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									We Help Your Children Grow

APRIL’S FLOWERS

HANDBOOK

trained caregivers; to be offered the best possible environmental conditions and materials with which to explore and experiment; to see their culture and language valued; and to have their primary caregivers working in harmony with each other.

I BELIEVE .... that children have a right to a loving relationship with

In keeping with my beliefs, my goals are: To provide a warm, safe, healthy and developmentally appropriate learning environment. To promote a feeling of personal well being and independence. To develop positive social interactions and communication skills with peers and adults. To encourage an awareness and acceptance of the differences in people and cultures. To develop and foster positive and productive safety and health habits. To work in
partnership with each child’s family.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
WELCOME ................................................................................................................................ 3 CHILD CARE PHILOSOPHY ................................................................................................. 3 REFLECTING DIVERSITY AND RESPECTING DIFFERENCES .......................................... 3 ENROLLMENT & FINANCIAL INFORMATION......................................................................... 3 ADMISSION ........................................................................................................................... 3 CONTRACT AGREEMENT .................................................................................................... 4 HOURS OF OPERATION ...................................................................................................... 4 9 HOUR DAYS ....................................................................................................................... 4 PAYMENTS ........................................................................................................................... 4 REGISTRATION FEE ............................................................................................................ 4 LATE PAYMENT FEE ............................................................................................................ 4 NSF FEE ................................................................................................................................ 4 LATE PICK UP FEE ............................................................................................................... 4 CLOSED PAID HOLIDAYS .................................................................................................... 4 PARENTS’ VACATION .......................................................................................................... 4 PROVIDER VACATION ......................................................................................................... 5 TERMINATION POLICY ........................................................................................................ 5 CONSENT FOR CONSULTATION ........................................................................................ 5 REVISIONS TO HANDBOOK AND CONTRACT ................................................................... 5 DISCLAIMER ......................................................................................................................... 5 HEALTH POLICIES & EMERGENCY PROCEDURES .............................................................. 5 ILLNESS POLICY .................................................................................................................. 5 MEDICATIONS ...................................................................................................................... 6 ASTHMA ................................................................................................................................ 6 ALLERGIES REQUIRING EPINEPHRINE PEN ..................................................................... 6 MEDICAL EMERGENCIES .................................................................................................... 7 FIRE SAFETY ........................................................................................................................ 7 CHILD ABUSE REPORTING ................................................................................................. 7 POTTY TRAINING ................................................................................................................. 7 DISCIPLINE ........................................................................................................................... 7 NUTRITION PROGRAM ............................................................................................................ 8 4 C’S FOOD PROGRAM........................................................................................................ 8 MEAL SCHEDULE ................................................................................................................. 8 RELATED FOOD INFORMATION ......................................................................................... 8 FOOD ALLERGIES ................................................................................................................ 9 PARENT INVOLVEMENT ......................................................................................................... 9 SIGN IN/OUT RESPONSIBILITIES ........................................................................................ 9 ARRIVAL................................................................................................................................ 9 DEPARTURE ......................................................................................................................... 9 WHAT I DID TODAY REPORT .............................................................................................. 9 EMERGENCY RELEASE FORM ........................................................................................... 9 OTHER ITEMS YOU SHOULD KNOW .....................................................................................10 DAYCARE CHECK LIST .......................................................................................................10 BIRTHDAYS .........................................................................................................................10 APPROPRIATE DRESS .......................................................................................................10 PERSONAL TOYS 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WELCOME
Welcome to April’s Flowers. I am so happy to welcome you and your family into my home! I am sure you and your child will be introduced to lots of learning and fun times! Most importantly your child will be cared for and loved in a safe happy environment! To facilitate a greater understanding between us I have created this handbook. It covers my childcare philosophies, business policies and expectations. In order to make our relationship as enjoyable as possible, the following pages contain mutually beneficial requirements, which are necessary to ensure no misunderstandings between either party. The words “I” or “me” or “my” refers to the childcare provider. The words “you” or “your” refers to the child’s parents or guardian. Please read this handbook carefully, and feel free to discuss with me any question that you may have.

CHILD CARE PHILOSOPHY
April’s Flowers strives to provide a safe, healthy and nurturing environment in a way that facilitates children to grow, discover, and learn through a variety of age and developmental appropriate experiences. My philosophy is designed to enhance the whole child in a positive atmosphere of warmth and caring. Through my awareness of child development and consistency in my care, my goal is to meet the social, emotional, physical and intellectual needs that are unique to each child. Children learn through their daily experiences and routines to make decisions, to carry out responsibilities, to express him/her creatively and to discover friendships. Children are exposed to music, movement, art, science, reading, dramatic play, life skills, blocks, outdoor play and manipulative experiences. A daily schedule helps to provide a familiar flow to each day. I strive to achieve these goals through the partnership of child, parent, school, community, staff and appropriate regulatory agencies.

REFLECTING DIVERSITY AND RESPECTING DIFFERENCES
April’s Flowers strives to reflect diversity and respect the differences of all individuals and families. I may have families with varying parenting styles, values and beliefs other than those of your family. My children have daily opportunities to explore diversity through the curriculum, books, music, learning area, dramatic play props etc. Some children may receive on-site services for their varying abilities through various support agencies. All children are admitted on a non-discriminatory basis: equal treatment and service have no regard to: gender, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry or parents’ sexual orientation.

ENROLLMENT & FINANCIAL INFORMATION ADMISSION
Admission to April’s Flowers is an ongoing going process and I accept applications year round. Acceptance into my program is only limited by space availability and completion of all necessary paperwork. When required, waiting lists are routinely updated, checked, and revised to assist parents in placement of their child/children. Admission is complete with the following steps being taken:      Interview/Tour with April Flyer Completed State Form Application Package Copy of Immunization record Care Agreement signed and returned Registration Fee is received

An on-site orientation visit is mandatory for both parent/guardian and child prior to enrollment. The length of the visit may vary depending upon the needs of the child and time restraints of the parent/guardian. Please contact April Flyer to schedule a time that is best for all parties.

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CONTRACT AGREEMENT
Parents will be required to sign Parent Care Agreement and receipt of receiving Care Options, Handbook and Extra Information About Your Child forms.

HOURS OF OPERATION
April’s Flowers Child Care is open from 6:00am to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday. Your specific hours will be outlined in your Contract and Rate Agreement. I offer full-time, part-time, ½ day part time and drop in care.

9 HOUR DAYS
For the well being of your child, I ask that he or she not be in attendance at day care for more than 9 hours a day. If you feel you will be unable to adhere to the guideline please speak with April Flyer.

PAYMENTS
Your weekly fee is due Monday morning at the time you drop off your child for that week’s care, or your weekly fee is due the first day your child attends for that week’s care. Checks are made payable to “April Flyer”.

REGISTRATION FEE

Upon admission to April’s Flowers an annual registration fee will be due and then annually June 1 of each year.

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LATE PAYMENT FEE
If your payment is not received upon dropping off your child that morning you maybe subject to a fee of $50.00 per day, per child. If your payment hasn’t been received within 48 hours, your account is considered delinquent. If 2 delinquent offenses occur within a 6 month time frame, an immediate suspension or termination of care will be enforced.

NSF FEE
A fee of $30.00 will be charged on all returned checks. If your check is returned, a cash payment is due within 24 hours totaling the amount of the check, any and all incurred bank fees and the late fee. If more than two checks are returned, a cash payment will be required for all future payments. After 6 months, we can re-evaluate payment options.

LATE PICK UP FEE
April’s Flowers is licensed to open at 6:00am and to close at 6:00pm. Please pick up your child/children promptly. A Late Fee of $15.00 for pickup after 6:00 to 6:15, and $10.00 for every 5 minutes after 6:15 for each child in care beyond my 6:00pm closing. The late charge is due within 24 hours. If your child has not been picked up by 6:30pm, your emergency contact person will be contacted to pick up your child.

CLOSED PAID HOLIDAYS
Childcare will be closed and paid to provider for the following holidays. If a holiday falls on the weekend, the holiday will be taken on either Monday or Friday. New Years Eve New Years Day Martin Luther King Veterans Day Memorial Day th 4 of July Presidents Day Labor Day Thanksgiving Friday after Thanksgiving Christmas Eve Christmas Day

PARENTS’ VACATION
You are required to pay the provider for your vacations, for this ensures your child’s spot at childcare.

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PROVIDER VACATION
Parents are NOT required to pay the provider for her 2 weeks vacation, per calendar year. Time will be scheduled in advance with a minimum of 2 weeks notice to the parents. At this time, childcare will be closed.

TERMINATION POLICY
This agreement may be terminated by either parent/guardian or provider by giving one month’s written notice in advance of the ending date. Payment by parent/guardian is due for the notice period, whether or not the child is brought to the provider for care. The provider may terminate the agreement without giving any notice if the parent/guardian does not make payment when due or if the child poses a health or safety risk to him/herself or to other children or if inappropriate behavior causes disruption in the program. If enrollment is terminated by the program, the pro-rated portion of the pre-paid tuition will be refunded.

CONSENT FOR CONSULTATION
I give my permission for the consultant(s) to observe my child in his/her childcare program. I also give permission for the consultant(s) and my child’s caregiver and to exchange information about my child. I understand that the consultant(s) will work with the caregivers in their effort to understand and address my child’s needs in the childcare program.

REVISIONS TO HANDBOOK AND CONTRACT
I reserve the right to make changes in rates and policies, as I deem necessary. You will be notified, in writing, of any changes that may occur. Every attempt will be made to give at least two-week's notice of changes

DISCLAIMER
Failure by the provider to enforce one or more terms of the contract does not waive the right of the provider to enforce any other terms of the contract.

HEALTH POLICIES & EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
In the event there is an emergency and the daycare home becomes unsafe, the children and provider will vacate the home immediately to a prearranged location. Once everyone is safe and accounted for, the parents will be notified of the situation and asked to pick up their child. The State of California requires that several forms be completed. Please double check that you’ve filled out everything completely. In an emergency your child’s life could depend on it. Updating your information is the parent’s or legal guardian’s responsibility. The State of California requires childcare facilities to keep immunization records. A copy of your child’s record is fine. If your personal belief is alternate rate of immunization, please inform the provider and I can have you sign the “Personal Beliefs Affidavit” for the Immunization Record.

ILLNESS POLICY
I enforce a strict illness policy to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all of the children in my care. I understand it is difficult to take time off work when a child may have mild but contagious symptoms; however when at all possible, I ask for your child to be kept home while sick. This limits the exposure to the other children and the provider as well. Parents must contact the provider as soon as possible if the child will not be attending care that day due to illness. The parent is still responsible for payment. If a parent is contacted to pick up a child who is ill, that child must be picked up within 45 minutes. If you are unable to pick the child up within this time, please arrange for someone else to pick up your child. The provider reserves the right to determine whether a child may attend care if the child is predicted ill or may determine if a child already in care needs to be sent home.

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ILLNESS POLICY (CONT.)
The list below outlines the guidelines for illnesses not permitted at childcare. The parent will be contact to come and pick up their child. These guidelines are also for you, to help prevent dragging your child for care, and receiving a phone call to come pick up your child.               Temperature of 100 degrees Difficulty Breathing or shows signs of acting lethargic Vomiting Diarrhea 2+ times within a 24 hour period, diarrhea from antibiotics, food allergy or teething Redness, sores and crusting of skin around the nose and mouth Ear pulling Chicken Pox, mumps measles Lice and nits Skin Rash Consistent cough Abnormal Fussiness Eye Infection – thick mucus or pus draining from the eye Inability to participate in activities When an infant, especially under 4 months of age, does not get better within a couple of days or gets worse

NOTE: A Child must be free of a fever, diarrhea and vomiting for 24 hours and without the use of Tylenol or other pain relievers prior to re-entering childcare. Please contact us with information when your child is ill so that I can let other families know when a contagious illness is running through the group. Please do not send your child to childcare when you know that they are sick. This hurts everyone in the childcare family, including you. Providers can be cited by licensing for having sick children in care, and are fined. Please protect our health by remembering to be overcautious.

MEDICATIONS
By law I am not allowed to give your child medication (herbal, over the counter or prescription), unless I receive a note from your child’s doctor and a note from the parent or legal guardian giving me permission to administer the medication to your child. Such note must include your child’s name, the date, dosage amount, how often and how long your child must be on medication. The medication must also be in the original container. This also goes for any diaper rash creams and sunscreens. A note must be provided from the parent allowing me permission to apply the diaper rash cream and sunscreen to your child.

ASTHMA
Asthma is a very serious medical condition and will not be taken lightly for any child who has been diagnosed with Asthma, active episodes or non active episodes; I MUST have an inhaler on site. Failure to comply with this will result in denial of contract. A note from your child’s doctor as well as parent is also required.

ALLERGIES REQUIRING EPINEPHRINE PEN
If your child is allergic to anything that requires the use of an Epinephrine Pen, you must supply 1 Epi Pen. A note from your child’s doctor as well as parent is also required.

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MEDICAL EMERGENCIES
In case of EMERGENCY, I will administer the necessary first aid. The Rohnert Park Police and Fire Department or Paramedic Unit will be called and your child will be transported to the hospital designated on your Emergency Transportation Authorization form. YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED IMMEDIATELY. If an ambulance is called to transport your child, the cost of the ambulance will be your responsibility. You are responsible for all costs involved in emergency medical treatment, including emergency transportation, if required. The owner of April’s Flowers or my family will not be held liable for any sickness/injury of either parent/guardian or child while on these premises.

FIRE SAFETY
I have a written fire evacuation plan and practice a fire drill with the children at least once each month. In addition, I will incorporate fire safety curriculum into my program occasionally.

CHILD ABUSE REPORTING
As a Licensed Childcare Provider I’m mandated to report any child abuse under California’s State law under the category of “child care custodians.” If you believe that a child may have been abused or neglected, you should immediately report your suspicion to April Flyer. The indicators will be discussed to determine if there is reasonable suspicion that abuse or neglect has occurred. If there is reasonable suspicion, a report will be made immediately.

POTTY TRAINING
Potty Training is the process by which a child learns to take responsibility for his/her own elimination. Potty Training is complete when a child can get to the toilet independently, take off his/her own clothing to the point where they can use the toilet properly, wipe, flush and wash his/her hands. There are three areas of readiness the child must achieve before successful toileting-physical (a child needs to hold on the toilet and then relax their muscles), cognitive (the child needs to understand what she/he is expected to do), and emotional (the child needs to be completely ready and willing). It is vital that children accept their bodily functions and that toileting is a natural, healthy part of their life. Adults are asked to use words that are correct and positive. Children should be given plenty of time to try the toilet, help undress and dress themselves, flush and wash their hands. It is up to the parent to inform the provider when potty training has begun and what the process at home is. I will do my best to maintain the same learning habits here at childcare as if he/she was learning at home.

DISCIPLINE
My philosophy is that you use discipline to teach a child. I achieve this through love, consistency, and firmness. I stress two main patterns of behavior: respect for other people and respect for property. The children are explained the rules of the child care home frequently, so they are all familiar with the guidelines. Please keep in mind that there WILL be disagreements between children. Young children, especially, who are not adept at communication have a hard time expressing their feelings may sometimes hit or throw toys, etc. Although teaching children appropriate behavior is what I will be doing, remember that this behavior is normal in most cases.

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DISCIPLINE (CONT.)
The following methods of discipline will be used:  Encourage children to solve problems themselves  Intervention and discussion  Re-direction to another play area  Loss of privileges  Time out If I feel there is a chronic behavioral issue that needs attention, I will let you know so that you and I are handling it in the same way and your child has continuity in discipline between our homes. These types of behaviors might include such things as biting, use of bad words, chronic hitting, etc. Together, we will try to find a solution. You may be called to remove your child if his/her behavior prevents me from being able to properly care for the other children. If the problem continues, other arrangements for the care of the child will have to be made, for the safety and well being of all. Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES will there be any spanking, physical abuse, verbal abuse, name-calling or isolation used. Neither food nor sleep will ever be withheld from children as a means of punishment.

NUTRITION PROGRAM
April’s Flowers believe that healthy eating habits and exercise in critical in every child’s development. I have a small organic vegetable garden which produces various vegetables and fruit. Vegetarian or vegan meals and snacks will be provided if your child requires a special diet.

4 C’S FOOD PROGRAM
April’s Flowers is enrolled with Community Child Care Council (4 C’s) of Sonoma County food program. 4Cs is responsible for the administration of the Child Care Food Program (CCFP) which is federally funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and administered by the California State Department of Education, Nutrition Services Division. The Child Health and Nutrition Division reimburses licensed child care providers for nutritious meals and snacks served to children in their care. The department monitors nutritious meals and snacks served to children in over 400 licensed Family Day Care Homes throughout Sonoma, Marin and Napa counties. New providers receive training in nutrition and meal planning and are visited by staff three times a year. During the past year this department monitored over 1,700,000 meals and snacks to an average of 3500 children.

MEAL SCHEDULE
6:00 am - 8:00 am 10:30 am 12:30 pm 2:30 pm Arrival and Breakfast Morning Snack Lunch Afternoon Snack

RELATED FOOD INFORMATION
Family style meals: Children will be provided with meals and snacks in a family-style environment for a relaxed social experience. April’s Flowers will encourage children to utilize self-help skills to gain independence. I will model correct mealtime manners and habits for the children. They will be served a portion of all foods being offered and encouraged to try a “no thank you bite” of all foods. Children will never be required to eat foods that they are not comfortable eating. Food is never used as a reward or punishment. There is NO candy, gum or soda in the facility.

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FOOD ALLERGIES
Children with specific food allergies must have a physician’s written note with recommendations on file. Please discuss your child’s food allergies specifically with me so I can plan a proper diet or if food should be brought from home.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT SIGN IN/OUT RESPONSIBILITIES
Upon arrival and departing each day, please sign your child in and out; make verbal and visual contact with the provider before leaving your child, or taking your child home. This is crucial for several reasons – for safety and liability purposes; the sign in/out form gives April’s Flowers an accurate attendance at any time throughout the day.

ARRIVAL
Parents are expected to accompany their child into the playroom to sign him or her in for the day, assist their child with removing outer clothing, making sure that the child is comfortably settled into the classroom, and is under the care of a teacher before leaving. Please take time to verbally communicate any pertinent information about the child’s well being and please remember to say “Goodbye”.

DEPARTURE
When picking up your child be sure I’m aware he or she is leaving, sign out for the day, review his/her What I Did Today Report, check his/her cubby for artwork, dirty clothes and notices. Once you have your child ready, you must monitor and help reinforce my policy that children stay with an adult at all times.

WHAT I DID TODAY REPORT
A daily report is filled out and is in with the parent sign in/out form. This will give you brief, but important information on what happened during your child’s day while in care.

EMERGENCY RELEASE FORM
NO child will be released to a person not authorized by the parent or legal guardian. If someone other than who is listed on the emergency card comes to pick up your child, I must have permission from the parent or legal guardian in writing prior to pick up and the person picking up your child must present a picture I.D.

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OTHER ITEMS YOU SHOULD KNOW DAYCARE CHECK LIST
NOTE: Items are left at daycare. Please mark everything and at the end of the week, please bring home your material items to wash.

☺ (2) Extra Changes of Clothing, Sweat Shirts, Shorts, Long Sleeve Shirts, Socks ☺ Diapers ☺ Diaper Ointment (Permission Required) – I use Boudreaux Butt Paste ☺ Diaper wipes if the Costco Kirkland Brand is not ok for your child ☺ Formula and/or breast milk ☺ (2) Baby Bottles ☺ Specialty foods ☺ Blanket, Pillow, Pacifier and Snuggly for nap time/quiet time ☺ Sunscreen (Permission Required) ☺ Copy of Immunization record – REQUIRED PRIOR TO ATTENDANCE ☺ Asthma or Allergy Children – DOCTOR NOTES, EPI PEN & INHALER REQUIRED PRIOR TO ATTENDANCE
BIRTHDAYS
Each child’s own birthday is his or her “special” day. Some of the children begin anticipating their “special” day just weeks, days and even months in advance. Although they don’t understand the real meaning of those days, weeks and months they do understand they are achieving a new age and that is a new milestone in their young minds. I would be happy to share in celebrating your child’s birthday. Please provide a simple cupcake or cookie to share. If you wish to do more for your child’s birthday, I’d like to welcome whatever you may want to bring to make more of a celebration.

APPROPRIATE DRESS
I believe that children learn best when actively engaged in play. This play can get messy. Children need to be dressed appropriately for all activities during the day. Occasionally, clothing can become stained, so send children in clothes they do not need to be concerned about getting dirty in.

PERSONAL TOYS
Please do not bring any toys from homes as this can cause jealousy and fighting among the children. A special pillow, blanket or stuffed animal may be brought for nap times. These items will be kept with your child’s bed.

Thank you for choosing April’s Flowers as your daycare provider. I look forward to helping your child/children grow.

April D. Flyer

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