Questions and Answers
1. Do you have access to back up
Most of my appointments are made during
the evening or on weekends to ensure that I inconvenience my daycare
families the least amount as possible. In the event of illness or family
emergency my husband is my alternate childcare provider. However there
may be times when he is unable to provide back up
childcare. If a daycare family does not have their own
alternate childcare plans, I have local
network caregivers who are familiar with the children, as we see them on a
regular basis, who are willing to provide childcare in my absence.
It is the parent's responsibility to secure alternate childcare in the event
that it is needed.
2. Do you
accept part time or occasional childcare into care?
Yes, children who
require part time or occasional childcare are accepted when there is space
available. Part time tuition requirements
are set at the same rate as a full time family,
unless negotiated in advance.
3. Do you
Yes, I provide annual receipts for
4. Are there additional costs
involved in childcare?
Yes, there will be additional programming fees
that are not included in your tuition. These
additional programming fees include field trips and children's events
through the CCPRN.
During the winter months we try and have a music and movement teacher attend
daycare. This year we are having Dianne Smith from
Music for the Young. The fee for music
lessons is $5 every 2 weeks
from November to March.
5. Do you take annual holidays?
Yes, daycare is closed during the week between Christmas and New Years and 2
weeks in the summer.
your behaviour management policy?
My behaviour management policy begins
with respect for people, animals, and property. Children and adults are
encouraged to express their feelings, thoughts, and actions in a positive
and respectful manner. When children do behave in a disrespectful way,
I first remind them of appropriate behaviour, encourage language
development, and model appropriate behaviour. If further intervention
is required the child is separated from the group until he or she is able to
rejoin the group in a positive and productive manner.
My object to behaviour management is to
provide disciplinary practices which are appropriate to the child's actions
and developmental level which will promote self-discipline, health, safety.
parents permitted to be involved in daycare?
Parental involvement is
encouraged and welcomed. It is encouraged that parents attend field
trips or special events when they can. It is my belief that a healthy
relationship between family and daycare is the backbone to a happy, healthy,
and secure child.
8. What are parents responsible
summer: hat, swimsuit,
towel, crock (or crock like sandals), little swimmers, sun screen, and bug
Winter: weather appropriate
outerwear and footwear
All year: spare set of
clothes, diapers, diaper wipes, diaper cream,
Special: a special
treat on your child's birthday
9. Do you have a nut free home?
No, the daycare and my home are not a
nut free environment. With that being said I do not serve peanut/nut
products to the children in care who are under 2 years of age.
10. Will you
accept children with asthma or allergies?
Yes! I have 2 children of my own
who have environmental allergies and asthma. I request that parents
provide their allergy medication/Benadryl, emergency inhaler and if possible
mask that I am able to keep with me at all times your child is present.
*exception* I am not equipped to accept children with nut allergies.
Do you have a sick policy?
Yes! I have a
sick policy :) There are some exceptions but in general I follow the
Ottawa Public Health units guidelines for Childcare Centers and Schools.
The general rule of thumb is the child needs to be well enough to
participate in our activities. There is a specific sick policy
provided in your handbook outlining the sick policy in more detail.
happens when you are sick?
In general, I am a
healthy caregiver and don't get sick too often. With the assistance of
my family providing back up care I have only had to take 4 days off in
almost 15 years of daycare. I do have 5 sick days per annum if it is
needed. I do not take my sick days just because they are there and
available. In the event that I am too ill to provide childcare and
my husband is unavailable families notified by 6:30/7am. I plan most
of my appointments in the evenings and weekends reducing the amount of time
daycare is closed. In lieu of not using my sick days unless absolutely
necessary and not using daycare hours for appointments, I do plan 5 personal
days off through the year, generally between the months of April - June.
I provide on average of 4 - 6 months notice for these days off.