A major responsibility of the staff is to ensure the health and safety of each child entrusted in our care. Staff persons are alert to the safety needs of their children, anticipate hazards, and take appropriate precautionary and preventative measures.
ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE: Parents are required to bring their children into the classroom and to sign the child in by the door. Any special messages, medications, pick-up notes, etc. are to be given to the teacher. Children may not be dropped off at the entrance of the building or be sent inside alone. Staff must be made aware of each child’s presence before the parent departs. At the time of pickup parents are asked to make contact with their child’s supervising staff member to endure that staff are aware that the child has been picked up. Parents are responsible for the supervision of their child before and after sign-in. No child is permitted to be passed over the playground fence for pick-up or drop-off.
SUPERVISION OF PRESCHOOLERS: At no time will a child be left unattended. Staff will supervise children at all times, including naptime. If a child becomes ill, they must be isolated in a section of the room not in use, but within the sight and hearing of a staff member.
SUPERVISION OF SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN: School age children may run errands inside the building, or use the restroom alone or in groups of no more that six children without adult supervision as long as the following conditions are met:
-children are within hearing distance of their teacher,
-the teacher checks on the children regularly until they return and
-the restroom is for the exclusive use of the center.
SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN ARRIVING TO THE CENTER FROM SCHOOL: If a child is scheduled to arrive and does not, we will first contact the parent to confirm that the child is scheduled to be at the center that day,
RELEASE OF A CHILD: Staff will release children only to persons on the release form provided by the parent. If an emergency arises the parent must provide a written signed note giving the person permission to pick-up their child. Staff will check ID”S of anyone they do not recognize. Please let people know about this ahead of time so they bring a picture ID and they are not offended. The children’s safety is our priority! Staff will not release children to anyone, including parents, who appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Emergency contacts will be called to transport the child home. Police will be notified if necessary
CUSTODY AGREEMENTS: If there is a custody issue involved with your child, you must provide the center with court papers indicating who has permission to pick up the child. The center may not deny a parent access to their child without proper documentation.
CHILD ABUSE REPORTING: All staff members are mandated reporters of child abuse. If staff has suspicions that a child is being abused or neglected, they MUST make a report to the local children’s services agency. The safety of the children is always our first concern.