Please fill out the following forms before your child attends (or pick them up when you come to visit):
- Childcare Registration Form
- Immunization Record
- Childcare Payment Agreement
- Permission Authorization
- Consent to Administer Medication (if needed) or Sunscreen (Authorization is good for 6 months)
- Parent Provided Food Plan
- Parent Handbook: Pick one up when you tour the school and sign the page that says you agree to it’s policies and procedures.
Regular enrollment is open to children 2 to 5 years (or before they start Kindergarten).
Enrollment shall be open to any child, provided we can meet their needs and will be granted without discrimination in regards to sex, race, creed, religion, or political belief.
Our ratios are dependent on the staff and needs or ages of the children in care. We are licensed to care for 12 children, however we prefer a smaller class size of about 9. We have 2-3 teachers in the classroom at all times.
Starting in a new setting can be an exciting yet scary experience for a young child. Even children who are looking forward to child care may become apprehensive when they realize that you are not going to be there all day. This feeling is a normal reaction. Since children often sense parents’ apprehension it is important for both parents and children to be comfortable with the new routine. We will be happy to help you and your child through the orientation period as necessary. We’re happy to call and let you know how your child is doing, or feel free to check in as often as you need to. It may take 2-3 weeks for your child to fully adjust to his/her new routine. You may visit as often as necessary for your child to become comfortable with the new setting
Trial and Termination Policy
You or I can terminate the child care agreement with 24 hours notice within the first two weeks. After this first two weeks, a two-week’s written notice is required by either party to terminate the agreement. I reserve the right to terminate a child for the following reasons, but not limited to: failure to pay, routinely picking up your child late, failure of a child to adjust to the preschool after a reasonable amount of time, physical/verbal abuse of any person or property, my inability to meet the child’s needs, lack of compliance with policies and procedures. You will have 2 weeks to find alternate childcare
What to send with your child:
· Diapers and wipes (You can also leave some with us). We do change cloth diapers but ask that you also send 1 disposable diaper, as well as bags for wet diapers. Please mark your child’s wipe’s packages since many kids have the same brand.
· Healthy balanced lunch: 2 Servings fruits/vegetables, 1 serving of grains/ bread, and 1 serving of protein. (See Parent Provided Food Plan for more information). Please write your child’s name on anything that needs refrigerating and put it in the container on top of the cubbies. We have a mini frig and microwave.
· Water bottle labeled with your child’s name.
· Change of clothes (Shirt, pants, underwear, and socks). Clothing should be appropriate for the weather. Not sure what the weather is going to do? Layers are great for that.
· Boots/raincoat. Shoes/sweatshirts or light jackets are fine for drier warmer weather. But when the rains start—Fall, winter and spring—boots are a must! Please be sure your child’s coat is warm enough as well. Children should have (or can use one of ours) a snow/rain suit to wear over their clothes when playing outside during wet or cold weather. It’s a great way to keep their clothes clean, and their little bodies warm.
· Please leave toys (& other tiny objects) at home. We can’t be responsible for lost or broken toys. If your child has something special they want to sleep with at nap time, that’s perfectly fine, just make sure it has their name on it (and it can only come out at nap time).
· Sending a treat for Birthday’s is just fine. We love to celebrate the children’s birthdays by giving them a crown, singing to them, and making them feel extra special. AFTER nap at snack time is often a good time to enjoy a treat.
Children attending Love and Laughter Preschool & Child Care need to have an up-to date record of immunizations. The State of Washington requires that all children be immunized for certain diseases. The only exceptions to this requirement are if the family physician recommends against immunization on medical grounds, or if the parents request an exemption on the basis of religious belief, or other objections. I have a separate form you must fill out if this is the case.
Upon arriving and throughout the day, children are checked for illnesses. If needed, a digital thermometer under the arm will be used to check for fever. If your child is unable to participate in normal classroom activities (including being able to play outside), please keep your child home. Also, please keep your child home if they have:
· Diarrhea (3 or more water stools or one bloody stool within 24 hours).
· Vomiting (2 or more times within 24 hours).
· Open or oozing sores (unless properly covered with bandages).
· Suspected communicable skin infection (pink eye, scabies, impetigo).
· Lice or nits.
· Hacking or continuous coughing, breathing trouble, or sore throat.
· Fever of a 100 degrees or higher with one or more of the following: earache, sore throat, headache, rash or fatigue that prevents participation in regular activities.
When your child is feeling better and no longer has one of the above conditions for at least 24 hours, they may come back, or 24-48 hours (depending on the illness) after they have received the first dose of antibiotics. If a child receives an antibiotic for an ear infection, they may return immediately, as long as he/she is free from other symptoms listed above.