Daily Check-In and Check-Out
Parents are asked to follow the drop-off and pick-up procedures set in place by the Children’s Center at that time. Drop off and pick up procedures will be adjusted to maintain health and safety of the center community. Children will not be allowed to leave the center with anyone except the persons designated on the Emergency/Registration forms.
Supervision of Children: Parents
Upon picking up your child and prior to dropping off your child with a Children’s Center staff member you are responsible for supervision. Please beware of the below safety precautions;
- Please be aware the front entrance of the building is a fairly high-traffic area with many parents arriving to pick up children. Please keep children close to you in the parking lot.
- Please do not allow your children to play on the railing on the ramp in the front of the school, it is not a safe area to play.
Parents must ensure that staff are aware of the child’s arrival and departure. Children are never to be left alone in the classroom, or any other location at the center.
Outdoor activities provide an extension of our learning environment. With the exception of days of excessive heat or cold all classes spend a portion of the day outside. If you feel your child is not well enough to participate in outdoor time then he/she is not well enough to be at school. Please make sure your child has appropriate clothes in order to be comfortable in the changing weather conditions. Before children go outside teachers do a daily playground safety check and apply sunscreen. Classroom ratios are maintained outside.
Parents are given the option to provide their own sunscreen or use school provided sunscreen. Families will select their preference on the back of the emergency/registration form. Upon enrollment and once a year thereafter, an emergency/registration form will be distributed for parents to complete and turn in to the center. Families are welcome to change their sunscreen preference at any time throughout the year by completing a new form.
On occasion, older classrooms may go on a field trip, take a walk, or go to the park. Whenever a field trip is planned, parents will receive notice in advance specifying the date, destination and departure time, approximate time the children are due back at the center and any fee required. Children will take walking field trips or public transportation will be used.
In the event public transportation is used, we will follow Regional Transportation District (RTD) safety regulations related to riding in public transportation.
- Stand a safe distance from the curb and stay clear of the bus until it has stopped.
- Never chase or hit a moving bus.
- Hold on at all times as sudden stops may occur.
- Remain seated while approaching your bus stop.
- Do not speak loudly or make loud noises that could distract the driver.
We will ensure all children sit facing forward in a seat, while on public transportation. An adult will supervise children at all times. Prior to leaving on the field trip teachers will remind children of the safety rules while riding on public transportation.
In the instance of an emergency on the road while riding public transportation, we will first contact the CU Transportation Services to see if they are able to assist by getting a vehicle to us. In the instance they are unable, parents will be contacted immediately to pick up their child from the location and drive the child back to the center to resume care for the day.
If a family arrives at the center after the class has already left for the field trip, the parent is responsible for taking care of their child until the classroom returns.
Television and Media
Watching television and videos is prohibited for children less than two (2) years of age. For children two (2) years of age and older, television, recorded media and video time must be limited to thirty (30) minutes per week. For children two (2) years of age and older computer and tablet time must be limited to non-consecutive fifteen (15) minute increments not to exceed thirty (30) minutes per day. For children two (2) years of age and older, television, recorded media, computer and media device time may only exceed thirty (30) minutes per week for a special occasion. There is no restriction for children using personal adaptive equipment. Educational videos are occasionally used to enhance classroom curriculum for no longer than the allotted amount of time above.
Clothing and Other Items
Each child will be assigned a cubby in his or her classroom. This is a place to store all items brought from home. To avoid lost items, make sure everything is labeled with your child’s first and last name. Please refrain from bringing toys from home to school, unless it is requested by the teachers for a classroom or student learning experience. Please note, although we do our best, items occasionally get lost. Therefore, we ask that you not bring items that are important to you or are a high-cost value.
- At minimum one change of clothes, more depending upon developmental stage.
- A small blanket for napping.
- Appropriate clothing for sun and weather changes.
- A family picture
- Optional - Security Item or Lovie
- Optional – Parent Provided Sunscreen
In addition the following items are needed for Toddlers and Children Toilet Training
- Diapers/Pull Ups
- Optional - Diaper cream
The goal of our program is to help develop self-discipline, encouraging adaptation to acceptable standards of behavior from inner motivation rather than from external controls. Discipline emphasizes limits and rules that are understandable and consistent.
Teachers are expected to try to prevent problems before they arise by arranging programs and classrooms that meet the developmental needs of the children. Examples include having a wide selection of toys, arranging classrooms so that children can be as independent as possible, offering a daily schedule that balances the need for physical activity and rest, and allowing children the choice of challenging activities suited to their developmental level.
Discipline is caring control. When correction is necessary, teachers will use a kind, firm voice to redirect or restate the rule. No physical or harsh verbal discipline of children is allowed. The tone of our school environment is respect. Teachers model and encourage respect for each other, the children and the environment. We do not allow children to hurt others, themselves, or to damage the classroom materials. Children whose behavior endangers others are supervised away from the situation until they are ready to rejoin the group in a more socially acceptable manner. Teachers facilitate the development of responsibility, self-regulation, and self-control in children.
Behavior Management Policy
At the first incident or sign of inappropriate behavior (defined as actions that cause harm to the child him/herself, another child, or staff member) the teacher notifies the parents as well as the director. This may include verbal abuse, hitting, kicking, biting, throwing objects, or any behavior that disrupts the daily routine in the classroom.
If harmful behaviors are seen to continue on a regular basis, the center will determine what plan of action to take next. This may include charting the behavior(s), arranging a planning meeting with parents, and/or requesting a referral.
When a parent/teacher meeting takes place, it will focus on a plan designed to assist the parent, child, and teacher with the behavior. After agreeing to a plan to address the child’s behavior all parties will sign a conference sheet, which details the discussion. All parties may meet again in several weeks to discuss and evaluate progress. At this time, parent cooperation will be determined. If the parent chooses not to participate, this may be grounds to ask the family to leave the program.
The center will participate, document, and help with referrals completing assessment and working with the family. If the child is referred to an agency, the lead teacher will contact that agency to convey factual, pertinent information. If an independent agency is involved in observation, the center has a right to a copy of the observer’s report.
Given ample time to evaluate the child, even with parental cooperation, if we do not see progress in harmful behavior enabling the child to participate in a group setting, The Children’s Center has the right to ask the family to leave the center if we determine that our program is not able to meet the child’s needs.
We strive to make every child’s experience in our center successful and attempt to adapt our classroom to meet the needs of all children. We consider it a last resort, after exhausting all possible resources, to exclude a family from our program.