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Tiny Bliss Child Care Handbook

 Welcome!

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.

Philosophy

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 valued.

Program Goals

  • 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 child development
  • Increase parent and community involvement  

Our Mission

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.

Standard 9.2.1.5: Nondiscriminatory Policy

The facility’s 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.

Rationale

Nondiscriminatory policies advocate for quality child care services for all children regardless of the child’s citizenship, residency status, financial resources, and language differences (1).

COMMENTS:

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

RELATED STANDARDS:

8 Chapter 8: Children with Special Health Care Needs and Disabilities

REFERENCES:

1.     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. http://www.ada.gov/childq%26a.htm.

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.



Criteria for Admissions:

            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.

Forms:

*Child Information Application                                  *Parent/Provider Agreement (Contract)

*Child Immunization Record                                     *Authorization to Administer Medication

*Authorization to Transport                                     *Food Program Enrollment

* Child Care Statement                                                  

 



All 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 necessary.

 

 
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   


Normal Hours 
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




Open Door Policy
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.

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
Drop 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.

What 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.

Vacation Policy

  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. Failure to notify within time given will result in parents having to pay tuition.

School Fees

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 notice.

Holiday Tuition Policy

All holidays that are listed on the school calendar are paid days off.

 

Refund Policy

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 period.

School Closing Policy

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.

Field Trips

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!

Toys From Home

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.

Birthdays

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.

Parent Involvement

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.

Required Forms

All forms included within your admission packet must be returned in order to start.

Keeping Records Current

 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 complete.

Parent Teacher conference/Assessment

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.

Accident/Injury Policy

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.

 

Absence Policy

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.

 

Illness Policy

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 following:

  1. Fever (temperature of 99 degrees F (taken underarm) and 100 degrees F (taken by mouth)
  2. Diarrhea (2 or more water stools)
  3. Vomiting (no matter the amount of times)
  4. Rash (with the exception of diaper rash, already known by parent)
  5. Crying or complaining for a long time (after numerous of attempts to console)
  6. Sore Throat/Strep
  7. Ear ache/Ear Infection/Drainage
  8. Red, puffy and/or draining eyes
  9. Body or Head lice/Scabies
  10. Communicable Disease (chicken pox, measles, mumps, ringworm, pinworm, Pink Eye (conjunctivitis)
  11. 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 head louse.
  • 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

  1. 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 treatment procedures.
  2. Children will return to care after treatment has taken place.

                    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.

 

Medication Policy

 

During 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.

 

 

 

 

Meals/Snacks

 

Our 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.

 

Daily Reports

Everyday 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.

 

Diaper Policy

 

Parents are responsible for bringing in their child’s diapers, wipes, ointment and other toileting needs.

 

Toilet Training

 

Our 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.

 

School Clothing

 

Please 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.

 

 
Nap Time

 

Nap 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 normal routine.

 

Discipline/Child Behavior Management Policy

 

Tiny 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.

 

Withdrawal 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 amount due.

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.

Parent Resources

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)  1-800-262-4784


For Medical, Food, Child Care, and other Assistance


Mental Health Community Resource   1-800-262-4784


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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