Cati's House Childcare

Handbook 

Cati’s House Childcare

Parent Handbook

Catherine Pivnicka~Owner

Non-Discrimination- As a provider, I shall not discriminate in relation to admissions on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, religion,
sex or disability

“Providing Safe and Quality Care for Children”

Operating since 1998   
Address:                3375 West Blvd.
                              Cleveland, Ohio 44111

Phone: cell:216-326-2458                                                       home:216-860-0630

Email:                 catishousechildcare@gmail.com

Web:                    www.catishousechildcare.com


“From the same mouth come blessing and cursing” James 3:10
….We must be careful not to discourage {our children} through nagging, criticism, and reprimands. Even more important, we must balance our  correction with words of encouragement and affirmation, words that our precious little ones will treasure in their hearts throughout their whole lives…..

Child~care~pro~vi~der (child kar pro vid we) n
Chef, baker, janitor, sock and shoe finder, coat buttoner, boot fitter, bottle washer, grocery shopper, diaper changer, protector, dish washer, nose wiper, vegetable pusher, floor sweeper, waiter, story teller, playground attendant, PE teacher, activity director, driver, zoo keeper, inspector, aerobics instructor, tutor, entertainer, therapist, manger, derby instructor, performer, bookkeeper, self-esteem builder, teacher, helper, well wisher, nurse, traffic controller, noise controller, life saver, thinker, problem solver, engineer, designer, counselor, safety instructor, arbitrator, creator, inventor, companion, musician, historian, technician, dietitian, athlete, beautician, fire marshal, analyst, artist, dentist, scientist, biologist, technologist, accountant, manicurist, receptionist, environmentalist, pharmacist, hygienist, speech therapist, reader, builder, informer, composer, supervisor, author, navigator, peacemaker, friend………….

“Little children come to me for hugs
 and books and such I
 care for all their simple needs
And I also fix them lunch.
I pick up toys, I mop their spills and often
Dry their tears. I change their diapers,
Settle fights, and kiss away their tears,
I tie their shoes
I button coats and push them on the swing.
I really love these kids you see but there is just one more thing,
Call me Mom or Aunt or Cati
And those names just might fit.
But please don’t call me SITTER
Because I never get to SIT!”
~author unknown


All About Cati & Cati’s House Childcare

Hello my name is Cati Pivnicka and I have enjoyed the opportunity to keep children in my home for over 15+ years now, and I absolutely love it! I welcome your family into my heart and home. I offer more then just a baby-sitting serve, I offer an extended family ~ a support system that nurtures all of us. A unique family home setting the caters to the emotional and developmental needs of all children.

As a working parent, you face the difficult challenge of balancing all the commitments and responsibilities of the needs of your family. Finding high quality childcare that is flexible to your work schedule is one of the most difficult tasks you will face, not to mention one you can afford. I want to thank you for trusting me with your child; this is a special gift to me. When your child is at my daycare home, you will receive peace of mind knowing that your child is being loved and taken care of much in the same fashion that you yourself would provide

I have over 15 years experience working with children in the childcare setting and 9 years working with Special needs kids. I use my knowledge to offer stimulating, development activities when your child is ready for them. They include music and movement, outdoor play, practical life and sensorial activities (play dough, sand and water exploration, etc.), arts and crafts, pre-reading and pre-math skills, quiet story and sharing times, manipulative, dramatic play, field trips(zoo, swimming pool/sprinkler, museums, nature center/walks) lots of laughter, hugs, and love.

We maintain low child ratio so your child can receive the kind of close attention he or she deserves.

We have a large back yard fully fenced, and child friendly, equipped with fun and safe playing equipment. Sand box, bikes, basket ball hoop, balls and lots of other outdoor toys

My commitment to you starts with your commitment to me. For this support system to thrive, we must have open honest communication. Please feel free to share with me your concern, problems, and situations which will affect your child. I will share mine with you.

To help my family child care home operate smoothly, you will need to comply with my policy and contract which is included in the handbook.
Please read this ~Handbook~ thoroughly, as it covers very important policies and procedures that not only governs our childcare contract agreement, but also pertains to the care of your child. There may seem to be a lot of information, if you have any questions regarding my policies, please don’t hesitate to ask. We will go over this book during your interview, this copy is for you to reference back to. There will be a yearly revision to this ~Handbook~ and the accompanying contract. All families will sign a new contract each year. I reserve the right to make changes to the policies and procedures, as I deem necessary. You will be notified, in writing, of any changes that may occur.

Mission statement &Philosophy :

Mission:  As a family child care provider, my goal is to provide a safe and happy place for children where they can learn and grow physically, emotionally, intellectually, and socially at their own pace. I believe children learn through play and benefit from a structured yet flexible schedule. Activities will be offered which stimulate sensory motor development, language development and social interaction. The development of strong self-esteem is also a major goal. Children will be taught to respect each other, adults, and property

Philosophy: Family childcare in a “home like” setting is the best alternative there is for working parents. It provides a small secure environment for children during the most important time of their development. Family childcare offers a home away from home, providing children with “siblings” of all ages, to play socialize, and learn from each other.

Guidance Policy:
Cati’s House Childcare believes that helping the child to learn self-control is very important. Our hope is that each child will learn self-discipline through careful guidance. Your child will be treated with love and respect. If children are treated with respect, they in turn learn to respect the teachers and their friends. Our expectations will be kept within the child’s capabilities and the child will be made aware of these expectations. Positive reinforcement (commenting on children doing the “right thing”) and positive redirection (removing the child and giving them an appropriate activity) will be used. A child may need quite time to give the child a chance to regain control if they are having a difficult time. Quite time will be age appropriate in length and done within the classroom. The provider will not impose punishments for failure to eat, sleep or toileting accidents. This discipline policy applies to all staff and parents while they are at the daycare.
If a situation arises where a child is consistently endangering himself, peers or provider, it may become necessary to dis-enroll the child. Every attempt will be made to work together with the parents and the child to correct the behavior. However, the safety of children is our primary concern. If the child demonstrates behavior that requires frequent “extra attention” from the provider, we may choose to develop and implement a behavior management plan.
This statement sums up my policy: "Punishment that is humiliating or frightening to a child, such as hitting, spanking, shaking, or verbal abuse, withholding or forcing food or punishment for lapses in toilet training and other forms of physical punishment are prohibited. These forms of punishment will never be used, even at the request of the parent.

I will treat your child, as they were my own, I feel it is important for the child to feel love as well as discipline.

Staff/child Ratios:

Ratio: There is a ratio of 6:1 (6 kids-1 adult). No more than three children may be under two years of age.

Ages: I have a mixed age of children. I can care for children from infancy and up. A goal I have is to keep siblings together and not separate them, like other daycare centers (infant room, toddler room and so on)

License:
Private Type B homes - one to six children cared for in the provider's personal residence. No more than three children may be under two years of age. The provider's own children under six years of age must be included in the total count. Anyone can operate a Type B Home without a license. Anyone can operate a Type B Home without a license, I am currently on a waiting list to become certified (However I cannot accept vouchers) I follow the rules and regulations set by the state for a certified type B home. However I am inspected yearly by the Fire Dept. and the Health Dept. and because I Participate in the USDA Food Program I have 3-6 yearly unannounced visits.



Licensed Type B homes- The county department of Job and Family Services must certify type B homes if the childcare is paid for with public funds.

Communication:
Communication is very important to me. When I accept a new family into my business, I like to be sure that we can share openly any concerns or questions that may arise. It is important that there is a similar childcare philosophy between us. I welcome questions, feedback, or discussions of any kind that are oriented towards a positive outcome for the child(ren). Sensitive issues will be discussed in private outside of regular childcare hours either by telephone or conference. Conferences will not be scheduled as a routine part of your child's care; however, should you like to have a conference, you may request one at any time. I publish a monthly newsletter that will explain some of the activities we are doing, our current curriculum themes, events that will be happening during that month, my days off, and any other pertinent or fun information that may be of interest to you. You are always welcome to contribute to our newsletter. Parents of infants will receive a daily note. Some typical things you may find on this paper would be feedings, diaper changes, schedule, temperament, and things to remember. Parents of toddlers will also receive a daily note. Some typical things you may find on this paper would be things to remember, rest schedule, activities, temperament, and meals. Parents of preschoolers and older will not receive a daily note unless there is an unusual reminder or a situation I need to make you aware of. You are encouraged to call me at any time between the hours of 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. If you call during the day, please be aware that I may be busy with the children and may not be able to answer the phone. If you would leave a message on my voice mail, I will call you back as soon as possible. The best time to call during the day is during our daily quiet time.



Child Abuse Reporting: I am required by law to report any suspected signs of child abuse and/or neglect. This includes any form of physical punishment by parents in my home. Any request to use physical punishments by the parents will be noted in the child’s file along with a written refusal from Cati’s House Childcare, signed by the parent and provider.

Enrollment Policy:
During the interview you received a checklist, which covers requirements for enrollment. This must be followed in order to enroll your child. All paperwork must be received before your child may start.

*There is a nonrefundable registration fee of $25.00 per family
    ~Registration materials
    ~Start up supplies
    ~Birthday Party (see birthday section)
    ~Field trip T-shirt

*Read through and become familiar with the Policies. You will be required to sign a form that indicates you have read, understood, and agree to ALL the policies as outlined

* There are many forms that must be completed and handed in before I can assume the responsibility of caring for your child. (There are NO EXCEPTIONS. Most of these forms are required by the State of Ohio). In accordance with state law you will be required upon admission to complete the required necessary forms and provide a statement certifying your child’s immunization record, a listing of any specials needs, the name of your child’s physician, and signed handbook and contract. Your child must be in the process of obtaining all immunizations at the medically appropriate times. Care will not be provided if I do not have all of the required, complete paperwork. All information will be kept confidential. (A medical form signed by a physician or certified nurse practitioner is required to be submitted within 30 days of admission. This medical must be updated every 6 months for children under two and yearly for children over two).

*Your child’s adjustment is important to all of us. It is therefore agreed that a two-week trial period will exist before arrangements for continued care become final. At the end of this period, the parents and provider will discuss how the child has adjusted to the new setting, realizing that this varies from child to child. At this time either party may terminate care. You will not be required to give me a two-week notice.

Hours and Days of Operation:
**We are open Monday thru Friday 6am-6pm 

We accommodate those parents 

who work non-traditional or rotating schedules. This Includes MOST Holidays

Closing:
There may be a day that I must close due to an illness or training; this would only happen if my back up could not cover me. (I have back-ups; all have cleared the criminal background check and are CPR/First aide certified) I will notify you as soon as possible for an illness, training days I will know ahead of time, and if there will not be back-up.

Paid Holidays/Vacations/Sick time:

I will take two week vacation/sick days each year. I take closing my daycare very seriously, because I realize the inconvenience to you if you cannot depend on your daycare each morning.
Please respect that when my child care home is closed for vacation, I am taking this time to rest and to be with my family or just to catch up on home duties. I take my job very seriously and consider this to be a legitimate long term career. In order to accomplish this, I need this time out to maintain the energy level it takes to give your child the quality care he/she deserves.

**NO REDUCTION OF TUITION FOR CLOSINGS**

 I do reserve the right to close for any reason in which I cannot operate in a safe manner. i.e. loss of electricity, water, heat or in extreme circumstances loss of air conditioning, and medical epidemics. Child care fees are paid for any of these occurrences.



Sign-in and out is Mandatory:
There is a sign in sheet by the Front door.  Please sign your child in and out each day. Any special messages, medications, special pickup notes, etc. Are to be given to the provider. Children may not be dropped off or be sent inside alone. Parents are responsible for the supervision of their child before and after sign-in. Saying good-bye can be difficult for both you and your child. I would suggest that on your drive over you discuss with your child the fun activities and all the positives about coming. I recommend a speedy drop-off; I have found that prolonging the good-bye only makes it harder on your child Pick up can be equally as hectic as often time, several parents are picking up at the same time and this is a time of testing, when two different authority figures are present (Parent/Provider). All children will test to see if the rules still apply, I expect parents to back up the rules, please be in control of your child during drop off and pick up.

Custody Agreements: If there is a court order keeping one parent or guardian away from the child. I must have a copy from the custodial parent in my file to that affect; otherwise I cannot prevent the non-custodial parent from picking up the child.

Supplies:
LABEL EVERYTHING WITH YOUR CHILD’S NAME. You may leave here
*Complete change of clothes for your child, including socks and underwear. *Soiled clothing will be sent home and a clean change of clothes need to be brought back the next day.
*Any over the counter medication that you wish to be used. Must have permission form on file.
*Hair brush/comb
*Tooth brush and child toothpaste
*Blanket/sleep companions
*2-bottles / 2 pacifier / pacifier fastener to be left here. It will not be necessary for you to send bottles daily unless you are breastfeeding
*A bottle of pain reliever (ie Tylenol or Motrin)  You will also have to fill out Permission to Administer medication form
*Any cream/powder etc. that you wish me to use. You will also have to fill out Permission to Administer medication form
*Parents of Infants may need to supply all formulas/breast milk, jarred baby food & diapers if you do not want to use my brand; they must be in the original unopened containers.
*(Once on table food, they will be able to join the regular scheduled menu.)

Where does your Daycare money go?
At my daycare, you pay per “position” which means that the slot is held just for your child and is not based on attendance. What does this include?

*Unconditional love and nurturing of your child - Priceless
*Dependability
*Family environment: small ratio of adult per child, family atmosphere
*Craft supplies: crayons, tape, glue. Scissors, markers, paper, pipe cleaners, ink for the daycare printer, etc..
*Training And Inspections for the USDA Food Program
*Training for provider: CPR & First Aid, Child Care Conferences, daycare safety, abuse training, etc…
*Birthday and Christmas gifts: each child has their own birthday party and we have a Christmas party. We even have other parties to celebrate a theme, or a party for no reason.
*For children over two it also pays for a preschool program.
*Treats: things that would include pizza parties for birthdays
*Utilities: cell phone & landline both are required by the State, and gas, rent, electric
*Furniture: wear and tear, cleaning, replacing, repairing
*Cleaning Supplies: for mopping the floor, doing dishes, and disinfectant cleaners, garbage bags, laundry soap, etc…
*Your fees must provide my income including taxes and social security,
 Like other self-employed workers, Family child care providers do not receive benefits many employees take for granted. This includes health/dental insurance, life insurance, and retirement/pension, paid personal days, worker’s comp, paid vacations, and so on. The state dictates the size of my business and I cannot take time off for appointments or other obligations without careful planning and covering of my responsibilities. To protect my rights and income, you will find that a guaranteed wage is part of my contract. Most people work a 40-hour week, mine is more like 65hours and up and that does not include my training, preparation, bookkeeping, and paperwork, shopping, and cleaning time. I hope this gives you a better picture of the true costs of childcare.
And the list goes on and on

Family childcare has it’s positive points, one being that your child will have much more individual attention and opportunities for learning, and much less illness than in a center.
Isn’t it Worth the Cost?

Tuition/Fees and Payment Policies:

Full Time Rate (40-50hrs per week)
Infants $140.00
Toddlers $140.00
Pre-School $140.00
School-age $140.00 (Summer Rate)

Daily Rate (8-10hrs)
Infants $40.00
Toddlers $35.00
Pre-School $35.00
School-age $30.00

Daily Rate (4-5hrs)
Infants $30.00
Toddlers $25.00
Pre-School $25.00
School-age $25.00

BEFORE/AFTER SCHOOL:
 (full day students)/(Mon-Fri)
Before/After $80.00 per week (20  hours week.   one meal and one snack )
Before OR After $60.00 per week (Max 2hrs per day, 1 breakfast or snack served )
Snow days/school closing: daily rate of $15.00 per day
Full time children take priority during snow days ***See Note***

Parent Night Out: (1St and 3rd Friday of every month)
1st come 1st served must fill out paperwork and pay in advance
Mini evening 6:00pm-8:00pm/ one child $20.00, each additional child $10.00
Full evening 6:00pm-12:00am/ one child $40.00, each additional child $15.00
Overnight 6:00pm-10:00am/ one child $60.00,each additional child $20.00
(No Refunds)

Weekend Getaway:
(4th Weekend of each month) 8pm Friday to 8pmSunday
1st come 1st served must fill out paperwork and pay in advance, by the 15th
Space is limited to 3 children (NO REFUNDS)
Cost of weekend getaway is $150.00 per Child
Each additional sibling is $70.00

Emergency Care Available:
We are now offering emergency care for any child not already enrolled in Cati‘s House Childcare Program.  This type of care would be available during snow days, no school, sick provider, jury duty, or any other emergency needed, please bring a copy of your child's shot record with you. "NOT SICK CHILD CARE" $50.00 per day

Anything over 10 hours per day has to pay $5.50 per hour
    ~All overtime must be pre-arranged

Infants/Toddlers (0-2years)
Pre-School (3-4 years)
School Age (5 and UP)

Transportation costs to and from school are $30 per week plus above tuition to transport one way. The $30 transportation fee is ONLY to transport your child one time a day FOR A WEEK (5 DAYS). If you need your child transported 2 times day is $40 per week. No additional cost for siblings who attend same school.
 I will evaluate gas cost each August and notify you in writing if I am forced to raise transportation fees due to gas prices.

***School Delays/Cancellations***
In case of school delays/cancellations I will remain open but I can only accommodate 6 children at one time, call me immediately so I can count your child in my maximum number for the day, you may have to have back-up for those times. Full time care will always be counted first, then part time care, and so on.

No spots will be held unless weekly fees are being paid
Due to the limited spaces available, weekly payments are based on using or holding your slot, not on the child's attendance. No refunds are given for late arrivals/early departures, parental vacations or exclusion due to illness.

Payment options:
In your contract you will choose which payment option is best for you. Payments accepted by Cash, Credit Card or Check made payable to:

 Catherine Turner-Pivnicka 

 

For your convenience, I offer the following payment options.

All payments for care are due in advance for the week
1. Weekly= every week
2. Bi-weekly=every other week
3. Monthly=1st Day of every month

Monday IS PAYDAY:
All fees shall be paid on Monday morning when your child is dropped off. Do not put me in a position to ask for the check~ please remember to bring it.

Returned check fee:
Returned check fee $40.00 + any additional fees assessed by my bank/payees, and late fees
In the event your bank returns your check, Cati’s House Childcare will charge you a $40.00 return check fee and any additional fees assessed by my bank/payees, which caused a negative balance and/or a bounced check(s) or transaction from my checking account as a direct result of your bounced check, along with a late fee.
Once these fees are paid in full, I will only accept cash payments for tuition

Late payment:
Each family will have to pay $10.00 per day; for every day that your payment is late, with a maximum of $30.00 or 3 days. You will be terminated if fees go beyond two (2) weeks. Continued late payments will result in termination of our contract.

Over Time/ Late Fees:

1. For the purpose of this agreement, overtime will be considered  as anything over 10 hours per day has to pay $5.50 per hour
2. Provider approved early drop off or late pick up per your agreed contracted hours has to pay $5.50 per hour
3. If the parent/legal guardian has not informed the provider that he or she will be arriving earlier or later than the agreed contracted hours, the following rate will be charged $5.00 per 15 minutes increments.

No Call/No Show:
If your child will not be attending Cati’s House Childcare, a one-hour notice per your contract arrival time is required. If notice is not received, the fee of $20.00 will be assessed payable at your next scheduled payday. It’s no fair to the other children or myself that we would have to wait around and not start our day  
Absent/Late:
If your child will be absent or late, please call to let me know.   This will help us plan our day and is especially helpful in planning meals.  Your child’s absence will NOT reduce your weekly fee.   If you do not arrive on time, and have not called, you risk us not being available to take your child.
Late Pick-up:
Please remember that this is a business not a babysitting service.   I have a life of my own, with my husband and it is very important to me that I spend as much quality time with him as possible after business hours.   If you suspect that you may be late in picking up your child, you will need to arrange for a back up person to come in your place. Please don't assume that I will be available to stay with your child. In the event that you use a backup person to come for your child, please call me in advance and instruct this person to show me their photo identification upon arrival. As a reminder, your child care hours are outlined in your contract, if you are scheduled to arrive at 4:30, please stick to this schedule as closely as possible.   If you cannot you MUST call to see if I am available to keep your child the additional time.

Future Enrollment:

If Care is begin at a future date, (2 weeks from the enrollment date)
An advance payment of $200.00 will hold a position 2 weeks
If Care is begin at a future date, (3 weeks from the enrollment date)
An advance payment of $250.00 will hold a position 3 weeks
If Care is begin at a future date, (4 weeks from the enrollment date)
An advance payment of $300.00 will hold a position 4 weeks
If Care is begin at a future date, (5 weeks from the enrollment date)
An advance payment of $350.00 will hold a position 5 weeks
If Care is begin at a future date, (6 weeks from the enrollment date)
An advance payment of $400.00 will hold a position 6 weeks

This fee guarantees a spot for a specified date and child.
This fee is non-refundable should alternate arrangements be made by you.
A position will not be held unless there is a signed contract, all required
forms are filled out and returned, holding fee and the $25.00 registration

MATERNITY/ LEAVE of Absence:
In cases of your potential absence due to: maternity, lay-off, loss of job or extended leave from your job, your child is in the hospital, ill or on leave from care for an extended period of time or more than (5) days.
  (such as summer vacation/visitation with other parent)
I will require a holding fee of $75.00 per week to hold the position for up to six weeks per year. After six weeks, the rate will return to the full amount or I will need to fill the vacancy with another child

Typical Activities: Free play, potty breaks/diaper changes, wash up, breakfast, clean up, stories, songs, outside play, snacks, art, music, dramatic play, table toys, lunch, quiet time, science, Dvd’s, group play, special day.

I provide a preschool program from September through May for children ages 2-5 at no additional cost to you. Some of the activities include arts & crafts, music, math, science, stories, games as well as letter, shape. Color and number recognition in a monthly theme format. Some of the projects will be taken home to share with family and others will be ones that you can ask about. The monthly activity schedule is posted on the bulletin board in the dinning room. The goal of preschool is to have fun and provide a little extra learning stimulation for the older children. It will not be a rigorous academic program as young children still learn best from participating in and observing the environment around them. Over the summer months we just review what we learned during the year.
Music helps to develop young brains and will play a strong role in day to day activities. We have special music activities (music & movement)

Religious Practices:
Christian environment and program
Cati’s House Childcare we teach Christian values and morals to our children through bible stories, prayers and Christian principles. We desire to give your children the care they need, while providing a spiritual environment with Christian leadership to help children grow and develop a love of Jesus
What's special about our center is the focus on Christian values. We teach this through simple Bible stories, short prayer and daily problems that we learn to work out together.
*Daily Bible reading/teaching
*Bible based curriculum
*Bible circle time
*I recognizes that each child learns differently and will uses many approaches for learning

OUR DAILY SCHEDULE

This schedule is just an example of our day, and is followed as closely as possible. In the event that your child needs to be picked up or dropped off at rest time, please make arrangements beforehand so we do not disturb the other children. Also if you will not have your child here for a scheduled meal, please let me know so I can plan accordingly. Thank you!

6:30-8:00a.m. .......Arrival times, back to bed, free (quiet) play
7:00/8:00a.m. ......Breakfast
8:30-9:10a.m. .......Clean up, free play (children leave for bus)
9:15-9:45a.m. ........(Circle time) calendar, weather, greetings, sharing time
10:00a.m..... Juice/milk breaks
10:00-10:30.........  program
10:30-11:30a.m..... Outside play (weather permitting) (In bad weather we play in our playroom)
11:30-11:45.. ..........Clean-up, wash up, prepare for lunch, movie
12-12:30................ Lunch
12:30-1:00.............cleanup, brush teeth, story time
1:00-3:00 ............rest time
3:00-3:20............ snack
3:30-5:30 .............outside play, free play, computer time
4:30/6:30pm……...Dinner
8:30pm…………..Bedtime Snack

Evening and Overnight Care:
Our evening childcare program has some additional policies. These apply only to the children who attend after 9pm. For security reasons, access to the daycare is limited to only parents/guardians and the people who live here.

Evening Schedule: Free play, potty breaks/diaper changes, wash up, Dinner, clean up, stories, songs, outside play, snacks, art, music, dramatic play, table toys, quiet time, science, DVD’s, group play, special day

Supervision of Infants/Toddlers/Preschoolers: At no time will a child be left unattended. Provider will supervise children at all times, including naptime.

Supervision of School age children: School age children may engage in activities that pose no physical risk to their safety in a room in a room without the provider, as long as the provider can see or hear the children at all times and checks on the children periodically. School age children can use the restroom alone.

Children Arriving to Cati’s House Childcare from other programs:
At times it may be necessary for a child to arrive at the daycare from another program (school-age arrives at the center from school) If a child is scheduled to arrive and does not, we will first contact the parent to confirm that the child is scheduled to be at the daycare that day, and then contact the program that they are to have arrived from. We will then consult with the parent to determine further action. For this reason, it is very important that parents contact the daycare when their child is not going to be attending

Release of a Child: Your child will only be allowed to leave with a person whose name is on file as a person authorized to pick-up your child. A written note for that day will be allowed. No phone calls from the parent will be allowed (this is for the safety of your child). Identification will be asked for upon arrival and code word must be given before the child is released. This is strictly for your child’s safety and your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
If a parent/guardian arrives intoxicated or under the influence of drugs in the opinion of the provider, I cannot by law stop the parent from taking the child but all Reasonable steps will be taken to avoid releasing the child to that person. An emergency contact will be called to pick up the child. If the parent leaves with the child anyway 9.1.1. Will be called for the safety of the child.

Toilet training:
I feel most children are ready to begin toilet training when they are between two and three years of age. When your child shows readiness for toilet learning, this will be done in a relaxed manner and in cooperation with you. I will only begin helping to potty train a child if you have successfully began training at home for 2 weeks prior. If your child has frequent accidents or is just learning to use the toilet, you will need to provide plenty of extra clothing and underwear. A lot of parents like pull-ups, I don’t I feel they are just like a diaper and training takes longer. I would like you to buy training underwear that can be left here at least 6-10 pairs and I will launder them for you. Your child may wear pull-up to and from daycare. This is just my preference and you do not have to do this, you may train your child in pull-ups. (I do not supply pull-ups)

    Emergencies:


Accidents/Emergencies:
I am Certified in CPR infant/child/adult & First Aid
Although supervision is constantly given, I cannot be by the child’s side at all times to prevent falls, tripping, bumps, blows from other children, etc. minor cuts and abrasions suffered while at the daycare will receive proper care, specifically, they will be washed with soap and warm water and properly bandaged. Injury and treatment will be logged. I will tell you how and when the injury occurred. I am also required to log any injuries I observe on your child which have occurred outside my care. If the child is injured in a non life-threating way, I will assess the child and provide home first aid. If the injury is more serious, the parent will be notified immediately to come get the child. If it is a life-threating emergency steps will be taken to care for your child and 9.1.1. Will be called first and then I will call you. All costs associated with injuries to the child will be the responsibility of the parent.


Fire Safety Plan:
 I have a written fire evacuation plan and practice a fire drill with the children at least once each month. In addition, I incorporate fire safety curriculum into my program occasionally. My home is inspected regularly for fire safety. More detailed information and drill records are posted on the bulletin board. Our meeting place is the Front Porch next door. Brown/red/brick home if leaving by Side door or Front door. If leaving out Back door there is an arch way with benches to sit on.

Tornado Safety Plan:
In case of a tornado warning or watch will go to the basement, the laundry room. I have a room set up in the basement, It has no windows

Flood Safety Plan:
In case of a flood we will immediately go to the upper level of our daycare home.
If flooding is above upper level we will take children to the highest accessible point. (My Attic)
Will take our cell phone to notify children’s parents and emergency help if is possible.

Serious Injury Plan:
We will call 911 for immediate help if required in the situation. Apply necessary first aid before medical help available. Or take the child to the closest emergency room. We will call the substitute daycare provider if the situation requires. I will take my cell phone to notify parents of situation.

Other Disaster Plans:
Ice, Snow or any other disaster. I have Made sure I have enough emergency supplies, water/food, blankets, flashlight, candles, first aid etc. Children will be taken to the  basement . Or take to safest place available. Call parents from cell phone if possible. To notify the children’s parents of the location we are at. Also how their child or children are doing. Wait out storm until safe to return children to parents.

Biting Occurrences:
Unfortunately when groups of small children are together biting will occur occasionally. One of my primary goals is to provide a safe and loving learning environment for children. When a biting incident occurs, there are many upset feelings. When it does occur I take it very seriously and try to find the reason why the child bit and try to extinguish the behavior as quickly as possible and assist in developing positive social skills. Biting is not uncommon. It causes more upset feeling than any other behavior in-group settings for young children such as learning centers and day cares. Parents of the child who was bitten, parent’s of the child biting, and for daycare provider all want the behavior to end as quickly as possible. As we know, young children up to two years of age learn through mouthing objects and people. Typically this does not continue after the age of three.
Why do children bite? Children will bite for many different reasons. Some of them include:
· Experimental biting ·Jealousy · teething discomfort · becoming independent, · Child with delayed speech / communications often bites
· Is learning to play with other children, · is frustrated in expressing his/her needs or wants, or is threatened by new or changing situations such as a mother returning to work, move to another home, a new baby, or parent’s separating. Adult or another child made game with play biting.  
When a child bites another child, I will,
· Intervene immediately· Help the child who was bitten TLC, ice and apply Neosporin etc · Talk briefly to the child who bite and remove the child from the situation for a brief period of time. I will tell the child in a calm but firm voice, “No biting, biting hurts.” Or “I do not like it
When you bite people. You hurt him/her. S/he’s crying.”· Reinforce positive behaviors·  Notify parents of all children involved.
· Talk with the parent’s of the child who is biting· Send home notice verbal / and in writing to both parents· Document biting child with, date time, child bitten, area bitten and area of body bitten on child· Try to shadow closer the child during free play when biting often occurs. While using all of these techniques, most children resolve the biting behavior. However, should this continue without any improvement, Then I must take further steps to ensure the safety of the children in my care? Therefore, I may require that the child that is biting find another daycare environment that will meet his/her individual needs.


Meals:
Your child will be enrolled in the Child Care Food Program. This is a federally funded program and insured that your child will be served nutritionally balanced meals.            
**If your child has an allergy to a specific food, please let me know**
Breakfast 7:00/8:00 a.m.
AM Snack 10:00am
Lunch 12:00p.m.
PM Snack 2:00p.m
Dinner 4:30/6:30pm
Bedtime Snack 8:30pm

Children are never expected to clean their plate, but are asked to try everything just once, but no alternatives will be served (unless an allergy). Children who choose not to eat a meal or snack will need to wait until the next scheduled time.
At no time is your child allowed to bring food in, please allow your child time to finish all uneaten food prior to arriving inside Cati‘s House Childcare.

 If your child wishes to bring an occasional treat, please call me to verify quantity and approved foods. All treats etc, must arrive in sealed packages. We practice manners at childcare. We use thank you, please, your welcome and many more! All children join us at the dinner table, learn proper seating and table manners. Children will help set tables and prepare the table and meal when possible. Children will also help unset the table and clean up afterwards.   Menus are posted on the bulletin board weekly.

INFANT FORMULA AND BABY FOOD      

If your child is taking breast milk, there are a few extra steps that you will need to follow.
#1 Please make sure your child has made the transition to a bottle prior to their first day at daycare.
#2 Please send more than enough breast milk for us each day.
#3 All breast milk should come in tightly sealed bottles.
#4 Bottles must be packaged in a spill proof zipped bag.
#5 A separate iced cooler will be supplied for storage of milk.
#6 Protective gloves will be worn by anyone handling breast milk at Cati‘s House Childcare.
#7 All breast milk/supply bottles will be sent home with you each evening.

HAND WASHING

Children’s hands are washed:
Before/After eating.
After diapering or use of toilet.
When coming in from outside play.
After coming in contact with a sick child and/or runny nose.
After completing messy crafts or projects.
Petting the cats/dogs.

Provider’s hands are washed:
Before preparing food.
Before feeding an infant or giving a bottle.
Before and after giving medications.
After diapering and or assisting a child using the toilet.
After touching body secretions.
And about 100 other times during the day.
Hands are always dried with single use paper towels.

Diapering:
Latex-Free gloves are used when changing diapers. After use, the changing table is cleaned and disinfected. Hands of the child and provider are washed. Diapers are changed as needed and are checked often. We very seldom have a problem with diaper rash, In most cases it occurs because of the child having been on certain medications or teething

Rest Time:
Infants nap at varying times and their personal schedules take precedence. By the time a child reaches one year of age, they are generally into the same nap routine as the rest of the child care group. We have rest time each afternoon between the hours of 12:00p.m. and 3:00p.m. Children are not required to fall asleep, but many do. Please understand that no child is allowed to be excluded from rest time All children under the age of 5 are required by state law to have a rest period . Children awaken early and have a very active day. Quiet activities are provided for those that wake early from rest time. Cots/mats are supplied for the children, as well as travel cribs for those that still require them.  Blankets or sleep companions may be brought for rest time. If you arrive during rest time, please quietly enter and keep your child quiet on your way out as to not disturb the other children.

Infant Sleep Arrangements:
State Child Care Regulations state that all infants must sleep on their back.  No wedges or blankets may be used to prop the child.   All recommendations by the SIDS Back to Sleep Program are followed when caring for a sleeping infant.   Please remember, your infant does need tummy time to strengthen their arms and back while awake.   Back positioning is recommended for sleeping only.
Infants are to slept on their backs in a travel crib with nothing but a light blanket for warmth when needed.

Management of Illness:
There is always one provider present that has received training in First Aid/Communicable Diseases and CPR.

I ensure that all substitute caregivers and myself will not abuse prescription medication or be under the influence of any chemicals that would impair our ability to provide quality care.

Illness:
Under no circumstance is a sick child to attend Cati’s House Childcare. The children should be allowed to recover fully from an illness in the comfort of their own home. The other children in care are exposed to any disease your child may bring into the home. If you are unable to remain home with your child, it is your responsibility to make substitute childcare arrangements. Obviously, it is not possible to prevent the spread of all illness. However, minimizing exposure and providing good hygienic practices in the daycare home.
Children who have exhibited any symptom of infectious illness within the last 24-hour period are likely to be contagious and should remain at home. Examples of associated symptoms include, but are not limited to, fever of 100F measure orally or 101F measured rectally, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, loss of voice, hacking or continuous coughing, yellow or green runny nose, draining eyes or ears, rash, or head lice.

I reserve the right to determine whether a child should remain in the home where illness is a consideration. Parents of children who become ill during the day will be promptly notified and are expected to arrange to pick up their child immediately. The sick child will, if possible, be isolated from the other daycare children to minimize exposure. If the parent cannot be reached, the person designated as the emergency contact will be notified. DO NOT MASK your child’s illness by giving them medication before coming to daycare and not telling me, this can result in an immediate termination.
Please call me, as soon as you know, if your child will be absent (due to illness or other reasons) so I will know not to expect him/her. Call 30 minutes before your arrival time.
Please give all medications directly to me, DO NOT place in child’s bag. The only exception to this requirement is for school age children that require the immediate use of an inhaler for a medical condition.
Because the regulations regarding medicines are so strict, I ask that you only request that I give medications when truly necessary. If your child has a prescription for medication that is to be given once or twice a day, you will be able to give those doses at home.
If your child has a chronic condition such as asthma or allergies, please get a plan of action from your Doctor for me to follow.

Some requirements for medications:
*Send medicine in its original containers (including the box it was packed in)
*If your Doctor gives you a sample, he must also write out prescription information just as though he was writing out for the pharmacy, date, child’s name, name of the medication, route of administration, dosage, how long to give medication, date to discontinue the medication.
*Include the proper dosing tool (medicine cup, spoon, oral syringe, etc.) even for over the counter medications
*When filling out the medication form, use the brand name of the medicine you are bringing. If you write, “Sudafed” on the form but it is actually a store brand version of pseudoephedrine, I will NOT be able to give it to your child.
*Please inform me of any medication you gave your child since I saw them last.



Medications:
No child will be given any medication, prescription or over the counter, unless the parent gives written permission. I will not put medications in formula, other drinks or food unless you supply me with detailed written instructions from a Doctor (some medications should be crushed and put into a small amount of applesauce for small children)

Prescription medications:
The medication must be in the original container dispensed by the pharmacy. It must contain child’s name, name of medication, Doctors name, name of pharmacy, prescription number, date and directions for administering. You will also have to fill out Permission to Administer medication form each time your child has to take medication.

Food Supplements or Modified Diets:
If your child cannot eat foods required (due to food allergies) special diet. Please secure a statement from your child’s Doctor (plan of care) within two weeks from enrollment date. I am not legally responsible for any food allergies (reactions) your child may have, as stated above, you need to bring the requested statement from your Doctor listing all food allergies. If your child needs other foods than what does the food program requires, then it will be your responsibility to supply them, example milk allergies then you would need to supply whatever your child requires (goats milk, soy milk, lactose free milk).

Proper Attire:
Child’s play is messy work. Your child will be cooking, painting, playing on the grass and sand, and various other activities. Please do not expect me to keep your child’s clothes clean and free from stains. The latest fashions are cute and appropriate for fancy dress and photographs but not for childcare. Excuses like “that is what she wanted to wear” or “ I couldn’t get him/her to put on anything else” are not acceptable. The children will participate in all activities regardless of their dress.  Please remember to replace your child’s clothing in their cubbies at least every 6 months to assure we have a garment that fits.  Children (and parents) do not wear shoes when inside the home. They must take them off and keep them in the entry with their coats. This helps to keep carpets clean and the floors more sanitary for crawling infants and children. It also helps when your child has easy on/off shoes that they can do with minimum assistance.
Outdoor Play:
Research has shown that children stay healthier when they have daily outdoor play. Based on this information and state requirements, outdoor play will be included in our program on a daily basis. We will limit the amount of time outside when the temperatures are very warm or very cold. Children will not be taken outside when the temperature (wind chill and heat index factored in) drop below 20 degrees or rise above 90 degrees. If the situation requires it we will also adjust outdoor time due to rain, threating weather, ozone warnings, etc. On days that outdoor time is not provided due to these conditions, we will include a time for indoor gross motor activities. Please send your children with the proper clothing so they may be comfortable and safe whenever we are outside. Winter please have snow pants, mittens, boots and a warm coat. Summer please provide swimsuit, towel and sunscreen

Water play: I have a sprinkler for summer water play. I require a permission slip signed before the child is allowed to play in the water if I use a small wading pool. (Which is cleaned and disinfected after every use) A swimsuit will be requested for those days.

TOYS AND PERSONAL ARTICLES FROM HOME
No Toys should be brought from home. They create problems with sharing, as well as broken hearts when that toy gets lost or broken. Small toys also create a hazard to our smaller children. I am not responsible for lost, broken, or stolen objects that are brought from home.

Communication with parents:
Keeping close communication with parents is a priority! Since we may not always have the time to talk about how and what your child is doing. I have established the following ways to help us. I maintain an open door policy and parents are always welcome to drop-in during the times that children are in care. Please try not to do this during quit/nap time

Daily reports:
Each child age 4 and under will have a daily written report
Entryway posting:
I will post information regarding upcoming events, reminders and other news pertaining to the daycare and your children.

Monthly newsletter:
I will have a monthly newsletter to give you and idea of up coming events and menu for the current month.
Email/Texting:
I will send regular emails to all parents regarding upcoming activities, daily activities, questions about a child or just share a cute little Ditty, or photos taken that day.
Parent Conference:
Occasionally parents will be invited to meet and discuss their child’s development and concerns. Either the parent or myself may initiate this.
Telephone messages:
During the day, I am very busy providing care for your child and other daycare children. I will not interrupt our activities to answer the phone, unless it is an emergency. Don’t be alarmed if you get the answering machine. I expect you to leave a message and I will return your call when I become available, if it is an emergency please remain calm when leaving your message as the children can hear you. For emergency calls, if you reach my answering machine leave a message and then call my cell phone. We may be outside or away and I may not receive your message promptly. If you need to call me you may do so at any time between 7am-9pm

Parental Involvement:
Our doors are always open to you but  please remember to knock or ring bell as door is locked  for security reasons.
You are more than welcome to come spend and hour with us or join us on any of our excursions to the park/library  etc.
Please feel free to donate any activity sheets, crayons, puzzles etc…for the daycare children or any suggestions for activities etc.
At the end of the day you will be given a log of your child’s day so you are informed of what they did. I will always make myself available to parents to chat whether it be on the phone or in person for any suggestions, ideas, or areas of concern.
There will be times and ways you can get involved in your child's child care experience. You are welcomed and encouraged to participate in any or all of these. Some examples of ways to be involved include:
· Chaperoning on field trips
· Lending objects for units of study
· Coming and talking about your job, when asked
· Helping your child at home with the concepts we are studying here
    (see monthly newsletter)
· Helping your child prepare for "Show and Tell"
· Helping to provide treats or other items for our parties

BIRTHDAYS & PARTIES
Each child's birthday is his/her "Special Day." I will buy the child a gift that is from all of us. If you feel you must purchase a personal gift for the birthday child, I ask that you give this outside of the childcare home.
Birthdays: We will be having a pizza party, cupcakes, and treats for your child's special day.
Christmas time: parents are asked to purchase and wrap a toy or book gift to be presented to the children at our Christmas party. This item will remain in the childcare home for continued year-round use by all of the children.

FIELD TRIPS
Occasionally, we may have the opportunity to take a field trip. All children will be placed in safety-approved car seats as required by State laws. You may be requested to provide a car seat for the day of the trip. You will be required to sign a permission slip that I will carry with me. I also carry copies of the emergency forms with a picture of each child attached. In the event of an emergency away from the childcare home, your child will be cared for and you will be notified. It is not required that your child attends the field trip, but it will be your responsibility to find and pay for alternate care if you do not wish for them to attend. You still pay your regular child care fees.

Pets:
Cati’s House Childcare has 3 cats and 2 dogs. They have been certified as healthy by a veterinarian and are current on all immunizations. The children will be exposed to the daily aspects of pet care, (feeding, watering and grooming). They will not be exposed to cleaning out litter box. The cats are not kept separate from the childcare area, they are free to roam as your children are they come and go as they please and at times will interact with the children for a few minutes. On most days the cats will probably hide.

Parking:
Please use my driveway and only my drive way, there is NO street parking but you may feel free to park on Champion or Fidelity

Photography Policy:
Because your kids are away from you for extended periods of time, I like to try and photograph them for you throughout the day. This is especially true for “firsts.” Also, some of our special craft activities (Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas, etc.) may require a photograph. These pictures may also be posted on my website, Face Book or used in advertising. No identifying information will be posted or printed regarding your child. You may share these photos with friends and family. Parents may choose to not have their posted on website and or advertising materials. The form for permission or to decline permission is in your child information booklet

Additional Policies:

House rules
Children
1.No biting, hitting, pushing, shoving, or any undesirable physical contact. Please respect the space of others
2.Name-calling intentionally to hurt another’s feelings is not allowed. Please treat others as you like them to treat you
3.No running or roughhousing in my home. This can be done outside. Bedrooms in my home are off limits to daycare children. Respect for my home is mandatory.
4.No picking up other children, especially infants and toddlers.
5.All food and drink will remain in the dinning room/kitchen area
Parents
1.No food or drink is to be brought from home at arrival or departure time. Please allow adequate time for your child to finish eating before  arriving at daycare.
2.Property brought to childcare is not my responsibility. I cannot be responsible for lost or broken items. I do not prohibit children from brining toys, movies, games, etc. from home, but they must be safe (and appropriate) for all ages. If the children are unable to share, the item(s) will be put away for the day. Any property that remains at Cati’s House Childcare ten (10) business days after last day of child’s attendance becomes the property of Cati’s House Childcare becomes the property of Cati’s House Childcare to be disposed of as I see fit.
3.Proper use of daycare toys and equipment is required at all times for safety reasons and maintenance. If a child deliberately breaks a toy, the parent will be responsible for replacing the item.
4.Nap/quiet time is required everyday for children 5 and under in my care. (Those over 5 must remain quiet during this time)
5.Please treat my home and family with respect.
6.Please treat other families and children who attend my daycare with respect.
7.SMOKING IS NEVER ALLOWED IN MY HOME. Please do not throw your butts in my driveway, flower bed, yard or exhale before entering my home.
8.You are welcome to visit your child at any time
9.Parents may call at any time, however, if I’m unavailable, I will do my best to return your call within one (1) hour.

WEAPONS AND FIREARMS:
At no time will I allow any form of weapon / gun in the day care. This includes, but is not limited to: guns, knives, pocket-knives, swords, stun-guns, pepper spray, mace, num-chucks or other martial arts accessories, lassos or hand-cuffs, smoke bombs, etc. This policy also includes all toy guns and other toy weapons such as plastic swords. If your child is found to have a gun, any weapon, or dangerous substance in his or her possession while in my home, you will receive an immediate call from me informing you that you need to pick up your child immediately. I will require written assurance from you that your child will not ever bring any guns or other weapons to my home before I will be able to accept your child for care again. If this is not provided, the terms of this contract will be voided immediately, and you will forfeit any deposits. If your child arrives with an inappropriate toy, it will be stored in their cubby until the end of the day, and returned with a note asking you not to with your child in the future. Toy guns and swords may be fine for pretend play at home, but they are not suitable for a group care environment.

Television:
The only time I use the TV is for Signing Time videos in my sign language learning activities. On occasion I let the children pick a child appropriate video to watch.


House Cleaning:
My house is not always spotless. My main concern is the care of the children. I clean my house during rest time, if all are asleep, during non-business hours and occasionally with children’s help. The children will help clean up toys before meals and naps. I do not feel comfortable going to my kitchen and doing dishes since I can not see through walls.
I do have professional cleaners come in once a week

Smoking, Drinking and Drugs:
My home is a smoke-free environment. No one is permitted to smoke in my home, either during or after childcare hours. State law does not allow smoking in my home during child care hours.
I am a non-smoker, I do not drink alcohol of any kind at any time, I do not use any illegal street drug. From time to time I do require prescriptions just like you.

Parent and Provider Family Fun Night:
Over the summer we will have a Family picnic at Cati’s House Childcare where all families get together and get to know each other.

Donations:
Donations help me keep costs down, so if you have any of the following items on hand and are willing to donate them, It would be greatly appreciated. This is not mandatory.
*Snack Foods (100% juice) any juice, fruit snacks, crackers, fresh fruit, animal crackers, goldfish crackers, pretzels, peanut butter, rice cakes, you get the idea  (sometimes you get buy one, get one why not send one our way)
* Paper plates, paper towels, napkins
*Dress up clothing, costumes, jewelry, hats & etc.
*Magazines for cutting
*Paper of any kind, copy paper, construction paper
*Crayons, water color paint any art supplies such as fabric, glue glitter

Referral Bonus :
Referrals from parents are one of the biggest compliments I can receive. To thank you I offer families 2 free weeks of daycare for each referral that enrolls full-time and 1 free week for families that enrolls part-time. Your 1st free week will be deducted from your weekly fee after the new family has been enrolled 30 days and the 2nd week after 60 days.

Earn Free Daycare Dollar’s Program:
If you have extra items that I may be able to use you can earn coupons for “A FREE DAY” depending on the price of the used item. Examples are cribs/pack n plays, high chairs, outside toys, books, etc..

Free Daycare:
Because I like to keep my daycare families happy, I offer FREE childcare. Yes, FREE childcare. I will have my doors open for free for your family to utilize for the following days. I offer one FREE date night of childcare in February (date will be announced) and one FREE night of childcare in December (date will be announced) so that you can go Christmas shopping without your children present. I also offer one FREE date night to each married couple to help celebrate their anniversary each year. Also don’t forget about your Referral Bonus of FREE of childcare for referring me to family and friends.

Confidentially:
The information you supply to me will be kept confidential. I will, at all times, respect your privacy. Before any of the information is released to outside persons, the parent will sign a form. All forms are kept in a file box out of public view.

TERMINATION OF CARE:
Either party may terminate our contract at any time for any reason with proper notice. According to the contract, proper notice will consist of written/verbal notice to the provider not less than two weeks prior to the child’s last day of care.
If you choose to terminate care with less than proper notice, you agree to forfeit the entire deposit. In addition to the deposit, regular tuition charges will apply for the remaining time your child is in care. If at any time, after consultation with the parent or guardian, I feel that you or your child pose a safety risk to myself or any of the children in my care, I will give you as much written notice as possible that care is terminated. This action will be reserved for extreme cases only, and I will first attempt to resolve any issues with you before resorting to termination of care. Under these conditions, forfeiture of the deposit will be at my discretion.
All new contracts are under a 2-week trial period (unless other wise stated in contract) that either party can cancel.


I reserve the right to terminate for the following reasons (but not limited to):
* Lack of compliance with handbook regulations
* Failure to pay or pay on time
* Failure to complete required forms
* Lack of parental cooperation
* Disrespect
* False information given by parent either verbally or in writing
* Consistent late arrivals disrupting our routine
* Failure of child to adjust to the child care after a reasonable amount of time
* Physical or verbal abuse of any person or property
* My inability to meet the child's need
I appreciate as much advance notice as possible when terminating, and will give the same courtesy in return. You are required to give two-week's notice when you decide to terminate childcare per our contract. Likewise, I will give two-week's written notice of termination for which full tuition is due, whether or not your child is in attendance. I reserve the right to give written notice of immediate termination where there are extreme circumstances that affect the well being of myself or other children in attendance.