Policies

Hours & Holidays:

The Center is open Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. We will be closed the following holidays:

 

New Years Eve Labor Day

New Years Day Thanksgiving

Good Friday and Friday after

Memorial Day Christmas Eve

Fourth of July Christmas Day


Registration:

Little Country Kids is open to all children, regardless of race, nationality, or creed, who may benefit from our type of program. We require that the child’s record of immunizations be on file the first day they attend and that their health appraisal is signed by a physician and on file with us within the first thirty days. The first six weeks of care are a probationary period for the provider, parent and the child. The provider or parent for any reason may terminate child care at any time during this period.


Program:

The program is designed to meet the educational, recreational, and social needs of newborns through twelve years of age. This is established in a safe, loving and supportive environment. The children will be offered age appropriate toys and activities. This program involves the emotional, social, physical, cognitive and creative development of each child at his or her own level. A balance between teacher-directed and non-teacher directed activities exist throughout the day. Daily activities will include: arts and crafts, music, outdoor play (weather permitting), games, reading, manipulative's, dramatic play, free choice play and quiet time. The children are supervised at all times.


Preschool:

After Labor Day through Memorial Day children ages 3 ½ and up will participate in an organized superior learning program. Our teaching experience, love and dedication for children’s well being are our best tools in child care. The aim of this program is to provide a warm, friendly and creative environment in which your child can grow and develop to her/his fullest potential while being safe and happy. We will nurture and explore the social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth and development of your young child. This will include sharing, conversation times and learning activities in a structured classroom setting requiring children to follow simple instructions.

It is our special desire to keep open and friendly communication with parents. We invite you to express your opinions and ideas and to share the wonderful experience of your child’s daily life. This will help us to prepare your child to do the best they can in future years.

 

Food:

Breakfast (8:00), morning snack (10:15), lunch (12:15), and afternoon snack (3:45) are provided. Menus are posted weekly.

 

Additional requirements for infants:

Baby food is provided, formula is not. Please provide details of your baby’s current eating habits. Children under 12 months of age will be fed and allowed to sleep on demand. Iron fortified cereal will be provided for all infants.

 

Clothing: Please send a complete change of clothing, in a labeled plastic bag to keep at the center. Make sure that all clothing is labeled as well.

Bring the following items daily:

  • Sweater, sweatshirt, or jacket with a hood or hat if the weather is at all questionable.

  • For winter every child will need: coat, hat, waterproof mittens, (not gloves), snow pants and boots.

  • Children that are toilet training need to have at least two complete changes of clothing at the center.

  • Your child’s favorite blanket or toy if they need it.


Diapers:

Diapers and wipes are to be provided by the parent. You may bring them each day or you may bring a supply and leave them at the center. We will let you know when your child’s supply is getting low. Diapers must be disposable.


Health Policy:

It is not uncommon for children to experience illness while in childcare. When children are ill it is uncomfortable for them to be away from home and it is difficult for us to give them the special attention that they need. It is also likely that others will develop the illness they have if that illness is communicable. For the comfort and safety of our staff and all the children in care, we ask that parents do not bring their children to the center if they are ill. If your child is displaying any of these symptoms, it is best to make other child care arrangements:


  • Fever over 100.5 F.

  • Diarrhea

  • Unexplained rash

  • Vomiting or thick discharge from the nose or eyes.


If your child should develop any of these symptoms while in care, we will try to isolate your child in an area where they can be supervised and comfortable. We will notify you of the symptoms immediately. Your child may return to the center when they have been fever and symptom free for twenty-four hours. We will also notify you if your child has been exposed to a communicable disease so that you can observe your child for symptoms. If your child should require medication, we must have a medicine form filled out, including complete instructions. The medication must be in its original container with the child’s name on it. If your child should sustain an accidental injury while in care, we will provide you with a written notice of what occurred and what methods were administered to treat the injury.

**If we ask that your child be picked up from childcare because of illness, you will still be charged for that day of care.


Personal Possessions:

Please feel free to have your child bring a favorite blanket or stuffed animal, especially if they are used to always having it with them. However, please discourage your child from bringing special personal toys from home. We have lots of toys and equipment for the children, which are rotated to provide variety.



Daily Sign-In/Sign-Out Sheet:

All children must be signed-in/out daily when they arrive and when they leave. Please mark the time in and out. No child will be released to anyone other than their parent unless prior arrangements have been made. If someone other than the normal person is picking up your child, please remind them that they will be asked to present picture identification.


Cubbies/Files:

Your child will be assigned a cubby/storage area. The child may store their belongings in the cubby. Files are made for each family. Important papers such as receipts, newsletters and permission slips will be placed in the files. Please empty cubbies and files daily.


Special Needs:

All children are individuals and sometimes have “special needs.” If your child seems to be having difficulty adjusting to new happenings in their life (divorce, new baby, death, move, etc.) please inform us of the “special situation.” This will enable us to handle certain situations a little differently. Please do not hesitate to talk with us if you have a concern. If you do not have time when you drop off or pick-up, please give us a call. We are here to serve you.



Staff and Volunteer Qualifications:

All staff shall be of responsible character and suitable to meet the needs of children. All staff and volunteers having contact with children will submit to a screening policy. Staff is expected and encouraged to attend ongoing education classes. There is always a caregiver in each room that is trained in infant/toddler/adult CPR and First Aid.

 

Field Trips:

We offer monthly field trips, provided we have adequate parent volunteers. If you have any ideas for field trips or classroom speakers, please let us know. Children must be completely toilet trained to participate on field trips. We reserve the right to select the children that may participate on field trips with full time children being considered first. We consider field trips a privilege that is earned by the individual child. Parents will be responsible for the extra cost involved with field trips. Parents may choose to keep their child at the center, rather than participating on a field trip. Parents will be notified of any extra activities or field trips. Parent volunteer drivers are welcome. Permission slips will be sent home with eligible students for each field trip. No child will be permitted to go on a field trip without written parental permission. All children will wear seatbelts while being transported and front seat of vehicles will not be used. If your child is under the age of eight you must leave their child car seat or booster seat to be used on the field trip.


Discipline:

Discipline is essential to maintain a top quality program. Discipline consists of appropriate behavioral guidelines to develop acceptable social behavior. Establishing routine and planning activities that meet the needs of the children can avoid many disruptive behaviors. The staff will try to redirect inappropriate or unacceptable behavior before it gets out of control. The children will be encouraged to verbalize their thoughts and feelings. When the behavior is dangerous, or threatens the safety and well being of others, we will communicate to the child that the behavior or action was unacceptable. If the offense is repeated, the child will be given a time-out. The child will be removed from the immediate area and placed on a chair, in the view of staff, for a short amount of time. At no time physical and/or verbal abuse will be used.


Termination of Care:

If you wish to terminate care for your child at Little Country Kids there must be at least a two-week written notice. We reserve the right to cancel your child care at any given time if the terms of the handbook are not being met, or if the child or parent is displaying inappropriate behaviors.