I have been a daycare provider for 13 years, and truly enjoy my job. I take classes in child development and nutrition yearly. I am also certified in Child/Infant CPR and First Aid. Children have always intrigued me in what makes them tick and. I enjoy using Early Education Curriculum, am in the process of getting my CDA and love reading up on Psychology. I have 3 children Taylor, Kaitlin and my Stepson, Jake.
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It is my goal to provide children with an environment that nurtures self-esteem, security and a comfortable, loving, home-like environment, where they can play and learn. Respect toward self, others and the environment are emphasized. I believe in the value of both structured and flexible schedules. Curriculum, regular reading times, arts and crafts, and musical activities are important. Outdoor play, free play, birthday parties, educational-style videos, are some of the more flexible activities we have. The most important priority is to have FUN! Please don't expect my home or your child to be perfectly clean at pickup time.
We do lots of activities that are messy and will do our best to maintain cleanliness and order, but fun and the well being of the children will always take precedence over cleaning.
Good communication is of the utmost importance to me. When I accept a new family into my business, I like to be sure that we can share openly about any concerns or questions that may arise. It is important that there is a similar childcare philosophy between the parents and me. I welcome questions, feedback, or discussions of any kind that are oriented towards a positive outcome for the child(ren). Sensitive issues will be discussed in private outside of regular childcare hours.
There are several forms that I must have completed before your child can start. I will not assume responsibility for your child unless I have these forms. NO EXCEPTIONS. This is to ensure that your child will get the very best care possible from me. All forms must be updated at least every 6 months, sometimes sooner, according to need.
The following forms MUST be in my possession, the day the child starts here, or the child will be turned away until they are.
1. FORM "A" AND “TOUCH POLICY”. (ALL OF THESE SIGNED)
2. UP-TO-DATE IMMUNIZATIONS.
3. DAYCARE ADMISSIONS PACKET (FILLED OUT)
4. SICK CHILD POLICY, (AT THE END OF THE HANDBOOK, ONE YOU SIGN AND GIVE TO ME AND ONE YOU KEEP).
5. CONTRACT AND RATE AGREEMENT (SIGNED)
If you have any questions regarding the completion of these forms, please feel free to ask.
I will not discriminate against race, creed, religion, sex, or color.
The first 2 weeks (14 days) of the child's enrollment will be considered a trial period. During that time the parent or provider may terminate the child care agreement at any time. After the trial period is complete, two weeks written notice is required to terminate the agreement (see Termination Policy).
We like to have fun! Having fun involves outdoor play and lots of messy activities, so make sure that your child is dressed appropriately. Please do not dress your child in nice clothing and expect them to be spotless when you arrive to pick them up. Clothing should be comfortable and seasonally appropriate for outdoor play. Make sure to include hats, mittens, boots and coats for cold weather. If neccessary, I may need to call the parents to bring weather appropriate clothing, but if I cannot reach them or they cannot come, then the child will have to join us with out those things. ( rain, storms and winter storms of any kind we do not go outside)
I do not allow children to bring toys from home. Little ones have a difficult time sharing with others, and it is even harder with their own special toys. My children will be expected to keep personal toys in an area where the other children do not have access. Exceptions to this policy will be that a child may bring a favorite sleepy toy for naptime only (this includes blankets and stuffed animals. Even for toddlers, I will need the blankets and stuffed animal put up when dropped off) and toys may be brought for show and tell activities. I am not responsible for any loss or breakage of personal items. All personal items must be clearly marked with the child's name. No sippy cups or food/snacks may come in with them. All food and drink must be finished before they come in my house. If not, I will hand it to the parent when they come in to take with them.
Parents must supply the following items:
* Season appropriate outerwear, (includes hat mittens, scarf, boots, snow pants, coat.)
* FULL CHANGE OF CLOTHING (this means: shirt, underwear, socks, pants (or shorts season permitting) or sweats, shoes. If these are used, a clean, FULL CHANGE of clothing will be expected the following day they are here).
* Diapers and breast milk if you baby drinks it
**I will supply wipes, sunscreen, formula and baby food.
The main goal of this daycare is to have fun, improve social skills, prepare children for kindergarten and encourage creative expression. We will utilize a variety of activities to accomplish this goal. Free-play, reading, arts and crafts, music/singing, dancing, dramatic play/pretend, puzzles, and educational TV/videos are just some of the activities we will be doing. I purchase and use “Mother Goose Time Preschool Curriculum” with my daycare kids.
Our schedule is firm but not ridged. We do try to follow this schedule but things may change if the children enjoy a certain activity we may continue with that instead our planned activity. Plans could change when nice weather is permitting to play outside more. Children need the fresh air and exercise. **If you call during the day, please be aware that I may be busy with the children and may not be able to answer the phone. If you would leave a message, I will call you back as soon as possible.
Television will be used as a tool to help children unwind and relax only when needed. TV is kept to a minimum. My schedule points out when TV time is likely. Other times could be rainy days, or if we are having a particularly difficult day. Viewing is limited to PBS, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr, and Playhouse Disney. Mostly, we watch Noggin and PBS as they are our favorites!
Your specific rates will be outlined in your Contract and Rate Agreement. Tuition is payable in advance. When is payment due? **Payment is due no later than drop off time the first contracted care day of each week. I enforce this rule. I do allow for a few times of forgetting, but after that the late fee will be enforced. Payment may be made by check or cash, as long as no checks are returned to me for non-payment. There will be a late fee of $10 for each day that payments are received late or not paid at drop off. As with any job, people expect to be paid when they are supposed to, my job is no different. : )
** The success of my business depends upon the prompt payment of tuition/fees in order to take care of day-to-day expenses that are encountered.
If a check is returned to me for non-sufficient funds, you will be required to pay all fees that I incur as a result of the returned check. Childcare services will be immediately halted until full payment of tuition and NSF charges has been made, in CASH. In addition, I will only accept cash payment from that point forward.
CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE CLIENTS
*Parent Shares: If you are
on Childcare Assistance, and pay a Parent Share, payments are due on the 1st day
of each Month or a $10.00 fee will be applied.
*Parent Shares: If you are on Childcare Assistance, and pay a Parent Share, payments are due on the 1st day of each Month or a $10.00 fee will be applied.
fees: Are due no later than the next day (weekend, Holiday or not)
regardless or A daily charge of $10.00 will be applied for everyday after that
it is late.
*Late fees: Are due no later than the next day (weekend, Holiday or not) regardless or A daily charge of $10.00 will be applied for everyday after that it is late.
What CCR&R will NOT pay:
1. My Paid Vacation
2. My Paid Days Off
3. Late Fees for paying me late
I recommend that if there is a holiday or weekend that falls on the FIRST DAY of a month, pay me before then or I will still charge a late fee if I get the parent share AFTER the First of the Month.
Even though you are on Assistance, if you do not have someone to watch your child for free on the days I take Paid days off, and have to pay someone to watch your child, YOU ARE STILL required to pay me for my paid days too.
This has always been my policy for families on Assistance. If CCRR will not pay my paid days, you will need to pay me. Failure to do so can result in termination of care.
So anything CCR&R will NOT pay,
you will need to pay for.
So anything CCR&R will NOT pay,
you will need to pay for.
OVERTIME/LATE PICK UP FEES/ LATE PAYMENTS
Overtime~ Overtime is defined by MORE than 10 hours a day, on any day, or anytime past 5:00pm. Late Pick-ups and Overtime are allowed, but after a few times or if it becomes habitual, I do charge a fee. I will be enforcing these fees.
It is as follows:
Example: If you are 10 minutes late picking up your child, you owe $10.00, if you are 12 minutes late picking up you owe $12.00. While I do understand people run late, my family time is very important to me and my family looks forward to spending time with me after I am done working at 5:00pm. *
Parent Shares: If you are on Childcare Assistance, and pay a Parent Share, payments are due on the 1st day of each Month or a $10.00 fee will be applied. Late fees are due no later than the next day (weekend or not) regardless or A daily charge of $10.00 will be applied for everyday after that it is late. Because I am told, that Assistance will NOT pay any late fee charges for a parent being late with a Parent Share, all parent shares and late fees are due at pick up that day. I recommend that if there is a holiday or weekend that falls on the FIRST DAY of a month, pay me before then or I will still charge a late fee if I get the parent share AFTER the First of the Month.
Late Payment Fees: There will be a late fee of $10 for each day that payments are received late or not paid at drop off.
It is normal for some children to have difficulty separating from parents, or cry when dropping off when beginning at a new daycare. To make my day, your day and the children’s day start off good please be brief in dropping off your child.
**Please read the following, as this is the drop off time routine at my daycare
I always expect parents to do the following when their child arrives:
1. Inform me of any important information;
2. Give them their hugs and kisses;
3. Assure them you will see them after work;
4. LEAVE AS QUICKILY AS POSSIBLE. Though it may take time for a child to adjust to a new daycare, they will.
PLEASE NOTE: ***If a child is crying at drop off and it is apparent to me that a drop off is taking too long and stressing out the child because of that, I will prompt you to leave, and then hold and comfort the child.
The quicker the departure, the faster the recovery of the child when they are crying. I PROMISE! : )
Children are to arrive clean, with a dry diaper and fed (unless arriving just before a meal time). I will try my best to send your child home with a clean diaper, and would appreciate the same consideration when you drop off.
This is a time of testing, when two different authority figures are present (the parent and the provider). All children will test to see if the rules still apply.
But if you and I are talking and your child acts up…..or if they just start acting up ….I will remind them about my rules, if they still act up….. I will then give them a time out if needed. This does not happen often. It usually takes only a few times of this for it to sink in. Please do not rush out as that tells them they can make you hurry up and leave.
If someone other than the parent is to pick up the child, please notify me ahead of time. ONLY people on the pick up list you give me, will be allowed to pick up.
Please inform emergency contacts, or people designated ON THE PICK UP LIST YOU GIVE ME that if I do not know them and the child is too young to recognize them ("Hi, Grandma!"), then I will need to ask for identification. I may ask even if the child recognizes them. I do not mean to offend them. This is simply a measure taken for the child's protection.
During arrival and departure, I expect parents to back up our rules..
NAP TIME DROP OFFS
I prefer that there are no pick ups or drop offs during the designated daily quiet time, which is 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, but if it is necessary, please be as quiet and brief as possible, if this is not possible, drop offs at nap time may not work out for some. Children who arrive during quiet time will be expected to remain quiet (they may play/read quietly) until quiet time is over, so that others will not be disrupted from their naps.
Drop off and pick up times are not good times to discuss serious problems. Little ears and minds hear and understand everything. I am not comfortable discussing children in the presence of anyone, but their parents. Topics that concern day-to-day events, or light-hearted discussion is fine.
I cannot guarantee that my children or myself will not be sick, no one can. IF the situation should occur, please have a back up person just incase. I will notify parents when it becomes apparent to me that my children or I are ill.
*I do charge if you or your child is sick or does not come for any reason. There will be no refunds or adjustments for days missed. ****A place has been reserved for each child that cannot be filled on a short term basis.
You are required to pay for all legal holidays. The only exception to this would be if the holiday falls on a regularly scheduled day off.
*New Year's Eve (close at 4:00pm) *New Year's Day *Memorial Day *4th of July *Labor Day
*Thanksgiving Day and the day after *Halloween (Close at 4:00 pm) *Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the day after
*When a holiday falls on a weekend, (except Halloween) I will pick which day(s) I will be closed. It will either be Friday or Monday.
*If both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day fall on the weekend, I will be closed on Friday and Monday.
*If New Years Day falls on a weekend, I reserve the right to take that Monday off for my New Years Day paid day off.
In the event my children, myself or my husband (if my husband is very ill, I may close to prevent the kids from getting his bug) are ill and will not be open, I will use my paid sick days. When and if they are all used up, I might use a paid personal day if there are some left. After that, if we are ill, it will be unpaid. I will allow myself up to 5 paid sick days each year.
Each year I will take up to 7 days for my vacation time, 5 unpaid, and 1-2 (at the most) paid personal days if necessary (to get ready to go on vacation and/or for unpacking and such when we get back). This could change in years to come. I will give no less than 2 weeks advance notice (and will do my best to give more) of the vacation dates.
Occasionally, I may need to take a day off for an appointment, family activity, to catch up at home, attend additional training or just relax. I will try to schedule these days as far in advance as possible, so that you can arrange other care for your child. I also will try to pick a day that is convenient for the majority of parents, if possible. I will allow myself up to 7 PAID personal days per year.
I will allow up to 7 paid Funeral Leave days per year. * I reserve the right to use some paid personal days (if I have paid personal days left) along with the 7 paid funeral days, if needed. If I have no paid personal days left, and feel I need a few extra days, they will be unpaid after the 7 paid funeral days.
Each Family is allowed a certain number of “Free Vacation/Daycare days” a year. This is based on the number of days the child is here each week. If the child is here not here a set number of days each week, I will average how many days a week the child is here. A child must be here 6 months before any “Free Vacation Days” can be used. A two-week notice must be given for using these vacation days. After they are used, no other days will be allowed until one year has passed. NO days will be allowed to be used when giving a 2 week notice of terminating care.
· All vacation days must be used together, not individually
· No days will be allowed in the month of December
· The vacation year starts every January 1st and ends every November 30th
· No unused time can be transferred to the next year
· Remember, you need to let me know at least 2 weeks (14 days) before you are going to use it and it must be used all at one time, not divided up
Times you cannot use your free days:
· My paid Personal Days
· My paid Sick Days
· My paid Funeral days
· My paid Holidays
· The month of December
· The month I take my non-paid vacation
· Two families are already going to use their days during the week you want
In cases of your potential absence, of 2 weeks or more, due to maternity or extended leave from your job (teachers for example) etc, the following rules apply for the entire time of your absence to hold your child's position.
If your child is here 4-5 days a week normally, you will need to pay me 3 days a week the entire time.
If your child is here 3 days a week, you will need to pay me for 3 days a week the entire time.
This means the first 2 weeks you are gone, you will be expected to pay the full rate you normally do, and after that it will be as stated above.
Please check with me if you want to know if I will have a spot for your little bundle of joy you are planning to have or are pregnant with.
An Infant is a child under 12 months of age.
A Toddler is a child 12 months of age to 2 years of age.
A Preschooler is a child ages 2 years to 5 years (I charge my Preschool rate until they start 1st Grade).
*Please note the State guidelines:
If I have 8 children under the age of 5, I can only have 2 toddlers and one infant or two infants and one toddler, the rest must be preschool age.
If I have 10 children under the age of 5, I can only have 1 infant and 1 toddler, the rest must be preschool.
I will do my best to take a baby in, but I cannot promise. Though I rarely have ever had a problem with a current family adding a baby to my daycare, it can happen. I have run into two families having a baby at the same time, when I already had one infant here. When we talk, I will let you know when I can take another baby.
If I can't take a baby when a family is wanting to have another one, then I ask that they please talk it over and let me know if they plan to wait a while until I can or not.
Meals will consist of a breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack. Breakfast served from 8:30am-8:30 am. Children who arrive after meal times must be fed before they arrive (Excluding Infants of course). Copies of the menu are provided to parents upon request.
**I do not allow the children to bring food, drinks, gum, candy, snacks or meals from home. Any of the items just listed, MUST be finished and their hands clean before they enter my home.
Children tend to think the "grass is greener . . ." when they see someone eating something different from them and it is not fair to the other kids. No special meals will be provide to any child except those who a medical condition or allergies (doctors letter required) indicating that a special meal must be served. I am a part of a food program and I am required to feed your child a well balance meal. I never force a child to finish what is on his/her plate, but I do encourage each child to try one or two bites of everything. Sometimes they are surprised by what they like!
We do our best to maintain strict cleanliness and hygiene standards. Children's hands are washed before meals and after toileting. We use dry wash cloths for drying hands and then they are put in a basket for laundering. I wash my hands frequently.
Children use separate cups, plates, bowls and eating utensils that have been washed in the dishwasher and dried on the heat setting. High chair trays, etc. are disinfected with a bleach water solution. I use Lysol Touch-ups to wipe toilet seats, and to clean potty chairs between each use.
Your child should meet both physical and emotional readiness before the training process begins.
When your child is showing signs of readiness I ask that you work with them for 2 full weekends and at night time during the week, before I begin here. Your child must show signs of readiness (see below). Just because a child turns two doesn’t mean they are going to be ready right away. Everyone has their reasons for wanting their child trained, but the child must WANT to start potty training 1st. Everyone gets excited when children are getting to the age where they can start potty training. I get excited too!
What I do with all children here that show signs of readiness is the following:
That is really all you can do.
Some think just because they are at daycare all day, they should be potty trained in a heartbeat. Not true. You cannot make a child be potty trained, only encourage it.
Together, with patience and teamwork we can get the job done, but we must be patient and not have a timeline set, each child is different. Some train quickly and others take time. I will tell you verbally if your child went on the toilet, if I do not tell you, assume they didn’t. After a month, if a child isn’t showing any progress, I will ask you to put it on the back burner in your mind. I will still prompt them to try and go though. They might not be ready. The less stress for the child, the better.
I will not do any of the following and expect parents to not do them at my house (and hope they don’t at their house) either:
*Say to them anything belittling For Example: “ Now why didn’t you go potty on the toilet?”, “That’s naughty not to go potty on the toilet”, “Tomorrow/today you will go potty on the toilet”, or anything else that subtly or obviously belittles them. If your child doesn’t go when here, just say “ok, maybe another time”. This must be a positive experience for them and myself. THEY must feel that they are in control and can go at their own pace.
Signs that toilet training can begin:
· Stays dry for at least 2-3 hours at a time during the day.
· Dry when waking from a nap.
· Can follow simple two step instructions and answer simple yes-no questions
· Is uncomfortable with soiled diapers and wants to be changed.
· Can walk to and from the bathroom, and undress himself.
· Can get on and off the toilet by himself.
· Able to sit still for at least 5 minutes at a time.
· Asks to use the toilet.
· Can say and understand one word statements like "wet", "dry", "potty", and "go".
· Has regular bowel movements.
· Understands the association between dry pants and using the potty.
The biggest sign is that the child WANTS to try to go potty on the toilet. That has to be the 1st step.
The second and third biggest sign is that they can tell me they need to go and can undress themselves. These must be happen 1st, before I will try to train them.
**Remember, if your child does all the above at home, it doesn't necessarily mean they are willing to perform these signs at childcare. The signs need to be evident in the childcare setting before training begins. When a child is ready, the process should go pretty quickly. The child must be kept in "pull-up" diapers at all times, until they master both urinating and bowel control. Parents need to supply pull-ups, plus a couple of extra changes of clothing each day (don't forget the socks!).
**Do not bring your child in panties or underwear until (s)he has naptime and bedtime control established. **I will let you know when you may bring them in underwear.** I will wait a few weeks once they stop having accidents altogether before giving the “ok” usually. This will not discourage them from wanting to be potty trained. During toilet training, I ask that the child be dressed in "user friendly" clothing, as much as possible.
*Do not send your child in:
Pants/shorts with buttons, overalls/shortalls of any kind, anything that snaps in the crotch area, or belts. All of these are difficult for children to remove "in a hurry".
**I only allow pull ups while training, that velcro on the side, they must have velcro on the side (no pull ups with Velcro that wrap around in the front like a diaper does).
There will be a designated nap/rest time each day. Children under 1st grade must lay down and rest, or read quietly (if they are not disturbing the younger kids) during this period. Rest time gives everyone a much-needed break during the day. Without rest time, some children are argumentative in the afternoon, short-tempered with others, and not very happy when they go home in the evening. I have found many many times in my many years of daycare that just because a child doesn’t nap for parents, does not mean they won’t nap here. If a child is tired and sleeps, I will not try to prevent them from doing so. Please do not ask me to.
INFANTS AND SLEEPING:
I lay infants on their back to sleep. Unless you have a letter from your child’s Pediatrician stating there is a medical condition as to why they MUST sleep on their STOMACH, I cannot lay them on their stomach. No Exceptions.
Sal’s Lil’ Ladybugs Daycare is a well-child care facility. At no time do I provide sick childcare. The following illness policies will be strictly enforced, for the health, well being and safety of all concerned.
SICK CHILD POLICY:
I cannot and will not accept a child for care if he/she is sick. This Sick Child Policy is VERY important to me, my family, you, your child, and other families involved in my childcare. I do my best to keep a sick-free daycare.
Sick children expose other children and their family, myself and my family to their illness. They also require additional care and attention that I am unable to give. Moreover, sick children want care from their parents in the comfort of their own homes. If your child is unable to participate in the normal activities of the day care (including being able to play outside), then your child MUST stay home.
All Parents MUST inform the provider of any medical condition the child has, no matter how minor. This must be stated on the forms where it is asked. Medications the child is taking regardless if they are given here must also be noted.
Minor bumps and scratches are inevitable, but I make every effort to keep the children safe through supervision and childproofing. Minor injuries receive appropriate first aid, and if an emergency injury or illness occurs, you will be contacted as soon as possible. If necessary, your child will be taken to the nearest hospital where you will be asked to meet us. If you are not going to be at your usual place of employment, or at home, please make sure that I have a number where you can be reached. Parents are responsible for all costs involved in emergency medical treatment, including emergency transportation, if required. The owner of Sal’s Lil’ Ladybugs Daycare, or her family will not be held liable for any sickness/injury of either parent/guardian or child while on these premises, or while the child is in the company of the provider during field trips or outings.
As a childcare provider, I am a mandatory reporter of all child protection concerns. I MUST report any concerns or any suspicions of Child Abuse, neglect, sexual, mental, emotional, or physical abuse.
Once a month we do a planned fire drill. We discuss the emergency exits and the different route we would take if there was ever a fire in the daycare. I also discuss the meeting place.
NO SMOKING There is no smoking allowed in my house.
If at anytime you have questions or concerns, please feel free to come to me to discuss it.
I do not provide transportation for any of the kids in my car. We will walk to the park when appropriate, and hopefully daily (weather permitting). Parents will be notified ahead of time about field trips. If you do not wish for your child to participate in a field trip, you will be required to make other arrangements for child care for that day. There will be no reduction in tuition for the field trip day.
I reserve the right to terminate for the following reasons (but not limited to):
*Failure of parent to pay/habitual lateness in payments
*Failure to complete required forms or provide me with a copy of your child's immunization record
*Habitual tardiness of picking up your child late; not calling if child will be arriving late or not coming at all
on a scheduled day.
*Lack of parental cooperation, verbal abuse or not being able to discuss concerns with the provider in a positive non-defensive way.
*Failure of child to adjust after a reasonable amount of time.
*My inability to meet the child's needs without additional assistant(s), if the child is needing more time than I can provide, because of any reason (behavior situations, developmental situations or physical situations etc.).
*Continuous harmful or disruptive behavior of a child.
*Physical or Verbal abuse of any person.(This includes argumentative behavior with the provider or constant
*Serious illness of child or provider.
*False information given by parent/guardian (Verbally or Written) failing to inform the provider of any medical condition no matter
*Any reason that dictates to me that either the child, parent, or myself is not satisfied with the child care
*Lack of compliance with handbook regulations
** 2 Week notice at my daycare will be due, whether or not I am open. The 2 weeks pay is due in full.
Parents are required to give two weeks written notice when they decide to terminate child care. The two weeks will be paid in full, regardless of whether or not the child is in attendance. I will give two weeks written notice of termination for which full tuition is due, whether or not the child is in attendance. The provider reserves the right to give written notice of immediate termination where there are extreme circumstances that affect the well-being of the provider or other children in attendance. In this situation, the two weeks payment of tuition is still required.
WHEN TERMINATING: Payment is expected on time after being given notice of termination. It is still due on the first day of each week the child is or normally would be here. If not received by 5pm on the first day due, $10 a day will be applied, AND for each additional day that payment is not made for the first week, and the same for the second week.
****In addition to the above fees, if a parent does not pay me for those final two weeks, I may resort to legal action. If I do, I will request that the courts order the parent to reimburse me for any and all legal costs or any other court related costs I encountered. The signed contract is legally binding.
There will be a yearly revision to this handbook and the accompanying contract. A new contract will be signed by all families each year. I reserve the right to make changes in rates and policies, as I deem necessary. You will be notified, in writing, of any changes that may occur. Every attempt will be made to give at least two weeks notice of changes.
I love working with kids. This is my chosen profession.
I do not consider myself a “babysitter”, I am a Childcare Provider. Babysitters do not use curriculum, schedule monthly menus, plan activities and teach children on a daily basis. I take my profession seriously and ask that you do also. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to speak with me.
PLEASE KEEP THIS FOR FUTURE REFERENCE, BUT YOU ARE ALWAYS WELCOME TO CALL ME IF THE HANDBOOK DOESN’T ANSWER YOUR QUESTION!!