Daycare.com Forum Kidacare by Minute Menu Force of Nature Disinfectant

Go Back   Daycare.com Forum > Main Category > Daycare Center and Family Home Forum

Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Daycare Center and Family Home owners, Directors, Operators and Assistants should post and ask questions here.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 12-17-2019, 05:16 AM
Msdunny's Avatar
Msdunny Msdunny is online now
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 420
Default WHY Didn’t I Close on the 26th?

I just had a mom drop off and tell me that, since her husband only has Christmas Day off, so dd will be coming all week (which is really only Thursday from 11-3. She doesnít come on Friday). I just realized this week that I definitely should have taken the 26th off, so i was hoping maybe parents just wouldnít bring their kids. Looks like that isnít going to be the case.

Oh well, hubby will be home, so maybe the day will go quickly!
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 12-17-2019, 05:49 AM
Annalee's Avatar
Annalee Annalee is offline
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 4,862
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Msdunny View Post
I just had a mom drop off and tell me that, since her husband only has Christmas Day off, so dd will be coming all week (which is really only Thursday from 11-3. She doesnít come on Friday). I just realized this week that I definitely should have taken the 26th off, so i was hoping maybe parents just wouldnít bring their kids. Looks like that isnít going to be the case.

Oh well, hubby will be home, so maybe the day will go quickly!
Never count on the parents to do anything, just fix your contract like you want it. I was originally closed Dec. 20 thru Jan 1, but this past week, I sent out a memo and changed it to Dec. 23-Jan 3 opening back up Jan 6. The more I thought about it, I didn't wanna come back on Jan 2. No one said anything "to my face" and I get paid before I close for these weeks. Of course, that is 27 years worth of learning and it has become a little easier but each and every holiday I'm reminded of my wonderful mentors that helped me accomplish this.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 12-17-2019, 06:25 AM
rosieteddy's Avatar
rosieteddy rosieteddy is online now
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 1,167
Default

Is she off the 26th?I would ask her and if she is I would take it off. Especially if that is the only one coming.Frankly I would send a notice home saying due to low enrollment for that day you have decided to stay closed until Friday.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 12-17-2019, 06:45 AM
Msdunny's Avatar
Msdunny Msdunny is online now
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 420
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by rosieteddy View Post
Is she off the 26th?I would ask her and if she is I would take it off. Especially if that is the only one coming.Frankly I would send a notice home saying due to low enrollment for that day you have decided to stay closed until Friday.
She is the first I have heard from. I have another family with 2 girls who will most likely be here. Mom doesnít take off work, and dad doesnít Ďbabysití. But honestly, I guess each family doesnít really know the othersí schedules.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 12-17-2019, 08:11 AM
Snowmom's Avatar
Snowmom Snowmom is online now
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: USA
Posts: 1,472
Default

I hear you.
I'm closed/paid every year from 12/24-1/1.
I didn't officially close Monday 12/23 this year but I should have because I know I'll have at least one family here. The one that lives two doors down and is always home.

But, I only have myself to kick in the arse. I should know better. If I want the day off, I need to take it off because these days, it's rare to find a dc family that actually wants to spend time with their children.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 12-17-2019, 09:12 AM
Cat Herder's Avatar
Cat Herder Cat Herder is offline
Advanced Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 12,031
Default

I stayed open most of the week because I have no plans this Christmas and it affords me the opportunity to make a little extra to pay for the playroom upgrades I made this year. I did take Christmas Day to be fair to the kids. You know someone would bring them.
__________________
- Unless otherwise stated, all my posts are personal opinion and worth what you paid for them.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 12-17-2019, 10:44 AM
nannyde's Avatar
nannyde nannyde is offline
All powerful, all knowing daycare whisperer
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Des Moines
Posts: 7,296
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cat Herder View Post
I did take Christmas Day to be fair to the kids. You know someone would bring them.
👆not intended to be a funny. Not only would someone but someoneís and it would be from open to close. They do gifts either Xmas eve or Lickety Splikley an hour before the kids were due at daycare Christmas morning and bring them in their Rudolph jammies because they ďrefused to take them offĒ needing breakfast because they were too excited about their presents to eat. The parents would go home and have some them time and a nap. They would be late picking them up because their phone alarm didnít go off.

You would be hard pressed to assemble a decent size group of kids who didnít include a few who would be there on Christmas if they could be.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 12-17-2019, 11:11 AM
Annalee's Avatar
Annalee Annalee is offline
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 4,862
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by nannyde View Post
👆not intended to be a funny. Not only would someone but someoneís and it would be from open to close. They do gifts either Xmas eve or Lickety Splikley an hour before the kids were due at daycare Christmas morning and bring them in their Rudolph jammies because they ďrefused to take them offĒ needing breakfast because they were too excited about their presents to eat. The parents would go home and have some them time and a nap. They would be late picking them up because their phone alarm didnít go off.

You would be hard pressed to assemble a decent size group of kids who didnít include a few who would be there on Christmas if they could be.
So sad, but so true!
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 12-17-2019, 11:13 AM
Annalee's Avatar
Annalee Annalee is offline
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 4,862
Default

Maybe I'm just an old fuddy-duddy mom but I have fretted about this Christmas as my sons are 16 and 18 and what can I come up with for Christmas Day morning. While I have figured it out for another year, I know gradually this will end as they grow up and move on. But I can't imagine taking my littles to daycare when I am off for the Holidays!
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 12-17-2019, 12:18 PM
rosieteddy's Avatar
rosieteddy rosieteddy is online now
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 1,167
Default

Its only Tuesday ,send a notice tonight ."Dear Parents daycare will be closed Thursday December 26th.'I would also put a note in entryway tomorrow morning reminding of closures through both holiday weeks.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 12-17-2019, 12:50 PM
Rockgirl's Avatar
Rockgirl Rockgirl is online now
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 2,061
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by nannyde View Post
👆not intended to be a funny. Not only would someone but someoneís and it would be from open to close. They do gifts either Xmas eve or Lickety Splikley an hour before the kids were due at daycare Christmas morning and bring them in their Rudolph jammies because they ďrefused to take them offĒ needing breakfast because they were too excited about their presents to eat. The parents would go home and have some them time and a nap. They would be late picking them up because their phone alarm didnít go off.

You would be hard pressed to assemble a decent size group of kids who didnít include a few who would be there on Christmas if they could be.
This is so spot-on.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 12-17-2019, 01:07 PM
AmyKidsCo's Avatar
AmyKidsCo AmyKidsCo is online now
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 3,570
Default

I'm sorry!

I originally closed 12/23 through 1/2 but then a parent asked for clarification if I was closed 1/2 or opening again and I was worried she'd be upset if I was closed so I said Open and told all the parents. Since then that parent has left...

Once again I'm reminded to stick to my guns.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 12-17-2019, 01:36 PM
Msdunny's Avatar
Msdunny Msdunny is online now
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 420
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by rosieteddy View Post
Its only Tuesday ,send a notice tonight ."Dear Parents daycare will be closed Thursday December 26th.'I would also put a note in entryway tomorrow morning reminding of closures through both holiday weeks.
I thought about doing this, but feel like i would have to tell them they didnít have to pay, and I would take a $200 hit.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 12-18-2019, 05:28 AM
rosieteddy's Avatar
rosieteddy rosieteddy is online now
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 1,167
Default

Can't you use a sick or personal day.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 12-18-2019, 06:00 AM
Msdunny's Avatar
Msdunny Msdunny is online now
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 420
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by rosieteddy View Post
Can't you use a sick or personal day.
Iíve used them for the year. It may be worth taking the hit. Especially since my dh is off work.
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 12-18-2019, 07:00 AM
rosieteddy's Avatar
rosieteddy rosieteddy is online now
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 1,167
Default

If your husband is off, call it a gift to yourself.The parents should gift the day to you.I used to send out a notice the week before.I would list the holidays closed and any extra days.I always said "closed the day after Christmas.So children can enjoy their families and gifts."Hard for parents to negate that. My advice for the future would be to say "closed Christmas and day after with pay." Have a nice holiday.There were a few Christmases where my daughter a nurse would work.My grandchildren had to come to me for the day.They loved my house but I knew they would have enjoyed staying home playing with their gifts.
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 12-18-2019, 07:17 AM
Msdunny's Avatar
Msdunny Msdunny is online now
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 420
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by rosieteddy View Post
If your husband is off, call it a gift to yourself.The parents should gift the day to you.I used to send out a notice the week before.I would list the holidays closed and any extra days.I always said "closed the day after Christmas.So children can enjoy their families and gifts."Hard for parents to negate that. My advice for the future would be to say "closed Christmas and day after with pay." Have a nice holiday.There were a few Christmases where my daughter a nurse would work.My grandchildren had to come to me for the day.They loved my house but I knew they would have enjoyed staying home playing with their gifts.
I did it! I pulled up my big girl pants and took the day off. The more I thought about cleaning and babyproofing for one day of work, it just wasnít worth it. And no one needed me for work, but for themselves. Iím all kinds of brave now, so if anyone needs any difficult notes sent to parents today, Iím your girl!!
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 12-18-2019, 07:18 AM
Blackcat31's Avatar
Blackcat31 Blackcat31 is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 18,757
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Msdunny View Post
I’ve used them for the year. It may be worth taking the hit. Especially since my dh is off work.
Take the day off.

Even if you lose the money. It's time you can never replace.

Take the day for you and your family and do not feel one bit guilty about it.

School is out and there are hoards of teenagers and family friends available to watch people's children if they must work.

Take the day off.

You won't regret it in the long run.
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 12-18-2019, 07:19 AM
Blackcat31's Avatar
Blackcat31 Blackcat31 is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 18,757
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Msdunny View Post
I did it! I pulled up my big girl pants and took the day off. The more I thought about cleaning and babyproofing for one day of work, it just wasnít worth it. And no one needed me for work, but for themselves. Iím all kinds of brave now, so if anyone needs any difficult notes sent to parents today, Iím your girl!!
Typing as you were posting!


GOOD FOR YOU!!!!!!

You will not regret it!!
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 12-18-2019, 07:30 AM
Annalee's Avatar
Annalee Annalee is offline
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 4,862
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Msdunny View Post
I did it! I pulled up my big girl pants and took the day off. The more I thought about cleaning and babyproofing for one day of work, it just wasnít worth it. And no one needed me for work, but for themselves. Iím all kinds of brave now, so if anyone needs any difficult notes sent to parents today, Iím your girl!!
Happy for you!
Reply With Quote
  #21  
Old 12-18-2019, 07:31 AM
Ariana's Avatar
Ariana Ariana is online now
Advanced Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 8,493
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Msdunny View Post
I did it! I pulled up my big girl pants and took the day off. The more I thought about cleaning and babyproofing for one day of work, it just wasnít worth it. And no one needed me for work, but for themselves. Iím all kinds of brave now, so if anyone needs any difficult notes sent to parents today, Iím your girl!!
Feels good doesnít it?!

I was wavering back and forth about taking my leftover vacation which would entitle me to 3 full weeks. Figured parents would be mad, or I shouldnít inconvenience them. Then I thought, if they canít find care or take vacation for that time it is not my problem and if they walk, good riddance since I am one of the best care providers in town (according to their reviews). It felt wonderful after I posted my intention to close!! No one said a thing and I am now enjoying a much needed break . They need you more than you need them
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 12-18-2019, 07:49 AM
Msdunny's Avatar
Msdunny Msdunny is online now
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 420
Default

I had a mom drop off this morning. Sheís the only one who didnít reply yesterday. She said if youíre open, we will be here. But if not he can stay home with us. She works from home and has 2 teenagers who will be on winter break. That kind of made up my mind.
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 12-18-2019, 08:09 AM
rosieteddy's Avatar
rosieteddy rosieteddy is online now
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 1,167
Default

So happy for you! You have a tough job and deserve to enjoy your holiday as well.Sometimes we as providers have to force parents to take the time.If you're open they will come. They would have shown up in pj's and gone back to relax.Now the children can lie around with them playing.You get to enjoy a nice long weekend.
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 12-18-2019, 12:59 PM
AmyKidsCo's Avatar
AmyKidsCo AmyKidsCo is online now
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 3,570
Default

Yay, good for you!!
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 12-24-2019, 05:55 PM
Unregistered
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cat Herder View Post
I stayed open most of the week because I have no plans this Christmas and it affords me the opportunity to make a little extra to pay for the playroom upgrades I made this year. I did take Christmas Day to be fair to the kids. You know someone would bring them.
When I used to work in a big center we were open during the holidays. Christmas, NYE, ect. Everyone came.
Reply With Quote
  #26  
Old 12-25-2019, 11:34 AM
Ariana's Avatar
Ariana Ariana is online now
Advanced Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 8,493
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
When I used to work in a big center we were open during the holidays. Christmas, NYE, ect. Everyone came.
We always opened one centre and everyone who needed care, went there. We were all part if the City owned/operated daycares. The ECEs that wanted to work, worked! Luckily there werenít too many kids so most of us got a two week break and those teachers that do not celebrate Christmas got overtime pay
Reply With Quote
  #27  
Old 12-26-2019, 01:09 AM
Unregistered
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

nothing can be changed now. But you can send parents a letter that informs them what days you will be closed for 2020. And remember you MUST be paid for those days.
Reply With Quote
  #28  
Old 12-26-2019, 01:12 AM
Unregistered
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

I have 12 paid holidays + one week in August and a week in December. This year I closed 12.23-1.1. Paid.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
holidays

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Close or Remain Open? Baby Beluga Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 18 10-11-2017 01:15 PM
To Close or Not to Close Unregistered Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 14 09-06-2016 10:20 AM
To Close or Not To Close? Baby Beluga Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 16 10-26-2015 09:36 AM
3 People With Flu, Closed 3 Days Already, Need To Close Tomorrow Holiday Park Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 1 02-20-2013 05:13 PM
Do You Close For Snow? jenh171 Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 17 01-28-2011 12:34 AM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 07:06 AM.



Daycare.com         Find A Daycare         List Your Daycare         Toys & Products                 About Us

Daycare.com
Please read our Disclaimer before continuing.

Topics pertain mainly to the following States:

Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware District of Columbia Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming