Child Care Program
I will conduct the following activities with the children:
- Literacy and language development activities
- Expressive or sensory art activities
- Emotional identification and coping skills
- Health, safety, or nutrition projects
- Puzzles, games, Sensory, & manipulative play
- Outdoor play
- Large-muscle activities (sitting, crawling, walking etc)
- Fine motor skills
- Free play
- Construction and blocks
- 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.
- I will conduct activities that challenge each child’s creative talent and imagination.
- I will conduct activities that include teachable moments.
- The activities in my program are provided in a structured format.
- I offer a curriculum that stimulates a desire to learn through play.
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.
- On these occasions, your child may but is not required to bring a gift for the birthday child. We do ask that you do the same for all children.
- I ask that you not spend more than $10 on a birthday gift that you buy for a child in my program.
- I suggest the following ideas for inexpensive birthday gifts:
- coloring books and crayons
- toy cars or trucks
- games or puzzles
- You may pass out home birthday party invitations at my program.
- I will celebrate holidays with the children if you have a preference please feel free to talk with me, so we can come to a satisfactory arrangement.
- I will celebrate the changing of the seasons with the children.
- The children will exchange gifts a $5 gift at Christmas in the form of a secret santa.
- The children will exchange valentine cards on Valentine’s Day.
- 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. or 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, a snowsuit or pants, and boots.
- 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 abuse of this will lead to a fee for this service. (See the child care contract for more information about this fee.)
- For an infant or toddler you must provide me with several changes of clothing, disposable diapers, diaper ointment and wipes.
Food and Nutrition
- I am a participant in the CACFP (Child and Adult Care Food Program) which is a program in which they reimburse the program for feeding the children well balanced and healthy snacks and meals.
- Meal times are and educational opportunity were we talk about our meals, what goes into eating & making them as well as what the food Items can do for our bodies through vitamins and minerals. No child is ever forced to eat more than they can or what they don’t want. We do encourage them to try new things and them helping make it or harvest it seems to make it a non issue.
Naps and Quiet Time
- The children will take a nap or have a rest time after lunch.
- There is a daily nap or rest period, usually between 10:30 to 11:30
- At nap time, each child will have clean and separate bedding.
- You may bring a special blanket or other security item for nap time.
- Toddlers will nap in regulation playpens.
- Pacifiers are allowed during nap time.
- Infants 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, m&ms, praise 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
- reading books and watching videos about learning to use the toilet (Starts at 18 months old)
- creating a book about the child’s experiences
I will use the following terms:
- urine will be called pee
- urinating will be called peeing
- a bowel movement will be called poop
- You will supply me with extra clothing and training pants while I am helping your child to use the toilet.
- I will provide a “potty chair” while I am helping your child to use the toilet.
- 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.
- I will teach the children to pick up their toys.
- BOOK EXCHANGE PROGRAM – On our front porch we have a spot for a book exchange where you bring in one of your books from your collection and exchange it for one of our books. (These book may go to other kids and you may not be able to get them back so keep this in mind when selecting a book for exchange program)
I have found that most behavior issues don’t exist when the children are kept occupied and enjoying their activities but in the event that an behavior needs to be dealt with the following is my action plan.
- I focus a lot on our emotions and our “choices” and how our choices affect others.
- I will use behavior guidance that is fair, reasonable, and suited to the age of the child.
- I will not use any corporal punishment (spanking) in my program.
- I will impose a “time-out” for any physical violence,using a guideline of one minute per year of age.
- I use a “go get calm” spot for children to go and refocus there energy and compose themselves.
- I will remove a child from the play group in order to redirect his or her behavior.
- I will use natural and logical consequences for misbehavior. (natural consequences)
- 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:
- “I like how you are using your walking feet in the house.”
- “It was nice to ask Thea if you could have the doll when she was done with it.”
- 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.
- 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.