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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Today, 05:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 145
Posted By DaveA
I would take the 1 y/o assuming the family is a...

I would take the 1 y/o assuming the family is a good fit. Having a DCP with issues about your policy before they even enroll your program is not a great way to start out.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-15-2018, 03:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 137
Posted By DaveA
In our area the half day programs are generally...

In our area the half day programs are generally school or church based. The home daycares and centers are usually full day and incorporate any preschool elements into their regular schedule.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-15-2018, 03:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 301
Posted By DaveA
One thing I've ran into the last couple years is...

One thing I've ran into the last couple years is even the younger grades get assigned some work that has to be done online. So at 3rd grade plus it's not unusual to see kid with a device. I don't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-13-2018, 03:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 397
Posted By DaveA
Y'all stay safe!:eek:

Y'all stay safe!:eek:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-10-2018, 05:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 246
Posted By DaveA
Our zoo is a great example of a small zoo knowing...

Our zoo is a great example of a small zoo knowing what it is. They keep things really simple. You can walk through it in a couple hours and get really close to the animals. We're about 2 hours...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-10-2018, 04:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 246
Posted By DaveA
Zoo Trip

Today is the last day of summer break here. We always do a trip to the zoo before school starts. Kind of a "last gasp of summer". We stop on the way home and grab McD for lunch, so it's a favorite...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-09-2018, 02:40 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,001
Posted By DaveA
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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-09-2018, 02:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 222
Posted By DaveA
That was going to be my suggestion also. I would...

That was going to be my suggestion also. I would do a bunch of email/ phone conversations and make sure they have all the paperwork including your policies and contract so there are fewer surprises.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-09-2018, 11:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 285
Posted By DaveA
This is what I had to do when my son was about...

This is what I had to do when my son was about that age did the same stuff.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-09-2018, 11:26 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,001
Posted By DaveA
Dadbod- I want to clarify something. I wasn't...

Dadbod- I want to clarify something. I wasn't saying you were sexist. You asked if bias played a factor in your opinion, and I responded to that part. You handled it well- you looked for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-09-2018, 04:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 167
Posted By DaveA
I've heard early learners, playschool,...

I've heard early learners, playschool, foundations.... I would avoid "preschool" label for 2's. I would stress the "learning through play" aspect.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-08-2018, 04:44 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,001
Posted By DaveA
I'm happy to have brightened your day. Bless...

I'm happy to have brightened your day. Bless your heart. :p
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-08-2018, 04:43 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,001
Posted By DaveA
And this young man is learning the industry in a...

And this young man is learning the industry in a similar fashion to how I did. I wish him the best of luck if he decides to stay in this field and is good at it. As long as your provider is not...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-08-2018, 03:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 271
Posted By DaveA
No locks, but I put a gate up in the hallway...

No locks, but I put a gate up in the hallway blocking access to the bedrooms.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-08-2018, 01:54 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,001
Posted By DaveA
My Mom ran a home daycare when I was 10-16 and I...

My Mom ran a home daycare when I was 10-16 and I helped out. I don't remember if I changed diapers then (mid-late 80's). I know I changed diapers at 16 assisting in a 2 year old classroom in the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-06-2018, 03:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 371
Posted By DaveA
I would still do the interview. Make sure DCPs...

I would still do the interview. Make sure DCPs know how you run your program and that the process is as much about finding out if DCF is a good fit for your program as it is DCPs find out about...
Forum: Forms - Uploads 08-02-2018, 03:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 191
Posted By DaveA
I just printed out at a list of what I checked...

I just printed out at a list of what I checked for, when I would do the check, and added a yearly calendar. I circle to mark days I'm open and checked and x out days I'm closed.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-31-2018, 03:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 398
Posted By DaveA
Stay safe! :hug:

Stay safe! :hug:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-30-2018, 03:32 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 222
Posted By DaveA
Reading the title I thought you were using...

Reading the title I thought you were using Brightwheel to give term notice to DCP. :lol:

I've never used it. Honestly I keep the business side of my program as basic as possible. I don't use...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-30-2018, 03:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 732
Posted By DaveA
Personally I wouldn't do that. That feels too...

Personally I wouldn't do that. That feels too close to poaching clients off someone for me. Now if she asks if you have a FT spot that's a different story.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-29-2018, 08:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 155
Posted By DaveA
I rotate out something every weekend. It may be...

I rotate out something every weekend. It may be one or two things or half the classroom. There is no set rhyme or reason to it. I just go off of what has been out a while, what are kids really...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-27-2018, 04:01 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 636
Posted By DaveA
Make sure everything is put up and turn on the TV...

Make sure everything is put up and turn on the TV or radio for a few minutes before starting supper.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-27-2018, 03:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 310
Posted By DaveA
DCPs pay for enrollment not attendance. She's...

DCPs pay for enrollment not attendance. She's only been there a week & DCM is dropping this on you? Call me cynical, but I don't think this was a surprise to her. She's just trying to get a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-25-2018, 10:31 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 513
Posted By DaveA
The day it makes more financial sense to work in...

The day it makes more financial sense to work in my shop full time is the day DCPs get the "I'm closing" notice. :D I'd probably volunteer 1X/ week or so at children's museum, library, or...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-24-2018, 05:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 260
Posted By DaveA
I do logs/ daily reports for under 12 months with...

I do logs/ daily reports for under 12 months with feeding times & amounts and diaper changes. Otherwise it's either talk to DCPs at pick up and quick texts/ pic of their child's activities.

I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2018, 03:53 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 501
Posted By DaveA
I just put mine on the parent board with all the...

I just put mine on the parent board with all the other required stuff.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-20-2018, 05:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 385
Posted By DaveA
This. The situation won't improve till you...

This. The situation won't improve till you improve it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-18-2018, 03:39 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 960
Posted By DaveA
It can be a factor. Children tend to act...

It can be a factor. Children tend to act differently during the interview then they do with me, so that's not a given. But it does weigh in on my post interview evaluation. It's basically depends...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-13-2018, 07:15 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 567
Posted By DaveA
Hands down I would bet the parents....

Hands down I would bet the parents. :lol::rolleyes:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-13-2018, 06:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 536
Posted By DaveA
This times 10. My contract is written so...

This times 10.

My contract is written so fees are assessed on Monday if not paid, doubled on Tuesday, and DCF is denied care until paid in full on Wednesday.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-10-2018, 08:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 452
Posted By DaveA
When I was a kid I never liked Mr Rodgers. I...

When I was a kid I never liked Mr Rodgers. I always thought we were going to find out he had a basement full of bodies or something. That being said you can't deny his impact or great intentions. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-28-2018, 04:02 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 620
Posted By DaveA
What class were they offering? Often times the...

What class were they offering? Often times the community courses are Friends & Family class which doesn't count as being certified. The AHA course that is the correct one in most jurisdictions is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-28-2018, 03:59 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 620
Posted By DaveA
$20-$30 is typical for a training center based...

$20-$30 is typical for a training center based course. The classes at my TC ( local hospital) are $25 for Heartsaver First Aid including CPR/AED. The local R&R charges $50-60 for the class.

If...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-26-2018, 05:21 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 809
Posted By DaveA
I agree with you in theory. The reason I...

I agree with you in theory. The reason I consider it a waste of time is IMHO most parents using an illegally unlicensed daycare know but don't care until it bites them in the butt. I have to have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-26-2018, 05:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 332
Posted By DaveA
I usually do interviews a half hour to an hour...

I usually do interviews a half hour to an hour after closing. Gives me time to makes sure stuff is clean, grab a bite to eat, and make sure paperwork is ready. Plus that means DW is usually home so...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-26-2018, 03:42 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 809
Posted By DaveA
That was what I was thinking. I'd shrink it to...

That was what I was thinking. I'd shrink it to the size of a dime. :cool::lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-25-2018, 03:48 AM
Replies: 4,623
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 445,818
Posted By DaveA
I had an interview when the mom was stunned I had...

I had an interview when the mom was stunned I had such a "ridiculously strict" sick policy. My guess is that she & your DCMs would be hacked the first time their child came down with something they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-22-2018, 10:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 354
Posted By DaveA
I usually keep to my schedule. Good practice for...

I usually keep to my schedule. Good practice for busier days.
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 06-22-2018, 07:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 365
Posted By DaveA
Quesadillas. Doesnít really matter the filling-...

Quesadillas. Doesnít really matter the filling- beef, chicken, veggie. As long as itís cheesy and in a tortilla theyíre happy.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-21-2018, 08:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 231
Posted By DaveA
Unhappy Koko the Gorilla

Just heard on the radio Koko the gorilla died last night. I used her story often in animal themes in my classroom during my center days. Sad
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-19-2018, 03:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 601
Posted By DaveA
I had a parent ask if I had multiple TVs in case...

I had a parent ask if I had multiple TVs in case brother & sister wanted to watch something different. :rolleyes:

One who lived in the same subdivision as me asked if I could keep their 2nd grade...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-19-2018, 03:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 440
Posted By DaveA
I supply it and put it on the children. Gloves...

I supply it and put it on the children. Gloves are a huge timesaver. If DCPs want a particular brand they can supply it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-18-2018, 04:00 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 620
Posted By DaveA
Double check with your licensing. Some states...

Double check with your licensing. Some states will take the hybrid courses but not a purely online one. The organization doing your training (AHA/ Red Cross) should have a list online of places that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-14-2018, 03:57 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 637
Posted By DaveA
I buy 2% milk and Almond milk. I'm not on the...

I buy 2% milk and Almond milk. I'm not on the food program so no worries there. I've offered the option of soy or almond milk instead of dairy since I opened. My newest family is the first one to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-08-2018, 02:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 432
Posted By DaveA
My bathroom doesn't really have room for a...

My bathroom doesn't really have room for a changing table, so I just use one of the changing mats.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-02-2018, 05:02 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 990
Posted By DaveA
Eggs. Can bake with them, but I will not cook...

Eggs. Can bake with them, but I will not cook them. Hard Pass on those.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-31-2018, 11:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 426
Posted By DaveA
I change out something every weekend. It may be...

I change out something every weekend. It may be 1-2 containers, it may be 1/2 the room. Just depends on my mood, what I want to do next week, and if I think DCKs are getting bored with something. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-30-2018, 10:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 581
Posted By DaveA
Peace of mind and value. Notice I didn't say...

Peace of mind and value. Notice I didn't say "Low Cost". I mean that parents are happy with what is being provided for the fee. I explain to parents what I do and why I do it. Now that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-29-2018, 12:01 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 580
Posted By DaveA
Saturday or Sunday is our "stock up" trip that...

Saturday or Sunday is our "stock up" trip that covers the basics and most of what I need for the home. During the school year we usually go to the grocery store Monday morning for daycare stuff-...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-29-2018, 05:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 867
Posted By DaveA
One of the hardest lessons in this business is...

One of the hardest lessons in this business is that it is a business. I run my program to suit my family's needs because I expect DCFs to act in their best interests. That's not a bad thing. But...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-25-2018, 12:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 322
Posted By DaveA
I had one little boy I swore lived by the motto...

I had one little boy I swore lived by the motto "Eyes closed and full speed ahead". Almost always had a mark somewhere. His family got pictures done yearly and 3 years in a row he had a visible...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-24-2018, 05:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 408
Posted By DaveA
My contract states that fees will be evaluated...

My contract states that fees will be evaluated each November 1. Notice of any changes will be given to parents by November 15 to take effect Jan 1. If I know I'm raising rates and it's fall/ late...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-23-2018, 03:14 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 3,161
Posted By DaveA
I'm not sure about the total numbers being...

I'm not sure about the total numbers being similar but if I had to guess I would say it is probably consistent.

I think a big part of that is there has correctly been a lot of time, effort, and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-23-2018, 02:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 615
Posted By DaveA
Playing "air tag" with DCKs and a leaf blower. ...

Playing "air tag" with DCKs and a leaf blower. For the record- cordless electric. No gas engine or cord. ;)

Not pick up, but I had a DCD show up 10 minutes early as I was making a marinade for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-23-2018, 02:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 182
Posted By DaveA
Short, sweet, and cute. Leave it just like that.

Short, sweet, and cute. Leave it just like that.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-23-2018, 02:47 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 3,161
Posted By DaveA
My guess is a large part of it is the...

My guess is a large part of it is the thermodynamics of the situations. The very thing that makes cars so lethal in summer (well insulated, absorbing large amounts of solar energy through windows)...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-23-2018, 12:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 291
Posted By DaveA
Skin so Soft

Does anyone use Avon Skin so Soft as a bug spray with DCKs? Our family uses it and it is better than the DEET stuff for buffalo gnats, which are crazy this year. My contract states I provide bug...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-23-2018, 07:44 AM
Replies: 1,935
Views: 250,022
Posted By DaveA
Yesterday was the first day of no pre-k. ...

Yesterday was the first day of no pre-k. Tomorrow is early dismissal/ last day of school. I needed the light easy day I'm having today. happyfacehappyfacehappyfacehappyface
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-23-2018, 03:20 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,570
Posted By DaveA
They need to be gone now. That will not get...

They need to be gone now. That will not get better and if you take it the behavior will get worse.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-10-2018, 12:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 791
Posted By DaveA
Maybe I'm extra cynical today, but I doubt it...

Maybe I'm extra cynical today, but I doubt it will be the people who should have been inspecting/ enforcing regs. It will be a repeat of the same pattern as before:

Licensing ignores illegal...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2018, 11:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 634
Posted By DaveA
That's about as nice of a way to put it. If that...

That's about as nice of a way to put it. If that doesn't work go with the sign. :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2018, 11:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 473
Posted By DaveA
My DCPs have a pretty consistent schedule, so I...

My DCPs have a pretty consistent schedule, so I usually know when they'll be here and try to open the door for them and greet them. Our classroom faces the driveway, so I see them pull in unless I'm...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-23-2018, 04:38 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 713
Posted By DaveA
Not really a nickname, but had a Salem here for a...

Not really a nickname, but had a Salem here for a while. It was a tough one for the younger kids. One mangled it into Salmon and another Satan. :D

There for a while out of the 6 kids in my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-23-2018, 03:26 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 916
Posted By DaveA
Parents usually hand it to me in the morning. ...

Parents usually hand it to me in the morning. Every once in a while it will be in a book bag or diaper bag.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-20-2018, 03:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 292
Posted By DaveA
It shouldn't be a problem with licensing but...

It shouldn't be a problem with licensing but double check with them. That being said- when parents hear that a percentage of families with say no to your program no matter how good/ safe you are. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-17-2018, 05:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 324
Posted By DaveA
64 pages in a pdf file

64 pages in a pdf file
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-17-2018, 03:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 381
Posted By DaveA
My stuff is the basics. Plastic cube blocks,...

My stuff is the basics. Plastic cube blocks, stacking cups, the stacking rings on a stick (not sure what to call that), rattles, fabric books, etc. Really anything colorful, easy to get ahold of,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2018, 08:06 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 580
Posted By DaveA
David Gets in Trouble. The kids love looking at...

David Gets in Trouble. The kids love looking at me and sighing "OH DAVID!":lol::D:p
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2018, 03:44 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 624
Posted By DaveA
No specific list but my current crop of DCPs are...

No specific list but my current crop of DCPs are a pretty good bunch. They have their quirks and :rolleyes: moments, but overall I can't complain too much.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-10-2018, 08:01 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 395
Posted By DaveA
Thanks BC! That will work great.

Thanks BC! That will work great.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-10-2018, 03:25 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 395
Posted By DaveA
How to word this?

I need to do some updates to my contract/ policies and want to add something. I am trying to figure out a way to say that if school ager can't go to school when it's open for any reason (like a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-06-2018, 11:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 539
Posted By DaveA
Yeah- I'd shift that one onto parents rather than...

Yeah- I'd shift that one onto parents rather than at daycare. I'd be too worried they'd learn someone else's address/ number. :D
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-06-2018, 11:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 390
Posted By DaveA
I was wondering if it was just a couple inches or...

I was wondering if it was just a couple inches or a single step. That big of a drop will need a pretty substantial ramp. I doubt you would find a contractor willing to do ramp for that height that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-06-2018, 05:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 390
Posted By DaveA
How far of a drop is it? That might have a...

How far of a drop is it? That might have a bearing on the answers.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-06-2018, 04:33 AM
Replies: 1,020
Views: 190,854
Posted By DaveA
Remember the old "Mom Curse" I hope you have a...

Remember the old "Mom Curse" I hope you have a child who acts just like you? Since my Mom was my first center director I guess that carries to my professional life. DCB4 doesn't try to be rude or...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-06-2018, 04:28 AM
Replies: 1,020
Views: 190,854
Posted By DaveA
And you thought shoveling snow was annoying...

And you thought shoveling snow was annoying before :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-04-2018, 03:36 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,130
Posted By DaveA
Jeans or jean/ khaki shorts and a button up shirt

Jeans or jean/ khaki shorts and a button up shirt
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-27-2018, 12:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 607
Posted By DaveA
:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek: Anyone one of those...

:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:
Anyone one of those sentences would be her last day with me. My advise it she needs to be gone now. If it costs you the brother oh well. It's not worth the headache or...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2018, 03:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 994
Posted By DaveA
Thatís a whole different ball game. I hate it if...

Thatís a whole different ball game. I hate it if someone assumes because Iím home Iím available.



Agreed on letting parents know. I tell parents if DW or my sub will be subbing for me, have a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2018, 02:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 994
Posted By DaveA
My wife doesn’t “visit”. She’s a part of this...

My wife doesn’t “visit”. She’s a part of this home and this family. The classroom area is part of the main area of the house, so if she’s home she interacts with me & DCKs. She subs for me...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2018, 12:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 470
Posted By DaveA
It's not live in person, but care courses has a...

It's not live in person, but care courses has a ton of online courses. Pretty much my "go to" for inservice hours anymore.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2018, 03:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 367
Posted By DaveA
In IL you would need to reapply for a new...

In IL you would need to reapply for a new license. You can use all the admin stuff like trainings, physical, etc. But you would have to do a new inspection and get a new license.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2018, 03:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 744
Posted By DaveA
I wouldn't. The school isn't closed- DCPs are...

I wouldn't. The school isn't closed- DCPs are choosing for them not to attend. I can understand the reason why they are making that choice. But if that's the case they need to keep the school ager...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-22-2018, 08:30 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 805
Posted By DaveA
To DCPs- "That information should be in your...

To DCPs- "That information should be in your contract/ the letter I sent out last week."

To DCKs- "You choose your plan. You don't tell X how to play."

In my head and never aloud- "If you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-21-2018, 05:28 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,064
Posted By DaveA
I actually think when the older groups/ singers...

I actually think when the older groups/ singers have a good perspective of who they are they do some of the best shows. The last concert I went to was Travis Tritt, The Outlaws, Marshall Tucker...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-21-2018, 04:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,058
Posted By DaveA
I'd be Ok with taking them (minus the...

I'd be Ok with taking them (minus the severe:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes: when not around the parents) but I would let DCPs know that if the child isn't able to participate normally I'd be calling...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 03-21-2018, 04:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 482
Posted By DaveA
I've always rounded up or down. We have an...

I've always rounded up or down. We have an accountant do our taxes and he's said it was fine.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-20-2018, 05:25 AM
Replies: 1,020
Views: 190,854
Posted By DaveA
New line in my job description- relationship...

New line in my job description- relationship counselor for DCB11 & DCG10 (who have both came here for 4-5 years). DCG is mad at DCB because he didn't tell her he had an afternoon Dr appointment so...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-19-2018, 05:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 697
Posted By DaveA
I agree completely. Poor planning on DCM's part...

I agree completely. Poor planning on DCM's part does not mean you did anything wrong.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-16-2018, 03:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 508
Posted By DaveA
In IL it's the same way- it has to be part of...

In IL it's the same way- it has to be part of your actual house and not another building on your property. They would count it as a daycare center.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-14-2018, 03:27 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,100
Posted By DaveA
Well it's a start :cool: I understand...

Well it's a start :cool:



I understand that, but what worries me is that I could see this being twisted into the provider being partially "responsible" for the actions of a parent. Not a line...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2018, 03:33 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,100
Posted By DaveA
Oh for the love of....:rolleyes: DCPs are my...

Oh for the love of....:rolleyes: DCPs are my clients, not my kids.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2018, 03:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 687
Posted By DaveA
Yeah- really the whole first week is stressful...

Yeah- really the whole first week is stressful for me. A part of me wonders when it will go wrong with either DCKs or DCPs. Glad it went well.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-10-2018, 05:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 355
Posted By DaveA
I don't think it's too early. A lot of parents...

I don't think it's too early. A lot of parents will be starting to think about what to do for the summer.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-05-2018, 10:22 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 832
Posted By DaveA
I usually spend between $100-$150 a week on...

I usually spend between $100-$150 a week on groceries. Supplies tend to bought ďas neededĒ, but I would SWAG it out at $20-$30 a week.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-02-2018, 06:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 494
Posted By DaveA
3 or 4 months seems to be about average. ...

3 or 4 months seems to be about average. Anything over that I would take their information and get back in touch with them a couple months before they would need care and see if they were still...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-01-2018, 03:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 377
Posted By DaveA
This what I do. I'll send a few pics throughout...

This what I do. I'll send a few pics throughout the first few days or couple of text how on how DCK's day is going, but that's pretty much it. I tell new parents it takes 3 weeks for a child to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-27-2018, 03:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 523
Posted By DaveA
The first time I let DCKs pick out the classroom...

The first time I let DCKs pick out the classroom pet they picked out a rat. DW was less than amused. :D They are great pets- we ended up with 3. The DCKs and I built a big multilevel cage about...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-26-2018, 01:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 523
Posted By DaveA
New Pets for Classroom

Our classroom mice (from the same litter)died in the last 2 weeks. So this morning we went and picked our new classroom pets. Mice again. happyface Was only going to get two. The white one ran up my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-26-2018, 12:22 PM
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Sticky: Venting Thread
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Posted By DaveA
Bought a new carpet cleaner over the weekend, so...

Bought a new carpet cleaner over the weekend, so there is a big box in the classroom. DCB 5 (who thinks my toys are "lame" because nothing is electronic and keeps asking me to get a kindle for the...
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