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Please be aware that Andy’s Room Childcare’s drop off & pick up policy has changed. Effective immediately, there will be no drop off’s after 10 am (unless previously arranged). Exceptions will be made for doctor and dental appointments and the like, otherwise your child should arrive prior to 10 am, ready to begin their day. Additionally there is a $2/ minute/per child drop off fee for early arrivals.
There will also be no pick up during nap time (1:00 pm – 3:30 pm) unless previously arranged. Please don’t ask me to wake up sleeping children. Naptime is an opportunity for both your child and myself to rest and regroup from our morning activities. This is also time for me to clean up, organize and prep for the afternoon activities. Including rinsing out and making bottles, lunch clean up, (sweeping, wiping down tables and chairs, loading the dishwasher, etc.,) prepping for an afternoon snack and tending to administrative tasks such as returning phone calls, paperwork, and texts.
If you absolutely need to pick up during nap, please bring that to my attention when you drop off. Then, when you arrive (please stay in your car) call/text me and one of us will bring your child out to you.
To ensure the safety of the children (and staff) at Andy’s Room Childcare, only the parents or individuals designated by the parents may pick up a child. You must notify Andy’s Room Childcare in advance if someone other than the parent or authorized persons will be picking up. Your child will NEVER be released into the custody of anyone without prior authorization from you.
If your child is picked up after 5:30pm there will be a late charge assessed of $1.00 for every minute past 5:30 pm (unless prior arrangements have been made). Please be courteous and arrive on time.
If your child becomes injured (other than a minor scrape or bruise) you will be notified immediately. The incident will be assessed and documented and you will receive a incident report upon your arrival. In the case of an emergency involving your child, I will call 911 first and then notify you of the situation afterwards. For this reason, you must be easily reached during the hours your child is in my care.
*To prevent injuries please send your child to school in closed toed, velcro tennis shoes. Cowboy boots, Wellies, Galoshes, Crocks, Flip Flops and Sandals are not approved for outdoor play.
Andy’s Room Childcare observes all major Federal Holidays including: Martin Luther King’s Birthday President’s Day
Memorial Day Independence Day Labor Day Veteran’s Day Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
If your child will not be attending daycare due to illness or other reasons , please let us know as soon as possible so the day’s activities won’t be held up waiting for your child to arrive. Also, we need to know how many children to prepare meals for, prep activities for and how many children will be going on field trips, etc., No discounts will be given for your child’s absences due to illness or vacations.
At some point, your little one will become sick and I may need to contact you to discuss which measures to take depending on what symptoms your child exhibits. If your child exhibits any symptom listed below they will NOT be permitted to attend childcare until 24 hours after medical treatment has begun OR they are no longer contagious. * Fever of 101 degrees or more * Sever diarrhea (cannot be contained by toilet or diaper) * Unexplained rash or skin lesion that blisters * Vomiting *Pinkeye *Ear Infections *Chicken Pox For further instruction see the attached flyer “Keep Me Home If” Colds and runny noses are common and unavoidable. However a runny nose accompanied by a cough or fever is an indication your child should stay home. If you child becomes ill at childcare, parents will be notified as per your contract and must be picked up within two hours. Your child will be isolated until you arrive.
Additionally, we strongly encourage you and your family to get an annual flu shot each fall in an effort to keep everyone healthy. Please note we are required by DHS to observe and inspect children for illness or contagious disease upon arrival each morning. If your child appears to be “under the weather” or ill, I will perform a brief health check. In some cases your child may not be accepted into care.
It is very important that parents always let me know at drop off if their child has been given ANY medication before arriving at childcare. These medications include Tylenol, Cough/Cold medicines, Benadryl, antibiotics, or prescription medication of any kind. Please be aware that no medication will be administered here at Andy’s Room.
We believe that disciplining a child is achieved through patience, consistency, and positive reinforcement. We also make an effort to teach the children in our care manners, kindness and to be respectful of others. One of the ways in which we do this is by the example we as providers set. We understand that our actions and reactions speak much louder than our words. The children are explained the rules of the daycare frequently, so they know what’s expected of them. Once a child is old enough to understand the rules and disobeys them by, exhibiting inappropriate behavior (hitting, aggression, etc), hurts others, or property, the following developmentally appropriate guidance techniques will be used. These techniques are as follows:
1 POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT: The child will be encouraged when he or she is demonstrating acceptable behavior.
2 REDIRECTION: The child is redirected to another activity and given an opportunity to try again at another time.
3 TIME-OUT: The child is separated from the group for an age appropriate amount of time (one minute per one year of age). This technique is only used when a child repeatedly will not follow our directions or listen to our words, is exhibiting temper tantrum type behavior, or hurting ones self, others or equipment. When the child shows that he or she is ready to demonstrate acceptable behavior, they are encouraged to join the rest of the group to try again.
4 LAST RESORT: When a child’s behavior is continually upsetting or dangerous to others, a conference will be called with the parents. If the problems cannot be resolved, arrangements will have to be made for the child to go elsewhere for care.
Note: Sometimes if both a parent and a provider are both in the same area (examples would be during drop-off and pick-up times) a child may forget the rules or test the boundaries. Please help show your child that you respect us, the rules oour house, and our property by reminding them that the rules still apply in your presence. We will also remind them of the rules and correct them if needed.
Conferences are scheduled once or twice a year (Depending on your child’s age and behavior) in person. Together you and I will review you child’s progress, needs and set goals. This conference may include discussions about your child’s behavior, medical issues, eating habits, potty training, preschool readiness, etc., I may also communicate with you by: *Telephone *Text/E-mail *Quarterly newsletters.