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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-11-2018, 04:53 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,690
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Good advice

This is really good advice here. When we had a home daycare and people would pick up kids late, coming in their gym clothes or looking like they just got out of bed, it was really frustrating. Making...
Forum: Forms - Uploads 05-17-2018, 06:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 6,949
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Florida Business Registration

If you are taking any money, I would recommend filing here as an LLC in addition to state childcare registration. http://dos.myflorida.com/sunbiz/

I'd also reach out to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-05-2014, 05:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,224
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Too much structure?

When I was doing daycare I noticed this quite a bit. I think it is because kids are too hovered and have too much structure play/tv. The problem with daycare play is that whenever I'd try to let them...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-05-2014, 05:51 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,718
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Safe pick up list

Sounds like you need a 'safe pick up' list.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-05-2014, 05:50 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,094
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Paid enough?

Wow - can't believe they said something like that. Providers are NEVER paid enough! Some people have no sense of value.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-24-2014, 06:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 971
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Business Manager Stepping on Toes...

Let's say I am a director of a new 200 capacity daycare facility. The lady who is hired to do payroll & billing & marketing etc..is called the Business manager. BUT on the first day of being open,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-19-2014, 01:48 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,977
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Go outside!

Depending on your state, it could be a requirement that kids have outside time unless weather meets certain severity lines. I was surprised at how cold it actually has to be for kids to stay inside...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-19-2014, 01:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,415
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Charge a fee and stick to it

Charging a fee is appropriate here for sure. As long as you actually make them pay it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-19-2014, 01:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,489
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Seperate area

Sounds like you need a separate pick up / drop off / put on shoes and coats area. That's what worked for us. We had it in a different room from where the kids were.
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 11-05-2014, 08:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 4,172
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Bottle Microwave Heating

Is it bad to use a microwave? We have an 11 month old and we heat the water in the microwave, check the temp, then mix in the formula. Some people (the babysitter) have really balked at that. Why is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-30-2014, 07:48 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 64,495
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Website, Google Maps Business listings, Yellowpages

My experience was that I developed a small daycare website for my wife (I'm a web developer). It was ok. We were about on the 3rd page for our town when someone searched for "daycare bloomington, in"...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-18-2014, 06:47 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,417
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Our experience

My wife and I had a similar situation, not quite 14k in cc, but substantial debt. First - stop using the cc. Pay it off as quick as possible, even if you need to sell some stuff. If one of the houses...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-02-2014, 06:48 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,653
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Pass

It sounds tough, but I would pass. This kind of client may be better suited for a daycare center. Too much stress to have around a home daycare. We had issues with one family bringing (loud) drama...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-14-2012, 05:45 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,516
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Wow -I bet your son is a tech master. I didn't...

Wow -I bet your son is a tech master. I didn't start programming till towards the end of college(when I realized it would pay much better than being a musician or working at a record label - ha), but...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-18-2012, 06:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 7,493
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Kid Who Pees Pants On Purpose When Mad

We have a kid who goes to the potty....He is a wild kid that that goes around pulling stuff off of walls, jumping off everything, constantly trying to go in rooms where he's not allowed...I'm sure...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-14-2012, 06:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,407
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Ever Sold A Daycare Biz?

We are thinking of moving in the future and are wondering how to go about selling a daycare business - or what to do? Any body ever had experiences doing that? It is in our house - so we're wondering...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-14-2012, 05:29 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 17,922
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Yes - I would

I can't STAND it when kid show up in pjs. Daycare is not so parents can just roll out of bed, throw the kids in the car and go. Funny thing is - those are usually the ones that show up first! grrrr....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2012, 05:55 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,169
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Storytime Yoga Experiences

Anybody ever had a yoga instructor come over to visit daycare? Did the kids pay attention and/or like it? I saw an add on craigslist for a certified storytime yoga teacher doing visits and were...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2012, 01:24 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 64,495
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Google Maps

With our daycare - http://helpinghannah.com - I found that it really helped to make sure to list in google maps business and make sure it was 90% complete or above complete. We went from nowhere on...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 02-09-2012, 05:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,632
Posted By Checkinkids.com
time sheets

We have a great way to handle time sheets. Doesn't do menus, but this time sheet manager might be the best you'll find....and it's still allowing free lifetime usage for those who sign up now. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-09-2012, 01:24 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,516
Posted By Checkinkids.com
I'm a dude

I'm a guy and I'm here. My wife posts with this account sometimes though and she owns a daycare. I used to run it with her for the first year. Then I lost all my hair and went back to computer...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 02-09-2012, 05:54 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 16,350
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Review - non kindle version

I'd like to hear your specific review of this book. If anyone knows where to get the non-kindle version, please post.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-03-2012, 01:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,043
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Supervision of Children Online Course

I found this site that has a few online classes for providers and dcw. http://www.udemy.com/supervision-of-children/ - interested to know what you all think of this idea in general, that is: is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-03-2012, 07:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,170
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Agree agree agree

I couldn't agree more with all these posts. My wife started a daycare 5 yrs ago. The first year was rough, people always being disrespectful and needy and expecting her to conform to all their...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-03-2012, 07:37 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,124
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Hours

My wife's daycare put's a 9.5 hrs /day limit on it. We used to do anytime (or all the time) and it just didn't work out. It killed us after about a month. I think 10hrs a day is about average for max...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-01-2012, 01:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,609
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Free play

We always have problems occur at free play. It's when they get bored or don't know what to do that the trouble comes out! So - we still do "free play" but make sure someone big is involved most of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-31-2012, 06:44 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,099
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Most don't but

Some try to. But if it gets to be a problem, my wife tells them to at least call first so she can make a quiet exit if it's naptime.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-31-2012, 05:44 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,423
Posted By Checkinkids.com
When to Call...

I have a parent that brings the child after breakfast time. Then says "Well he wouldn't eat very well this morning...or last night." The child is very cranky until he gets food, then settles right...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-31-2012, 09:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,730
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Hilarious

Hilarious!!!! :D:lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-28-2012, 02:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,799
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Section off

You may want to consider having a baby only play area sectioned off. This really helps keeps the fallers from falling or stepping on the baby. We've used a small couch and impromptu barriers to keep...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-25-2012, 09:05 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,855
Posted By Checkinkids.com
New Cubby Today

We got one like this https://www.schooloutfitters.com/catalog/product_info/pfam_id/PFAM1021/products_id/PRO3440 delivered today. It well built (this is the exact one in the link) and big. On the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-25-2012, 09:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,048
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Always on Monday

I ran into problems with many parents when I used to collect on Fri. No way to get the ones who didn't pay till Monday! I switched to collecting on Monday as the rule and it seemed to work for the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-23-2012, 07:33 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 8,316
Posted By Checkinkids.com
It never amazes me

It never amazes me how low these scammers will go. A long time ago - before I even knew about craigslist (imagine that) I actually got a check in the mail from the same type of scam. This one was...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-23-2012, 08:05 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 17,922
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Indiana University Daycare Handbook

Here's a good resource for this http://www.indiana.edu/~ccc/for-parents/handbook/
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-23-2012, 04:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,919
Posted By Checkinkids.com
What My Dad would've done

I'm not recommending this tactic, but I can't help but think what my Dad would've done in this situation. I saw him stand up for my sister (who was bullied severely at school) to a very neglectful...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 01-18-2012, 08:46 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 69,577
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Catching Puke

Touch poop? I have actually seen my wife catch puke in her bare hands to keep it from going all over the place! That's being on the front lines. btw - she does wash poopy pants out - but it IS very...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-17-2012, 07:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 9,283
Posted By Checkinkids.com
MLK Day - Parents off....but kids still come!

So every single parent still brought their kids to daycare Monday...even though at least half had the day off! - Feel like a dummy for not having it in the handbook.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-31-2011, 11:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,998
Posted By Checkinkids.com
How Many Still Showed Up on Monday?

despite the sign on the door AND the verbal reminder on friday's pickup - we still had some parents show up at 7:30am on Monday wanting to drop kids off for daycare.

Does this happen to everyone...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2011, 07:09 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 6,551
Posted By Checkinkids.com
I think it all just depends on what you're doing....

I think it all just depends on what you're doing. Raking, pulling some weeds, picking fruit - all ok. But anything that would leave you unavailable to a kid that needs something, I think would bother...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-08-2011, 06:24 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,112
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Staff Training Hours Requirement

So, a Paths to Quality inspector comes yesterday and says sites that 50% of all staff have to have 20hrs or more of official training. My wife has 2 employees, both who are relatively new and only...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-07-2011, 07:10 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,055
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What is up with Columbine? They gotta have...

What is up with Columbine? They gotta have something in the water. at first I was like "why didn't they just grab him?" - then I thought about it and actually the kid was at less risk of injury with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-07-2011, 01:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,046
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Your Own Child At Daycare - Help Please

I work at home in an upstairs office. My wife's daycare is downstairs. We have a 2.5 year old daughter who goes to daycare.....but then comes up knocking on the door. Today I took a break to walk out...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-06-2011, 07:03 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 12,443
Posted By Checkinkids.com
At my wife's daycare - occasionally new clients...

At my wife's daycare - occasionally new clients want to visit before signing up ad she lets them. But instead of letting them just hang out in the play room, she kind of takes them on a tour and then...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-02-2011, 10:48 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,865
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Hahaha - that happens. Out of bed, into car,...

Hahaha - that happens. Out of bed, into car, donut in hand - mouth still with crust ring from last night's dinner. Straight to daycare. Sad.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-02-2011, 10:45 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,161
Posted By Checkinkids.com
I took my daughter to see a puppet show at the...

I took my daughter to see a puppet show at the library while my wife went to the mandatory Indiana State food program annual training.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-01-2011, 01:15 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 17,770
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Awesome!!! :Sunny::D:)

Awesome!!! :Sunny::D:)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-01-2011, 01:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 7,012
Posted By Checkinkids.com
This is some really great insight. It looks like...

This is some really great insight. It looks like I'm going to add in the option to set late fees according to closing time or by total time spent. And add in a setting for the increment to calculate...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-31-2011, 04:20 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 7,012
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Normal Closing Times And Max Hours Per Day

I have a question to all Day Care providers. Do you charge a late fee based on max hours per day or based on your closing time? What is your late fee and how do you enforce it?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-30-2011, 07:03 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,122
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Exactly - spend time with your kids! People do...

Exactly - spend time with your kids! People do this all the time at my wife's daycare. It's always the kids that don't get enough parent time that are harder to watch also.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-29-2011, 01:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,938
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I second this. One of the biggest scares we ever...

I second this. One of the biggest scares we ever had with our daughter was due to dehydration. She was sick and wouldn't drink. She got dehydrated faster than we could've imagined. I'd use whatever...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-29-2011, 01:17 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 99,533
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After all the licensing and set up is ready,...

After all the licensing and set up is ready, don't forget to run a nice ad in the phone book. That's the secret that really made our daycare take off.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-29-2011, 01:17 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 145,552
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After all the licensing and set up is ready,...

After all the licensing and set up is ready, don't forget to run a nice ad in the phone book. That's the secret that really made our daycare take off.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-29-2011, 06:01 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,503
Posted By Checkinkids.com
My wife and I started a daycare that quickly made...

My wife and I started a daycare that quickly made more money than my "real" job. I had to quit to help at the daycare after we placed an ad in yellowpages. My wife still makes way more than she would...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-28-2011, 06:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,246
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Wow - that is even more stressful than our worst...

Wow - that is even more stressful than our worst horror story. Sometimes problems like that can make stress levels so high that no amount of money is worth it to keep a client.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-28-2011, 10:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,852
Posted By Checkinkids.com
We had the daycare in the main part of our house...

We had the daycare in the main part of our house for two years. It wasn't all that bad (if you get used to alphabet posters on the walls). Especially when you consider that this was our only income...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-28-2011, 06:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,169
Posted By Checkinkids.com
It seems that many of the kids in our daycare are...

It seems that many of the kids in our daycare are only children...if only because they are "first" children and have no siblings yet. But I do notice that first time parents can more more protective...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-28-2011, 05:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,992
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Some people love to complain about their daycare...

Some people love to complain about their daycare provider..but when it comes time to pay a fair price for good care, the same people are the first to drop out.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-28-2011, 05:16 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,736
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Yeah - you just have to offer it. Sometimes the...

Yeah - you just have to offer it. Sometimes the confusion comes in when the child is telling the parent they are "making" me drink milk. When really you are just putting milk in front of them. The...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-27-2011, 07:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,706
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Yep NannyDe knows whats she's talking about. In...

Yep NannyDe knows whats she's talking about. In my wife's daycare, there have been parents like that. That drop kids off at 6am their kids (and themselves) still dressed in pajamas. They go back...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-27-2011, 07:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,470
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Anyone got any tips on how to keep rabbits away?

Anyone got any tips on how to keep rabbits away?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-27-2011, 02:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 12,193
Posted By Checkinkids.com
I don't recommend dogs in a daycare. We had a...

I don't recommend dogs in a daycare. We had a nice Sheltie that was very friendly. We had the daycare in our home at the time and did not let the dog in the day care rooms very often and never...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-27-2011, 01:51 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,809
Posted By Checkinkids.com
The system has the time. The parent can only...

The system has the time. The parent can only press "check in" or "check out" next to their child's name. It then calculates how long the child was in for that day and displays the information. If the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-27-2011, 01:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,809
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Thanks to the all people that signed up because...

Thanks to the all people that signed up because of this thread. Based on your feedback, I have re-vamped the site. I have given it a complete overhaul and it is now re-launched. Send me a direct...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-27-2011, 01:25 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 29,961
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Late Pick Up - Late Fee

My wife runs a daycare (10-12) kids and she has people show up late at least once a week. Life does happen, but, daycare providers are in a unique situation where when "life happens" - it affects...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-24-2011, 07:04 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 29,961
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Yeah - that's way long. I thought most states...

Yeah - that's way long. I thought most states have a limit, like 10hrs. You have to set your hours and stick to them...unless you have staff with shifts. But at any rate - that poor kid. I think...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-08-2011, 08:42 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,809
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Big Thanks to Maranda Griffin of Oregon in...

Big Thanks to Maranda Griffin of Oregon in helping me find a bug that was not showing this button in XP version of Internet Explorer!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-08-2011, 08:41 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,809
Posted By Checkinkids.com
There will need to be a computer with an internet...

There will need to be a computer with an internet connection at the point of check in/check out. The site can also be used with an iphone or other mobile device. You can open the clock in/out screen...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-08-2011, 07:48 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,809
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Hi! Yes, on the homepage there is a green button...

Hi! Yes, on the homepage there is a green button on the right side that says "View Plans and Pricing". Just click that and you'll the see the current available plan(s).
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-08-2011, 04:25 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,809
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Thumbs up Thanks for your feedback! You can create a...

Thanks for your feedback!

You can create a parent account on the actual check in page (where parents enter their phone number). This is opened by going to "Open Clock Interface".
On this page,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-08-2011, 03:55 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,809
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Ah - my first bug report! Thank you so much. What...

Ah - my first bug report! Thank you so much. What you saw is not a foreign language but is simply jibberish dummy text used by many web developers to see how a page will look before they actually...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-07-2011, 08:01 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,809
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Thanks

Thanks Michael.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-07-2011, 05:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,809
Posted By Checkinkids.com
Smile Check In System / Late Pick Up Notification

I am looking for 20 day cares to demo software that I have written. www.checkinkids.com (http://checkinkids.com) is software that allows you to track check in/out times by letting parents simply...
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