What's your email address & Phone
What type of license do you
Do you have any helpers
What language(s) do you speak
Do you have an open door
What is your turnover rate
children do you currently provide care for
What type of
do you provide
allow the children to watch TV
Where do the children nap
What is your method for
Do you have a vacation policy
Do you have a sick day policy
Do you do back up daycare
Do you offer a discount for families with more than one child
What are your religious
Can you tell me more your policies
attending dayare affect my child in the future
I am operating under an A; I can have a total of
children in care at any one time. I can care for 6 children under school age. Of the total children under school age, no more than
3 will be infants and toddlers. Of this total, no more than 2
will be infants (School age is considered to be the date of enrollment in
Kindergarten and beyond). While my license is not an infant toddler
specialty license at this time I plan to continue to focus on the
younger age set.
Yes, however, because this is a
private residence, I keep my door
locked. All you need to do is knock.
On average, over the last several
children remain in my care for 3 years.
|What type of
do you provide?|
Many learning opportunities come about
during the course of the day while in my home. Pets are present, and
might be around the children. If you have an aversion to cats around
your child then my home would not be a good match for
relationship building here. Activities are age appropriate. There
will be open ended art activities when your child is old enough to
hold the crayon, marker, scissor or paintbrush on his or her own without
placing it in their mouths. Typically this occurs around 18 - 24 months
of age. I want to stress this because sometimes parents are
expecting something different than what I provide, so I feel those
that are interested in my program should keep all of this in mind.
Babies and toddlers
learn so much while moving through the environment, and the
activities that take place during these first months will be highly
physical. I provide large motor, small motor and opportunities to
build friendship and trust. Your child won't greet you with a craft
item each day, rather, with a smile.
Please review this web page for information regarding Kindergarten readiness:
Do you allow the children to watch TV?|
Yes the children are allowed to watch TV.
Infants aren't typically interested in the TV, but are attracted to the
sound. Most days the television is on during drop-off times. Because of the varying drop-off times this helps ease the transition period in a more calm way and is less intrusive to the
older children in the group. More often, a music channel is selected. I
will also turn on the news on low volume.
I have had parents request that their older child be excluded from nap time due to the child's difficulty falling asleep at
night. To accommodate them and maintain a rest period for the younger children, I will have a movie on during nap time for the older children (ages 5 and up). The older children must remain quiet and on their mats, reading books is encouraged.
Where do the children nap?|
I have pack n play cribs for the infants
and toddlers. Mats for preschool, and school age children.
What is your method for discipline? (IE: timeouts?
All discipline is handled in a caring manner. I have found redirection works with all ages whether it be showing a toddler a different toy to play with or moving an older child to a different area of the room. As the child grows and is able to understand what was done that was inappropriate I will discuss with the child alternate ways that they could have handled the situation.
There are times when school-aged children have privileges withheld. These privileges are individual to the child, but may include - no television, no video games (I allow school-age children to play video games for short periods of time).
I will occasionally use a brief time-out
in a different area of the room. The general rule of thumb is one minute per year in relation to the age of the child.
Do you have a vacation policy? |
I take up to four weeks of unpaid vacation each calendar year. I have eight paid Holidays and 5 paid personal leave days.
Please keep in mind that I don't always take
the 4 weeks of vacation, and I rarely use the personal leave days. I
schedule my personal appointments during my unpaid vacation time, such
as Doctor and Dentist visits, procedures etc. whenever possible.
I will give the parents a two week notice regarding my vacation days. Maximum notice is given when possible when I need to use a personal leave day; these are usually reserved for illness or emergency.
My payment policy is parents pay me whenever I am available.
Parent/child vacation days are paid.
Do you have a sick day policy? |
To lessen the spread of illness we practice
regular cleaning and disinfecting of toys as well as hand washing
for the children and myself.
I do have a sick child exclusion policy. Fever of 100 degrees with any other symptom (cough, runny nose,
diarrhea, sore throat) or a fever of 101 degrees with no other symptom are signs of illness and the child will need to be kept out of care until 24 hours without
fever or contagious symptoms. Payment is due for days children cannot attend due to illness.
Do you do back up daycare?|
I provide drop-in care if I have the opening
available for the day or days in question. Back up care, ( aka drop-in) is
based on availability. Please see my
page for what I charge.
Do you offer a discount for
families with more than one child?|
I offer a 5% discount to families with
three or more children. Sorry, no discounts for one or two children.
I consider myself a non-denominational
Here I touch
briefly on the main policies. Parents are given a complete policy
handbook upon enrollment.
New Years Day, Good Friday,
Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the
Friday after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day, are my paid
I am on the food program. I will
provide breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. Parents have the
option of supplying formula or breast milk and solids for their
infant, or I can provide it upon enrollment on the CACFP food
Smoking and Pets:
Non-smoking at all times. We enjoy the company
of friendly cats.
The trips we take are all within
walking distance. I do not plan to take all the children in the
car because I provide care for infants, and many times have
more than one infant in my care at one time.
We have daily, age-appropriate
activities. Our time is loosely structured to provide a sameness
and security to each day, and still allow for flexibility
A two-week deposit is due upon
signing the contract. This deposit (also called Holding Fee)
will hold your child’s place for care. The deposit will be
applied to your child's('rens) last two weeks of attendance. If
you decide to terminate care before your child attends the first
week, your deposit is forfeited. I do not issue refunds on any
portion of deposits.
A one-time non-refundable $50.00
registration fee will be due along with your deposit, this fee
is applied toward the cost of paper work, materials and
equipment. The first two weeks of care will be a “trial” period to assess if the
daycare arrangement is working out for the parent, provider and
Some parents are looking to
begin their toddler in toilet learning before the age of two
years. I am firm in my philosophy that children learn this skill
the same way they learn any other, by practice, however if the
child doesn't show signs of readiness in my home then we will
need to postpone the transition from diapers to underwear here.
Keep in mind what a child is prepared for at home with his or
her parents will likely be different from what that same child
is prepared for here in my home at this young age.
Toileting will never be forced
on an unwilling child here. Children will not be left on the
toilet or potty chair until "they go". They will be given a few
minutes to relieve themselves and then we will be done "trying".
I am with the children while they are in the bathroom.
Lots of parents wonder if
attending daycare will affect their child in the future. The
answer is yes because all experiences affect a child's future in
one way or the other. There are actually a lot of benefits your
child will experience by attending daycare that you may not have
When your child attends daycare he will learn to socialize with
others. Socialization is very important and the earlier
kids start learning the better socializers they will
become. In daycare kids are exposed to many other children so
they learn how to play with their friends and how to share. They
also learn to coexist with other children they may not care for
much and resolve conflicts on their own. As a result, daycare
can really help your child get a jumpstart on socialization
early on and prepare him for school.
No Separation Anxiety
If you are not separated from your child until
kindergarten begins then you may notice your child
This may be very stressful for
parents, teachers, and the child. However, if your child attends
daycare from an early age until they begin kindergarten they
typically are able to get over their anxiety and understand that
their parents will return at the end of the day. This certainly
allows for a much smoother transition to kindergarten.
Prepared for Kindergarten
Daycare prepares kids for kindergarten. Many times they will
learn their alphabet, numbers, and the like while in daycare.
This gives kids a head start for kindergarten and allows them to
enter with the basic knowledge of what they are going to learn.
Daycares have rules and if your child attends daycare he will
certainly learn those rules and how to obey them. Learning to
follow rules at a young age is very helpful to parents because
the child will be responsive to rules at home as well as rules
As you can see if you send your
child to daycare there will be a lot of benefits from doing so.
Of course there are some drawbacks associated with daycare but
many of them are outweighed by the many benefits.
Please review this web page for information regarding Kindergarten readiness: