Parent Handbook/Contract
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  COMMUNICATION

Communication is very important to me. When I accept a new family into my business, I like to be sure that we can share openly any concerns or questions that may arise. It is important that there is a similar childcare philosophy between us. I welcome questions, feedback, or discussions of any kind that are oriented toward a positive outcome for the child(ren). Sensitive issues will be discussed in private outside of regular childcare hours either by telephone or conference.

Conferences will not be scheduled as a routine part of your child's care; however, should you like to have a conference, you may request one at any time.

I publish a monthly newsletter that will explain some of the activities we are doing, our current curriculum themes, events that will be happening during that month, my days off, and any other pertinent or fun information that may be of interest to you. You are always welcome to contribute to our newsletter.

You are encouraged to call me at any time between the hours of 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. 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 on my voice mail, I will call you back as soon as possible. The best time to call during the day is during our daily quiet time.

I am looking forward to a terrific relationship with you and your child!

HONESTY AND TRUST

This includes being honest about how you believe the arrangement is working. Although you need to be vigilant in order to safeguard your child, you should trust me as your childcare provider to do the best for your child. Show your trust by asking questions rather than jumping to conclusions when apparent problems develop.

RESPECT

 Realize that taking care of children is a job and that not only am I a worker, but also a working parent. Recognize that this is not an easy job. I am not “just a Baby-sitter”. Last but not least. I am only human; I’m not “superwoman”. Please don’t expect me to do things that you yourself would not want to do.

PHILOSOPHY

I believe a child’s early experiences enrich and stimulate future growth. Children deserve to be treated and respected as individuals in an environment that welcomes reason, exploration, question, and imagination. I respect each child’s need for love, security, acceptance, warmth, and stimulation.

GOAL

Your child will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities, which promote all aspects of development. Family childcare provides for children the comfort and experience of belonging to an extended family. I provide a home like setting; therefore I do not follow a strict routine. My approach to childcare is child centered and child directed. Children are offered choices whenever possible. Your child will bring home a newsletter each month, which will give a brief overview of what we will be doing. Just because you are not seeing anything in the way of papers does not mean that we have not been busy all day.  

TELEVISION TIME

I allow limited TV viewing consisting of Nickelodeon, PBS and the Disney Channel only. On occasion I let the children pick a child appropriate video to watch. Children are NEVER required to sit and watch TV, and TV is not offered in place of Free Play or Learning Activities.  

DRESS CODE

Please dress your child appropriately. The activities may be messy. Do not send your child in clothing that you do not want stained. Weather permitting; we will spend a lot of time outdoors. You also need to supply a complete change of clothing in case of an accident; I do not supply clothing for day care children. If the child has no spare clothing, the parent will be called to bring some.

Water Play:

I have sprinkler for summer water play. I require a permission slip be signed before the child is allowed to play in the water. A swimsuit will be requested, along with parent supplied sun screen to stay here.

TOYS

 DO NOT SEND TOYS FROM HOME. If your child needs a special toy or item for sleeping, it will be allowed, but it will remain put away until Rest Time TaTa’s Daycare assumes NO responsibility for lost, stolen, or broken toys from home. Should the child deliberately destroy my toys or other property through misuse or willfulness, the parent will be required to replace it.(unless we are having a show and tell)

HOUSE CLEANING

My house is not always spotless. My main concern is the care of the children. I clean my house during Rest Time, if all are asleep, during non-business hours, and occasionally with children's help. The children will help clean up toys before meals and naps.

CONFIDENTIALITY

The information you supply to TaTa’s Daycare will be kept confidential. I will, at all times, respect your privacy. Before any of the information is released to an outside persons.

CHANGES TO POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Changes may be made to  policies as needed with 2 weeks notice. The policies, contracts, consents, and forms will be reviewed and updated, if needed, yearly in January. Please give written notice of any changes that may occur, especially of name or address, or of updated immunizations

EMERGENCIES

Fire: There are two fire extinguishers located in my home. One is in the kitchen hanging by the sink another is hanging in the basement area. If there is a fire the children will be evacuated immediately before calling 911. We will practice fire drills monthly so the children will be prepared in the event of a fire. The fire evacuation plan is located on file and posted you are free to view it at any time.

Tornado: In the event of a tornado warning, the children will gather in the basement. We will remain in the basement until the inclement weather has passed. Tornado drills will also be practiced monthly, during the active season. The tornado plan is located on file and posted you are free to view it at anytime.

Power outage: There are flashlights located in the kitchen/basement. If the power remains out for some time, there are non-perishables located in the kitchen/basement that will be used to eat. If the weather is inclement and the house is getting too cold for the children, you will be called to pick up your child

MATERNITY/EXTENDED LEAVE/LAY OFFS

In cases of your potential absence due to maternity or extended leave from your job, I require your childcare rate payments for the entire time of your absence to hold your child's position. Rates will be reduced to 50% of your regular rate for up to three weeks. Over three weeks will require 75% holding fee.

OPEN DOOR POLICY

I maintain an open door policy for parents. This means that you are always welcome to call or drop in to see your children at any time during regular childcare hours. You are required to let me know of your presence before entering the premises. Knock, and then enter. Open door policy does NOT mean that my door will be kept unlocked. I believe that it is extremely important to keep the doors locked for the safety of the children. I do not want unwanted or unexpected visitors to enter without my permission or knowledge. I also do not want little ones leaving the house unsupervised. Your child's safety is my first priority. I would appreciate your taking into consideration my schedule when dropping in or calling, and remember that visitors usually cause children to react in an excited manner that does not normally occur when I am alone with the children.

ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES

Children are to arrive clean and fed (unless arriving just before a mealtime). It is normal for some children to have difficulty separating from parents, or cry when being dropped off. Please be very brief (no more than 5 minutes is sufficient) during drop-off times; the longer you prolong the departure the harder it gets. A smile, cheerful good-bye kiss, and a reassuring word that you will be back are all that is needed. In my experience, children are nearly always quick to get involved in play or activities as soon as parents are gone.

Please be very brief at pick-up times also. This is a time of testing when two different authority figures are present (the parent and the provider), and all the children will test to see if the rules still apply. An early arrival to pick up your child does not mean you may stay until the close of business. If you'd like to stay and visit please arrange this with me beforehand. But typically pick-up time needs to be kept brief. When picking children up at the end of the day, you are asked to always come to the side door unless there is a note on the door saying we are ALL out back, then and only then you may go around to the backyard. Please knock - I often lock the door for the children's safety. Sometimes, the older children are out back and I'm inside with the younger ones - I need you to come into the house from the side and I will call your child into the house to leave.(side door is always open when children are outdoors) Please do not go into the backyard unless I am out there with all of the children. During arrivals and departures, I expect you to back up my rules (see House Rules), but if you do not, I will remind your child that their behavior is inappropriate and take action to correct, if needed. Please be in control of your child during these times.

I prefer that there are no pick-ups or drop offs during the designated daily quiet time, but if it is necessary please be as quiet and brief as possible. 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.

Do not allow your child to run out to your car while you are still inside or while you are in my backyard!! The safety rule is "No one goes outside without their parent with them."

Drop-off and pick-up times are not good times to discuss problems. Little ears and minds hear and understand everything. I am not comfortable discussing children in the presence of anyone except their parents. Topics that concern day-to-day events, or light-hearted discussion are fine.

EARLY PICK-UP/LATE ARRIVAL

Your childs late arrival or early pick up will not reduce your weekly rate.

NSF CHECKS

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 you from that point forward.

 

ARRIVING ON TIME

Please remember that this is a business not a babysitting service. I have children of my own and they are very busy with school and activities and I need to be available to them each day after business hours. If you suspect that you may be late in picking up your child, you will need to arrange for a back up person to come in your place. Please don't assume that I will be available to stay with your child. In the event that you use a backup person to come for your child, please call me in advance and instruct this person to show me their photo identification upon arrival. As a reminder, your child care hours are outlined in your contract, if you are scheduled to arrive at 4:30, please stick to this schedule as closely as possible. If you cannot you MUST call to see if I am available to keep your child the additional time.

 Parents are allowed two free late pick-ups a month with phone call only. FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY, NOT TO GET YOUR OIL CHANGED OR HAIR DONE!

 SCHEDULED OVERTIME HOURS: $ 5.00 PER HOUR

 HOURS OF OPERATION

MONDAY - FRIDAY:

6:00 AM-5:45 PM

DAYS OFF- MY BENEFITS- Holidays paid $20.00 per day!!!!

 

MONTH

DATE

 

HOLIDAY

January

1

 Day

New years day

May

 

Long Weekend

Memorial day

July

4th

 Day

Independence day

September

 

Long Weekend

Labor day

November

 

 

 

 

 

 24th

Thanksgiving day

 

 

 25th

Thanksgiving 2

December

23rd

 

Christmas

 

26th

 

Christmas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 CALL OFFS

No Reduction

 

PERSONAL DAYS

Personal/sick days are of no charge because I am closing for the day. If an extended illness or an unforeseen situation causes me to close other than the above mentioned, there will be no charges for those days.

 YOUR FAMILY VACATIONS

Two weeks notice is required for a vacation discount. $25.00 will be reduced from your regular rate. Two weeks maximum for a full year.

Any vacation time over two weeks will require only a $.00 reduction.

Without two week notice your deduction will be $.00.

SIGN IN/ SIGN OUT

Each day upon arriving, the parent is required to sign the child(ren) in, noting the time of arrival. A sign-in/out pad, pens, and a clock are all located by the door. This is to be followed by signing the child (ren) out when they leave. This gives me a written record of the child's attendance, hours, and who brought/picked up the child.

TERMINATION OF CARE

If for some reason you decide to stop bringing your child to my childcare I require a two-week written notice. This will give me time 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 child's last day.

If it becomes necessary for me to resort to legal action to collect fees, the parent(s) will be responsible for legal fees incurred on my part.

If I decided to terminate your childcare for one reason or another, I will give you a two-week notice, if possible. There might be a time when immediate termination could be warranted, and as we both understand it is not easy to find day care, it is important for policies to be understood and adheared by.

Examples of why I would terminate your child's care with or without notice include (but may not be limited to):

 ** UNEXPECTED LONG TERM ILLNESS WITH MYSELF OR FAMILy

** Failure to complete required forms.

** Failure to keep records up to date (shot, address, phone numbers)

** Lack of parental cooperation.

** Failure of child to adjust to the center after a reasonable amount of time.

** My inability to meet the child's needs without additional staff

** Lack of payment

** Lack of respect for the provider or other children, by the parent or child

**The needs of child being or becoming that which I am not prepared or able to comply with…

** Violence upon any person or child

 

PHOTO TAKING

Documentation of my daycare activities is part of TaTa’s program. In this way we can document our experiences with our pictures and discussion groups. Also, I may wish to post pictures on promotional material. Parents will be required to complete the attached "Photographs" section of the Registration Form unless special circumstances prevail.

SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE AND OR NEGLECT

If I have reason to suspect abuse or neglect of a child; I will report this concern to the State of Michigan as required by law. I will also write up a report for files.

My responsibility is to report suspicions/disclosures, not to determine if abuse has occurred. My primary concern is for the safety and well being of the child.

CUSTODY ISSUES

If you are going through a custody hearing please inform me if one of the parents is not allowed to pick up or see the child(ren) you will be required to bring in the court papers stating this. If there is any change in the legal custody of a child, the parent must provide written documentation confirming the change along with a copy of court papers.

REFERRAL PROGRAM

When I have an opening, I will let you know as soon as possible. I will let you know the time frame/age group, in order to enable you to participate in the referral program. I believe my best advertisement is a satisfied family. Therefore, if I fill a space in my daycare from a referral from one of my parents, I will give the referral family one day of free childcare after the new child’s third full month of care. (paid care)

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 notice is fine on that day if this 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 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.

 DISCIPLINE

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" chair 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 of age is the most effective length of time, but this amount could be extended under certain circumstances, then I will 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, and someone might get hit by the toy. If a child still has not calmed down or is really belligerent at this point I will separate him from the other children. I skip the "reminder" and go straight to "time out" if the offense involves 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 catch the children throwing the tools and climbing on the workbench. I remind them that the workbench was not to be played with in this way, and they continue by turning it upside down and climbing on it that way. The workbench will be "closed" for the rest of the day, and the next day we hopefully have no problems with it. If a child continues to behave inappropriately, I will talk to you about it. Hopefully these 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 should not have any major problems!

Children are never punished for lapses in 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

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
· Time out

 

RELIGIOUS PRACTICES

I feel that religious teachings should be left up to the parents. That does not mean that God is never mentioned. If you have any restrictions or concerns, please feel free to address them to me. We also usually have parties at Christmas, Easter, Halloween, etc. If you do not wish to have your child participate in these, please let me know.

 CLEANLINESS & HYGIENE

I do my best to maintain strict cleanliness and hygiene standards. Children's hands are washed before and after meals and after toileting. I use paper towels for drying hands, so children do not have to use the same towel. I wash my hands frequently and also use antibacterial gel. Infants sleep in separate cribs or pack and plays, with clean sheets used only by them. Beginning at about age 14 mnts., washable nap mats are used. Each child has a separate nap mat, with sheets, blankets and pillows that are washed weekly (unless soiled, then they are washed as often as necessary).

Children use separate cups, plates, bowls and eating utensils that have been washed after every use. High chair trays, tables, etc. are disinfected with a bleach water solution after each use. Toys and play area are also cleaned with a bleach based product weekly.

NAPS & QUIET TIME

All children are required to lie down for a rest period in the afternoon. All children must nap, rest, read or play quietly 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 real happy when they go home in the evening.

Nap time is my only opportunity to take a break, clean up after lunch, do paperwork, fill out daily notes, and do activity planning. I provide nap mats and child-sized blankets. If your child has a special blanket or stuffed animal that he/she sleeps with, please send it along. I would ask that you please avoid picking up or dropping off your child during nap time, as it disturbs the other children's rest period.

Infants nap at varying times and their schedules will be accommodated. Somewhere between 12 and 18 months, children usually drop down to one nap per day. At this time, I will attempt to put them on the scheduled nap/rest period.

 

TOILET TRAINING

When you feel your child is ready for toilet teaching, I ask that you begin this teaching at home. 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. Therefore, I will continue to use diapers or pull-ups until your child can and will announce that he/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 accidents are only happening once every other week, training pants will be used without plastic pants. Do not bring your child in panties or underwear until he/she 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 want to help pull pants, etc. up and down, plus clothing with too many "gadgets" makes it harder to get the child on the potty in time.

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT

There will be times and ways you can get involved in your child’s care experience. You are welcomed and encouraged to participate in any of these.

Helping your child at home with the concepts we are studying.

Helping your child prepare for “Show and Tell”

Helping to provide treats or other items for our parties.

Helping by bringing requested recycled items for art and craft projects

BIRTHDAYS & PARTIES

Each child's birthday is his/her "Special Day." I will buy the child a gift that is from all of us. If you feel you must purchase a personal gift for the birthday child, I ask that you give this outside of the childcare. I will provide a cake, cupcakes, or treats for your child's special day. I will let you know which day we will celebrate. I also have holiday parties occasionally throughout the year. Sign up sheets will be posted at the front door for your assistance with these days as needed on a voluntary basis. At Christmas time, parents are asked to purchase and wrap a toy or book gift to be presented to the children at our Christmas party. This item will remain in the childcare home for continued year-round use by all of the children.

 

ILLNESS

I will not care for a child who is feverish, has thrown up or has had diarrhea within the last 24 hours please keep him/her home. If he/she has a green discharge from his nose he/she must be on an antibiotic for 24 hours before he/she can attend. If your child is not feeling well, do not give them Tylenol to mask their symptoms. If your child throws up the night before and seems fine the next day, he is more than likely still contagious to the others. You must wait 24 hours. All the 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.

Illnesses are defined as:

**Fever Over or at a 100. degrees

**Conjunctivitis (pink eye) or "cold in the eye"

**Flu

**Unusual rash

**Severe cough

**Rapid breathing or labored breathing

**Severe cold

**Vomiting

**Yellowish skin or eyes

**Diarrhea

**Head lice

**Contagious illness of any sort which results in child being too ill to participate in daily activities.

** If your child simply is not well and will need constant holding or continues to cry for an extended amount of time, you will be called to pick your child up.I will not accept the child for care if any of the above symptoms are present or have been present within the last 24 hours. If the 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 have one hour from time of notification to pick up the child. If the parent does not come or is unable a back up person will be called. If the child is left for over 1 ½ hours without being pick up or without a call CPS will be called.

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.

MEDICATION

If your child is on medication and it needs to be administered while he is at day care, the medicine must be in the original container and labeled with the child's name, doctor's name, name of medication, dosage, and when to be taken. I will also have a form for you to sign giving me permission to give the medication to your child. Medication will be administered at the time or with the meal you specify and a written record kept.

INJURIES AND OTHER EMERGENCIES

Minor cuts and abrasions suffered while at the center will receive proper care -- specifically, 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, and I am required by law to report any possible abuse situations.

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 hospital, doctor, poison control, etc.). If need be, I will take your child to the nearest hospital via ambulance. Then try to call you when we arrive. If a 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 (3 exits are available) and gather outside. This will be practiced monthly so the children are familiar with what to do.

ITEMS TO BE BROUGHT TO TATA’S

Complete change of clothes (two sets with socks)

Wipes

Swim suit & Bath towel (in the summer)

Weather appropriate clothing and shoes

POTTY TRAINERS: Pull-ups You may bring a whole package of diapers to be stored in the changing area (I will let you know when your supply runs low).

You are required to supply a blanket for your child to be kept at the childcare home. All blankets and bedding will be laundered every Friday. Good clothing is not recommended. Soiled clothing will be sent home and a clean change of clothes should be brought back the next day. If there is a special occasion that calls for special clothing after child care or a trip , please send the special clothing with your child and I will help them clean up and get dressed prior to your arrival. You will be required to bring bathing suits to be kept at the childcare home in the summer. I will request certain items for certain times of the year such as boots or snowsuits. All items need to be labeled with your child's initials. You must maintain these items at all times. Failure to do so is grounds for termination. Please keep in mind that if you do not bring a needed item, it may prevent all of the children from going outside. If it becomes necessary for me to purchase supplies and/or requested items for your child(ren), you will be billed on your next payment due date.

Personal items will be returned to you on your last day of care. If your belongings are left here they will be kept for 30 days only. After 30 days they will be donated to a local charity.

 

REGISTRATION FEE

At the time of acceptance into the center and the signing of the contract there will be a fee of $25.00.

PRESCHOOL EDUCATION

I believe children should have fun! After all, even the experts agree that preschool age children learn most through play. These carefree years are so short, and soon the children will be exposed to a much more structured form of learning. During the month, many activities take place which help promote basic skills (letter & number recognition, color & shape recognition, large motor skills, small motor skills, etc.).TaTa’s offers a preschool program September to June of each year. This program targets children ages 1 to 5 yrs. Activities include circle time, calendar time, weather chart, group activities and discussion and 2-4 crafts per week. We also incorporate morning and afternoon outside play when weather allows. Children under school age do not play outdoors when it is below 30 degrees. There are many learning stations in my daycare playroom. There is a housekeeping area, blocks and trucks, puzzles and books, dress up items and much more!

 HOUSE RULES

Please respect my profession, my home, and me. The respect that you show me, including my home, furnishings, equipment, yard, and other children will communicate itself to your child and will make for a better working relationship. There are certain house rules that all children will be taught and expected to follow. In addition, although I realize that I must expect a certain amount of wear and tear where children are concerned, I do not want to have my home "demolished".

The following rules are enforced for the safety and well being of everyone.

No leaving the yard

Kids must share all toys.

Picking up babies or small children is not allowed.

No climbing in trees, pulling on or swinging from the branches.

TV viewing will be monitored.

No running, jumping, or screaming permitted inside the house.

No hitting, pushing, biting, grabbing, kicking, spitting, or pinching others, including your parents.

No standing or climbing on toys, chairs, tables, or furniture.

No mistreatment of toys - IE standing on, throwing, bashing, hitting with.
Parents will be asked to pay for or replace toys if this occurs.

No mistreatment of my belongings and home. Parents will be asked to pay for or replace items if this occurs.

No name calling, teasing, swearing, bad language such as 'shut up', tattling, or potty talk.

No violent play allowed.

No roughhousing, climbing or sitting on, pulling, or lifting/carrying other children.

No walking around the house with food, cups, or bottles.

Eating and drinking only at the table

No going out the door or gate at pick up time without an adult.

Knock prior to entering.

No smoking is permitted on the premises.

No Gum! No food brought from home unless pre-arranged.

No toys brought from home

Call as soon as possible if your child is not attending or will be late.

No jewelry, small barrettes, or other accessories that pose a choking hazard to any child in the daycare.No smoking is permitted on the premises.

Children and families are welcome in any areas of the home that are used for childcare purposes. My family and I also need some privacy and separation from the childcare. Please respect this. It is hard for my husband and children to share their home/wife/mother, so intimately, with other children/families, for so many hours each day. It is important for them to feel that they have their "own" space. My child is expected to keep any toys that she is not prepared to share, in her room, away from the other children. Therefore, children and childcare families are not permitted in the bedrooms, except when they are in use for napping.

If your car is leaking oil, please park along the street and not in my driveway while picking up and/or dropping off your child.

 

 Liabilities:

Children will never be left unsupervised nor will they be abused or neglected while in my care. However, accidents do happen. In case of EMERGENCY, I will administer the necessary First Aid. An ambulance will be called & your child will be transported to the nearest hospital. YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED IMMEDIATELY! If an ambulance must be called to transport your child, the cost of the ambulance will be your responsibility. You are responsible for all costs involved in emergency medical treatment, including emergency transportation, if required. The owner of TaTa‘s, or my family will not be held liable for any sickness/injury of either parent/guardian or child while on these premises.

Parents will also be responsible for any damage, beyond the normal everyday occurrence, to property or equipment.

INDOOR PLAY

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 the children I watch vary, all the toys I have are safe for even the youngest. It is preferred that no toys be brought from home, 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. 

OUTDOOR PLAY

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 to more time spent outside as the weather permits.

Pets

We have none.

Safety:

 Smoke alarms are located throughout the home and are tested once per month. There is a 401b ABC Fire Extinguisher located in the kitchen along with a C/O alarm.

All poisons and medicines are kept out of the reach of children.

First aid kit is kept in the home

The outside play area is fenced in and free of any garbage, poisons, or other hazards.

Emergency numbers (police, fire, poison control, 911)

We are also connected through our Brinks Alarm system to the local police and fire dept.

 

 REQUIREMENTS FOR ENROLLMENT

During the interview you received a checklist which covers requirements for enrollment. This must be followed in order to enroll your child. All paperwork must be received before your child may start. Before you leave your child the first day, it is wise to make a visit with the child during my regular day care hours (mornings are best, since the children sleep in the afternoons). This way your child gets to see what happens in day care and gives him/her a chance to meet the other children and me. This visit is a good time to bring any items you need to leave here (e.g., diapers, extra clothing, etc.) I am required to have a complete change of clothes for each child. If you or your child are uneasy about day care, at least two visits are recommended: the first during my off hours when your child will not be overwhelmed by the other children and the noise, and will have all the toys available to him/her. During this time I will be able to give your child undivided attention. The second visit could be during regular day care hours. All of the forms should be filled out completely, no blank spots if it does not ’t apply to you simply put N/A on the line. I must have a copy of your child’s shot record UP TO DATE.

Adjustment What is normal:

It is normal for your child to have some fears about being away from you. Children, like adults, need time to get used to new situations. Try to prepare your child for the changes as far in advance as possible. Discuss any concerns. Talk about some of the new people your child will meet and the new things your child will do. If you are enthusiastic, soon your child will be too.

First Experiences:

If this is the first time your child has been separated from you, it is natural for him/her to be hesitant. A cheerful good-bye kiss, a smile, and a reassuring word that you will be back after work is all you need to do. I will take it from there. Please do not sneak out when your child is not looking.

Usually the child will settle down shortly after you leave.

Common Behaviors:

Depending on their age, some children will "act out" their feelings by:

Clinging to you and refusing to let go

 Having tantrums

Forgetting their toilet training

Not eating

Waking up at night or having bad dreams

Bed-wetting

Expressing desire to stay home 

What to Do:

Usually these problems are temporary. If your child is treated lovingly but firmly, this behavior should go away. Please feel free to call the TaTA’s Home Daycare when you arrive at work. Chances are that your child will be busy playing and you can relax and concentrate on work.

It is normal for some children to have difficulty separating from parents in the morning or not wanting to leave when it's time to go home. Please be very brief (no more than 5 minutes is sufficient) during these transition times. The longer you prolong the departure the harder it gets, and I need to focus my attention on the other children. A smile, cheerful good-bye kiss, and a reassuring word that you will be back are all that is needed in the morning. In my experience, children are nearly always quick to get involved in play or activities as soon as parents are gone. This is a time of testing when two different authority figures are

ATTENTION PART TIME PARENTS

Your spot can be replaced with a full time family unless you agree to pay for a full week of pay. The choice will be yours, to pay or not I will try to give you proper notice to find other care.

PLEASE TAKE THIS AS YOUR NOTICE.

If your day falls on a holiday you will have to make a Holiday Payment for the day.

A QUICK NOTE

Please come into my home knowing that this is not only a place for children but also my home. Have common courtesy close the door/gate behind you, if you want to come into the play area take your shoes off. No cursing, and please do not throw your cigarette butts all over my driveway or lawn. Get off the phone, if I have something to tell you about our day, I should not have to interrupt another conversation to do so.