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									                             Happy Munchkins
                               Large Family Daycare

                                        Happy Munchkins
                                     Owner: Alison Harper
                                        2419 Owen Drive
                                     Wilmington, DE 19808
                            Web site: HappyMunchkinsDaycare.com
                             Email: HappyMunchkins@comcast.net
                                  Child Care License # 776760
                      Providing quality and affordable care since June 2004

Revised August 2009
As required by the State of Delaware, I am licensed with the Delaware Department for
Children, Youth and Their Families to operate as a home daycare provider. I am not a
babysitter and will not tolerate being treated as one. I have a business license on file with
the State and will conduct all transactions in a professional manner. Happy Munchkins’
daycare file can be reviewed by you at anytime by visiting the Office of Child Care
Licensing. All daycare employees are certified in Infant/Toddler CPR and First Aid as
well as Medication Certified. All employees (including Alison Harper, owner) are
required to take several hours of yearly training in such areas as behavior and nutrition,
you may view a complete listing of training on our website. As a licensed Large Family
Daycare it is required that the parent(s) of each enrolled child are provided with a copy
of state regulations. Due to the nature of the profession, all employees are
required to report any suspected or alleged incidents of child abuse or

Discipline Policy/Positive Behavior Management
Discipline at happy Munchkins will be provided in a manner appropriate to each child’s
age, developmental stage and individual needs. Encouraging positive behavior is more
effective than only punishing misbehavior. Our goal is to help each child develop self-
control. It is important that we work together on encouraging your child’s positive
behavior. We will not use any form of physical punishment, including spanking, or
slapping hands. We will instead use a time out system equaling one minute per year of
the child’s age. If a consistent and severe behavioral problem begins, we will discuss this
with the parent and together we can work on a solution. If we are unable to correct this
problem within a reasonable amount of time, termination will be considered. Depending
on the severity, a notice period may not be offered. Foul language spoken by your child
will not be tolerated. It will be dealt with using the time out system. Chronic foul
language will result in termination.

Safe Environment

Happy Munchkins reserves the right to refuse care or terminate care immediately with
verbal notice resulting in the parent forfeiting any monies paid in advance when the child,
parent/guardian, or anyone representing the child or child’s family threaten the safety of
my family or the other children in my care.

Release of Children

It is important that Happy Munchkins protects your child by ensuring that your child does
not leave daycare with a person you have not authorized for pick up. Anyone you
approve to pick up your child should be listed on your Child Information Card. You must
also notify a daycare employee when someone else will be picking up your child. That
means even if they are listed on your Child Information Card, your child will not be
released un unless notified by you. Anyone picking up your child will be required to
show a picture ID before I release your child.
I assume that both parents have the right to pick up your child, unless you provide
me with a copy of a court order stating otherwise. We will need to discuss how I
should handle the non-custodial parent who arrives to pick up your child.

It is very important to me that your child arrives home safely. Therefore, if the person
who arrives to pick up your child appears intoxicated or otherwise incapable of bringing
your child home safely, I will call the parent and/or emergency contact person listed on
the Child Information Card to request their assistance. If needed, I will call for police
assistance. This applies to anyone picking up a child.

Illness Policy

If your child is sent home due to fever/and or illness, your child may not
return to daycare until they are symptom/fever free without the use of
medicine for 24 hours. This means if I send your child home with a fever of 102
degrees at 11:45am on Monday, do not return to daycare until at least Wednesday.
Depending on the severity of the illness a doctor’s note may be required. When
contacted regarding a sick child, you will have 1 hour from the first attempted
contact to pick up. A fee of $15 per 10 minutes will be charged after one hour.

Masking a child’s illness/fever with over the counter medicine such as Tylenol is not
allowed. If it is discovered that this has occurred, you will be given immediate

Emergency Health Policy
In the event of a life threatening medical emergency involving your child, an ambulance
will be contacted first. The parent/guardian will then be notified and depending on the
situation may be directed to meet us at the hospital. A daycare employee will accompany
the child on the ride to the hospital. In the event of a non – life threatening emergency a
parent/guardian will be notified and will need to pick up immediately and transport to the
desired location. In both situations , if a parent/guardian cannot be reached the emergency
contact on the child info card will be contacted.

Health Exclusion Policy
Keeping your child healthy is important to both of us. By working together we can
achieve this. Children with temperatures, uncontrolled diarrhea,
vomiting, uncontrolled coughing, inability to participate in daily
activities or any of the illnesses listed below should not be in childcare.
I am required to follow this policy. These requirements were developed directly from
guidelines set by the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Public Health

A. Temperature: infants four (4) months old and younger, equivalent to 100 degrees or
greater even if there has not been a change in behavior;
B. Temperature: children older than four (4) months, equivalent to 101 degrees or
greater; accompaind by behavior change or other signs or symptoms of illness – until
medical evaluation indicates inclusion in daycare

C. Symptoms and signs of possible severe illness such as lethargy (uniusual tiredeness,
not responsive), uncontrolled coughing, irritability, persistent crying, difficult breathing,
wheezing, or other unusual signs – until medical evaluation indicates inclusion in daycare

D. Uncontrolled diarrhea,that is, increased number of stools (bowel movemmennts),
increased stoll water, and or decreased form that is not contained by the diaper – until
diarrhea stops

E. Blood in stools not explainable by dietary changes, medication, or hard stools

F. Vomiting illness (two (2) or more episodes of vomiting in the previous twenty-four
(24) hours) until vomiting resolves or until a health care provider determines the illness to
be non –communicable, and the child is not in danger of dehydration

G. Persistent abdominal pain (continues for more than two (2) hours) or intermittent pain
associated with fever or other signs or symptoms

H. Mouth sores with drooling, unless a helath provider determines the condition is

I. Rash with fever or behavior changes, until a helath care provider determines that these
symptoms do not indicate a communicable disease

J. Purulent conjunctivitis (defined as pink or red conjunctiva with white or yellow
eye discharge), until twenty four (24) hours after treatment has been initiated

K. Scabies, Head Lice or other infestation, until twenty four (24) hours after treatment
has been initiated

L. Tuberculosis, until a helath care provider states that the child is on appropriate
theraphy and can attend child care

M. Impetigo, until twenty four (24) hours after treatment has been initiated

N. Strep Throat or other streptococcal infection, until twenty four (24) hours after
initial antibiotic treatment and cessation of fever

O. Varicella-Zoster (chicken pox), until all sores have dried and crusted (unusually
six (6) days)

P. Shingles, only if sores cannot be covered by clothing or a dressing; if not exclude until
sores have crusted and are dry

Q. Pertussis, until five (5) days of antibiotic treatment
R. Mumps, until nine (9) days after onset of parotid gland swelling

S. Hepatitis A virus, until one (1) week after onset of illness, jaundice or as directed by
the health care provider when passive immunoprophylaxis (currently, immune serum
lobulin) has been administered to appropriate children and staff

T. Measels, until five (5) days after onset of rash

U. Rubella, until six (6) days after onset of rash

V. Herpetic gingivostomatitis 9cold sores), if the child is too young to have control of
oral secretions, or
W. Unspecified illness if it limits the child’s comfortable participation in activities or if it
results in a need for greater child care that can be provided without compromising the
health and safety of other children

I understand that not all employers are sympathetic to a parent with a sick child but I
cannot allow sick children to attend daycare. Please make alternate arrangements for care
prior to the child falling ill. Repeated offenses of bringing a sick child to daycare will
result in immediate termination.

Communicable Disease Policy

Children with a reportable communicable disease will not be admitted to Happy
Munchkins unless written documentation from the child’s health care provider states the
child has been evaluated and presents no risk to the child or others or the Department of
Public Health has advised me that the child presents no risk to others.

The following is a list of reportable communicable diseases for which a child will not be
admitted without proper documentation:

Aquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Amoebiasis, Anthrax, Arboviruses,
Babesiosis, Botulism, Brucellosis, Campylobacteriosis, Chancroid, Chlamydia, Cholera,
Coccodioidomycosis, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, Cryptosporidiosis, Cyclosporiasis,
Cytomegalovirus (neonatal only), Dengue Fever, Diptheria, Enterhemorrhagic, E. Coli
including but not limited to E. Coli 0157:H7, Ehrlichiosis, Encephalitis, Foodborne
Disease Outbreaks, Giardiasis, Glanders, Gonorrhea, Granuloma Inguinale, Guillain-
Barre, Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy), Hantavirus infection, Haemophilis influenza
invasive, Hemolytic cremic syndrome (HUS), Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C &
unspecified,Herpes (congenital), Herpes (genital), Histoplasmosis, Human
Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Human papillomavirus (genital warts), Influenza,
InfluenzaAssociate Infant Mortality, Kawasaki Syndrome, Lead Poisoning,
Legionellosis, Leptospirosis, Listeriosis, Lyme Disease, Lymphogranuloma Venereum,
Malaria, Measles, Meliodosis, Meningitis, (all types other than meningococcal).
Menigococcal Infectious (all types), Monkey Pox, Mumps, Norovirus, Nosocomial
Disease Outbreak (T), Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (N. gomorrhea, C. trachomatis or
unspecified), Pertussis, Plague, Poliomyelitis, Psittacosis, Q fever, Rabies (man, animal),
Reye Syndrome, Rheumatic Fever, Ricin Toxin, Rickettsial Disease, Rocky Mountain
Spotted Fever, Rubella, Rubella (congenital), Salmonellosis, Severe Acute Respiratory
Syndrome (SARS), Shigatoxin Production, Shigellosis, Silicosis, Smallpox,
Staphylococcal Enterotoxin, Srteptococcal Disease (invasive group A or B),
Streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (STSS), Syphilis, Syphilis (congenital), Tetanus,
Toxic Shock Syndrome, Toxoplasmosis, Trichinosis, Tuberculosis, Tularemis, Typhoid
Fever, Typhus Fever (endemic Flea Borne, Louse Borne, Tick Borne), Vaccine Adverse
Reactions, Varicella (chicken pox), Vibrio, non cholera, Viral Hemmorrhagic Fevers,
Waterborne Disease Outbreaks, Yellow Fever, and Yersiniosis. (list updatyed 12/2008)

Addiitonally children who have these drug resistant organisms will not be permitted to
     Enterococcus species, Vancomycin Resistant
     ESBL resistance (Extended – Spectrum B – Lacatamases)
     Staphylococcus aureus, Methicillin Resistant (MRSA)
     Staphylococcus aureus, Vancomycin Intermediate or Resistant (VISA, VRSA)
     Streptococcus pneumoniae, invasive (sensitive and resistant)

If your child is exposed to a communicable disease at Happy Munchkins, all
parents/guardians will be notified and given information on the symptoms of the disease.


Every child and parent has the right to feel that they are in a safe environment during the
day. Therefore, biting WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. I will make every effort to
foresee a biting episode and separated the children. Each attempt will result in an age
appropriate time out for the child. If a child does succeed in biting another child both
parents will be notified. It will be up to the provider to determine if the “biter” should be
sent home for the rest of the day. If a child becomes a habitual biter , it will be up to the
provider to determine if the child will be allowed to continue care. If provider determines
the child is creating an unsafe environment and should be disenrolled from care, parent
will forfeit all monies paid in advance. No notice will be required if child is disenrolled
for the above reason. A child who spends the majority of the day attempting to bite will
be treated the same as a child who succeeds in biting.


While in care, all meals and snacks will be provided each day for your child. All meals
will be based off of the food pyramid to ensure proper nutrition.
*Breakfast is served at 7:45am and typically consists of milk (2% for children under 2
and 1% for children over 2), a bread items such as pancakes or cereal and a side of fruit.
*Lunch at 11am and typically consists of a protein such as chicken or hamburger, a grain
such as a pasta or bread, and a fruit and vegetable side dish.
Afternoon Snack at 3pm typically consists of water or 100% fruit juice, a grain such as
pretzels or cookies, and possibly a side of fruit
*Dinner at 5:30 pm and typically consists of a protein such as chicken or hamburger, a
grain such as pasta or bread, and a fruit and vegetable side dish.
*PM snack at7:30pm and typically consists of water or 100% fruit juice, a grain such as
pretzels or cookies, and possibly a side of fruit

Happy Munchkins will supply baby food for children younger than 12 months. Formula
is to be provided by the parent. You will be expected to provide a can and 2 bottles to
stay here. I will let you know when more is needed. Breastfeeding is a wonderful
alternative to formula, I will support you in any way I can, such as setting a special place
for you to come and feed your infant during your lunchtime. Breast Milk bottles are the
only bottles that may be brought in pre made each day. Please remember that even if
your child refuses to eat a certain food at home, he/she may give them a try when they
observe the other children enjoying it. It is up to you to advise me of any food allergies.
If snacks are brought in for things such as a child’s birthday, you are required to bring in
enough for all of the children attending daycare that day.

Medication Policy
Medication will only be administered by a daycare employee that has been trained and
medication certified. Medication consist of prescription and over the counter. A
medication form will need to be signed by the parent/guardian each time it is
administered. This includes diaper cream and Tylenol.

Outside Play

It is important for the children to have as much time enjoying outside play as possible.
Please remember to dress your child appropriately, this means shoes (and coat if
necessary) must be worn daily. I have provided a variety of outside toys for play.

Sunscreen will need to be applied by the parent before the child arrives in the morning.
Our outside time is generally from 9:45am to 11:15am. If there is a medical reason why
sunscreen needs to be re applied, please let me know and I will have you fill out the
proper forms. If you forget to apply sunscreen in the morning, your child will still be
required to go outside during playtime.

At this time Happy Munchkins does not have any pets.

Transportation to and from Happy Munchkins will not be provided. However there will
be times during the year that transportation will occur. Field trips are taken periodically
through the year. When this occurs a form will be sent home with the
destination/time/date/price. Parents are always welcomed to accompany us on the field
trips. Your child will be transported by a member of the Happy Munchkins staff or a
parent volunteer. If you choose for your child to skip the field trip, you will be
responsible for providing back up care. Full tuition is still due.
Non traditional hours care will include daily transportation.

TV/DVD/Computer Usage Policy

Children will not be permitted to watch TV on a daily basis. On special occasions
(usually holidays) an age appropriate movie could be shown. School age children will be
allowed a more flexible viewing schedule. No child will be allowed more than one (1)
hour of TV per day. At this time Happy Munchkins will not be permitting children to use
the computer during daycare hours.

Bumps, Bruises, and Scratches

Children fall. That is part of childhood. If your child falls or bumps into something
during play, I will review the situation and take action. An accident report will be filled
out if necessary. Non-serious injuries will be given a band-aid and a little TLC. Serious
injuries will result in my contacting the parent immediately.

Rest and Relaxation Time

Each day we will have time for rest and relaxation. I understand that due to varying ages,
children have different sleep requirements. Rest time will be between the hours of 12pm
to 2:30pm. There is also a morning naptime of 8:15am – 9:15am for infants under 1 year.
For those who wake early, or are too old to nap, there will be a quiet movie on or outside
play. I ask that you try to incorporate our naptime routine into your non-daycare days.
This will create a constant in your child’s day.

Safe Sleep for Infants
In order to reduce the likelihood of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) the following
safe sleep practices are used at Happy Munchkins:
* Infants are placed to sleep on their backs
* Infants are placed to sleep in a pack n play which will be used only for them
*Objects or toys will not be placed in the pack n play while the infant is sleeping

Toilet Training

For children, toilet training is a big step. I will work with you to achieve success,
however, training is to begin at home. In order for potty training to begin at daycare,
your child must be able to verbally alert me when they need to potty. All children will
need to be able to undress themselves and sit on the potty unassisted. They will then need
to know how to wipe and redress. Lastly they will need to be able to flush and wash their
hands. A daycare employee will stand outside the door and offer limited assistance as
needed. Boys are taught to sit backward on the toilet to avoid “missing the toilet”. In
order for the child to switch to underpants, they have to be dry with no accidents for a
period of at least 1 week. If an accident does occur, the child’s clothes will be bagged (no
rinsing will occur) and sent home. The child will then be dressed in a diaper/pull up for
the rest of the day. Potty training will resume the next day. If an accident than occurs the
next day, potty training will stop and start again a week or two later. I know that getting
your child out of diapers is a huge milestone, but it can not be rushed. When they are
ready, they will tell us.

Inclement Weather

I will be open during inclement weather except in the case of a state of Emergency,
which I will be required to close for. In the event that a State of Emergency is declared
while the children are in care, you will be required to have your child picked up
immediately (within one hour). Full payment will still be required for time closed due to
State of Emergency. When is snows I cannot guarantee that my development will be
plowed, but my walkway will be attended to.

Operation Hours

Operation hours are unique for each family. They are based on your
employment/schooling and travel time. I do understand that problems arise which may
cause you to be late in picking up your child, however a late fee of $15 per 10 minutes
(min of $15 charge) will be charged and expected in full upon your arrival. NO
EXCEPTIONS. For example if your contracted pick up time is 4pm but you arrive at
4:05pm, you will be charged $15. If you find that you are having trouble staying within
your contracted times, please let me know and we can re evaluate your situation. The $15
fee per 10 minutes also applies to early drop offs. If you are in need of extra care because
your employer is requesting you stay late please let me know as soon as possible and we
can discuss the fee. Excessive late pick-ups/early drop offs may result in termination of
contract. Upon enrollment we will discuss the hours your child will be in care, you will
need to keep me informed of schedule changes. No child can ever be in care for more
than 10 hours per day. If your child will not be in care due to illness, vacation, etc.
please contact me no later than 1 hour before scheduled drop off. Repeated NO Show/No
Calls may result in termination.

Trial Period

There will be a 2-week trial period for each child. During this time the parent or provider
may choose that the child be removed from care. Possible reasons would be, excessive
lateness in pick up, or the child is not adapting well to his/her surroundings. At the end of
the trial period a brief meeting will be held for the parents and provider to discuss any
problems or concerns.

Withdrawal /Termination
After the initial trial period you will be required to give a written two-week notice upon
the disenrollment of your child. If you choose to remove your child from care during the
two week withdrawal period, full payment is still due. When a termination notice is given
you will receive 1-week notice. No notice will be given if I believe it is in the best
interest for everyone involved to have immediate termination (possible reasons are if I
believe continued care could result in an unsafe environment.


Payment is to be made every Friday no later than 5:30pm for the following week. You
have been quoted a set weekly rate. This means that even if your child did not attend
for the full number of days due to illness, provider vacation, or holiday, full
payment is still due. You may pay with cash, check or money order. A returned check
fee of $30 will be applied and will be due in cash or money order only. Excessive
returned checks could result in termination of contract. A late fee of $25 will be added
to any payment not made by Friday. Your child will be unable to return until full
payment is made. If day care is scheduled to be closed on Friday, payment is due on
Thursday (post dated for Friday), if day care is closed unexpectedly; payment is due on
Monday at time of drop off. A complete total of all monies paid along with the necessary
information needed for taxes will be given out no later than January 31st.

Purchase of Care
Effective June 2007, purchase of care is no longer accepted, I will instead participate in
the Purchase of Care Plus program. This means in addition to what the state pays and
your co pay is (if you have one), I will charge up to the full additional amount of my set
rate. Your rate will be decided at time of admission and will be re determined each time
your POC is renewed. I receive a letter from social services approximately 2 weeks
before your POC expiration date, you receive paperwork weeks in advance. When I
receive the letter, I will give you one (1) notice reminding you to renew. Your renewal
papers must be turned in one (1) week prior to your POC expiration. If you do not turn in
the required renewal notice from your social worker, I will assume you are terminating
your spot effective on your POC expiration date. Your spot will then be offered to the
first person on the waiting list. NO Exceptions.

Closing due to Family Emergency, Compassionate Days, or Vacation

Each year (June 1st to May 31st), I will receive 11 personal/vacation days and all major
holidays to be paid. In the event of the death of an immediate family member, I reserve
the right to 5 paid compassionate days. I also reserve the right to take unpaid leave during
the year. A listing will be given out yearly of planned time off. If an unexpected problem
arises, I will give as much time as possible.

Maternity Leave

Two weeks notice is required when you plan to remove your child from care due to an
upcoming birth. In order to hold your child’s spot your weekly fee is still required. I will
guarantee your child’s spot will be available, but please remember this does not guarantee
a spot for your new baby. If you are interested in a spot for your infant, please let me
know as soon as possible. Depending on availability, I may have you put down a holding

Summer Vacation

This section is for those of you who are fortunate enough to have the summers off.
Effective the summer of 2008, all children regardless of their attendance will continue to
pay their set weekly fee 52 weeks per year. If you choose to withdraw your child for the
summer, I can not guarantee a spot will be available in the fall.

On your first day of care
Please arrive a little earlier than normal so that we can have time to discuss any last
minute details. Bring with you, a full pack of diapers, a full can of formula, 2 bottles, a
change of clothes to stay here, a pacifier to stay here, and all required paperwork. Please
leave the diaper bag at home.

I will supply the following items for your children:

*All meals and snacks, (baby food included)
*Mat and sheet (or pack and play) for nap time, which I will wash weekly
*Arts and crafts supplies (I may ask for you to bring in supplies found around the house
such as toilet paper holders and old magazines)

You will be expected to supply:

*Blanket for nap time (I will wash weekly)
*Diapers, or pull ups (A full package is to be brought, I will let you know when more is
*Formula and 2 bottles
*Change of clothes, which must be left here
*Any medication such as Tylenol, Benadryl, Desitin, or prescription (permission slip will
have to be signed)
*Weather appropriate play gear such as a bathing suit or snow boots
If your child arrives to daycare and does not have all the required items for the day
such as diapers, your child will be sent home and not able to return until you
provide the required supplies.

It is important that there is an open line of communication between you the parents and
me the provider. Please come to me with any questions or concerns that may arise.
Periodically I will be sending home notes reminding you of closings, supplies needed or a
special achievement your child had, please check your child’s cubbie and the parent note
center located next to the front door daily.

Sample Daily Schedule
6:30am - 7:45am – arrival/free play

7:45am to 8am – breakfast

8am – 8:45am – free play/diaper changes

8:45am to 9:30am – craft time/ circle time

9:30am to 11am – outside play (weather permitting, if not indoor free play)

11am – 11:30am – lunch

11:30am – 12pm – story time/diaper changes

12pm – 2:30pm – nap time

2:30pm – 3pm – diaper changes

3pm – 3:15pm – snack

3:15pm -4pm – outside play (weather permitting, if not indoor free play)

4pm to 5:30pm – pick up/free play

5:30pm -6pm – dinner

6pm to 7:30pm – free play/craft time

7:30pm – 7:45pm – snack

7:45pm to 11pm – bedtime/pick up
Holiday/ Vacation Closings for June 1, 2009 to May 31, 2010

Friday July 3rd – Holiday

Monday July 20
Tuesday July 21
Wednesday July 22
Thursday July 23
Friday July 24

Monday August 31st (1st day of school)

Monday Sept 7th –Holiday

Thursday November 26 – holiday
Friday November 27 – holiday

Wednesday December 23
Thursday December 24 - holiday
Friday December 25 - holiday
Monday December 28
Tuesday December 29
Wednesday December 30
Thursday December 31 - holiday
Friday January 1 – holiday

Monday February 15

Friday April 2 – holiday
Monday April 3 – holiday

Monday May 31 – holiday
                                 Daycare Closings
                                 6/1/2010 – 5/31/2011

Monday July 5th (holiday)

Monday July 19th
Tuesday July 20th
Wednesday July 21st
Thursday July 22nd
Friday July 23rd

Friday August 27th
Monday August 30th

Monday September 6th (holiday)

Thursday November 25th (holiday)
Friday November 26th (holiday)

Thursday December 23rd (holiday)
Friday December 24th (holiday)
Monday December 27th
Tuesday December 28th
Wednesday December 29th
Thursday December 30th (holiday)
Friday December 31st (holiday)

Monday February 21st

Friday April 22nd (holiday)
Monday April 25th (holiday)

Monday May 30th (holiday)

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