CHILD WELL-BEING

Child Well-Being

Meals and Nap Time

We must know in advance and in writing of any dietary restrictions your child may have. We must know in advance and in writing if your child has any food allergies, religious restrictions, or medical restrictions.

Breakfast is not served. Your child should come in having had breakfast. If your child comes in early and has not had breakfast, please let us know and we will serve your child extra food at morning snack around 8:30 or 9 a.m. Afternoon snack is served at 3 p.m. Please do not let your child walk into his or her room with food in the morning, unless you have enough for everyone in the room.

A well-balanced lunch is served to the children in each room. Although we are not part of the Federal Food Program, we follow the same guidelines. The weekly menu is posted on the bulletin board near the main entrance.

No child is allowed to bring in any food unless it is to celebrate their birthday or for a special party for the classroom. Parents are welcome to bring in cupcakes or cake (with a minimum amount of frosting) for their child's birthday, provided you bring enough for all the children in the room that your child is in. Please do not put any candy for decorations as they will be removed.

NAP TIME

State regulations require that any child staying for a full day program needs a period of rest. Nap time is generally from 1 to 2:30 p.m. although the time may vary according to each group. We ask that parents refrain from dropping off or picking up their child during nap time unless it is absolutely necessary. No toys or books should be brought into the center. These personal items could be broken or lost and cause needless problems for your child. Children at this developmental stage are not ready to share their own toys.

Medical Issues

SICK CHILD

A child with a fever should not be in school. Any child having a fever or communicable disease will not be kept in the classroom. Any parent who is called to pick up their sick child will be asked to do so within a half-hour.

In case of an epidemic or outbreak of a contagious disease, our consulting doctor will recommend a course of action and we expect all parents to cooperate in order to minimize any outbreak. Any child with a suspected contagious illness, such as strep throat or conjunctivitis should remain home until 24 hours after being diagnosed and started on medication. Children sent home with a fever, diarrhea, or vomiting must stay out of school for 24 hours. Children sent home in the afternoon may not return until the second morning.

CONTAGIOUS DISEASES

There are many contagious diseases, some even more serious and prevalent than AIDS or HIV. We require our staff to use universal precautions when in contact with body fluids.

AIDS is not considered transmissible in day to day contact and does not present a hazardous risk when proper prevention techniques are used as a matter of routine operation.

Confidentiality laws prohibit us from disclosing a child's HIV or AIDS status, or any other disability. Any child with AIDS would be in serious jeopardy in childcare because of the exposure to various illnesses. The child with AIDS would be in much more danger of becoming ill than any other child and therefore we do not anticipate that such a child would be placed in childcare.

MEDICATION

All medication must be in its original container with the child's name on it. The medication must not be out-of-date. Prescription medication must have the prescription label attached. Sample medicine must have a doctor's note.

Non-prescription medicine must be accompanied by a doctor's note if it is to be administered differently from what the label recommends or if the label reads "for children under six, consult your doctor." We reserve the right to refuse to give any medication if for any reason we find it questionable. The administering of medication is a service that we can provide, but is not mandatory that we provide this service. Please help us continue this service to you by following these guidelines.

All medications need to be left at the front desk where the proper paperwork can be filled out.

Emergencies and Immunizations

EMERGENCIES

If time permits, parents will be contacted first before medical treatment. In life-threatening situations, emergency procedures will begin immediately and parents will be notified as soon as possible.

All parents are required to sign an emergency treatment permission form. The emergency/registration forms need to be renewed on a yearly basis.

Please make sure that the telephone number we have on file is always up-to-date. For an emergency telephone number, we need a number where we can reach the parent directly, not a voicemail number.

IMMUNIZATIONS

A copy of your child's immunization record must be on file on the very first day that your child is enrolled at our center. A complete medical form must be completed within sixty days of enrollment. As your child receives a new immunization, his/her health record must be brought up-to-date. Each time your child is brought in for a routine physical, a new health form must be completed.

Discipline

In the toddler years, discipline is usually in the form of distraction or separation from the group. When a child is fighting over a toy, a similar or substitute toy is used to distract the child or getting the child involved in another activity is encouraged. When a child hurts or bites another child, he/she is separated from the group for a short period of time depending upon the age. When a child habitually shows aggression at home as well as at the center, it is sometimes a sign of insecurity. A child may feel insecure if the child has no limits and is in a very permissive atmosphere. A child is a child, and not a miniature adult; he/she needs to know that an adult or adults are in control. The child needs to know, in a consistent manner, that certain behaviors are unacceptable.

If an older child is disruptive, the child is asked to leave the activity center he/she is at. If a child is aggressive, he is separated from the group and told to "sit and watch" the other children play. When he/she is ready to play nicely he/she may join the other children again.

Sometimes, even though a child knows what he is not supposed to do, it is necessary to show him an alternative behavior. The child might misbehave in a given situation simply because he doesn't know what he is supposed to do. Giving a child guidelines in advance or telling the child what kind of behavior you expect from him in advance of a new situation, gives the child the opportunity to please you.

Other causes of bad behavior are illness and being overtired. We, as adults, tend to be irritated when not feeling well or are overtired. Imagine how a child must feel! It helps if the children come to childcare WELL RESTED. They spend a long day in childcare and it sometimes can be too stimulating.

It sometimes helps to consult with parents when we feel that your child habitually misbehaves. Questions we may have are: is this same kind of behavior exhibited at home? Is there a cause for this behavior, such as a parent being ill, pending or recent divorce, death of a family member, moving to a new house, one parent being away from home temporarily, death of a pet, or an unusual occurrence? If we are aware of situations like these, we can try to help your child understand what has happened.

If the behavior is exhibited only at school, we can ask ourselves questions, such as, does the child feel comfortable with his/her teachers? Has the child adjusted to childcare? Does the child have a conflict with another child in his/her room? Is how we deal with his/her misbehavior effective, perhaps another alternative way might be better?

Extreme behavior, such as, hitting, biting, kicking children and teachers, or other out-of-control behavior, we will call you to pick up your child. First, we will call for a parent conference and discuss ways that we can work together and perhaps make some recommendations where the child can be tested or receive help. If this doesn't work, we may ask that you withdraw your child.

Our teachers and aides serve as role models. Consequently, we do not allow the staff to engage in an activity that we do not permit the children to do; i.e. chewing gum, yelling, drinking soda, and sitting on furniture is not permissible for the staff, because the children are not allowed to do these things. You, as parents, and we, as childcare providers, want the best for your child. It is only by working cooperatively that we can do what is best for your child.

Toilet Training and Birthdays

TOILET TRAINING

Toilet training is generally started around the age of 2 - 2.5 years old. Toilet training is an individualized process for each child. This is because every child is different and not all children learn the same way or at the same time. We toilet train the children in cooperation with the parents. Toilet training is to be done when it is developmentally appropriate. We will not start toilet training if the child is not ready for it. We will not force toilet training.

BIRTHDAYS

If it is your child's birthday, you may bring in a cake, cupcakes, or ice cream, which should be left at the office with your child's name and room on it. Please limit the amount of frosting. There should be no candy decorations and, please, no party favors. Instead, we suggest you spend the money on a book or game for your child's room.

We do not give out invitations to parties unless the whole room is invited. We will give out addresses of the children you want to invite so that you may mail the invitations. If you are planning special entertainment, please check at the office first, prior to your child's birthday.

If you do not want your address given out for the purpose of a party invitation, please make note of it on your child's registration form.

Our Violence, Swearing, and Intoxication Policy; Parent Participation; and Suspected Abuse

VIOLENCE, SWEARING, AND INTOXICATION

Here, at Wee Play School or at any function put on by Wee Play School, we do not condone any kind of violence, swearing, or intoxication. If a parent, visitor, or pickup person uses foul language, threatens violence, uses violence to resolve a disagreement, or comes here intoxicated, that person will be asked to leave immediately. If this person refuses to leave, then we will have to call the police. If this person is a parent, you may be asked to withdraw your child. If it is a visitor or pickup person other than a parent, they will be asked never to return to Wee Play School or any of its functions. This policy is for the well-being of the children entrusted in our care. Wee Play School also reserves the right to terminate any child whose parents continually harass and badger the staff. Continually harassing the staff causes a great deal of stress for the teachers, as well as the children.

PARENT PARTICIPATION

Each family is required to volunteer one hour per month either here at the school or at home. Listed below are samples of the kinds of work you could do. These are just examples; you could come up with some of your own ideas.

School: read stories, play a musical instrument or sing, be on the advisory committee, talk to the children about your career, play games, spend one hour at nap time to replace a teacher so she can attend a meeting or workshop.

At home: sew or repair sheets, make costumes, repair hurt books, typing captions for our documentation charts, typing children's stories, repairing toys, or building small projects.

Studies have shown that parent's participation in their child's school results in better students. Volunteering lets your child know how important school is to you. You'll probably be doing this when your child gets into elementary school, so why not get in the habit now!

SUSPECTED ABUSE

New Hampshire statutes require us to report any cases of suspected child abuse. If a child has unusual, unexplained bruises, or if a child tells us that he/she has been hit or beaten, we must report this to the Department of Welfare, Division of Youth Services. If at all possible, we will notify the parents that we are about to make a report and will sit down and discuss this with you. What is important for parents to realize is that we make no judgments or place the blame on anyone when we make a report. It is up to the DCYS to investigate. Our only aim is to protect the child and to do what we are required to do by law.

Additional Concerns and Child Care Outside of Wee Play School

CONCERNS

We do our very best to care for your child. Occasionally, you may have some concerns. It is always best to start with your child's head teacher. She may have a reasonable explanation. If you are not satisfied with the head teacher's explanation, you may go to the director in charge. She will investigate the situation and get back to you.

CHILD CARE OUTSIDE OF WEE PLAY SCHOOL

Occasionally, parents ask a member of our staff, other than the child's current teachers, to watch their children in the evenings or on weekends. This arrangement is strictly between parent and employee.

Wee Play School does not endorse or recommend any employee for this purpose, nor is Wee Play School responsible for any actions of any employee beyond the workday.

A teacher or aide may not do any outside childcare while he/she is currently caring for that child at Wee Play School. A staff member may not take a child from the premises even if she has permission from a parent. Parents of enrolled children may not take any employee's child out of the center.

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