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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-30-2017, 04:35 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,398
Posted By Fiddlesticks
I do believe the state wants the 3 and 4 year...

I do believe the state wants the 3 and 4 year olds in school full time, but I believe even they have to know that the birth to 2 crowd is wholly incompatible with the school setting.

The reason...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-29-2017, 01:29 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,398
Posted By Fiddlesticks
Yes, I believe they have been working towards...

Yes, I believe they have been working towards this for a long time. I also believe a simultaneous shuttering of 30% of available childcare spaces would take years to overcome.

As far as the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-29-2017, 12:57 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,398
Posted By Fiddlesticks
I won’t have my minor child fingerprinted nor sit...

I won’t have my minor child fingerprinted nor sit for a mug shot. My husband and I are adults who make our own choices, I was fingerprinted for my teaching license, but there was no mug shot taken so...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2017, 08:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,812
Posted By Fiddlesticks
I have had more than one child over the years who...

I have had more than one child over the years who simply did not want to lose my attention to the parent at the door, and is crying because I went to open the door and say hello or goodbye to another...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-24-2017, 08:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,712
Posted By Fiddlesticks
I like how he is "definitely going to pass on...

I like how he is "definitely going to pass on this place" when there isn't even a space for him to begin with! :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-31-2017, 07:07 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,026
Posted By Fiddlesticks
I think this is the problem in a nutshell. Being...

I think this is the problem in a nutshell. Being firm is not punishment. Discipline is not punishment. If you properly discipline children, you never have to punish them at all. For my own children,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-15-2017, 06:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,898
Posted By Fiddlesticks
Totally agree. Also, I don't get paid...

Totally agree.

Also, I don't get paid diddly squat, I make more than I ever did as a preschool teacher in a center or a 5th grade teacher in the school district. But my income did take a hit when...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-12-2017, 08:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,511
Posted By Fiddlesticks
I have the Berg Runabout, mine holds up to 8, but...

I have the Berg Runabout, mine holds up to 8, but I only bought six seats. It is SOOOO easy to push, I walk three miles every morning with the children. I love it!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-24-2017, 11:29 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,753
Posted By Fiddlesticks
Just like with the measles outbreak...they want...

Just like with the measles outbreak...they want $5 Million to manage that situation. Why? The population that has started the outbreak receives free healthcare now, but have CHOSEN not to vaccinate...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-23-2017, 11:58 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,344
Posted By Fiddlesticks
I would just claim the ingredients. If you are...

I would just claim the ingredients. If you are blending fresh strawberries and yogurt that is what I would list as being served.

The one I roll my eyes at is that yogurt that has been frozen must...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-27-2017, 09:13 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,189
Posted By Fiddlesticks
I have a few children who come four days a week,...

I have a few children who come four days a week, I like it. BUT, they are absolutely not allowed to come on the fifth day, ever. If they needed five, they should have contracted for five. I do not do...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-09-2017, 09:08 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,057
Posted By Fiddlesticks
We finally got out for a walk in this stroller...

We finally got out for a walk in this stroller today. It was amazing!!!! It truly can be pushed with one finger, it turns on a dime, and all of the children had a great view due to the "stadium...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-08-2017, 01:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,910
Posted By Fiddlesticks
I would be mad, too. If it is any consolation to...

I would be mad, too. If it is any consolation to you, I know that that would 100% be my husband and I! I think you should just start handling all of these issues yourself, and if he complains about...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-08-2017, 10:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 953
Posted By Fiddlesticks
Cute! But the children can enjoy wearing them!

Cute! But the children can enjoy wearing them!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-08-2017, 06:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,463
Posted By Fiddlesticks
I would try and let daycare mom's attitude about...

I would try and let daycare mom's attitude about the late fee slide off your back. I get where you are coming from, I do not like it when people are mad at me, but you did the right thing, and she...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-24-2017, 05:58 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 71,587
Posted By Fiddlesticks
I hope you also contacted him/her about housing,...

I hope you also contacted him/her about housing, healthcare and the price of food. Other things I am sure you are making a bit too much to qualify for the subsidy regarding these items. Surely you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-22-2017, 08:29 AM
Replies: 3
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Views: 979
Posted By Fiddlesticks
Here is a fact sheet for parents:...

Here is a fact sheet for parents: http://http://www.hennepin.us/-/media/hennepinus/residents/health-medical/infectious-diseases-fact-sheets/rsv-parent.pdf?la=en...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 02-13-2017, 08:05 AM
Replies: 184
Views: 78,837
Posted By Fiddlesticks
She took three weeks for maternity leave?...

She took three weeks for maternity leave? Consider yourself lucky, I myself took 12 weeks with each of my children, and I encourage all providers to never take less than 6 weeks. I didn't have the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-06-2017, 12:01 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,057
Posted By Fiddlesticks
It shipped today, I am so excited to get it! I...

It shipped today, I am so excited to get it! I hope it arrives before Friday, it is going to be 45 here (major heatwave for this area) and I hope we can get out for a nice walk! The basket came with,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-04-2017, 03:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,057
Posted By Fiddlesticks
Oh, I did already order it. But, also, I would...

Oh, I did already order it. But, also, I would not have been able to use my award money to buy yours as you cannot use it on used items, I checked with my coach because I really would have liked to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-02-2017, 02:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,064
Posted By Fiddlesticks
Is there a reason she cannot have the preschool...

Is there a reason she cannot have the preschool bus drop her child off at their home?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-02-2017, 02:57 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,057
Posted By Fiddlesticks
Thanks so much for the information, I have been...

Thanks so much for the information, I have been in contact with Roger from Berg Design, and he is giving me a great deal on a 4x8 with six seats. It is more than my total Parent Aware award, but my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-02-2017, 05:33 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,057
Posted By Fiddlesticks
Thank you!

Thank you!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-01-2017, 02:41 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,057
Posted By Fiddlesticks
So, I am looking at the six seat Runabout. It...

So, I am looking at the six seat Runabout. It looks like the one I can buy from school supply stores (i.e.: the Angeles one) does not have the same wheels as the Berg design. I am thinking the wheels...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-01-2017, 11:46 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,057
Posted By Fiddlesticks
Yes, I have done the Child Care Aware grants. I...

Yes, I have done the Child Care Aware grants. I only apply every other year because I noticed when I applied every year they only approved me every other year...:lol: They segment it so much, it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-01-2017, 10:48 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,057
Posted By Fiddlesticks
Okay, thank you. I am leaning toward this one...

Okay, thank you. I am leaning toward this one now, I always want to hear what real people have to say! I will have to weigh my pros and cons.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-01-2017, 10:43 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,057
Posted By Fiddlesticks
Well, it is actually my Parent Aware money. So...

Well, it is actually my Parent Aware money. So just $1000, but I already received it for the last three years (after one star, two star, and three star ratings) and have already purchased so many...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-01-2017, 10:08 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,057
Posted By Fiddlesticks
Ugh, yeah, I wish I lived closer! I could totally...

Ugh, yeah, I wish I lived closer! I could totally use a 5 seater, I am waffling between the 4 and 6, but decided I'd rather have extra seats than not enough...I am considering the runabout. Are the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-01-2017, 10:05 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,057
Posted By Fiddlesticks
Right now, my oldest daycare child is 3, but I...

Right now, my oldest daycare child is 3, but I will eventually have four year olds in it. (I am assuming...who knows with all day preschool through the schools...) Would your husband say it glides...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-01-2017, 09:22 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,057
Posted By Fiddlesticks
The Turtle Kiddy Bus is my favorite, but I...

The Turtle Kiddy Bus is my favorite, but I haven't been able to find anywhere to buy it in the U.S.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-01-2017, 08:34 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,057
Posted By Fiddlesticks
Six Seat Stroller Opinions

I have grant money to spend, and my intention has been to purchase a large stroller so I can take my little ones for a walk every day. Once upon a time I had a quad stroller, one of the foldable...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-06-2016, 07:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,007
Posted By Fiddlesticks
I would add a amendment to your contract that...

I would add a amendment to your contract that states payments that are late due to bank error are the parents responsibility and late charges will still apply. IF they did indeed issue the payment on...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-05-2016, 12:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,444
Posted By Fiddlesticks
I do not necessarily use harsh tones with parents...

I do not necessarily use harsh tones with parents at the interview, but if they ask if I am flexible with drop off/pick up times or payment dates, I just say no. I do not explain, I do not apologize,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-30-2016, 10:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,618
Posted By Fiddlesticks
This is exactly why I do not take half day...

This is exactly why I do not take half day children anymore. I charge per day, I don't care if you need two hours or ten, the fee is the same. I was tired of being at the mercy of the parents picking...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-22-2016, 05:44 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,267
Posted By Fiddlesticks
I don't. For the reasons Blackcat said, but also...

I don't. For the reasons Blackcat said, but also because when I was a teacher I did not want to have preconceived notions about a child's behavior. Every year should be a fresh start, I didn't want...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-22-2016, 05:39 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,777
Posted By Fiddlesticks
I have two trees, a slim 7ft tree for the family...

I have two trees, a slim 7ft tree for the family room on the main level, and a big full 8ft tree in the lower level. We bought the big full tree one year right after Thanksgiving when we realized the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-18-2016, 09:14 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,572
Posted By Fiddlesticks
I have those ribbon bells also, I haven't lost...

I have those ribbon bells also, I haven't lost any bells. But I only let the children use them during music time, I am sure they would be ripped to shreds if I let them free play with them. I have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-18-2016, 09:10 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,572
Posted By Fiddlesticks
This one is labeled for 14+. Honestly, it hardly...

This one is labeled for 14+. Honestly, it hardly fits in the "toy" category at all.

http://toysafety.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Nerf-Blaster.jpg
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-16-2016, 10:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,375
Posted By Fiddlesticks
It's not really helpful, but when children say...

It's not really helpful, but when children say that to me about non-negotiable things I always start singing Rolling Stone's You can't always get what you waaannt... It doesn't really change their...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-09-2016, 12:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,895
Posted By Fiddlesticks
I also give out a calendar for the following year...

I also give out a calendar for the following year in November. I go over the calendar at the initial interview and again at the parent orientation, and stress that I am unapologetic about the number...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-09-2016, 08:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,783
Posted By Fiddlesticks
I stopped serving breakfast, and serve a later...

I stopped serving breakfast, and serve a later "snack" instead. This snack meets all the meal requirements for breakfast so I still record it as breakfast for the food program. We all sit at the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-06-2016, 08:49 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,227
Posted By Fiddlesticks
There is a big difference between a preschool age...

There is a big difference between a preschool age child learning to read because they have such a high interest in words and books, and teaching preschool age children to read. One is student led and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-03-2016, 01:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,099
Posted By Fiddlesticks
Both of my children (currently ages 20 and 13)...

Both of my children (currently ages 20 and 13) are IVF babies. I was doing daycare in my home during the time we went through IVF. I hired a sub to be with the daycare children during my regular...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-03-2016, 07:59 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,227
Posted By Fiddlesticks
Mine too. I have to laugh about it, I got my...

Mine too. I have to laugh about it, I got my degree in ECE in college, before I had children or a job, and probably would have been this person had I had a child in daycare at the time. YEARS later I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-31-2016, 07:19 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,447
Posted By Fiddlesticks
First, I am very, very sorry for your loss,...

First, I am very, very sorry for your loss, losing a child is the worst thing a parent can go through. *hugs*

Second, I should have said SUID, not SIDS. And I agree that is is VERY different than...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-27-2016, 06:54 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,232
Posted By Fiddlesticks
Parents are not allowed to come to my door until...

Parents are not allowed to come to my door until the lights go on at 7:00. On the few occasions that it has happened, I explain that I do not open until 7:00 and they will know I am open when the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-27-2016, 05:53 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,447
Posted By Fiddlesticks
I feel that if a third party (daycare provider,...

I feel that if a third party (daycare provider, bus company, aunt/uncle...) would be charged with a crime, then the parents should also be charged. Is it a sad, tragic accident? Yes. (well, maybe not...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-24-2016, 08:19 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,447
Posted By Fiddlesticks
Oh, I am really not in favor of this...the amount...

Oh, I am really not in favor of this...the amount of hours I have spent in my car quietly reading while waiting for one of my kids to come out of sports practices... If I had a periodic alarm going...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-18-2016, 07:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,970
Posted By Fiddlesticks
I have a 24 hours rule about antibiotics (which I...

I have a 24 hours rule about antibiotics (which I altered to include no partial days, so if they start antibiotics at 11:00, they may not return at 11:00 the next day, they have to stay out until the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-18-2016, 07:10 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,022
Posted By Fiddlesticks
I see, so you are saying, you don't want to keep...

I see, so you are saying, you don't want to keep tabs, you just want the parents to do what they are supposed to do... I have found very little that will accomplish that! ;) I usually have a three...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-18-2016, 06:26 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,022
Posted By Fiddlesticks
I would not consider a suspended child/family an...

I would not consider a suspended child/family an active enrollee. I think the suspension should be enough. You could even have your files separated by active/suspended/no longer enrolled. Have you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-08-2016, 08:08 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,360
Posted By Fiddlesticks
My policy is that if our school district closes...

My policy is that if our school district closes due to weather, so do I. One, I don't feel like juggling who can come when, and who cannot, as in the past I had children arrive after the school...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-06-2016, 07:15 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,675
Posted By Fiddlesticks
There is a saying regarding starting daycare,...

There is a saying regarding starting daycare, "Before 6 months, or after 2 years" Children who start daycare following those guidelines have a much easier time adjusting than children who fall into...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-05-2016, 04:17 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,300
Posted By Fiddlesticks
In Minnesota we are not legally allowed to...

In Minnesota we are not legally allowed to swaddle and infant who can roll over. I would assume, since your son is one, he has been rolling for some time. Daycare should not be swaddling him any...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-28-2016, 09:09 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,723
Posted By Fiddlesticks
This is why I wouldn't give them another chance....

This is why I wouldn't give them another chance. If they are one of the people who think daycare is not a real/serious business, I wouldn't want them to be my clients.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-18-2016, 10:54 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,192
Posted By Fiddlesticks
If you found the the actual statistics of abuse...

If you found the the actual statistics of abuse offensive, you can imagine how most of your posts came across to us child care providers who have literally spent years not just gathering information,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-23-2016, 07:20 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,782
Posted By Fiddlesticks
I think this is the big misconception of...

I think this is the big misconception of play-based learning. While the children are indeed playing all day, the teacher has put a lot of work into the construct of the day. For example: when we are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-18-2016, 08:41 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,286
Posted By Fiddlesticks
I would not discount it, but I do not have...

I would not discount it, but I do not have hourly/part day rates, either. You are either here, or you are not, one price regardless of the number of hours used. I am closed half day two days a year...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-10-2016, 08:34 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,887
Posted By Fiddlesticks
I would say the problem with *this* mixed age...

I would say the problem with *this* mixed age model is that there are way to many infant/toddlers for this group. I am licensed for 12, of which no more than 2 can be under the age of 2. So my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-29-2016, 03:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,159
Posted By Fiddlesticks
I only take school agers if they are an older...

I only take school agers if they are an older sibling of a currently enrolled, full time, daycare child. You could start that policy. :D
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2016, 09:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,556
Posted By Fiddlesticks
Is your nap for everyone 1:30? I moved my nap for...

Is your nap for everyone 1:30? I moved my nap for everyone to mornings, but before I did that when I had little ones like that who were not quite ready for one nap, but were taking longer morning...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2016, 09:00 AM
Replies: 235
Views: 19,670
Posted By Fiddlesticks
She didn't see what the big deal was even though...

She didn't see what the big deal was even though you came to the door with wet hair and in a robe? I would not even discuss this with her further, I would terminate immediately, and I never term....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-10-2016, 05:55 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,711
Posted By Fiddlesticks
My transition was seamless. The children were all...

My transition was seamless. The children were all very tired, which is why I switched in the first place, and especially so on Mondays, so no issues there. When they were napping after lunch they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-09-2016, 10:56 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,711
Posted By Fiddlesticks
I also would not keep her up. It is written into...

I also would not keep her up. It is written into my contract that all children in my care during nap time will lay down and rest. If the parents didn't want that, then they would have to make sure...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-04-2016, 08:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,354
Posted By Fiddlesticks
I keep my paint on a high shelf above my desk,...

I keep my paint on a high shelf above my desk, and crayons, markers, pencils, glue, and scissors in plastic shoebox containers, because we use those the most. But the little, seldom used things I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-26-2016, 08:52 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,531
Posted By Fiddlesticks
Mine is not involved. He might be home during...

Mine is not involved. He might be home during drop off or pick up, but only rarely. However, if I was being openly disrespected by a parent, especially a dcd, he would likely be present if I was...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-26-2016, 08:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,975
Posted By Fiddlesticks
Agree. Influenza is a virus. There is also the...

Agree. Influenza is a virus. There is also the rotoVIRUS and measles. Heck, Ebola is also a virus! A virus doesn't make it less serious than a bacterial infection, it just means it is less treatable....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-19-2016, 12:10 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,190
Posted By Fiddlesticks
I agree with this. I try to keep the crying to a...

I agree with this. I try to keep the crying to a minimum and I don't let the children scream outside (talk loud, yes. Ear piercing screams, no). If a child screams I jump up and act very concerned...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-03-2016, 11:18 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,518
Posted By Fiddlesticks
I will say, reading some of the things that other...

I will say, reading some of the things that other states are requiring in their QRIS makes me grateful for ours. Ours is mostly focused on curriculum, observation/assessment, training and parent...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-03-2016, 08:43 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,518
Posted By Fiddlesticks
Yes to all of this. I joined Parent Aware as soon...

Yes to all of this. I joined Parent Aware as soon as it was available in my area. I started, honestly, for the money. I knew there was funding available then, but that there wouldn't always be. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-27-2016, 10:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,362
Posted By Fiddlesticks
I don't believe teething causes anything but...

I don't believe teething causes anything but pain. I might, maybe agree that it causes loose stools, because of the extra drooling, but not diarrhea, just looser stools.

I think that teething...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-26-2016, 11:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,005
Posted By Fiddlesticks
My daycare rooms are what would be a formal...

My daycare rooms are what would be a formal living room and dining room. The dining room is gated off for the bigger children, the littles are not allowed in there. The bigger children deserve a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-14-2016, 09:39 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,202
Posted By Fiddlesticks
This I do not enroll school agers, but I...

This

I do not enroll school agers, but I have on occasion cared for a school age sibling if school is out and I am open. This would not be replacing anyone's spot, as my license capacity includes...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-07-2016, 02:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,317
Posted By Fiddlesticks
I believe 18 months is too young. One of my...

I believe 18 months is too young. One of my daycare mothers is the director for ECSE in my school district and another one of my mothers is a speech and language pathologist for another school...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-28-2015, 04:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,935
Posted By Fiddlesticks
I use Desired Results assessment tool, it...

I use Desired Results assessment tool, it assesses every domain, is accepted by our Parent Aware rating system, and IS FREE! You can google desired results to find it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-18-2015, 08:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,745
Posted By Fiddlesticks
Can you give her a snack when she arrives, and...

Can you give her a snack when she arrives, and feed her breakfast when your youngest is up? I personally would not take her unless she had eaten before arrival because I do not feed children outside...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-15-2015, 11:30 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,579
Posted By Fiddlesticks
Maybe we are splitting hairs, and if that is the...

Maybe we are splitting hairs, and if that is the case, I apologize, but I was responding to this:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-15-2015, 10:49 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,579
Posted By Fiddlesticks
I was at my hairdressers last week, and mentioned...

I was at my hairdressers last week, and mentioned being sick with a cold for the better part of two weeks and joked that I should start wearing a surgical mask to avoid germs. She said I should use...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-09-2015, 07:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,272
Posted By Fiddlesticks
My husband screwed down anything that could be...

My husband screwed down anything that could be screwed down and I Gorilla Glued the rest. I can pick the whole table up by a bridge if I want to. My almost two-year-old daycare boy hates it, because...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-09-2015, 05:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,789
Posted By Fiddlesticks
I usually ask the parents to keep the child in...

I usually ask the parents to keep the child in underwear over a weekend, and then we go straight to underwear here. I will not assist potty training a child in pull-ups. They are either ready and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-30-2015, 10:37 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,499
Posted By Fiddlesticks
Just a point of clarification on the ratio: "any...

Just a point of clarification on the ratio: "any given day" should really be changed to "any given time". A daycare provider could have twice the number of their license limits in any given day if,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-19-2015, 08:17 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,180
Posted By Fiddlesticks
I am with everyone else, why refuse free milk? I...

I am with everyone else, why refuse free milk? I wish all of my dcms would pump for 4.5 years, then I wouldn't have to buy any milk. happyface Now, at what age do I refuse to offer a bottle? For...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-19-2015, 07:21 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,696
Posted By Fiddlesticks
I have had parents keep one child home for some...

I have had parents keep one child home for some special time, especially the older child when the sibling is an infant. I have never had a parent keep the youngest child home for special time and not...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-19-2015, 06:43 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,696
Posted By Fiddlesticks
From what I understood, the mother did not...

From what I understood, the mother did not initially say the child staying home was up all night coughing, just that the child was up late and she was staying home anyway…. Had the mother said child...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-18-2015, 10:01 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,696
Posted By Fiddlesticks
Yep. I had one stay home yesterday with dad "just...

Yep. I had one stay home yesterday with dad "just because" but his sister came here. Then today he was here 15 minutes before I called for pickup because he has a 101.5 temp. :rolleyes:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-13-2015, 07:04 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,116
Posted By Fiddlesticks
If I lost power, I would not open, and if the...

If I lost power, I would not open, and if the power went out and didn't appear to be coming back within a very short time, I would call the parents to pick up ASAP.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-10-2015, 08:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,732
Posted By Fiddlesticks
She is dropping the child off 3 ˝ hours early,...

She is dropping the child off 3 ˝ hours early, and picking up 1 ˝ hours earlier, yes you need to charge extra. Personally, if would take a HEFTY fee for me to have a daycare child here at 4:30, but...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-10-2015, 08:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,432
Posted By Fiddlesticks
My daycare space is in what would be a formal...

My daycare space is in what would be a formal living room and dining room, the "living room" connects to the entryway, but I have a gate there and no children are allowed in the entryway unless their...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-10-2015, 08:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,674
Posted By Fiddlesticks
I am personally not a fan of part time, the...

I am personally not a fan of part time, the children never seem fully integrated into the program. The most part time child I have right now is four days a week, and the mother complains constantly...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-10-2015, 07:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,045
Posted By Fiddlesticks
She has otherwise provided great care for your...

She has otherwise provided great care for your child, she only takes care of four children at a time AND has a helper, she has dedicated three rooms of her home as space for four children, and has...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-08-2015, 09:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,660
Posted By Fiddlesticks
This is a complicated question. My total income,...

This is a complicated question. My total income, minus my total direct expenses exceeds any former income I have received. But my schedule C takes deductions for my home that significantly decreases...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-06-2015, 09:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,938
Posted By Fiddlesticks
We cannot allow infants to sleep in a stroller,...

We cannot allow infants to sleep in a stroller, either. I asked my licensor what should I do if the infant falls asleep while we are on a walk and she said wake the infant. I don't take walks with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-06-2015, 09:45 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,660
Posted By Fiddlesticks
Exactly. I have been a preschool teacher in a...

Exactly. I have been a preschool teacher in a center, and an elementary school teacher, and my income as a home daycare provider surpasses both of those. Combined.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-30-2015, 07:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,143
Posted By Fiddlesticks
I agree with everyone else, your daughter needs...

I agree with everyone else, your daughter needs her own space and toys. I have separate space for my daycare. Our formal living room and dining room are daycare rooms and are gated off from the rest...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-23-2015, 11:53 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,124
Posted By Fiddlesticks
Yes, this is exactly what I meant as well. If the...

Yes, this is exactly what I meant as well. If the parent is handling the discipline, however they choose, then no need for me to say anything at all. But if the parent says or does nothing regarding...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-23-2015, 06:16 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,585
Posted By Fiddlesticks
Well, what about the little ones who take a...

Well, what about the little ones who take a morning and afternoon nap? The morning nap would be before lunch. Our state rules don't mention meal scheduling other than to say I MUST offer them food...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-23-2015, 06:07 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,585
Posted By Fiddlesticks
We have been following this new schedule for...

We have been following this new schedule for about 6 weeks now, and I LOVE it. The children are much better behaved, I am way less stressed and enjoying the children more now. Before it seemed it was...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-23-2015, 05:57 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,124
Posted By Fiddlesticks
Yes, I would have put him in time out for...

Yes, I would have put him in time out for breaking the rule of no hitting in my home. Once upon a time, I did not discipline the daycare children when their parents were present, but somewhere along...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-26-2015, 11:35 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,585
Posted By Fiddlesticks
I thought I would inform the parents of the...

I thought I would inform the parents of the schedule change after two weeks or so, assuming it works out. ;)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-26-2015, 10:36 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 7,030
Posted By Fiddlesticks
I am so sorry to read this. :( Prayers for you...

I am so sorry to read this. :( Prayers for you and the family.
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