Bliss Child Care Handbook
Greetings! My name is Lisa
Newby and I am the owner of Tiny Bliss Child Care. This is my personal welcome
to you and your family and our journey to come. I have received my associates
in early childhood and soon transferring to receive my BA in early childhood
education at Michigan State University of Dearborn. I am also the mother of
three beautiful girls.
I have had the benefit of
working in private centers, in-home based child care and was a nanny for several
years. With this experience, I have learned so much about children and what it
takes to provide exceptional care.
Tiny Bliss Childcare is a
licensed home-based child care facility that operates as a family. We have been
graded by Great Start to Quality and have received certification as a quality
facility. Every little thing counts so I will continue to grow as a provider so
I can be a better teacher and role model for the children. I will always
provide opportunities for families and caregivers to come together to help with
the success of each child enrolled with us.
With my experience I would
like to give children the opportunity to form their own identity, to feel
secure, welcomed and to provide the quality care they deserve. My vision for
childcare is to constantly grow and seek ways to provide opportunities for
children to reach their full potential.
One of my goals is to
provide you and your family with a gratifying and friendly experience. If there
is anything that I can do for you, please do not hesitate to ask. When we work
together as a team we increase our chances of success for everyone.
Tiny Bliss Child Care
believes that all children are unique and learn in their own way. Children
learn best through hands on experience with meaningful activities. The key
thing’s that’s needed to secure a nurturing environment for children is
stability, security, opportunity and health. To fulfill this goal we believe
children need full participation from their parents, teachers and other support
groups. One factor that remains essential is team work makes the dream work,
the dreams of our youth; we enhance and increase their chance for success.
Children love to learn, they are constantly learning and we will make learning
fun. All parents and children will be welcomed, respected, encouraged and
- Implement child appropriate activities to support optimal
development of each child
- Provide opportunities for teachers and parents to experience
together to help foster positive relationships
- Incorporate activities that help develop all aspects of
- Increase parent and community involvement
It is the mission of Tiny Bliss Childcare to encourage and
nurture individualism in each child. Children are natural explorers,
imaginative, creative and eager to learn about the world around them. It is my goal to provide a stimulating,
caring and safe environment full of age appropriate activities that will
promote cognitive, social, emotional, and physical growth. It is my objective to remain informed and
updated on new methods through training
Please review the following handbook.
The handbook is design to accommodate everyone and to keep parents aware of the
organization of our program. Please be sure that you understand the following
policies, as you will be expected to abide by them upon signing the
parent/provider contract. I strongly
urge open communication between all parties, so feel free to call with any
questions that you may have.
18.104.22.168: Nondiscriminatory Policy
written admission policy should be nondiscriminatory in regard to race,
culture, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual preference, or
disability. A copy of the policy and definitions of eligibility should be
available for review on demand.
policies advocate for quality child care services for all children regardless
of the child’s citizenship, residency status, financial resources, and language
Facilities should be
able to accommodate all children except those whose needs require extreme
modifications beyond the capability of the facility’s resources. Facilities
should not have blanket policies against admitting children with disabilities.
Instead, a facility should make an individual assessment of a child’s needs and
the facility’s ability to meet those needs. Federal laws (e.g., Americans with
Disabilities Act) do not permit discrimination based on disability. Inclusion
of children with special health care needs and disabilities in all child care
and early childhood educational programs is strongly encouraged.
TYPE OF FACILITY:
Small Family Child
Care Home, Center, Large Family Child Care Home
8 Chapter 8: Children
with Special Health Care Needs and Disabilities
U.S. Department of
Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section. 1997. Commonly asked
questions about child care centers and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Cultural and Diversity
Tiny Bliss Child Care exercise cultural diversity by respecting, accommodating and embracing each family needs. Tiny Bliss efforts are to fulfill each child needs individually, include those needs within our program, and always give families the opportunity to work with us to make sure their specific needs are met. Our facility is more than a child care facility, it is a community and we are always welcoming to learning about different cultural and diverse backgrounds because we believe that being well-rounded and knowledgeable is key to good citizenship. All beliefs, religion, race and cultural backgrounds will be respected and encourage to share with our program to help our children and staff learn about diffferent hertiages.
If enrollment is offered and
families wish to accept, all forms should be completed and the deposit fee
paid. The deposit fee is non-refundable. All enrollment forms must be completed
and returned prior to a child being in attendance. The child will not have a
spot available for them unless these forms have been turned in to me.
Information Application *Parent/Provider Agreement
Immunization Record *Authorization
to Administer Medication
to Transport *Food
* Child Care
information pertaining to your child will be kept confidential. Emergency
and immunization records are the exception and these are shared with the
state licensor upon inspection of the facility.
The above forms are standard.
Depending on what is currently required there may be additional forms
In accordance with state law:
You are required to submit:
- Verification of immunization
- A listing of any health needs
- The name of your child’s physician and insurance information
7:00am – 6:00
pm, Monday through Friday.We do accommodate earlier and later hours including weekends. Closed on Sundays
Before and After Care Hours, Overnight and Weekend Care
We encourage parents to feel free to visit their child(ren),
have lunch with them or even spend the day. If your child has separation
anxiety we do ask that you limit your visitation hours until your child has
successfully adjusted. Parents can visit
at anytime except during nap time and because we are a home based facility we
ask that you give notice of your attendance.
off / Pickup Procedure
When dropping off and picking up,
parents must enter through the back door which is located in the backyard.
Parents must sign their child in and out on the attendance sheet that’s
provided at its designated area. Children will only be released to those who
are on the pickup list and they must have photo identifications or the child
will not be released.
to Expect On the First Day
First day of school can be rough for
any child, at any age. Children will need time to adjust to their new learning
environment and we will help the best we can. Our staff asks parents to allow
the children time to adjust and to assist in ways that doesn’t allow the child
to become too dependent. For example, parents can develop a pickup and drop off
routine with their child (such as read a book, hug and kiss, etc. Also, we ask
to bring comfort items, change of clothes, diapers/wipes, formula, blankets for
nap time, sunscreen (during the summer), ointments, etc. During the first day
of school we allow the children to learn their environment, peers and teachers.
Getting to know everyone is very important, it helps with understanding the
needs, wants and interest of each individual. We will have a variety of
accessible activities for your little one to participate in at their own will
and if needed, will guide the child as they go.
When planning to take a vacation, please give 2 week written notice and
an expected return date to avoid tuition payments. Parents have two weeks of
vacation time they can use, any vacations after that, parents are subject to
pay at least half the tuition while they are away. Parents will be notified
ahead of time as well when provider takes a vacation. To all parents who
children will not be attending school during the summer will need to setup a
meeting to discuss options.
to notify within time given will result in parents having to pay tuition.
Tuition is due Every Monday before
closing. We accept certain forms of payments (Money Order, Checks and Cash)
there will be a $35.00 fee for any checks that do not clear. If issues occur
more than twice with personal checks they will no longer be accepted. Tuition
that is not received on Monday will be subject to a $10.00 late fee per day
that tuition is late. Children who are not picked up on time will be charged $1.00
per minute and is due when child is picked up no later than the next business
day. Tuition is due rather or not the child is in attendance, during holidays,
and sudden events that cause school to be closed. In order for us to properly
sustain a quality facility and to provide quality care for our children we must
have the resources to do so. Tuition rates may change once a year with proper
holidays that are listed on the school calendar are paid days off.
Registration is non refundable. Tuition
is non refundable unless parents overpaid or paid in advance. Refunds are only
given when parents plan to terminate and that’s if their payments made to us
exceed the two week notice period. Ex: If paid for the entire month and wanted
to terminate the first week care started parent will only receive a week and
half worth of tuition. If parent is receiving state aide for child care,
parents will be reimburse for all child care payments made during that time
School will be open as schedule except
for the days specified on the school calendar. As we know there are events in
which we cannot foresee such as power outage, building issues or extreme
weather conditions and will notify parents as soon as we possibly can. If any
of these events happen during school hours we will notify parents immediately
and follow our emergency plans.
Tiny Bliss will take approximately 4-5
field trips throughout the year. We do not take field trips during the winter
time. Parents must sign permission slip in order for their child to participate
in field trip. Parents will receive at least a month notice of field trip and
permission slips will give detailed information about each trip. We do
encourage parents to join us!
Bringing toys from home can sometime
interfere with children's learning to share. Although some children have yet to
meet the milestone of sharing or understand the concept we still encourage it,
with children’s own toys it can make this process difficult. Also, we are
unable to accept the responsibility if toys from home become missing. However
items such as blankets and stuffed animals are more than welcome to help
children adjust to their environment.
Celebrations are always fun and even more fun
when children can celebrate with their friends. Parents are more than welcome
to bring in cupcakes to share with the class. Cupcakes must be store purchased;
we do not allow foods that are home baked or contain peanuts. Goody bags and
ice cream are also not allowed.
Parents are encouraged to communicate at
any time about their child’s development. Communication is very important and
I’m always available to parents who need me.
Parents are expected to participate in field trips, conferences, holiday
parties, school fun day and any other event we have in regards to school (We
are always in need of help with all events). It is important parents be
involved in their children’s learning environment. The goal is to strengthen
our community and for parents and teachers to come together. Parent involvement
betters the overall growth of our little ones.
forms included within your admission packet must be returned in order to start.
If there is any change in contact information
please update us. Notify us if there’s a change in pickup/drop off
arrangements. Also, all immunization records must be kept current. When your
little one receives immunizations please send in an updated record. Every six
months to a year we will send home child information cards for parents to
Tiny Bliss has a total of three parent-teacher
Conferences a year. The first conference is shortly after the child is enrolled
which is what we like to call the Family-Teacher Conference. At this time a
teacher and the parents meet to share information about the child. A Family
Conference form is filled out that includes ideas about the goals for the child
and interest. The next two conferences are the teachers and the parents take a
look at how the child is progressing developmentally. Plans are made together
on how to assure continued overall development in all domains, Social,
Emotional, Physical, Cognitive and Creative. A written form is shared with the
parents at each conference.
Communication To and From
If parents wish to share something ,
please mention it to the teacher and either he or she will set up another time
to talk or will arrange to talk with you at that time. In person, phone and
email discussions can always be set-up. I just asked that parents considered
the presence of the children when communicating in person about certain
matters. Everyday children will be sent home with a daily report outlining
their day. Parents be sure to always view the Parent Board for upcoming events,
parents will also be sent home with newsletters and reminders.
If any child within our care is injured
whether it’s severe or not parents will be notified. Please inform us on any
accidents that happen outside our care such as any cuts, bruises, bumps or
falls. Incident reports will always be filled out regardless of severity;
parents will have a copy also. If the injury is severe parents and the EMS will
be notified right away. In the event I have to transport child to the hospital,
emergency backup will be called in.
We look forward to our children being
in our care as schedule, so we ask that parents notify us when child is unable
to attend. If child is absence for two weeks or more, although we hope
everything is well, we will assume that the child is no longer in our care. As reminder
tuition is due rather the child attends or not, without proper notice.
Children who are sick during our care
will receive a call to parents to notify them of their child’s illness. Parents
are expected to pick their children up within a hour or two so that children
can recover in the proper environment and to prevent further exposure to other
children. We will call home to parents when child is experiencing the
- Fever (temperature of
99 degrees F (taken underarm) and 100 degrees F (taken by mouth)
- Diarrhea (2 or more
- Vomiting (no matter
the amount of times)
- Rash (with the
exception of diaper rash, already known by parent)
- Crying or complaining
for a long time (after numerous of attempts to console)
- Sore Throat/Strep
- Ear ache/Ear Infection/Drainage
- Red, puffy and/or
- Body or Head
- Communicable Disease
(chicken pox, measles, mumps, ringworm, pinworm, Pink
- Severe Cold with
fever, sneezing or excessive nose drainage, coughing, wheezing and congestion. Please notify us if your child has or
has been exposed to a contagious disease. A
physician certification of health for reentry into child care is required with No Exceptions. Children must be free of
the following conditions for a minimum of 24
hours before returning to our care: Fever, diarrhea and vomiting.
Head Lice Information/Policy
The head louse, or Pediculus humanus capitis, is a
parasitic insect that can be found on the head, eyebrows, and eyelashes of
people. Head lice feed on human blood several time a day and live close to the
human scalp. In the United States, infestation with head lice is most common
among pre-school children attending child care, elementary schoolchildren, and
the household members of infested children. Head lice are spread by direct
contact with the hair of an infected person. Anyone who comes in head-to-head
contact with someone who already has head lice is at greatest risk. Spread by
contact with clothing (such as hats, scarves, coats) or other personal items
(such as combs, brushes, or towels) used by an infected person is uncommon.
Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school
has nothing to do with getting head lice. What are the signs and symptoms of
head lice infestation?
- Tickling feeling of something moving in the hair.
- Itching, caused by an allergic reaction to the bites of the
- Irritability and difficulty sleeping; head lice are most
active in the dark.
- Sores on the head caused by scratching. These sores can
sometimes become infected with bacteria found on the person's skin. (For more
information go to www.cdc.govLiceHead Lice Policy
- When a child has nits or lice, the parent will be notified
to come and pick up the child. The child will not be removed or separated from
the group while waiting. Information will be provided to the parent regarding
- Children will return to care after treatment has taken
3. The child’s name and
identifying information will be kept confidential.
4. All other children in
the program will be checked for nits or lice.
5. All parents will be
notified that there has been an incident of head lice, and will be requested to check their child for
nits or lice.
the enrollment process parents will have the option to sign a form giving our
facility the permission to administer medication when needed. If a child is
running a fever in our care we will need permission to prescribe fever
relievers while waiting for your arrival. This also includes antibiotics you
may need us to help with. Without this formed signed we cannot give any
medications to your child.
facility participates in a Food Program governed by the state. This program requires
that we follow the nutritional guidelines when preparing meals, ensuring the
children meet their daily nutritional needs. The Food Program then provides a
small reimbursement for all meals that we provide. This is a form that parents
must sign to enroll their child in order for us to provide meals. Children will
receive Breakfast, AM Snack, Lunch and PM Snack. Tiny bliss Child Care is a
peanut, candy, potato chips and pork free facility. Infants will receive
formula provided by parents and solids (when age appropriate) provided by
provider. All foods will be served for easy consumption. Parents do have the option to prepare their
child’s meal and snacks. We kindly ask parents to not serve foods that are
prohibited. If parents wish to do this I require that a parents type a letter
stating they will be responsible for their child’s meals.
children will go home with a daily report. The report will include participated
activities, meals, nap time, changing times, behavior/mood, items needed, event
reminder, goals accomplished, etc.
are responsible for bringing in their child’s diapers, wipes, ointment and
other toileting needs.
facility doesn’t toilet training but will assist when parents begin training at
home. We will try our best to follow your schedule. We do require that the
child has diapers/pull ups brought to school until potty training is complete.
send extra clothing with your child daily. We do a lot of hands on activities
and spare clothes. Extra clothes are also needed while toilet training. Please
send your children to school with appropriate clothing, we do go outside even
during the winter months. Also, please label your child’s clothing, if you do
not label and your child’s items become lost we are not responsible.
time is between 12pm-3pm. We do not force children to sleep, however they must lie
quietly until nap time is over. Infants over 4 months will slowly be entered
into a scheduled nap time but will not keep them from sleeping outside of our
Behavior Management Policy
Bliss Child Care is an environment that highly believes in using positive
mechanisms when correcting a child’s behavior. Children in my care will be
redirected, demonstrated on how to apply positives strategies for problem
solving or behavioral problems. I will constantly show and explain to children
in my care on what’s right and wrong and explain to them why it’s wrong and how
to correct themselves. Depending on age I will always check for understanding
to make sure that the child has a clear understanding on his or her actions.
Time outs will be implicated but will be a last resort. Time out will last a
minute per age. Tiny Bliss will not tolerate nor resort to any isolation,
physical or verbal abuse as a form of punishment. As stated above, we believe
in showing children positive ways to correct any issues. If my mechanisms fail
to help, I will have a conference with the child’s parent to see if there’s
away to meet the child’s needs.
From the School and From the Parent
To all parents who
children will not be attending school during the summer will need to setup a
meeting to discuss options. Failure to notify within time given will result in
parents having to pay tuition. Parents may terminate their child's enrollment
at any time, provided they give two weeks written notice in advance of the
termination day. Failure to give proper notice will result in parents being
responsible for the payment of those two-week fees. This will be enforced
unless the reason for the termination is beyond the control of the parents (lay
off, birth of new baby, etc.). Effective
immediately parents will need to give at least a three week notice of any
change of schedule. This includes vacation, termination and/or child weekly attendance,
if not parents will be responsible for any fees.
We reserve the right to terminate a
child for the following reasons (but not limited to):
Failure to pay
Routinely late picking up your child
Failure to complete the required forms
Lack of parental cooperation
Failure of child to adjust to the center after a reasonable amount of time
Physical or verbal abuse of any person or property
Our inability to meet the child's needs
Lack of compliance with handbook regulations
Serious illness of child
Any signs of
harm/abuse being done to child by parent (will be reported as well)
We appreciate as much advance notice as possible when terminating, and
will give the same courtesy in return. Parents are required to give two weeks
written notice when they decide to terminate child care. The two weeks will be
paid in full, regardless of whether or not the child is in attendance.
We will give two week notice of
termination for which full tuition is due, whether or not the child is in
attendance. The provider reserves the right to give written notice of immediate
termination where there are extreme circumstances that affect the well-being of
the provider or other children in attendance.
Anyone who terminates daycare and has
a balance that is outstanding will need to have the account settled within 30
days. All accounts not settled within 30 days will be turned over to a
collections agency regardless of amount owed. All accounts turned over to
collections will have a $20 per week late fee plus 35% collections fee added to
Registration for following year
Parents that are interested in
continuing care the following year must notify us as soon as possible to secure
placement. Contracts at that time will also be renewed. If parents don’t notify
us we will assume that other options are in place.
Child Care Tax Credit
At the beginning of every year parents
will receive a child care statement that includes the amount of child care paid
for throughout the year. This child care receipt can be used when filing taxes
to receive child care tax credit.
Child Custody Policy
I will only release a child to
individuals who are on the child release form unless notified of changes.
Whichever parent who is responsible for the child account with our facility
will be the one to make those decisions. If there’s a child custody arrangement
pending I will not release a child until I have received documents from the
court stating the arrangements in place.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) 1-800-262-4784
For Medical, Food, Child Care, and
Mental Health Community Resource 1-800-262-4784