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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Today, 03:57 PM
Replies: 17
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Posted By Blackcat31
Get some rest and I hope you feel better soon!!...

Get some rest and I hope you feel better soon!! :hug:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Today, 03:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 341
Posted By Blackcat31
Sometimes those family's do turn out to be good...

Sometimes those family's do turn out to be good clients.
I believe because I was able to set the record straight from the get go.... being able to lay out the rules and let her know that you expect...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Today, 03:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 791
Posted By Blackcat31
I wouldn't have thought you would lie personally...

I wouldn't have thought you would lie personally anyways... we've both been around here long enough to know each other fairly well. ;) lovethis

I was kind of just commenting on it in a general way...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Today, 01:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 110
Posted By Blackcat31
Absolutely! Dear Daycare Parents; This...

Absolutely!

Dear Daycare Parents;

This is the time of year that common colds, respiratory illnesses and other winter time ailments seem to occur rather frequently. In order to prevent the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Today, 01:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 124
Posted By Blackcat31
I'd terminate any child that I couldn't teach...

I'd terminate any child that I couldn't teach within a certain amount of time to not be aggressively violent towards others.

The safety of ALL children in care is my priority and when one child...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Today, 12:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 110
Posted By Blackcat31
Smile I require a stay (24 hours min) at home to rest...

I require a stay (24 hours min) at home to rest after 5 continuous days of a cough and/or runny nose OR a doctor visit to verify the symptoms have not morphed into something worse. Parents choose...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Today, 10:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 233
Posted By Blackcat31
Also Kansas has Lexie's Law...

Also Kansas has Lexie's Law (http://www.kdheks.gov/bcclr/download/Senate_Substitute_for_House_Bill_2356.pdf).

It outlines the consequences of operating without a license if one is required.
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Today, 10:06 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 791
Posted By Blackcat31
You. ANYTHING that happens on your property is...

You. ANYTHING that happens on your property is YOUR responsibility.
Even if the parent signed the child out and left the building but stays to let their child play in your yard.

I have a very...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Today, 10:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 233
Posted By Blackcat31
While I agree that many state's have no way of...

While I agree that many state's have no way of monitoring illegal care, I would never risk that.

The biggest reason is that while there may be nothing licensing can do about it, what happens if...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Today, 08:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 233
Posted By Blackcat31
What do you mean by private? Are you...

What do you mean by private?

Are you referring to licensed through the state verses not licensed?

If so you can find out if you are legally required to be licensed here:...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Today, 07:29 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 212
Posted By Blackcat31
I'm sure we sang a few that wouldn't be...

I'm sure we sang a few that wouldn't be acceptable in today's society but mostly when I was a child we sang the songs taught in Sunday school.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Today, 07:11 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 361
Posted By Blackcat31
lol! :lol: Aren't the differences of living in a...

lol! :lol: Aren't the differences of living in a smaller community verses a larger metro area kinda funny?

I don't see it as rude at all :)

There are alot of circumstances that lead someone...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Today, 06:57 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 361
Posted By Blackcat31
It's happened to me before as well. How I've...

It's happened to me before as well. How I've handled it depends on who it is and what's currently happening for the day.... I live in a pretty small and safe community.

Most of my clients come...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 04:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 341
Posted By Blackcat31
Personally, I would send her your policy book and...

Personally, I would send her your policy book and add a statement to the effect of "I am sure most your questions can be answered via my handbook. Please understand that my policies are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 03:33 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 341
Posted By Blackcat31
The second a parent asks you to bend, break of...

The second a parent asks you to bend, break of waive a policy just for them, I stop.

Nope, just nope.

It bothers me that parents feel comfortable asking a complete stranger to basically do...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 10:14 AM
Replies: 4,199
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 407,822
Posted By Blackcat31
Makes perfect sense...I've had kids like that...

Makes perfect sense...I've had kids like that before :ouch:

To make scheduling easier in the past I've I offered parents that use 3 days a week two options:

OPTION #1 Pay $100 per week for 3...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 09:13 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 791
Posted By Blackcat31
A good rule of thumb, at least for me is honesty....

A good rule of thumb, at least for me is honesty.
I wouldn't ever lie or pretend I have to be somewhere at pick up just so a parent doesn't linger. You'll end up having to perform the same act...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 08:26 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 456
Posted By Blackcat31
https://www.daycare.com/forum/faq.php?faq=vb3_read...

https://www.daycare.com/forum/faq.php?faq=vb3_reading_posting#faq_vb3_attachments
Forum: Daycare and Taxes Yesterday, 08:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 110
Posted By Blackcat31
:p I agree with your thinking but... I bet...

:p I agree with your thinking but...

I bet the IRS could come back and say "Well, why not go a step further then and not have a dog at all BECAUSE of the impact it would have on business". ;)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 08:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 137
Posted By Blackcat31
I require a deposit (applied ONLY to the final...

I require a deposit (applied ONLY to the final weeks of care IF proper notice is provided) and allow families to pay the deposit over the trial period.

Once the trial period is over, the deposit...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 07:44 AM
Replies: 4,199
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 407,822
Posted By Blackcat31
My response is always; "While normal attendance...

My response is always; "While normal attendance days cannot be swapped out for another, you are always welcome to ADD another day if you need it due to the holiday."

Said that way and "most" get...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-19-2018, 11:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 183
Posted By Blackcat31
Oops, sorry...I misread your original post. ...

Oops, sorry...I misread your original post.

I am not in CA but from what I understand from reading the rules/regulations, it looks like a license is not transferable and you will need to re-apply...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-19-2018, 10:20 AM
Replies: 4,199
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 407,822
Posted By Blackcat31
Dumb move on DCM's part... I exclude kids...

Dumb move on DCM's part...

I exclude kids for a FULL 24 hours after they are fever free (without any OTC meds) but I exclude kids for a FULL 48 hours after they are fever free (without any OTC...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-19-2018, 09:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 183
Posted By Blackcat31
(h) (1) "Home" means the licensee's residence as...

(h) (1) "Home" means the licensee's residence as defined by Government Code Section 244.

Government Code Section 224 states:
In determining the place of residence the following rules shall be...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-19-2018, 07:45 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 456
Posted By Blackcat31
Smile I sent you an invite to that group.... You...

I sent you an invite to that group....

You can find the notice for invite in the top right corner or the screen where your notifications for private messages appear.

If you have any trouble...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-19-2018, 07:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 436
Posted By Blackcat31
I agree.... I have a non-verbal 3 yr old too. ...

I agree.... I have a non-verbal 3 yr old too.
Not because of any developmental disability or because of any medical issues....just because the child refuses.

There is no boundaries, no...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-16-2018, 04:11 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 405
Posted By Blackcat31
I read it as mamamanda's MIL (the OP's husbands...

I read it as mamamanda's MIL (the OP's husbands mom) so no relation to her sister or sister's husband but I guess she didn't say either way so now I'm wondering too! :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-16-2018, 03:40 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 845
Posted By Blackcat31
I think it's a pretty common occurrence in both...

I think it's a pretty common occurrence in both center care and in home care for some programs/providers. NOT all.

Center care does it for staffing and ratios issues or when they know an...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-16-2018, 11:16 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 405
Posted By Blackcat31
My thoughts are that this really has nothing to...

My thoughts are that this really has nothing to do with the subject and more to do with your BIL wanting to be in control.

Having his wife bring up the topic vs discussing it with you himself...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-16-2018, 10:09 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 405
Posted By Blackcat31
This sounds like an issue the parent needs to...

This sounds like an issue the parent needs to address with the child.

Personally I would refuse to correct the child but would respect the parent's wishes so if the child called her Miss Mimi I...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 02-16-2018, 09:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 244
Posted By Blackcat31
likethis Considering we're talking about a...

likethis Considering we're talking about a newborn things are definitely a bit different. Newborns get a different type of attention. As the baby ages, the daily routine changes.

For newborns,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-16-2018, 08:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 338
Posted By Blackcat31
Awesome to hear you aren't going to miss out all...

Awesome to hear you aren't going to miss out all together.

Better late than never! happyface
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-16-2018, 07:44 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 845
Posted By Blackcat31
How old is your daughter? I kind of feel...

How old is your daughter?

I kind of feel like it might be something to do with staffing issues or afternoon/next day activities...I don't know, immediately my first thoughts were that they were...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-16-2018, 07:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 285
Posted By Blackcat31
Because the world of early childhood brainwashes...

Because the world of early childhood brainwashes you into believing everything you do/don't do is for the child.

As always, if the goal is anything but a positive outcome for the child the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-16-2018, 07:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 204
Posted By Blackcat31
I allow kids to have pacifiers until their...

I allow kids to have pacifiers until their parents wean them or until they are no longer enrolled in my program.

I refuse to do the hard work of weaning a child from a pacifier when most parents...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-16-2018, 07:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 308
Posted By Blackcat31
What state are you in? Collection agencies...

What state are you in?

Collection agencies will take a portion of the amount owed as payment so I've never had luck with them in the past.

I have filed in small claims court successfully but...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 02-16-2018, 07:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 244
Posted By Blackcat31
Good for you for trying to do what's best for...

Good for you for trying to do what's best for your child.

As a way of helping parents understand what I can/can't do (physically, legally mentally, etc) in group care I send them this...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-15-2018, 07:02 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 845
Posted By Blackcat31
How old is your child? Are the days she’s...

How old is your child?

Are the days she’s been sent home the same in any way? (same day of week or beginning of week/month etc)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-15-2018, 06:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 281
Posted By Blackcat31
Hi!! Nice to see you back! :hug:

Hi!! Nice to see you back! :hug:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-15-2018, 01:32 PM
Replies: 4,199
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 407,822
Posted By Blackcat31
Sorry you are dealing with so much but it doesn't...

Sorry you are dealing with so much but it doesn't surprise me about the HOA... I understand why some choose to live in one but at the same time I don't understand why anyone does. :ouch:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-15-2018, 01:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 183
Posted By Blackcat31
I have never used Craig's List but I have read...

I have never used Craig's List but I have read ads posted by child care providers and honestly in my area (not sure about where you are in the state) Craig's List is not a reputable or reliable way...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-15-2018, 12:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 155
Posted By Blackcat31
Medical research hasn't determined an exact...

Medical research hasn't determined an exact correlation between oral, rectal, ear, armpit, and forehead temperature measurements. Generally, the correlation of temperature results are as follows:
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-15-2018, 08:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 232
Posted By Blackcat31
The locks work for both cupboards and drawers. :)...

The locks work for both cupboards and drawers. :)

From the link above:

• Cabinet Security system (5 locks and 2 keys)
• Locks are installed on the inside of the cabinet and only the special...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-15-2018, 07:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 187
Posted By Blackcat31
Totally understand how you feel. It IS annoying...

Totally understand how you feel. It IS annoying when parents seem wishy-washy about everything...either you need care or you don't.

But I understand they are just checking out their options so...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-15-2018, 07:49 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 919
Posted By Blackcat31
Strangely warm here too! :Sunny: I think it...

Strangely warm here too! :Sunny: I think it might have hit 40F above zero!! We spent a lot of time outdoors and loved it! I just wish more parents would support and encourage their kids to be more...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-15-2018, 07:40 AM
Replies: 4,199
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 407,822
Posted By Blackcat31
Welcome to the forum! Stick around, we area...

Welcome to the forum! Stick around, we area friendly bunch with lots of advice and ideas to share!



Awesome! It's so nice have the security of a safety gate but the comfort and peace of mind...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-15-2018, 07:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 338
Posted By Blackcat31
We have two different payment dates. I...

We have two different payment dates.

I don't remember the exact dates but it's something like if you submit your claim by noon of the 3rd day you get your reimbursement on the 15th of the month...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-14-2018, 04:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 232
Posted By Blackcat31
I wonder what they think is unsafe about them? ...

I wonder what they think is unsafe about them?

I love them!
My licensor LOVES them and tells all new providers about them!

CA is weird. :ouch:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-14-2018, 02:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 234
Posted By Blackcat31
What is the parent's routine at home for...

What is the parent's routine at home for sleeping?

If they rock or hold her to sleep you are never going to win this battle without a TON of time redoing everything they've done every Monday and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-14-2018, 02:18 PM
Replies: 4,199
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 407,822
Posted By Blackcat31
Teach them to never cross the boundary line.... ...

Teach them to never cross the boundary line....

I have walk through baby gates and/or half doors in every single door way of the house but I leave them all open all the time...not a single kid...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-14-2018, 02:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 232
Posted By Blackcat31
Would these...

Would these (https://www.safebeginnings.com/WebComponents/Catalog/Public/showproduct.asp?id=1054&cat=Childproofing) work?

Another extra long option here...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-14-2018, 09:31 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,551
Posted By Blackcat31
I can see that "fight" being bigger than...

I can see that "fight" being bigger than unionization of in home family child care providers.

Imagine the uproar being forced to have cameras in your home would ignite? :eek: The breach of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-14-2018, 09:23 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,551
Posted By Blackcat31
You are the only one that sees the footage. ...

You are the only one that sees the footage.
Nothing is uploaded to any online servers or places you don't want footage to go. So other than you (and those that are actually present in the moment)...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-14-2018, 08:43 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,551
Posted By Blackcat31
Yes, you can set each camera to record when YOU...

Yes, you can set each camera to record when YOU want it to. You also get to choose where and when and what footage is stored/saved. Depending on which system you have, you can add additional...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-14-2018, 07:19 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,551
Posted By Blackcat31
I have a Night Owl...

I have a Night Owl (http://nightowlsp.com/products/complete-security-systems/hd-security-systems/8-channel/hda10p-10bu-882.html) system

My cameras have record options so I can set them to...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 02-13-2018, 03:09 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 36,778
Posted By Blackcat31
A baby that cries uncontrollably for 45 minutes...

A baby that cries uncontrollably for 45 minutes is excruciating for everyone to deal with. I understand it's your baby and yes babies cry for many reasons but you can't expect the provider to be...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2018, 02:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 425
Posted By Blackcat31
Ugh! That is ridiculous!! Next thing you know...

Ugh! That is ridiculous!! Next thing you know you are going to have to have signed permission slips for you to speak to the children during the day :rolleyes:


Considering the history, isn't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2018, 02:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 425
Posted By Blackcat31
Yep, pretty much the same for me too.....the nail...

Yep, pretty much the same for me too.....the nail that sealed the coffin for me was licensing.

I just couldn't keep up with the required paperwork and extra trainings required for even a short...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2018, 02:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 187
Posted By Blackcat31
In the future when e-mailing the link always...

In the future when e-mailing the link always include a little blurb about replying...I usually say something like "Here is the link to my handbook. Since technology isn't always reliable will you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2018, 01:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 425
Posted By Blackcat31
Can you compile a list of fees for each activity...

Can you compile a list of fees for each activity and then either have the parent pay the fee upfront if the activity is planned in advance or add the fee to their invoice for that week.

I like...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2018, 01:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 310
Posted By Blackcat31
Why not tell the parent that you don't normally...

Why not tell the parent that you don't normally take SA kids so you have nothing for her planned so she needs to bring some books, some paper and perhaps a small toy activity that she could entertain...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2018, 12:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,037
Posted By Blackcat31
I don't know who these providers are that get a...

I don't know who these providers are that get a break during rest time. I do paperwork, clean up from the morning, prep for the afternoon and do anything else that requires doing.

I'm lucky if I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2018, 11:23 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 425
Posted By Blackcat31
I charge the same weekly rate all year round. ...

I charge the same weekly rate all year round.

My policies state "fees are based on enrollment not on attendance or time used".

I don't give discounts or credit for time off.
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 02-13-2018, 11:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 200
Posted By Blackcat31
My favorites are: As a side dish Beefy...

My favorites are:

As a side dish
Beefy wild rice hotdish
Wild rice meatballs
Cheesy wild rice soup


You can add wild rice to pretty much anything you want....burgers, meatloaf, brats,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2018, 10:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 254
Posted By Blackcat31
This is pretty much how our meals are here. I...

This is pretty much how our meals are here.
I know my kiddos pretty well and know that "A" does NOT like cucumbers and "O" does not like green beans and "C" likes all veggies if you put cheese or...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 02-13-2018, 10:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 200
Posted By Blackcat31
We have Walmart... Aldi's and a local chain for...

We have Walmart... Aldi's and a local chain for options here.
I've heard of Kroger but never seen one.

My family (and daycare) have always used the Barilla brand whole wheat pastas. I like...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2018, 10:01 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 264
Posted By Blackcat31
It's just too much work :ouch: I get 4-8...

It's just too much work :ouch:
I get 4-8 inquiries a day asking about possible enrollment and I just don't have the time to e-mail my handbook out to all of them. Plus like a PP said, people read...
Forum: Daycare Insurance 02-13-2018, 09:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 147
Posted By Blackcat31
I just go through American Family Insurance. ...

I just go through American Family Insurance.
My agent set it up for me years ago (I've been in business for over 2 decades...:ouch:)

It covers the physical building and property.
It also...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 02-13-2018, 09:45 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 56
Posted By Blackcat31
Lots of good info here: ...

Lots of good info here:

http://tomcopelandblog.com/helpers-employees-independent-contractors

His website is full of info about business, taxes etc...including sole proprietor and LLC info.
Forum: Daycare Insurance 02-13-2018, 09:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 147
Posted By Blackcat31
The gals in my community have separate addresses...

The gals in my community have separate addresses like apartments... like 123 NW 2nd Ave side "A" and 123 NW 2nd Ave side "B".
Forum: Daycare Insurance 02-13-2018, 09:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 147
Posted By Blackcat31
Oh okay makes much more sense....likethis We...

Oh okay makes much more sense....likethis

We have a provider here in my community that owns a duplex. She rents out the other side of her duplex to another provider. They are licensed as...
Forum: Forms - Uploads 02-13-2018, 07:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 303
Posted By Blackcat31
Sadly, you will find that is a common thing in...

Sadly, you will find that is a common thing in this line of work.

It's heartbreaking sometimes but once you get passed that, it all becomes much easier and parents are easier to deal with.
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2018, 07:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 287
Posted By Blackcat31
I still have every file for every kid I've ever...

I still have every file for every kid I've ever had in care stored away. That's alot of files.... :ouch:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2018, 07:16 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 264
Posted By Blackcat31
I don't send my handbook until I am fairly...

I don't send my handbook until I am fairly certain I am accepting the family.

The questions they are wanting to know will be addressed during the tour/interview since that is the point of the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2018, 07:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 187
Posted By Blackcat31
When you upload files to Google Drive, it gives...

When you upload files to Google Drive, it gives you the option of allowing anyone with the link, all people on line or just those you "invite" to access the files.

Click the "share" option and...
Forum: Daycare Insurance 02-13-2018, 07:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 147
Posted By Blackcat31
I am in MN and there is no family child care...

I am in MN and there is no family child care license class that allows 24 children for one program unless you are a center and licensed as such. This would require staff as well.

The most a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2018, 04:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 402
Posted By Blackcat31
I always take Memorial Day weekend off Friday and...

I always take Memorial Day weekend off Friday and Monday.
Labor Day weekend as well (Friday and Monday) but I also take a full week off over the 4th of July.

Those are set in stone.

Some...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2018, 03:55 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 591
Posted By Blackcat31
I've been in business for over 25 years now and...

I've been in business for over 25 years now and have no real plans to retire. I dream of retirement of course but I don't know......sometimes this profession has me pulling my hair out and wondering...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2018, 03:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 405
Posted By Blackcat31
Could you tell them it's causing issues for the...

Could you tell them it's causing issues for the other kids (under 5 yrs old) as they don't understand?

I've even used the allergy reasoning for why food/drink can not come and go and if it's...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2018, 03:07 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,551
Posted By Blackcat31
It sounds like you have figured out how to...

It sounds like you have figured out how to address your concerns/fears and are caring for your own child!

Good for you! Everyone needs to do what they need to do for their own comfort level in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2018, 02:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 405
Posted By Blackcat31
I don't allow food or drink to be brought into...

I don't allow food or drink to be brought into care.
(allergies, sharing issues, ick period.)
I also do not allow blankets to be brought back and forth.
(bed bugs, lice, scabies, fleas etc...)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2018, 08:48 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 366
Posted By Blackcat31
Same here.... it's considered "forcing" and we...

Same here.... it's considered "forcing" and we are not allowed to force a child to do anything.

We can encourage but not force.
Forum: Forms - Uploads 02-12-2018, 07:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 303
Posted By Blackcat31
I'd term now for failure to follow agreed upon...

I'd term now for failure to follow agreed upon policies and be done. She sounds like a headache to deal with.

Id go with something like:

Dear Daycare Parent

This is notice of cancellation...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2018, 07:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 177
Posted By Blackcat31
I don't play music at lunch time but instead...

I don't play music at lunch time but instead encourage conversation. I invite the kids to discuss their morning with their table mates and talk about what they are going to do in the afternoon. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2018, 07:17 AM
Replies: 973
Views: 178,100
Posted By Blackcat31
Yikes! I am assuming her method of payment to...

Yikes! I am assuming her method of payment to you changed when her job changed?

I can't imagine what she had going on was on the up and up... it was just too weird.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2018, 07:15 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 817
Posted By Blackcat31
I brought an Etch-A-Sketch into daycare a while...

I brought an Etch-A-Sketch into daycare a while back.
It sat on the table for a long time before one of my pre-Kindy boys picked it up and asked if he could play with it.

He did all the finger...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2018, 07:12 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 748
Posted By Blackcat31
I don't have minor children and don't transport...

I don't have minor children and don't transport DCK's and I don't smoke at all so am definitely not up to date on which laws passed and then got rescinded in those departments.... so definitely not...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-09-2018, 03:35 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 748
Posted By Blackcat31
I did a bit of research (lightly) and found that...

I did a bit of research (lightly) and found that generally there isn't an odor with high quality brands. It is dependent on the ingredients and the general consensus seems to be that those that use...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-09-2018, 02:13 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 748
Posted By Blackcat31
This little one takes a pill. The epilepsy is...

This little one takes a pill.
The epilepsy is a rare form so maybe the difference ?
I don't know. I just know I've never smelled anything on the child or family.

In MN medical cannabis is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-09-2018, 01:27 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 748
Posted By Blackcat31
So far with those I've had contact with have not...

So far with those I've had contact with have not smelled at all. I have a current family who's pre-K (not enrolled here) child uses medical marijuana for a severe form of epilepsy.
The child nor...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-09-2018, 01:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 275
Posted By Blackcat31
It seems like it would be kinda cool but then you...

It seems like it would be kinda cool but then you get to the $19.95 per month price tag and I'm out.

I just don't understand why tools providers could really benefit from have to be so expensive....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-09-2018, 11:17 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 366
Posted By Blackcat31
I offer. If they pass, they pass. If they...

I offer. If they pass, they pass.
If they ask for water, they can have water.

But milk down the drain or in their tummy is the same either way....gone.

I am reimbursed either way.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-09-2018, 10:52 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 748
Posted By Blackcat31
Not my decision to make. Smoking marijuana...

Not my decision to make.

Smoking marijuana is illegal so if a child's reeks like it, I must report. CPS will decide if it's worth investigating or not.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-09-2018, 09:59 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 157
Posted By Blackcat31
I am also in MN. I use Assure I have a...

I am also in MN. I use Assure

I have a separate home for child care use and am licensed as Group Family Care

http://www.assurechildcare.com/
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 02-09-2018, 09:28 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 18,369
Posted By Blackcat31
Not sure which poster you are giving advice to...

Not sure which poster you are giving advice to but if it's the OP, this thread is from 2009. ;)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-09-2018, 09:23 AM
Replies: 973
Views: 178,100
Posted By Blackcat31
What ever happened with the money order stuff? ...

What ever happened with the money order stuff?

Did you ever get to the bottom of her evolving stories about the weird amounts?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-09-2018, 09:09 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 748
Posted By Blackcat31
In my state medical marijuana is legal but...

In my state medical marijuana is legal but smoking it is not.
Those that use it medicinally use it in alternative methods that do not include smoking it.

If I smelled marijuana on a DCK and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-09-2018, 08:38 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 409
Posted By Blackcat31
But the difference is you are the parent in that...

But the difference is you are the parent in that scenario and are the one assuming liability and managing treatment.

If this same scenario occurred with a DCK, I'd want the parent to have to do...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-09-2018, 08:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 522
Posted By Blackcat31
I offer half days to current families but I will...

I offer half days to current families but I will allow an option of 2 time frames ONLY.

First time frame is 8:00-11:00 (A.M. Block)
Second time frame is 2:00-5:00 (P.M. Block)

Half days do...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-09-2018, 07:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 206
Posted By Blackcat31
I think it is a very interesting and cool idea! ...

I think it is a very interesting and cool idea!
We live in the northern part of the country where being outdoors all the time isn't always possible but there are still several programs in our area...
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