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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-25-2013, 09:52 PM
Replies: 169
Views: 24,872
Posted By CozyHome
I admit, I'm new here and haven't been very...

I admit, I'm new here and haven't been very interested in many posts but leaving a child in a van for 30 minutes in any temperature in any circumstances for a home daycare provider is unforgiveable...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 01-25-2013, 09:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,699
Posted By CozyHome
It isn't always about money for us, at least for...

It isn't always about money for us, at least for some of us. I love it that you Dad, are spending time with your child because I have a little girl who cries for her MommyDaddy every morning. And I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-25-2013, 09:09 PM
Replies: 169
Views: 24,872
Posted By CozyHome
Wow, if anybody ever made me doubt your...

Wow, if anybody ever made me doubt your professionalism, this just proved their point. Wow. Money is your deal!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-25-2013, 09:00 PM
Replies: 169
Views: 24,872
Posted By CozyHome
WTF? I was here last week and the story has...

WTF? I was here last week and the story has completely changed. The provider said she left the child in a freezing van for 30 minutes last week. Now it says 5 minutes? Why the lies?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-25-2013, 08:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 829
Posted By CozyHome
I have a one year old who is having temper...

I have a one year old who is having temper tantrums when he decides another child has a toy he wants. It's simple. Sometimes I ask the child with the toy to give it to him and share. Sometimes I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-25-2013, 08:45 PM
Replies: 4,533
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 433,946
Posted By CozyHome
Your kid is not CUTE or SMART he just repeats...

Your kid is not CUTE or SMART he just repeats everything he hears and we all hate him. Even you dcDad know that he's a pain in the ass but you love him. I and the other kids in the daycare that he...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-25-2013, 08:34 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,731
Posted By CozyHome
Terminate!

Terminate!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-25-2013, 08:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,064
Posted By CozyHome
Well, call me stupid, but I would take the Monday...

Well, call me stupid, but I would take the Monday child and not charge the other family. But it would already be the case in my daycare. I do not charge for days that children do not attend. I...
Forum: Curriculum 01-19-2013, 08:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,282
Posted By CozyHome
I use the plastic craft scissors and start the...

I use the plastic craft scissors and start the children using them for practice at about age 2. Their hands have to be big enough to make them work at all but I find it takes at least a year of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-19-2013, 08:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,163
Posted By CozyHome
I map out the whole year and mark my calendar at...

I map out the whole year and mark my calendar at the beginning of the year for themes, craft weeks before holidays, special party days for birthdays and holidays. Then I update my website for the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2013, 10:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,274
Posted By CozyHome
We need a minute here and there to go pee. We...

We need a minute here and there to go pee. We have to prepare the meals and clean up after the meals. In my case I have to set up and put away the playpens daily because they are in my living room...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2013, 10:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,167
Posted By CozyHome
Oh yeah, annoying high maintenance kid - look at...

Oh yeah, annoying high maintenance kid - look at this, look at me, look at the truck, look at this excavator, look, look, look. Me: GO PLAY WITH IT! Play with your friends, talk to your friends.
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2013, 10:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,285
Posted By CozyHome
I chose all of my vacation weeks including the...

I chose all of my vacation weeks including the days for my flights for weeks that I'm flying out of the country and advised my clients in December 2012. I go to Florida in the spring, to western...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2013, 10:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,754
Posted By CozyHome
I voted yes, because my infants learn painting,...

I voted yes, because my infants learn painting, finger painting, manipulating playdo, placing eyes and noses and feathers and cotton balls etc. onto glue and pushing it down so it's sticky and pretty...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2013, 09:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,697
Posted By CozyHome
Wow, forgive me, but I'm oldschool, not on...

Wow, forgive me, but I'm oldschool, not on pinterest or facebook. For snowmen, I had the children paint a colourful picture and we added snowmen. I cut egg cartons so there were 3 bumps (4 snowmen...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2013, 09:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,062
Posted By CozyHome
Are you kidding me? I have a baby in cloth...

Are you kidding me? I have a baby in cloth diapers. They come in already snapped and assembled to his exact size so I only have to open them with 4 snaps, wash him with a cloth and put on his new...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2013, 09:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,799
Posted By CozyHome
Sorry for my language but are you ****ing kidding...

Sorry for my language but are you ****ing kidding me? My daycare parents drop off and pick up their children in my entrance hallway. Once in a while their children pull them into the dining room or...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2013, 09:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 912
Posted By CozyHome
I say 'that's wonderful, what a great beginning...

I say 'that's wonderful, what a great beginning but we have a long road ahead of us'.

I make sure parents know that toilet learning takes a long time and I'm willing to help once the child...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2013, 09:30 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,959
Posted By CozyHome
Wow, I don't personally care if my dcparents are...

Wow, I don't personally care if my dcparents are at work or at home or whatever. But if I call their cell phone when I need them if their child vomits, etc. they had better answer pronto! I do my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2013, 09:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,557
Posted By CozyHome
Nonono, you shouldn't feel bad because you are...

Nonono, you shouldn't feel bad because you are trying to deal with a little Chuckie doll child!!!

However, I don't subscribe to ignoring bad behaviour. I deal with it every single time and right...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-04-2013, 06:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 801
Posted By CozyHome
My youngest daughter used to read books to her...

My youngest daughter used to read books to her invisible daycare children and tell them to sit still and the whole bit. It was so funny. I just put that picture in her scrapbook last month. Aw...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 01-02-2013, 06:01 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 10,708
Posted By CozyHome
My dckids all have their own cups that they use...

My dckids all have their own cups that they use every day. We travel a lot so when we're out and about they can pick their own cups out of the box I pack in the stroller to hold them whenever they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-31-2012, 04:09 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,714
Posted By CozyHome
If you decide to quit the daycare business it...

If you decide to quit the daycare business it would be fair to the families to give them at least a month notice so that they can find another great caregiver. My contract states a minimum of 2...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-31-2012, 04:04 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,810
Posted By CozyHome
I agree with this 100%. I feel really lucky to...

I agree with this 100%. I feel really lucky to have well behaved children in care but I've trained them in the rules and teach them daily about manners and sharing and empathy for their friends from...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 12-31-2012, 03:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,404
Posted By CozyHome
It really did work out for me and I wish you as...

It really did work out for me and I wish you as much success LadyQ. My rates are $12 higher/day now than they were 5 years ago when I started out. I just raised them $2/day this year so for the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-31-2012, 03:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,464
Posted By CozyHome
Wow, you have so many rules and regs to follow! ...

Wow, you have so many rules and regs to follow! I'm feeling very lucky after reading a lot of these posts to be self-employed and not with any agency. I follow all the common sense safety rules but...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-31-2012, 03:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,752
Posted By CozyHome
I must be really scary because when I tell my...

I must be really scary because when I tell my dckids not to put things in their mouth they listen. I have a koolaid playdo recipe so it smells good but in 5 years I've never had a problem with a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-31-2012, 03:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,075
Posted By CozyHome
Tomorrow is my last day off and it's been a...

Tomorrow is my last day off and it's been a wonderful week and a half without changing diapers or listening to their little voices I must admit. Aw well, back to reality on Wednesday with all of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-30-2012, 09:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,932
Posted By CozyHome
Wow, 5 weeks old? That's scary. The youngest...

Wow, 5 weeks old? That's scary. The youngest child I ever had in care was 4 1/2 months old and I put her in a swing a lot. I even let her sleep there if she drifted off there for naptime because...
Forum: Curriculum 12-30-2012, 09:31 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,079
Posted By CozyHome
If you talk to the children all the time about...

If you talk to the children all the time about anything that comes up inside and outside about nature, life, shapes, colours, you are teaching them. I have weekly or bi-weekly themes and get my...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 12-30-2012, 09:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,386
Posted By CozyHome
I hate to be a snob, but I don't serve anything...

I hate to be a snob, but I don't serve anything out of a box. My mac n cheese is homemade and I mix in about a cup of pureed cauliflower or sweet potatoes or yam or squash.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-30-2012, 09:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,978
Posted By CozyHome
Oh, children definitely go through phases and...

Oh, children definitely go through phases and stages. Been there!

Get the parents to work with you to downplay the problem. I have a Days of the Week song that I use to teach the children but it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-30-2012, 09:14 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,522
Posted By CozyHome
Wow, you are working long, long days! My dckids...

Wow, you are working long, long days! My dckids arrive at 8am and are all gone by 4:45, then I have a couple of hous of work after that, dishes, laundry, sweeping, vacuuming, prepping food and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-30-2012, 09:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 744
Posted By CozyHome
No explanations except that it's a business...

No explanations except that it's a business decision. Blackcat is right. The less you say the better.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-30-2012, 09:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,568
Posted By CozyHome
I just checked my contract and there are a total...

I just checked my contract and there are a total of 15 paid stat days that I'm closed, including Good Friday & Easter Monday and Christmas Eve/Day/Boxing Day and some of them aren't actually stat...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-30-2012, 08:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,633
Posted By CozyHome
My contract is extremely opposite to yours. It's...

My contract is extremely opposite to yours. It's not the least bit personal as yours is, it's all facts and professional, not to insult you, but you have a lot of stuff in your contract about your...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-30-2012, 08:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,427
Posted By CozyHome
No, I wouldn't do that. I have parents bring...

No, I wouldn't do that. I have parents bring 15-18 diapers in every Monday morning which goes into their cupboard for the week. I use 3-4 diapers a day and let the parents know if I'm low or we...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-30-2012, 08:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,108
Posted By CozyHome
I have a perfect situation to describe to you. I...

I have a perfect situation to describe to you. I was officially open this past Thurs & Fri and Monday New Years Eve. However, I gathered information for a few weeks and realized there would be one...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-30-2012, 08:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 639
Posted By CozyHome
Oh dear, I don't give any free days at all. My...

Oh dear, I don't give any free days at all. My clients pay for 49 weeks every year regardless of any stats, closed daycare days due to paid personal days, sick or missed days for any reason. It is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-30-2012, 08:44 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 6,609
Posted By CozyHome
Is this on facebook? I'm not on facebook but if...

Is this on facebook? I'm not on facebook but if it's on this site I'd like to contribute and learn from others too.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-30-2012, 08:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 943
Posted By CozyHome
Holy crap! Good for you for being diligent to...

Holy crap! Good for you for being diligent to take care of the child's health. Obviously the parents & grandparents suspected a problem or the grandma wouldn't have been calling you. What's up...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-30-2012, 08:35 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,714
Posted By CozyHome
Are you sure the child doesn't have a medical...

Are you sure the child doesn't have a medical issue? I'm not clear if it's your son or a daycare child, but it kind of sounds like it's your son. Could it be a food allergy? Since he's school...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-30-2012, 08:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 618
Posted By CozyHome
The downtown park in my city always has a...

The downtown park in my city always has a countdown to New Year and fireworks off city hall. Even when my kids were little we went out for hot chocolate and skated on the ice rink in the park and...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 12-30-2012, 08:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,404
Posted By CozyHome
You will get a lot of judgement on some daycare...

You will get a lot of judgement on some daycare websites but do what you have to do! Once you get started with great clients and you learn how to run the daycare with a great outside/indoor program,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-30-2012, 08:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 818
Posted By CozyHome
Sorry, I don't know the history of this problem. ...

Sorry, I don't know the history of this problem. However, I am very careful who I sign on as a daycare family and that is a learning curve that takes a few years to perfect. In my first year I...
Forum: Forms - Uploads 12-28-2012, 10:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 8,915
Posted By CozyHome
Wow, I believe simple is best. The simpler and...

Wow, I believe simple is best. The simpler and more concise your rules the better chance your clients will remember all of them. So I have a 2 page contract and 6 pages of policies where the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-28-2012, 10:14 PM
Replies: 4,533
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 433,946
Posted By CozyHome
My Dad died 4 years ago today. I hate this day...

My Dad died 4 years ago today. I hate this day so much.
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 12-28-2012, 10:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,404
Posted By CozyHome
No, I would definitely not lower my rates once I...

No, I would definitely not lower my rates once I was established with great clients as references. However, I started out with really low rates when my daycare was new to get started. Once I had...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-28-2012, 10:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,568
Posted By CozyHome
I have all my stat/closed paid days listed in my...

I have all my stat/closed paid days listed in my contract.

I also have 3 paid personal days per year but I've only used a couple of them in the past 5 years.

My vacation weeks are unpaid and I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-28-2012, 10:04 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 59,523
Posted By CozyHome
I live in Ontario, Canada, but my website is on...

I live in Ontario, Canada, but my website is on freewebs.com and I love it. I have lots of info on there and lots of pictures. A good friend gave me the best advise possible after I wrote my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-28-2012, 09:58 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,810
Posted By CozyHome
My dckids learn quickly that they must stay in...

My dckids learn quickly that they must stay in the daycare room with the toys. It's a safety issue. If I run out to the kitchen I can still see them but if I run out to the bathroom or to pack up...
Forum: Book Club - Reviews / Suggestions 12-28-2012, 09:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,306
Posted By CozyHome
I forgot another favourite author of historical...

I forgot another favourite author of historical fiction: Diana Gabaldon with the Outlander Series.
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 12-28-2012, 09:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,021
Posted By CozyHome
Awesome! Good for you! I also make my own...

Awesome! Good for you! I also make my own chicken strips and nuggets and fish sticks and my dckids love them. The Mom of my 4 year old girl who just graduated told me that her daughter tells her...
Forum: Curriculum 12-28-2012, 09:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,199
Posted By CozyHome
Eeek! I work from 8am to 4:45pm! My...

Eeek! I work from 8am to 4:45pm!

My schedule runs as follows:

8:30 breakfast
9:00 outside activities - parks, library, bus to meet friends at parks & returning home to prepare lunch by 11am...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 12-15-2012, 02:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,918
Posted By CozyHome
Pureed cauliflower or sweet potatoes go into my...

Pureed cauliflower or sweet potatoes go into my home made mac n cheese. Pureed tomatoes, peppers and onions go into my meatloaf, pasta dishes with tomato sauces and shepherds pie. There's a great...
Forum: Book Club - Reviews / Suggestions 12-15-2012, 02:06 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,306
Posted By CozyHome
I never watch movies, can't stay focused that...

I never watch movies, can't stay focused that long I guess. But I would also recommend the book 'The Help'. Loved it, it was wonderful but again I didn't see the movie. My Mom said the movie was...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 12-15-2012, 02:01 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,021
Posted By CozyHome
Oh, I insist on pullups during the toilet...

Oh, I insist on pullups during the toilet learning phase. They can wear their underpants but they are going to wear the pullups over them. My contract states 30 days without accidents before...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 12-15-2012, 01:56 AM
Replies: 157
Views: 61,094
Posted By CozyHome
My daycare children nap from 12:45ish for 2-3...

My daycare children nap from 12:45ish for 2-3 hours. I let them sleep as long as their little bodies and minds need it. I don't allow pickups until 3:30 so I'm protecting their naptimes and have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-15-2012, 01:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,083
Posted By CozyHome
I have two families who pay monthly (4 weeks) so...

I have two families who pay monthly (4 weeks) so I fill out my receipts and when they owe 5 weeks for a month I let them know they should adjust their cheque but it's only twice a year. Do whatever...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-15-2012, 01:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 953
Posted By CozyHome
I'm in my 5th year and I have been where you are...

I'm in my 5th year and I have been where you are now. It happens a couple of times a year so I've started over the past 3 years making sure I have regular scheduled vacations, one week in the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-15-2012, 01:40 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,609
Posted By CozyHome
It's a great idea and one I've definitely...

It's a great idea and one I've definitely considered before I admit. Put this little one who is contaminating all the toys and their friends and me in a playpen! Great idea! I haven't done it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-15-2012, 01:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,181
Posted By CozyHome
YIKES! I won't let my dckids have any artistic...

YIKES! I won't let my dckids have any artistic mediums like that without my supervision. My kids love to colour with washable markers which isn't such a biggie for washups but they only have them...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-15-2012, 01:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,742
Posted By CozyHome
By 10 months old they are eating table food and...

By 10 months old they are eating table food and drinking from a sippy cup at my daycare. They are eating all the normal food the rest of the children eat but cut up smaller and usually they are off...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-15-2012, 01:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,318
Posted By CozyHome
Wow! Ok, I'll try. This year is my 5th year...

Wow! Ok, I'll try.

This year is my 5th year in business and I had a space come up unexpectedly in the summer and I advertised and had 4 interviews.

Last year I had 2 spaces available in Sept....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-15-2012, 01:11 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,995
Posted By CozyHome
Where have they heard these words? DISNEY FILMS!...

Where have they heard these words? DISNEY FILMS! Yeah, I said it!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-15-2012, 01:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,381
Posted By CozyHome
Ha, today was the last day here for my 4.75 year...

Ha, today was the last day here for my 4.75 year old girl who has been with me almost 4 years. I had them all come in their pj's and we were supposed to do a gingerbread man craft and gingerbread...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 12-12-2012, 07:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,769
Posted By CozyHome
I LOVE my crockpot and will throw any kind of...

I LOVE my crockpot and will throw any kind of meat in there with carrots and potatoes and broth and garlic, pepper and herbs and it comes out wonderfully. But great recipes for pulled pork or ribs...
Forum: Book Club - Reviews / Suggestions 12-12-2012, 07:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,306
Posted By CozyHome
My favourite authors for comedy are: Janet...

My favourite authors for comedy are:
Janet Evanovich & Sophie Kinsella

My favourite authors for murder mysteries are:
John Patterson
John Sandford
Tami Hoag
Patricia Cornwell
Greg Iles
(my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2012, 07:21 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,218
Posted By CozyHome
I like bare feet until the weather gets cold,...

I like bare feet until the weather gets cold, then socks and comfy slippers are on my feet all day long. I definitely go the casual route here. Outside, it's flipflops until my feet freeze, then...
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 12-12-2012, 07:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,645
Posted By CozyHome
That's so horrible. Sadly, this is why I left my...

That's so horrible. Sadly, this is why I left my last job, because of backstabbing, gossiping, mean, nasty women. Why can't women realize that they should be supporting each other and sticking...
Forum: Curriculum 12-08-2012, 07:50 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 28,177
Posted By CozyHome
Thank you for all of the sites posted in this...

Thank you for all of the sites posted in this thread. Just amazing!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-07-2012, 11:24 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,841
Posted By CozyHome
My daycare children are all under age 3 this year...

My daycare children are all under age 3 this year so when I sing Frosty or Rudolph or Jingle Bells it's all pretty new to them. My oldest boy joined us in the summer and was in a bad daycare centre...
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 12-07-2012, 11:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 588
Posted By CozyHome
Hi from London, Ontario

I'm a very successful home daycare provider who has been in this business for almost 5 years now. I heard about this site and thought I would see what it's all about since I have a few other forums...
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