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Puddle Jumpers Child Care Handbook Introduction
Welcome to Puddle Jumpers Child Care. My name is Shannon Breeze, and I am a professional childcare provider. I am CPR and First Aid certified. To facilitate greater understanding between us I have created this handbook. It covers my childcare philosophies, business policies and expectations. In order to make our relationship as enjoyable as possible, the following pages contain mutually beneficial requirements, which are necessary to ensure that there are no misunderstandings between either parties. Please read this handbook carefully, and feel free to discuss with me any questions that you may have.
Mon thru Fri 7AM-5PM if longer hours are needed, please speak with me in advance. Late pick ups after 5:05PM, $5.00 a minute you are late
My Child Care Philosophy
As a family child care provider, my goal is to provide a safe and happy place for children where they can learn and grow physically, emotionally, intellectually, and socially at their own pace. I believe children learn through play and benefit from a structured yet flexible schedule. Activities will be offered which stimulate sensory motor development, language development and social interaction. The development of strong self-esteem is also a major goal. Children will be taught to respect each other, adults, and property.
. No refunds are given for late arrivals/early departures. I like to be sure that we can share openly any concerns or questions that may arise. Payment is payable in advance and is due no later than 5:00PM Friday for the following 2 weeks. payment will be expected on your child's first day back to child care. childcare will not be provided until payment and any applicable late fees are paid in full. When I accept a new family into my business. You are encouraged to call me at any time between the hours of 6:00am² 4:30p.Communication is very important to me. ******* **You are also required to keep me informed of address and phone changes and other pertinent information listed on any/all of the above forms. You must pay for your child·s scheduled time-Regardless of whether or not your child is here. There will be a late fee of $10. you may request one at any time. should you want to have a conference. NO EXCEPTIONS. not on the child·s attendance. parental vacations or exclusion due to illness. weekly payments are based using or holding your slot. your payment is still expected unless other arrangements have been previously made. feedback. Payments may be made by check or cash and should be made out to Shannon Breeze. Checks must be dated for the day they are due. If I close the child care due to my own illness or emergency. If you would also like to stop by on your lunch this is also encouraged! You can come and have lunch with your little one! I am looking forward to a terrific relationship with you and your child! Enrollment Policy Due to the limited spaces available. No post-dated checks will be accepted. If this day is a holiday. please feel free to ask. ****** There are several forms that I must have completed and in my possession before I care for your child. Repeated late payments may be grounds for termination of childcare services. Those days and times are reserved for your child. Payment Procedures Your specific rates will be outlined in your Contract and Rate Agreement. Sensitive issues will be discussed in private outside of regular childcare hours either by telephone or conference. You will be liable for any and all costs of collection with regard to delinquent tuition fees. It is important that there is a similar childcare philosophy between us. In cases of illness. Conferences will not be scheduled as a routine part of your child's care.00 per day for any payments received after the due date. The best time to call during the day is during our daily nap/quiet time. If you go away on vacation.m to check on your child. If you have any questions regarding the completion of the forms. payment is expected on the previous day. If payment is not received by dropoff time on Monday. payment is due BEFORE you leave. however. If it is my planned day(s) off. or discussions of any kind that are oriented towards a positive outcome for your child (ren). This is to ensure that your child will get the very best care possible from me. I welcome questions. your payment is expected BEFORE I leave.
This means that parents are always welcome to call or drop in to see their children.e.) Returned Checks There will be a $40. national origin. Craft and activity supplies 3. maintaining and upgrading playground equipment. after being with a sick child. or disability. sod. etc. games and equipment 4.. replenishing safety chip mulch. I also teach the children good sanitation habits such as washing hands before and after eating and using the toilet. Sanitation I practice good sanitation guidelines such as washing my hands before preparing food after changing diapers. All children wash their hands immediately upon arriving at my day care in the morning. Good sanitation is important to me and to the welfare of the children in my car Open Door Policy My home maintains an open door policy for parents during the hours in which childcare is provided. Yard and playground up-keep (i.00 fee for all returned checks. This fee as well as the tuition that was due will be required within 24 hours upon notification of the returned check or childcare services will not be provided. Additional time spent for record keeping and clean-up each day 6. Food 2. You are also responsible for any other fees that I may incur as a result of the returned check. Toys.The success of my business depends on the prompt payment of tuition for each child. Tuition and fees are computed with the following expenses in mind: 1. religion. In addition. . Energy costs and use of provider·s home 5. I will only accept cash or money order from that point forward Discrimination I will not discriminate against any child on the basis of their sex.
Parents may wish to secure a back up provider for all of these situations. Holidays and Vacations Puddle Jumpers Child Care will be closed each year on the following holidays: Federal Holidays! Jan 18th Paid Holiday Martin Luther King . on vacation or just not coming in that day normal fees still apply. this can be a distraction to the other children and may result in children not following the house rules. At times. I am not comfortable discussing children in the presence of anyone except their parents. I will ask for identification. If you know the night before just give me a call before 9:00pm. I would appreciate this courtesy. Please make your drop off brief. Please remain in control of your child during pick up times. Absences Please remember that you child·s attendance is based on the contracted times. Drop-off and pick-up times are not good times to discuss problems. If someone other than a parent or guardian will be picking up your child. I will only release a child to his/her parent or guardian. Little ears and minds hear and understand everything. In my experience. Please be brief at pick up times as well. I believe that it is extremely important to keep the doors locked for the safety of the children and my home. children are always quick to get involved in play or activities as soon as parents are gone. If this person is not on the list of authorized persons to pick up your child. Arrivals and Departures It is normal for some children to have difficulty separating from parents.Open door policy does NOT mean that our doors will be kept unlocked. I do not want unwanted or unexpected visitors to enter without our permission or knowledge. the harder it gets. there are times when I will close the daycare. These precautions are designed for the safety of the children. If your child is sick. Children will usually get very excited when their parents arrive to pick them up. Funerals/Family emergencies/Illness The provider will notify you as soon as possible if I will be closed due to illness or a funeral. the longer you prolong the departure. Topics that concern day-to-day events or light-hearted discussion are fine. If your child will not be attending please call and let me know no later than 6:30am of the day they will not be attending. You must have a backup provider lined up. I will need to be notified prior to the pick up time. I will provide you with names of other licensed day care providers and you can call and interview with.
If the holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday that Friday or Monday will be closed. or emergences in which the regular fee is still due. You are still responsible for full payment when you are on vacation due to the fact that I am still open and I must hold your child slot until you return. Example 1: New Years Eve on a Saturday and New years Day on a Sunday then we will close that Friday and Monday. and these days you will need to use your backup daycare provider. Substitute Child Care . there are times when I will close the daycare. but will try to help you find a qualified substitute if possible. There will also be days when I need to go to the doctor. I will also be taking vacation time throughout the year. Again you must have a backup provider lined up. When a holiday falls on a Sunday Puddle Jumpers Child Care will be closed the following Monday. I will be taking vacations that may be taken together or separate in which no fee is due. all day appointments. I will notify you as soon as possible when I will be taking a vacation.Feb 15th Paid Holiday Presidents Day May 31 Paid Holiday Memorial Day July 5th Paid Holiday/Observing July 4th September 6th Paid Holiday Labor Day November 25/26 Thanksgiving Paid Holiday December 24/27 Since Christmas is on Sat I take the following Mon off Christmas Paid Holiday December 31st/January 1st Paid Holiday I will be taking my 1 week of Vacation next year in June or July I will spread my other week out during Labor day taking a long weekend. When one of the above listed holidays falls on a Saturday. I will take my 5 personal days throughout the year and this is for me to take off for appointments or family appointments. Thanksgiving taking the day before off and Christmas time off again. dentists take my own children to their appointments. Puddle Jumpers Child Care will be closed the preceding Friday. so it will almost be a week at Christmas time I will be off with the Holiday and my extra 3 days. I am allowed five personal days a year for illness. I do not have to. Vacations Tuition will not be adjusted for these holidays. Example 2: Christmas Eve on a Friday we would be closed and since Christmas day falls on a Saturday we would be closed that Monday.
and other children will communicate itself to your child and will make for a better working relationship. and provider·s personal days. Indoor Outdoor Play Indoor Play: We have a play area designated for the children to play in. spitting. including my home. jumping or climbing on chairs. 7. Children may not walk around the house with food. 5. and furniture is expected. our outdoor play will probably range from 15-30 minutes. I will do my best. Outdoor play: We will be playing outside everyday that weather permits. Respectful treatment of other people and all property. Outside activity and exercises for children are important for stimulation and exploration. I will provide you with names of other licensed day care providers in the area and you can call and interview with. cups or bottles. My home is a smoke-free home therefore smoking will not be permitted on the premises. There are certain house rules that all children will be taught and expected to follow. 3. Please make sure that your child is appropriately dressed for outdoors play at all times. and me. There will be no running or yelling permitted in the house. No standing. Willful destruction of property will be charged to the parent at the cost to replace the item. my home. Hitting. toys. and in the warmer months. grabbing. equipment. provider·s illnesses.Parents are responsible for providing their own back up care for illness. derogatory or disrespectful language. This room has plenty of toys and floor space for each child to play together with the other children or by themselves if they choose. pushing. Children and families are welcome in any areas of the home that are used for childcare purposes. biting. This is for the safety and well being of everyone. kicking. furnishings. tables or furniture. yard. or pinching will NOT be allowed. 8. 6. Damages . the children will spend most of their day in the play area as it is easier to monitor and safer for the children to be in one area of the home. outside activity will be limited as the health of the children is foremost. House Rules Please respect my profession. When the weather is over 90 degrees. 4. 2. holidays. The children will be expected to clean up as needed throughout the day. provider·s vacations. The respect that you show me. 1. and to give enough advance notice. They will only be permitted to play outside when the weather is dry. During the colder months. we are normally outside for 1-2 hours each day. With the exception of meals and outside play. There will be no use of obscene.
*** Termination Policy I reserve the right to terminate childcare services for the following reasons (but not limited to): 1. Therefore. or emotionally abused.It is expected that your child be respectful of my property and furnishings. throw toys. physical or emotional neglect. neglected. I will notify Children·s Protective Services and the Police Department when it is obvious that a child in my care is being physically. This reimbursement is due with your next weekly payment. Failure to pay 2. Although teaching children appropriate behavior is enforced. etc . I have a responsibility by law to recognize and report any evidence of child abuse. Sometimes they hit. name calling or isolation used. verbal abuse. The following methods of discipline will be used: Encourage children to solve problems themselves Intervention and discussion Re-direction to another play area Loss of privileges and Time out Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES will there be any spanking. remember that this behavior is normal. A certain amount of ´wear and tearµ is normal. Even if I suspect I will need to call. This is strictly for the benefit of your child. redirection. physical abuse. or exploited. so they are all familiar with the guidelines. Failure to complete the required forms/If I don·t get the forms that need to be filled out in a timely manner your child will not be attending daycare . which focuses on prevention. The children are explained the rules of the childcare home frequently. sexually. you will be liable for 100% of the replacement cost. Please know that just because your child has bruises does not mean that I am suspecting something. Discipline I maintain a positive discipline policy. I can not turn my head to a child that has been abused or neglected. in most cases. *****As a home care provider. Please keep in mind that there WILL be disagreements between children. bite. Child Abuse/Neglect It is law and also my responsibility as a childcare provider to report any and all abuse or neglect performed on a child. Young children frequently have a hard time expressing their feelings. consistency and firmness. but if your child intentionally damages my property through destructive behavior or roughness.
4. Continuous late pick-ups 10. When bringing you child sick I will give 1 warning after that your child will not be allowed to come to daycare I would appreciate as much advance notice as possible when terminating. Physical or verbal abuse of any person or property 6. not being cooperative or being aggressive to the other children in daycare and this is not fixed in a timely manner (2to 3 weeks) I can terminate the contract. Clothing and Attire . If parents knowingly bring a sick child. You must work with your child at home for at least a month before I will begin potty training here. Serious illness of childcare provider 9. my home or my children 11. Blatant disrespect of provider or provider·s family. Child exhibits disruptive behavior. whether or not the child is in attendance. I will give 4 weeks written notice of termination for which full tuition is due. I will place the wet or soiled clothing in a plastic bag for the parent to take home and wash. being disrespectful to me. biting. If an accident happens. Please give 4 weeks written notice of termination. my family or other children in attendance. again if this is not fixed in a timely manner (2to 3 weeks) I can terminate the contract 7. Lack of parental co-operation/If I let you know your child is hitting. pushing. regardless of whether or not the child is in attendance. Failure of child to adjust to the center after a reasonable amount of time (2 week probation period) 5. I also require that each potty training child have a package of Pull Ups available. Not calling when late picking up. The 4 weeks will be paid in full. Your child will not learn if they do not do it while in my care and at home. and will give the same courtesy in return.3. I reserve the right to give written notice of immediate termination where there are extreme circumstances that affect the well being of me. Lack of compliance with handbook regulations 8. Clothing should be easy to manage to encourage self help skills. ** Cash only Payment ** Potty Training I will assist in potty training with the understanding that it will only work if we work together.
I believe mealtime should be a pleasant time. and they must eat a little of everything before given seconds of anything. lunch and afternoon snack. computer toys and much more *Out door play equipment Supplies for Parents to bring Bottles /Sippy Cups Formula Baby Food Diapers (disposable diapers only) Pull-ups 2 full sets of clothes (including socks and seasonally appropriate) 1 crib sheet (I supply play n pack sheets for infants) 1 pillow with case (if they use one) 1 blanket 2 blankets (infants) Sunscreen Swimsuit (May to September) Towel (May to September) Other than the items on this list above PLEASE DO NOT bring personal items to daycare. Please do not send your children in pajamas (Unless we have a pajama day). . children are always offered food but are not forced to eat it. puzzles. Clothing should be comfortable and appropriate for outdoor play regardless of the time of year Supplies I supply everything except diapers. clothing and medications. I ask that two sets of clothing are left here for warmer and colder weather. I do encourage each child to try one or two bites of everything. Meals will consist of breakfast. formula.Children should arrive clean and fully dressed. Following is a list of things I have & provide: *Smoke free environment *2 Meals and 2 snacks *CPR and First Aid training *Daily reports *Arts. wipes. therefore. crafts. books. Children who arrive after meal times should be fed before they arrive. Meals Meals and snacks are included in your tuition at no extra charge. educational toys.
All my pets are up-to-date with their vaccinations. just let me know the day before. Breakfast 7-8 Lunch 11-12 Afternoon snack 2-3 Rest Periods Children need a balance between periods of activity and periods of rest. Substitute meals or snacks may then be brought from home. We will have a mini party and I will make cupcakes. Toddlers and Preschoolers are provided a period of rest from 1130 p. each day.Special Diets: If a child has a particular dietary need. to 130 p. and encourage creative expression. Infants up to 18 months are provided rest periods each day based on their own schedule of asleep and awake time. If it falls on a weekend we will celebrate the Friday before. Holidays At Puddle Jumpers Child Care we celebrate birthdays and holidays. This needs to be the same as home. We also do theme day Fridays!! Daily Schedule The main goal of this childcare is to have fun. your child will need to also be sleeping on his or her back. ******If I am caring for your infant it is the law that when your child is sleeping that he or she will be laid on her back. improve social skills. quiet activities will be provided. Each child·s birthday is his/her special day. We will also be celebrating all holidays throughout the year and we will learn about each one. substantiated by a medical evaluation. I must be informed and given a doctor's note. dramatic play/pretend. I will utilize a variety of activities to accomplish this goal. dancing. Pets I have the following pets in my home: 2 dogs. Transportation Puddle Jumpers Child Care does not provide transportation to and from the center. music/singing.m. reading.m. If you would like to bring in something feel free. For children too old to nap or who choose not to nap. The dogs are children friendly. If the child·s birthday falls on MondayFriday we will celebrate on that day. . arts and crafts. Free-play.
allows the child to anticipate coming events. Vomiting (any within 24 hours) 3. Education TV 7²8AM Breakfast 8-9AM Free play.everyone participates 3-4PM Snack and Review Preschool work. colors 4-430PM Story Time 430-5PM Quiet time/Departure Illness Policy I operate a WELL CHILD FACILITY. quiet time. letter. Your compliance is appreciated. 7-8AM Arrival. TV time is closely monitored. Parent(s) understand that if a child is ill with any of the following the child will not come to daycare: 1. Please keep in mind that well children are demanding and sick children are even more so. Music is still playing 10-11AM Outside play (weather permitting) 11-12PM Lunch 12-3PM Nap/rest time . PLEASE be fair to your child. keeping in mind that anything can happen when children are involved. I allow Disney Channel. We will adhere to our schedule to the best of our ability. the other children that come to the daycare and myself and do not bring your child to me when they are ill. numbers. We appreciate families considering our schedule when picking up or dropping off their children. and aids in achieving a variety of goals. (2 or more loose bowl movements within 24 hours) 4. Green mucus discharge from nose or eyes. This strong policy will protect all involved. Fever (any temp higher than 100 or higher) The fever needs to be broken without medication for at east 24 hours before returning your child to daycare. . PBS and Noggin A Typical Day: Depending on the needs of the children. There will be times when we have to make adjustments to the schedule. if there is anything green coming out anywhere DONOT bring your child to daycare or I will call you to come pick him or her up. One child·s cold could be another child·s bronchitis or worse. Diarrhea. Music Time 9-10AM Preschool and crafts. schedules are flexible and may very. and you will be compensated with the assurance that all ill children will be kept at home.Young children and toddlers enjoy a structured schedule that allows for flexibility. 2. A schedule helps the day to flow more smoothly.
I will try to avoid sick days. Scabies 11. All medication must be in the original. Strep Throat 10. labeled container. If prescription I need a doctors note.00 for every 15 minutes will be charged. Hepatitis A 16. Croup *****If your child is lethargic and looks sick please keep them home I have the right to refuse to care for a sick child.5. I will give you as much notice as possible. Your promptness will be greatly appreciated!!!!!! Please note: This illness policy applies to my family and me as well. Fatigue children 7. you or your alternate will be required to pick up your child immediately. the dosage. Medications I will administer prescription and over-the counter medication to a sick child. Lice 8. I will not administer Tylenol. or a family emergency. but some things are out of my control. Rash of any kind 12. If at all possible please give your child the medication at home. If I am unavailable due to illness. Scarlet Fever 13. or cold medication. the child will also be required to stay home the next day. If your child develops any of the above symptoms while in my care. Ringworm 15. I believe that if a child is in need of these kinds of medications he or she should not be at child care. . If the child is not picked up within an hour of my calling a $5. Chicken Pox 14. Your child may return to care after symptoms of the illness end. Impetigo 9. Motrin. The parent must complete a Medication Authorization form listing the type of medication. Excessive crying 6. If a child needs to be picked up because of illness. the time of day it should be administered and any side effects or special instructions.
The parent will also be notified as soon as possible. including but not limited to transportation to hospital or medical facility. Parents are responsible for all costs involved in medical treatment obtained for their child.Minor Injury and Emergency Although I make every effort to keep the children safe through supervision and lots of safety features. Minor injuries receive appropriate first aid. Usually it is a reason stated under the ´Terminationµ section of the handbook. If necessary. However. we will use 911. Emergency Situation In case of any emergency situation parents will be notified immediately. ***After you have been with me for 6 months I will give you 3 days free you can use throughout the year! They cannot be used for consecutive days*** Special Note The children that I care for in my home. The safety of the children at Puddle Jumpers Child Care is priority above all and everything will be done to maintain their safety. I hope are all long term. As a special thank you. This form will be kept in the child·s file. I reserve the right to terminate care for any reason that I feel would better serve your child. Because this is a business. I have to look out . minor bumps and scratches are inevitable. Referrals Referrals from a client are one of the best compliments I can receive. If the parent can·t be reached. I will offer families 1 free week of child for each referral that enrolls. and an Injury/Accident report form will be completed and signed by the parent. we will contact the emergency contact person listed on the Enrollment Information form. If an injury or illness occurs that requires immediate medical attention. your child will be taken to the nearest hospital where you will be asked to meet us. I would like for you to know that at no time will your child be released from care without good reason. Your discount will be deducted from your weekly fee after the referred child has attended for 4 weeks.
Every effort will be made to notify all parents at least two weeks before changes take effect. This policy will insure all parents the quality of care their child is receiving. as I deem necessary. This will also give you peace of mind when you go to work. Please treat me as a PROFESSIONAL.for all of the children in my care. . this is my career choice. I am a child care provider not a ´babysitterµ. as to the type of environment your child will be cared in. Revision to Handbook and Contract Puddle Jumpers Child Care reserves the right to make changes to this handbook and contract. I look forward to caring for your child and establishing and continuing a good relationship with you.
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