For Parents

Parent Handbook

Fall 2017 parent book

 

 

Discipline Policy

We view discipline as teaching children to control themselves, so they are able to function safely and appropriately in their environment, and to become more loving in their relationships with others.

Punishment which is humiliating, frightening, or physically harmful to the child is prohibited.  Verbal abuse, threats, or derogatory remarks about the child  are not allowed.  Children at the Center are not allowed to hurt another child or the teacher physically or to hurt their feelings, or to destroy property.  A “time-out” or “quiet time” to help the child gain control of his/her actions can be used by the teacher if it seems necessary. Natural and logical consequences are used to help children realize the results of the choices they have made. Redirection or distraction are used with the youngest children.

Conflicts between children are settled by the children, with guidance from or mediation help from a teacher.  We believe it is important for children to learn methods of settling differences themselves.  The developmental level of the child is always taken into consideration when dealing with behavior.

Health, Illness And Safety

A pre-entrance health assessment, conducted by an approved nurse or by a licensed physician, is required by the state for each child.  Immunizationsmust be kept up-to-date.  If your child is going to be absent, please notify the Center in the morning.  Only well children will be admitted each day.  No child with a temperature above normal, diarrhea, vomiting, or a contagious disease will be allowed at the Center.

Children will be sent home for any of the above if they occur at the school.  In case of illness or emergency, the parent will be notified.

We will administer medication, but the following steps must be followed:

  1.  All prescription medication must be in the original container and must be prescribed for the child to whom the medication is to be given.  The label on the container must contain the child’s name, physician’s name, pharmacist, medication, dosage, frequency, starting date and expiration date, if applicable.
  2. All non-prescription medicine must have the child’s name and the dosage on the outside of the container.
  3. Parents must fill out a pink Prescription Medication Authorization form for any kind of medication.  Be sure to specify for how long this medication is to be given.

Clothing

Your child will be most comfortable dressed in washable, sturdy play clothes, that will give freedom to participate in all types of preschool activities.  Due to the high level of activity and the goal of going outside every day, we request that all children have an extra set of clothes at the Center at all times.

All clothing should be marked with the child’s name and be appropriate for the weather.  This includes boots, gloves, caps, and jackets during the winter months or rainy weather.  Swimsuits and towels are frequently used in summer.

Please return promptly any clothing that does not belong to the child, if sent home.

Disposable diapers are preferred for young children who are not yet toilet trained.  Our staff will assist parents with toilet training.

Toys from Home

Children are NOT permitted to bring toys from home, other than for naptime or Show-and-Tell.  Before and after sharing times, the toys from home will be stored in the child’s individual container for personal possessions.  We will not be responsible for these toys.

Pets and other animals should not be brought to the Center, for health and safety reasons except with special permission.

Naptime

After a busy morning of playing, being out of doors and interacting with other children they are ready to take a nap or rest after lunch. This is also a licensing requirement.

Please bring a small pillow and blanket, and a stuffed animal, if desired, marked with your child’s name, for naptime.  These will be sent home for laundry occasionally.

The center provides mats for sleeping, and launders all sheets and pillowcases used by the children on a weekly basis.

Meals

Healthful nutritious breakfasts, lunches, and snacks are served daily, following standards of the Federal and State Child Care Food Program.  Menus are posted on the bulletin boards each week.  All children, except for infants and toddlers, serve themselves family style.  Children are encouraged to eat all the food that they take, and taste a tiny bit of everything.

If allergies are reported, these foods will not be served to the child.  Allergies to milk and other foods should be reported and signed by a physician.

Children are encouraged to brush their teeth after eating, so please bring a toothbrush to be marked with your child’s  name.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)   Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)   Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)   Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.