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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-03-2021, 09:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 500
Posted By Lil_Diddle
No way, Iíd say if it were a concern then parents...

No way, Iíd say if it were a concern then parents need to keep the child home. Sounds completely unsanitary
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-19-2020, 10:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,505
Posted By Lil_Diddle
This is exactly how I did it

This is exactly how I did it
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-19-2020, 10:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 476
Posted By Lil_Diddle
I worked at a center once where the owner...

I worked at a center once where the owner previously had done in-home. I asked her if she had any regrets, because the co-teacher I had with me was terrible. The owner said yes because sheís putting...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-19-2020, 10:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,313
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Iím just curious, why reduce the number of days...

Iím just curious, why reduce the number of days you offer?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2020, 02:38 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,696
Posted By Lil_Diddle
I miss Sunday dinners with the family, just...

I miss Sunday dinners with the family, just family gatherings in general. My nephew is in the army and got back a couple weeks ago and I hate that we still havenít all been together. I did a porch...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-23-2020, 08:08 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 7,664
Posted By Lil_Diddle
I was just approved for unemployment under the...

I was just approved for unemployment under the PUA just today, I still need to file some forms, Iím not sure how any of it works yet. My income was cut to 1/4 of what it used to be not enough to get...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-21-2020, 11:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,374
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Iím in the exact same boat. I lost two of my...

Iím in the exact same boat. I lost two of my families, one had multiple children. All of my families are working from home with pay. The ones that havenít quit are paying the 50%, actually theyíve...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-10-2020, 12:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 864
Posted By Lil_Diddle
How Long is Fair to Expect Holding Fees?

Well itís official today, school is now closed for the remainder of the year. Until today, it was closed until April 24th. As I watch teacherís kids, they were paying 50% as a holding fee. Iíve...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-07-2020, 10:07 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,823
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Omg! Yes you just described all of my current...

Omg! Yes you just described all of my current daycare families! Haha
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-06-2020, 05:35 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,823
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Good days and bad days here. All but one of my...

Good days and bad days here. All but one of my families have at least parent working from home. I encouraged those that could a 50% discount to keep their kids home. And expressed concerns for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-31-2020, 04:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,326
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Good idea, my husband found a flaw in my wording...

Good idea, my husband found a flaw in my wording as well. Definitely things to take a look at again. I always say my handbook is ever changing and evolving as I learn through circumstance or learn...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-31-2020, 10:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,326
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Thank you all for your responses

Thank you all for your responses
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-30-2020, 09:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,326
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Iím wondering if I could use this to save myself....

Iím wondering if I could use this to save myself. He is an excerpt from my handbook about deposits


Upon Enrollment a deposit or $200 will be required per child. This deposit may be paid in full...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-30-2020, 09:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,326
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Well That Came Back to Bite Me!

My handbook is ever evolving. And now Iím trying to figure out how to address any future epidemics in my handbook. Iíve now learned, and will put it into writing that deposits can not be used when...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-28-2020, 10:26 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 653
Posted By Lil_Diddle
I have two of the outdoor play yard gates put...

I have two of the outdoor play yard gates put together to make a larger rectangle. Itís on my patio, so Iíve put foam the foam flooring mats for them to crawl on. I also keep a shade umbrella over...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-22-2020, 04:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,199
Posted By Lil_Diddle
I required a two week deposit upfront, Iím just...

I required a two week deposit upfront, Iím just wondering if this shut down extends past the two weeks. My DCF are all working from home and all still getting paid. I offered them a discount to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-22-2020, 01:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,199
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Currently all of my clients are getting paid as...

Currently all of my clients are getting paid as they are teachers. Im not positive on the spouses. So I would definitely take that into consideration. I personally donít think asking 50% is asking...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-22-2020, 12:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 772
Posted By Lil_Diddle
I have all teachers kids, and all but one family...

I have all teachers kids, and all but one family was ok keeping their children home. At first when school was cancelled I said I would be open to taking kids, but anyone that opted to keep their...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-22-2020, 12:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,199
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Looking Forward

This virus is stressful for us all. Not only do we worry about our families, our health, how we are going to homeschool our older children but our business and finances. Iím grateful to have this...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2020, 08:57 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 7,664
Posted By Lil_Diddle
I agree, if the family has proven to be good to...

I agree, if the family has proven to be good to you, it might be time to look at it through her eyes? Do they seem financially able to handle the strain of extra childcare?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2020, 08:51 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,720
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Almost all of my families are teachers. I just...

Almost all of my families are teachers. I just typed up a letter and saved it as a PDF and sent it via text to all families. I had some asking as soon as school was called if they could bring their...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-14-2020, 01:02 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,978
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Iím a home provider that watches mostly teacher...

Iím a home provider that watches mostly teacher kids. Our school district starts spring break Monday, and is considering staying closed an additional week or two. Today I had 3 of my teacher...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-23-2020, 08:15 PM
Replies: 6,211
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 708,015
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Response to original; parents forget we are human too

Thank you all for your words of encouragement and empowerment. Today I spoke up to one of these bully parents and pretty much told her if this daycare is not working for her she has other options. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-21-2020, 09:55 PM
Replies: 6,211
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 708,015
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Parents forgetting we are human too

I run an in home childcare in my basement, completely separate from my living area. A have an assistant and a back up substitute. It is my number one goal to be reliable. Iíve worked through a lot of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-18-2020, 10:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,014
Posted By Lil_Diddle
I thoroughly go over my handbook with parents,...

I thoroughly go over my handbook with parents, itís their responsibility to be flexible with that. Not the other way around. Now it sounds like you are making changes from when they enrolled. I like...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-04-2020, 11:24 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 119,620
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Mine is Little Diddles. With a tag line ďover the...

Mine is Little Diddles. With a tag line ďover the moon for kidsĒ

My family nickname was always Diddle. At 38 years old my aunts, uncles and cousins still call me that.
I love anytime I find...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-18-2019, 10:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,212
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Iíve actually had to terminate care of this...

Iíve actually had to terminate care of this issue. Dad knowingly dropped off a sick child, admitted he gave him Tylenol and said fever should go down soon. When I commented DCB looked miserable the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2019, 01:23 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,817
Posted By Lil_Diddle
I have noticed it a lot with my current group of...

I have noticed it a lot with my current group of DCPís. I always make monthly newsletters. They leave them in their parent mailboxes until I physically have to hand it to them. On important...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-07-2019, 10:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,719
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Iím considering not taking infants anymore. Iím...

Iím considering not taking infants anymore. Iím getting older and just donít have the patience for all the needs. Iíd really like to focus on preschool age. But with our town adding a free...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-06-2019, 12:36 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,602
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Most people still work those days if they fall on...

Most people still work those days if they fall on a weekday, so I do to. And I know an extended break is coming for thanksgiving and Christmas. Halloween is always chaotic, and I do close early. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-17-2019, 09:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,621
Posted By Lil_Diddle
I do not accept kids after 9am unless the child...

I do not accept kids after 9am unless the child has a morning appointment that makes them late. In that case parents must give me notice. I got tired of waiting around to start activities waiting...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-13-2019, 10:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,971
Posted By Lil_Diddle
This is a real problem in my area as well. I know...

This is a real problem in my area as well. I know a couple home providers that closed just because they got tired of dealing with licensing. And itís because of their stories I still donít want to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-12-2019, 12:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,394
Posted By Lil_Diddle
We all have those days! Take a breath and think...

We all have those days! Take a breath and think of what made you start doing childcare in the first place.

The parents always cause more stress than the kids, Iíd love to tell you it will...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-07-2019, 03:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,176
Posted By Lil_Diddle
I had a family do this once, not sure why but...

I had a family do this once, not sure why but they had grandma bring the boys that day. I didnít answer, for one I was still in bed. Secondly, I know Iím weak and itís not grandmas fault. I know she...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-30-2019, 04:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,746
Posted By Lil_Diddle
I have to agree with this as well, if itís worth...

I have to agree with this as well, if itís worth losing daycare families I say go for it. Our children are only young once. But I can understand the parents frustrations, unfortunately not everyone...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-25-2019, 01:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,550
Posted By Lil_Diddle
People can be very rude and unappreciative. I...

People can be very rude and unappreciative.
I took a day off several years ago after a miscarriage. Which is both emotionally and physically painful.
A DCM, has the nerve to ask me what she was...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-08-2019, 07:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,272
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Thatís what I explained, I have to charge them...

Thatís what I explained, I have to charge them something. Where I live related immidiate family by blood, marriage and adoption do not count in my ratios. But sheís a baby, which means a lot of work,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-08-2019, 05:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,272
Posted By Lil_Diddle
I thought about part time, and they have someone...

I thought about part time, and they have someone whose been able to take her in as a drop in on the no school days when Iíve been closed. I know the other lady Changed her part time policy recently,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-07-2019, 07:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,272
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Am I Horrible Grandma

My stepson and his SO had a baby girl last April. They came to me and asked if Iíd take her in my daycare. Of course, I canít imagine anyone else caring for my grand baby. But I did tell them before...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-20-2019, 11:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,198
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Iím personally not a fan. It is not the...

Iím personally not a fan. It is not the governments responsibility to pay for our childcare as well an not the wealthyís responsibility. What I would love to see is corporations paying their...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-11-2019, 09:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,110
Posted By Lil_Diddle
EXACTLY! I learned the hard way. I donít wait for...

EXACTLY! I learned the hard way. I donít wait for anyone and I donít hold spots until the full deposit is in hand. I should state that the deposit is only refunded once they start care and it goes...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-04-2019, 09:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,639
Posted By Lil_Diddle
My handbook says that I must be contacted by 6:30...

My handbook says that I must be contacted by 6:30 an on snow days if children areor are not coming. If not contacted by 6:30 it is assumed they will not be here and no care will be available for the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-04-2019, 09:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,181
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Iíve worked in different centers. At one we would...

Iíve worked in different centers. At one we would get 30 minute planning times daily and those were for just that planning for our classroom. At nap we could do as we pleased as long as we were quiet...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-04-2019, 08:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,835
Posted By Lil_Diddle
I love children and early childhood education. I...

I love children and early childhood education. I used to think I would love running a large center. Until I worked at a few. Staffing and finding reliable and quality staff would be the biggest red...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-27-2019, 08:33 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,377
Posted By Lil_Diddle
They donít pull through my yard, but are...

They donít pull through my yard, but are constantly using my neighbors drive to turn around. My neighbor hasnít complained, but it drives me insane. I live at the end of an addition, just follow the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-25-2019, 06:18 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,377
Posted By Lil_Diddle
I have to join the concencus that the parents are...

I have to join the concencus that the parents are the biggest stressor.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-25-2019, 06:17 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,377
Posted By Lil_Diddle
The cost of actually running the daycare. I...

The cost of actually running the daycare. I thought doing it out of my home, I was going to be rolling in dough. Itís not the case, but I am comfortable. And being my own boss has its perks
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-13-2019, 12:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,984
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Thank you, good to know. I had the parent use...

Thank you, good to know. I had the parent use PayPal for now because I already had an account. It actually went pretty smooth and quickly.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-13-2019, 12:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,362
Posted By Lil_Diddle
I live in a rural area, so thatís not an option....

I live in a rural area, so thatís not an option. I looked into care.com but it doesnít look like anyone near my area used it. Just the biggest city which is an hour away from me.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-13-2019, 12:55 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,643
Posted By Lil_Diddle
We do Mondays as cold lunch days, because that is...

We do Mondays as cold lunch days, because that is the day my assistant is off and Iím alone. Every other day lunch is provided. The kids enjoy having one day a week to bring in lunch boxes and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2019, 11:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,984
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Curious, those that use Venmo, do you have it set...

Curious, those that use Venmo, do you have it set up as a business account or just a personal account accepting money ďbetween friendsĒ
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2019, 11:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,362
Posted By Lil_Diddle
I would never use craigslist or any swap pages,...

I would never use craigslist or any swap pages, Iím really hoping to find someone that comes personally recommended. I care for all teachers kids, so I asked them first. Then reached out to a select...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-10-2019, 10:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,362
Posted By Lil_Diddle
How to Find Substitutes and Assistants?

I’ve been fortunate the last few years to be able to hire friends and acquaintances as my substitutes and assistants. Im an in-Home daycare with the business completely out of my basement. So...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-10-2019, 10:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,098
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Last year I had the pickiest group of eaters, I...

Last year I had the pickiest group of eaters, I could never please all the children. I was throwing so much food out. But they eat whatís in front of them or they donít eat. I did change my policy...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-10-2019, 01:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,984
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Thank you for the input. So far Iím seeing a few...

Thank you for the input. So far Iím seeing a few drawbacks to Venmo and PayPal. Iíll check into Zelle
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-10-2019, 11:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,984
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Other Ways to Accept Payment?

Iíve always been old-fashioned and accepted checks and cash. However, Iím finding a need to accept cards. I currently have a parent that doesnít have the money in her account right now and wants to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-05-2019, 11:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,130
Posted By Lil_Diddle
1) do better at keeping track of receipts and...

1) do better at keeping track of receipts and everything accounting. I put all receipts in a box and let them pile up. Tax time is a nightmare. I think Iím going to schedule a day on the calendar for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-05-2019, 01:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,517
Posted By Lil_Diddle
During business hours, I am a business plain and...

During business hours, I am a business plain and simple. I will watch the kids, but not for free.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-05-2019, 01:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 937
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Mine says that children must be in care by 9am...

Mine says that children must be in care by 9am unless they are late due to an appointment. It also says the day will be charged in full unless they are using an excused absence
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-06-2018, 11:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,575
Posted By Lil_Diddle
My new family is great, kids are sweet, parents...

My new family is great, kids are sweet, parents are nice. But oh my, mom is a lingerer. It doesnít help deb is one of the last ones. We can be outside, shoes on and it still takes 10 minutes. Just...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-23-2018, 08:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,047
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Paying for Me to Clean

It is a crazy start to a new school year. I watch mostly teachers kids, and I should mention I don’t charge for summers. This is the first full week back and the kids are dropping like flies, with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-14-2018, 01:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,503
Posted By Lil_Diddle
I plan on doing the same with my 3 year old son...

I plan on doing the same with my 3 year old son next year. Itís just 2 days a week, half days. Iím also suggesting it to another daycare parent. Iíve had her daughter since she was an infant and I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-30-2018, 11:59 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,568
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Thank you all for the input. I think the fact I...

Thank you all for the input. I think the fact I even had to ask I know itís wrong. Iíve just been trying to fill this spot all summer long. And I agree, if the time comes and I need help I donít want...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-29-2018, 06:13 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,568
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Stealing Child From Another Provider

Iíve been moving towards having all teachers children the last few years, itís absolutely great. School starts in a few weeks and I have a final spot I need to fill in order to maintain the budget I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2018, 03:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 871
Posted By Lil_Diddle
They have been with me for the last 9 years, only...

They have been with me for the last 9 years, only two years to go until their child is in kindergarten, so I really hoped to make it work. They have been flexible on days I ask off. It really hasnít...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2018, 12:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 871
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Oops it should say on momís day off DCG is always...

Oops it should say on momís day off DCG is always here till 5:30
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2018, 12:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 871
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Back And Forth On New Closing Time

At the end of last school year I updated my policies. Iíve been going towards having all teachers kids and so kids are almost always picked up by 4:30. With the exception on my only non teacher...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-23-2018, 10:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,156
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Agreed, just give a notice.

Agreed, just give a notice.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-17-2018, 05:55 AM
Replies: 6,211
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 708,015
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Omg I have a DCM acting the same way. She sent me...

Omg I have a DCM acting the same way. She sent me their two weeks notice via a text the other day. Weíve always gotten along, had friendly banter, our school age daughters go to school together and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-16-2018, 11:27 AM
Replies: 6,211
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 708,015
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Yes, I really love hearing that from families...

Yes, I really love hearing that from families that have been with me awhile.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-16-2018, 07:06 AM
Replies: 6,211
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 708,015
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Our line of work would be so much better if it...

Our line of work would be so much better if it were all about the kids. Most of the time these parents are my biggest stressors. I feel like I need to remind them that I am here to work with them and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-13-2018, 08:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,689
Posted By Lil_Diddle
My favorite dcpís realize that I am a person and...

My favorite dcpís realize that I am a person and treat me as such. They donít complain if I get sick or have to close and take care of a sick child. The first words out of their mouth arenít ďwhat am...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-09-2018, 11:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,852
Posted By Lil_Diddle
A contract can be something that is very...

A contract can be something that is very individual and personalized to each providerís needs and availability. And a handbook is ever growing of things you are going to learn as you go along. This...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-05-2018, 12:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,326
Posted By Lil_Diddle
I do like the idea of doing sign ups and a...

I do like the idea of doing sign ups and a separate contract for summers. Our school district offers summer school for the month of June. So last year I was only going to have two kids for June, so I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-05-2018, 12:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,326
Posted By Lil_Diddle
I don’t know, I think I just have worked in...

I don’t know, I think I just have worked in childcare so long that I don’t appreciate what I do enough.

I also worry that it’s such a competitive market with people opening Home daycares that I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-05-2018, 08:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,326
Posted By Lil_Diddle
I have a feeling these parents think I'm making a...

I have a feeling these parents think I'm making a killing. Honestly I'm not as I'm sure most of you know. By the time I purchase food and supplies and stuff for activities, pay my assistant there...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-05-2018, 08:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,326
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Re-Evaluating Handbook Policies, Would Love Input

I have almost all teacher's kids the last few years, with the exception of 2 that have two more years with me. My eventual hope is to have all teachers kids after these two years. anyways I always...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-05-2018, 07:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,252
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Same here

Same here
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-05-2018, 06:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,710
Posted By Lil_Diddle
I think a flat rate is fair, you have to have an...

I think a flat rate is fair, you have to have an income you can count on. And they expect you to be reliable. You should be able to expect the same from them. That the kid is not going to go away for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-05-2018, 06:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,984
Posted By Lil_Diddle
I use a scents burner that is kept out of reach...

I use a scents burner that is kept out of reach of children.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-05-2018, 06:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,527
Posted By Lil_Diddle
I used to do drop in care, only if I had a spot...

I used to do drop in care, only if I had a spot open for the day. But I no longer offer it. The extra cash was nice but is not worth the stress of our routine being off, or the child being upset. It...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-12-2018, 08:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,135
Posted By Lil_Diddle
thank you all for sharing your thoughts. I loved...

thank you all for sharing your thoughts. I loved reading all the replies of what works best for all of you. Iím always wanting to find ways to grow.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-11-2018, 12:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,128
Posted By Lil_Diddle
I am constantly checking craigslist for daycare...

I am constantly checking craigslist for daycare preschool closings. Iíve gotten some great deals and quality furniture and educational resources at 1/4 of the price of buying new
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-11-2018, 12:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,473
Posted By Lil_Diddle
I can understand this with all of the children...

I can understand this with all of the children being left in hot cars in the last few years. As for me, if they are not here by 9 which is my cut off time and they havenít called I donít allow them...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-11-2018, 12:33 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,011
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Some of these licensing rules are so insane, how...

Some of these licensing rules are so insane, how do they think children survive at home? I canít help but laugh, and remind myself this is why I will continue to stay a small unlicensed in-Home...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-11-2018, 12:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,135
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Sharing An Article. Thoughts?

https://wehavekids.com/education/Choosing-a-Preschool-Five-Idiotic-Things-Children-Are-Taught-in-Early-Education

Iíve went to enough trainings and classes to understand the value of play based...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-04-2018, 02:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,757
Posted By Lil_Diddle
This happened to me once, and I think the DCM...

This happened to me once, and I think the DCM totally played grandma. DCM knew I took a personal day. Conveniently she asked grandma to take the kids to daycare that day. Continuous knocking on my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-04-2017, 12:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,654
Posted By Lil_Diddle
I have the same exact DCG here. It's...

I have the same exact DCG here. It's heartbreaking. Mom always says "I need to give the older child some one on one time" but sadly the younger never gets that one on one time. And it breaks my heart...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-03-2017, 11:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,455
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Yes, I take two weeks deposit from every family....

Yes, I take two weeks deposit from every family. Even friends and family, because in business there are no friends and family. I should also note that in my handbook it says the deposit is only used...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-25-2017, 09:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,131
Posted By Lil_Diddle
I close Christmas Eve to New Year's Day every...

I close Christmas Eve to New Year's Day every year. It's in my handbook and that is one point I make sure parents are aware of when we meet for the first time. One thing I have learned is do not plan...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-25-2017, 09:57 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,620
Posted By Lil_Diddle
I made the same post on our daycare fb page, only...

I made the same post on our daycare fb page, only two responded. But honestly, it did not bother me. But I do have to say I love on the private fb page that it shows who has seen my post. I'm just...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-17-2017, 12:29 PM
Replies: 1,201
Views: 257,565
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Working on the letter of the week, for Ee today...

Working on the letter of the week, for Ee today we did elephants. While I got the rest mats out and changed pants the kids watched Wild Keats, an episode on elephants. After my work was done I asked...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2017, 01:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,997
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Yes I did fill in the memo section. I do know she...

Yes I did fill in the memo section. I do know she gets paid a monthly amount but not sure how that works. She did make the comment one day she brought her part time DCK for an extra day. I have to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2017, 12:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,997
Posted By Lil_Diddle
What Qualifies As A Fraudulent Check?

So I have a DCM that is also the caretaker for her grandparents and has access to their checking account. In the last month she has written me three checks out of the grandparents account to pay for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2017, 12:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,360
Posted By Lil_Diddle
You forgot he's teething, is why his fever is...

You forgot he's teething, is why his fever is 102. Or She doesn't do that at home.

I totally agree about the white lies we tell. I try not to be negative about their kids day
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-12-2017, 09:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,128
Posted By Lil_Diddle
I would just say to chalk this up as a learning...

I would just say to chalk this up as a learning experience. If you never told parents you were closing and the family needs your care, my opinion is that you should stay open. You are the care...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-10-2017, 12:57 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,902
Posted By Lil_Diddle
She is a single mom, DCD is not in the picture. I...

She is a single mom, DCD is not in the picture. I think that may be part of her reasoning
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-09-2017, 09:24 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,400
Posted By Lil_Diddle
Best gift ever! I do the same!!!! I'm not sure...

Best gift ever! I do the same!!!! I'm not sure who benefits best from this gift them or us.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-09-2017, 09:20 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,902
Posted By Lil_Diddle
It happened again, DCM was trying to put DCG in...

It happened again, DCM was trying to put DCG in time-out, it was not going well. DCM says, come here and sit in time-out, I will sit beside you. Omg I was flabbergasted. When DCM came in today the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-06-2017, 10:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,676
Posted By Lil_Diddle
I'm very worried I may be in a similar...

I'm very worried I may be in a similar predicament next year. I've worked in childcare 18 years. I left the center I worked at when my first child was an infant to do in-home. It was good for awhile...
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