A Child Guidance Policy Statement
Encouragement, Intervention, Discussion and Re-direction are the pillars of my guidance policy.
Both as a parent and a childcare provider, one of many of my goals is to teach children the importance of discipline, societal values and respect. and I approach this in a positive manner with love, consistency and gentle firmness.
At times I realize there may be a developmental age span between children in a day home. Children of all ages will be given the opportunity to have rules explained in an understandable way. The children will be familiarized with the rules and if necessary, reminded of appropriate behavior.
Should discussion/redirection be ineffective, the child may be separated from the group and provided the opportunity to relax and calm down. Depending on the severity of the situation the child may place in supervised breaks and return back to the group once the negative behaviour stops or is significantly reduced. The child may "Take a Break" away from the other children but allowed access to a lone "quiet activity".
At the end of the "break time"/”time away” I will discuss with the child, within their level of understanding, why that was necessary.
However, at my Childcare there will be no physical acts of punishment, isolation, humiliation or withholding of basic needs. The well-being of all the children in my care is very important to me, and I will discuss challenges and difficulties with you when they appear.
Childcare Wellness/Illness Policy
The health and well being of your child is my number one concern but the reality is, children do become ill. It is important to take preventative measures such as:
- hand washing
- nutritious food
- proper diaper handling techniques
- proper personal grooming habits
- keeping the environment clean
If your child has become ill, I require 24 hours notice from the time of diagnosis. The following would be some symptoms of illness that would exclude your child from attending childcare in my home:
- difficulty breathing
- fever of 38.3 degrees Celsius or more
- sore throat or difficulty swallowing
- infected skin or eyes or an undiagnosed rash
- severe itching of body or scalp
- any known or suspected communicable disease
Before your child may return to childcare in my home, he or she must be free of all symptoms. A note from your family practitioner may be required.
If your child has any special needs such as allergies or regular administration of medication is required, I should also be notified.
Release of a Child in Care from the Child Care Facility
It is my obligation to ensure that children in my care are supervised at all times.
I will not release a child from my care to anyone except the parent of the child or a person authorized by the parent as an alternate, as set out on the Registration Form.
If I feel the person who arrives to pick-up the child appears to be incapable of providing safe care for the child, I will contact the alternate person who has been pre-authorized by the parent, to come and pick-up both the child and person who appears to be incapable of providing safe care for the child.
If someone arrives to pick-up the child who has not been pre-authorized by the parent, I will not release the child. Even if the parent calls and authorizes this release of the child to someone who is not listed on the Registration Form, I will still not release the child.
These practices are to ensure the safety of the child in care and provide additional safeguards to the child in care and to facility staff.
At no time will a child in care ever be released to anyone under the age of 19 years.
There is a charge of $5.00 every five minutes you are late picking up your child, to be paid on the 1st payment of every month.