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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 01:40 PM
Replies: 35
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Posted By Cat Herder
I hear you. :Sunny: We worked hard, planned...

I hear you. :Sunny:

We worked hard, planned and struggled but were proud we did it on our own. Without subsidy of any kind. It was a surprise pregnancy but we did have 9 months to plan to do the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 12:43 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 321
Posted By Cat Herder
Not with my first. I went back to work on day 3....

Not with my first. I went back to work on day 3. I worked 3rd shift, ExH worked 1st we swapped out in the parking lot. We were 18-year-old high school graduates, homeowners and factory workers barely...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 12:02 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 321
Posted By Cat Herder
I am still poking around online to see if other...

I am still poking around online to see if other cultures have a version of this. (I only have one newborn this week. 9.5 hours of supervised sleep with a few cuddles, bottles and changes in between...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 11:48 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 321
Posted By Cat Herder
"A mother of one of the baby girls stabbed tells...

"A mother of one of the baby girls stabbed tells News 4 she is from Brooklyn but decided to bring her daughter to the facility for her 30-day rest; it costs $4,600 for a monthlong stay, she said. Her...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 11:40 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 321
Posted By Cat Herder
Every little bit helps. :lol::lol: My local news...

Every little bit helps. :lol::lol: My local news station is still screaming it is a home daycare. They live for stirring that pot. :mad:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 11:26 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 321
Posted By Cat Herder
"I wonder if it was a neighbor tired of the...

"I wonder if it was a neighbor tired of the crying."

She stabbed her co-worker 8 times in the abdomen, then the father of one of the kids in the thigh, before stabbing babies. The kids parents...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 10:41 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 321
Posted By Cat Herder
These mothers give their life savings and risk...

These mothers give their life savings and risk their health and safety to give birth in places like that in hopes of giving their child the benefit of being an American citizen.

It seems horribly...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 10:36 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 321
Posted By Cat Herder
The title should be changed. Pretty please. ...

The title should be changed. Pretty please.

This was not a home daycare. This was a maternity home. This has nothing to do with daycare. Foreign politics. :Sunny:

It is bad enough the media...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 10:25 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 321
Posted By Cat Herder
"An official briefed on the investigation tells...

"An official briefed on the investigation tells News 4 it was a maternity center. Mothers would go there with their newborns and workers would help take care of the babies. It’s also a place where...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 10:09 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 321
Posted By Cat Herder
It is actually pretty common in rural areas. Few...

It is actually pretty common in rural areas. Few have vacation days or maternity leave. At will employment states. I did not close for more than 3 days after my own kids were born.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-20-2018, 09:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 308
Posted By Cat Herder
If he is negatively affecting the majority of the...

If he is negatively affecting the majority of the other childrens day, the majority of the time, it is time for him to go. :hug:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-20-2018, 09:22 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 220
Posted By Cat Herder
https://www.kaplanco.com/product/39314/transparent...

https://www.kaplanco.com/product/39314/transparent-sand-and-water-table?c=24%7CIT1040

sorry the link broke
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-20-2018, 09:15 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 220
Posted By Cat Herder
Kaplan sells it, just for $315 vs the $139 your...

Kaplan sells it, just for $315 vs the $139 your site charges. -https://www.kaplanco.com/product/39314/transparent-sand-and-water-table?c=24%7CIT1040

I really don't get why that is who we have to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-20-2018, 08:58 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 220
Posted By Cat Herder
Kaplan sells it, too, just for almost twice as...

Kaplan sells it, too, just for almost twice as much (and constant stocking issues, out of stock temporarily)....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-20-2018, 08:09 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 220
Posted By Cat Herder
Also, you can save yourself a couple hundred...

Also, you can save yourself a couple hundred bucks and skip the mats that go under them. ;) Washing machine trays work better, anyway. https://www.officedepot.com/a/products/644907/Lambro-Washer-Tray/
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-20-2018, 07:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 220
Posted By Cat Herder
I prefer the ones with 4-6 separate bins. Less...

I prefer the ones with 4-6 separate bins. Less contamination, mess and fighting. They also allow more variation. https://www.worthingtondirect.com/early-childhood-furniture/sand-water-play-center.htm
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-20-2018, 06:11 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 263
Posted By Cat Herder
I have a few sets. IME, they were nicer to one...

I have a few sets. IME, they were nicer to one another than other sibling sets. :p To me, they are easier.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-20-2018, 05:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 242
Posted By Cat Herder
I could have written this myself. ;) I also just...

I could have written this myself. ;) I also just left for the same reasons.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-19-2018, 02:17 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 91,510
Posted By Cat Herder
"Are there criminal convictions or pending...

"Are there criminal convictions or pending deferred prosecution of a felony or misdemeanor would exclude me from eligibility to work with children?

Please refer to Chapter 3, Section 1 and Chapter...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-19-2018, 11:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 225
Posted By Cat Herder
My contract says (right after my hours and early...

My contract says (right after my hours and early drop off/late pick-up spiel) "Pickup's between 1pm - 3pm without prior arrangements are discouraged. If this becomes a disruption to our program...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-19-2018, 11:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 242
Posted By Cat Herder
Mine did the same thing with college tuition....

Mine did the same thing with college tuition. Then they did not reimburse me after completion based on funding availability for my region. (it all went to tier 1 communities first, rarely ever goes...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-19-2018, 10:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 334
Posted By Cat Herder
It sounds like she thinks she did give notice....

It sounds like she thinks she did give notice. Just in a non-confrontational, beating around the bush, not wanting to hurt feelings/burn bridges, non-concise sort of way. ;)

I would just ask her...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-19-2018, 10:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 169
Posted By Cat Herder
If you get the kidkare program for $8 a month it...

If you get the kidkare program for $8 a month it will keep all your attendance, meal counts, time space, expenses, invoices and allow you to print it all out easily at the end of the year. Even...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-19-2018, 09:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 169
Posted By Cat Herder
1. Do you keep meal counts and write it off at...

1. Do you keep meal counts and write it off at the end of the year? If you do, great. I only ask because it was year 3 before someone clued me in that I was losing $8000 a year in tax write-offs....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-19-2018, 08:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 282
Posted By Cat Herder
Fully understood. ;) My DH generally took the...

Fully understood. ;) My DH generally took the kids to their appointments since he never had to take days off for school closures, summer or sick days. likethis Paperwork, cooking and cleaning I do...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-19-2018, 07:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 282
Posted By Cat Herder
Even just giving yourself paid federal holidays...

Even just giving yourself paid federal holidays gives you plenty of three day weekends. ;) The majority are Mondays.

I also add in two weeks "paid" vacation by basing my tuition on 50 weeks,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-19-2018, 07:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 282
Posted By Cat Herder
Even after 24 years in my community, with word of...

Even after 24 years in my community, with word of mouth references, I could not stay full only offering 4 days per week.

That requires parents who don't work 5 days a week. Those typically have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-19-2018, 06:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 166
Posted By Cat Herder
It is not about being nice. We as a field have...

It is not about being nice. We as a field have been shamed for wanting to get paid like every other career. "Women's work", "A mothers job". We have been sold on "daycare is expensive". It isn't the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-19-2018, 05:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 161
Posted By Cat Herder
My bet is the mom is the issue. She wants you to...

My bet is the mom is the issue. She wants you to term. ;)

That is a lot of "My child".
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-19-2018, 05:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 334
Posted By Cat Herder
I would ask her since she, herself, also told...

I would ask her since she, herself, also told you. ;) I would also start interviewing.

I doubt it will last long because Ms. K will not be making enough money to stay at it longterm if she is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-19-2018, 05:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 166
Posted By Cat Herder
I'd still charge. Tuition is not based on...

I'd still charge. Tuition is not based on attendance.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-19-2018, 04:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 261
Posted By Cat Herder
I commented on the other thread about this today....

I commented on the other thread about this today.

This is why I am firmly against carseats at daycare. Too easy for the adult to abuse.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-18-2018, 11:20 AM
Replies: 4,701
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 452,758
Posted By Cat Herder
If it were not for the fact it makes tax...

If it were not for the fact it makes tax preparation so crazy easy for me I would have already flown the coop. I wish they'd give us the choice to stay with MMK-Pro. I am not even on the food...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-18-2018, 10:20 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 28,169
Posted By Cat Herder
Here they have us label the child's individual...

Here they have us label the child's individual crib the same way we have to do for allergies, with "special consideration to confidentiality" :rolleyes::lol:. (IE, cow sticker for milk, peanut...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-18-2018, 10:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 403
Posted By Cat Herder
At least it is done. likethis No pushback on...

At least it is done. likethis

No pushback on rate, I hope?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-18-2018, 09:42 AM
Replies: 4,701
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 452,758
Posted By Cat Herder
:hug: Oh, no. Sorry. Not a great start to the...

:hug: Oh, no. Sorry. Not a great start to the holiday season. At all. Fingers crossed all with be resolved before Halloween.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-18-2018, 07:09 AM
Replies: 4,701
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 452,758
Posted By Cat Herder
How did you guess. :lol::lol::lol: Thank you...

How did you guess. :lol::lol::lol:

Thank you for your patience. :lol: I hate customer service calls. Spent the entire naptime yesterday arguing with my insurance company that yes, they did need...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-18-2018, 06:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 403
Posted By Cat Herder
Did she bring it this morning?

Did she bring it this morning?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-18-2018, 06:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 241
Posted By Cat Herder
I once had a group of all 3-4-year-old girls. I...

I once had a group of all 3-4-year-old girls. I barely survived. :eek::eek::eek:

I put pop tents in each corner so they could get away from one another when the fighting began. Their own personal...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-18-2018, 06:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 241
Posted By Cat Herder
The more attention he gets from this behavior,...

The more attention he gets from this behavior, the longer he will continue it. I would not let him sit on the couch, away from the group, though. If it is center or free play time, he can go pout in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-18-2018, 05:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 241
Posted By Cat Herder
What do you do for any other tantrum?

What do you do for any other tantrum?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-17-2018, 10:27 AM
Replies: 4,701
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 452,758
Posted By Cat Herder
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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-14-2018, 12:28 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 697
Posted By Cat Herder
Typically breach of contract means you are...

Typically breach of contract means you are entitled to your deposit back. It should be outlined in your contract. I would have refunded your deposit and any tuition overpayment to date.

I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-14-2018, 11:51 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 4,092
Posted By Cat Herder
46, now. :( 46 9/11/2018 Moraga, CA 81° Lily...

46, now. :(

46 9/11/2018 Moraga, CA 81° Lily Aracic 19 mo

"KRON4 News has confirmed that a 19-month-old child has been found dead inside of a vehicle in Moraga.

The child has been identified...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-14-2018, 11:35 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 697
Posted By Cat Herder
"didn't allow us a smooth transition elsewhere" ...

"didn't allow us a smooth transition elsewhere"

Also, daycares and preschools are not legally required to provide a smooth transition. It is a parents responsibility to have backup childcare at...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-14-2018, 11:26 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 697
Posted By Cat Herder
Liable for what exactly? They already...

Liable for what exactly?

They already apologized for not following their expulsion policy exactly but feel expulsion was the correct choice. Even you agreed that the school was not a good fit....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-14-2018, 10:47 AM
Replies: 1,947
Views: 252,312
Posted By Cat Herder
My husband is back home, from across the country,...

My husband is back home, from across the country, before the storm hits this time. likethis I spent the whole week prepping so we will be able to just spend the weekend together relaxing. Power...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-14-2018, 06:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 257
Posted By Cat Herder
My 9 am cutoff time stops this. likethis 9 am...

My 9 am cutoff time stops this. likethis 9 am rolls around, I send a quick "Do you know where your kid is?" text and carry on with my day.

It made a huge difference in lesson planning and follow...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-13-2018, 01:02 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 629
Posted By Cat Herder
I posted my state park river outing fieldtrip...

I posted my state park river outing fieldtrip here before. I don't have the time to post it again but it was harrowing. Never. I mean, never again. :ouch:

Any project that includes mod-podge,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-13-2018, 09:31 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 368
Posted By Cat Herder
That sounds great. Here, if referred by...

That sounds great. Here, if referred by childcare, the therapy is free to families (block grant). They can come to daycare and the childs home.

I'd also ask about confinement equipment use at...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-13-2018, 09:16 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 368
Posted By Cat Herder
Does your CCR&R have screening staff you can call...

Does your CCR&R have screening staff you can call in?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-13-2018, 08:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 410
Posted By Cat Herder
I agree with Snowmom. likethis Give it back...

I agree with Snowmom. likethis

Give it back to the parents. It is their job to make him not want to be sent home. ;) 24 months until mandatory attendance at public school. Tick. Tock.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-13-2018, 08:24 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 33,484
Posted By Cat Herder
Thanks likethis I get the immunization topic...

Thanks likethis

I get the immunization topic is important to parents, I just feel they put too much of the drama of it on us when we have no power in this discussion.

It is like arguing the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-13-2018, 06:44 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 33,484
Posted By Cat Herder
You may want to register. Few will click a link...

You may want to register. Few will click a link from an unregistered poster. ;)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-13-2018, 06:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 164
Posted By Cat Herder
Same here. It makes all the difference. likethis

Same here. It makes all the difference. likethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-13-2018, 06:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 368
Posted By Cat Herder
Was she full term?

Was she full term?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-13-2018, 05:47 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 33,484
Posted By Cat Herder
They still must have the doctor sign the waiver...

They still must have the doctor sign the waiver to be enrolled in group childcare in most states. This discussion is between parents and doctors, not childcare providers. All we care about is the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-12-2018, 10:18 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 33,484
Posted By Cat Herder
Because we don't care. That is between the parent...

Because we don't care. That is between the parent and doctor to discuss.

We LEGALLY can not enroll unvaccinated children without a medical waiver. Period.

Work out the issue with your doctor,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-12-2018, 06:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 252
Posted By Cat Herder
Etiquette is dead. :Sunny: "Unless you are...

Etiquette is dead. :Sunny:

"Unless you are covered by an employment contract or state law that stipulates how you can be terminated, there are no restrictions on how an employer can fire you....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-11-2018, 07:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 231
Posted By Cat Herder
I would be looking for the camera and Ashton....

I would be looking for the camera and Ashton. Surely you have been punked. This is not the 80's. They teach this stuff in the high schools, now.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-11-2018, 05:55 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 496
Posted By Cat Herder
Was this snack menu for the week or for the year?

Was this snack menu for the week or for the year?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2018, 03:10 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 4,092
Posted By Cat Herder
- 21 states have Unattended Child in Vehicle Laws...

- 21 states have Unattended Child in Vehicle Laws that have specific language addressing leaving a child unattended in a vehicle. (Complete List)
However, many of these laws have significant...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2018, 08:34 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 4,092
Posted By Cat Herder
45, Now. :( 45 9/8/2018 Dillon, SC 91° Unk 3...

45, Now. :(

45 9/8/2018 Dillon, SC 91° Unk 3 yr

"DILLON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) — A child died Saturday after being left in a hot car in Dillon.

According to county coroner Donnie Grimsley, the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-07-2018, 11:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 218
Posted By Cat Herder
I just kept him in a curad cast protector and...

I just kept him in a curad cast protector and boot cover. It was not too difficult because it was not the middle of summer. Outdoor time was the hardest part of it. ;)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-07-2018, 09:30 AM
Replies: 1,045
Views: 192,822
Posted By Cat Herder
Love it!! :lol: He is super ticked, now. He...

Love it!! :lol:

He is super ticked, now. He is having a picnic lunch, with the puzzles. Naptime is also optional at 5 years old. ;)

It really isn't that difficult. They are the little ones for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-07-2018, 09:09 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 4,092
Posted By Cat Herder
44, now. :( 44 9/6/2018 Athens,...

44, now. :(

44 9/6/2018 Athens, TX 93° Girl 6 mo
43 9/6/2018 Florence, SC 96° Unknown 7 mo

"A 6-month-old East Texas girl has died after being left in a hot car and officers arrested her...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-07-2018, 09:00 AM
Replies: 1,045
Views: 192,822
Posted By Cat Herder
5 year old, angry puzzling. :lol: Scowling,...

5 year old, angry puzzling. :lol:

Scowling, slapping each piece into place then glaring at me.

Maybe he should not have mixed eight wooden puzzles (20 pieces per, color-coded on back, per each...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-07-2018, 08:04 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 912
Posted By Cat Herder
I fix it every time. Because I must. :lol:

I fix it every time.

Because I must. :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-07-2018, 05:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 732
Posted By Cat Herder
My clients wait on the front porch for me to...

My clients wait on the front porch for me to bring them out. ;) There is a camera and a driveway alarm that lets me know they are here. Most have the same schedule daily so I simply have their child...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-07-2018, 05:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 732
Posted By Cat Herder
Time for buh-bye outside. :hug: This was my...

Time for buh-bye outside. :hug:

This was my advice in 2012, still applies today.

"Switch to the Buh-Bye Outside Program.

AKA, Kiss-N-Go. Been around and effective since the 70's.

Lock...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-06-2018, 07:57 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 4,092
Posted By Cat Herder
42, now. :( 42 9/5/2018 Daleville,...

42, now. :(

42 9/5/2018 Daleville, IN 93° Boy 2 yr
41 9/4/2018 Zanesville, OH 93° Boy 1 mo

"The child, later identified as Jaxon Stults, died before arriving at IU Health Ball Memorial...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-05-2018, 01:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 423
Posted By Cat Herder
Some prefer a smaller ratio for more hands-on...

Some prefer a smaller ratio for more hands-on attention for their child.

Some prefer a higher ratio for a social group for their child.

Some prefer a higher ratio for a social group for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-04-2018, 03:36 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 4,092
Posted By Cat Herder
I agree. That is why I keep updating to keep it...

I agree. That is why I keep updating to keep it current here. ;) It is the biggest childcare forum and information site on the web. likethis Lots of eyes, here.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-04-2018, 12:43 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 4,092
Posted By Cat Herder
40, now. :( # Date City Temp Name Age ...

40, now. :(


# Date City Temp Name Age
40 8/28/2018 Coram, NY 91° Adrianna C. Celenza 11 yr
39 8/26/2018 Rock Hill, SC 90° Lamartray Adams Jr. 2 yr
38 8/23/2018 Huntsville, AL 86° Lexi 2 yr...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-31-2018, 09:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 594
Posted By Cat Herder
I added a buh-bye outside tag. It will take you...

I added a buh-bye outside tag. It will take you to lots of ideas. ;)

This was my advice in 2012, still applies today.

"Switch to the Buh-Bye Outside Program.

AKA, Kiss-N-Go. Been around...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-31-2018, 08:29 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 651
Posted By Cat Herder
Most also don't know our rates doubled a few...

Most also don't know our rates doubled a few years ago because our ratios were slashed in half. It was not our choice (political buzzword quality). I am fully capable of keeping 12 kids (8 under 5, 4...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-31-2018, 06:35 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 651
Posted By Cat Herder
*Because the media has them convinced that...

*Because the media has them convinced that childcare is expensive instead of the fact that their decision to have children is what is expensive.

I know you did not really want an answer.

I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-30-2018, 02:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 553
Posted By Cat Herder
I would not. It was a private conversation...

I would not.

It was a private conversation *a vent* (even if in poor taste) and can be turned around on you. "Why were you grilling my kid about our conversations". :p

"I'll only believe the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-30-2018, 12:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 553
Posted By Cat Herder
This is part of the problem. ;) Too grey and...

This is part of the problem. ;) Too grey and wishy-washy. Her contracted time is your actual opening time, she does not get 5 minutes.

"I open at 745. No drop-off will be allowed before 745...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-30-2018, 07:28 AM
Replies: 4,701
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 452,758
Posted By Cat Herder
"DS settles better when he arrives early, so he's...

"DS settles better when he arrives early, so he's one of the only kids there. He likes staying late, too, since he gets to play with the toys in peace, and gets a go at the toys in the toddler room...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-30-2018, 05:55 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 679
Posted By Cat Herder
"do you make them go by the schedule they give...

"do you make them go by the schedule they give you or do you just always keep those 3 days available for them?"

I would be available for the days they contracted and paid for. I also would not...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-30-2018, 04:51 AM
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Posted By Cat Herder
38, now. :( 38 8/28/2018 Coram,...

38, now. :(

38 8/28/2018 Coram, NY 91° Girl 11 yr
37 8/26/2018 Rock Hill, SC 90° Lamartray Adams Jr. 2 yr


"Lamartray Adams Jr. was found by his father and neighbors at the Glens Apartments...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-29-2018, 02:27 PM
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Views: 183
Posted By Cat Herder
In that case I would change the "ages served" on...

In that case I would change the "ages served" on my State website, local daycare page, and any advertisement sites I subscribed to (care.com, sittercity, etc.).

Then I'd send home a letter...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-29-2018, 02:07 PM
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Posted By Cat Herder
Are you financially prepared to lose the older...

Are you financially prepared to lose the older siblings?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-29-2018, 08:35 AM
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Posted By Cat Herder
I have a few that hang out around here. They can...

I have a few that hang out around here. They can become quite sociable. :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-29-2018, 07:46 AM
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Views: 319
Posted By Cat Herder
https://www.isbe.net/cacfp This is the link...

https://www.isbe.net/cacfp

This is the link to your food program resources and a great place to start. likethis

https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Family-Day-Care-Homes.aspx - specifically home...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-29-2018, 06:34 AM
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Posted By Cat Herder
When your co-workers hate you....

When your co-workers hate you. :lol::lol::lol::lol:

https://www.facebook.com/james.h.cost/videos/2051323811553711/?__xts__

The problem was a Flux-capaci-tater...... :lol::lol::lol: Can't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-29-2018, 05:27 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 4,092
Posted By Cat Herder
37, now. :( 37 8/28/2018 Coram,...

37, now. :(

37 8/28/2018 Coram, NY 91° Girl 11 y

“The mother and two other kids were running errands doing day-to-day things," he said. "They went into the house and at some point in time...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-29-2018, 05:23 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 4,092
Posted By Cat Herder
Very interesting. It seems people are more likely...

Very interesting. It seems people are more likely to notice and get involved there, saving lives. "Between 1st September 2016 and 31st August 2017, Ambulance Victoria responded to 1,696 callouts for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-28-2018, 03:42 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 4,092
Posted By Cat Herder
That's awesome :hug:

That's awesome :hug:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-28-2018, 07:32 AM
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Views: 4,092
Posted By Cat Herder
As always. Full accountability rarely seems...

As always.

Full accountability rarely seems to extend to parents.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-28-2018, 06:53 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 4,092
Posted By Cat Herder
36, now. :( 36 8/23/2018 Huntsville,...

36, now. :(

36 8/23/2018 Huntsville, AL 86° Girl 2 yr

A 2-year-old girl died in a hot car today in Huntsville, police said.

The child's parent pulled over at Fleetwood Homes business on...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-27-2018, 06:06 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 708
Posted By Cat Herder
When the inspector comes, simply tell them she...

When the inspector comes, simply tell them she was a bully. They know the type. More than likely they already know that from the way she communicates. :hug:

Don't feel guilty for letting her go....
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 08-24-2018, 01:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 244
Posted By Cat Herder
You are very welcome! :Sunny: It is a lot of...

You are very welcome! :Sunny:

It is a lot of information, and regulation, to take in at once. :hug:

There are many people here to help, though. Feel free to ask away.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-24-2018, 01:24 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 834
Posted By Cat Herder
That is why I use porta-crib mattresses for all...

That is why I use porta-crib mattresses for all and buy 12 sheets/fleece blankets at a time (6 kids). ;)

Standardization makes it easier to clean and nothing from home limits disease...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-24-2018, 10:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 176
Posted By Cat Herder
I added tags to old posts on this topic. There...

I added tags to old posts on this topic. There are MANY.

Please don't be offended by the term "center brats". It was a tongue-in-cheek title for employees kids back in the day. It was meant as...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-24-2018, 08:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 114
Posted By Cat Herder
https://www.preschool-plan-it.com/transition-activ...

https://www.preschool-plan-it.com/transition-activities.html

This is a good resource. likethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-24-2018, 08:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 283
Posted By Cat Herder
Quick share: 1200 wipes, Fragrance free likethis,...

Quick share: 1200 wipes, Fragrance free likethis, $20.98
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Parent-s-Choice-Fragrance-Free-Baby-Wipes-Choose-Your-Count/44162660

Won't last. ;)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-24-2018, 07:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 283
Posted By Cat Herder
It is still true. :hug: The diaper counters...

It is still true. :hug:

The diaper counters (and formula measurers)... Oh, I forgot about them. :lol: It has been a long time since I had one.

I guess it solved that problem, too. :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-24-2018, 07:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 283
Posted By Cat Herder
:lol: That is one of the reasons I provide....

:lol: That is one of the reasons I provide. Having to manage 6 adult women (none of my current Dads do the diaper shopping, many have in the past, though.) :cool:.

1. Constant reminders to bring...
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