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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2018, 08:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 272
Posted By LittleScholars
I love this thread. I'm trying to automate my...

I love this thread. I'm trying to automate my life as much as possible right now.

Instacart isn't working for me yet, but that's really a problem with my local store. They are always out of so...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-19-2018, 08:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 360
Posted By LittleScholars
Property cost is important to consider. In my...

Property cost is important to consider. In my area, many of the successful indoor parks purchased land in random warehouse districts. They aren't far from any of the major suburbs or city centers,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-18-2018, 08:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 360
Posted By LittleScholars
My husband has been building large-scale indoor...

My husband has been building large-scale indoor play places the last few years and the owners have shared what a killing they make. If an area (like mine) isn't saturated, I think it is a great...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-16-2018, 09:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 288
Posted By LittleScholars
I should prepare things ahead. I used to. Now I'm...

I should prepare things ahead. I used to. Now I'm pregnant again and busy with my own 15 month old and really want to consolidate daycare tasks to daycare hours.

I love both of these ideas!...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-16-2018, 09:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 288
Posted By LittleScholars
I should really do this!

I should really do this!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-16-2018, 09:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 288
Posted By LittleScholars
I'm so glad I asked this! Have you tried other...

I'm so glad I asked this! Have you tried other noodles?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-16-2018, 09:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 288
Posted By LittleScholars
Does it take forever to boil?

Does it take forever to boil?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-16-2018, 09:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 288
Posted By LittleScholars
How!? I mean, I've done it, but it was the only...

How!? I mean, I've done it, but it was the only thing that I found super gross. It was either so soft or so hard, and it absorbed the sauce like crazy. What is the trick?!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-13-2018, 11:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 288
Posted By LittleScholars
Sorry, I should clarify that I have a microwave,...

Sorry, I should clarify that I have a microwave, big multi-function toaster over and instant pot. I'm specifically looking for a way to boil pots of water (we miss pasta). I'm also not allowed to go...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-13-2018, 09:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 288
Posted By LittleScholars
Portable Stove/Burner For Daycare

Does anyone use a little portable stove/single burner type thing for cooking? If so, do you like it and what brand is it?

Specifically, I'm looking for something safe that will boil water quickly...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-06-2018, 09:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 358
Posted By LittleScholars
You should totally close for June! In case...

You should totally close for June!

In case this is helpful, when school closes (end of June for us), I plan to largely run half day "mommy's day out" days and charge a bit more than I normally...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-05-2018, 09:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 358
Posted By LittleScholars
My policies are similar to yours now, and I'm...

My policies are similar to yours now, and I'm also hoping to move toward a teachers-only program (or families willing to adjust to that schedule) next summer.

I plan to give them all lots of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-03-2018, 09:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 281
Posted By LittleScholars
I also do Muffins for Mom and Donuts for Dad, and...

I also do Muffins for Mom and Donuts for Dad, and open 15 minutes early for that and run it for 30 minutes. It is perfect and I don't use much of my own time. Parents get to take a cute kid-made...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-02-2018, 11:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 367
Posted By LittleScholars
I don't have a set policy, but I do close when...

I don't have a set policy, but I do close when only 1-2 kiddos plan to attend at times. Around holidays I often end up with 1-2 kiddos planning to attend, but I know parents are off. I've closed a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-02-2018, 09:07 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 7,627
Posted By LittleScholars
Same, same, same. I had to train some parents...

Same, same, same. I had to train some parents around this expectation in the beginning, but this is how I operate. My own child wears play clothes and is a mess at the end of the day, but he had the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2018, 08:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 738
Posted By LittleScholars
I do this for our rental properties and in the...

I do this for our rental properties and in the future will do this for parents. I love this option.

And for what it is worth, I'm super happy to ignore parents without a response at all. Sometimes...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-22-2018, 11:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 479
Posted By LittleScholars
I haven't wanted to term over a child's behavior,...

I haven't wanted to term over a child's behavior, but I have threatened to term over a parent's behavior. Although this is a business it is also my home and I have no tolerance for parent...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-20-2018, 09:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 309
Posted By LittleScholars
I sort of do this. Almost all of my kids bring...

I sort of do this. Almost all of my kids bring rain pants. A lot of parents like the LL Bean ones, but they are pricey. The iplay ones on Amazon have held up super well and used to be $12. I have it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-19-2018, 10:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 468
Posted By LittleScholars
My own son acts differently at daycare. He loves...

My own son acts differently at daycare. He loves the kids, but he is pretty reserved and likes to sit back and take it all in. He is a MANIAC once the kids leave and there isn't so much stimulation....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-19-2018, 09:24 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 743
Posted By LittleScholars
I think this is where I am now. I really want to...

I think this is where I am now. I really want to make it work with this family, but meal prep is such an enormous task that I really can't do much accommodating.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-19-2018, 09:22 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 743
Posted By LittleScholars
Untrue. My question was how I should respond to...

Untrue. My question was how I should respond to this parent. I'm not sure what indicates I want to meet them on the back burner.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-16-2018, 07:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 743
Posted By LittleScholars
Haha!! I'm also supportive of vegans, but I love...

Haha!! I'm also supportive of vegans, but I love this.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-16-2018, 07:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 743
Posted By LittleScholars
I only have two milk drinkers, but excluding milk...

I only have two milk drinkers, but excluding milk did require a doctor's note. I'm really fine with that level of modification. I personally don't eat much meat and I don't drink cow's milk, so my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-15-2018, 04:52 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 743
Posted By LittleScholars
I think I could get away without recording all of...

I think I could get away without recording all of the adjustments. I've had a handful of dairy sensitivities over the years and that has been fine, although it did require a doctor's note. I'm...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-15-2018, 04:27 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 743
Posted By LittleScholars
That's where I am. It is an additional thing I...

That's where I am. It is an additional thing I can't take on, as I work solo.

Thank you, everyone, for the input!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-14-2018, 08:47 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 743
Posted By LittleScholars
Great advice! I will do just that.

Great advice! I will do just that.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-14-2018, 08:24 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 743
Posted By LittleScholars
Thank you! I think I just needed someone to tell...

Thank you! I think I just needed someone to tell me it is ok to say I can't cook vegan meals. I feel really bad, but I know if I agree to take that on I will soon regret it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-14-2018, 07:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 743
Posted By LittleScholars
Oh, yes. Wait lists are insane here. Years long....

Oh, yes. Wait lists are insane here. Years long. That part is standard business and it is only ever a maybe. Parents like to do the best planning they can and I'm happy to support that. It is a tough...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-14-2018, 07:11 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 743
Posted By LittleScholars
Parent Requesting Vegan Meals

My apologies-- I really feel like I remember someone asking a similar question, but I can't seem to find the thread.

I think my question is: how would you respond to the following question? I...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 03-08-2018, 10:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 436
Posted By LittleScholars
I totally agree with this. This is my third...

I totally agree with this.

This is my third year having daycare taxes done and I've changed CPAs each year. This has been my experience:

Year 1: CPA had never done daycare taxes, I did ALL of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-08-2018, 09:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 419
Posted By LittleScholars
Same. I called a snow day the day before...

Same. I called a snow day the day before Christmas break and didn't charge. Weather was predicted to be bad and all parents were off anyway. I didn't charge and enjoyed my extra long break.

Other...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-01-2018, 09:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 454
Posted By LittleScholars
I have this dispenser and love it:...

I have this dispenser and love it:...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-26-2018, 09:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,144
Posted By LittleScholars
I also offer a preschool program and had one...

I also offer a preschool program and had one family opt to send their child to a very expensive private preschool when he turned 3. She didn't assume it would offend me at all, and talked about it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-20-2018, 08:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 592
Posted By LittleScholars
I worried about this too, but got over it really...

I worried about this too, but got over it really quickly. I told all of the current parents. I wasn't worried about the kids, but I didn't want parents to be surprised if I was nursing at pick up (I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-16-2018, 09:23 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,138
Posted By LittleScholars
I just bought a brand new (EXPENSIVE) thermometer...

I just bought a brand new (EXPENSIVE) thermometer and it reads insanely high. I didn't catch it until I took my husband's temperature when he was sick and it read 105.5. We re-took underarm and he...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2018, 09:21 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 793
Posted By LittleScholars
I've been open 2.5 years, but taught elementary...

I've been open 2.5 years, but taught elementary school for over a decade before opening.

I hope to stay open long enough to see all of my current and future children off to K... so maybe 8 years?...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2018, 09:03 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 422
Posted By LittleScholars
I'm in this camp also. My handbook is on my...

I'm in this camp also. My handbook is on my website, which is pretty hard to find (I haven't felt the need to upgrade to a more searchable option yet). Many parents don't look at it in advance, but I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-09-2018, 10:58 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 553
Posted By LittleScholars
Same. Only two of my parents serve milk at home....

Same. Only two of my parents serve milk at home. Most of my kids have doctors notes saying they should have almond milk. They do all seem to have stomach troubles after drinking straight milk, so I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-05-2018, 12:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 352
Posted By LittleScholars
I WISH he could nap in his room. My old licensor...

I WISH he could nap in his room. My old licensor said yes, my new licensor said no and that he cannot even nap at a distance that does not allow me to see him/other kids at the same time. I plan to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-05-2018, 11:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 352
Posted By LittleScholars
My own child is by FAR harder to manage, and I...

My own child is by FAR harder to manage, and I know we have some habits that I love, but make it that way.

Sleeping "like a big kid" is a great idea! He squeals when we make his mat each day, but...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-05-2018, 11:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 352
Posted By LittleScholars
Thanks for responding! I wish I had a space...

Thanks for responding!

I wish I had a space away from other kids, but I now have a totally open (single) floor plan. We moved the daycare down to our finished basement. It is big(ish), but isn't a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-05-2018, 10:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 352
Posted By LittleScholars
My Terrible Little Napper

I feel like I saw a similar post, but I can't seem to find it. My daycare kiddos have been AMAZING nappers; however, my own son (now 13-months-old) is NOT. It is totally my fault. I should have sleep...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-01-2018, 11:07 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 485
Posted By LittleScholars
This is great. It does mean I'd have to do...

This is great. It does mean I'd have to do daycare laundry (boooo), but it would mean everyone always has the necessary materials. I have to supply these things if they forget and have to do laundry...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-01-2018, 09:47 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 485
Posted By LittleScholars
Ohh patches, great idea! And those are the mats I...

Ohh patches, great idea! And those are the mats I have! I thought the seams would hold up for a long time!

I love the enrollment fee idea. That makes things SO much easier to manage. And I'd like...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-01-2018, 08:55 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 485
Posted By LittleScholars
If you're willing to share, I'd love bullet...

If you're willing to share, I'd love bullet points, as well. It might be helpful since my inspectors aren't as critical.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-01-2018, 08:53 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 485
Posted By LittleScholars
YUCK. I do get inspected a lot, and I welcome it,...

YUCK. I do get inspected a lot, and I welcome it, but I feel like they've been trying to give more "technical support" when they can, and they aren't hunting for violations. I am a super rule...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-01-2018, 08:04 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 485
Posted By LittleScholars
This sounds cozy! I'm guessing you wash the...

This sounds cozy! I'm guessing you wash the sleeping bags, not parents? I kind of love that I don't wash bedding, but I don't love that my run with these mats is coming to an end.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-01-2018, 08:02 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 485
Posted By LittleScholars
Oh my! We definitely have mulch requirements, as...

Oh my! We definitely have mulch requirements, as well, but I'm growing increasingly grateful that licensing's take thus far has been that if you're truly trying to do the right thing and have a habit...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-01-2018, 07:14 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 485
Posted By LittleScholars
This is helpful, and also interesting that you...

This is helpful, and also interesting that you have such strict nap mat requirements! I don't take infants or use cribs, but if I ever do this is a GREAT idea! Thank you!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-01-2018, 07:03 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 485
Posted By LittleScholars
Arrow I'm thinking I might require this of parents when...

I'm thinking I might require this of parents when this group turns over, as well. So far the kids do treat them well, but they also so 100% of the cleaning up (intentionally), so I bet that has...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-01-2018, 06:52 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 485
Posted By LittleScholars
Looking at the regulations I think it is fine,...

Looking at the regulations I think it is fine, especially since they are perfect splits on the seams (once they get gross they are GONE).

Do you have mats that you're finding more durable? I have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-01-2018, 05:57 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 485
Posted By LittleScholars
Nap mat repair/glue?

I use the angeles nap mats, and they've been great for us for 2 years; however, some are suddenly starting to split at the seams. I'd like to try to repair them before purchasing new ones (they seem...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-24-2018, 09:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 534
Posted By LittleScholars
I was in this spot when I opened (I left my FT...

I was in this spot when I opened (I left my FT teaching job to open a daycare prior to starting a family), and I'm in this position again now. I case any of this is helpful, I'll share my experience....
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 01-16-2018, 06:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 384
Posted By LittleScholars
Thank you! I suppose an even better question may...

Thank you! I suppose an even better question may have been, does it raise flags to have a high supplies/material total vs. breaking expenses out further? I use quickbooks and dump most things in this...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 01-12-2018, 05:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 384
Posted By LittleScholars
Tax catergories

Since opening I've used two different CPAs, and each use slightly different categories (some overlap, of course, but others do not). Do you all lump activities/toys/supplies under materials and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-18-2017, 09:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 822
Posted By LittleScholars
I posted about this last week and decided to do a...

I posted about this last week and decided to do a weekend pj, pizza and movie party for kids and siblings (all of which I've had in my care at some point). I didn't have much money to spend this...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-15-2017, 10:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 815
Posted By LittleScholars
Always my first thought!! But I'm covered!

Always my first thought!! But I'm covered!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-14-2017, 12:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 815
Posted By LittleScholars
I think I'm generous, but also still feel guilty...

I think I'm generous, but also still feel guilty for creating wacky schedules early this year when I closed. I know it is part of home daycare, so I really just need to get it over it for my own sake!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-14-2017, 09:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 815
Posted By LittleScholars
These are wonderful ideas!! Thank you!

These are wonderful ideas!! Thank you!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-13-2017, 12:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 815
Posted By LittleScholars
Super helpful! I wouldn’t be charging, but I...

Super helpful! I wouldn’t be charging, but I would be over ratio. I wouldn’t be alone, and it would really be different than daycare (no outside time or transitions). It would be a free-of-charge pj...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-13-2017, 11:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 815
Posted By LittleScholars
Gifting A Date Night (Logistics)/Parent Gift/WWYD

I feel like this topic has been covered many times, but I'm still torn and need help making a quick decision.

Last year I was very pregnant and knew I would go out on maternity leave right after...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-11-2017, 09:20 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,865
Posted By LittleScholars
I agree. I have *mostly* great families now, and...

I agree. I have *mostly* great families now, and they have appreciated this. They want me to have days off and they've shared that they really appreciate that I try to minimize the impact on...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-06-2017, 09:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,865
Posted By LittleScholars
In previous years I stayed open for one kiddo....

In previous years I stayed open for one kiddo. Now I ask parents to secure back up and try to use these as personal days. The parents are so appreciative that I take so little unplanned time off and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-04-2017, 11:24 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,560
Posted By LittleScholars
...because we were listening to Disney songs,...

...because we were listening to Disney songs, Disney songs make him think of getting married, and he doesn't ever want to get married. Full sob fest.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-25-2017, 09:25 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,652
Posted By LittleScholars
Oh my goodness!! Good to know!!

Oh my goodness!! Good to know!!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-25-2017, 09:21 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,652
Posted By LittleScholars
Great thinking!

Great thinking!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-25-2017, 09:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,466
Posted By LittleScholars
This is a very normal practice here, as well. I...

This is a very normal practice here, as well. I share that in hopes that it seems less sketchy or purposeful. Landlords are encouraged to take pictures, as it is their only way of demonstrating the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-21-2017, 10:50 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,652
Posted By LittleScholars
I should have mentioned I'm also looking for...

I should have mentioned I'm also looking for non-daycare hours, so I think the rocker is going to allow me to shower again.

I bought my mom an exersaucer I'm going to steal back. The only problem...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-21-2017, 10:25 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,652
Posted By LittleScholars
This is SO cool! He still isn't quite crawling...

This is SO cool! He still isn't quite crawling (he's doing this sort of scoot and throw himself forward thing), but he trying so hard to pull up and stand. He might LOVE this for that purpose, as...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-21-2017, 10:24 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,652
Posted By LittleScholars
I should try one!! I heard chunky baby legs don't...

I should try one!! I heard chunky baby legs don't always fit, but I could grab one off of a local mom swap. Great idea!! I have a play yard set up that he rarely goes in, but doesn't mind it at all.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-21-2017, 10:22 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,652
Posted By LittleScholars
YES. You have saved me. Thank you!!!

YES. You have saved me. Thank you!!!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-21-2017, 09:16 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,652
Posted By LittleScholars
Chair For Giant Infant?

My own giant 8 month old has outgrown everything, but isn't ready for nothing. If I was a better mom I would go totally container free, but there are a few moments each day I need to know he is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-19-2017, 09:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,168
Posted By LittleScholars
I LOVE my Angeles brand mats from Amazon and they...

I LOVE my Angeles brand mats from Amazon and they were only $25ish. Before I opened and stocked up I ordered one and napped on it myself to test it out. I loved it and swear it is one of the reasons...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-19-2017, 09:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,630
Posted By LittleScholars
This is a really good point. One of my DCFs...

This is a really good point. One of my DCFs recently separated. I've always had a great relationship with mom and dad. Dad picked up one day and reported to mom that the other moms were giving him...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-19-2017, 09:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,490
Posted By LittleScholars
Thank you all!

My apologies for the delayed response-- I had trouble getting on yesterday. Your advice was so helpful. I ended up saying no. Licensing knows my set up and didn't love it. It is hard because there is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-15-2017, 03:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,490
Posted By LittleScholars
I still don't know how to quote multiple people,...

I still don't know how to quote multiple people, but thank you both! I want to help this family, but I don't like anything about this scenario. I feel kind of terrible saying no, but all signs point...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-15-2017, 12:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,490
Posted By LittleScholars
Should I Do This And How Much To Charge

A neighbor would like me to get her kiddo off of the bus at 2:45 and she would pick her up at 3:05. Her daughter attends a school for special needs, so her schedule differs from my other...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-15-2017, 09:58 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,420
Posted By LittleScholars
I realized after I wrote this my response didn't...

I realized after I wrote this my response didn't exactly match your situation (I knew where I would be, just not if I would actually follow through with care if I didn't find enough of a need). There...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-13-2017, 09:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,420
Posted By LittleScholars
I pre-advertised and that worked well for me. I...

I pre-advertised and that worked well for me. I left my job and toyed with the idea of opening a daycare, but I didn't want to commit to purchasing items and going through licensing only to find out...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-12-2017, 11:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 795
Posted By LittleScholars
Congratulations! I was pregnant with a full group...

Congratulations! I was pregnant with a full group (6 + 2 school-agers) and now have my own 8 month old in care. It went so well I'm doing it again asap.

I was always tired during my pregnancy, so...
Forum: Forms - Uploads 08-03-2017, 10:11 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,099
Posted By LittleScholars
This is super helpful!

This is super helpful!
Forum: Forms - Uploads 08-02-2017, 05:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,099
Posted By LittleScholars
Exel Sheet For Expenses

Does anyone have a spreadsheet they love and would be willing to share? I'm specifically looking for something comprehensive to give to my accountant at tax season.

I already have a system for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-20-2017, 10:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 681
Posted By LittleScholars
Clearly I didn't read your post well. Ignore...

Clearly I didn't read your post well. Ignore suggestion 1!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-20-2017, 10:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 681
Posted By LittleScholars
My story is similar to yours! I opened a little...

My story is similar to yours! I opened a little over a year and a half ago so I could work from home with my infant son. Prior to that I taught and and worked in school leadership. This has been my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-13-2017, 09:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 634
Posted By LittleScholars
You've been given really great advice. Can you...

You've been given really great advice. Can you look into opening a small center run outside of your home? In that case, I could see a 3-way partnership working.

In my opinion, anything run out of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-07-2017, 09:24 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,131
Posted By LittleScholars
I don't use vacation time, but I do pro-rate. I...

I don't use vacation time, but I do pro-rate. I don't have hourly rates, but I base it on contracted times. I don't refund if parents come late or pick up early. I think I felt inclined to create...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-06-2017, 08:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 545
Posted By LittleScholars
Thank you both! I called licensing and the health...

Thank you both! I called licensing and the health department. They are reaching out to the doctor to find out more, and requiring the doctor clear her.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-06-2017, 05:29 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 545
Posted By LittleScholars
Excluding for E. Coli

I have a kiddo that has been having serious stomach issues with no other symptoms. The doctor thought it was a dairy intolerance and perhaps a gluten issue. It turns out the poor kiddo has e. coli...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-29-2017, 07:08 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,304
Posted By LittleScholars
All of my friends are having babies and asking...

All of my friends are having babies and asking for care. Some of them are excellent friends and I would do a lot for them. I would happily take their kids for free after hours or on the weekend;...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-26-2017, 09:02 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,663
Posted By LittleScholars
I'm taking the 3rd, 4th, and 5th. After returning...

I'm taking the 3rd, 4th, and 5th. After returning from a pretty short maternity leave earlier this year I'm ready for a break. I'm learning that it is way easier for families to get coverage during...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-23-2017, 11:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 714
Posted By LittleScholars
This is all SO helpful! I imagine you ran the...

This is all SO helpful! I imagine you ran the program at a somewhat discounted rate? How did you determine how much to charge for the summer program? In some ways, I think it could be just as...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-23-2017, 11:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 714
Posted By LittleScholars
How did you determine interest and did you...

How did you determine interest and did you require attendance? My only hesitation would be switching to this model and finding out only one kid will be attending. To me, these are the hardest days....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-23-2017, 10:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 714
Posted By LittleScholars
This sounds amazing! I should have added that I...

This sounds amazing! I should have added that I have at least a few families that will send kids if they have to pay, even if they would rather have them home (no judgment, they are totally justified...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-23-2017, 10:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 714
Posted By LittleScholars
Summer camp!!! I LOVE this!!

Summer camp!!! I LOVE this!!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-23-2017, 10:11 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 714
Posted By LittleScholars
You're making me realize that I do need a way to...

You're making me realize that I do need a way to hold spots, and it needs to be enough to make them decide in advance if they plan to return.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-23-2017, 10:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 714
Posted By LittleScholars
Thanks, Trix :). I'm actually not that...

Thanks, Trix :).

I'm actually not that concerned with the payment piece. I'm at a point that I'd rather have less money and more time with my family. I do think I could raise rates if I did this....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-23-2017, 09:40 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 714
Posted By LittleScholars
For Those That Close Or Reduce Days During The Summer...

I'm considering a change in summer care beginning next summer when over half of my group heads off to kindergarten. This summer I'm finding that most of my families want to keep their kiddos home...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-22-2017, 10:44 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 695
Posted By LittleScholars
Same here. We take the nice weather when we can...

Same here. We take the nice weather when we can get it.

I require that children are dressed appropriately for play. In my opinion, this boy is not and I would be worried about him overheating. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-09-2017, 10:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 719
Posted By LittleScholars
It totally does. I told her I was pretty certain...

It totally does. I told her I was pretty certain this was the case. I'll talk to her this evening and ask for documentation (should she wish to provide it).

Thank you!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-09-2017, 10:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 719
Posted By LittleScholars
Parent Restraining Order Question

This has probably been answered, but I can't seem to find the answer.

Mom and dad are unmarried and broke up. Mom filed for an order of protection against dad earlier this week. He RARELY picks...
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