We have reason to believe that our best advertisement is by word of mouth from our current parents or our parents that have moved on the school system.
Since you, our parents are our best advocates we hope you will appreciate us reminding you of a few of the points you may want to pass on to those word of mouth recipients.
- We are a not for profit organization. This means all the proceeds that come in the door, stay in the program. It also means we can fully access government grants which help keep the fees to parents reasonable.
- There is consistency in staffing with very little turnover in staff.
- The program and curriculum are planned for all ages. This gives the children the best and the most we can give, everyday.
- We guarantee the quality of our program.
- There is no fee for unlimited vacation days with two weeks’ prior notice.
- We give unlimited TLC to all ages.
Thank you for your advocacy on our behalf.
Donna Hedrick and Staff
INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
Welcome to our Early Education & Child Care Program. We are glad you are allowing us to be a part of your child’s early years. We are anticipating it will be an enriching and positive experience. This is general information about our programs, policies and procedures, which we feel would be helpful for you to be aware of. Please visit our website for detailed information on our Program Statement and more Policies and Procedures.
You are welcome to visit our programs, but we would like to be advised so your visit does not conflict with other visitors. We want you to feel welcome and comfortable. If you have further questions, please feel free to discuss them with the Director and/or Supervisor.
Regular routines are important to young children. We recommend that parents set up regular hours to pick up and drop off their child(ren). We would remind parents that the school’s closing time is 6:00 p.m. If you are unable to pick up your child by that time, please make other arrangements for someone else to do so. Just call and let us know. Reminder, a late fee is charged. If you are late three (3) times, this will result in termination of care.
The Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 states that children must be signed in and out by the parent each day. Upon registration, you will be asked to list any persons other than yourself that will be permitted to pick up your child. Unless otherwise arranged, children will only be released to persons specified on the registration forms.
If your child(ren) do not attend everyday, we prefer set days (i.e. Mon., Wed., Fri., attendance). If some other arrangement is required, advanced notice of scheduling is necessary.
For safety reasons, we encourage only parents, teachers, adults, etc., to open the doors to the school. If the child were to open the door at any other time during the day, the repercussions could be very serious for both your child and possibly someone else. We would therefore appreciate it if the children do not open the doors at any time.
Our Kindergarten and School Age children at the Essex Public School Site do participate in activities in the community. These activities usually occur only during non-school days. The children are well supervised for these activities off premise. Activities might include trips to the library, a visit to a local park, etc. Parents are notified verbally or in writing when these activities occur.
During the winter months, we expect to be open during inclement weather. We do not usually close. If you have any doubts about our centre being open, please call us.
We are closed for all statutory holidays and closed between Christmas and New Year’s. We are also closed two additional days, which are Easter Monday and the Civic holiday in August.
We are a peanut/nut free school. Please keep this in mind if you send a treat to school for some reason, i.e. birthday. Also, if your child has peanut butter for breakfast, please make sure his/her hands and face are washed thoroughly and their teeth are brushed before coming to school.
Sunscreen will be provided by Story Book Early Learning Centre. The brand name is Croc Bloc. It is a BPA free and hypo-allergenic with an SPF of 30. Sunscreen will be applied to all exposed skin, including face, tops of ears, arms, legs and bare shoulders. It will be effective from 10:00am to 4:00pm. If you do not want us to apply our sunscreen to your child, please notify staff and apply your sunscreen at home before your child arrives at school.
Story Book Early Learning Centre is licensed under the Ministry of Education. The license and license information is posted at the front entrance. Information is also available on the Ministry of Education website.
Should a serious occurrence occur, Story Book Early Learning Centre is required to report it to the Ministry of Education. After the Ministry notification, we are required to post a “Serious Occurrence Notification Form” in the classroom for ten (10) days. A serious occurrence could include:
- Death of a child.
- Abuse, neglect or allegation of abuse or neglect must be reported.
- A life-threatening injury or illness.
- An incident where a child goes missing or is temporarily unsupervised.
- Unplanned disruption of the normal operations that poses a risk to health, safety and well-being of children receiving care.
Day to day minor bumps or accidents are not considered a serious occurrence.
We do have students working placements from time to time from St. Clair College and Essex District High School. Students do not have unsupervised access to our children.
Children with diverse needs are included in our program. They are supported by a Resource Consultant from Children First and provided with programming to meet their individual needs.
Fees are to be paid by cash or cheque. Cheques will be made payable to Story Book Early Learning Centre. To avoid misunderstanding, the fee is payable for the days your child is registered, whether the child attends or not. The operation of the school is dependent on fees. Please calculate fees as follows: The number of days your child is registered multiplied by the daily fee (i.e. 11 days @ $35.00 per day = $385.00).
Please pay all fees in advance on the first day of the month that your child attends school or half fee payment on the first of the month with the balance of the fees on a post-dated cheque for the 15th of the month. Two (2) weeks notice is expected for vacation or withdrawal from the program.
Behaviour Management Overview (Discipline)
Behaviour management is an ongoing process, not something that takes place only during certain times or activities. The environment and the daily schedule are set up to help reduce problems. Pre-planning is an important tool we use. We like to encourage ‘appropriate behaviours.’
Small problems with behaviour management during the day are not a big issue for us. We do not want to ‘tattle’ on the children unnecessarily to the parents. However, if there were a significant problem, we would inform you.
Reasons Why a Child May Be Sent Home
- Fever: Anytime the child has a fever of more than 100°F the child will be sent home. The child may not return to school until the fever is normal for 24 hours without having had Tylenol or Advil etc.
- Diarrhea: A child that had had diarrhea occurring at school twice in one day for whatever reason, will be sent home. The child may return to school when the problem has been resolved. When a child is sent home with diarrhea on two consecutive days, the 24-hour rule will be necessary to prevent infecting other children.
- Vomiting: The children may return after vomiting has subsided for 24 hours.
- Conjunctivitis (Pink eye, eye infection): The child may return to school when the child has current medication to treat the problem or a medical certificate stating the problem is under control.
- Impetigo: The child may return when the area is clean and dry.
- Ears Draining: The child may return when the drainage has ceased.
- Rashes: Rashes that you cannot identify or that have been diagnosed by physician.
- Contagious Disease:g. Hands, Foot & Mouth. A child may return as stipulated by the Health Unit for the specific disease.
ADMINISTERING MEDICATION POLICY
A staff member (supervisor or designate) will administer medicine to your child only when necessary. Story Book Early Learning Centre will administer medication in the best interest of the child and so that the child can return to school. It would be preferred that any medications brought to the school, be prescribed by a physician.
The Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 requires that medication be administered at school under the following conditions:
- Medication must be in the original container with a current date, the child’s name, time, dosage, and instructions for administering and storage.
- A parent must complete and sign the school’s medication form for the medication to be administered.
- Supervisor, or supervisors designate administering the medicine will also sign the completed medication form at the time of administration.
- Over the counter medicine requires the same information as above along with a completed medication form for the medication to be administered.
We realize it is inconvenient when a child is sick, however, it is not possible for sick days to be made up on another day.
If your child becomes sick at school, we will contact you immediately. In consideration of all the children in our school, we know you understand it will be necessary for you to pick up your child or make arrangements for someone else to pick up your child as soon as possible. Not passing the “bugs” around is very important to us. Please make sure you inform us of any phone number changes and that we also have current alternate phone numbers to call if we are unable to contact you.
If your child is sick for an extended period of time, there will be no fee after the first week until your child returns to school.
- No form of corporal punishment will be allowed at any time.
- No form of disciplinary techniques that are excessive and not sanctioned.
- A child must not be humiliated either physically or verbally through sarcasm, taunting, teasing or degradation.
- A child must not be confined or locked in any room. A child must not be placed in a room alone.
- A child must not be deprived of basic needs for food, clothing shelter or bedding.
- Food must not be used as a punishment or threat at lunch or snack. Access to liquids must always be available to the child.
- A child must not be reprimanded or punished in any way for failing to use the toilet.
- A child must not be punished in any way for not falling asleep at rest time.
- Physical restraint of a child is not permitted.
- Any adult who observes mistreatment of any child while participating in our child care service will be immediately reported to the Director/Supervisor.
COMPLAINT, CONCERN OR OBSERVATION
In response to a complaint, concern or observation, the Director and/or Supervisor will:
- Ensure an investigation is conducted and documented.
- Each person involved or with relevant information will write an independent report and sign it before the end of their shift.
- If satisfied that no disciplinary action is necessary, then inform the employee, and no further action needs to be taken.
- Determine the appropriate state of discipline and proceed.
- In the event of child abuse, a report will be made to The Children’s Aid Society for investigation.
- A serious occurrence report will be made to the Ministry of Education.
- Any staff found guilty of ‘not permitted’ behaviour will be investigated, and possible termination may result.
ADMISSION & WAITLIST POLICY
We do have some priorities that we consider when enrolling new families. In order of priority, we consider:
- Children currently enrolled and needing to graduate to the next age group.
- Accommodating siblings of children currently enrolled.
- Children are then prioritized on the waitlist based on the date of the initial contact, the type of care needed and the availability in that specific age grouping (i.e. Toddler full time care required, but only 3 days available).
- Parents and guardians are guaranteed a spot for there child once they have received a phone call to confirm the spot and or registration forms are provided.
- There is no fee attached to being on our waitlist.
- Status of the waitlist will be available in a manner that maintains privacy but informs parents or guardians of their child’s position on the waitlist.
Two weeks notice is necessary for termination of attendance.