I have important paperwork that I will need to discuss with you and have you complete before I can begin caring for your child. I will need you to keep me informed of any address or phone number changes in case I need to reach you as well as 3-4 other family members phone numbers just in case you are out of reach. No enrollment fees or deposits are required to begin care!
OPEN DOOR POLICY:
You are welcome to come to my home anytime during my regular daycare hours. I will keep my doors locked for the safety of the children, but just knock or give me a call and I will gladly let you in.
If you will be late picking up your child, you need to call me or text me and let me know ASAP. The daycare is closed promptly at 5:30 p.m. Picking up after 5:30 p.m. will result in late charges. If there is an avoidable emergency and you are late to pick up, there will be a late fee of $1.00 per minute added onto your next usual weekly fee.
Payment for childcare is due each Friday morning prior to the week's care or Friday evening. For your convenience, you can pay two weeks in advance or a month in advance to avoid any late fees. I accept cash, money order or check payments. A $10 fee is added onto the regular week's payment for each day that payment is late. If I am given a check that bounces, then there will be a $30 fee added onto your usual payment (due to charges that the bounced check causes with the bank). If a second check bounces then I will only accept cash payments from then on. If payment continues to be a problem, then care could be discontinued.
If the daycare is closed due to a recognized state holiday, your weekly payment is still due in full for that week.
If the daycare is closed for 1-2 days in one week, your weekly payment is still due in full for that week.
If the daycare is closed 3 days or more in a week, then your weekly rate will be prorated.
If the daycare is closed all week for a personal vacation or emergency, no payment will be due. I will always notify you in advance of any daycare closures.
If your child is out sick, your payment is still due in full for that week. Please keep in mind that you are paying to hold your child’s space whether they are there are not.
If you are planning a vacation please let me know at least 2 weeks in advance. While on vacation, you must pay your regular fees in order to hold your child's space. If payment is not paid, your child will not have a space. These rules are for full and part time children. By paying your regular daycare fee each week, you are holding your child's space.
Your child's immunizations MUST be completely up to date before coming to the daycare. This is very important and very crucial. There are no exceptions due to the California State Law, which, as of January, now requires each child to have up to date immunizations. A California School Immunization blue card will be filled out and kept on file for each child who is not yet attending public school. I will remind you when your child's next shots are coming up to be due in your parent mailboxes. A child will not be allowed to attend the daycare if their immunizations are not up to date with no exceptions.
I ask that the children arrive bathed and smelling fresh and clean with a clean diaper, an extra pair of clean clothes and clothed appropriately each day in daytime clothing. No pajamas unless you have a baby under 12 months old. Children will be playing outside and need to be fully prepared with their clothing. Disposable diapers only (no cloth diapers). This helps keep things clean and fresh throughout the daycare. The children remove their shoes upon arrival, so please make sure your child's feet are clean. Please keep the child's fingernails trimmed to avoid scratching of themselves (which happens more often than you think), the other children and the furniture.
If you decide on the meal option provided by me, I prepare healthy, natural and balanced breakfasts, snacks, lunches and drinks for the children. For infants who are transitioning into solid foods, I provide organic pureed fruits and veggies. If you would like to supply your own food and or purees, you may and I am more than happy to help you in this transition. I try to stick with foods that will nourish the children and, depending on their age, I try to involve your children in the preparing, setting up and sharing process of meal time. All meals and drinks are included in your weekly fee.
The only things I do not supply as far as meals is:
Formula for infants
Jars of baby food
If you have an infant that is drinking formula or specific types baby food, then you would need to maintain a supply for him/her. If your child is on a special diet, then you would need to supply their meals as needed.
Cues that your infant is ready for solids:
Baby can sit up or with some support, is sitting up on their own
Baby is grabbing for or showing interest in real food
In some cases, baby has lost the tongue-thrust reflex and isn’t pushing away food.
Baby is ready and willing to chew
Your doctor recommended started or gave the ok
Please do not bring your child to the daycare if he or she is sick. Please use your best judgement if you feel that your child is too sick to be around the other children. Please call or text me by 8am if you're child is not coming that day.
If your child has an illness that is contagious or can easily spread, they cannot come to the daycare until:
They have been cleared by a doctor stating that they are no longer contagious and are clear to be around other children (Usually 24 hours after antibiotic treatment has begun and/or 24 hours after symptoms have subsided: Depending on the illness).
When I, the Daycare Provider, give the final yes for the child to return to the daycare, per my own daycare policies.
If your child is sick over a weekend or when away from the daycare, please be sure to let me know as soon as possible so that I can be aware in case the other children have possibly been exposed to a contagious illness. If I, the Daycare Provider, feel that your child is too sick to be at the daycare and cannot take part in our daily activities, I will call you to pick up your child ASAP. If your child has a fever of 100 degree or higher, I will be calling you to pick up your child ASAP. Your child must be picked up within that hour of me calling to notify you of the illness.
Your child cannot attend the daycare with a fever of 100 degree or higher and the child must be fever free for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to daycare. That means fever free without the aid of a fever reducing substance. Giving your child Tylenol to reduce the fever before arriving to daycare in the morning is unacceptable because the fever will reappear once again and the child will still have to be sent home. If the child has a fever of 100 degree or higher, I will call you to pick up your child as soon as possible. Please remember that if you bring your child to the daycare sick, the other children can contact the virus right away. This is not helping your child nor the other children.
Reasons why the child cannot come to daycare:
* Fever of 100 degrees or higher
* Cold with yellow or green nasal discharge
* Constant clear runny nose
* Consistent cough
* Consistent deep cough (chest)
* Strep Throat
* Stomach flu
* Consistent diarrhea (even if a reaction to antibiotics)
* Chicken Pox
* Hand Foot Mouth Disease (Herpangina)
* Coxsackie Virus
* Fifth Disease (Slapped Cheek Disease)
* ANY type of rash or blisters
* Impetigo (contagious skin infection with sores)
* Pink Eye
* Contagious Styes
* Head Lice
These are just examples of contagious illnesses of when your child needs to stay out of daycare. Each individual case is different and may require more or less time out ~ but will always require a doctor's note to return stating that the child is totally well and non-contagious in order to return. If you feel that your child is sick with a contagious illness, please verify with a doctor that your child is clear to come to daycare before bringing him/her to the daycare. Then confirm with me, the Daycare Provider, if it is okay for the child to return to daycare.
This is for the protection of your child, all other daycare children present and the daycare provider. A doctor's note will show that you're child is cleared by a doctor, but you must follow by the daycare sick policies first, regarding when a child can or cannot come to daycare. It is my goal to keep the daycare as germ-free and sick-free as possible. Once a child comes to the daycare sick, he or she is exposing everyone to that illness. It can be a horrible sick cycle! So lets keep it safe. If a child continually comes to the daycare sick and the parents do not abide by the daycare sick policies, then childcare will be terminated by the daycare provider. It is essential that each child have a doctor to refer to during sick times and for general check-ups. I encourage you to have one handy at all times for any issues or concerns that arise.
I will make every effort to assist in potty training and follow your system at home. I will begin to assist with potty training here once you have established some training at home and when the child appears to be ready for this process. I believe that a child should go through the potty training process only when they are "ready". If you try to push a child to potty train before they are ready, they sometimes not respond negatively and end up not wanting to potty train. I want the children to enjoy each milestone in their lives and be their own leads when it comes to independency.
Cues that your child may be ready for potty training:
They are staying dry & clean for longer periods of time
They are showing interest in using the potty
They can verbally tell you that they have to go potty
They enjoy using the potty
During the potty training process, I will ask that your child continue to come to daycare in diapers. Once your child is not having accidents, verbally telling me that they have to go potty and overall being successful in using the potty, then I will ask that you bring your pull-ups to use at the daycare as well.
Please do not bring your child in pull-ups unless they are regularly & successfully using the potty and we have spoken. If a child uses pull-ups too early, they will just consider them "everyday diapers" and will continue to soil them like any other diaper, which defeats the purpose of what a pull-up is for... actual underwear.
Please remember: I will only assist with potty training if your child is ready and if he or she is being potty trained at home as well. Potty training takes a team effort of the parents and the daycare provider.
OUR FAMILY PET:
We do have a pet at our home. We have 1 dog. He is up-to-date on shots and has monthly grooming, which includes flea preventative medications .He is very healthy, clean and friendly! Although he is very sweet & loving, we keep him outside and away from the children. The kids never interact with him and rarely will see him. I also make sure that the yard is totally clean of any waste so the children will not encounter any messes outdoors and we have block off gates in the areas the children are allowed to be outside away from our dog.
FILING YOUR TAXES:
I keep track of every payment that you make for your daycare payments through out the year. At the end of the year, I will be printing you a copy of all of your payments to use when you file your taxes. Please do not add any dollar amount you may have paid another daycare provider onto the copy I give you. If you do, the IRS will most likely follow up with you if the dollar amounts do not match.
I ask that the children:
Do not hit, push, bite, kick, scratch or pinch each other.
No name calling, teasing, bullying or using bad words.
No mistreatment of the daycare items or furniture.
Treat each other they way they want to be treated.
Show kindness, love and respect each day.
I do not use any kind of spanking or demeaning words to discipline children. I try to emphasize to the children to use their words and communicate with each other and to myself. I will re-direct them to another activity when there is a problem or I will help them identify the problem and find a positive solution in their own. If it gets worse, they may lose privileges to play with a certain toy they enjoy or have a few minutes of reflection on their own so they can learn what the consequences are. I always give children time to think on their own and when they are ready to talk and solve the problem, I listen to why they are upset and ask them to find a new way of handling the problem (I sometimes need to direct them depending on their age). I use positive reinforcement and rewards for good behavior by clapping, give them gratitude out loud and letting them know I am proud of them and happy. If negative behavior, threatening behavior or any behavior that is interfering or harming other children persists then care will be terminated. You will always be given an end of the day progress on your child so you know exactly how their day went.
The first two weeks of daycare is usually a trial period to see how your child fits in with the other daycare children. The atmosphere I strive for is one of kindness, respect, love and appreciation for my daycare children, myself and my family therefore, I try to maintain a great group of children that get along with one another as I feel that is VERY important. I do not allow a child to stay in the daycare if they cause any type of bodily harm to another child.
The daycare contract may be terminated by the parent by giving a 2-week notice prior to the ending date. The parent must pay for the last 2-weeks after giving notice if the child attends the daycare the last 2-weeks or not. The contract may be terminated without any notice by the Daycare Provider if the parent does not abide by the contract rules and policies or if the child is not a good fit for the daycare.