1) HOURS OF OPERATION:
2) TRIAL PERIOD:
3) MONTHLY FEES
4) DAYCARE SUBSIDY
5) PAYMENT POLICY
6) ILLNESS POLICY
7) LATE ARRIVAL/PICKUP POLICY
11) POTTY TRAINING
13) ARTICLES TO BE SUPPLIED BY PARENTS
14) CHILD SUPERVISION POLICY
15) CONFIDENTIALITY POLICY
16) DAILY ACTIVITIES
17) EMERGENCY EVACUATION POLICY
18) EMERGENCY GRAB-AND-GO-BAG
Monday to Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
We will be closed on all Statutory Holidays as well as two weeks in the summer months and 1 week through christmas and new years. An effort will be made to help refer and find temporary care for this time. No fees will be charged during the providers vacations time. (adequate notice will be given in this regard).
There will be a 3 week trial period in which either party may end this agreement, for any reason, any fees paid will not be refunded should that occur. This does not apply to yearly renewal contracts.
Monthly fees include all sick days, statutory holidays and vacation time - these are paid days. Fees are based on booked days not attendance. Refunds and credits will not be given for days where your child does not attend.
Full Time: (5 days per week)
Under 18 Month $45.00 per day $900.00 per month (per child)
18 Month to 5 Years $40.00 per day $800.00 per month (per child)
6 Years to 11 Years $32.50 per day $650.00 per month (per child)
Out of School Care $24.00/day – after school $480/month
$12.00/day – before school $240/month
$32.50/day - Before and after school care $650/month
If you require pick up and drop off of your child to and from school an additional $3.50 per day will be charged, (Except For Quarterway Elementary School Students).
Part-time: (less than 5 days per week)
Under 18 Month $50.00 per day (per child)
18 Month to 5 Years $45.00 per day (per child)6 Years to 11 Years $40.00 per day (per child)
Drop-in: $ 6.00 per hour with 3 hours minimum required - space permitted
Please note that the monthly fees are based on the average of 20 days per month (as per subsidy agreement if applicable). In the case where the days of care in the month exceed 20 days, you will be responsible for the additional fees.
Parents who qualify for Daycare Subsidy must have full approval in place prior to attendance. Any fees not covered by Subsidy are the parents' responsibility and are payable on the first of each month in advance. Proof of qualification must be presented to provider prior to registration.
Parents agree that all monthly fees (full time and part time attendance) will be paid on the first of each month in advance. Drop-in fees are payable per occurrence. Unpaid fees are subject to immediate suspension or termination of care unless reasonable arrangements are made and accepted by both parties.
Full time and part time fees are based on booked days, not attendance, therefore parents are responsible for fees whether child attends or not. (This includes sick days, statutory holidays and vacation time)
A fee of $30.00 will be charged for all NSF cheques. Upon a second occurrence of an NSF cheque, all subsequent payments must be made in cash.
Please advise the childcare prior to 8:00 am if a child will not be attending daycare due to illness.
Parents agree that a child who is ill (eg. fever, infection, diarrhea, communicable disease, or any other type of illness that may be passed on to others, with the exception of the common cold) will be kept at home to protect the well-being of my family and other children in my care. The parents further agree should a child become ill while in care that immediate arrangements will be made to remove the child from the daycare. Children will not be allowed to return to daycare until they have been symptom free for at least 24 hours. In some cases, a note from a doctor may be necessary. In the case that the daycare is unable to provide care to your child, it is up to the parents to find an alternate place during that time. Provider will be allowed 5 sick days annually, which will not be deducted from your monthly fee.
HEAD LICE POLICY: If a child has live head lice present, they are to be excluded from the Centre until treatment has commenced and all live lice and eggs have been removed.
Please advise the daycare prior to 7:30 am if your child will be arriving earlier or later than the pre-arranged time.
Please advise the daycare immediately if you will be arriving later than the pre-arranged time to pick up your child. It is the parents’ responsibility to ensure that children are picked up no later than 5:00 p.m. If you are not able to pick up your child by 5:00 p.m. alternate arrangements must be made.
Please notify the daycare if an unauthorized person will be picking up your child. Verbal or written permission and the password must be received before we will release a child to anyone who is not authorized on the registration form. I will require identification. The person should then be added to the list of people authorized to pick up the child.
In the event that a parent cannot be contacted, it is the policy of Little Bloomers Family Childcare to call an emergency contact should a child remain in care after 5:15 p.m. If you or an authorized alternate cannot be contacted and a reasonable amount of time has passed, I will consider the child abandoned and call the appropriate Ministry.
If someone whom I deem incapable of providing safe care arrives to pick up the children, they will be refused and you or your authorized alternate will be called to pick up the children. If an alternate cannot be reached within a reasonable length of time, Ministry for Children and Family Development will be called. If it appears that you are incapable to providing safe care, I will suggest we call an authorized alternate to pick up the children. If you insist on taking the children, I will release them to your care and call the RCMP.
A late fee of $10.00 for every 15 min (or any portion thereof) per child will apply if a child remains in care after 5:00 p.m unless prior arrangements have been made. This late fee is due and payable upon pickup or prior to the next days care.
Little Bloomers Family Childcare reserves the right to suspend or terminate care of any child without notice, should it be deemed necessary for the overall safety and well-being of my family and/or other children in my care.
Parents agree that a minimum notice of one full month (notice to given on the first of any given month) will be given for permanent withdrawal of any child from care or agree to pay a months fee in lieu of. No exceptions will be made.
Our home is child-proofed to the best of our ability, however, accidents do happen. Any damage to my home or personal belongings that is willfully caused by your child will be replaced or repaired at the cost of the parents.
Little Bloomers Family Childcare will repair or replace broken daycare equipment & toys due to normal wear and tear. However, should your child purposely damage or break equipment or toys, then the item will be repaired or replaced at the cost of the parents.
INSURANCE FOR ASSISTIVE DEVICES:
The daycare cannot be held responsible for any lost, damaged or broken assistive devices, such as hearing aids, contact lenses or glasses. We ask you to have adequate replacement insurance for such items should they become misplaced, damaged or broken.
A non-refundable deposit of a full month's fee (per child) is required upon completion of registration to secure your child's placement in care. This deposit is non-refundable and will be applied to your last months fee. Spaces will not be held unless the deposit fee is paid in full.
Registration is not complete, and care will not commence until all the paper work is done! Prior to the start date of care the following must be received by Little Bloomers Family Childcare for each child:
Daycare Subsidy Request Form (if applicable - parent is responsible for picking up this form at the Daycare Subsidy Office for Little Bloomers Family Childcare to sign. Parent is responsible for making sure that the form is received by the Daycare Subsidy Office IMMEDIATELY UPON SIGNING - Care will not commence until we have confirmation of acceptance from the Daycare Subsidy Office)
Diapers, baby wipes, two changes of clothes, slippers, formula or breast milk for infants and two bottles for infants. We will supply a healthy snack in morning and in the afternoon. The parents have to provide lunch. Food can also be kept in our fridge.
EMERGENCY-TO-GO-BAG: The parents will need to supply an Emergency-To-Go-Bag for the child in the following 2 month after starting date. In the case you cannot reach us, we need to be prepared and ready for at least 72 hours.
I, as proprietor of Little Bloomers Childcare, have the duty of care to provide adequate supervision of children at all times. Supervision is one of the key requirements in the prevention of accidents and injury throughout the centre. I have the skills to assess potential risks during supervision and be able to implement changes to supervision to avoid accident or injury.
♦ To ensure the potential for accidents and injury to children is reduced
♦ To ensure I am aware of the variables relating to supervision
♦ To ensure safety for children when participating in excursions
♦ To ensure that I have the capacity to evaluate supervisory practices and respond appropriately.
♦ Personally deliver children to a me and ensure that i am informed when departing;
♦ Inform me if a person, other than authorized, will be collecting the child. This can be done via a phone call, in the event of an emergency, the password has to be given by the caller and by the person who is picking up the child
♦ Ensure the ‘Authorized Person to Collect’ information is up to date;
♦ Inform me of any current or pending court orders affecting the child. Provide the centre with a photocopy of the court order to be kept with the child’s enrollment form;
♦ Ensure they are familiar with the procedures to be followed when attending excursions with the group;
♦ Adhere to correct “Sign In and Out” procedures;
♦ Ensure that the front door and playground gates are closed after entry or exit;
♦ Ensure that I will be close enough to children to intervene in the event of an issue occurring;
♦ Ensure that children are not left alone in the playground or in the room.
♦ Have clear sight lines to all children in the group at all times. I will place myself in a position to ‘supervise’ as much of the ‘whole group’ as possible;
♦ Ensure that where multiple areas are available to children at the same time (indoor/outdoor activities) that such areas are appropriately supervised;
♦ Ensure children are only released only to authorized people;
♦ Ensure younger children’s safety is not compromised in the mixed age group;
♦ Give Children from 0 to 6 (kindergarten) face-to-face supervision at all times. The children will be in my view at all times while outside of the home. Inside the home, I will able to respond to the child to provide immediate care and protection from harm. A baby monitor will only be used when the children having a naptime.
♦ At all times be in calling distance of School aged children (1st – 6th graders). I will be immediately available to the child and to regularly check on the child’s play behavior to ensure safety and positive social interaction. Under no circumstances will be a child playing outside without a supervision and inside I will hear, check on, respond, and supervise the children.
♦ Complete accident/incident forms for all injuries and report them to the Licensing Officer as soon as practicable;
♦ Be consistent in enforcing limit setting using my “Guiding Children Behavior guidelines ”
♦ Ensure the wading pool is supervised at all times and emptied after use.
♦ Do regular head counts of children in my care, especially when entering the backyard or playground and on leaving the backyard or playground, and on excursions;
♦ Be aware of the location of each child at all times;
♦ Ensure that supervision is active and interactive with children.
♦ Not take hot drinks into the playroom or playground area.
♦ Encourage children who wish to use the bathroom, to inform a me and i will accompany them.
♦ Question any strangers to my centre in a friendly way, e.g. “Hello, can I help you?” while observing the person’s actions. Any concerns will have immediately taken actions to follow.
♦ Ensure that front door and playground gates are closed after entry and exit;
♦ Ensure all areas are visible, accessible and free of potential hazards;
♦ Ensure to follow all guidelines and legislation;
It is the policy of Little Bloomers child care that any information or records held regarding your family and child will be kept confidential. The only release of information or records would be for a legal matter that is requested or required by law. It is also appreciated that any information you become aware of regarding other families at child care be kept confidential.
I DO NOT include religious instruction or practices in my daily activities. We DO NOT offer prayers before meals and snacks. We DO NOT offer a religious education program or curriculum. We celebrate the following occasions: Christmas, Easter, Halloween, each child's birthday and Valentines Day.
I will plan activities and provide children with a variety of experiences. Some of the activities will include:
Language development: Books, music, story time, finger plays, flannel board stories, singing
Large muscle skills: Balls, hula hoops, bean bags, swinging, outdoor play
Small muscle skills: Arts / crafts, stringing beads, cards, board games, blocks
Creative expression: Dramatic play, puppets, music / instruments, flannel board, rule play
Self-help skills: Assist with snack time preparation, dress self for outdoors
Literacy skills: Books, story board, alphabet and writing games, number games
PLAY is the major component of our program. Enough time, materials and space will be provided for children to actively explore the world around them. Children will have an opportunity to use a variety of art materials and manipulative and housekeeping equipment.
Children, including infants and toddlers, will go outdoors daily when weather permits. The children may be kept indoors during inclement weather for example: Heavy rain, Temperatures above 32 degrees celsius, Heavy snow fall
There is an outdoor play space in my fenced backyard. If I choose to provide a wading pool for the children, I will be outside providing sight and sound supervision when the wading pool contains water and is present in the outdoor play space.
Infants and toddlers (children under two years of age) will have a flexible schedule which reflects the child's individual needs. They will be given individual attention including lots of time for talking. The body position of non-mobile infants and their location in the center will be changed frequently. I will provide safe, open spaces for children who are creeping and crawling. Infants and toddlers will be encouraged to play with a wide variety of safe toys and objects.
School-age children will have a quiet place to study or relax, access to appropriate materials and activities and will have ample time for large muscle activities and to participate in food preparation.
Rest or nap time will be provided for all children younger than five years of age who are in care for more than four consecutive hours. Children who do not sleep may get up after 30 minutes, and children who awaken early will be allowed to get up when they awake. I will help awake children find appropriate activities. The PARENT OR PROVIDER will launder the bedding / sleeping bag after every five uses or sooner if necessary.
A crib or playpen is provided for each child under one year of age. Children over the age of one year will sleep in a crib, playpen, sleeping bag or an sleeping mat. The bunk bed will be used only by kids over the age of 6.
I WILL NOT allow children to watch television including VHS or DVDs.
We occasionally take field trips, including walks around the neighborhood. Emergency information for each child will be taken whenever the children leave the premises.
A schedule of daily activities will hang up at the dressing area to view.
7.30 am - 8.40 am arrival, quiet activities
free play / outdoor time
8.40 am - 8.50 am drop off at school
8.50 am - 9.30 am group activities
9.30 am - 10.00 am tidy up & snack time
10.00 am - 10.20 am circle time
with, gymnastics, songs, games and stories.
10.20 am - 11.15 pm free play / outdoor time
tidy up and wash up for lunch
11.15 am - 12.00 pm lunch
12.00 pm - 2.00 pm nap time
quiet play for not sleepers
2.00 pm - 2.25 pm wake up sleepers & prepare
for school pick up
2.25 pm - 2.40 pm pick up from school
2.40 pm - 3.00 pm snack time
3.00 pm - 3.30 pm circle time
with, gymnastics, songs, games and stories.
3.30 pm - 5.00 pm indoor and outdoor play till pick up
with crafts and group activities offered
Outdoor activities always depends on the weather :)
The time may vary on certain days.
There is an emergency evacuation policy that is reviewed, practiced, and recorded on a regular basis.
In preparing for emergency situations:
- Smoke alarms will be tested monthly.
A first aid kit, an attendance record, a pen or pencil, and an emergency information card for each child and each staff member is kept beside the exit door for quick and easy access.
Emergency supplies, including water and food will be kept in an accessible place. The supplies will be checked and rotated on a regular schedule.
A buddy system will be adopted and practiced regardless of the number of children in the facility.
All family members will know how to work the fire extinguishers and shut off hydro.
Children will be taught what to do in the case of fire, earthquake and other emergencies. Evacuation drills will be practiced.
A simple diagram of exit paths from the building to the meeting place will be posted along with all emergency phone numbers.
The designated meeting place outside the building will be assigned.
Fire drills shall be practiced with the children every month, and completion of the practices will be documented.
Fire Safety Plan:
Education of the children in the centre:
If you smell smoke, see flames or feel something that is very hot, tell an adult.
If you have fire on you STOP, DROP, AND ROLL
If there is a fire the safest place to be is on the floor where the air is less smoky
Everyone will line up at the exit door to the carport if possible, and exit out of the house together closing the doors as we go. If we cannot exit out of the this door, we will exit out of the other exits located at the upper level of the house.
In case of an emergency that would require an evacuation, children will be evacuated through the nearest safe exit. The attendance form and list of phone numbers for parents and emergency contacts will be taken along to ensure that all children are accounted for and all families notified. Children will be assembled at the meeting point in my backyard.
In the event of a lost child, I will secure the other children with a responsible adult and begin a search of the immediate area. After two minutes: I will expand the search area. If we are in a public building, I will have the child paged if possible. Get as many people involved as I can in the search. After ten minutes: I will call the police and inform them of the child’s name, age, weight, height, clothing and footwear and record the file number that the police will give me. Then I will call the parents to inform of what has happened, what is being done, and that I will call them back in a few minutes to update them. When the child is found: I will contact the parent/guardian, alert everyone else involved, hold a debriefing as soon as possible.
As a follow-up: I would assess the problem and make changes, if necessary, to avoid the risk of a similar incident. As well, I would further educate the children in my care about the importance of staying with the group.
I will notify the VIHA within 24 hours after the occurrence.
If case of losing the use of heat, water or electricity before the daycare opens, I will inform the parents to keep there children home or find an alternate place during that time.
If case of loosing the use of heat, water or electricity while children are in attendance, I will keep the children in a safe environment and will care for them until the parents or the emergency contact will be able to pick them up.
Earthquake Safety Plan:
1. If we are indoors, duck or drop down to the floor. Take cover under a sturdy desk, table or other furniture. Hold on to it and be prepared to move with it. Hold the position until the ground stops shaking and it is safe to move. Stay clear of windows, fireplaces, wood stoves, and heavy furniture or appliances that may fall over. Stay inside to avoid being injured by falling glass or building parts. If you are in a crowded area, take cover where you are. Stay calm and encourage others to do likewise.
2. If we are outside, get into the open, away from buildings and power lines.
3. If we are driving, stop if it is safe, but stay inside your car. Stay away from bridges, overpasses and tunnels. Move your car as far out of the normal traffic pattern as possible. If possible, avoid stopping under trees, light posts, power lines, or signs.
In the event that local schools close due to severe weather, i WILL NOT close my the daycare centre.
If we are unable to re-enter the building after a necessary evacuation, I will take the children to the Quaterway elementry school located at 1632 Bowen Road, Nanaimo. I’ll contact the parents or the emergency contact to pick up the children within an hour at this location.
In the event that the daycare receives a threat to the building or it’s occupants (e.g., bomb threat, bodily injury threat, etc.), law enforcement and the parents will be immediately contacted to advise them of the threat. Depending on the nature of the threat, evacuation and/or closure may be required.
For a major emergency, you and I need to be prepared. In the case you cannot reach us, we need to be ready for at least 72 hours. At the best we can stay in the house till you arrive but in the case we need to abandon the house, we need a Grab-and-Go-Bag for your child/ren.
Remember: Easy to carry – think of ways that you can pack the emergency kit so that your child/ren can easily take the items with him/her, if necessary. Think of it like a camping trip!
Please pack the following items:
1. Water: recommended is two liters of water per person per day
2. Food: that won't spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (remember to replace the food and water once a year)
3. Flashlight and batteries
4. First aid kit
5. Special needs items : prescription medications (dosage), infant formula or equipment for people with disabilities
6. Cash: include smaller bills, such as $10 bills and change for pay phones
7. Emergency contact information: make sure it contains in–town and out–of–town contact information
8. Book with pictures of: family, friends and / or pets...
9. Candles and matches or lighter: (place in sturdy containers and do not burn unattended)
10. Change of clothing and footwear
11. Sleeping bag or warm blanket
12. Small Stuffed Animal or Toy
13. Toiletries - e.g: Toothbrush, Toothpaste,...
14. Hand sanitizer: small bottle
15. Toilet paper: 1 roll
16. Utensils: spoon, fork, knife, cup
17. Garbage bags: 2 pieces
18. water purifying tablets: (you can buy these at London Drugs)
I hope we never need to use those bags, but in case of an emergency you will be confident that your child/ren are equipped with the necessary tools, to overcome the time until you are able to reunite. Do remember to get an emergency kit for your own home and family as well. Thank you for you cooperation.
For more information on emergency preparedness go to www.GetPrepared.ca.
Little Bloomers Childcare will be providing supplementary food and drink for children at the daycare to maintain their energy, health and state of well being. I will follow Canada’s Food Guide guidelines when planning our menus. No child will go without nourishment for longer than 3 hours. I will offer the 2 snack times to all children in attendance at the times identified in the daily schedule. Parents providing their own children's meals will be informed of the Canada’s Food Guide nutritional requirements. I will ensure that the food and drink given to a child is sufficient in quantity and quality to meet the developmental needs of the child, having regard to
(a) the child's age,
the number of hours the child is under the care of the licensee, and
the child's food preferences and cultural background.
I endeavor to maintain high standards of cleanliness in all areas and the following guidelines will be followed.
• All persons handling food within my home are required to wash their hands thoroughly using warm water and soap before and after handling food. Paper towels are provided for drying hands.
• All food for consumption is to be prepared in the kitchen area or under supervision by staff if the children are preparing their own food, baking etc.
• All food is to be covered once prepared and while waiting to be given to the children eg; paper towels, cling film. All meals and drinks for children should be kept refrigerated until ready for use and returned to the refrigerator if unused. Children younger than 12 months must be served formula or breast milk unless written direction is on file from the parents or caregiver. I WILL NOT provide the formula. All bottles and baby food must be labeled with your child's name. Infant formula bottles are to be kept refrigerated. Any formula left over from feeding is to be discarded. Infant formula or foods heated in the microwave must be left to stand for at least 30 seconds and shaken or stirred well before being given to a child. (This is to prevent scalding in the mouth from pockets of hot formula/food caused by uneven heating in the microwave.)
• Left over food from meals, unless in an unopened container, is to be discarded.
• Soiled cutlery, dishes, mugs etc are to be washed in the dishwasher or may be washed in the sink using hot water and dishwashing liquid, to disinfect the dishes we will use bleach water and then rinse off with hot water before drying and being stored away in the appropriate place.
• All food scraps are to be placed in the waste bin in the kitchen area. This bin is to be lined with a plastic liner and the lid is to be kept closed when not in use.
• The bowls, utensils, plates, mugs etc in the kitchen area are for purpose of food preparation and serving only. They are not to be used for play unless supervised by a teacher for the purpose of baking, or within the context of the curriculum.
• Children's food should be named and given only to the child whose name is on the packaging.
• All reasonable care must be taken to avoid contamination from nuts, dairy products or any other possible sources that may cause an allergic reaction in a person suffering from an allergy condition.
• A diary is kept in the kitchen, called "Snack Plan". This contains a record any food given to the children at the Centre. This record only applies to meals, snacks, baking etc which haveNOT been supplied by the parent or caregiver.
• Water is available for the children to drink through out the day. Children are encouraged to have a drink with their snacks and meals. Children are encouraged to wash their hands before eating or drinking.
Children are to remain seated while eating. No child will be left unattended while eating. All children under 6 months will be held while being fed. No child will have access to any fluid while in bed.
Children’s behavior is influenced by their overall development, their environment, and their caregivers. Each child differs in terms of his/her activity level, distractibility, and sensitivity. Children must learn to develop socially acceptable and appropriate behavior as they grow to maturity.
Purpose of this Policy
This policy is the guideline that Little Bloomers Family Childcare will follow to assist children in developing self-control, self-confidence, and sensitivity in their interactions with others. Guidance is required to ensure order, prevent injury, and ensure a child’s activities are not infringing on the rights of others.
It is important that the caregiver ‘sets the stage’ for a positive atmosphere and maximum opportunities for desirable behavior. This will be done by:
1. Explaining to the children what behavior will be acceptable and explaining the reason for the limits, doing so in a positive way;
2. Focusing on the child’s behavior, rather than on the child;
3. Allowing the children time to respond to the expectations;
4. Reinforcing appropriate behavior;
5. Being willing to listen and respond in a fair and supportive manner, and;
6. Observing children in order to anticipate potential difficulties.
One or more of the following strategies will be used to help create a positive climate and minimize problems in a supportive, rather than punitive way:
1. By establishing eye contact and calling the child’s name in a calm controlled voice to gain a child’s attention;
2. By remaining near the child in situations where he/she may be losing self-control;
3. Children will be reminded of limits taking their feelings into consideration.
4. For younger children or children with limited attention span and verbal abilities, we will attempt to change the behavior by distracting or diverting the child.
5. Verbal and/or physical assistance will be shown by modeling problem solving if a child is discouraged or frustrated.
6. Children will be offered choices in a non-threatening and non-punitive way to assist them in meeting expectations or to reinforce limits.
7. We will clarify the inevitable or unavoidable outcome of the behavior to the child.
8. If the child is unable to resolve a problem or take responsibility for their actions, they will be re-directed to another activity, or in special circumstances, be limited in the use of a piece of equipment.
9. If all else fails, the child will be removed from the situation in a way that ensures that the 'time out' is a positive learning experience:
(a) prior to the use of ‘time out’ the child will be given an explanation of what it means and what it involves.
(b) the ‘time out’ place will be located within the play area, where they can still be supervised, but far enough from the activity.
(c) the child will be allowed to determine when he/she can return to the activity.
(d) for pre-schoolers the ‘time out’ period will be no more than one minute per year of age, to a maximum of five (5) minutes.
(e) appropriate or acceptable behavior of the child following ‘time out’ will receive praise.
10. When a child is ready, they will be provided an opportunity to make amends.
Practices Which are Unacceptable
Little Bloomers Family Childcare considers the following practices unacceptable and will not tolerate their use:
*corporal punishment ie. shoving, hitting, shaking, spanking
*harsh, belittling, or degrading treatment
*confinement, unsupervised separation from others, physical restraint as punishment
*depriving children of meals, snacks, rest or necessary use of the toilet as punishment
Child Care Subsidy, administered by the Ministry of Children and Family Development BC Provincial Government, is a monthly payment that helps eligible British Columbia families with the costs of child care. Families fill out an application and provide supporting documentation to apply. Once the family is approved and authorization is established, the provider receives an authorization number and billing forms.
Child care can not start until authorization and billing forms are received unless the parent agrees to pay the regular fee.
Providers can only bill for the maximum number of the days that the family is qualified for, if the child actually attends. If the child is booked to attend but does not, the provider can only bill subsidy for that day if the parent informs the provider that the child or their parent was ill or on holidays. It is up to the parent to ensure that the provider is informed if the child is away because of illness or vacation. If the provider is not informed, the parent will be responsible for the regular fee. The fee for missed days that are not covered by subsidy is to be paid before the end of the month.
The parent is responsible for any fees over and above what subsidy pays on behalf of the family. The parent portion is due on the first of the month.
Proof of qualification must be presented to provider prior to registration.
To protect the health and wellness of the children attending Little Bloomers Childcare, everyone is strongly encouraged to follow universal precautions and proper hygiene when at all possible. As a result, we practice frequent hand washing and the use of gloves during all diapering or assistance with toileting, as well as while handling any injuries if they happen. I like to provide opportunities for healthy nutrition, hygiene, and regular exercise including daily outdoor play, in a safe and clean environment. On a regular basis, the staff at Little Bloomers Childcare will be learning the needs of each child in care so that the best individual care can be offered. A valid First Aid Certificate is displayed at the front door.
It is required that you provide the immunization history of your child so that in the event of a community or facility outbreak, there is an understanding of risk to each child in my care. If you have chosen not to immunize your child, a signed note from you, the parent, stating such will be required.
It is not my responsibility to investigate or question the circumstances of the suspected abuse. I will not inform you or anyone else of my suspicions and subsequent report to the Ministry.
It is the Ministry’s responsibility to investigate any report and to inform all those involved of their investigation.
The health and well-being of the children is my first concern.
I anticipate no such incidents, but as a precaution I have instituted the following procedures:
As soon as I realize that a child in my care is missing from the group, I will secure the other children with a responsible adult and begin a search of the immediate area.
After two minutes: I will expand the search area. If we are in a public building, I will have the child paged if possible.
Get as many people involved as I can in the search.
After ten minutes: I will call the police and inform them of the child’s name, age, weight, height, clothing and footwear and record the file number that the police will give me.
Then I will call the parents to inform of what has happened, what is being done, and that I will call them back in a few minutes to update them.
When the child is found: I will contact the parent/guardian, alert everyone else involved, hold a debriefing as soon as possible.
As a follow-up: I would assess the problem and make changes, if necessary, to avoid the risk of a similar incident. As well, I would further educate the children in my care about the importance of staying with the group.
CHILDREN'S PERSONAL BELONGINGS POLICY
I do not mind if your child brings toys to the daycare centre. But I ask you to talk to your child prior to them bringing in toys to the day care and let them know that the following rules will apply:
1. All toys brought into the day care will be shared with all the children in the day care. If the child refuses to share, the toy will be places in their cubby until they go home.
2. At no time will I be required to keep tabs on the toys. It will be the child's responsibility to keep trace of their toys.
3. I will not be held responsible for broken or lost toys.
No toy weapons of any type will be allowed at the day care.
INSURANCE FOR ASSISTIVE DEVICES:
Little Bloomers Childcare cannot be held responsible for any lost, damaged or broken assistive devices, such as hearing aids, contact lenses or glasses. We ask you to have adequate replacement insurance for such items should they become misplaced, damaged or broken.
PARENTS AGREE TO KEEP THEIR CHILD/CHILDREN AT HOME OR SEEK ALTERNATE CARE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS:
◦ Pain - any complaints of unexplained or undiagnosed pain
◦ Fever (100°F/38.3°C or higher)
◦ Sore throat or trouble swallowing
◦ Headache or stiff neck
◦ Unexplained diarrhea or loose stool combined with nausea, vomiting or abdominal cramps. The child will be kept at home until all symptoms have stopped.
◦ Nausea or vomiting
◦ Sever itching of body and scalp
◦ Known or suspected communicable diseases.
IT IS REQUIRED TO KEEP (OR TAKE) A CHILD HOME WHEN THE CHILD:
◦ Is suffering from one or more of the above symptoms
◦ Is not well enough to take part in the activities at the daycare
ULTIMATELY THE CARE OF THE CHILD IS THE PARENT'S RESPONSIBILITY
Parents will inform the daycare within 24 hours of a diagnosis of a serious illness or contagious disease of a communicable nature in the family. This is to protect my family and the other families who attend the daycare. Failure to do so is grounds for immediate termination of care. Parents agree that a child will be symptom free, without the aid of symptom reducing medications such as tylenol, for a full 24 hours prior to returning to daycare. We reserve the right to ask for a note from your family doctor, depending on the illness/disease.
Prescription medications will only be given to a child in care with the following conditions:
◦ Parent gives written permission to the caregiver, with full instructions as to dosage, and times to administer medication. (forms are available from the daycare for this purpose)
◦ All prescribed medications must have the child's name on the prescription bottle.
◦ Non-prescription medications will be administered as per recommended dosages on medicine bottle.
CARE OF A SICK CHILD AND NOTIFICATION OF PARENTS
When a child becomes ill, I will make the child comfortable in a quiet place where he/she can rest and will be closely supervised.
Parents will be notified immediately and agree to begin to making alternate work arrangements or arrangements for alternate care. If your child is seriously ill, you or an alternate must come for the child IMMEDIATELY. If I cannot reach a parent, I will call an emergency contact listed on the registration form or the child's doctor may be contacted depending on the seriousness of the illness.
Unintentional injuries are the single leading cause of death for British Columbia children and youth aged 1-24. On average, a British Columbia child or youth is hospitalized every 40 minutes due to an unintentional injury. Each year more than 260 children are killed and over 12,000 children are hospitalized as a result of unintentional injuries.
First Aid equipment will be kept in the cubby shelf out of reach of the children. The Equipment will be checked periodically by the center’s director.
All staff members will be trained in infants and children’s CPR and First Aid.
All staff will have current First Aid certificates. When hiring staff, we will record the expiry date of First Aid certificates for future monitoring.
All personal information required for handling children’s emergencies will be recorded and easily available at all times.
Completed and updated emergency information consent cards will be kept in the first aid kit. Children’s cards will be taken on all field trips.
- All the cleaning supplies will be locked in a safe cabinet away from the reach of the children.
The refrigerator at the center will have a safety lock in case medications need to be refrigerated.
All other medications will be placed in the first aid kit. All medications will have the child’s name written clearly on the container.
We will check the daycare rooms daily for any hazards and remove anything that can be harmful to a child (broken toys, plug covers).
An injury prevention check will be completed every six months. Using the injury prevention checklist form, the condition of all indoor and outdoor equipment will be recorded. Any unsafe items will be removed or “off limits” until repairs are made.
An injury log will be posted at the center with date, name, time, description of injury and any first aid administered to a child. A copy will be provided to the parents and the original will be kept in the child’s file. A Reportable Incident form will be completed within 24 hours of the injury/incident.
Staff present at the time of injury/incident will be responsible for:
• notifying the parents/guardians
• completing and signing the form
• filing the original at the facility and submitting one copy to the licensing officer VANCOUVER ISLAND health authority. A copy will be provided to the parents and the original will be kept in the child’s file.
- Smoking will not be allowed on the childcare premisses for health and safety reasons.
Head Lice always causes concern and frustration for some parents, staff and children. This childcare policy is intended to outline roles, responsibilities and expectations of the childcare community to assist with treating and controlling head lice in a consistent and coordinated manner.
While parents have the primary responsibility for the detection and treatment of head lice our childcare centre will work in a cooperative and collaborative manner to assist all families to manage head lice effectively.
If a child has live head lice present, they are to be excluded from the Centre until treatment has commenced and all live lice and eggs have been removed (the most important part of the treatment is the removal of eggs with a comb, treatment alone does not remove the lice and eggs). The procedure should be repeated in 7 days to ensure that any live eggs that weren’t removed in the first course of treatment are killed off before hatching into lice.
Role of parents, precautions you can undertake to prevent the spread of head lice:
· Brush your child’s hair vigorously at least once a day. Teach your child how to brush their own hair vigorously. Head lice are fragile creatures and easily damaged
· Inspect hair and scalp weekly (daily during an outbreak)
· Regularly inspect all household members and treat them if necessary
· Parents/Carers will notify the daycare if their child is found to have live lice and advise when appropriate treatment was commenced
· Use only safe and recommended practices to treat head lice, please check out the “Parent Hand Book” on the parent board for recommended treatments
· Notify the parents or carers of your child’s friends so they have an early opportunity to detect an treat their children if necessary
· Shampoo hair regularly
· Keep long hair tied back in a plait or a pony tail
· Do not share combs, brushes or hats. Wash combs, brushes and hats regularly
· Remember! Your child does not attend Little Bloomers Childcare with untreated head lice!
Role of the Centre:
· To distribute up to date and accurate information on detection, treatment and control of head lice to staff and parents
· To ensure all families are kept up to date with current information on head lice and any changes to the policy
· To ensure all families are aware of the Center’s head lice policy and ensure it is reinforced during outbreaks
· Notify parents of any outbreak of head lice via the ‘Parent Board’ in the foyer/changing area
· Only exclude children from care who have live insects
· Provide practical advice, maintain a sympathetic attitude and avoid blaming families who are experiencing difficulty with control measures
· consulting the help of the Public Health Nurse if problem persist
· educate children, staff and parents about head lice and why personal items (like hats and
combs) should not be shared
• Act without emotion. Acknowledge the bite by saying, “Biting hurts.” “Biting is not okay.”
• Console and give first aide to the child that was hurt. Allow them to return to their play group.
• The “biter” should not immediately return to their group. Take the time to help the child choose the words that describe their feelings of frustration that lead to biting. Asking a child to “use their words” is too vague for them to understand.
• Give a child who is teething an appropriate object to bite on.
• NEVER give a time out, isolate or bite the “biter” back.
· The teacher in the classroom will fill out the incident report and will do the proper documentation after administering First Aid to the bitten child.
• Inform parents that their child bit someone.
• Stress the severity or mildness of the incident.
• Assure parents that I have taken care of the situation, and further reprimands are not necessary.
• Parents will receive a written report of the incident.
• If this is a recurring problem, work with the parents on a plan of action that will be reinforced in the home.
• Inform parents that their child was bitten.
• Parents will be given a written report of the incident.
• Assure parents that I have taken care of the situation and that I am taking measures to prevent further incidents.
If the biting continues:
1. Little Bloomers staff will meet on a routine basis for advise, support and strategy planning.
“Shadow” children who indicate a tendency to bite:
- Head off biting situations before they occur.
- Teach non-biting responses to situations and reinforce appropriate behavior.
- Adapt the program to better fit the individual child’s needs.
3. “Shadow” children who have a tendency to be bitten:
- Head off biting situations.
- Teach responses to potential biting situations: “No” or “Don’t hurt me!”
4. A referral will be made to CCRR for the Future for help. More resources will be given to parents to prevent biting at home as well.
5. If it is deemed in the best interest of the child, center, and other children, a written notice will be given to the parents to find an alternate care.
Release of a Child
Parents are required to indicate the name and phone number of all authorized individuals who are clear to pick up the child. All parents and/or authorized individuals are to sign-in and sign-out on the provided sheet, each day the child is dropped off and picked up from the daycare. Only persons designated to pick up a child will be allowed to do so.
Unauthorized Pick Up
The parent/guardian is required to notify the caregiver in writing if someone else, other than the authorized persons, will pick up the child. Please provide name, phone number, and description of the person. The person will be asked to show photo identification and for the agreed password. If necessary, police will be called for assistance.
Custody and Related Court Orders
The day care staff cannot become involved in the marital or custody issues of the families that we serve. If a custody or court order exists, a copy of the order needs to be placed in the child's file. The guardian is responsible for providing up to date and accurate information concerning the legal guardianship of the child. Without a custody or court order on file, the caregiver cannot deny access to the non-enrolling parent. If the non-enrolling parent is not listed on the pick up list, the policy on unauthorized persons will be implemented. The guardian will provide all consents.