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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-11-2019, 03:25 PM
Replies: 5,018
Sticky: Venting Thread
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Posted By Jiminycrickets
Oh, my gosh, day care parents, I'm sorry my water...

Oh, my gosh, day care parents, I'm sorry my water heater died Sunday night. I'm sorry I have to close BY LAW when I don't have hot water. I'm sorry the plumbers couldn't get here today and there's no...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-11-2019, 09:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 435
Posted By Jiminycrickets
I know it can be hard in a center where you have...

I know it can be hard in a center where you have less control, but if you can limit the amount of toys you have out that can also help with the two-year old set. For instance, only have 20 duplos in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-11-2019, 09:31 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 644
Posted By Jiminycrickets
I charge per day, but they have minimum amount of...

I charge per day, but they have minimum amount of days they get charged no matter what. I have 2 kids of my own and a third on the way so right now I would prefer to have more time off with them than...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-07-2019, 01:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 579
Posted By Jiminycrickets
I also agree, allow him his own space however...

I also agree, allow him his own space however possible and only share toys that aren't special to him (my 6 year old doesn't care if dcks play with dress up or blocks or games or that sort of thing,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-23-2019, 04:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 747
Posted By Jiminycrickets
My parents can barely remember diapers, the only...

My parents can barely remember diapers, the only thing they need to supply. I can't imagine trying to get them to remember food, or what would be sent...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-20-2018, 11:04 AM
Replies: 5,018
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 516,761
Posted By Jiminycrickets
Well, thanks, DCM, for telling me that you get...

Well, thanks, DCM, for telling me that you get your 2.5 year old to go occupy himself by telling him "go clean up X toy" so he gets distracted and sits and plays with it instead.
At least it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-17-2018, 09:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 329
Posted By Jiminycrickets
My own youngest is like this. Once he went over...

My own youngest is like this. Once he went over 16 hours overnight without going and I was starting to freak out a bit. Then he filled his potty seat up to the brim and trotted off happy as a clam....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-09-2018, 01:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 610
Posted By Jiminycrickets
I usually say something about their mood that day...

I usually say something about their mood that day either which way, so assuming there was no dramatic misbehavior like hitting or something, I'll just say, "He had a good day. He really liked the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-24-2018, 12:45 PM
Replies: 5,018
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 516,761
Posted By Jiminycrickets
Dear 3yo DCG: Just because drop-in 4yo DCB is...

Dear 3yo DCG:
Just because drop-in 4yo DCB is here today and is laying quietly on his mat but not sleeping does not mean you do not need to sleep. I know you need it because you take one every....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-18-2018, 11:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 301
Posted By Jiminycrickets
I'm a home day care, but used to work in a center...

I'm a home day care, but used to work in a center here, and I've only had/seen the fire marshall at either one, no police. I'm in the far eastern end of Nebraska. I'm sure it's nothing, but I can see...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-15-2018, 09:13 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 643
Posted By Jiminycrickets
I always ask for no gifts for my kids' birthday...

I always ask for no gifts for my kids' birthday parties. They get plenty of gifts from us, family, and close friends. It's just too much.
I generally respect when the family asks for no gifts at a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-11-2018, 12:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 777
Posted By Jiminycrickets
I have a big playroom where the kids are most of...

I have a big playroom where the kids are most of the time. They are allowed in the kitchen, which is the next room over, (sensory bin and art stuff are out there) so long as I'm not cooking.
I do...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-10-2018, 11:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 361
Posted By Jiminycrickets
If they were neglected when they were younger,...

If they were neglected when they were younger, that can lead to food/eating issues later, even if they are in a decent environment/their needs are met now. Going hungry early in development can lead...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-04-2018, 01:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 372
Posted By Jiminycrickets
We have -sensory bin/art area -reading/quiet...

We have
-sensory bin/art area
-reading/quiet area
-dramatic play area (kitchen or work bench or maybe something else that fits our theme)
-lego area (duplo and mega blocks rotate)
-large motor...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-28-2018, 12:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 378
Posted By Jiminycrickets
You will do great! If you've been in...

You will do great! If you've been in childcare/ECE before, it's like riding a bike, you don't forget how, and you will be back in the swing of it in no time!
As far as parents go, I was sooo afraid...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-27-2018, 11:46 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 757
Posted By Jiminycrickets
Yeah, I would keep the schedule as is too. ...

Yeah, I would keep the schedule as is too.
Similar to your situation, my 3 year old is in preschool 2 days a week, and if I have will have too many kids to bring along, I ask a parent who I know...
Forum: Curriculum 09-23-2018, 09:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 520
Posted By Jiminycrickets
Also, what Josiegirl said. :) If I use flash...

Also, what Josiegirl said. :)
If I use flash cards it's usually with older kids and either we play matching or sorting type things with them, or they are ones with pictures of animals or places or...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-23-2018, 08:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 336
Posted By Jiminycrickets
Bathrooms accessible directly from the outdoor...

Bathrooms accessible directly from the outdoor play are a game changer...
Forum: Curriculum 09-21-2018, 01:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 520
Posted By Jiminycrickets
I keep lesson plans and themes simple (Fall,...

I keep lesson plans and themes simple (Fall, Water, Dogs, Fish) when I have littler ones or mixed ages (I do home day care now, but have worked with every age in centers, too.) Circle times I keep...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-19-2018, 04:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 515
Posted By Jiminycrickets
I had one client (2 kids) for the first 4 months...

I had one client (2 kids) for the first 4 months I was open and that was only because we knew them and they were literally waiting for me to start my own day care. After my second family started, it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-13-2018, 04:07 PM
Replies: 2,000
Views: 275,377
Posted By Jiminycrickets
oops, double post. :(

oops, double post. :(
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-13-2018, 12:49 PM
Replies: 2,000
Views: 275,377
Posted By Jiminycrickets
I have a DCB, about to turn 4, who started at the...

I have a DCB, about to turn 4, who started at the beginning of summer. He had never been in day care before (always with Grandma) so had no idea how to act in the setting and he drove me and everyone...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2018, 12:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 363
Posted By Jiminycrickets
I have a couple of slides, a small dome monkey...

I have a couple of slides, a small dome monkey bar climber, sandbox and water table, a tent/stage I made out of a couple old curtains, and some ride-on toys that I rotate in and out of the garage. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-07-2018, 12:22 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,263
Posted By Jiminycrickets
I am not the biggest onesie fan, I will admit,...

I am not the biggest onesie fan, I will admit, but I can't leave them snapped wrong. However, I am also one who only snaps one or even just doesn't bother until the end of the day...especially once...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-07-2018, 12:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 373
Posted By Jiminycrickets
My ODS broke his leg at that age, when I worked...

My ODS broke his leg at that age, when I worked as the assistant at a Family II daycare. I'm his mom so I was not worried about liability or anything, but on the practical side, it was not a huge...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-05-2018, 01:51 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 759
Posted By Jiminycrickets
I don't have to, I can have all 10 with...

I don't have to, I can have all 10 with school-agers by myself, but, um, yeah, no, gets too hectic for my taste and I just find it a little too much to keep track of for me. Six is fine, more is too...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-05-2018, 01:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 491
Posted By Jiminycrickets
Sometimes if they need motivation I sing a...

Sometimes if they need motivation I sing a clean-up song that mentions their names. Like, Frere Jacques but singing "I see Jimmy, I see Jimmy, Cleaning up, Cleaning up. Cleaning up the trains,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-05-2018, 01:31 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 759
Posted By Jiminycrickets
I am licensed for 8+2 school age. I try to keep...

I am licensed for 8+2 school age. I try to keep my numbers to 6 on a regular basis (but do an occasional day with 7 or 8 if there's no school, etc.) I figured out when working in a center with my own...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-30-2018, 12:12 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,052
Posted By Jiminycrickets
I have all part-timers and offer a per day rate...

I have all part-timers and offer a per day rate instead of weekly on purpose, specifically so I can have days off here and there to spend time with my own young boys. I had the same sort of problem;...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-29-2018, 12:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 492
Posted By Jiminycrickets
Just popping in to say you've got this! I just...

Just popping in to say you've got this! I just started my in home last fall and I was so nervous even though I've been in child care for 15+ years. It seems like a lot but once you get the basics...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-24-2018, 12:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 313
Posted By Jiminycrickets
My now-kindergartener was the same way, to the...

My now-kindergartener was the same way, to the point where I ended up sending him to half-day preschool 3 days a week to alleviate some of the stress on both me and him.
If you've only been open...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-13-2018, 12:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 576
Posted By Jiminycrickets
My YDS is going to part time preschool this fall...

My YDS is going to part time preschool this fall and when I mentioned it in passing my newest DCM actually said "But you do preschool here, why are you sending him?" I said, "Just to get him used to...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 08-09-2018, 02:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 778
Posted By Jiminycrickets
I like to do meals that have some ingredients I...

I like to do meals that have some ingredients I can use for both meals but aren't exactly the same thing, like I make extra baked chicken for lunch then we have chicken tacos for dinner with the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-03-2018, 01:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 456
Posted By Jiminycrickets
Have they been checked for lactose/dairy...

Have they been checked for lactose/dairy intolerance or allergies? Do they drink a lot of milk? Seems like lot of kids who won't eat much fill up on milk and then if they have even a mild milk...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-30-2018, 12:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 557
Posted By Jiminycrickets
Is there another class you can walk out with so...

Is there another class you can walk out with so there are more adults around to help you?
I don't know how cooperative your directors are (I know some are and some aren't) but can you ask if they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-27-2018, 06:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 567
Posted By Jiminycrickets
My rate system is set up similarly to what Black...

My rate system is set up similarly to what Black Cat described.
I prefer part-time at this point, so I am set up so they pay a minimum of 2 days a week, but may attend up to 5, of course paying more...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-10-2018, 12:20 PM
Replies: 2,000
Views: 275,377
Posted By Jiminycrickets
Talked to all my parents this morning and...

Talked to all my parents this morning and arranged things so I will be off almost every Tuesday and closing at 5:30 instead of 6 starting in the fall. I will have a morning to myself and an afternoon...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-25-2018, 12:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 423
Posted By Jiminycrickets
I would not do every other week myself, even...

I would not do every other week myself, even though right now I purposely have all part-time, flexible schedules. Aside from the scheduling headaches, I feel like when they miss whole weeks at a time...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-22-2018, 12:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 482
Posted By Jiminycrickets
I ended up having only my own two and two younger...

I ended up having only my own two and two younger dcbs today so we kept to our main routine (same mealtimes, preschool time, naptime) but everything was a little more casual than usual and we did...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-17-2018, 12:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,004
Posted By Jiminycrickets
In my state we can do the hybrid ones, where you...

In my state we can do the hybrid ones, where you do most of the class online and then go in for a skills test, but not the purely online type.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-10-2018, 04:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,988
Posted By Jiminycrickets
All of my clients/tours (except one old...

All of my clients/tours (except one old co-worker's kiddo) have come through facebook groups (swap groups, day care locator group) or via the next door app. I keep a fairly small group (4-5 part-time...
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 06-05-2018, 01:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 453
Posted By Jiminycrickets
Maybe something with "Treehouse" in it?

Maybe something with "Treehouse" in it?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-05-2018, 12:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,404
Posted By Jiminycrickets
Yep, that too. :rolleyes: He really does try for...

Yep, that too. :rolleyes: He really does try for me, at least, just genuinely can't handle a lot of textures, and after a year he has added peas, whole wheat bread, and several previously rejected...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-03-2018, 01:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,404
Posted By Jiminycrickets
I guess I don't have any good solutions for you,...

I guess I don't have any good solutions for you, but I have a dcb who acts just like this aside from the potty training. He has the robotic voice, scripted conversations, strange faces, repetition,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-03-2018, 12:20 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,265
Posted By Jiminycrickets
Cornbread. I always forget and make it for the...

Cornbread. I always forget and make it for the kiddos and then I am stepping in crumbs that have somehow worked themselves into every corner of my house for the next day and a half. It's worse than...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-03-2018, 04:02 PM
Replies: 2,000
Views: 275,377
Posted By Jiminycrickets
Both DCF who were supposed to be here tomorrow...

Both DCF who were supposed to be here tomorrow are keeping their kids home instead. Freebie day off/early weekend for me! happyface
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-03-2018, 03:52 PM
Replies: 5,018
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 516,761
Posted By Jiminycrickets
Pretty sure the state licensor would be like...

Pretty sure the state licensor would be like :eek:. Though my husband would probably approve. ;)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-03-2018, 03:15 PM
Replies: 5,018
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 516,761
Posted By Jiminycrickets
I said that doesn't work for me and suggested she...

I said that doesn't work for me and suggested she find a park with a nice playground and she was like, "But the city parks don't allow alcohol."
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-03-2018, 01:07 PM
Replies: 5,018
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 516,761
Posted By Jiminycrickets
No, DCM, you cannot have your birthday party at...

No, DCM, you cannot have your birthday party at my house on Saturday evening because "there is so much to keep the kids busy here."
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