POLICIES OF LITTLE BLOOMERS CHILDCARE
HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
We will be closed on all Statutory Holidays as well as 1 week in the spring, 2 weeks in the summer months and 2 weeks 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.
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. Parents agree that all monthly fees (full time and part time attendance) will be paid before the first of each month in advance.
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.
Drop-ins are considered to be an odd day where care is needed. Drop-in is not more than 20 hours per week with a minimum of two hours. The rate for a drop-in child is $ 50.00 per hour day (per child). A 24-hour notice is required. Drop-in care is an unsecured spot and space permitted
DAYCARE FRI & ACCB POLICY
Fee Reduction Initiative
Our facility has opted-in to the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative, which benefits children under 36 months and 3 years to Kindergarten. The daycare fees will be reduced by:
For full-time enrolment
• Family infant/toddler care (under 36 months) – $200/month
• Family child care (3 years to Kindergarten) – $60/month
For part-time enrolment
(for more than 4 hours)
• Family infant/toddler care (under 36 months) – $10.00/day
• Family child care (3 years to Kindergarten) – $3.00/day
(for 4 hours or less)
• Family infant/toddler care (under 36 months) – $5.00/day
• Family child care (3 years to Kindergarten) – $1.50/day
Affordable Child Care Benefit
The Affordable Child Care Benefit Program is run by the Provincial Government and it’s designed to assist families with their daycare costs. This Benefit is available to families with incomes up to $111,000/year. Parents who qualify for Affordable Child Care Benefit must have full approval in place prior to attendance. Proof of qualification must be presented to provider prior to registration. Parents who qualify must pre-pay for the months while waiting for their payments to begin. I will reimburse the amount covered when/if the Affordable Child Care Benefit arrives. Any fees not covered by Affordable Child Care Benefit are the parent’s responsibility and are payable before the 1st of each month in advance. No Exceptions.
The Fee Reduction Initiative is a reduction given by the current government and at any time could be withdrawn with 30 days or less notice. Any fees not covered by the Fee Reduction Initiative and Affordable Child Care Benefit are the parents/guardians responsibility and are payable before the 1st of each month, in advance. Daycare fees are set out and contracted between Child Care Provider and the Parents/Guardians of the children in care. The fees are the responsibility of the Parents/Guardians at all times.
Unpaid fees are subject to immediate suspension or termination of care unless reasonable arrangements are made and accepted by both parties.
Ultimately it is the responsibility of the Parent to care for their sick child and to help prevent the spread to other children, my family and myself. If the child is not feeling well enough to take part in normal activities, they should be home where they are most comfortable.
To ensure a healthy environment for your children, I focus a great deal on hand washing. Antibacterial soap is not used, as this kills or washes away the “good” bacteria as well. Toys are washed as needed to ensure a clean play experience.
Parents agree that a child is too ill to attend childcare when there are suffering from one or more of the following and will not return to care until they are 48 hours symptom free, WITHOUT the aid of symptom reducing medications such as Advil/Tylenol.
- Headache and stiff neck (child should see a physician)
- Excessive green/yellow running nose or discharge from the eyes
- Fever, (100 degrees F (37.8C) or more)
- Wheezing or persistent cough resulting in the inability to partake in "normal play"
- Sore throat with trouble swallowing
- Weeping skin or eyes or undiagnosed rash
- Unexplained diarrhea (may or may not be combined with nausea, vomiting or stomach cramps).
These symptoms may indicate a bacterial or viral gastrointestinal infection which is very easily
passed from one child to another via the fecal-oral route. The child should be kept home until all
symptoms have stopped
- Nausea and vomiting
In the event of an illness I reserve the right to ask for a Doctors note from your family physician for your child to return to group play.
Parents further agreed that if a child becomes ill while in my care or symptoms of an illness get worse and I feel the child should not be in the group setting, then IMMEDIATE arrangements will be made to have the child picked up from care. If a parent cannot be reached to pick up their child, then the alternate contact person will be called. While waiting for an ill child to be picked up, my office room will be used as a place to rest, away from the others and the child will be closely supervised in this area.
If the child requires immediate medical attention, an ambulance will be called first (at the parent or guardian's expense) and then the parents, to notify them of the incident and where to meet the child.
Parents are required to inform me of any serious illness, or communicable disease or infection including flu, vomiting, diarrhea, pink eye and unexplained skin rashes (with their child or other family members) within 24 hours to allow other families within the child care centre to be alerted if necessary.
Failure to do so is ground for immediate termination of care.
Just like anyone, myself or my immediate family members may get sick. Parents will be notified no later than 7 AM if I have warning and I do need to close. There is always the possibility of an illness beginning without warning. Provider will be allowed 5 sick/personal/professional days annually, for myself or family illness, which will not be deducted of your monthly fee. Any additional days taken will be refunded on the next month daycare fees.
I reserve the right to do daily head checks on the children in my care, to prevent the spread of the nuisance bug to my home or other children. If live nits or eggs are found, children MUST be treated upon return to the centre and maybe be asked to not participate in dress-up or other activities that may result in the spreading of the lice.
CONSENT TO ADMINISTER MEDICATION
If your child is requiring prescription medication for an illness, I will ask you to fill out the “Medication Authorization Form” as supplied by myself. This form must be filled out before a child returns to care. A child is not permitted to return to daycare until a full 48 hours of antibiotics has been administered and may require a Doctors note stating that the child is healthy enough to return to care.
If your child requires medication for teething purposes or life threatening allergy/illness, please fill out the above mentioned form as well. Cold/Cough and Flu medications will not be administered. Children are not permitted to attend care if their symptoms are such that Cold/Cough and Flu medication are needed.
Medicines will only be given by an adult caregiver, will be kept away from children and stored appropriately. All prescribed medications must have the child's name on the prescription bottle.
If you have pre-medicated your child before they arrive at daycare for any reason, please ensure that I have been informed of when/what/how much and for what reason. This is to ensure that I can decide whether they are fit to be joining the group for the day and so I am not surprised by any negative reaction or sudden mood changes in your child when they wear off.
If you have any questions regarding these policies and/or my updates please don't hesitate to contact me anytime.
Although immunizations are not required they are one of the most effective ways of preventing the spread of communicable diseases. We recommend that all children have their immunizations brought up to date prior to entry into our program and that the immunizations are kept up to dat thereafter. The record of immunizations is recorded on the registration form upon entry into the program. Please update our files after each subsequent immunization.
When it is time to schedule your Child’s shots/immunization, please schedule them for a Friday or a day when you the parent or caregiver (other than daycare) can be with your child for the following 24 hours.
You know your child’s habits and behaviours best and you will be able to identify any potential complications or problems that might arise, within the hours after their immunization.
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.
LATE ARRIVAL/PICKUP POLICY
Please advise the daycare prior to 8:30 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. Written permission 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 $1.00 per minute / per child will apply if a child remains in care after 5:00 p.m unless prior arrangements have been made. Overtime fees are due and payable upon pickup or prior to the next days care. Notice will be given after the 3rd occurrence.
Parents agree that a minimum notice of one full month, 30 days, (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.
We will work in conjunction with parents during potty training. If you have a method that has been working for you, please let us know and we will adopt it for your child. We will work with you - but not for you. Should you discontinue potty training at home, please let us know. If a child shows no interest in potty training, we may choose to discontinue and try again at a later date. Please do not ask us to offer “treats” to the child for going “potty”.
A non-refundable cash 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. (not applicable for Drop-In contract)
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)
ARTICLES TO BE SUPPLIED BY PARENTS
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.
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.
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, Wild fire smoke, Dangerous Animal sightings
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 60 minutes of resting time, and children who awaken early will be allowed to get up when they awake. I will help awake children find appropriate quiet 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.
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 parent info board to view.
SEE DAILY SCHEDULE HERE
FOOD & DRINK POLICY
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
MY GUIDANCE POLICY
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 WELLNESS POLICY STATEMENT
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.
REQUIREMENT TO REPORT SUSPECTED ABUSE OR NEGLECT
As a citizen of British Columbia, I am required to report any suspicion of child neglect or abuse to the Ministry for Children and Family Development. I will report any abuse I suspect, that a child discloses to me or that a third party discloses to me.
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.
DROP OFF AND PICK UP POLICY
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.
Our "Policy Book" with the extended version of our policies will be hanging out at the parents board in our entrance hall way.