Policies and Procedures

Policies

Health Care

You'll need to provide your doctor's information about your child's health and immunizations with the health exam form. Though we disinfect rooms, toys, and resting mats and blankies regularly, person-to-person contact cannot be avoided. Your child may have contact with colds and other contagious illnesses. We cannot accept a child at school with a fever, vomiting, diarrhea, or unexplained rash. If your child becomes ill at school, we will call the parents first, then the other emergency numbers on the registration form. Please plan ahead for alternate care arrangements. A doctor's note may be required for re-admission if a contagion is suspected or medication is needed beyond 3 days.

Medication from home can only be given if you sign the white Medicine Sheet located at the sign-in table. Please label original container and give it to a teacher to put in a locked cabinet. Never send it in a lunchbox where another child may find it.

Federal and State law requires us to report reasonable suspicions of abuse and neglect.

Clothing

Please dress your child in inexpensive, washable play clothes so your child may be a willing participant rather than an observer. Spring mud, summer sand and water play, paint drips, and even watercolor markers may stain clothing. If you plan an after school outing like going to dinner, you may wish to pack an extra set of clothing in the car so you can change your child. Tennis shoes are preferred for active children. For safety, please avoid hoods with strings and sandals, which often result in hurt little toes.

Note: Please no toys, gum, candy, or money in pockets or at school.

Hand Washing

Handwashing Station We continually wash our hands throughout the day. Please help us start out your child's day with this by having your child washing their hands upon arrival.

Withdrawal from School

Consistency and security are crucial for young children; minimizing changes leaves children with more energy for growing and blossoming. We hope to get to know your child and love them, not just teach them.

For withdrawal, a written notice of intent to withdrawal your child from our school must be provided to us 2 weeks in advance. You will be charged for the 2 weeks, whether your child attends or not.

If there is a behavior that endangers the child or others, we will do our best to resolve the issue with you, including a parent/teacher meeting or referral to community resources which may help, and plan to resolve the concerns. If there is no feasible resolution, we will provide 2 weeks notice when attendance can no longer be provided for your child. (Exceptions: Severe dangerous behavior or non-payment)

Privacy

We do not share any of your private information outside of our staff without written permission and it is secured every evening, including weekends. The following are some of the things we do not share:
  • your address, phone, etc.
  • your child's assessments are not shared outside our staff, including specialists. (Without your permission)
  • your registration and emergency information

Lunch and Snacks

We participate in the USDA Child Care Food Program for breakfast and PM snack only. We'll serve breakfast at 9 a.m. with milk, fruit, a grain (cereal, muffin, etc) and afternoon snack at 3 p.m. with fruit juice, grain, and fruit, cheese, or yogurt, for example at no cost to you. You'll fill out a USDA form when you enroll. Per Federal Law, the USDA does not discriminate based upon race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

You will need to bring your child's lunch every day. We serve milk with the lunch your child brings from home. A healthy lunch and snacks are important for your child's immune system, brain development, and growth.

On Fridays your child may join in Pizza Day if you wish. On Pizza Day we serve pizza, fruits, dessert, and milk for $2.00.

When it comes to lunch, we have some recommendations and guidelines.
  • Protein: sandwich, cheese/crackers, meat slices, yogurt, Go-Gurt, boiled eggs, or chili or spaghetti-Os in a thermos, etc.
  • Fresh Fruits or Veggies: Please cut whole fruits. No grapes, hard carrots, popcorn, or whole hotdogs for children under 4 years old.
  • Whole Grain: bread, crackers, granola, or fruit bar
  • Other lunch items: pretzels, chips, pudding, fruit roll-ups for dessert (these are not considered fruit).
  • Lunchables: if you send one, please add fruit. Children do not seem full after a Lunchable alone. Please put these in a lunchbox with a cold pack.
  • No candy or pop allowed.
  • Please avoid sugary pouch drinks
  • In order to spend time with the children, our teachers sit with the children at the lunch table. Therefore, we cannot microwave lunches; hot foods may be sent in a thermos.
  • Please use a frozen cold pack if something needs to be kept cold. Yogurt tubes freeze well and thaw for lunch.

Discipline

Our goal is to help children learn right from wrong and consider the needs and feelings of others. We cannot hurt people on the inside or outside. We'll use guidance with emphasis helping children learn what is appropriate choice, help children negotiate differences, and assist them in finding solutions. If needed, we'll redirect a child to the appropriate behavior and help them follow through. Time-outs are rarely used, though a cool down period is sometimes helpful when child's hurting others. The goal is to help the child “get back on track” and playing positively with his/her friends. A parent/teacher meeting may be arranged if we need to discuss a matter in more detail than day-to-day contact.

Procedures

Outdoor Play

Wood Castle Our preschoolers go outside almost every day. Fresh air and exercise is important. Our 20 month and 2 year old classes go outside most days, with some indoor large muscle play some days. Our babies may venture out in the baby yard or a stroller on pleasant days.
Fall-Spring
Starting in the fall and ending in the muddy spring, your child will need a warm jacket with a hood or pinned on hat and mittens pinned to coat sleeves. Pinning them to coat sleeves allows them hang and therefore gives them drying time. Be certain to put your child's name on the tag or side of boots.

Summer
In the summer, dress for water play, sprinklers, and sandbox fun.
Please sunscreen your child daily.

Winter
Please note that we do play outdoors year-round and it's important for good health, even if it's very brief in the winter. (Some exceptions)

Note: No gun play is permitted.

Family Mailboxes, Child Cubbies, and Communication

Family Mailboxes The family mailboxes, some teachers may call them parent pockets, are envelopes which hang by your child's classroom door. We'll communicate with newsletters, ouch reports, and surveys. Newsletters will tell you about upcoming field trips, which you are welcome to attend. Once a year, we do a family survey to invite your input about our program.

Cubbies are located inside your child's classroom. Please, check your child's cubby for art and school work that may go home.

Communication is important to us, so please let us know how we can meet your child's needs. Our staff is available anytime for individual questions/concerns, questions about your child's day, and also at Fall and Spring conferences. Please ask if you have questions.

Help us know how your family nurtures and cares for your child. If your child has special needs we'd like to work closely with you to meet those needs to the best of our ability. You may arrange for some special services to work with your child here and they are welcome to do so.

If your child receives special services elsewhere, your written permission is required for us to communicate with them or review IEPs so that we can do our best to support your child's growth and development here.

Tooth Brushing

Little Folks features a tooth brushing program. For those two years and older, we have them brush their teeth after lunch. We have individual toothbrushes and toothbrush racks with your child's name and individual toothpaste serving. It reinforces great health care habits and is supplemental to your dedication at home. For thoroughness, be certain that an adult at home brushes your child's teeth daily. Be sure to start this as soon as the first tooth appears until about age 6-8 years.

 

Field TripsBus

We have a small school bus and all children are buckled; Two and Three year olds are put into 5-point harness carseats. Trips may include the pumpkin farm, fire station, or the park. These are great hands-on learning opportunities. Note: There is a small transportation fee.

Bringing Your Child and Child Pick-Up

Our parking lot is a busy one. Please drive slowly and watch for other children getting in and out of cars. Please also watch for other incoming and outgoing vehicles and hold onto your child. Please DO NOT leave your car running or leave valuables or other children in the car.

You must park and deliver your child directly to a teacher.

Sign your child in or out at the Sign-In Table, help them put away their things, and wash their hands. Take them to their teacher and leave with hugs and “have fun today”, not “be good”.

Only someone designated on your registration form may pick up your child and we check photo IDs when we do not know someone.

Parents who can spare a few minutes when picking up their child and who play for a few moments tend to have children who love school.

Afternoon Rest Time

We play lullabies and rub backs during rest time. Preschool and Kindergarten rest time lasts from about 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Toddlers (2 yr. olds) go to nap about noon. Babies nap on their schedule in the baby room. Part way through rest time, a special play time is offered for children who are awake.
  1. The children rest on two inch foam resting mats.
  2. We provide sheets and blankets, if needed.
  3. These are washed weekly.
Your child may bring a small blankie, if needed, with their name on it. Please take it home to wash on Fridays.