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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-31-2020, 02:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 303
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Tom Copeland says to not use the word "Deposit"...

Tom Copeland says to not use the word "Deposit" because it implies refunds. I use "Final Payment" and "Holding Fee"
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-31-2020, 01:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 182
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I loved the Outlander series, but can't stand...

I loved the Outlander series, but can't stand Stephen King. :lol:

I started re-reading the J.D. Robb "In Death" series in November. I've read them all already, but don't remember all of the...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 03-30-2020, 02:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 136
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I'm also interested in your opinion. I haven't...

I'm also interested in your opinion. I haven't had a major loss of income - yet - but the SBA would be helpful now for utility payments and health insurance premiums.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-27-2020, 01:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 611
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Honestly, if she's causing you that much stress...

Honestly, if she's causing you that much stress it's time to terminate.

I've been FCC for 25 years and never terminated until this past fall, and it was SO much better after I did.

When the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-25-2020, 01:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 299
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Yikes! I hope it's not the coronavirus and is...

Yikes! I hope it's not the coronavirus and is something else. There's got to be more viruses with coughing and fever than the 2 flus and Covid-19, right? (crossing fingers)
Forum: Curriculum 03-24-2020, 01:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 91
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Thanks Michael!

Thanks Michael!
Forum: Curriculum 03-24-2020, 12:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 91
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Activities for a Health Unit?

Next month instead of Spring/Easter I thought I'd do Health, but I'm not finding many activities that trip my trigger. :p

Does anyone have any suggestions?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2020, 01:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 197
Posted By AmyKidsCo
My parents set up direct deposit from their bank...

My parents set up direct deposit from their bank account to mine.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2020, 01:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 413
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I'm not because IME healthcare providers are way...

I'm not because IME healthcare providers are way more careful to protect themselves and make sure they don't spread anything. A past mom had me in stitches telling the story of how she stripped in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-17-2020, 01:33 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,049
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I sent home a long letter last night too. I'm...

I sent home a long letter last night too. I'm disinfecting more than usual, signing the kids in/out instead of parents doing it, no more toys from home, parents text at pick up so I can get the child...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-17-2020, 01:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 608
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Wow! In WI they're doing the opposite. We're...

Wow! In WI they're doing the opposite. We're considered "vital infrastructure" and most regulations have been suspended so we can take more children for more hours. I understand that first responders...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-06-2020, 01:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 654
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I'm considering lowering my fever temp to 100...

I'm considering lowering my fever temp to 100 instead of 101, but that's because I read an article saying that the average healthy temperature is a degree lower than it used to be.

I found my H1N1...
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 03-06-2020, 01:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 244
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Welcome! Ask away - people are helpful and...

Welcome!

Ask away - people are helpful and friendly here!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-06-2020, 01:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 541
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Is it against the law for you to not allow ANY...

Is it against the law for you to not allow ANY pick up, or PARENT pick up? I know we can't keep a child from a parent unless there's a court order, but IDK if we could say no to a non-parent pick up.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-04-2020, 12:47 PM
Replies: 5,704
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 620,054
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Sometimes I think parents don't know what's...

Sometimes I think parents don't know what's "normal" for young children because they don't have any to compare their child to.

I have one getting speech services that the therapist and I think...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 03-04-2020, 12:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 935
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Are you on the food program? I don't take school...

Are you on the food program? I don't take school age anymore (except my kids/grandkids) but when I did I'd make extra lunch and save some for the after-school kids. If you're on the food program you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-04-2020, 12:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 277
Posted By AmyKidsCo
No kidding! My parent handbook is SO long because...

No kidding! My parent handbook is SO long because I've had to add so many "this never happened before" policies. :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-03-2020, 01:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 645
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I have one who's receiving speech therapy. His...

I have one who's receiving speech therapy. His therapist and I both think he should be assessed for autism, but since the school district did a language assessment in the fall they won't assess again...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-03-2020, 01:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 277
Posted By AmyKidsCo
My policies state that I require 2 weeks notice...

My policies state that I require 2 weeks notice but I haven't enforced it because it's never been a problem. Most of the changes have been PT to FT, or I could fill in with another child if a FT went...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-03-2020, 01:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 282
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I had 3 of our 6 while doing family child care...

I had 3 of our 6 while doing family child care and worked right up to the date with all of them. The first was a surprise birthday, but since I only had a 1 hour labor with him we planned inductions...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-03-2020, 01:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 282
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I agree that 6 is too early a bedtime for their...

I agree that 6 is too early a bedtime for their schedule. I used to put our 4 yr old to bed at 6:30, but we got up at 6 and he was in daycare by 7.

It amazes me how many parents pick up at 5 and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-03-2020, 01:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 751
Posted By AmyKidsCo
If the parents are willing to feed her in the...

If the parents are willing to feed her in the middle of the night she won't have a reason to change her habits. ;)

When our 3rd child was about 10 mos she weaned from breastfeeding, wouldn't take...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-03-2020, 01:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 707
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I just realized I totally misread the question...

I just realized I totally misread the question and didn't answer it at all. (facepalm)

Anyway, if I close because I'm sick or can't provide services I give parents a credit for the day. Any other...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-03-2020, 01:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 276
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Definitely take a bottle. Also is used to...

Definitely take a bottle. Also is used to sleeping alone on his/her back without blankets or stuffed animals. A plus is if baby can fall asleep independently, with minimal rocking/walking.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-03-2020, 01:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 466
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Wet ones go in the under-sink kitchen garbage....

Wet ones go in the under-sink kitchen garbage. Poopy ones go right outside into the garbage can.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-28-2020, 01:23 PM
Replies: 2
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Views: 223
Posted By AmyKidsCo
You could say that you don't know if your...

You could say that you don't know if your liability insurance would cover her child if he/she injured another child. (If you don't look into it you're not lying because you don't know.)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-28-2020, 01:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 442
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I used to be a lingerer. :o Partly because I was...

I used to be a lingerer. :o Partly because I was desperate for adult conversation after teaching elementary music all day, partly because I figured she was desperate for adult conversation too, and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-28-2020, 01:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 707
Posted By AmyKidsCo
This is what I sent out in 2009 for H1N1. I'll...

This is what I sent out in 2009 for H1N1. I'll probably send out something similar for Coronavirus if any cases are reported in WI.

Dear Parents,

By now you’re probably aware of the H1N1...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 02-27-2020, 01:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 268
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Where are you looking for that info? Under...

Where are you looking for that info? Under Accounting - Expenses - Time/Space - Time/Space Calculation it should include all of those hours when you click the Calculate % button. Otherwise you can...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-26-2020, 01:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 645
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I'm not an expert in autism, but I believe...

I'm not an expert in autism, but I believe sensory issues are part of the spectrum.

We have Birth to 3 here, but the parents have to contact them and request an assessment. If mom is beginning to...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 02-26-2020, 12:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 268
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I love KidKare. It makes record keeping easy -...

I love KidKare. It makes record keeping easy - except for the part where I have to actually sit down and do it. But I have wine for that. :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-26-2020, 12:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 426
Posted By AmyKidsCo
All. Day. Long. Except now I say "Go back...

All. Day. Long.

Except now I say "Go back to the playroom" because when I'd tell them to go play they'd say "I don't want to play." :rolleyes:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-21-2020, 01:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 957
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I don't know if either of you is licensed, but if...

I don't know if either of you is licensed, but if you are, give your licensor a head's up that you terminated these families. That way if they call to report you the licensor will know it's probably...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-21-2020, 01:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 358
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I have Regalo also with a regular crib sheet....

I have Regalo also with a regular crib sheet. They're too big but it doesn't bother the kiddos. I love how they fold up for storage!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-21-2020, 01:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 327
Posted By AmyKidsCo
My contract is 4 pages long because it lists...

My contract is 4 pages long because it lists everything to do with time and money: their contracted days/hours, my paid holidays/vacation time, regular rates, possible extra fees, etc. Also...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-21-2020, 01:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 305
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I've given up on subs and just close all day for...

I've given up on subs and just close all day for appointments. I try to get several scheduled for the same day when I can. Maybe you could close half-days if you don't want to close for full days?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-21-2020, 01:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 345
Posted By AmyKidsCo
My policies state to send them in clothes that...

My policies state to send them in clothes that can get dirty. In this particular case I would've changed her to extra clothes, sent the clean dress home in a bag, and asked for more extra clothes for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-20-2019, 12:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 562
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Yup. Once I realized that parents will always,...

Yup. Once I realized that parents will always, always, ALWAYS do what's best for them it made it much easier to NOT bend my rules or go the extra mile.

I also ask myself "What would Kinderkare...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-20-2019, 12:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 374
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I do similar but my chart goes left to right. I...

I do similar but my chart goes left to right. I used to have a movable arrow to show which part of the schedule we were on but the kids kept taking it off. Now they just point at the photos.
Forum: Forms - Uploads 12-20-2019, 12:09 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 314
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I'm not so thrilled with it. :p:lol:

I'm not so thrilled with it. :p:lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-20-2019, 12:02 PM
Replies: 5,704
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 620,054
Posted By AmyKidsCo
No kidding!! Yesterday was our Christmas...

No kidding!!

Yesterday was our Christmas Party. It was a rare day when EVERYONE napped. Late. I had to wake them up so we'd have time to do special snack before first pick ups. Today only 2 of 7...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-18-2019, 11:59 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,024
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Yay, good for you!! happyface

Yay, good for you!! happyface
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-17-2019, 12:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 514
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Congrats on your upcoming little one, and for the...

Congrats on your upcoming little one, and for the time off!

Are your two families coming back afterward, or are you starting over?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-17-2019, 12:30 PM
Replies: 5,704
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 620,054
Posted By AmyKidsCo
That's kind of what I do - I pro-rate my vacation...

That's kind of what I do - I pro-rate my vacation weeks into the other weeks (they pay for 52 weeks in 49 payments) and they don't give me a check the weeks I'm closed. If someone leaves before...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-17-2019, 12:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 595
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I've heard the same thing so I don't even offer...

I've heard the same thing so I don't even offer to help a grandparent or alternate pick-up person. I believe my policies say that everyone who picks up must have a car seat and know how to use it.
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-17-2019, 12:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 716
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I blame it on state licensing rules (most parents...

I blame it on state licensing rules (most parents don't know the specifics) and add "if it were another child you wouldn't want them here sharing their germs."
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-17-2019, 12:07 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,024
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I'm sorry! I originally closed 12/23 through...

I'm sorry!

I originally closed 12/23 through 1/2 but then a parent asked for clarification if I was closed 1/2 or opening again and I was worried she'd be upset if I was closed so I said Open and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-16-2019, 01:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 377
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Good point. Although hubby might disagree... :lol:

Good point. Although hubby might disagree... :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-16-2019, 01:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 377
Posted By AmyKidsCo
On one hand I wish we had this rule so I wouldn't...

On one hand I wish we had this rule so I wouldn't need to worry about administering meds. On the other hand I think kids who would feel better with Tylenol or cold meds would be brought without and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-16-2019, 01:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 595
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Sorry to take this on a tangent - but what about...

Sorry to take this on a tangent - but what about families who only have 1 car seat and one parent drops off and the other picks up?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-16-2019, 01:08 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 989
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I call it "Flat Rate Monthly" and emphasize the...

I call it "Flat Rate Monthly" and emphasize the convenience of being able to budget the same amount each month.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-16-2019, 12:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,057
Posted By AmyKidsCo
That's awful! I really hope you don't get it!...

That's awful! I really hope you don't get it! lovethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2019, 12:30 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,134
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I switched to an app, which takes much less time...

I switched to an app, which takes much less time that I don't care if some parents never check it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-11-2019, 01:21 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,134
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I think many people are getting into...

I think many people are getting into "decluttering" and prefer not having all that stuff come home so they don't have to decide what to do with them. As a mom of 6 I didn't keep most of the things my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-11-2019, 01:16 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 989
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Yikes! Did the center just lose that week of...

Yikes! Did the center just lose that week of payment? That would be a lot to give up! My monthly rate is 1/12 the annual weekly total so it's always the same regardless of how many weeks in a month,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-10-2019, 12:08 PM
Replies: 5,704
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 620,054
Posted By AmyKidsCo
My FCC friend has a teacher mom who's posting on...

My FCC friend has a teacher mom who's posting on FB looking for a sitter for 12/23 because "daycare is closed and we don't have any more days off." The mom has been at the program 4 years and the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-10-2019, 12:01 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 989
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I discount a little because I'd rather deal with...

I discount a little because I'd rather deal with 12 invoices/receipts per year instead of 49. Less chance I'll mess up. :lol:

My discount is about $50 for the whole year.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-05-2019, 12:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 253
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I think this is the best article about potty...

I think this is the best article about potty training: https://visiblechild.wordpress.com/2015/09/20/toilet-training-in-one-simple-step/

If you can't do that, I agree with Cat Herder that the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-05-2019, 12:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 841
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Can you get one of those Open/Closed signs for...

Can you get one of those Open/Closed signs for the door? Post the Closed side until opening time. Maybe something that obvious will help...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-04-2019, 12:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 433
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I breastfed our 2 youngest to 2 years but we...

I breastfed our 2 youngest to 2 years but we didn't cosleep (except when I fell asleep while they were nursing :lol:). They're 13 & 15 now so my memory is a little hazy but I'm pretty sure they woke...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 12-03-2019, 01:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,281
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I have a 4 yr old who started with me at 2 and...

I have a 4 yr old who started with me at 2 and didn't eat ANYTHING for a full month. It's not sensory, just super-picky, and because I don't give him cookies, pop tarts, waffles, french fries,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-25-2019, 01:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 334
Posted By AmyKidsCo
We have things like that too in WI. I have them...

We have things like that too in WI. I have them all listed at the end of the contract with a place for them to initial, right above their signature. For example:

I/We have read and understand the...
Forum: Forms - Uploads 11-25-2019, 01:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 550
Posted By AmyKidsCo
My interview folder has Enrollment Application,...

My interview folder has Enrollment Application, Rates, Schedule & Credentials. I usually email the Parent Handbook before the interview so they can bring questions with them.

After enrollment I...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 10-08-2019, 12:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 306
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Thanks Michael. I hate the financial aspect...

Thanks Michael.

I hate the financial aspect of this job. :lol:
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 10-08-2019, 11:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 306
Posted By AmyKidsCo
How to Record Refund?

I have parents pay for their last 2 weeks up front, in case they leave without giving notice.

Last week I terminated a family's contract and refunded the amount they'd paid for their last week of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-04-2019, 01:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,000
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Stop - you're scaring me! I'll have a 3 mo old...

Stop - you're scaring me! I'll have a 3 mo old starting in November and I'm not looking forward to it. I decided not to take any infants under 10 mo except siblings, and now I've got this one plus...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-04-2019, 12:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 394
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Ditto. It stinks for my Mon/Wed/Fri child, but...

Ditto. It stinks for my Mon/Wed/Fri child, but that's the schedule they chose.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-03-2019, 03:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 798
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I need one of those too! My son in law...

I need one of those too!

My son in law bought me one about a wicked witch living here with all her little goblins.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-03-2019, 01:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,031
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I don't. I do tell the parents that Trick or...

I don't. I do tell the parents that Trick or Treating starts at 4 here and to let me know if they're picking up early to take their child. Some get the hint, some don't. :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-03-2019, 01:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,004
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Yikes! Definitely call and let CPS figure out...

Yikes! Definitely call and let CPS figure out what's going on. So sad...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-03-2019, 01:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 437
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I updated my policies (thanks to y'all) to say...

I updated my policies (thanks to y'all) to say that children should not be brought after immunizations "in case of adverse reactions" So far it hasn't been an issue...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-03-2019, 01:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 519
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Would you send it to me too please? :)

Would you send it to me too please? :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-20-2019, 01:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 384
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I give 30 days' notice for rate increases, and...

I give 30 days' notice for rate increases, and include the with my annual Parent Handbook update. I have the parents sign that they received an updated copy and agree to follow the policies.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-20-2019, 01:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,420
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Use utensils, not fingers. Keep food in your...

Use utensils, not fingers.

Keep food in your mouth - don't show it to everyone.

Hold the cup to drink, don't pick it up with your mouth and tip your head.

Only eat food off your plate, not...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-20-2019, 01:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,009
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I don't feel guilty but I do sometimes worry that...

I don't feel guilty but I do sometimes worry that parents will leave for a group center because they don't have to close to give staff time off. On the other hand, parents take off here and there on...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-19-2019, 01:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 609
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Can you make a big deal of when he talks like a...

Can you make a big deal of when he talks like a big boy? I have an almost 4 yr old who still talks baby talk: shoesies, sockies, huggies, _______ies, etc. I just say "I don't have any _____ies" here...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-19-2019, 01:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 487
Posted By AmyKidsCo
How many children do you have? I have 6-7...

How many children do you have?

I have 6-7 every day and don't "make" them separate, but they often do on their own. I have activity centers set up and just let them play where they want, when they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-19-2019, 01:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 540
Posted By AmyKidsCo
OMG, my brain connected "late" to "pregnant"...

OMG, my brain connected "late" to "pregnant" :lol::lol::lol:

ITA to bill both. likethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-17-2019, 01:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,101
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I DO live in my daycare and it still drives me...

I DO live in my daycare and it still drives me nuts.

Like I said - if you can consistently leave your house in time to arrive at 6:58 you can consistently leave your house in time to arrive at...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-17-2019, 12:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 731
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I'm open 7am - 5 pm. I offer FT, 2-day PT...

I'm open 7am - 5 pm.

I offer FT, 2-day PT or 3-day PT. PT is only on contracted days; any additional days are extra. I have 3 age tiers for each: 0-2, 2-5 & 5+.

I also offer a monthly...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-17-2019, 12:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,072
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Nope, it was for the local newspaper group. ...

Nope, it was for the local newspaper group.

LOL Taylortots - BTDT! I never used to have my computer save passwords but I've given in so now I don't know any of my passwords. :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-17-2019, 12:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,101
Posted By AmyKidsCo
That's a great idea. :D I once had a family that...

That's a great idea. :D I once had a family that consistently dropped off at 6:58 - my open time is 7:00. I figured if you can arrive consistently at 6:58 you can figure out how to arrive at 7:00....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-17-2019, 12:04 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,597
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I have been asked to but don't. If a child is...

I have been asked to but don't. If a child is sleeping that much they need that sleep.

BlackCat - I consider nap time a "break" because I can relax a bit and don't have to be "on alert." Aside...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-17-2019, 11:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 436
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I have a collection of $1 or free-with-points...

I have a collection of $1 or free-with-points Scholastic books so I write a message in a book and write a Thank You card for the parents. I also have laminated 8x10 photos of the children playing in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-16-2019, 01:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,072
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I was interviewed for a Child Care Desert...

I was interviewed for a Child Care Desert article, coming out who-knows-when. :lol:

Personally, I think if licensing relaxed ratios a little it would make a BIG difference all around. There would...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-16-2019, 01:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 438
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Could be dairy sensitivity, or at this time of...

Could be dairy sensitivity, or at this time of year LOTS of fruit. Especially if he's transitioning to feeding himself table food instead of baby food.

I'd take photos to document, then put them...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-16-2019, 01:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 309
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Agree with Cat Herder. Also, I'd charge...

Agree with Cat Herder.

Also, I'd charge more for drop in care because of the inconvenience. :D
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2019, 12:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 556
Posted By AmyKidsCo
We have to offer seconds on certain foods and...

We have to offer seconds on certain foods and aren't allowed to make a child finish - or even taste - anything in order to get seconds.

I serve family style and direct the children to take up to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-09-2019, 01:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,062
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Can you put up a fence from the driveway to the...

Can you put up a fence from the driveway to the door so they can't get to the other areas of the yard? I used to keep the play yard gate open until a mom let her child play there for a few minutes...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-16-2019, 12:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 670
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Nope, I wouldn't mess with it. There's no reason...

Nope, I wouldn't mess with it. There's no reason it HAS to be administered at daycare except that the parents don't want to deal with it.

My kids HATED it with a passion so if I'd had a way to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-15-2019, 01:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 881
Posted By AmyKidsCo
ITA with 2 consecutive nasty diapers, or just 1...

ITA with 2 consecutive nasty diapers, or just 1 if it's not contained by a diaper or an older child doesn't make to the toilet.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-13-2019, 01:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 244
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I'm similar to Cat Herder. If the spot isn't...

I'm similar to Cat Herder.

If the spot isn't available yet they pay the Enrollment Fee plus first week's tuition. Once the spot becomes available they bring the child or pay full amount to hold...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-13-2019, 01:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 380
Posted By AmyKidsCo
IMO a drop in space is just that - if there's an...

IMO a drop in space is just that - if there's an opening the child can drop in. If they want a guaranteed space they need to pay for it, otherwise you're giving up potential income.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-13-2019, 01:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 690
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I tell parents it's because I've gained another...

I tell parents it's because I've gained another year of experience plus ___ additional hours of continuing education. Most jobs increase pay/benefits with experience and education.
Forum: Book Club - Reviews / Suggestions 07-31-2019, 01:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,027
Posted By AmyKidsCo
For light reading I like Nora Roberts and her...

For light reading I like Nora Roberts and her pseudonym J.D. Robb. Happy endings are my thing. :D

I also love the Mary Russell series by Laurie R. King. It's a Sherlock Holmes spinoff but I like...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-31-2019, 01:34 PM
Replies: 2,092
Views: 325,650
Posted By AmyKidsCo
Yay for you! happyface 23 more hours and I'm...

Yay for you! happyface

23 more hours and I'm off for a week! Nine days if you count the weekends.

I'm going to take our youngest to swimming and tennis and his older brother to soccer...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-31-2019, 01:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 604
Posted By AmyKidsCo
If they're sitting at the table with food in...

If they're sitting at the table with food in front of them I offer to put the food in a baggie to send home. Otherwise they sit there forever nibbling on the last pretzel while the parent stands...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-30-2019, 01:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 890
Posted By AmyKidsCo
My policies state that full time has precedence...

My policies state that full time has precedence over part time, and if a potential family is interested in a full time spot a current part time family will be allowed to switch to full time to keep...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-30-2019, 01:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 516
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I've considered it but all of my parents have a...

I've considered it but all of my parents have a preferred brand and will ONLY use that brand. I suppose you could provide diapers and wipes with the uncharge and if parents don't like your brand they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-30-2019, 01:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 662
Posted By AmyKidsCo
I'm open 7-5 and FT enrollment entitles parents...

I'm open 7-5 and FT enrollment entitles parents to care from 7-5. If they want to drop off earlier or pick up later they'd need to arrange it ahead of time and pay extra.

I keep toying with the...
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