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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2016, 12:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 710
Posted By Rachel
My son has DS and we have had a few hiccups in...

My son has DS and we have had a few hiccups in the last few months, but there is no reason he couldn't be in a regular daycare. His development has been slow, and he is going through a period of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2016, 12:38 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 771
Posted By Rachel
I live in Israel and chummos is everywhere! My...

I live in Israel and chummos is everywhere! My kids all love it. Just shows how much is cultural. BTW, for the allergic poster I make my own chummos and you can sub peanut butter for the techina if...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 05-18-2016, 03:03 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,097
Posted By Rachel
I'm also on plantoeat but off the wagon at the...

I'm also on plantoeat but off the wagon at the moment (on maternity leave). If anyone wants to friend me my user name there is justmee
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 11-02-2015, 04:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,189
Posted By Rachel
We finished lunch here, but it was turkey...

We finished lunch here, but it was turkey burgers, pasta, and mixed veggies.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-15-2015, 09:18 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,029
Posted By Rachel
Breakfast 8:30, Lunch 12:00 (usually I wind up...

Breakfast 8:30, Lunch 12:00 (usually I wind up serving it earlier, around 11:30), Snack when they get up at 3:00. We have to have breakfast and lunch at least 3.5 hours apart by our rules which is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-13-2015, 10:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 971
Posted By Rachel
Open hours are open hours. The parents are paying...

Open hours are open hours. The parents are paying for a service. If she is charging all the parents the same, either she is opened or closed. Yes, it's frustrating, but the parents paid for a service...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-13-2015, 10:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 566
Posted By Rachel
I know this is an old thread, but I have 4 out of...

I know this is an old thread, but I have 4 out of 5 with speech delay. All of them were in various programs in preschool, and they are all thriving now in regular school and doing great (one has some...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-18-2015, 12:27 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,647
Posted By Rachel
1. They will talk, this will come back to bite...

1. They will talk, this will come back to bite you.
2. If I was one of your other parents I would leave. Why should I pay for sick days and vacation and others not? Why should I pay you 2 extra...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-17-2015, 11:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 979
Posted By Rachel
I do the same. Push lunch earlier and lots of...

I do the same. Push lunch earlier and lots of activities. Lunch as early as 11/11:15 and nap after. If I have all little kids sometimes I do big breakfast around 10, nap 10-2, lunch after.
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 07-12-2015, 07:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,976
Posted By Rachel
I don't usually do whole meals, but I do use the...

I don't usually do whole meals, but I do use the freezer a lot. I'll do "dump chicken" and put it in the fridge the night before and teh crock pot the day of. Or I do bunches of meatballs or fried...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-12-2015, 06:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 796
Posted By Rachel
My ds will be 3 next month (how did THAT...

My ds will be 3 next month (how did THAT happen???????). Anyway, he likes coloring and art stuff. Sticking stickers will keep him busy for about a year (j/k). Magnetiles and blocks if I get him...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-07-2015, 01:04 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,604
Posted By Rachel
Just saw this. Yes, it works really well BUT, you...

Just saw this. Yes, it works really well BUT, you have to be able to get the stuff off the floor. My house is divided, so I put up the chairs in the kitchen, put up the "wall" move the garbage out of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-26-2015, 01:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,380
Posted By Rachel
Perler beads...

Perler beads (http://www.amazon.com/Perler-Beads-000-Count-Bucket-Multi/dp/B0000AW5SU) will keep my kids boys and girls busy for hours. I get them at ikea. The only thing is they have to do it at a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-26-2015, 01:07 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,604
Posted By Rachel
I got a roomba for my birthday and I'm in love!...

I got a roomba for my birthday and I'm in love! It gets everything my tile floors are CLEAN. I don't have a scoomba, but I just use a microfiber cloth on a squeegie stick and clean up the floor...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-21-2015, 03:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 930
Posted By Rachel
My son also had this, for a while. The speech...

My son also had this, for a while. The speech therapist told me not to tell him to speak slow, but that I should speak very slowly to help him set his pace and slow down. It helped a lot. He outgrew...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-21-2015, 12:22 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,945
Posted By Rachel
The worst bottle refuser I ever had was a totally...

The worst bottle refuser I ever had was a totally formula fed baby, and the "they have to drink a bottle in front of me" trick woudln't have worked. The child took a bottle fine from her mother but...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-21-2015, 10:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,316
Posted By Rachel
People find out. Do the kids who come 3x a week...

People find out. Do the kids who come 3x a week only pay for the 3x, or do they pay for all 5 days but only come on the 3? I totally get wanting the extra time off, but I am always a fan of playing...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 05-17-2015, 04:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,035
Posted By Rachel
Red Dragon Pie: ...

Red Dragon Pie:
http://veganfamily.co.uk/red-dragon-pie/

I use a combo of lentils, white beans, different seasonings. But the idea is ground "beef" on the bottom with veggies and / or rice, and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-06-2015, 01:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,087
Posted By Rachel
If I don't feel well and don't close, I don't say...

If I don't feel well and don't close, I don't say a word. Sometiems I get a sub in here (then I do say my sub will be here for a few hours) and sometimes I just manage. Only if i am really so sick I...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 05-06-2015, 01:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,035
Posted By Rachel
There was a long thread on this a while ago, but...

There was a long thread on this a while ago, but I'm not the best searcher ;).

My kids like beans and rice (I do homemade baked beans with the little white beans from scratch in the crock pot, not...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-06-2015, 01:02 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,300
Posted By Rachel
I charge one flat fee every month. I don't take...

I charge one flat fee every month. I don't take part time, but here the normal is part time loses out if the day is a holiday, and doesn't if the day isn't. The only exception (by someone being nice)...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-30-2015, 11:17 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,811
Posted By Rachel
I totally agree. There is nothing "magic" about a...

I totally agree. There is nothing "magic" about a kid turning 12 months. In fact here, when sometimes I had parents not want to provide milk / formula to older kids eating well (say 10m plus) I was...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-30-2015, 11:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,430
Posted By Rachel
No one here sends sunscreen! And it's HOT. We...

No one here sends sunscreen! And it's HOT. We have to be in (regs) by 10:30am this time of the year. My son goes to a different provider, and I always sunscreen him before he goes. Since they go out...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-27-2015, 05:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 985
Posted By Rachel
I haven't read all the responses, but he's only...

I haven't read all the responses, but he's only been by you 3 days, give it time! I nap my kids from around 12 months old 12/12:30 to 3. It takes them a bit to be able to stretch and get used to the...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 04-06-2015, 09:34 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,901
Posted By Rachel
Can't use the oven or the stove while the kids...

Can't use the oven or the stove while the kids are here, can only reheat in microwave. My supervisor lets me use the crock pot because my kitchen is gated off and a crock pot is not something you n...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-03-2015, 03:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,099
Posted By Rachel
I have the trofast storange system from Ikea and...

I have the trofast storange system from Ikea and I put the construction paper (and other special papers) in the top couple of bins.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-02-2015, 11:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,414
Posted By Rachel
My son was like that last year. Not so disruptive...

My son was like that last year. Not so disruptive (he wasn't 2 yet) but more would't nap, wanted to eat things different from teh others, always driving me batty. Here you have to send out your other...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-24-2015, 11:08 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,096
Posted By Rachel
I also do a lot of crock pot meals, and I don't...

I also do a lot of crock pot meals, and I don't cook when the kids are up. Either before or after, usually on a day off (and flash freeze) or the night before or in the morning. It takes some getting...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-15-2015, 11:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,272
Posted By Rachel
I agree when your oldest kid is a toddler, a 5...

I agree when your oldest kid is a toddler, a 5 year old is SO BIG. But when your oldest just turned 11 (yikes, how did that happen??????), my almost 7 year old is still quite a baby. I feel like I'm...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-30-2015, 12:55 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,859
Posted By Rachel
I have the parents provide, and I also have cloth...

I have the parents provide, and I also have cloth diapers (the cheap ones) as backup. Here we don't ahve to change them after each use though, just for each child. I put it back in the child's drawer...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 01-30-2015, 12:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 23,044
Posted By Rachel
I know, because I do daycare also. I love the...

I know, because I do daycare also. I love the kids and I see them around the neighborhood and it's great. But he was just being slow and 2 and cute and smiling at her and saying her name and "bye...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 01-24-2015, 10:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 23,044
Posted By Rachel
Ha I was picking up my 2 year old the other day...

Ha I was picking up my 2 year old the other day (here we have to send our own kids out at 2), and were the last ones (4:20 and she closes at 4:30, but still he's usually not last), and I told him...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-21-2015, 04:28 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,252
Posted By Rachel
Because we do easing in, usually the parents...

Because we do easing in, usually the parents start daycare before they go back to work. Often I get kids who come only for a few hours in the morning so they are used to me and I am used to them...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 01-12-2015, 04:39 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,751
Posted By Rachel
KatiesCorner, how's the cooking going? Ready for...

KatiesCorner, how's the cooking going? Ready for The Food Network yet ;)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-12-2015, 04:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,056
Posted By Rachel
This comes up all the time, we should make a...

This comes up all the time, we should make a sticky ;)

Here I work with an organization, so we all do backup for each other (but I pay). If I am too sick to work my first choice is a sub (better...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-22-2014, 01:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,690
Posted By Rachel
I also have a contract Sept. 1st through Aug. 31....

I also have a contract Sept. 1st through Aug. 31. Parents need to pay every month on the first for the full month. Anyone who leaves has to give a one month paid notice and pay out one extra day for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-22-2014, 01:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,723
Posted By Rachel
I cook simple and healthy. Chicken breast with...

I cook simple and healthy. Chicken breast with veggies & rice (cooked all togehter in a bit of tomato sauce), meatballs or shepard's pie, chicken soup (deconstructed, less mess, we eat the broth),...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-07-2014, 05:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,584
Posted By Rachel
If you have contracted hours, then yes she is...

If you have contracted hours, then yes she is late at 3:30. If you have open hours, then no she isn't. I would also look at your fee structure. IMO, it's not fair to charge someone more just because...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-07-2014, 05:19 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,367
Posted By Rachel
When my older kids are sick (ages 6.5 - 10.5), I...

When my older kids are sick (ages 6.5 - 10.5), I tell them my kid is sick and my child has to stay away from the kids in the daycare (I have a gated off LR / DR for the DCK so this isn't too hard)....
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 12-04-2014, 11:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,751
Posted By Rachel
I cook simple. I learned on the job and I agree...

I cook simple. I learned on the job and I agree with the people who write simple really is best. Learn to do 1 or 2 things at a time, and then expand.

For example, chicken breast. You can stir fry...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-04-2014, 11:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,001
Posted By Rachel
I move them early. I have had 9 month olds...

I move them early. I have had 9 month olds understand stay on your mat. I've more than once moved a 5 month old because of not sleeping well in the crib. All the kids I have now (between 11 months...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-04-2014, 11:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,581
Posted By Rachel
I like the Klutz books. And there are a bunch of...

I like the Klutz books. And there are a bunch of how to draw or those types. We have one making hand art my kids love.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-30-2014, 05:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,695
Posted By Rachel
I will disagree but I will say when a child is...

I will disagree but I will say when a child is ready 3 days is plenty of time to potty train. I also take off diapers and go for it (at home of course, would never send to daycare until using hte...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-23-2014, 01:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,120
Posted By Rachel
An hour and a half. But I live in a small city...

An hour and a half. But I live in a small city (people often work outside of the city) and lots of people don't have cars. They ars supposed to come right away, but htey must get here within 90...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-17-2014, 03:08 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,196
Posted By Rachel
I also potty train my own kids early. I am not a...

I also potty train my own kids early. I am not a big fan of being in diapers until the cows come home. My youngest is 2 years and almost 4 months. He is just now ready but before he was anti (wans't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-11-2014, 05:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,710
Posted By Rachel
I glued carpet on a half wall I have to make a...

I glued carpet on a half wall I have to make a "scotch" board. I laminate and use the sticky side of the velcro to stick things up. They pull them off but that's okay. Picutures of the kids I put in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-28-2014, 11:56 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,453
Posted By Rachel
I don't see anything in the reading that says it...

I don't see anything in the reading that says it applies only to breast fed babies. It seems like you would need such an area even if only for formula fed babies.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-28-2014, 11:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,310
Posted By Rachel
Rambling, but I also think the argument of "paid...

Rambling, but I also think the argument of "paid holiday" and why shoudl I lose out income doesn't work in this case. If it was a regular Thursday or Friday, the child woudl not be there all day and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-28-2014, 11:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,310
Posted By Rachel
You can charge what you want, but I agree with...

You can charge what you want, but I agree with blackcat and I think that's a lot.

At most I would charge the regular afterschool rate for the week and add on a charge only for full days the child...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 10-26-2014, 12:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,901
Posted By Rachel
I am not allowed to cook when the kids are here...

I am not allowed to cook when the kids are here (except if they are all asleep, and even then only for the next day) so I either crock pot or cook in advance and microwave. I do a lot of quick one...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 10-26-2014, 11:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,918
Posted By Rachel
I have had two systems with parents who are more...

I have had two systems with parents who are more flexible work wise, and they both worked well. One was they picked up every day after lunch (we lunch before nap), and if they wanted the full day...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-12-2014, 05:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,050
Posted By Rachel
We have an August vacation (2.5 weeks paid) and...

We have an August vacation (2.5 weeks paid) and the way it is covered is this: if a child pulls mid year they need to pay 1.5 days for every month (I think). So you could do something like that where...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-05-2014, 07:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,127
Posted By Rachel
I have the ikea trofast system and a couple of...

I have the ikea trofast system and a couple of bookshelves (bottom 2 shelves) that have toys on them. The trofast bins I rotate (I have extra bins so it's super easy, just take out one bin and put in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-05-2014, 07:18 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 863
Posted By Rachel
How much notice do you need to give them in the...

How much notice do you need to give them in the contract? How much time between when the place sells and when you will make the move? I agree with Nanny if you don't need them don't grandfather them...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-30-2014, 11:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,076
Posted By Rachel
Also 8-12 months, depends on the kid. It also...

Also 8-12 months, depends on the kid. It also depends how much formula / breastmilk they are drinking. I've had some kids as old as 15 months still pretty exclusively on milk, and others at 6 months...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-26-2014, 08:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,777
Posted By Rachel
We went back the Wednesday after Labor Day....

We went back the Wednesday after Labor Day. Always! Always went to Great Adventure the Tuesday after Labor Day. It was empty. Until one year it was closed. We had driven 2 hours down there and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-26-2014, 07:23 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,837
Posted By Rachel
Me personally, not really. But I wouldn't do it....

Me personally, not really. But I wouldn't do it. We all have things we don't like (I don't like peas). So if I serve peas one day and the DCK eats everything but the peas, and is hungry, yes I will...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-24-2014, 11:34 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,837
Posted By Rachel
We are not allowed to reward or punish with food....

We are not allowed to reward or punish with food. I serve family style and put a little on each plate to start. As others have said, everyone needs a chance for seconds / thirds before someone gets...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-24-2014, 11:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,340
Posted By Rachel
My daycare is in my living / dining room so I use...

My daycare is in my living / dining room so I use the dining room table as the "office."

I have a couple of pencil cases where I keep sharpies, dry erase markers & pens.

I have the ikea trofast...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-24-2014, 05:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,373
Posted By Rachel
I worked until 4:30 and he was born at 5:50, but...

I worked until 4:30 and he was born at 5:50, but I went from "hum... maybe tomorrow" to "it's a boy!" really quick. Even when going to the hospital at 4:30 (normal closing) I still wasn't sure if I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-24-2014, 05:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 922
Posted By Rachel
Anything I keep out is baby safe (not just baby...

Anything I keep out is baby safe (not just baby safe, but won't get ruined or pieces lost). Smaller toys, puzzles, games that can have pieces lost are kept on the table (I use my living / dining...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-24-2014, 05:15 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,041
Posted By Rachel
I agree. She is paying from 7:30 so what is the...

I agree. She is paying from 7:30 so what is the issue? I feel like sometimes we want it both ways. I have a rule about breakfast (here by 8 or eat at home), and nap (don't even try it) but other than...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-13-2014, 05:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,946
Posted By Rachel
I have a set of 5 plastic drawers (they are about...

I have a set of 5 plastic drawers (they are about a foot deep and maybe 18 inches long and a foot wide). I tell the parents what fits in the drawer they can leave, and anything else they can't. Or...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-13-2014, 05:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,390
Posted By Rachel
So my son is just now 24 months and he always...

So my son is just now 24 months and he always slept with the group (because his room is upstairs and against regulations to have him upstairs while I am up with the dck on the main level).

Sorry I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-10-2014, 12:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,887
Posted By Rachel
I'm actually very ADD and it's hard for me to be...

I'm actually very ADD and it's hard for me to be organized. I am with the daycare stuff because I know I *have* to be! My current supervisor is always commenting on how organized I am and I always...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-08-2014, 05:32 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,887
Posted By Rachel
I also use the Ikea stuff. I have 5 kids and...

I also use the Ikea stuff. I have 5 kids and sometimes get a 6th as an extra. Plus I have a little folder for each child's stuff (contract, medical form, etc). Matches the Ikea color of course :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-08-2014, 05:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 860
Posted By Rachel
I print everything on draft, even color. It looks...

I print everything on draft, even color. It looks fine just more "pastel" than it might otherwise. I mix it up and sometimes color my own stuff in also. And the laminator is your best friend :D
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-05-2014, 02:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,257
Posted By Rachel
Where I live this is really done. Daycare runs on...

Where I live this is really done. Daycare runs on the school year and there are people who just take under 1s every year and send them along the next August. I think there are a lot of pluses to both...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-05-2014, 02:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,797
Posted By Rachel
I allow them and try to limit it to nap....

I allow them and try to limit it to nap. Sometimes a child really needs it and then I will give him or her. Usually the child will turn it over as soon as s/he is calm. I keep one here in a key box...
Forum: Curriculum 08-05-2014, 02:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,162
Posted By Rachel
We are really not supposed to use tablets with...

We are really not supposed to use tablets with the kids but I did think of it.

Any good sites for clip art I can print and laminate?
Forum: Curriculum 08-03-2014, 10:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,162
Posted By Rachel
These are all great, thanks. I use...

These are all great, thanks.

I use pinterest, but I cna't seem to get the hang of it. I use it to stick things I find, but I can't seem to find boards and ideas to follow.

My kids are going to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-03-2014, 10:06 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,788
Posted By Rachel
I fell asleep. Love that one. Set an alarm...

I fell asleep. Love that one. Set an alarm darling!

The only really legit one I ever got was from a parent who is always here early. He was on the bus and the bus broke down (he aimed to get here...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-03-2014, 09:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,197
Posted By Rachel
I have a few activities out for free play (the...

I have a few activities out for free play (the toys that are usually out, 2 shelves worth and a unit from Ikea). Those toys rotate every so often. Didn't do it so much this year, but in the past I...
Forum: Curriculum 08-03-2014, 09:12 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,162
Posted By Rachel
If you make your own curriculm

Where do you get your ideas from?

I need to start working on more curriculum next year. I am not looking for something formal, rather to decide on a theme for a couple of weeks and tie activities...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-03-2014, 09:02 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,070
Posted By Rachel
I am opened 47.5 hours per week (Sunday -...

I am opened 47.5 hours per week (Sunday - Thursday, 7 - 4:30). I don't do a huge amount after hours, but I consider myself working 50 hours because of the shopping, cleaning up, little bit of...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 07-31-2014, 11:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,875
Posted By Rachel
I made my kids homemade falafal with homemade...

I made my kids homemade falafal with homemade tortillas the other day. the kids loved it.

Just soak chickpeas overnight. blend in food processor with a few spices (I think I used garlic, and a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-31-2014, 10:46 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,145
Posted By Rachel
I would also ask for a deposit. Here it works...

I would also ask for a deposit. Here it works differently, but the parents pay monthly and have to pay for September (first month of the year) in 2 installments. One before I sign the contract, check...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-24-2014, 08:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,053
Posted By Rachel
I know. But in the situation the provider is...

I know. But in the situation the provider is charging the teacher more money than other people are paying (over the year), but not allowing the kids to come in the summer. It would be cheaper just to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2014, 05:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,191
Posted By Rachel
I don't know if you already sent them a letter or...

I don't know if you already sent them a letter or not, but if you didn't I would suggest having a meeting with them with the letter. Just sit down and explain everything and hand them the bulleted...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2014, 05:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,053
Posted By Rachel
So you charge teachers more money for less care?...

So you charge teachers more money for less care? Seems unfair. Why would someone take this deal?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2014, 05:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,403
Posted By Rachel
I am lucky in that I work for a fixed rate the...

I am lucky in that I work for a fixed rate the government sets, and so far (3rd year doing this), it has gone up every year (but not always in September even though that's when we open). It seems to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2014, 05:19 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,071
Posted By Rachel
I have open hours (no choice, required by my...

I have open hours (no choice, required by my agency), but my .02 is this.
If the time is more important to you than the money, I would charge them the early pickup weekly rate, and add in $X so they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2014, 04:51 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 7,849
Posted By Rachel
Around here to go to public pre-k they are...

Around here to go to public pre-k they are supposed to be trained. Because the cutoff date is December, that means the kids are between 2 years 9 months and 3 years 8 months. Many kids train in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-20-2014, 04:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,477
Posted By Rachel
Is she paying you from 6:30? If she is it is not...

Is she paying you from 6:30? If she is it is not considerate, but her right. My kids all pay from 7. I ask them to let me know if they are coming early or late, but really it is my job to be ready...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-14-2014, 10:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,391
Posted By Rachel
Exactly. You have no right to discuss anyone's...

Exactly. You have no right to discuss anyone's medical history with anyone else. Asking her not to drop off or pick up is enough. There is no quarantine for chicken pox or shingles so I would not...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-11-2014, 05:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,119
Posted By Rachel
Oh yeah I forgot about the other bulletin board I...

Oh yeah I forgot about the other bulletin board I have. Mine has attendance, the phone list of all the other providers, phone number / emergency number of all the kids and parents written out, the ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-11-2014, 04:35 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 926
Posted By Rachel
Because of the kids in the car thing, we are...

Because of the kids in the car thing, we are supposed to call / text within 30 minutes of the parent's normal arrival time if the child hasn't shown up. Usually I text and give it about 5 minutes...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-11-2014, 04:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,119
Posted By Rachel
I have 3 different "board" areas, 4 if you count...

I have 3 different "board" areas, 4 if you count the felt board.

One is a half wall I covered in carpet. I use the sticky side of the velcro to stick things up there. Shapes I cut out, or when I...
Forum: Book Club - Reviews / Suggestions 07-10-2014, 11:35 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,726
Posted By Rachel
Yeah I'm guessing more to appeal to the "teen"...

Yeah I'm guessing more to appeal to the "teen" audience and not come across as a "kid" movie (since with the themes I'm sure it's not getting a "G" rating....), they had to advance the age to make...
Forum: Book Club - Reviews / Suggestions 07-08-2014, 05:36 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,726
Posted By Rachel
It seems like it is in black and white, I saw a...

It seems like it is in black and white, I saw a clip where everything was b&w except the hair and the apple.

They also made the kids older. At first I just looked at the preview and thought "wow,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-29-2014, 10:41 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,889
Posted By Rachel
Right you better go run out and get your...

Right you better go run out and get your phonograph and records! How many new providers are even old enough to REMEMBER those?
Forum: Book Club - Reviews / Suggestions 06-27-2014, 08:03 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,726
Posted By Rachel
I am really, really, excited for The Giver. I...

I am really, really, excited for The Giver. I keep watching the trailer. I am only disappointed that she said her last book on it was the last one. I want more!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-22-2014, 05:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,447
Posted By Rachel
I would love to see your menu if you would share....

I would love to see your menu if you would share. I am happy to put mine up too in one of the file sections.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-22-2014, 05:40 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,138
Posted By Rachel
Where we live August is the standard vacation,...

Where we live August is the standard vacation, anywhere from 2 weeks to a month. Also parents have to pay up front for the month, and leave a 1 month's notice when leaving. STops a lot of the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-22-2014, 12:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,824
Posted By Rachel
I have a baby here that is 100% formula fed from...

I have a baby here that is 100% formula fed from birth and she eats the same way. Takes forever. Will refuse. But then cries 10 minutes later to eat. It's hard. She's 7 months now so we're being...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-21-2014, 11:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,141
Posted By Rachel
Not the same thing but I work through an agency....

Not the same thing but I work through an agency. I believe they are supposed to come once a month, but in the last few years mine have come not so often (a few times in the beginning, then every 6...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-21-2014, 10:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,204
Posted By Rachel
Around here you see kids bringing them even to...

Around here you see kids bringing them even to pre-k (3+). Usually just in the first month of school or so. There is nothing magic about a child turning 1. I don't give it to my kids when they are...
Forum: Curriculum 06-21-2014, 10:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,898
Posted By Rachel
I wonder if the OP would have better luck selling...

I wonder if the OP would have better luck selling it to the people who provide the food program since they in turn provide information to the providers.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-10-2014, 08:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,363
Posted By Rachel
I may get tomatoes thrown at me, but I think if...

I may get tomatoes thrown at me, but I think if they are paying you until 5 you need to stay open until 5. If you want to change your hours until 4:30 and then add the until 5:00 for an extra...
Forum: Curriculum 06-06-2014, 06:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,882
Posted By Rachel
I live in Israel in an area with a lot of English...

I live in Israel in an area with a lot of English speakers. I work with an Israeli woman who speaks only Hebrew, and I speak only English. It's great to watch the kids become fluent in both languages!
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