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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 03:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 408
Posted By DaveA
I had a parent ask if I had multiple TVs in case...

I had a parent ask if I had multiple TVs in case brother & sister wanted to watch something different. :rolleyes:

One who lived in the same subdivision as me asked if I could keep their 2nd grade...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 03:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 303
Posted By DaveA
I supply it and put it on the children. Gloves...

I supply it and put it on the children. Gloves are a huge timesaver. If DCPs want a particular brand they can supply it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-18-2018, 04:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 165
Posted By DaveA
Double check with your licensing. Some states...

Double check with your licensing. Some states will take the hybrid courses but not a purely online one. The organization doing your training (AHA/ Red Cross) should have a list online of places that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-14-2018, 03:57 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 466
Posted By DaveA
I buy 2% milk and Almond milk. I'm not on the...

I buy 2% milk and Almond milk. I'm not on the food program so no worries there. I've offered the option of soy or almond milk instead of dairy since I opened. My newest family is the first one to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-08-2018, 02:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 315
Posted By DaveA
My bathroom doesn't really have room for a...

My bathroom doesn't really have room for a changing table, so I just use one of the changing mats.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-02-2018, 05:02 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 810
Posted By DaveA
Eggs. Can bake with them, but I will not cook...

Eggs. Can bake with them, but I will not cook them. Hard Pass on those.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-31-2018, 11:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 293
Posted By DaveA
I change out something every weekend. It may be...

I change out something every weekend. It may be 1-2 containers, it may be 1/2 the room. Just depends on my mood, what I want to do next week, and if I think DCKs are getting bored with something. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-30-2018, 10:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 458
Posted By DaveA
Peace of mind and value. Notice I didn't say...

Peace of mind and value. Notice I didn't say "Low Cost". I mean that parents are happy with what is being provided for the fee. I explain to parents what I do and why I do it. Now that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-29-2018, 12:01 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 468
Posted By DaveA
Saturday or Sunday is our "stock up" trip that...

Saturday or Sunday is our "stock up" trip that covers the basics and most of what I need for the home. During the school year we usually go to the grocery store Monday morning for daycare stuff-...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-29-2018, 05:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 752
Posted By DaveA
One of the hardest lessons in this business is...

One of the hardest lessons in this business is that it is a business. I run my program to suit my family's needs because I expect DCFs to act in their best interests. That's not a bad thing. But...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-25-2018, 12:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 252
Posted By DaveA
I had one little boy I swore lived by the motto...

I had one little boy I swore lived by the motto "Eyes closed and full speed ahead". Almost always had a mark somewhere. His family got pictures done yearly and 3 years in a row he had a visible...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-24-2018, 05:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 259
Posted By DaveA
My contract states that fees will be evaluated...

My contract states that fees will be evaluated each November 1. Notice of any changes will be given to parents by November 15 to take effect Jan 1. If I know I'm raising rates and it's fall/ late...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-23-2018, 03:14 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 1,448
Posted By DaveA
I'm not sure about the total numbers being...

I'm not sure about the total numbers being similar but if I had to guess I would say it is probably consistent.

I think a big part of that is there has correctly been a lot of time, effort, and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-23-2018, 02:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 515
Posted By DaveA
Playing "air tag" with DCKs and a leaf blower. ...

Playing "air tag" with DCKs and a leaf blower. For the record- cordless electric. No gas engine or cord. ;)

Not pick up, but I had a DCD show up 10 minutes early as I was making a marinade for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-23-2018, 02:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 132
Posted By DaveA
Short, sweet, and cute. Leave it just like that.

Short, sweet, and cute. Leave it just like that.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-23-2018, 02:47 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 1,448
Posted By DaveA
My guess is a large part of it is the...

My guess is a large part of it is the thermodynamics of the situations. The very thing that makes cars so lethal in summer (well insulated, absorbing large amounts of solar energy through windows)...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-23-2018, 12:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 238
Posted By DaveA
Skin so Soft

Does anyone use Avon Skin so Soft as a bug spray with DCKs? Our family uses it and it is better than the DEET stuff for buffalo gnats, which are crazy this year. My contract states I provide bug...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-23-2018, 07:44 AM
Replies: 1,921
Views: 245,366
Posted By DaveA
Yesterday was the first day of no pre-k. ...

Yesterday was the first day of no pre-k. Tomorrow is early dismissal/ last day of school. I needed the light easy day I'm having today. happyfacehappyfacehappyfacehappyface
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-23-2018, 03:20 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,282
Posted By DaveA
They need to be gone now. That will not get...

They need to be gone now. That will not get better and if you take it the behavior will get worse.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-10-2018, 12:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 639
Posted By DaveA
Maybe I'm extra cynical today, but I doubt it...

Maybe I'm extra cynical today, but I doubt it will be the people who should have been inspecting/ enforcing regs. It will be a repeat of the same pattern as before:

Licensing ignores illegal...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2018, 11:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 536
Posted By DaveA
That's about as nice of a way to put it. If that...

That's about as nice of a way to put it. If that doesn't work go with the sign. :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2018, 11:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 407
Posted By DaveA
My DCPs have a pretty consistent schedule, so I...

My DCPs have a pretty consistent schedule, so I usually know when they'll be here and try to open the door for them and greet them. Our classroom faces the driveway, so I see them pull in unless I'm...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-23-2018, 04:38 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 618
Posted By DaveA
Not really a nickname, but had a Salem here for a...

Not really a nickname, but had a Salem here for a while. It was a tough one for the younger kids. One mangled it into Salmon and another Satan. :D

There for a while out of the 6 kids in my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-23-2018, 03:26 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 771
Posted By DaveA
Parents usually hand it to me in the morning. ...

Parents usually hand it to me in the morning. Every once in a while it will be in a book bag or diaper bag.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-20-2018, 03:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 243
Posted By DaveA
It shouldn't be a problem with licensing but...

It shouldn't be a problem with licensing but double check with them. That being said- when parents hear that a percentage of families with say no to your program no matter how good/ safe you are. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-17-2018, 05:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 235
Posted By DaveA
64 pages in a pdf file

64 pages in a pdf file
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-17-2018, 03:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 315
Posted By DaveA
My stuff is the basics. Plastic cube blocks,...

My stuff is the basics. Plastic cube blocks, stacking cups, the stacking rings on a stick (not sure what to call that), rattles, fabric books, etc. Really anything colorful, easy to get ahold of,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2018, 08:06 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 462
Posted By DaveA
David Gets in Trouble. The kids love looking at...

David Gets in Trouble. The kids love looking at me and sighing "OH DAVID!":lol::D:p
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2018, 03:44 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 505
Posted By DaveA
No specific list but my current crop of DCPs are...

No specific list but my current crop of DCPs are a pretty good bunch. They have their quirks and :rolleyes: moments, but overall I can't complain too much.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-10-2018, 08:01 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 295
Posted By DaveA
Thanks BC! That will work great.

Thanks BC! That will work great.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-10-2018, 03:25 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 295
Posted By DaveA
How to word this?

I need to do some updates to my contract/ policies and want to add something. I am trying to figure out a way to say that if school ager can't go to school when it's open for any reason (like a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-06-2018, 11:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 482
Posted By DaveA
Yeah- I'd shift that one onto parents rather than...

Yeah- I'd shift that one onto parents rather than at daycare. I'd be too worried they'd learn someone else's address/ number. :D
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-06-2018, 11:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 343
Posted By DaveA
I was wondering if it was just a couple inches or...

I was wondering if it was just a couple inches or a single step. That big of a drop will need a pretty substantial ramp. I doubt you would find a contractor willing to do ramp for that height that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-06-2018, 05:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 343
Posted By DaveA
How far of a drop is it? That might have a...

How far of a drop is it? That might have a bearing on the answers.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-06-2018, 04:33 AM
Replies: 1,012
Views: 187,656
Posted By DaveA
Remember the old "Mom Curse" I hope you have a...

Remember the old "Mom Curse" I hope you have a child who acts just like you? Since my Mom was my first center director I guess that carries to my professional life. DCB4 doesn't try to be rude or...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-06-2018, 04:28 AM
Replies: 1,012
Views: 187,656
Posted By DaveA
And you thought shoveling snow was annoying...

And you thought shoveling snow was annoying before :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-04-2018, 03:36 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 1,871
Posted By DaveA
Jeans or jean/ khaki shorts and a button up shirt

Jeans or jean/ khaki shorts and a button up shirt
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-27-2018, 12:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 562
Posted By DaveA
:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek: Anyone one of those...

:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:
Anyone one of those sentences would be her last day with me. My advise it she needs to be gone now. If it costs you the brother oh well. It's not worth the headache or...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2018, 03:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 903
Posted By DaveA
Thatís a whole different ball game. I hate it if...

Thatís a whole different ball game. I hate it if someone assumes because Iím home Iím available.



Agreed on letting parents know. I tell parents if DW or my sub will be subbing for me, have a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2018, 02:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 903
Posted By DaveA
My wife doesn’t “visit”. She’s a part of this...

My wife doesn’t “visit”. She’s a part of this home and this family. The classroom area is part of the main area of the house, so if she’s home she interacts with me & DCKs. She subs for me...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2018, 12:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 413
Posted By DaveA
It's not live in person, but care courses has a...

It's not live in person, but care courses has a ton of online courses. Pretty much my "go to" for inservice hours anymore.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2018, 03:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 329
Posted By DaveA
In IL you would need to reapply for a new...

In IL you would need to reapply for a new license. You can use all the admin stuff like trainings, physical, etc. But you would have to do a new inspection and get a new license.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2018, 03:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 668
Posted By DaveA
I wouldn't. The school isn't closed- DCPs are...

I wouldn't. The school isn't closed- DCPs are choosing for them not to attend. I can understand the reason why they are making that choice. But if that's the case they need to keep the school ager...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-22-2018, 08:30 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 714
Posted By DaveA
To DCPs- "That information should be in your...

To DCPs- "That information should be in your contract/ the letter I sent out last week."

To DCKs- "You choose your plan. You don't tell X how to play."

In my head and never aloud- "If you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-21-2018, 05:28 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 949
Posted By DaveA
I actually think when the older groups/ singers...

I actually think when the older groups/ singers have a good perspective of who they are they do some of the best shows. The last concert I went to was Travis Tritt, The Outlaws, Marshall Tucker...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-21-2018, 04:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 983
Posted By DaveA
I'd be Ok with taking them (minus the...

I'd be Ok with taking them (minus the severe:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes: when not around the parents) but I would let DCPs know that if the child isn't able to participate normally I'd be calling...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 03-21-2018, 04:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 389
Posted By DaveA
I've always rounded up or down. We have an...

I've always rounded up or down. We have an accountant do our taxes and he's said it was fine.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-20-2018, 05:25 AM
Replies: 1,012
Views: 187,656
Posted By DaveA
New line in my job description- relationship...

New line in my job description- relationship counselor for DCB11 & DCG10 (who have both came here for 4-5 years). DCG is mad at DCB because he didn't tell her he had an afternoon Dr appointment so...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-19-2018, 05:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 621
Posted By DaveA
I agree completely. Poor planning on DCM's part...

I agree completely. Poor planning on DCM's part does not mean you did anything wrong.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-16-2018, 03:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 455
Posted By DaveA
In IL it's the same way- it has to be part of...

In IL it's the same way- it has to be part of your actual house and not another building on your property. They would count it as a daycare center.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-14-2018, 03:27 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 983
Posted By DaveA
Well it's a start :cool: I understand...

Well it's a start :cool:



I understand that, but what worries me is that I could see this being twisted into the provider being partially "responsible" for the actions of a parent. Not a line...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2018, 03:33 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 983
Posted By DaveA
Oh for the love of....:rolleyes: DCPs are my...

Oh for the love of....:rolleyes: DCPs are my clients, not my kids.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2018, 03:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 620
Posted By DaveA
Yeah- really the whole first week is stressful...

Yeah- really the whole first week is stressful for me. A part of me wonders when it will go wrong with either DCKs or DCPs. Glad it went well.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-10-2018, 05:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 321
Posted By DaveA
I don't think it's too early. A lot of parents...

I don't think it's too early. A lot of parents will be starting to think about what to do for the summer.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-05-2018, 10:22 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 752
Posted By DaveA
I usually spend between $100-$150 a week on...

I usually spend between $100-$150 a week on groceries. Supplies tend to bought ďas neededĒ, but I would SWAG it out at $20-$30 a week.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-02-2018, 06:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 435
Posted By DaveA
3 or 4 months seems to be about average. ...

3 or 4 months seems to be about average. Anything over that I would take their information and get back in touch with them a couple months before they would need care and see if they were still...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-01-2018, 03:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 326
Posted By DaveA
This what I do. I'll send a few pics throughout...

This what I do. I'll send a few pics throughout the first few days or couple of text how on how DCK's day is going, but that's pretty much it. I tell new parents it takes 3 weeks for a child to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-27-2018, 03:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 456
Posted By DaveA
The first time I let DCKs pick out the classroom...

The first time I let DCKs pick out the classroom pet they picked out a rat. DW was less than amused. :D They are great pets- we ended up with 3. The DCKs and I built a big multilevel cage about...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-26-2018, 01:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 456
Posted By DaveA
New Pets for Classroom

Our classroom mice (from the same litter)died in the last 2 weeks. So this morning we went and picked our new classroom pets. Mice again. happyface Was only going to get two. The white one ran up my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-26-2018, 12:22 PM
Replies: 4,533
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 433,947
Posted By DaveA
Bought a new carpet cleaner over the weekend, so...

Bought a new carpet cleaner over the weekend, so there is a big box in the classroom. DCB 5 (who thinks my toys are "lame" because nothing is electronic and keeps asking me to get a kindle for the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-26-2018, 12:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 533
Posted By DaveA
I like that one the best. To me it looks better...

I like that one the best. To me it looks better in B&W.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-21-2018, 04:08 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 659
Posted By DaveA
The Cat Came Back. I have it on one of my CD's...

The Cat Came Back. I have it on one of my CD's and every time it plays I can't help think "Who thought this was a good idea for a kid's song?":confused:

I had a local "supernanny" gripe at me a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-21-2018, 03:39 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,361
Posted By DaveA
Nope- sounds like that's a bunch of stuff for...

Nope- sounds like that's a bunch of stuff for before you've even met. I smell drama queen approaching. Say thanks but no thanks.

If you do decide to go ahead with them do what BC says and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-21-2018, 03:35 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 898
Posted By DaveA
I've never had someone just show up to see about...

I've never had someone just show up to see about openings. I would have done like the others said and scheduled an interview. To me that wouldn't be a red flag as much as a "pink flag"- I would...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-20-2018, 07:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 620
Posted By DaveA
:eek::rolleyes: I've never seen that on Facebook....

:eek::rolleyes: I've never seen that on Facebook. I have enough trouble dealing politely with people who want to meet, enroll, and start care in a couple days. OYE:ouch:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-19-2018, 10:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 553
Posted By DaveA
Regardless of it being a new construction,...

Regardless of it being a new construction, remodeling a commercial building, or a residential house the requirements will be similar. Not in CA but when we started a center converted from a duplex...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-16-2018, 03:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 544
Posted By DaveA
Understand completely. I've termed 1 child for...

Understand completely. I've termed 1 child for their behavior and even then the parents were messed up. The rest of them have been on the parents. You feel bad because the child is paying for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2018, 03:28 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 889
Posted By DaveA
20+ years total for me, 12 this May in home...

20+ years total for me, 12 this May in home daycare. Not sure how to count exact number of years as I've been around childcare. I started working in my Mom's center when I was 16 (I'll be 44 next...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2018, 03:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 519
Posted By DaveA
I still have them from all the children I've had...

I still have them from all the children I've had in 11 years. I keep them in my current files for a year or so then put them in storage in the basement.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-08-2018, 11:18 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 596
Posted By DaveA
I will give nebs for a child after they've turned...

I will give nebs for a child after they've turned 1.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-08-2018, 03:25 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,083
Posted By DaveA
Combining the contract issues with persistent...

Combining the contract issues with persistent late pickups would be a term issue for me.

If you want to keep DCF you need to tell DCP you need a signed, unmodified contract in your hand before...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-08-2018, 03:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 660
Posted By DaveA
It can get annoying. Anymore I'm at the point...

It can get annoying. Anymore I'm at the point where it's "Pay me on time, follow my policies, don't be a headache and you can call me whatever the @#&* you want to.":cool::)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-07-2018, 11:28 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 695
Posted By DaveA
I'm reading this thread as I'm grabbing a Little...

I'm reading this thread as I'm grabbing a Little Debbie brownie for a sugar rush. :lol::D:lol::D
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-05-2018, 03:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 562
Posted By DaveA
Yeah I wouldn't say anything either.

Yeah I wouldn't say anything either.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-02-2018, 05:33 AM
Replies: 1,012
Views: 187,656
Posted By DaveA
2 DCGs- 6 months apart, nonrelated, families...

2 DCGs- 6 months apart, nonrelated, families aren't friends.

Both just showed up wearing the exact same outfit down to the shoes. :D:lol::)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-01-2018, 03:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 304
Posted By DaveA
It will probably be a mix of observation and...

It will probably be a mix of observation and interacting with the children, especially to start out. I would ask questions, listen, and help out. Volunteering to clean a table or help put away...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-31-2018, 03:25 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,301
Posted By DaveA
Honestly I'm not doing a dang thing for...

Honestly I'm not doing a dang thing for Valentine's Day with DCKs. :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-29-2018, 03:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 482
Posted By DaveA
If the doors were off it sounds like an efficient...

If the doors were off it sounds like an efficient use of space like in those pics. But yeah I would check with licensing before doing it. I would also show your DCFs the arrangement so they know...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-29-2018, 03:31 AM
Replies: 4,533
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 433,947
Posted By DaveA
Yuck! Hope you all stay healthy.

Yuck! Hope you all stay healthy.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-29-2018, 03:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 731
Posted By DaveA
I used to deposit checks via the phone till our...

I used to deposit checks via the phone till our bank merged and the new one charges for that. :mad: Nearest branch is only a few minutes away, so now I just run drop them off after work. I used to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-25-2018, 05:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,201
Posted By DaveA
I have to agree with CH on this- find somewhere...

I have to agree with CH on this- find somewhere else ASAP. Stuff like this can end really badly. Yes job hunting sucks. It sucks more when the last place listed in your job history just got shut...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-24-2018, 04:04 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,148
Posted By DaveA
Like BC said- I would see about getting the...

Like BC said- I would see about getting the policy changed from "Mom" to "Experienced caregiver".



:rolleyes::mad::rolleyes::mad::rolleyes::mad:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-16-2018, 03:39 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,176
Posted By DaveA
I allow it but make sure I explain to DCPs about...

I allow it but make sure I explain to DCPs about not coming during naptime, the disruption that multiple in/ outs can cause in a child's day, etc. Honestly the only parent I ever had stop by was a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-12-2018, 03:23 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,212
Posted By DaveA
In 11 years I've done 1 immediate term one DCK...

In 11 years I've done 1 immediate term one DCK for behavior. The kid I termed got threw a wooden block at a toddler's head then tried to throw the rest of the box of blocks at me. :eek: All...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-12-2018, 03:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 634
Posted By DaveA
That was my guess also. Like she said- correct,...

That was my guess also. Like she said- correct, redirect, and repeat.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2018, 09:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 547
Posted By DaveA
The major holidays, my Birthday & Anniversary,...

The major holidays, my Birthday & Anniversary, and a summer and winter break. DCPs know about them well in advance. I'm a firm believer that enough time away from this business is a necessity for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2018, 09:13 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,002
Posted By DaveA
this x10.

this x10.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2018, 02:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 618
Posted By DaveA
The way it was explained to me in IL is that...

The way it was explained to me in IL is that technically a rep can show up anytime during licensed hours. But in practice they donít unless you are open and have kids. Iíve had a rep l show up right...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2018, 11:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 433
Posted By DaveA
Welcome to the forum! What part of IL? I'm...

Welcome to the forum! What part of IL? I'm about 1/2 hour south of Springfield.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2018, 11:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 541
Posted By DaveA
:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol: We used to have a...

:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:

We used to have a mouse finger puppet in the dramatic play area of my classroom at one center. The teacher in the room next to me was scared to death of mice. Our...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2018, 07:40 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 790
Posted By DaveA
I have 1 waiving of late fees due to weather/road...

I have 1 waiving of late fees due to weather/road emergencies per year (at my discretion) written into my policies. Otherwise yes I charge.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-05-2018, 05:14 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 959
Posted By DaveA
When my Mom retired & sold her daycare it was...

When my Mom retired & sold her daycare it was kept confidential until after the sale and a closing/ transfer was date finalized at request of the buyer. Staff and parents both got 2 weeks notice. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-05-2018, 04:22 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 654
Posted By DaveA
What's your late fee? I would either charge...

What's your late fee? I would either charge that. If that equals an amount you feel is "too much" do 1/2-3/4 of what a 30 minute late pickup would be.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-03-2018, 12:01 PM
Replies: 4,533
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 433,947
Posted By DaveA
Today was supposed to be the first day back to...

Today was supposed to be the first day back to school. Yesterday the furnace crashed at one building so they called school. They just sent out the message that because of the temperature/ wind chill...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-03-2018, 11:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,024
Posted By DaveA
I would do a 1 month notice unless you are...

I would do a 1 month notice unless you are prepared to close early. That way if all or most find care quickly youíre not in a lurch.

Good Luck!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-02-2018, 07:42 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,687
Posted By DaveA
I have one DCF that are model parents except in...

I have one DCF that are model parents except in all the time they have been enrolled they forget closing dates about 20% of the time. Holidays not so much, but my Birthday or Anniversary (I close for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-02-2018, 03:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,022
Posted By DaveA
I don't have a pic, but I just use one of those...

I don't have a pic, but I just use one of those boards that are 1/2 & 1/2 corkboard and dry erase board. I have to post my license, my evacuation plan map (3 feet from the door :rolleyes:), and one...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-29-2017, 10:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 722
Posted By DaveA
They look fine to me. Engaging without being...

They look fine to me. Engaging without being "busy".




I picture DCKs standing on the ceiling jumping up trying to get the toys. :lol::D:);):p
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-22-2017, 03:19 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,950
Posted By DaveA
:D:lol::D:lol::D:lol::D:lol::D Well this...

:D:lol::D:lol::D:lol::D:lol::D

Well this thread took a turn in a direction I didn't expect. :p

In IL they really don't like providers doing this. If it's not your home they want you licensed...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-21-2017, 07:36 AM
Replies: 1,012
Views: 187,656
Posted By DaveA
:lol::D. Iíll have to think on that one a bit....

:lol::D. Iíll have to think on that one a bit. :cool::Sunny:
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