answer. Text her later to...

Real suggestion: Don't answer. Text her later to say "Sorry I didn't answer but I was changing a diaper." Next time, "...feeding the baby." Then "...dishing up lunch." "Reading story." Eventually...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-22-2020, 01:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 319
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Weekdays after hours. My kiddos are usually...

Weekdays after hours. My kiddos are usually well-behaved, but I'm not going to take the chance they won't be while a prospective family was here.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-21-2020, 12:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 124
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I love KidKare! It really does do it all and...

I love KidKare! It really does do it all and isn't expensive. They're also open to suggestions for improvements and new features.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-19-2020, 12:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 425
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Our 15 year old was done last Friday, and our 13...

Our 15 year old was done last Friday, and our 13 year old is supposed to be done tomorrow, but he won't get all his work done. The school is grading Pass or Incomplete and I know he's getting...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-14-2020, 01:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 595
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I agree with everyone else. Let her know she's...

I agree with everyone else. Let her know she's got until ____ to enroll, and full payment is due beginning the 18th, whether the child is in attendance or not. If she's not willing, then she runs the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-14-2020, 01:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 609
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Ditto this too. I've gotten really good at both...

Ditto this too. I've gotten really good at both holding it, and peeing quickly. :lol:
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 05-14-2020, 01:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 398
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Is it at least or up to 75% must be spent on...

Is it at least or up to 75% must be spent on payroll? Because the way my bank person phrased it, it sounded like 100% could be spent on payroll. Also, she said to make sure it was disbursed within 6...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-12-2020, 12:54 PM
Replies: 5,766
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 642,557
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Agreed! I figure that KinderCare isn't answering...

Agreed! I figure that KinderCare isn't answering the phones during off hours, and parents don't have staff members' numbers to contact them at home, so in this one way I'm going to do what KinderCare...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-12-2020, 12:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 310
Posted By AmyKidsCo
They've send me several emails saying they're now...

They've send me several emails saying they're now including licensing information - woo hoo! But every time I've tried to add mine there was some error or another so I gave up.
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 05-12-2020, 12:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 398
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I'm not Tom, but I talked to my bank about it...

I'm not Tom, but I talked to my bank about it this past Friday.

I specifically asked about proving how it was spent - spreadsheet or dedicated account or what to show how much was used on...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-12-2020, 12:41 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 961
Posted By AmyKidsCo
My door opens to the playroom so the parent opens...

My door opens to the playroom so the parent opens the door, gives the child a hug, and pushes him in or hands me the infant.

For pick up the parents text me 5 min out and I get the children ready,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-08-2020, 12:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 591
Posted By AmyKidsCo
You could set up a rotation like I have - 1 day...

You could set up a rotation like I have - 1 day out, 3 days away. It's not a big deal to switch things, takes about 5 minutes.
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 05-08-2020, 12:36 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 845
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Thanks! I had read that article but missed the...

Thanks! I had read that article but missed the part about getting unemployment after the 8 weeks. :rolleyes:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-06-2020, 01:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 760
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Ditto! I'm the only provider here and I still...

Ditto! I'm the only provider here and I still have problems with the staff. :lol: I'd fire myself but then I'd have to fill in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-06-2020, 01:18 PM
Replies: 5,766
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 642,557
Posted By AmyKidsCo
And THIS is why my parent handbook is 58 pages...

And THIS is why my parent handbook is 58 pages long! (Also because it's divided into sections and each section starts on a new page, but still...)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-06-2020, 01:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 591
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Are you FCC or group? I'm FCC and never...

Are you FCC or group?

I'm FCC and never closed. I sent home a letter to the parents that basically said I expect them to shelter in place, keep their kids home, follow CDC guidelines, etc. I only...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 05-06-2020, 11:42 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 845
Posted By AmyKidsCo
If I'm getting the PPP I'm not eligible for PUA,...

If I'm getting the PPP I'm not eligible for PUA, correct? I've already applied for PUA, so if approved I assume there's a way to decline it?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-05-2020, 12:54 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 760
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I don't have to make snack 3 days this week. ...

I don't have to make snack 3 days this week.

One of the kiddos wanted to bring snack "like K" (the family who's bringing groceries every week) so he brought snack yesterday, and now my...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 05-05-2020, 12:51 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 845
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Faxed my PUA paperwork in last night. happyface ...

Faxed my PUA paperwork in last night. happyface

Still waiting for PPP paperwork. If it's not here by Thursday I'm going to call and offer to pick it up from their drive-up window. Our CU is within...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 05-04-2020, 01:16 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 845
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Called our CU this morning and am approved for...

Called our CU this morning and am approved for PPP! happyface

She thought I would've been notified before now because we only have 10 days from approval to sign the forms and get them back. So now...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-04-2020, 01:13 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 969
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I can't agree more!...

I can't agree more! likethislikethislikethislikethislikethislikethislikethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-01-2020, 01:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 760
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Seeing how much my parents appreciate me. I've...

Seeing how much my parents appreciate me. I've had a family bringing groceries for breakfast & snack every week since the Stay at Home order started. And they're all picking up earlier than before.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-01-2020, 01:24 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 969
Posted By AmyKidsCo
GOOD FOR YOU!! In WI the QRIS system,...

GOOD FOR YOU!!

In WI the QRIS system, YoungStar, is optional unless you want to accept state subsidized families. I don't, so I decline to participate in YS. It means that I'm listed at the bottom...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-01-2020, 01:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 439
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Agreed!

Agreed!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-01-2020, 01:18 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,879
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Too, too funny! You could've bounced it back...

Too, too funny!

You could've bounced it back to her and agreed to each of the changes - for a hefty fee. Like, an extra $100 each check to change the payday. :D
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-28-2020, 01:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 606
Posted By AmyKidsCo
ITA that if you can afford to stay closed, stay...

ITA that if you can afford to stay closed, stay closed.

I've been open this whole time, but no one in my household is high risk. And we can't afford for me to close anyway...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-28-2020, 01:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 463
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Your under-ones must not be as loud as mine!...

Your under-ones must not be as loud as mine! :eek:

ITA about repetition. Also, try to really tire them out the first week or so, so they fall asleep right away. And don't be afraid to use the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-28-2020, 01:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 361
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Luckily my only school-ager is my granddaughter....

Luckily my only school-ager is my granddaughter. She uses our iPad to access her assignments & lessons. She's in 5th grade so she doesn't need a lot of oversight, but it does add an extra layer of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-23-2020, 01:25 PM
Replies: 5,766
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 642,557
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I can't stand it when a child doesn't like...

I can't stand it when a child doesn't like something and starts crying "Mommy, Mommy, Daddy, Daddy!" Seriously - I only told you to go wash your hands!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-23-2020, 01:17 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 645
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Being there for my parents. My mom was in the ER...

Being there for my parents. My mom was in the ER last weekend, then admitted overnight. The ER allowed my dad with her, but no-one else. I understand, but he was a mess and could've used emotional...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-23-2020, 01:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 894
Posted By AmyKidsCo
ITA with everyone else. I'd look for new clients...

ITA with everyone else. I'd look for new clients and not accept the other ones back if they ask. As a rule I don't take clients back after they leave.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-22-2020, 01:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 505
Posted By AmyKidsCo
"I'm sorry, but because of licensing I have to...

"I'm sorry, but because of licensing I have to keep that information confidential."

And don't you love it when they blame a child who isn't there that day?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-21-2020, 12:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 576
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Can you have an honest conversation with the...

Can you have an honest conversation with the family? Let them know you're concerned and ask what they're doing at home. I've been open this whole time and know that my families are following CDC...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-21-2020, 12:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 497
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I put a sign on the door "We're outside" and the...

I put a sign on the door "We're outside" and the parents just come to the play yard.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-21-2020, 12:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 371
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Agreed with both of the above. I'd hold the spot...

Agreed with both of the above. I'd hold the spot until June, then expect them to pay the full amount to hold it longer if they still want it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2020, 01:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 401
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Impetigo is usually wet in the middle and crusty...

Impetigo is usually wet in the middle and crusty yellow on the edges.

ITA to watch it for another day or two and see what it does. If it doesn't heal more or gets bigger it's impetigo. If it heals...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2020, 01:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 432
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I had a 2 yr old break her leg here. She went...

I had a 2 yr old break her leg here. She went home the day she broke it, stayed home 1 day, then came back the next - scooting all over in her cast. She didn't need any pain meds or anything. I'd say...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-14-2020, 12:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 482
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Congratulations! happyface I was off Friday...

Congratulations! happyface

I was off Friday to yesterday so I celebrated by NOT disinfecting every night. :lol: We watched church and Hubby made a ham with all the fixin's. Other than that it was...
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 04-14-2020, 12:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 555
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Tom Copeland says you don't need to worry about...

Tom Copeland says you don't need to worry about that because you're not liable if a child catches Covid-19, just as you're not liable if they catch any other virus.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-14-2020, 12:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 509
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I think 50% is fair, since they're still being...

I think 50% is fair, since they're still being paid in full. If you can't pay your bills you'll need to get a different job, then they won't have child care when this is all done.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-14-2020, 12:26 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 351
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I take both - Good Friday through "Easter Monday"...

I take both - Good Friday through "Easter Monday" and never regret it!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-09-2020, 01:08 PM
Replies: 5,766
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 642,557
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Can't you block her?

Can't you block her?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-08-2020, 01:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 372
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I take Good Friday & "Easter Monday" off as...

I take Good Friday & "Easter Monday" off as "Easter Break." Most of the time I've had no days or just one day off since New Year's Day so I'm more than ready for a break by Easter!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-07-2020, 01:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 813
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I'm staying open. The recommendation is for when...

I'm staying open. The recommendation is for when you're out in public, like in a store. My kiddos are only here and home, they're not going shopping with their parents. Most of my parents work from...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-07-2020, 01:35 PM
Replies: 5,766
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 642,557
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I forgot how hard 2 babies are! Both need to be...

I forgot how hard 2 babies are! Both need to be changed every 2 hours. One eats every 3 hours, the other every 4 hours. Neither one sleeps more than 25-30 min at a time, and never at the same time....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-03-2020, 01:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 575
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I've given this a lot of thought and my decision...

I've given this a lot of thought and my decision is that as long as I'm open and the parents are working FT they need to pay me 100%. If *I* get sick and have to close I won't charge (it's in my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-03-2020, 01:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 813
Posted By AmyKidsCo
There's so much conflicting information it's hard...

There's so much conflicting information it's hard to know what do to. I'm committed to staying open for as long as I can. I plan to make masks for the adults in our family to wear when we're out and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-31-2020, 02:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 653
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Tom Copeland says to not use the word "Deposit"...

Tom Copeland says to not use the word "Deposit" because it implies refunds. I use "Final Payment" and "Holding Fee"
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-31-2020, 01:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 496
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I loved the Outlander series, but can't stand...

I loved the Outlander series, but can't stand Stephen King. :lol:

I started re-reading the J.D. Robb "In Death" series in November. I've read them all already, but don't remember all of the...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 03-30-2020, 02:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 618
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I'm also interested in your opinion. I haven't...

I'm also interested in your opinion. I haven't had a major loss of income - yet - but the SBA would be helpful now for utility payments and health insurance premiums.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-27-2020, 01:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,335
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Honestly, if she's causing you that much stress...

Honestly, if she's causing you that much stress it's time to terminate.

I've been FCC for 25 years and never terminated until this past fall, and it was SO much better after I did.

When the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-25-2020, 01:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 548
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Yikes! I hope it's not the coronavirus and is...

Yikes! I hope it's not the coronavirus and is something else. There's got to be more viruses with coughing and fever than the 2 flus and Covid-19, right? (crossing fingers)
Forum: Curriculum 03-24-2020, 01:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 744
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Thanks Michael!

Thanks Michael!
Forum: Curriculum 03-24-2020, 12:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 744
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Activities for a Health Unit?

Next month instead of Spring/Easter I thought I'd do Health, but I'm not finding many activities that trip my trigger. :p

Does anyone have any suggestions?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2020, 01:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 363
Posted By AmyKidsCo
My parents set up direct deposit from their bank...

My parents set up direct deposit from their bank account to mine.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2020, 01:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 635
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I'm not because IME healthcare providers are way...

I'm not because IME healthcare providers are way more careful to protect themselves and make sure they don't spread anything. A past mom had me in stitches telling the story of how she stripped in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-17-2020, 01:33 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,372
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I sent home a long letter last night too. I'm...

I sent home a long letter last night too. I'm disinfecting more than usual, signing the kids in/out instead of parents doing it, no more toys from home, parents text at pick up so I can get the child...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-17-2020, 01:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 840
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Wow! In WI they're doing the opposite. We're...

Wow! In WI they're doing the opposite. We're considered "vital infrastructure" and most regulations have been suspended so we can take more children for more hours. I understand that first responders...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-06-2020, 01:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 834
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I'm considering lowering my fever temp to 100...

I'm considering lowering my fever temp to 100 instead of 101, but that's because I read an article saying that the average healthy temperature is a degree lower than it used to be.

I found my H1N1...
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 03-06-2020, 01:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 461
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Welcome! Ask away - people are helpful and...

Welcome!

Ask away - people are helpful and friendly here!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-06-2020, 01:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 708
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Is it against the law for you to not allow ANY...

Is it against the law for you to not allow ANY pick up, or PARENT pick up? I know we can't keep a child from a parent unless there's a court order, but IDK if we could say no to a non-parent pick up.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-04-2020, 12:47 PM
Replies: 5,766
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 642,557
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Sometimes I think parents don't know what's...

Sometimes I think parents don't know what's "normal" for young children because they don't have any to compare their child to.

I have one getting speech services that the therapist and I think...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 03-04-2020, 12:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,247
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Are you on the food program? I don't take school...

Are you on the food program? I don't take school age anymore (except my kids/grandkids) but when I did I'd make extra lunch and save some for the after-school kids. If you're on the food program you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-04-2020, 12:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 384
Posted By AmyKidsCo
No kidding! My parent handbook is SO long because...

No kidding! My parent handbook is SO long because I've had to add so many "this never happened before" policies. :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-03-2020, 01:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,150
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I have one who's receiving speech therapy. His...

I have one who's receiving speech therapy. His therapist and I both think he should be assessed for autism, but since the school district did a language assessment in the fall they won't assess again...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-03-2020, 01:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 384
Posted By AmyKidsCo
My policies state that I require 2 weeks notice...

My policies state that I require 2 weeks notice but I haven't enforced it because it's never been a problem. Most of the changes have been PT to FT, or I could fill in with another child if a FT went...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-03-2020, 01:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 390
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I had 3 of our 6 while doing family child care...

I had 3 of our 6 while doing family child care and worked right up to the date with all of them. The first was a surprise birthday, but since I only had a 1 hour labor with him we planned inductions...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-03-2020, 01:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 363
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I agree that 6 is too early a bedtime for their...

I agree that 6 is too early a bedtime for their schedule. I used to put our 4 yr old to bed at 6:30, but we got up at 6 and he was in daycare by 7.

It amazes me how many parents pick up at 5 and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-03-2020, 01:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 972
Posted By AmyKidsCo
If the parents are willing to feed her in the...

If the parents are willing to feed her in the middle of the night she won't have a reason to change her habits. ;)

When our 3rd child was about 10 mos she weaned from breastfeeding, wouldn't take...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-03-2020, 01:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 973
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I just realized I totally misread the question...

I just realized I totally misread the question and didn't answer it at all. (facepalm)

Anyway, if I close because I'm sick or can't provide services I give parents a credit for the day. Any other...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-03-2020, 01:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 414
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Definitely take a bottle. Also is used to...

Definitely take a bottle. Also is used to sleeping alone on his/her back without blankets or stuffed animals. A plus is if baby can fall asleep independently, with minimal rocking/walking.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-03-2020, 01:08 PM
Replies: 12
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Posted By AmyKidsCo
Wet ones go in the under-sink kitchen garbage....

Wet ones go in the under-sink kitchen garbage. Poopy ones go right outside into the garbage can.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-28-2020, 01:23 PM
Replies: 2
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Posted By AmyKidsCo
You could say that you don't know if your...

You could say that you don't know if your liability insurance would cover her child if he/she injured another child. (If you don't look into it you're not lying because you don't know.)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-28-2020, 01:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 601
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I used to be a lingerer. :o Partly because I was...

I used to be a lingerer. :o Partly because I was desperate for adult conversation after teaching elementary music all day, partly because I figured she was desperate for adult conversation too, and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-28-2020, 01:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 973
Posted By AmyKidsCo
This is what I sent out in 2009 for H1N1. I'll...

This is what I sent out in 2009 for H1N1. I'll probably send out something similar for Coronavirus if any cases are reported in WI.

Dear Parents,

By now you’re probably aware of the H1N1...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 02-27-2020, 01:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 482
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Where are you looking for that info? Under...

Where are you looking for that info? Under Accounting - Expenses - Time/Space - Time/Space Calculation it should include all of those hours when you click the Calculate % button. Otherwise you can...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-26-2020, 01:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,150
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I'm not an expert in autism, but I believe...

I'm not an expert in autism, but I believe sensory issues are part of the spectrum.

We have Birth to 3 here, but the parents have to contact them and request an assessment. If mom is beginning to...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 02-26-2020, 12:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 482
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I love KidKare. It makes record keeping easy -...

I love KidKare. It makes record keeping easy - except for the part where I have to actually sit down and do it. But I have wine for that. :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-26-2020, 12:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 601
Posted By AmyKidsCo
All. Day. Long. Except now I say "Go back...

All. Day. Long.

Except now I say "Go back to the playroom" because when I'd tell them to go play they'd say "I don't want to play." :rolleyes:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-21-2020, 01:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,163
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I don't know if either of you is licensed, but if...

I don't know if either of you is licensed, but if you are, give your licensor a head's up that you terminated these families. That way if they call to report you the licensor will know it's probably...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-21-2020, 01:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 586
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I have Regalo also with a regular crib sheet....

I have Regalo also with a regular crib sheet. They're too big but it doesn't bother the kiddos. I love how they fold up for storage!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-21-2020, 01:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 475
Posted By AmyKidsCo
My contract is 4 pages long because it lists...

My contract is 4 pages long because it lists everything to do with time and money: their contracted days/hours, my paid holidays/vacation time, regular rates, possible extra fees, etc. Also...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-21-2020, 01:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 470
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I've given up on subs and just close all day for...

I've given up on subs and just close all day for appointments. I try to get several scheduled for the same day when I can. Maybe you could close half-days if you don't want to close for full days?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-21-2020, 01:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 493
Posted By AmyKidsCo
My policies state to send them in clothes that...

My policies state to send them in clothes that can get dirty. In this particular case I would've changed her to extra clothes, sent the clean dress home in a bag, and asked for more extra clothes for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-20-2019, 12:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 639
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Yup. Once I realized that parents will always,...

Yup. Once I realized that parents will always, always, ALWAYS do what's best for them it made it much easier to NOT bend my rules or go the extra mile.

I also ask myself "What would Kinderkare...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-20-2019, 12:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 429
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I do similar but my chart goes left to right. I...

I do similar but my chart goes left to right. I used to have a movable arrow to show which part of the schedule we were on but the kids kept taking it off. Now they just point at the photos.
Forum: Forms - Uploads 12-20-2019, 12:09 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 459
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I'm not so thrilled with it. :p:lol:

I'm not so thrilled with it. :p:lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-20-2019, 12:02 PM
Replies: 5,766
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 642,557
Posted By AmyKidsCo
No kidding!! Yesterday was our Christmas...

No kidding!!

Yesterday was our Christmas Party. It was a rare day when EVERYONE napped. Late. I had to wake them up so we'd have time to do special snack before first pick ups. Today only 2 of 7...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-18-2019, 11:59 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,153
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Yay, good for you!! happyface

Yay, good for you!! happyface
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-17-2019, 12:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 591
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Congrats on your upcoming little one, and for the...

Congrats on your upcoming little one, and for the time off!

Are your two families coming back afterward, or are you starting over?
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