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    We started off using rubbermaid containers....

    We started off using rubbermaid containers. Honestly, I found them to be a pain. It was also hard to make them all fit into the backpack and we lost more of those than I can count. Not to mention the...
  2. I had a cube climber and a triangular shaped one....

    I had a cube climber and a triangular shaped one. They each had a slide down and it was easy to be right there to monitor the little ones. They could crawl under the triangle one, too. The cube...
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    Do you think these people know that they have...

    Do you think these people know that they have contacted you before? Do you know them personally?

    I had a family that did this 3 times. The first time she kept putting me off and I filled the spot....
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    I feel your frustration, not just for daycare but...

    I feel your frustration, not just for daycare but with my kids' things over the years. I give up on water guns and butterfly nets. Or else buy them cheap so they don't cost a lot to replace.

    I...
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    Maybe you need to have a cutoff time for...

    Maybe you need to have a cutoff time for arrivals. I deal with contracted hours, so don't accept clients who need to arrive later in the day. But I do have it stated that I expect all children to...
  6. They didn't ask who was attached to their house?...

    They didn't ask who was attached to their house? We drove around what is now our neighbourhood at least 10 times before we put an offer in. Checked out the neighbours, the traffic, at different times...
  7. Thread: Breakast

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    I used to serve a parent-provided breakfast until...

    I used to serve a parent-provided breakfast until my mornings became too busy and I was unable to supervise (and serve) so I scratched that. Now kids are required to come having eaten breakfast (they...
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    My first go round with daycare it was main floor....

    My first go round with daycare it was main floor. My hubby hated having toys everywhere, etc. We didn't have the option of where as we didn't have a basement.

    This time around I have it in the...
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    I love watching kids play and interact. I find it...

    I love watching kids play and interact. I find it really interesting to see how they come up with their games, the rules they come up with, how they work things out (or not, lol), etc. It is really...
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    Enforce a rest period. Give the oldest a nap bag...

    Enforce a rest period. Give the oldest a nap bag with quiet activities, a quiet place (away from you) where they must stay until rest period is over.

    I would enforce a mandatory lie down for the...
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    Cards are my favourite, with a nice message...

    Cards are my favourite, with a nice message written inside. I keep these for a while :)

    I also think that a gift for the provider would be more appropriate than one for the daycare. Plants or...
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    I had a family like this, not exactly the same...

    I had a family like this, not exactly the same issues, but still issues that bothered me. I let it go too long and it got to the point where it was really awkward to bring it up. I would just mention...
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    I would tell them.

    I would tell them.
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    Of course it isn't terrible. You need to do what...

    Of course it isn't terrible. You need to do what works for you. Your daughter will probably love being able to play with her friends after school, too.

    Our school is 3 houses down the street so my...
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    Some ideas: You are in it for the long haul?...

    Some ideas:

    You are in it for the long haul? (Or at least have been, I think I remember you saying that you were going back to school...) Regardless, play up your experience. "Established in home...
  16. Thread: Flip Flops

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    If I was staying open for the summer I was going...

    If I was staying open for the summer I was going to request closed toe sandals, for all the same reasons. I don't think it's anal, lol, I think it's just for safety.
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    Home daycare closing in NS

    On the off chance that there are providers here from Nova Scotia....


    I am closing doors in 2 weeks and still have some daycare stuff available:
    - sensory table
    - quad stroller
    - double...
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    I get it, people move on, changing needs, etc. I...

    I get it, people move on, changing needs, etc. I would be super pi$$ed that she had the nerve to contact other daycare families, regardless if they left or not. I think you handled it very well but I...
  19. Thread: Shots?

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    I prefer that they are all vaccinated. I don't...

    I prefer that they are all vaccinated. I don't ask for proof that they are but vaccinating is always discussed in the interviewing process. I have a policy in place that states that I won't accept a...
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    Send home. I exclude for symptoms. vomiting...

    Send home.

    I exclude for symptoms. vomiting would have this kid go home. I also will only accept kids with mild colds. New or worsening coughs are reason for me to exclude a child.

    If a...
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