Becky's Daycare and Preschool
Becky’s Daycare Policies
Please remember this is my home.
I am opening up my home to you and your family for childcare.
This is a pet free and smoke free childcare.
Licensing Laws do not allow unapproved pets or smoking at any licensed childcares.
This policy is for the safety and well being for all kids in my care.
Requirements for Enrollment
When you enroll your child there will be some necessary paperwork to be filled out. Examples of these are: medical forms (including verification of immunization), medical release forms, etc. I will make all this paperwork available to you and help you with any questions. All paperwork should be completed promptly and returned to me along with the Deposit. This payment is a non-refundable deposit to hold your child's spot until they start childcare on the agreed date. If your child does not start childcare ALL MONEY that was paid will be forfeited. When your child starts your deposit will be paying for the first weeks childcare.
No child will be denied enrollment on the basis of his/her race or religion.
I do retain the right to deny enrollment if all my spots for a particular child’s age group are filled. I do not make it a policy to deny enrollment on the basis of a child with special needs, however, if after talking with the parents of such a child I realize that is I do not have the training, equipment, facilities, etc. to handle their child, I will not accept the child. This is in the best interest of the child, since my goal is to meet the needs of each child. If I am not sure weather or not I could handle a special need’s child, I would be willing to try. The parents and I would have to evaluate whether or not this arrangement was working as we went along.
Termination of Day Care
If for some reason you decide to stop bringing your child to my house, I require a two-week written notice along with the payment for the last two weeks. This will give me time to find a child to fill your child’s spot. Payment is due for the two-week notice period whether or not the child is brought to daycare. Any outstanding fees must be paid on or before the Notice date. If it becomes necessary for me to resort to legal action to collect fees, the parents(s) will be responsible for legal fees incurred on my part.
If I can no longer watch your child for one reason or another, I will give you at least a two-week notice, but I would try to give you four weeks. I understand that it is not easy to find day care. Examples of why I would terminate your child’s care include (but not limited to):
We decide to move (highly unlikely!)
Failure of parent to pay or follow my policies
Failure to complete required forms.
Lack of parental cooperation
Failure of a child to adjust to the center after a reasonable amount of time.
My inability to meet the child’s needs without additional staff
All childcare is pre-paid. Payment is on Fridays for the next weeks childcare. This is the only way I can keep my childcare rates affordable. If a check is returned, I will notify you and will ask for payment in cash along with a returned check fee of $40 and you will have to pay cash for tuition from then on. You must pay for tuition at least one week in advance to hold your child’s spot. You must also schedule what days your child will be in care at least the Friday before. This is so I can set My schedule for that next week. If you get paid every other week and it is easier to pay every two weeks, talk to me and we will work it out.
Children who attend 4 or 5 days a week have top priority over 3 or less days per week. The sooner you reserve and pay for the days you need the better chance you have to get the days you need for your child. I have some drop in clients pay me and reserve days monthly in advance to assure the days they need are available and saved for there child.
Day Care fees are charged on a weekly basis. Each family is required to pay the weekly fee whenever the center is open, whether or not the child is in attendance. This weekly fee ensures that the child’s spot is held for him/her.
Whenever the center is closed due to my illness, you are not required to pay only if I decide to not use one of my 15 vacation days. If the center is open for only part of the week and I am not using vacation or a holiday your weekly fee will be prorated to reflect the actual time it is open. I am allowed all holidays, the day after Thanksgiving, and 15 Days vacation paid each year.
I will give you a two-week notice of any changes in my fees or policies. At the end of the calendar year I will give you an itemized receipt, showing each payment you made throughout the year.
Parents supply bottles, formula and 2 sets of clothes including socks and underwear for each child. These supplies are not included in tuition and if not provided by parents I charge a fee for using my supplies.
$10 per article of clothing if not returned laundered with in 5 days
Just in case, I ask you to have a back-up (someone you can call if I am sick or if your child is sick). If I am sick for a full day and I did not give a 2 week notice I prorate childcare fees. If I get sick mid day You will still need to pay childcare fees for that day.
If I get sick, I will let you know as quickly as possible so that you can make other arrangements for your child. I try to call the night before, but sometimes that’s impossible. If I wake up sick, I usually call around 6:00a.m.
I will not care for a child who is feverish. If he has thrown up or had diarrhea within the last 24 hours please keep him or her home. If he or she has a pink eye he or she must be on antibiotic for 24 hours before he or she can attend. If your child is not feeling well, do not give him Tylenol to mask his or her symptoms. If your child throws up the night before and seems fine the next day, he or she is more than likely still contagious to the others. You must wait 24 hours. All children use the same toilet and washroom and they often "mouth" the same toys. They are often very affectionate with each other and it is very difficult to keep a sick child from infecting everyone else and this also helps so I don't get sick.
Illnesses are defined as
conjunctivitis (pink eye) or "cold in eye"
rapids breathing or labored breathing
yellowish skin or eyes
hand foot and mouth
contagious illness of any sort which results in child being too ill to participate in daily activities will not accept a child for care if any of the above symptoms are present or have been present within the last 24 hours. If a child shows any of the symptoms while in care. I will remove him from the group and notify the parent or authorized adult to pick up the child. Parents will have one hour from time of notification to pick up the child.The child may return 24 hours after a temperature has returned to normal, 24 hours after the child is no longer vomiting, or 24-48 hours(depending on the illness) after the first dose of an antibiotic. If a child receives an antibiotic for an ear infection he may return to day care immediately if he has been free of other symptoms mentioned for at least 24 hours.The child is welcome when he has only a mild cold (e.g., runny nose or mild cough), but is able to participate in the day’s activities.
Please do not bring your sick kid to daycare. If you do bring your child to daycare sick you will be charged a $50 cleaning fee. It is really hard to prevent sickness from spreading at daycare the kids like to give each other hugs, kisses and share toys allot throughout the day. So when you bring your sick child to daycare I then have to spend 8 or more hours cleaning and disinfecting toys and much more at the daycare that is the reason for the fee.
If your child is on medication and it needs to be administered while he or she is at day care, the medicine must be in the original container and labeled with the child’s name, doctor’s name, and of the medication, dosage, and when to be taken.
I will also have a form for you to sign giving permission to give the medication to your child. Medication will be administered at the time or with the meal you specify.
Injuries and Other Emergencies
Minor cuts and abrasions suffered while at the center will receive proper care, they will be washed with soap and warm water and properly bandaged. Treatment will be logged and I will tell you how and when the injury occurred. I also am required to log any injuries I observe on your child which have occurred outside of my care.If a medical emergency arises, I will try to contact a parent first, unless doing so endangers the child’s life. In that case I will take necessary steps, putting the child first (calling a hospital, doctor, poison control etc.). If need be, I will call 911 to take your child to Lake view Hospital or the doctor first, then try to call you when they arrive. If parent is unable to be reached, I will keep trying until he or she is available.In the event of a fire, we would evacuate the house immediately and gather by the buisness sign in the front. This will be practiced monthly so the children are familiar with what to do. If sever weather arises and a tornado alert is issued, we will proceed to the center of the basement, where children will crouch and cover their heads, we practice tornado storm drills monthly. If a child would become lost, a through search of my house and grounds would be made. If the child were not located I call the police and parents would be notified and a neighborhood search begun
Drop in or on call childcare
Drop in care is based on Reservations for that day. The sooner you call Reserve and pay for the day the better chance the day you need will be available. Full time clients and children are top priority over drop in or on call childcare because they are paying me each week to hold there child's spot permanently. I try and keep one spot open for on call care I can only take one on call child per day so making reservations as early in advance helps you to get the days that you need. Once payment and reservation has been made the day will then be held for your child.
Releasing Your Child
My normal procedure is to release the child only to his or her parents or someone else the parents designate. If someone other than the parent is to pick the child up, please notify me ahead of time. A verbal noticed is fine on that day if the person is on the list of those authorized to pick up your child. If the person is not on that list, I must have written permission to release your child.One of the forms you are required to complete designates who may pick the child up if there is an emergency and you cannot contact me. Please make sure those listed are the persons with whom you would allow your child to leave if that person showed up at my door and said "I need to take Johnny with me." Those on the list should also be people I could call in the event something happened and you did not show up to pick up your child.Please inform your emergency contacts that if I do not know them and the child is too young to recognize them ("Hi Grandma!") that I will ask for identification. I do not mean to offend them. This is simply a measure taken for the child’s protection.
If a child is left at my daycare past my closing time I first contact the parents. If I cannot reach the parents I call those who you have listed as emergency contacts. If I do not get any response whatsoever from anyone after a half hour past my closing time I call the police in fear of a really bad emergency or accident and they would take over finding and making contact with the parents.
No matter what job you work at everyone gets vacation time when you work a full time job. My job is the same. I work 12 hours a day 5 days a week plus getting supplies for the Daycare on my weekends and I work a really stressful and hard job and earn my days off each year. These days off also help prevent me from getting provider burn out. I would never apply for a job with out vacation time so I make sure I give myself 15 paid vacation days each year. This is also my time to recoup and get my motivation back to give your child the best quality care.
I do not watch children on the six major holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day (4 of July), Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. In addition I take off the day after Thanksgiving as a Paid Holiday. If any of the holidays fall on a weekend, I will take off the Friday before or the Monday after of my choosing. All the holidays are paid time off.I take off 15 days paid vacation each year (sometimes all at once, sometimes broken up). I will let you know these dates as far in advance as possible. I usually will have the days Posted on Becky's-daycare.com website at the beginning of the Year.
I occasionally, need to take time off for doctors appointments, funerals and other things out of my control. I try to always be here each day I am open if I need to leave I will always notify you of this.
I will not start potty training a child until the child is 20 months or older. Potty training is a multi step process and that the first skills your child should learn before putting your child on the toilet is to walk, pull up and down their own pants, must be able to communicate and say pee and poo before I will start potty training a child. I ask that you begin teaching these very important skills at home first. I will follow through and encourage your child while in my care. Please keep in mind that the activity level here can distract your child from responding to an urge to use the potty, more so than at your home. There fore, I will continue to use diapers or pull-ups during the day and at nap time until your child can and will announce that he or she must use the bathroom (not just at home, but here, also) and can control his/her bladder and bowels for a few minutes beyond that announcement.
When the child has reached this point for several weeks and has only one accident every three weeks we can use underwear. I will let you know when it is ok for your child to wear underwear at Daycare. During toilet learning parents will need to supply three or four complete changes of clothing (socks included) diapers or pull-ups, pull-ups must be used at nap time until the child can announce that he or she must use the bathroom (not just at home, but here, also). And has nap time and bedtime control established. I also ask that during toilet learning, the child be dressed in "user-friendly" clothing as much as possible. The best items are shorts and pants with elastic waists, or dresses for girls.
Try to avoid really tight clothing, pants with snaps and zippers, and overalls as often as you can. Your child will need to pull pants up and down on their own, plus it is harder to get the child on the potty in time. I will also have a packet to help with more instructions and tips to help you with this step with your child.
I try to stress two main patterns of behavior: Respect for other people, and respect for property. As a result I don’t allow children to hit or shove other children or verbally abuse them. I also stress that they treat material possessions (mine or theirs) with respect. There is a difference between playing hard, and using a toy for a purpose for which it was not intended. For example, books are for looking at, not tearing pages out of, and toy brooms are for sweeping, not for bashing the kitchen set with.
Occasionally children do not behave in respectful ways. I first remind them of the proper behavior. If the behavior is repeated, a "time out" or what I call taking a break is used. The amount of time a child sits in "time out" varies according to his age.
Most experts agree that one minute per year is the most effective length of time, but this amount will never exceed five minutes, even if the child is more than five years old. When his "time out" is up, I talk to the child (by now he has calmed down) and try to explain why that behavior was inappropriate. I might ask "What might happen if we continue to throw toys?" The appropriate answers usually come out: something might get broken, the toy might break, someone might get hit by the toy. If a child still has not calmed down or is really belligerent at this point I try to separate him from the other children with a quiet activity (book, Puzzle, etc.) I skip the "reminder" and go straight to "time out" if the offense involved hitting or otherwise physically abusing another child. If a child continues to abuse a certain toy the privilege of playing with that toy may be taken away from him for a period of several minutes up to the rest of the day. If the whole group of children is engaged in this, the toy will be considered "closed" for a while. For example, one day I caught boys throwing the tools and climbing on the workbench. I reminded them that the workbench was not to be played with this way, and they continued by turning it upside down and climbing on it that way. The workbench was "closed" for the rest of the day, and the next day we had no problems with it.If a child continues to behave inappropriately, I will talk to you about it. Hopefully these two types of behaviors are ones you want your child to adopt, too, so they will be reinforced at home. If that is the case, we shouldn’t have any major problems!
If a child is crying excessively he or she will be put to bed to rest. In my experience most of the time the child is just so tired they need a short nap and once awake again they are fine the rest of the day.
Children are never punished for lapses in the toilet training or for accidents (spilled milk, for example). In the case of the latter, I will have the child help me clean up, if possible, not for punishment, but to help teach responsibility.
Punishment that is humiliating or frightening to a child, such as hitting, spanking, shaking, verbal or sexual abuse, withholding or forcing food or punishment for lapses in toilet training and other forms of physical punishment are prohibited. These forms of punishment will never be used, even at the request of the parent.
I feel religious teachings should be left up to the parents. That does not mean that God never is mentioned. Sometimes God just comes up in conversation. For example, children often start to notice the difference between boys and girls around age three, especially if they have a sibling of the opposite sex and has watched enough diaper-changing’s. When they ask me "why" about the physical differences between boys and girls I tell them "because God made boys differently than he made girls." This answer seems to satisfy most preschoolers. You may feel free to elaborate on the subject when your child is at home! I also reinforce to the children that I love them and God love’s them, too.We also usually have parties at Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Birthdays etc.
Meals and Snacks
I serve breakfast, Morning snack, lunch and an afternoon snack each day as part of my program. I follow the Food Programs Menu each day. Please do not send snacks or candy with your child to daycare unless You have enough for every child in Daycare. Its not fair for the others in my care, they all want some too and most of the time I do not have that same food here at Daycare.
If your child has an allergy to a specific food, please let me know and I will try to make appropriate substitution. If a child has so many allergies that he cannot eat from the menu, I may require the parents to provide his breakfast, lunch and /or snacks. I participate in the Child Care Food Program, which means I am reimbursed a certain amount for each snack and meal I serve. One requirement for the program is I must plan a menu that meets the nutritional requirements.I never force a child to finish what is on his plate, but I do encourage each child to try one or two bites of everything. Sometimes they are surprised by what they like! Occasionally I have had problems with children who only wanted to eat chips or fruit, etc. When this occurs on a regular basis, I may give that child just the main dish and vegetable on his plate to start, adding the other elements when a few bites of the main dish and vegetable have been tried. I do not provide formula. Do not disturb during lunch meal time so I can be available to help a child who may be choking or needing my assistance. Choking is something that cannot be heard and only seen. I stay right by the kids during meals while they are eating visual supervision is very important during this time of the day. .
Do not disturb during nap time.
All children under the age of five are required to have a rest time (and I haven’t met one yet who doesn’t need it!) I will provide a safe, warm, quiet place for your child to rest. Children 3 and older will rest on nap mats in the main play room.
Children under the age of 3 will sleep on a toddler mattress in the nap room, Children under the age of 2 will be in a pack and play and babies under the age of 1 year sleep in a crib.
Children who wake up before rest time is over will watch a movie till quiet time is over. If at any time your child is not sleeping at night, or he doesn’t seem ready to go to bed and you feel it is because he sleeps too long here, don’t hesitate to mention it to me and I can try waking him or her up a little earlier.
Please dress your child appropriately for the current weather, and in play clothes (with shoes that adequately protect the feet and are not slick-soled tennis shoes are a good choice).
When the weather cooperates we will spend time outdoors, ranging from a walk when it is fairly cool to more going to the park as the weather warms up. The weather will have to be fairly mild before I take children outside since I also watch babies. I am not about to take the babies out for a walk in cold weather, and I certainly can’t leave them home alone!
During spring and fall our outdoor play will probably range from 10-30 minutes, and in the summer it may be two or more hours long (not all a once). I do not take kids outside if it is raining, too cold (under 35 degrees depending on wind chill) and if it looks like we are going to get a storm.
Indoor play constitutes the majority of our play time (when the entire year is averaged). I provide a variety of age-appropriate toys for your child to play with. Since the ages of children I watch varies, all toys I have are safe for even the youngest.
If your child wishes to bring a toy to play with for the day, please make sure it has no little parts that could come off and cause a child to choke. All toys should be safe for children less than three years of age. I will not be responsible for toys from home that get broken or lost at day care. The responsibility remains with the child and the parents. The toys I keep indoors are rotated from time to time to prevent boredom, to supplement a unit of study, etc .I cannot Discriminate against any child on the basis of sex, religion, national origin, disability, or age. I am required by law to report to the local social service agency any suspected physical or sexual abuse or neglect.
No use of drugs or alcohol or abuse of prescription medication will be allowed by the child care providers or any others who have contact with daycare children during child care hours.
Parents who have complaints or concerns about the care being provided to their children should make their concerns known to the provider either verbally or in writing. Please provide as many details as possible so the problem can be resolved. Include the action you like to occur to solve the problem. If the concerns cannot be resolved, please contact the local licensing agency
I do not Transport children in Daycare.
I look forward to helping you with your child care needs.