A few of my policies

Enrollment Policy


The following forms must be completed and in my possession before I can assume the responsibility of caring for your child:


  1. Enrollment form
  1. Immunization form
  2. Permission to administer form
  3. Photo permission form
  1. Visitor awareness form
  2. Emergency contact form
  3. Completed contract agreement

 


 You are required to keep me informed of any changes in jobs, addresses, telephone numbers, immunization updates or any other pertinent information as it arises.

 

Before your child is admitted into childcare, a non-refundable security deposit/registration fee equal to one week of childcare must be paid.

Registration and holding fees do not apply to any tuition and are non refundable.

When I have an infant spot available, I cannot hold that spot (Infant) longer than 2 months. During that 2 months, A holding fee equal to one weeks pay is, due each Monday until the baby starts.








                                                                  Behavior Management and Discipline



My Belief is that, NO PERSON HAS THE RIGHT TO HURT ANOTHER,  WHERE THE CORE OF WHO THEY ARE IS HURT IN ANY WAY!  A CHILD SHOULD NEVER FEEL SHAME.


House Rules

  • No hitting, biting, pinching, throwing, pushing, hair pulling, or otherwise hurting others (keep all feet, hands, and other objects to yourself)
  • No intentionally breaking anything
  • No running (we use only our “walking feet” in the house), jumping, wrestling or climbing in the house or on furniture.
  • No picking up babies or toddlers
  • No leaving the house or outside boundaries without permission
  • No screaming (we use our inside voices), name calling, bad language, or teasing; everyone deserves to be treated with respect
  • No gun or violent play

Manners The use of good manners is extremely important to me and is an essential aspect of the daycare environment I strive to maintain. I will encourage the use of “please”, “thank you” and “excuse me” on a daily basis.

Discipline I believe that discipline should be used to teach a child, not to punish a child. I achieve this through love, consistency and firmness. I stress two main patterns of behavior: respect for other people and respect for property.

Children are explained the rules of my home frequently, so they will be familiar with guidelines. I encourage children to solve problems themselves. I use intervention, discussion, redirection and/or loss of privilege for disciplining. If needed I will have the child “take a break” commonly known as a time out.



Hours of Operation


I would like to take this time to remind everybody that my day ends at 4:30



                                                                                             Late Fee:

**A rate of $10 for the start of every 10 minutes you are late ( IE- If you are 11 minutes late a charge of $20) Late fees are due the next morning of care




                                                                                        Arrivals and departures


It is normal for some children to have difficulty separating from parents in the morning or not wanting to leave when it is time to go home.

For this reason I ask that you please be brief with your good-byes. The longer you take to say good-bye the harder it gets for your child and me to have a smooth transition into the start of our day.

When a child becomes extremely upset, it diverts my attention away from the other children in my care.

The best way to prevent a difficult departure is to give your child a smile, a cheerful good-bye hug and kiss, and a reassuring word that you will be coming back to get them.

In my many years of childcare experience, children are always quick to get involved with their friends and begin playing as soon as the parents leave.


When you arrive to pick up your child, I also ask that you make it a short stay; I only ask this because children are eager to spend time with you, and move on with their afternoon/ evening routine.  I have found the longer the visit the more restless children get, which results in upsetting behavior.

At the same time extending the stay can be harder on the children who do not want to leave. Not because they don’t miss you, they just don’t want to leave their friends. So please don’t take that personal, let it ease your mind that they had a wonderful day!



Holiday, Vacation, and Sick Pay



Required Paid Holidays


  • New Years Day
  • MLK
  • President's Day
  • Good Friday
  • Easter
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Day After Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • New Years Eve

When A Holiday falls on a Saturday, childcare will be closed the preceding Friday with pay. When the Holiday falls on a Sunday, childcare will be closed the following Monday with pay.


Vacation Days:   Occasionally, I may need to take time off for appointments, emergencies, family activities, training, or just for personal reasons. When I plan for these days off I try to schedule them as far in advance as possible so that you may make alternative childcare arrangements. When possible, I try to choose days that are convenient for the majority of the families in my care. I will try my best at the beginning of each year to have my “days off” posted for your convenience. I require 15 paid vacation days per year.

Sick Days:   Unfortunately I cannot plan ahead of time when I get sick. I will make sure to let you know as soon as possible if I am not feeling well and will need a day off. I require 5 paid personal/sick days a year.


Please note: Each family is contracted for their specific days and hours; there is no swapping or trading of days, if one of your contracted days falls on a vacation/sick/personal day of mine. Choosing a non contracted day to replace is not permissible. If you feel you will need a non contracted day you will be required to pay an additional daily fee, as long as space is available.



In order to stay within my licensing numbers, I require that all families stay within their contracted drop off/pick up times. Any changes to these times need to be approved by me at least 24 hours in advance.

*** My fees are set up on a guaranteed basis, which means I am guaranteed my full pay on Monday of that week, or the first day of care of the week. My rates are based on available spots within my daycare. You are paying for your child's spot regardless if they are here or not.



Belongings and Supplies


Personal Toys/Belongings

Please do not let your child bring toys from home to daycare. We have plenty of toys in our play area and many activities that can be completed throughout the day. Often times, when a child brings their personal toys from home, they are uncomfortable with sharing and this can cause conflict between your child and the other kids in the daycare. This can extremely disrupt our daily routine and goals for the day. Also, I cannot guarantee that your child’s personal toys will not be lost or broken.

For these reasons, if your child does bring a toy, I will take it away and return it when you arrive to pick up your child (ren) at the end of the day.

Supplies

You are responsible for supplying diapers, wipes, any creams or lotions, a change of clothing, sunscreen in the summer, and extra underwear and pull-ups during potty training. I will always let you know when your child’s supplies run low. If clothing items become soiled, I will send the dirty items home and I ask that you please send a replacement outfit at the next drop-off.

I do not supply any medications, such as Tylenol or cold medicine, so if there is something that you want your child to be given you must provide it.







                                                            Reserving an Infant/toddler spot



Infant spots will be subject to availability in licensing capacity.Current families will be given first "dibs",You will need to keep me informed as early as possible on all sibling news. Licensing ratios have very little flexibility and early planning is required.

For a spot to be reserved beyond its available date. A "holding fee" equal to a weeks rate must be maintained until a family occupies the position. This amount will not be applied to future childcare tuition, but is simply a fee to hold the spot open for your child. The provider guarantees to cease interviewing and attempting to fill the position as long as the holding fee is maintained




                                                                                                   






  


 


                                        Illness Policy



The health and well being of all of the children in my care is my top priority. It is for the protection of the children that I must insist on a strict adherence to my illness policy. Please read it carefully.


Communicable Diseases A child with a communicable disease is not permitted in childcare, by law. Some of those illnesses include but are not limited to: infectious conjunctivitis (pink eye), impetigo, hepatitis A, scabies, ringworm, infectious diarrhea, chicken pox, scarlet fever, lice, and strep throat. If your child is thought to have a communicable disease, you will be notified and asked to pick him/her up. Your child will be accepted back into my care when he/she is no longer contagious. All other parents will be notified of the possibility of a communicable disease and what symptoms to watch for. I may require a doctor's note, at my discretion, for your child’s return to childcare.


Fever A child with a fever is not permitted in childcare. Your child needs to be fever free (without the aid of any fever reducing medication) for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to childcare. Administering Tylenol to reduce your child’s fever so that you can bring him/her to childcare is grounds for termination.


Diarrhea    A child with diarrhea is not permitted in childcare. Infants and toddlers with fevers and/or diarrhea pertaining to teething will only be accepted into care with a doctor's note stating that these symptoms are directly related to teething.


 Vomiting   A child who is vomiting is not permitted in childcare. If your child vomits while in my care you will be expected to come within one hour to pick the child up. The child must stay home until 24 hours have passed with no vomiting episodes. Keeping an

 

HFM or known as Hand Foot & Mouth Your Child can return after they have been fever-free for 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medication. They must also be comfortable. If the child has sores on their hands or other parts of their body that are causing them discomfort, they must stay home until they are well enough to keep up with our pace of activities."
Also no open or weeping (oozing) sores, unless they can be kept covered.

 

 

Runny Nose and Cough   Your child may be brought to daycare if he/she has a common cold (slight occasional cough, clear runny nose, occasional sneezing). Discharge of any color other than clear is not acceptable in childcare. A constant runny nose, which needs wiped continuously is not acceptable in childcare regardless of the color. If your child has a clear runny nose, which lasts longer than a week, and you suspect it may be due to allergies, I will require you to bring a doctor's note confirming this. A constant nap time cough that would disrupt the sleep of the other children will require you to keep your child at home.

RASH    A child with a contagious rash is not permitted in childcare. Non-contiguous rashes require a note from your child’s doctor stating it is not possible to be spread from one person to another (a doctor’s note is not required for a diaper rash).

Runny and/or Crusty Eyes A child with runny and/or crusty eyes is not permitted in childcare. Watery, matted, and/or red/pink eyes are not acceptable in childcare under any circumstances. Your child must be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to childcare.

Excessive Crankiness   If your child is extremely irritable and/or crying/whining excessively you must keep him or her home regardless of the presence of other symptoms. If this occurs during childcare hours, you will be called to pick up your child. Having a child behaving in this way can disrupt the other children and cause an unhealthy childcare environment.

Lice A child with lice is not permitted in childcare. Your child may not come back to daycare until the completion of their second hair treatment and no nits are present. I will inspect your child’s hair upon arrival.


Persistent Cough Rule from our respiratory doctor. If a child coughs more than 20 times per minute for 2-3 minutes the child needs to be seen. Fever or not if their cough is keeping him from participating with the rest of the children I will need to send them home. Fever is not the golden rule. Children can be ill without fever.


Please keep in mind your child is not the only child in my care, so with holding and covering up, any health symptoms your child may have developed  are grounds for immediate termination


A fever is not the golden rule. Children can be ill without fever.



PLEASE NOTE                                                                  

*****If you take your child to the doctor in the morning and the child receives a shot or any medication (antibiotic i.e. penicillin) they will not be allowed at daycare for the remainder of the day. This is for the complete safety of the child. If your child comes here after receiving a shot or medication and they have an allergic reaction, I am literally stuck. I cannot leave to seek immediate care. (Waiting for 911 or a parent to pick up, can be too late) When this happens every second counts. Children even adults can develop an allergic reaction at any point in time in their lives, even if they have had the shot or medication before. I almost lost my own daughter and my dad as a result of a shot and an antibiotic reaction.





Sibling Rule


It is being STRONGLY enforced, that in families that have more than one child in my daycare:

                  If one child gets sick and is unable to come to daycare, the other child (ren) will also not be allowed in daycare.

Unfortunately, it is very likely that the other child (ren) will get sick.

Keeping all children home will cut back on the chances of the illness spreading to the other families and myself.

In addition, if you are called to pick up your child who becomes ill during the day, you must also take your other child (ren) with you.

Please have a backup plan available to you in the event your child is ill. Regular childcare fees apply for all children in the above stated conditions.


Highly Advised and Recommended By:

Licensor: Jacque Froemke (496-

Public health nurse: Angie (496-8767)