If there is a court order keeping one parent or guardian away from the child, I must have a written note from the custodial parent or guardian in my file to that effect. Otherwise, I cannot prevent the non- custodial parent from picking up the child.
Open Door Policy
You are invited and welcome to visit anytime your children are present. You are asked to avoid visiting during Rest Time as much as possible. Please knock first. Parents are also free to call at any time. If I do not answer, please leave a message, and we will call you back as soon as we are finished with the current activity.
In the event that your child is ill and needs to miss a day, please call 1 hour before arrival time.
Some people call it discipline, I prefer guidance. No child will be hit,
spanked, belittled, or otherwise intimidated while in my care—even with
parental permission. No corporal punishment will be used. Children will be
treated with courtesy, respect, and patience. Guidance will be according to
age and understanding level. Younger children, babies and toddlers, will be
redirected to another activity. Older children will be given time outs
depending on the severity of the offense. If a child becomes a persistent
behavior problem, I will address it with you and we will try to resolve it
together. AT NO TIME WILL A CHILD BE SUBJECTED TO PHYSICAL PUNISHMENT OR SHAMING, FRIGHTENING OR HUMILIATING
METHODS BE USED, OR ANY TYPE OF VERBAL ABUSE, THREATS, DEROGATORY REMARKS, OR DEPRIVATION OF A MEAL OR ANY PART OF A MEAL BE USED. NO CHILD WILL EVER BE PUNISHED FOR TOILET ACCIDENTS.
I provide all meals and snack. Meals and snacks are served family style. Children are encouraged to use this time to
share their experiences with each other. Manners are taught, and practiced
during this time as well. Please list on the medical report any food allergies
child may have. If your child needs a special diet, the parent must furnish these foods.
Age appropriate activities are scheduled with flexibility allowed to respond
to the needs of the individual child and day. I will offer times for outside
play, stories, instruction, and naps appropriate to the child's ages, interests,
and abilities. I will provide your child with tender loving care, understanding,
patience and guidance in a happy family setting. Free play is an important
part of a child's early years. It is here that they learn social skills that will be needed the rest of their lives.
An example of daily activities:
* 7:00-10:00 AM: Arrival Time/Free play time. Children may select toys,
books, puzzles and more from the selection on there own they may
watch children programs on TV.
* 8:00 AM: breakfast time
*9:30-10:00 AM: morning juice and snack time, diaper changing & clean up
* 10:00-11:00 AM: group activities or outside play if weather permitted.
* 11:00-12:00 AM: free play, wash up for lunch watch educational videos while lunch is preparing
* 12:00-1:00 PM: LUNCH TIME
*1:00-3:00 PM: QUIET TIME the children don't have to sleep, but they do have to lay or play quietly on their mat so they do not disturb the others
Please dress your child appropriately. The activities may be messy. Do not send your child in clothing that you do not want stained. Weather permitting; we will spend a lot of time outdoors. You also need to supply a complete change of clothing in case of an accident; I do not supply clothing for day care children. If the child has no spare clothing, the parent will be called to bring some. If there is a special occasion that calls for special clothing, (a visit or party right after child care or a trip to the photographer) please send the special clothing with your child and I will help them clean up and get dressed prior to your picking them up at the end of the day.
I have sprinkler for summer water play. I require a permission slip signed before the child is allowed to play in the water if I use a small wading pool. A swimsuit and towel may be requested for these days.
Please do NOT send any toys from home with your child. If your child needs a special toy or item for sleeping, it will be allowed, but it will remain away until Rest Time. I am NOT responsibility for lost, stolen, or broken toys from home. Should the child deliberately destroy my toys or other property through misuse or willfulness, the parent will be required to replace it.
All children under the age of 5 are REQUIRED to have a rest period. No child is forced to sleep, however they must remain quiet. Older children, and those who wake early, will participate in a quiet activity until Rest Time is over. Please try not to schedule pick ups or visits during this time to lessen disturbance to the resting children.
I will assist you in toilet training your child with the understanding that it will be successful only if we work together. I will use pull-ups supplied by the parent. Send your child ONLY in easy on/easy off clothing until they are able to completely undress and dress themselves. I required at least 5 complete changes of clothing during Toilet Learning. I do not launder soiled
items and will send them home in a plastic bag. Please replace any clothing sent home the next day.
We honor major holidays and all children's birthdays. If you would like to bring a special treat for the children, please arrange this with the provider.
My house is not always spotless. My main concern is the care of the children. I clean my house during Rest Time, if all are asleep, during non-business hours, and occasionally with children's help. The children will help clean up toys before meals and naps.
I allow TV viewing consisting of Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel, Cartoon
Network only. On occasion I let the children pick a child appropriate video to watch.
There are three fire extinguishers located in my daycare. They are located in the two exits, and one in the main room. If there is a
fire that cannot be extinguished quickly, the children will be
evacuated immediately before calling 911. We will practice fire drills
monthly so the children will be prepared in the event of a fire.
Power Outage: There are flashlights located in emergency bag. If the
power remains out for some time, there are non-perishables located in the kitchen that will be used to eat. If the weather is inclement and
the house is getting too cold for the children, you will be called to pick up your child.
Changes to Policies
Changes may be made to these policies as needed with 2 weeks notice. The policy, contracts, consents, and forms will be reviewed and updated, if needed, yearly in January. Please give written notice of any changes that may occur, especially of name or address, or of updated immunizations.
The information you supply to me will be kept confidential. I will, at all times,
respect your privacy. Before any of the information is released to outside persons, the parents will sign a release form.