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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-14-2014, 11:09 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,214
Posted By ksmith
Have you heard of any in-home preschools in the...

Have you heard of any in-home preschools in the area?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-13-2014, 02:32 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,214
Posted By ksmith
Anyone in the Atlanta Area?

Atlanta is one of the locations we are considering once we move. I have done some research on the area, but I did not see a lot of home daycares in the area. On the states website I see quite a few...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-30-2013, 09:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,613
Posted By ksmith
Thanks! I never thought about checking...

Thanks! I never thought about checking craigslist, and I'll check out that link!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-30-2013, 01:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,613
Posted By ksmith
Starburst, I was not aware it was illegal to...

Starburst, I was not aware it was illegal to share their actual prices. I also did ask what the going rate for the area was if someone can't or is not comfortable sharing their prices. People have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-28-2013, 11:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,613
Posted By ksmith
Anyone in the Houston Area?

I'm wondering what you charge, or what the going rate for in home care is in the area? I'm having a hard time finding anything online.
Forum: Reggio / Waldorf / Forest Kindergarten / Granola / Natural - Learning Methods 09-28-2013, 09:33 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 10,654
Posted By ksmith
When I reopen, I'm planning to do a nature-based,...

When I reopen, I'm planning to do a nature-based, reggio inspired preschool program, as well as integrate technology. I want an indoor and outdoor classroom, with most if not all aspects being...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-09-2013, 01:27 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,943
Posted By ksmith
Taking breaks/vacations are so important. It...

Taking breaks/vacations are so important. It really helps with burnout and you can come back feeling refreshed. We took a vacation during memorial day and are headed to Greece at the end of the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-09-2013, 01:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,861
Posted By ksmith
Have you thought about offering additional...

Have you thought about offering additional services? Maybe offering (child) art or cooking classes on the weekends. I've also heard of daycares allowing birthday parties to be hosted at their...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-05-2013, 12:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,287
Posted By ksmith
I looked at that one, but it seemed like you...

I looked at that one, but it seemed like you couldn't link your notes and pictures in the same observation. Is that true? I wanted to be able to write detailed notes, add audio, picture, etc all to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-05-2013, 10:45 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,287
Posted By ksmith
Looking For A Specific Daycare Program/App (Observations)??

I thought I got the link from here, but can't seem to find it. I also thought I saved it but again, not sure where it is if I did. It was some sort of daycare/classroom management app. What I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-12-2013, 01:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,599
Posted By ksmith
Adding Kindergarten?

I was curious if anyone that owns their own center has offered kindergarten? I'm wondering what the process is. I'm sure it probably varies state to state, but just to get an idea of what I might...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-16-2013, 03:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,622
Posted By ksmith
Thanks! That's a great list!

Thanks! That's a great list!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-14-2013, 01:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,622
Posted By ksmith
What types of things did you go over with her...

What types of things did you go over with her while training? Do you have maybe an outline of the types of things you covered?
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 06-13-2013, 11:02 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,487
Posted By ksmith
I like you, didn't realize how much I loved home...

I like you, didn't realize how much I loved home daycare until I left it. Where I currently live I can't do home daycare anyways, but I am planning to re-open once we move. How long it takes you to...
Forum: Natural, Holistic and RAW Lifestyle 06-13-2013, 10:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 11,236
Posted By ksmith
When I re-open I would like to use being...

When I re-open I would like to use being eco-friendly and organic as a selling point. I'm going to apply to be endorsed as a Eco Health Child Care. There is a checklist and you only have to hit...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-07-2013, 03:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,463
Posted By ksmith
For Those of You Who have Handbooks

For those of you with handbooks, what do you include in the actual contract? Do you have parents sign a form saying that they've read and agree to the terms in your handbook?

Before when I did...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-30-2013, 12:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,191
Posted By ksmith
You could look into renting a 15 passenger van. ...

You could look into renting a 15 passenger van. It may be cheaper than renting a school bus. You may also try contacting local churches and see if they have a van big enough they'd like to rent...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-18-2013, 10:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,848
Posted By ksmith
Certain plants are supposed to keep them away...

Certain plants are supposed to keep them away like lemon grass. I would check which ones are kid friendly. Also I bought a plant based bug spray the other day that works but doesn't have that awful...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-15-2013, 08:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,804
Posted By ksmith
If your contract states the child must be...

If your contract states the child must be properly dressed for the day I would turn them away at the door. Another option is sending home a notice that if they don't bring in the items needed they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-15-2013, 08:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,092
Posted By ksmith
I closed completely when I did student teaching,...

I closed completely when I did student teaching, but we were also moving, so I knew I wouldn't be opening back up. Had we not moved, I would've just told parents what I was doing and maybe look for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-15-2013, 10:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,456
Posted By ksmith
I did it at our last base (Guam) but they don't...

I did it at our last base (Guam) but they don't have FCC at our current base (Turkey). I am currently working at the CDC now but plan to reopen once we move back to the states. By the way, I'm...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-27-2013, 11:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,215
Posted By ksmith
Is she military? Odds are she has PT at 6 or 630...

Is she military? Odds are she has PT at 6 or 630 at least some if not all of those days. Or they have her on a crazy schedule.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-27-2013, 01:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,352
Posted By ksmith
This doesn't sound right. When administering...

This doesn't sound right. When administering medication I had to have a doctors note, the medicine in the original container, as well as have parents sign off for each time I administered it (at...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-23-2013, 09:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,102
Posted By ksmith
I think I would hire them both if you could. Have...

I think I would hire them both if you could. Have your second cousin work more full-time hours, and have a bigger role in the daycare, but have your aunt do things like give breaks, prepare meals,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-21-2013, 11:41 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,152
Posted By ksmith
i give as much notice as I can. But in your...

i give as much notice as I can. But in your situation it sounds like you did that, you signed on a client that was taking their drop in spot, and let them know once you knew. They have no reason to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-19-2013, 12:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,578
Posted By ksmith
I would first look at what type of programs are...

I would first look at what type of programs are available in your area. Look how many centers are in your vicinity, and you could take it a step further to see if there was a wait list. You can...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-18-2013, 11:53 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,927
Posted By ksmith
Have you looked on Pinterest? I'm sure you could...

Have you looked on Pinterest? I'm sure you could find some good DIY ideas on there. They may not be specifically for daycare, but I'm sure you could find stuff for kids in general, as well as just...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-18-2013, 11:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,817
Posted By ksmith
What I would do is take your three day rate and...

What I would do is take your three day rate and divide it by three and see how much those parents are paying each day. Then make the daily rate a bit cheaper for the four days. Does that make...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-18-2013, 02:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,750
Posted By ksmith
I honesty would tell her he can't bring it at...

I honesty would tell her he can't bring it at all. You could say you're worried about it being broken, it's disruptive to the other children, or whatever makes you feel comfortable. But ultimately...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-16-2013, 10:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,405
Posted By ksmith
Those That Do In Home Preschool?

I'm curious how others run their program. Do you follow a traditional school calendar year and close during the summer or are you open all year? Do you only enroll at the beginning of the school year...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2013, 12:01 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,807
Posted By ksmith
I agree, I wouldn't feel comfortable directly...

I agree, I wouldn't feel comfortable directly asking parents to volunteer, but maybe a note home or one posted on your bulletin board would suffice. :D
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2013, 11:52 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,807
Posted By ksmith
I also don't think I would have a parent board...

I also don't think I would have a parent board per say, unless I was a large center, and even then I would be hesitant. But I do think a survey couldn't hurt. Yeah, we don't always like to hear the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2013, 11:47 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,807
Posted By ksmith
I guess I'm the odd man out. I think it's a...

I guess I'm the odd man out. I think it's a great thing to have parents involved in filed trips and the like. Parents love it, and kids love it. And with it being volunteer based you know the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-13-2013, 05:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,724
Posted By ksmith
Maybe you could talk to their current teachers...

Maybe you could talk to their current teachers about both options and get their opinion as to which one they think would be a better fit for them academically. Also, do either of the gifted programs...
Forum: Curriculum 04-12-2013, 08:41 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 17,097
Posted By ksmith
I would love the link too please!

I would love the link too please!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2013, 09:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,836
Posted By ksmith
I did both. If it was 1-4 hours they were charged...

I did both. If it was 1-4 hours they were charged the hourly rate of $8/hr. Anything above four hours they were charged $35/day.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2013, 08:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,638
Posted By ksmith
I would be upfront with the examining physician. ...

I would be upfront with the examining physician. Is it possible to go back to the doctor you were diagnosed by and see what their thoughts are on you opening. Maybe they can write a letter stating...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2013, 07:09 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,550
Posted By ksmith
I think if they are not providing items the child...

I think if they are not providing items the child needs, then I would start charging them. For example, I would send out a notice that they need to bring a coat by whatever date, and if they don't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2013, 07:01 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,626
Posted By ksmith
I have to agree with the PP that asked what else...

I have to agree with the PP that asked what else is he eating. Eating a pb/j sandwich every day for lunch wouldn't be detrimental if he was eating balanced meals for breakfast and dinner. I also do...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-10-2013, 10:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,596
Posted By ksmith
I use an app to keep track of spending. Then I...

I use an app to keep track of spending. Then I created a document in work to keep track of exactly what bills need to be paid and when. It also has a place to check off when you paid a bill for every...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-10-2013, 08:36 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,569
Posted By ksmith
When I worked in a center I used gloves after...

When I worked in a center I used gloves after applying sunscreen to each child, since I didn't have a sink in the classroom.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-09-2013, 08:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,376
Posted By ksmith
I've been there. My husband deployed twice while...

I've been there. My husband deployed twice while I had my daycare open. As hard as it can be it really helped the time pass by faster being so busy. Don't feel guilty about needing to take time off....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-09-2013, 06:08 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,197
Posted By ksmith
I like the kids furniture that Ikea has. Here is...

I like the kids furniture that Ikea has. Here is a link with the kids tables. I really the like two blue ones, the price is pretty good too!...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-05-2013, 03:04 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,760
Posted By ksmith
Here is mine! http://pinterest.com/keilis/

Here is mine!

http://pinterest.com/keilis/
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-03-2013, 01:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,171
Posted By ksmith
I created a cleaning schedule. It really helps...

I created a cleaning schedule. It really helps me manage to do a few things a day to keep the house cleaned, without feeling overwhelmed. I have a few things I have to do daily and the rest I cycle...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-03-2013, 09:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,101
Posted By ksmith
I'm planning to do the same thing. I think it...

I'm planning to do the same thing. I think it attracts to both clientele, those that want just preschool, and those that want preschool but need daycare hours. I'm starting in the home, but plan to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-01-2013, 02:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,966
Posted By ksmith
I read an article about this sometime last year. ...

I read an article about this sometime last year. Never EVER pick up a bottle. My husband has a habit of picking up trash and throwing it away if he sees it, I had to warn him of this. Very scary!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-01-2013, 02:16 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,297
Posted By ksmith
Yay! Pictures?

Yay! Pictures?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-01-2013, 02:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,078
Posted By ksmith
Mine is an hour. I think that is a reasonable...

Mine is an hour. I think that is a reasonable amount of time. Sometimes they can't just break away, or get stuff in traffic, etc. But that is a good idea to charge a late fee if it is past your...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-31-2013, 04:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,750
Posted By ksmith
I think if you want to run more like a business...

I think if you want to run more like a business then i would charge the same rates for everyone. I would start the new family at the new rate and put out a notice to old families that rates will be...
Forum: Curriculum 03-31-2013, 03:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,667
Posted By ksmith
For Those That Use Mother Goose Time

For those of you that use MGT, do you feel like its necessary to add anything? I was considering adding in zoo phonics to focus on phonics, but I wasn't sure if MGT included anything like that. I...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 03-31-2013, 03:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,382
Posted By ksmith
That is just awful. They are setting those kids...

That is just awful. They are setting those kids up for poor eating habits, but odds are their families eat that way too. Before I closed I served a lot of processes foods, but once I reopen I plan to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-30-2013, 05:03 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,473
Posted By ksmith
Before I closed I didn't take any paid vacation...

Before I closed I didn't take any paid vacation days. But for families I would charge them half price for one weeks worth of vacation if they gave me two weeks notice.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-30-2013, 05:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,199
Posted By ksmith
I would definitely go. Family trumps work. In my...

I would definitely go. Family trumps work. In my contract I make sure to include that I have a back up provider, but there is not guarantee, and that they are are ultimately responsible for finding...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-30-2013, 02:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,959
Posted By ksmith
As hard as it may be, I would address it with...

As hard as it may be, I would address it with her. She may get offended, or she may just really have no idea. But no baby should get to the point where they have a foul odor. Poor hygiene is a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-30-2013, 02:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,495
Posted By ksmith
I would set up some sort of behavioral plan with...

I would set up some sort of behavioral plan with different consequences. What do the parents do at home for discipline? I had an issue with one child so I put everyone on a sticker chart. One of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-30-2013, 10:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,981
Posted By ksmith
Those are scary!

Those are scary!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-30-2013, 08:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,420
Posted By ksmith
I agree. Better to have them know upfront rather...

I agree. Better to have them know upfront rather than waste your time later on.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-29-2013, 04:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,593
Posted By ksmith
It looks like the suction cups on the back just...

It looks like the suction cups on the back just stick to the toilet, so you would just take it off and dump it. Definitely doesn't seem like a good idea to me. I just imagine a kid peeing in it,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-28-2013, 12:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,896
Posted By ksmith
It will change things a lot. Have you thought...

It will change things a lot. Have you thought about offering a program to one similar to the one parents are leaving you for? Like a half day preschool only program? But still offer full day/daycare...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-28-2013, 10:03 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,099
Posted By ksmith
I had this happen. It really helped to cut back...

I had this happen. It really helped to cut back on some of my hours as well as how many kids I took. Also not having any babies made a big difference as well. Make sure you are taking time off to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-28-2013, 04:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,099
Posted By ksmith
How often is she napping? Maybe she is napping...

How often is she napping? Maybe she is napping too much?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-28-2013, 12:42 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 10,213
Posted By ksmith
There could be other underlying issues than just...

There could be other underlying issues than just negligence. It could be the diapers (I've had this happen), or what she is eating. The Desitin could also not work for her. Has she taken her to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-28-2013, 12:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,037
Posted By ksmith
I always had a form that doctors had to fill out...

I always had a form that doctors had to fill out for medication, and the medication given had to have the prescription on it. I also had a form where parents had to sign off on what medications I had...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-28-2013, 12:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,112
Posted By ksmith
It can be difficult. I had a playroom separate...

It can be difficult. I had a playroom separate from my living room, so I was able to send older kids in there with things that had small pieces. The table is also a good idea, but still be careful....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-27-2013, 02:21 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,113
Posted By ksmith
Logo?

Anybody have a logo professionally made? Who did you go through? Shopping around to see what is out there.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2013, 11:29 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,484
Posted By ksmith
Hmm I view these maybe differently than others. ...

Hmm I view these maybe differently than others. But the first one, if you are planning for instruction, surfing these boards, doing meals plans, etc that to me is not personal use, but for the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2013, 11:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,810
Posted By ksmith
I believe my contract says 100.4. Even for low...

I believe my contract says 100.4. Even for low grade fevers though, I will call parents to give them a heads up, half the time they come get them any way.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2013, 11:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,454
Posted By ksmith
The fact that they are not exposed makes it even...

The fact that they are not exposed makes it even more important. Just because the kids in your care are all of the same race doesn't necessarily mean they do not have others in their family of other...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2013, 11:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,602
Posted By ksmith
Is this to equip an entire classroom from...

Is this to equip an entire classroom from scratch? That may be tight, depending on the number of kids, with only $1,000. Definitely a lot of items will have to be second hand. I just did a budget...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2013, 08:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 20,539
Posted By ksmith
Sounds like what you did should be good. Does it...

Sounds like what you did should be good. Does it still have a smell? If so redo the bleach solution once it dries. I had an incident and I wiped up what I could and then used my carpet cleaner. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2013, 08:25 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,156
Posted By ksmith
Any time a child puked I would send them home.

Any time a child puked I would send them home.
Forum: Curriculum 03-26-2013, 04:10 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 9,229
Posted By ksmith
I've never completed a child's artwork, and I'm a...

I've never completed a child's artwork, and I'm a little surprised at those that said they do. Obviously there can be parts that need to be completed by the teacher, like hot gluing something,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2013, 03:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,248
Posted By ksmith
What Do You Wear?

What do you wear during daycare hours? Scrubs, pjs, uniform, regular clothes, etc?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-25-2013, 02:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,839
Posted By ksmith
Do You Celebrate Holidays w/ Daycare Kids?

I'm curious how many providers celebrate holidays with their DK. For those of you that don't do you do things like pumpkin day in place of halloween, etc?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-25-2013, 01:57 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,548
Posted By ksmith
I would love to only do regular preschool hours,...

I would love to only do regular preschool hours, but I'm afraid that limiting myself even more may make it even harder to fill spots. I figure if I offer both, parents have the option and can choose...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-24-2013, 10:21 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,548
Posted By ksmith
This was something I was thinking about! I think...

This was something I was thinking about! I think if I could find someone near me who preferred the age group I didn't take it could work out for the better, especially in the beginning.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-24-2013, 09:09 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,548
Posted By ksmith
I do have a background in education. I have a BA...

I do have a background in education. I have a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies and am licensed to teach K-6. I'm hoping to add on some sort of credential for ECE before starting. I'm hoping that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-24-2013, 02:27 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,548
Posted By ksmith
My reason for limiting is I'm just not a fan of...

My reason for limiting is I'm just not a fan of doing mixed age groups. I plan to offer a traditional preschool program, and eventually transition into a center/school where those are the age groups...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2013, 02:47 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,548
Posted By ksmith
I'm still debating on ages, but I'm thinking 2.5...

I'm still debating on ages, but I'm thinking 2.5 until they start Kindergarten. Depending on the cut off to start school, that would be my cut-off for the oldest I would take. As far as hours I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2013, 08:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,956
Posted By ksmith
Blandino, do you do daycare in your home?

Blandino, do you do daycare in your home?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2013, 07:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,198
Posted By ksmith
Welcome! I too did FCC for the military. It...

Welcome! I too did FCC for the military. It seems like the rules for the military are much stricter than for a state. We are currently overseas now, so I can't do FCC, but am hoping to start once...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2013, 07:45 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,956
Posted By ksmith
That makes me happy to hear that some providers...

That makes me happy to hear that some providers provide lots of organic and homemade meals. I was hoping to do the same (although I didn't before), which was another concern with the prices.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2013, 07:30 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,956
Posted By ksmith
How Much Do You Spend on Food?

I'm curious how much everyone spends on food on just daycare (it could be per kid a week, or a monthly total. Just included the number of kids pretty please). When I did daycare before, we lived...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2013, 05:59 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,548
Posted By ksmith
Butterfly, before I closed last year I did both...

Butterfly, before I closed last year I did both as well and it was so time consuming. Not to mention I had some infants that were less than desirable to have. If I start in the home again,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2013, 04:14 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,548
Posted By ksmith
Anyone Only Take Preschool/Pre-k?

I was curious if anyone just did preschool/pre-k in their in home daycare? Did/do you have any trouble filling your spots? Do you take those that are not potty trained? Do you have typical daycare...
Forum: Curriculum 03-22-2013, 10:49 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 9,229
Posted By ksmith
Regardless of which route I take, I do want to...

Regardless of which route I take, I do want to keep them. If I go the pre-made route I plan to buy one extra to keep as a master copy. I also contemplating just buy the program for one, and making...
Forum: Curriculum 03-22-2013, 07:37 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 9,229
Posted By ksmith
Black cat, we will have to agree to disagree. ...

Black cat, we will have to agree to disagree. I've read many other threads where you stated your stance on "cookie cutter" crafts. I think both aspects are important and both will be included in my...
Forum: Curriculum 03-22-2013, 06:34 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 9,229
Posted By ksmith
Yeah, I read some threads where some people were...

Yeah, I read some threads where some people were not happy with the program because of the crafts. I like the craft aspect. I think doing "crafts" and "art" are equally important and I want a good...
Forum: Curriculum 03-22-2013, 04:20 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 9,229
Posted By ksmith
Cost Difference Between Own Curriculum And Prepackaged?

I've been considering Mother Goose Time curriculum, but I'm wondering if I could save more doing it myself. For those of you who have done both, did you notice a significant difference in cost?...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-21-2013, 02:07 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 10,335
Posted By ksmith
I would give parents the option. Let them know...

I would give parents the option. Let them know that she will be separated from the kids if they choose to bring them, but sadly she has already been around them and exposed them. That way they feel...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-20-2013, 02:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,341
Posted By ksmith
Definitely white! It will brighten the space up...

Definitely white! It will brighten the space up and make it feel larger. The only down fall is keeping it clean, but I think it's worth it!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-20-2013, 05:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,694
Posted By ksmith
Thanks Magnolia, and thanks for the advice! I do...

Thanks Magnolia, and thanks for the advice! I do not currently qualify to be a director, but we are a few years out, so I have some time to take the few classes that I need.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-19-2013, 11:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,694
Posted By ksmith
Opening a Daycare Center?

I've scoured the forum, but haven't found much info on actually opening a daycare center (as opposed to a home daycare). I just would like to chat with people who have done it, to get an idea of...
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 03-19-2013, 11:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,254
Posted By ksmith
Talking Thanks for the tip. I went ahead and registered!

Thanks for the tip. I went ahead and registered!