Child Care Policies
Parents will provide registration and record forms before the child enters the program.
- Forms required:
- Enrollment Form
- Physical Examination (Medical History Form/Immunization History)
- Authorization for Emergency Medical Attention
- Substitute Pick-up Authorization
- Permission for Field Trips
- Parent Work or Class Schedule
- Contract Agreement
- All records and information will be confidential and available only to Center staff for use in the Center.
- Parents will provide a schedule of their classes as soon as possible.
Center Operating Procedures
The Center will operate from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. five days a week during the school year and 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the summer.
- The Center will operate on Southwest Tech calendar.
- The Center will be closed when a snow day/emergency day is called.
- The Center will be closed during school holidays, in-service days, and convention days.
- The child will be allowed in the Center only for that time when the parent is employed by the College or involved in educational programming.
Arrival and Departure
Parents who use our child care services shall
- bring your child(ren) into the Center and sign in on the proper time sheet and make certain the staff knows the child has arrived.
- greet and share information with the staff about the child's feelings, mood, interests (for example: "didn't sleep well," "was up late").
- allow enough time for your child(ren) to do as much of his/her outerwear dressing as possible.
- check the bulletin board for announcements.
- pick up the child or designate an authorized person.
- notify the Center when a substitute will be picking up their child.
- inform the Center when there is a change in the child's attendance or change in parent's schedule (as per contract guidelines).
- Each child shall have an initial examination not more than three months prior to, nor later than 30 days (or one month), after admission to the Center.
- Evidence of current physical examination shall be provided by a report signed and dated by a licensed physician or a qualified health professional in the state where the examination is done.
- Each child two years of age and older shall have a subsequent physical examination at least once every two years or thereafter by a physician or a qualified health professional.
- Each child under two years of age shall be given a physical examination by a physician or a qualified health professional every six months after admission.
- Personal cleanliness is important to a child's self-image. Therefore, we believe the child should be required to attend the Center neat and clean. The staff will encourage the child to maintain this condition throughout the day.
- Personal items such as comb, brush or toothbrush may be brought in a labeled plastic container and kept in the child's cubby space.
- Children should be kept home if they show signs of illness such as inflammation of eyes or throat, skin rashes, elevated temperature, vomiting, diarrhea, or any other symptoms that might be contagious to others.
- Each child, upon arrival, shall be observed by a staff person for symptoms of illness and personal cleanliness. If symptoms are present, the child will not be allowed to stay at the Center.
- Any evidence of unusual bruises, contusions, lacerations and burns shall be noted on the child's record and reported immediately to the person in charge of the Center. Child Care Staff are required by law to be mandatory child abuse reporters.
- Illness shall be handled to protect the health of all children in the Center.
- If a child has had diarrhea or vomiting in the last twelve hours, s/he will not be permitted in the Center.
- If a child becomes ill while attending the Center, the parent will be notified to pick up the child. A sick child will not only spread a disease to others, but s/he cannot be cared for adequately. The parent should make arrangements for times when a child may be ill.
- In case of accidental injury, the parent or designated person will be notified immediately.
- Parents must notify the center of any communicable disease that is causing their child's absence.
- A child may be readmitted without a statement from a physician after a communicable disease if the child has been absent for a period of time designated by the Department of Health and Family Services.
- Medication cannot be given to a child without a signed, dated, written authorization of the parent.
- Prescription medicine must be in the original container labeled with the child's name, name of the drug, dosage, directions for administering, date, and physician's name.
- A written report including type of medicine given, dosage, time, date, and the name of the drug, dosage, time, date, and the name of the person administering the medicine shall be kept in the child's record and the Center medical log.
- Medication shall be kept under lock and key or otherwise inaccessible to children.
- Medication requiring refrigeration shall be kept in the refrigerator in a separate covered container clearly labeled "medication."
Dressing and Bedding
- On your child's first day, please bring a complete change of clothing including socks, shirt, pants and underwear in case of accidents or spills. Each piece should be marked and stored in a plastic bag. Necessary changes of clothing should be made with changes of season and growth of the child.
- The child should wear clothing comfortable for play, self toileting, and suitable to weather conditions.
- The child should wear shoes that will protect the whole foot.
- The child should have a paint shirt (an old shirt or blouse of the parent is best).
- A child-size sleeping bag is required for rest time.
- Bedding should be laundered frequently and labeled with the child's name.
- Please mark all clothing including boots, mittens, jackets, sweaters, etc.
- Additional instructions will be given to parents of infants and toddlers.
Food and Nutrition
- A nutritional breakfast and/or snack is served mornings and a snack is served mid-afternoon
- A breakfast of juice, cereal and milk will be available until 8:30 a.m.
- Cereal for breakfast will be provided by parents.
- A hot lunch prepared by Food Services, Inc., is available through the Center at a reasonable cost, $1.25 per day.
- Lunch will be served at approximately 11 a.m. (10:45 a.m. in the infant/toddler center).
- If sack lunches are provided by the parents, they shall include at least one food item from each food group: meat (protein food), bread (carbohydrate food), fruit, and vegetable.
- If food sent is to be warmed, it must be in a marked microwaveable container.
- All lunch containers must be labeled with child's name.
- Milk, juice and snacks will be provided by the Center.
- Treats for birthdays and other special days are appreciated. Let the teacher know in advance that you plan to bring a treat.
- Please do not send gum or candy for your child to have at the Center.
Additional instructions will be given to parents of infants.