Policies and Procedures

HOURS OF OPERATION

Debbie’s Preschool & Childcare hours of operation are from 7:30 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. You are paying for a space in the childcare not for actual attendance. There is NO REDUCTION IN FEES  for no-shows, holidays, or sick days.

DEPOSIT

A deposit of $250 will be required to hold a spot at Debbie’s Preschool & Childcare. The deposit will be held for 48 hours; subsequently, if you enroll as agreed the deposit is applied to your first month of care. If you do not enroll as agree the deposit is forfeited.

FULL-TIME

Full-time childcare is more than 25 hours per week, with a maximum of 10 hours per day.

RATES

The scheduled rate for your childcare is $________________ per month. Full payment is due in advance on first day of attendance and monthly there after. Check is paid to Deborah Bishop. I also accept Google Wallet. Money may be sent to Deborahbishop4@gmail.com. You may be subject to an increase of 2% on the month following your enrollment anniversary each year. Example; Your enrollment date is 2/14/13 on 3/1/14 your increase could take affect.

LATE FEES

The charge for late fee is $1.00 per minute. Late fees will begin one minute after your contracted pick up time. I understand on occasion there are delays which are out of your control; I will forgive one 15-minute late pick up per month. If you are late please add late fee to your check the following month.

RETURNED CHECK CHARGE

The fee for a returned check is $25.00 and any other fees accrued due to insufficient funds. If more than one check is returned cash payment will be required.

VACATION

Parents will be charged full fees for their vacations. If your vacation occurs when payment is due, usually the first of the month. Please make arrangements for payment before your child’s last day of attendance prior to your vacation.

Debbie’s Preschool & Childcare is closed on 10 legal holidays as well as an additional six days. The extra six days are used for both personal and business enrichment. See holiday schedule for specific dates.

DIAPERS

Disposable diapers must be provided by the family and one large roll of paper towels per month; homemade baby wipes will be made. See Homemade baby wipes on home page.

ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE

Please notify me by 7:00 A.M. if your child will be arriving late or not coming at all. Children must arrive completely dressed and ready to begin their day.  During drop off and pick up hours I am busy caring for children and interacting with all the incoming parents. If you need time to confer with me please set up an appointment.

DRESS ATTIRE

Consider practical clothing when dressing for childcare. Please insure that children are appropriately dressed for play and the weather. Children will get messy with paint, markers, food and dirt. To protect the children’s feet, no open toed shoes or Crocks allowed. Please dress your child in a simple closed toe shoe.

TOILET TRAINING

Toilet training is a challenge for the parents, the provider and especially the child. For training to be successful your child must be emotionally and physically ready. For most children the appropriate age level is approximately 2 years and 9 months of age. To insure both physical and emotional development I do not usually consider toilet training until your child is 2 1/2 years old. If you feel your child is ready earlier, please feel free to discuss the training process with me. Toilet training can take a few days to several weeks. When we decide your child is ready he/she will wear cloth underpants for two weeks; pull-ups will be provided by you and used at my discretion. During this time we will take the child to the restroom every 2-3 hours. At the end of the two weeks if your child is not going to the bathroom on their own we will put them back in diapers for at least one month before trying again.

NAP TIME

Nap time is 1:15-3:30 P.M. Children will be required to rest on a nap pad for a minimum of 90 minutes.

PARENTS TO PROVIDE

  • All children need a complete set of clothes (shirt, pants, socks and under clothes) to be left here.
  • Children need a crib sheet to cover their nap pad, a blanket to cover themselves and a pillow case to store these items.
  • Current copy of immunizations. Please provide me with an updated copy each time immunizations are given.
  • 1-2 4X6  current family pictures to place in our Family Picture area.
  • Diapers and paper towels

All forms must be returned completely filled out before a child enters my care. All forms must be completely up to date. This is my only way of contacting you in the case of an emergency.

I prefer that personal toys not be brought to childcare. It is very difficult for young children to share their own belongings.

DISCIPLINE

I define discipline as a means to guide children away from behaviors we do not encourage and promote behaviors we find favorable. Assisted communication with the children is the best way to handle a confrontation between the children. Assisted communication with the children supports and encourages conflict resolutions skills. Strong conflict resolution skills strengthens social and emotional development.

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES/FIELD TRIPS

I will inform you of any special activities or field trips. Special activities or field trips requiring extra costs will be the responsibility of the parent. Many of our field trips are taken during the summer. A $100 summer field trip fee may be charged to cover all summer field trips.

MEALS

Breakfast is served at 8:15 am. Your child must arrive no later than 8:30 to be included in breakfast. If you child is arriving earlier than 8:15 and you feel they may have difficulty waiting for an 8:15 am breakfast  I encourage you to offer them fruit in the morning. Lunch is served at 12:00 pm and afternoon snack is served at 3:15 pm.

ILNESS POLICY

Children with fever 99.5 or higher, loose stools, green or yellow mucus from nose, persistent cough or extremely lethargic may not be in child care. Children with diarrhea or fever must stay home 24 hours after the last episode without medication. It is our primary goal to keep the children and ourselves healthy. If in doubt, please keep your child home or provide a note from a medical professional stating they are safe to be around other children.

RENEWAL

Waiver of any provision of this agreement does not constitute waiver of any other provision. In the event a dispute arises between the parties to this agreement, or an issue covered by the agreement, the prevailing party shall be entitled to reimbursement of their attorney fees and court costs, as well as actual damages.

TERMINATION POLICY

Either parent or provider may terminate this contract by giving a 30 day written notice. Payment by the parent is due for the notice period, whether the child attends the Debbie’s Preschool & Childcare As the provider, I may terminate the contract without giving any notice if the parent does not make payments as agreed. If your child does not attend the child care for two consecutive days without a phone call or previous explanation this contract may be terminated at provider’s discretion.