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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-26-2020, 09:35 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,516
Posted By ardeur
This is my husband's home. He's not a visitor....

This is my husband's home. He's not a visitor. He's also cleared to be my substitute and is present for all interviews-- mostly for my protection. The kids love him as he brings a different energy to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-25-2019, 02:07 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,839
Posted By ardeur
Some of my parents have tried dropping in a few...

Some of my parents have tried dropping in a few times a day. They decided on their own to stop doing that after they saw how much it distresses their child. I cannot, by law, prevent parents visiting...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-10-2019, 12:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,330
Posted By ardeur
I use Brightwheel for invoicing and payments. I...

I use Brightwheel for invoicing and payments. I usually waive the first late fee but I don't let it go unspoken and this is how: Brightwheel allows me to create and send the parents an itemized...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-10-2019, 12:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 854
Posted By ardeur
You need to send in LIC9211 to licensing. The...

You need to send in LIC9211 to licensing. The form is pretty self-explanatory. Just puts you on inactive status for the dates of your choosing. You will still owe all licensing fees.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2019, 07:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,685
Posted By ardeur
Make-Ahead Meals or Sides?

What can be made on the weekend and stored in the fridge to reheat in the microwave or toaster oven during the week?

I tried doing freezer meals for my daycare kiddos. I gave up after a month or...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-20-2019, 05:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,975
Posted By ardeur
I honestly assume the parent is talking to the...

I honestly assume the parent is talking to the child (a healthy thing) even when the child is too young to answer. We are encouraged to talk to our babies and I see more and more parents doing this....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-07-2019, 05:27 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,226
Posted By ardeur
Variations of "Don't climb on the furniture." is...

Variations of "Don't climb on the furniture." is a BIG one around here right now.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-27-2019, 05:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,893
Posted By ardeur
Breastfeeding Right at Closing Time

Mom comes in right at or mere minutes before my closing time and asks if she can sit to breastfeed 6week old. Bfing session lasts 30 minutes about. I really do desire to be as breastfeeding-friendly...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-20-2018, 11:50 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,615
Posted By ardeur
Thank you everyone! The family did terminate...

Thank you everyone!

The family did terminate their contract effective last week.

They said they want to open a new contract in the new year when they have their schedule figured out. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-20-2018, 11:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 902
Posted By ardeur
Screening Attachment Parents

A daycare family just left my program and I DO NOT want to repeat the situation I faced with them. Does anyone else screen for this during interviews? If so, how? Or is this even reasonable for me to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-19-2018, 05:20 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,848
Posted By ardeur
I have a family of nurses who only work 12 hour...

I have a family of nurses who only work 12 hour shifts. They need care for almost 14 hours those days: 12hr shift+1hr lunch+50 minutes for their commute. I am only open ten hours a day. Originally I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-05-2018, 02:09 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,357
Posted By ardeur
Both times it was because of safety issues. 1st ...

Both times it was because of safety issues. 1st was caused by a grandma acting out violently at my house (angry about late fees). 2nd was a child repeatedly injuring other children in care and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-27-2018, 04:20 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,187
Posted By ardeur
I too often let the little things slide because...

I too often let the little things slide because I'm fearful of seeming petty. And then it'll bite me in the butt. Like the dcg who I let bring toys from home when that's against policy. Then one day...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-27-2018, 04:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,240
Posted By ardeur
I am very private and an introvert. I value my...

I am very private and an introvert. I value my off time. So no, I don't attend dcks parties. I want things to remain as professional as possible between me and my families.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-13-2018, 01:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,263
Posted By ardeur
I went through two terrible ordeals with parents...

I went through two terrible ordeals with parents who told me their child was "not allowed to wear diapers or pullups at daycare" because they wanted them PT'd. But parents regularly brought them in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-13-2018, 01:43 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,897
Posted By ardeur
My biggest issue was with a verbally-abusive...

My biggest issue was with a verbally-abusive parent who retaliated with false reports of abuse to both licensing and CPS after I terminated her contract for screaming and threatening me in my home....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-13-2018, 01:35 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,615
Posted By ardeur
1. It primarily lets me know who is serious about...

1. It primarily lets me know who is serious about enrolling, and who isn't. Like earnest money, but I don't refund it.
2. It's to cover my time talking with the parents over text, phone, during the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-10-2018, 02:01 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,615
Posted By ardeur
Would you charge them another enrollment fee?...

Would you charge them another enrollment fee? (Mine is $60). For leaving the program and then re-enrolling?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-10-2018, 12:48 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,615
Posted By ardeur
Family Wanting Lengthy, Unpaid Absence

A current family wants to "pull" their child for the entire month of December and return sometime (they don't know when) in January. They will not pay during this absence and they may or may not even...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-08-2018, 03:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,886
Posted By ardeur
My gut is saying they cannot do this. Don't sign...

My gut is saying they cannot do this. Don't sign anything until you talk to someone at the Child Care Law offices. Make sure you send them a scan of the lease agreement.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-08-2018, 12:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,400
Posted By ardeur
Giving a Good Report at Pick Up

I know I'm not good at this and I want to do better. I feel like most of the time I communicate with parents regarding policy reminders or about a minor injury or a behavior issue. I hate that most...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-03-2018, 02:30 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,797
Posted By ardeur
1. wall-mounted changing table 2. wall-mounted...

1. wall-mounted changing table
2. wall-mounted soap and instant hand sanitizer
3. wall-mounted paper towels & bulk paper towels
4. new infant and toddler toys. Mine are VERY well-loved.
5. arts...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-03-2018, 12:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,510
Posted By ardeur
I have a family of nurses who work 12 hour shifts...

I have a family of nurses who work 12 hour shifts + 1 hour lunch + 50 minute rt commute to my home. That's a 14 hour day for me, but only 3 days a week. 42 hours of care in 3 days' time.

I'm...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-27-2017, 04:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,596
Posted By ardeur
I worked on my policies every day for months...

I worked on my policies every day for months before opening up for business. My first dcp negotiated on a lot and ended up being a control freak after I gave in to her. My fault. That experience...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-27-2017, 09:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,101
Posted By ardeur
Tell Me About Your Early/Late Fees

I have been going back and forth between charging a $1/min or a $5/min late fee (or consider something else?). $5 seems so high, but I feel like it's high enough to really deter most parents. $1 feel...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-07-2017, 05:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,154
Posted By ardeur
We have only been members this year so far and...

We have only been members this year so far and while they seem very friendly, they have been very strict about parking and the traffic into the complex. They already told me no when I asked for extra...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-07-2017, 02:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,154
Posted By ardeur
DO & PU Zone Out on Sidewalk

I'm getting licensed this summer to take on more children and so far my daycare has been small enough for this to not be a problem. Anyhow, we have very limited parking inside our association for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-01-2017, 08:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,832
Posted By ardeur
I lucked out yesterday and responded to a cl ad...

I lucked out yesterday and responded to a cl ad for preschool furniture shortly after it was posted. Got 2 adjustable tables and 6 chairs for $80.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-29-2017, 06:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,832
Posted By ardeur
Furniture is Expensive

I've had no luck so far finding anything on craigslist. Our nearest IKEA is 3 hours away and it's $99 for delivery.

My preschoolers need an actual table/desk because my Little Tykes plastic...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-27-2017, 05:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,996
Posted By ardeur
For Those Of You Who Wear Uniforms

I have had to wear uniforms in the past for school and various jobs. Personally, I've always liked it. I spent the past year of my daycare wearing whatever I want and that hasn't worked out well for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-05-2017, 04:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,483
Posted By ardeur
2 and 3 year olds are regularly put in preschool...

2 and 3 year olds are regularly put in preschool here. Actual learning preschools. I hate it. I strongly believe playtime, outside playtime, and learning social behaviors is so much more important....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-05-2017, 03:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,640
Posted By ardeur
I was asked to care for someone's twins full time...

I was asked to care for someone's twins full time in their home for $400/mo. Nope.

I saw another mom who wanted someone to come to her house for eight hours to feed, play with, and put her toddler...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-17-2017, 01:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,166
Posted By ardeur
I already have a screen-free home and...

I already have a screen-free home and electronics-free toys but we do have plastic still. It wouldn't be difficult to move more in that direction. We also use things like unpaper cloth towels and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-17-2017, 01:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,166
Posted By ardeur
For cloth diapers I only buy solid colors and...

For cloth diapers I only buy solid colors and assign each child their own color so there's no sharing. I use large wet bags for the soiled diapers and wash separately.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-15-2017, 02:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,166
Posted By ardeur
Ideas To Give My DC A Competitive "Edge"

I would like to start charging on the higher end for our area but I realize I will need to make my dc stand out from others. I already know I want to offer organic food and provide (yes, I provide)...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-15-2017, 01:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,485
Posted By ardeur
Pooping Right At Pickup

I've noticed a pattern with a little boy who poops RIGHT before or during pickup. It's happened three times now. I feel nervous and embarrassed because I don't want his parents thinking that I've...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-09-2017, 09:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,849
Posted By ardeur
Dirty clothes

I have a boy who is always getting his clothes really dirty whether it be from eating, playing outside, or from his "uncontainable" #2s. Should I be washing and drying his clothes or sending them...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2017, 05:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,738
Posted By ardeur
Any Reason I Shouldn't Charge Monthly?

I am still unlicensed and only providing care for one family right now, and they pay monthly. Not a problem.

I hope to continue requiring monthly payments when I expand and become licensed soon....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-12-2017, 01:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,319
Posted By ardeur
Oh and I'm in Fresno county.

Oh and I'm in Fresno county.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-12-2017, 01:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,319
Posted By ardeur
Yes. Thank you. The reason I ask is because...

Yes. Thank you.

The reason I ask is because I contemplating transitioning to more of a preschool environment (with actual learning + play) when my son reaches preschool age. I suppose I could...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-11-2017, 04:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,319
Posted By ardeur
Difference Between A Home Daycare And A Home Preschool In CA?

I've been googling this and haven't had any luck. Does licensing differentiate between a daycare and a preschool in California? Any links for me?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-10-2017, 12:04 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,428
Posted By ardeur
We were not given the CCNRs until escrow. I tried...

We were not given the CCNRs until escrow. I tried calling the management office and they wouldn't share ANY details with me since we weren't in escrow yet.

I am not required to tell anyone...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-10-2017, 09:27 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,428
Posted By ardeur
This is a gated, family community -- not an...

This is a gated, family community -- not an age-restricted one. Lots of working couples and children here.

My husband and I wish to approach this very delicately and respectfully with our HOA...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-09-2017, 09:07 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,428
Posted By ardeur
Thank you so much! That is helpful.

Thank you so much! That is helpful.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-09-2017, 08:21 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,428
Posted By ardeur
Question California -- CCNR's Prohibit Home Business

Anyone familiar with California law? We're in escrow on a condo and I just read through the CCNR's which prohibit any home businesses.

But it is my understanding that California law is on my side...
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