Parent Handbook

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Mission

Today’s Kids would like to thank you for choosing us to care for your child. At Today’s Kids our goal is to provide a facility in which you would feel comfortable leaving your child. We want every parent to know that his or her child is receiving the best possible care we can give. We will do our best to meet the individual needs of every child and parent. At Today’s Kids the environment will be one that promotes a fun learning experience for everyone. Through a structured daily environment, we will help your child develop emotionally, socially and cognitively. Our goal is to help each child reach their highest potential because, “Today’s Kids are Tomorrow’s Future!”

Communication

Today’s Kids promotes open lines of communication between our director, staff and parents. We encourage you to come to any staff member for praise or concern regarding any situation. You may also set up times to talk to any staff member or the director to discuss any issues or concerns. We also ask that you will communicate to the staff any problems at home that may affect a child’s behavior while at the center. Our goal is to provide your child with the best care possible and we can only do this through open communication.

Hours of Operation

Today’s Kids will open at 5:00 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. However, your child will only be allowed to attend a maximum of 10 hours each day per state regulation. There will be a $1.00 per minute per child charge for each child that remains at the center after 6:00 p.m.

The center will be closed in observance of the following holidays:

  • New Years Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving and the Day After
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day

If the holiday falls on a Saturday, we will be closed on the Friday prior to the holiday. If the holiday falls on a Sunday, we will be closed on the Monday following the holiday.

Inclement weather will also warrant additional late openings, early or full day closings. You may watch local news stations for closings or call the center to check the voicemail message.

Full tuition is due for any week in which a holiday or inclement weather closing occurs.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition is due on Monday by 9 a.m. There will be a $5.00 per day late fee assessed for any tuition not paid on time. There will be a $50.00 returned check fee for any returned checks (a maximum of 2 returned checks will be accepted.) If payment is not received including all late fees by Friday, the child will not be allowed to return to the center unless arrangements have been made with and approved by the director. Rates will be reviewed annually and will increase as necessary. A registration fee of $35.00 is due at registration and is also due annually. This fee will be due by January 15th of each year. The $5.00 late fee will be added every day after January 15th.

Absences

Each child, after one year enrollment, is entitled to one week of vacation per year in which no tuition will be assessed. A two week notice is required prior to using vacation time. In the event that a child misses all or part of a week, full tuition will be charged.

Arrival and Departure

Children must arrive by 9:00 a.m. each day. You must call to notify the director by 8:30 a.m. if there is a need for your child to arrive after 9:00 a.m. Please contact us at least one hour before your child’s normal arrival time if your child is going to be absent. All children are to be escorted in and out of the center by a parent, guardian, or other responsible party dropping off or picking up your child. Please notify the center if anyone other than the parent will be picking up the child. Photo ID is required for anyone picking up your child. If the individual can not provide proof of identity, your child will NOT be released from the center. In an emergency situation, the parent must call the center and speak with the Director to inform them. We may contact the parent via the phone to confirm.

Meals and Nutrition

A nutritional breakfast, lunch and snack will be served daily. All meals will be served family style. Breakfast will be served between 7:30 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. Children arriving later than 8:30 a.m. will not be served breakfast. Lunch will be served between 11:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. A weekly menu will be posted. We discourage children from bringing food from home. We will allow food to be brought in on special occasions (i.e. birthdays, holiday, etc.), however due to health regulations all food must be pre-packaged and labeled and purchased from a commercial establishment. Homemade food is not permitted.

INFANTS: Parents are to provide a minimum of 3 pre-made formula bottles, for an eight hour work shift or 4 pre-made bottles for a ten hour work shift. All bottles must have a lid and be clearly marked with the child’s name on the bottle and the lid. All formula, cereal and baby food is to be provided by the parent.

Health and Illness

A current Immunization Certificate is required prior to any child attending Today’s Kids. It must be kept up to date. A child whose certificate has expired will not be allowed to attend until a current certificate has been turned in.

The medical history form and emergency medical treatment authorization form must be on file before a child may attend the center.

Any child with contagious symptoms will not be allowed to attend the center, such as:

  • Fever greater than 100 degrees
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Open Sores
  • Rashes, etc.

Any child who has a fever greater than 100 degrees must maintain a normal temperature for at least 24 hours before returning to the center. Any child that becomes ill while attending the center will be separated from the other children, a parent will be notified, and the child must be picked up. We know that with your help this policy will help prevent the spread of germs and illness.

Medication

Medication must be signed in daily on a medicine authorization form with parents signature and date before any medication will be administered. The staff member administering the medication will also sign and date and mark the time and dosage given. Medications must be taken home daily. Prescription medication must be in the original container with the child’s name and medication instructions. All over the counter medication must also be signed in daily and have a doctors note with directions, this includes diaper rash ointments and creams. We will follow dosage indications from the doctor’s note.

Toys

Children will not be permitted to bring toys and/or personal items for safety and sanitary reasons. The only exemption will be designated days approved by the teacher and the director.

Clothing

Please dress your child in clothing and shoes that are comfortable and washable and which permit inside or outside play. NO open toed shoes will be allowed for safety reasons. Every child needs to have a complete change of clothes kept at the center at all times. During potty training children will need at least two changes of clothes. Parents should clearly label all items with the child’s first and last name. If any special clothing is needed, i.e. water play, or paint, parents will be notified in advance.

Playtime

Outside playtime is a learning experience for children, and will be a part of every child’s (ages 1 and up) daily routine, weather permitting. The center has a fully equipped, age appropriate playground. We also have 2 distinct play areas, one for our older children and one for our toddlers.

Discipline

We believe that positive reinforcement is the best method of discipline. Our staff will attempt to reinforce positive behavior through praise and reward. Discipline will never be embarrassing or abusive and no physical punishment or even threat of it will be used. Discipline stage will be as follows:

  1. Verbal warning and conversation
  2. Separation from other children for 1 minute per year of age (to give the child opportunity to think about the situation and to remove the child from the current setting)
  3. A child may spend time in isolation, with the director or another teacher if the situation warrants
  4. If child’s behavior is a persistent problem, there will be a conference between the director and the parents
  5. Uncontrollable behavior problems may result in dismissal from the center

Communication between the parents and staff is critical. Parents must notify the staff of things going on at home that may affect the child’s behavior. Teachers will also provide daily reports to inform parents of all activities and behavior.

Dismissal

Today’s Kids reserves the right to dismiss any child in the incident that the child is unable to adjust to the group experience. Today’s Kids may also dismiss any child based on behavior of the parent and/or guardian as well.

Visitation

Today’s Kids has and will always have an open door policy. We encourage parents to stop in any time to visit children and/or check on their children. We do have viewing windows that enable you to observe your child in the classroom without disrupting their class or upsetting the child.

Emergency Procedures

All emergency evacuation plans are posted in every room and in the entrance of the center. Each month Today’s Kids will conduct a fire drill. Tornado and earthquake drills will be conducted quarterly. In an actual emergency, man made or natural, which would require an evacuation of the children, the staff will use personal vehicles to transport the children to a safe and secure location where parents may pick them up. All parents will be contacted as soon as possible and informed of the situation. In the event of a natural disaster, i.e. tornado or high damaging winds, all children will be moved into the inner hall or an inside room. All staff will have flashlights and we will utilize a battery operated radio to stay abreast of the situation.

In the event that a child is injured at the center and requires emergency medical treatment, he or she will be transported to Kosair Children’s Hospital or hospital of parents choice. Parents will be notified as soon as possible and will be responsible for any and all medical expenses relate to the child’s injury. This will include medical transportation. The insurance information on hand for the child will be used at the hospital. It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to notify the director of any changes in insurance coverage.

Child Abuse Policy

Today’s Kids will comply with Kentucky State Law in reporting any suspicion or evidence of child abuse. We will take all steps necessary to protect each and every child in our center from any form of neglect or abuse.

Today's Kids Childcare & Learning Center
Educating Tomorrow's Future Since 2002