Policies

Philosophy

Our philosophy is based on the provision of quality care for young children. We provide an environment that supports the whole child. The whole child consists of physical development, intellectual and social development and stimulation. Providing proper nutrition and a safe and healthy environment is also essential. We believe that children should be provided with a cheerful environment, as well as an outstanding curriculum. Most importantly, we strongly believe in staff training in order to provide quality care for your child. Positive interaction between staff and children, staff and parents, and administration and staff in an early childhood setting is most needed to have a successful program. Our overall focus is to provide nurturing, trust, respect and love for one another.

Certifications

All staff, volunteers and substitutes are CPR and First Aid Certified, and they have completed all necessary child care training. All criminal background checks have been done, and all employees are in good standing.


Tuition/Payment Procedures

Tuition is payable in advance and is due no later than 5 p.m. on Friday each week for the following week’s care, unless other arrangements have been agreed upon. Payment may be made by check, money order or cash. There will be a late fee of $5 for failur eto pay by the afternoon on Friday. An additional $10 late fee will be charged if payment is not made by closing time on Monday. If a payment is late more than four weeks, the center will send a gentle reminder in the form of a letter.

The success of our center depends upon prompt payment of tuition/fees in order to take care of the day-to-day expenses.

  • Parent Vacation: You must continue to pay your tuition if you wish to hold your day care spot.
  • Maternity Leave: To hold a spot, you must continue to pay while you are on maternity leave.
  • Bounced checks: If a check is returned for non-sufficient funds, there will be a $30 fee incurred as a result of the returned check. In addition, upon the second returned check received in a six-month period, only cash will be accepted for the following three months.
  • Late Fees: A $10 after-30-minute pickup fee will be assessed for all children picked up after closing time. This must be paid in cash at the time of pickup or before the child’s next regularly scheduled day. This will be strictly enforced.

Rates

Weekly tuition is due each Friday before the start of the next week. Tuition paid after Friday will be a late fee of $25. Tuition is as follows:

  • Infant-Age 1: $180-$200/week
  • 2 years old: $165
  • 3-5 year olds: $155
  • School-age: $135

These rates are subject to change. Parents will receive a 30-day notice before rate changes are made. These are rates for full-time enrollment. Rates will not be pro-rated. The is a 10% multiple-child discount. All private-paying parents and parents receiving a subsidy are charged the same rates.


Hours

The facility is in operation from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Arrival

Children should be dropped off no earlier than 6:30 a.m.

Departure

There will be a late fee of $2 for every minute late (per child). Parents receiving a subsidy are indicated on the voucher. Please notify provider if you are going to be late.

No child will be allowed to leave with anybody whose name is not provided on the emergency form.


Social Service Subsidy

The parent fees are due the first full week of each month. If the fee is not paid, your voucher will be flagged. The parent will have three days to pay the parent fee.

Parents receiving subsidy must supply the facility with their work or school schedule at the time of enrollment.

Absences

Please notify us if you child will be absent. Please remember these rates still apply whether the child is in attendance or not. If you child will be out for the summer or during a maternity leave, you will be eligible for reduced rates (half the regular rate). You will be able to bring your child in two days per week — Tuesdays and Thursdays — while receiving this rate.


Sever Weather

In the event of an emergency closing due to inclement weather, this facility will follow Lee County Schools’ closing decisions, unless otherwise posted.

Holidays

A holiday schedule will be provided to each parent. Payment will remain the same during closing unless otherwise noted.


Sick Child Policy

If your child has …

  • A fever
  • Ringworm
  • Any childhood infectious disease
  • Red, crusty eyes (pink eye)
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

… you child will be isolated until picked up. If your child is sent home due to any of the above mentioned symptoms, a doctor’s note will be needed upon return. He or she cannot attend school until given clearance by health care provider.

Medical Administration

Parents are required to complete necessary forms in order for prescription or nonprescription medications to be administered. This includes creams and diaper ointments. All medications must be labeled.

Medical Emergencies

First aid will be administered for minor cuts, bumps or bruises. In the event of an emergency, the parent will be notified as soon as possible, and the child will be taken to a nearby hospital.

Medical Records

As the child’s immunization records are updated, please submit a copy to us.


Supplies

Each child will need:

  • Change of clothing, including socks (appropriate for season)
  • On fitted crib sheet
  • Crib-sized blanket (thin preferred)
  • Slippers (optional)
  • Parents are also responsible for diapers and wipes.

At the end of each week, bedding will be sent home to be washed and returned on Monday.

Personal Items

Diaper bags are not necessary.

Please label all items sent to the facility.

Care seats are only needed if someone else is picking up your child. This applies to infants as well.

All care seats will be placed on the front porch (space is limited).


Probation Period

The first 14 days are probationary for the child, provider and parent. During this time, child care may be terminated at any time. After the probationary period, this agreement by be terminated by either party with a 10-day written notice.

Fire Drill Procedures

Fire drills are conducted monthly to ensure all children and providers are prepared for an emergency and to reassure parents of their safety.

Reporting Abuse and Neglect

This facility and all staff are mandated reporters by state law and must report any suspicion of child neglect or abuse. Child protective services will be notified in the event that neglect or abuse is apparent.

Food and Nutrition

This facility is enrolled in a food and nutrition program to ensure that all children receive a well-balanced meal each day. Breakfast, lunch and a snack will be provided daily.

Discrimination

This institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis or face, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.


Parent Involvement

Fundraisers: Periodically, the facility partakes in fundraisers. We ask that each parent participate in order to help improve the quality of care provided by our staff. Funds raised and how they will be used will be made public.

Parent conferences: Teachers will notify parents if a conference is needed. In the event that a parents needs to meet with the teacher, we ask that you please make an appointment.

Field trips: The pre-schoolers will participate in several local field trips. Permission slips will be sent home a week in advance. It will contain all necessary information regarding the trip.

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