Food and Nutrition

  • I participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program; you must sign a form to participate and must cooperate with any requests for information from my Food Program sponsor.
  • I will charge extra for food and meals that I serve to the children.
  • My program includes the following meal schedule:
    • breakfast: 7.30 am to 8.30 am
    • morning snack: 10.00 am to 10.30 am
    • lunch: 12.00 am to 1.00 pm
    • afternoon snack: 3.00 pm to 3.30 pm
    • evening meal: 5.00 pm to 6.00 pm
  • At mealtimes, I will offer the food to the children but will not require them to eat it. I will inform you if I notice any change in your child’s eating habits.
  • I am not able to accommodate any special dietary requests, but if there is anything related to allergies or non-lactose resistance, I will be able to support you with that, and minister to your child the milk you prefer to bring for him/her. If it is an allergy related issue, let me know in details in writing so I can be aware of it and provide the best for your child.
  • If your child has an allergy to any food or beverage, you must notify me in writing.
  • For an infant or toddler you must provide me with bottles / formula / baby food.
  • Children are not allowed to bring any food or treats from home, unless they bring them in quantities that can be shared with all of their peers, and only once in a while.
  • Children may bring the following kinds of food or treats from home: chips, candy, chewable granola bars, raisins, fruits.
  • All food or treats that you bring to my program must include a full list of ingredients so that I can protect any children who have food allergies.
  • You are encouraged to visit my program during mealtimes.
  • I will post copies of my menus on my bulletin board weekly.
  • Copies of my menus are available upon request.

Naps and Quiet Time

  • All the children will lie down to take a nap or rest each day.
  • The children will take a nap and rest time after lunch.
  • There is a daily nap or rest period, usually between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.
  • All children up to age 5 will take a nap or quiet time for 2 hours each day.
  • At naptime, each child will have clean and separate bedding.
  • You may bring a special blanket or other security item for naptime.
  • Infants will have morning and afternoon naps in regulation cribs.
  • Special blankets, toys, and other items are only allowed during naptime.
  • Pacifiers only allowed during naptime.
  • Infants under the age of 4 months will be laid down to sleep on their backs, to reduce the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Learning to Use the Toilet

  • I will help a child learn to use the toilet once you and I agree that the child is physically ready. It is important to follow a consistent routine both at home and in my program.
  • I will use the following methods to help your child learn to use the toilet:
    • giving the child incentives (stickers, etc.)
    • bringing the child to the toilet instead of asking if the child has to go
    • helping the child get excited about using the toilet (dripping green food coloring into the water, sugar sprinkles, etc.)
    • reading books and watching videos about learning to use the toilet
  • You will supply me with extra clothing and training pants or pull ups, while I am helping your child to use the toilet.
  • You will provide me with a “potty chair” while I am helping your child to use the toilet, if needed.

Toys

  • Children may not bring toys from home.
  • Children may bring toys from home only if they reflect the current theme in our curriculum, or for a specific activity such as: show and tell, for a play, etc.
  • I am not responsible for any toys that children bring from home.
  • Any toys that are brought from home may be used by all the children.
  • I do not allow any toy weapons in my program.
  • The children may bring books or videos from home for us all to enjoy.
  • I will teach the children to pick up their toys.
  • My children’s toys will be stored away and not used during business hours.

Behavior Guidance

  • I will use behavior guidance that is fair, reasonable, and suited to the age of the child.
  • I will impose a calm-down time, only if it is age-appropriate for the child, using a guideline of one minute per year of age.
  • I will remove a child from the play group in order to redirect his or her behavior.
  • I will use distraction and redirection to guide the behavior of toddlers.
  • I will identify the behavior that I wish to reward, rather than reinforcing negative behavior—for example: Amie is crying over a red crayon that another child has, so when Oscar says “teacher I love coloring with all colors” I will say good job Oscar! I love it when you are willing to use all colors and you are willing to share with your friends, would you like to get a sticker? Then ask Amie, would you like to pick another color instead? ……
    • “I like how you are using your walking feet in the house.”
    • “It was nice to ask Keesha if you could have the doll when she was done with it.”
  • All behavior guidance will be done by me or under my direct supervision.
  • If a child persists in problem behavior (hitting, biting, breaking toys, etc.), I will ask you to come and pick up the child from my program.
  • I will print information about the behavior/problem, I will help you to seek for help if needed, to support you and the child through different programs that are usually offered by Early Childhood Education agencies in our state, and we could work together on a plan to help your child in changing that bad behavior. If I receive no support from home in doing so, I may terminate the contract.
  • If I have to call you three times within 2 months to pick up your child because of behavior problems, I may terminate our contract.

 

Activities/Curriculum

  • I will conduct the following activities with the children:
    • literacy and language development activities
    • expressive or sensory art activities
    • health, safety, or nutrition projects
    • puzzles, games, or manipulative
    • outdoor play
    • large-muscle activities
    • free play
    • field trips
    • construction and blocks
    • music
    • selected videos or television shows
    • individual quiet activities
    • dramatic play
  • My program provides age-appropriate activities for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children.
  • I will conduct activities that are within the abilities of each child, activities that will challenge each child’s creative talent and imagination, and also that will include teachable moments.
  • The activities in my program are provided in a structured format.
  • I offer a curriculum that focuses on school readiness for preschoolers and a curriculum based on themed units for preschoolers as well together with toddlers and infants.

Birthday and Holiday Celebrations

  • My program follows these guidelines for celebrating birthdays and holidays:
  • Children’s birthdays are celebrated on the birthday or a day close to it, only if parents want to do it that way. We would have some small activities for them, and if desired they could have a small piece of cake or cupcakes as long as provided by parents.
  • All the children will celebrate all the birthdays every 4 months, that is to say from January to April, from May to August and so on and so forth.
  • On these occasions, your child brings a gift for the birthday child.
  • I ask that you not spend more than $10.00 on a birthday gift that you buy for a child in my program.
  • I suggest the following ideas for inexpensive birthday gifts:
    • balls
    • dolls
    • coloring books and crayons
    • playdough
    • toy cars or trucks
    • games or puzzles
  • You may pass out home birthday party invitations at my program.
  • I will celebrate the following holidays with the children:
    Mothers’ Day, Fathers’ Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas.
  • I will celebrate the changing of the seasons with the children.
  • The children might exchange gifts at Christmas; it all depends on what we will plan for the end of that year.

Clothing

  • You must leave an extra set of clothing for your child at my home that is appropriate for the season, including a shirt, pants, underwear, and socks.
  • All children must attend our daily program wearing appropriate clothes and shoes; consider the fact that we do have an outdoor play time, and different activities in which they will need to feel comfortable with their clothing.
  • You are required to bring a clean change of clothing for your child each day.
  • If a child is being toilet-trained, you will need to provide several sets of clothing each day. You must provide a seal able plastic bag for soiled clothes.
  • During the winter, you will bring clothes for outdoor play, including a jacket, hat, scarf, mittens or gloves pants and appropriate shoes.
  • During the summer, you will bring a swimsuit, a towel, and sunscreen.
  • All clothing left at my program must be labeled with your child’s name.
  • If your child requires a change of clothes and you have not left any clothing, I will use other clothing that I have on hand and will not charge a fee for this service.
  • For an infant or toddler you must provide me with several changes of clothing / disposable diapers / baby powder / diaper ointment/ baby wipes as well.