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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.