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Sprouts 03:32 PM 11-17-2011
So as i was reading the other post by daycare I am wondering who checks ID's i think its a great idea and I plan on implementing that for future interviews!!!
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daycare 03:46 PM 11-17-2011
Originally Posted by Sprouts:
So as i was reading the other post by daycare I am wondering who checks ID's i think its a great idea and I plan on implementing that for future interviews!!!
You beat me to it. I was going to ask how could I go about doing the ID check without sounding crazy?

What approach should we take to do it?
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MarinaVanessa 04:02 PM 11-17-2011
Yeah I was thinking about this too. Like I said in the other post, I had already decided that I was going to start checking ID's upon signing a contract. I already added it to my contract and will start doing it Jan 1st but I never thought to do it for my interviews.

I'm wondering if anybody already does this and what they think the outcome is. I'm wondering if parents feel uneasy or if they just go with it if a provider asks for their DL.
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Childminder 05:46 PM 11-17-2011
I always have made a copy of the id from someone I've never met that is picking up a child but have never for an interview. I do have them put soc# and dl# on the contract just in case but have never actually checked them.
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godiva83 06:36 PM 11-17-2011
Good idea,

As previous poster I too check ID's of persons picking up for the first time but never for enrollment
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Springdaze 06:38 PM 11-17-2011
I wasnt sure if you meant at pick up and it reminded me of a funny story....
I had a child that was in the process of being adopted and the case worker was coming to pick her up for the dr or something. I live one house from the corner and the street in front of my house was being repaired so you couldnt get into my driveway. so the case worker comes and we ask for ID, she didnt have it, so we made her go back to the car and get it. boy was she MAD! we laughed when she left, but with my luck she would have gotten us in trouble if we hadnt asked!
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GretasLittleFriends 07:33 PM 11-17-2011
I do ask to see their drivers licenses at our initial interview. I explain that I do it for the safety of the children in my care. I offer 24/5 services (with some weekends for clients I've had for a few years now). When I've had interviews, there is usually at least one extra dck here, and of course my kids. How they feel about it, I don't know and I don't really care. I do it for our safety, and it lets them know I find safety VERY important.

I also verify peoples' licenses when the kids are picked up by a person that is not their parent. The parent MUST tell me ahead of time that so-and-so is going to pick up their kid, and I ask what type of vehicle they drive, and have them remind the relative/friend that they need to bring a photo id. Once I've met a relative once or twice, I remember them, then don't usually check.
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Meyou 02:48 AM 11-18-2011
I ask for 2 pieces of ID for the contract. I always ask for ID if someone is picking up that I haven't met before.
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MyAngels 06:02 AM 11-18-2011
If you're worried about how it sounds you could always blame it on your licensor, i.e., "My licensor has suggested that it would be a good idea."
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TBird 06:16 AM 11-18-2011
YUP! I check them every time someone new picks up. I give mom & dad a heads-up first of course.
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BigMama 07:22 AM 11-18-2011
I tell all families upon enrollment that I have to see a photo ID whenever someone new picks up for the first time. It can be awkward to ask Grandma or Uncle Joe to prove their identity but I just say, "I wouldn't want anyone to take precious Sally!" and that usually diffuses any tension!
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dEHmom 07:25 AM 11-18-2011
I've considered it, and if someone other than a parent picks up I have to verify ID. But I'm tempted to take a parents Id when they come for interviews I just wonder how well that would go over.
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MarinaVanessa 07:38 AM 11-18-2011
Originally Posted by dEHmom:
I've considered it, and if someone other than a parent picks up I have to verify ID. But I'm tempted to take a parents Id when they come for interviews I just wonder how well that would go over.
Exactly, me too. I suppose I can create a "visitors log" sheet for the times that I hold interviews and when the DCK's get picked up by other adults. I was thinking of having a spot for the date, time, name, DL# and DOB that I would write down, not the adult. Then have a spot at the end for them to sign.

I like the idea about blaming it on licensing. Nowadays you can never be too careful.
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Blackcat31 07:53 AM 11-18-2011
Originally Posted by dEHmom:
I've considered it, and if someone other than a parent picks up I have to verify ID. But I'm tempted to take a parents Id when they come for interviews I just wonder how well that would go over.
I think stating it like GretasLittleFriends did (post #7) would make it completley plausible and parents would totally understand and maybe even be lured into wanting to choose you as a provider if safety like that was a priority.

I have seen a lot of really paranoid parents over the last few years and I actually think checking I.D.'s for safety reasons would be a selling point around here.
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daycare 08:04 AM 11-18-2011
that is a great post, and I NOW after what happened in my situation, I will ask all clients to fill out an online application prior to arrival.
parents name, address, phone, email address and reason they need child care, what is the childs current daycare arrangement, how did you hear about us, etc

When they arrive, I am going to inform them that for the safety of my family and all children in my care that I must have that form on file and then just ask to see ID to verify it.

I am not 100%sure on my wording that I will use just yet, but will get to that.

For those of you who are not aware, I was being followed by a potential client that I had interviewed....see my post Potential client following me.

We really have to be careful who we let into our homes and know who we are letting in.
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SimpleMom 08:32 AM 11-18-2011
I check ID if I haven't met them before. I request a DL and Insurance card copy for the file in case of emergency. Some are uncomfortable with it and that's ok. I just let them know it's only in case of emergency to better serve your child with the fastest treatment and such. All documents are confidential and are shredded at the end of service as far as DL and Ins card copies go.

I've never asked for them at the interview. Is there something that's happened where the parents were not who they said they were?
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Zoe 08:37 AM 11-18-2011
I don't upon enrollment, but I do let the parents know that I will be checking ID of a person I've never met before if they are picking up a child. Some have had to go back into their cars for their IDs, but no one has ever been annoyed with it. They get that I'm doing this for the safety of the child.
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daycare 08:49 AM 11-18-2011
Originally Posted by SimpleMom:
I check ID if I haven't met them before. I request a DL and Insurance card copy for the file in case of emergency. Some are uncomfortable with it and that's ok. I just let them know it's only in case of emergency to better serve your child with the fastest treatment and such. All documents are confidential and are shredded at the end of service as far as DL and Ins card copies go.

I've never asked for them at the interview. Is there something that's happened where the parents were not who they said they were?
Long story short

I did an interview for a family

I find that the mother of the family is following me and the kids.

followed and parked infront of the park, library and my house. All on different days.
I freaked out, made a police report of it.

So far from the video, we now know that this woman was driving by on weekends, and even late at night week nights. Sometimes after 11pm. I have surveillance cams in front of my house.

when I met with the police to file the report, he told me that I should really consider chcking IDs of those people that I let in my house. He was saying how all stores have you either on camera or when you buy something they can track you within minutes.
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Sprouts 08:38 AM 11-20-2011
I agree, i had a couple just show up because they saw my lawn signs, it was a slow day so i figured why not give them a tour, this might be the only chance to get them in....but i did check ID's i did have a wierd feeling about them, i had them sign in and all....but if i were to go back in time i probably would have made an appointment with them...actually i let them in also because they did mention the dr's office and another place i posted a flyer in....but who knows!!!!
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