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DISCIPLINE POLICY

Acres of Fun’s goals for your child are to help them to be able to accept responsibility for his/her own behavior.  Positive, developmentally appropriate child guidance techniques will be used.  Teachers will model and encourage expected behavior and use redirection.  Children will be provided with many opportunities to develop pro-social skills such as cooperating, helping, negotiating, and talking with the person involved to solve interpersonal problems.

  • Staff will use positive, developmentally appropriate discipline techniques in guiding the toddler’s behavior throughout the day
  • Redirection is used.
  • Positive encouragement, rather than criticism, of appropriate behavior.  Techniques can be verbal and/or non-verbal such as facial expressions, nodding, and positive language
  • Planning ahead to help prevent potential problems. Staff evaluates the environment and daily schedule. Staff position themselves strategically for optimum supervision
  • Children shall not be frightened, humiliated, etc.
  • Discipline shall not be associated with food, rest, or toileting
  • No spanking, physical punishment, or corporal punishment is ever allowed

 

OPEN DOOR POLICY

We have an open door policy at our center.  You are welcome any time to visit our center.  We encourage all parents to volunteer in their child’s classroom to help the teacher.  Just reading a book to a few children, doing a puzzle, or helping the children to complete activities is greatly welcomed.

 

CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT

By law, if at any time we suspect your child has been abused and/or neglected, we are required to make a report to the Department of children and Families.

 

ILLNESS POLICY

If your child is sick, you will be contacted and expected to pick up your child immediately.  If you cannot be reached, we will contact the emergency pick up people listed on your child’s identification record.  Be sure you always inform us of any changes of work place, home address, and most importantly, phone numbers.

 

  • If your child has two or more bouts of diarrhea, they will need to go home and not be able to return the next day
  • If your child has vomited, they will need to go home and not be able to return the next day
  • If your child has a fever above 101 degrees, they will need to go home and will not be admitted the next day.  Ultimately, your child should have no fever without medications, such as Tylenol or Motrin, for 24 hours, before they can return
  • If your child is suspected of having pinkeye or has an unidentifiable rash, we will send them home and will not allow them back without a doctor’s note stating they are not contagious
  • If your child is sent home with head lice, they need to go home, get their head treated, and when you return the next morning, they will have to be rechecked before they are allowed to stay.  They must be nit-free!

 

Please understand that it is very important to keep your child home when they are not feeling well.  This ensures that less illness is passed around over and over again.  There are places that offer drop in care for children that are mildly ill, so please plan ahead for these situations, as it will be inevitable that your child will become sick eventually while in care.

 

MEDICATION POLICY

We will not dispense medication to children.  We will put bug spray, sunscreen, and or diaper ointment, with a signed consent form from the parent.  If any child has an inhaler, we will dispense this with the inhaler in the original container and accompanied by a doctor’s note, because this is life threatening.

 

ARRIVAL CUT OFF TIME

All children attending the center must be at the center by 9:00 a.m. The only exceptions will be for children with doctor appointments, and the parent must ask permission, preferably a week before.  No child is allowed to come in once lunch is served, which is at 11:00 a.m.

 

**For Pre-k children attending the center, your child must be here by 9:00 a.m., or you may forfeit your child’s spot. Daily attendance is crucial for this program.  The state has very specific guidelines that we must follow and you must follow. 

 

FOOD AND DRINKS

No food, drinks, or cups are allowed in the center.  We supply all snacks and lunches for your child and use all disposable products. If there is a medical issue or allergy, please speak to the director and/or owner.

 

 HURRICANE POLICY

  • Be sure we have correct phone numbers for emergencies
  • If there is a hurricane warning or a tropical storm warning, be sure to call to see if the center is opened
  • If there is evacuations for level C, you will be expected to pick up your child immediately, and will be called
  • If at any time the public schools are closed, then more than likely we will be, so call ahead to be sure.
  • If our center loses electricity due to bad weather, we are not allowed to reopen until it is restored.
  • If we are concerned we may close, we will let you know the day before when you pick up your child, or post a notice for you on the door to keep you informed.

 

EXTRA CLOTHES

All children need to have in their cubby: two full sets of clothes (to include shirts, shorts or pants, underwear, and socks), an extra pair of shoes, and a towel or blanket for naptime.  Any clothes you have to donate are greatly appreciated.

 

PARKING AREA

There are plenty of parking spaces for dropping off and picking up your child.  Please do not block the parking lot so no one can get in and out!  There are 5 spaces in front and many more along side of the building.  Also, you must follow enter and exit signs.  There is one way in and one way out, and by using them each inappropriately, there will be an accident, and someone could get hurt.

 

DONATION OF TIME AND OTHER THINGS

All parents are expected to participate in some way in their child’s schooling.

  • Donating time or materials are always appreciated.  The more involved you are with your child’s schooling, the more they will benefit.  They really love to have their parents in the classroom and it really means a lot, even if you can only do it for 15-30 minutes once per month.
  • We do conduct fundraisers, which enable us to sometimes waive your registration and supplies fees, so we expect all families to participate in our fundraisers also.
  • Parent conferences are conducted twice per year, and parents are expected to be able to attend.  We offer all sorts of times to accommodate your busy working schedules.

 

CELL PHONES

When entering the center to drop off or pick up your child, please put your cell phone away.  Teachers may have to speak with you and your children also.

 

CHECKING YOUR CHILD’S FOLDER AND TEACHER COMMUNICATION

  • Each day, check your child’s folder (if you do not get a daily note from the two’s) and initial the day to show you have read your child’s report.
  • If your have any concerns about your child and need to talk with the teacher, you will have to make an appointment, through the director or owner.  Teachers cannot supervise a classroom and attend to a parent at the same time.  This interrupts the class schedule and creates chaos for the teacher.  Please, drop off your child and pick them up quickly.

Our schedule will shadow the public school schedule as far as holiday weeks and most days off, except half days that public schools have.  If your child will need care during these weeks, it will be necessary to let us know in advance and the tuition will be $100.00 during these weeks, as VPK will not pay us for your child.

 

Young 2’s Class Schedule

7:00-8:00        Children arrive (all children meet in the 4 year old classroom):  Table/rug toys (children can choose puzzles, legos, duplos with cars, people, and trucks; stringing beads and cards; pegboards, art), also cozy book area

8:00-9:30        Indoor or Outdoor free play (all 2 year olds go to the Young 2’s class):  to include housekeeping, art, sand and water,nature/science, writing table, blocks, music, manipulatives, math/numbers, listening center, and cozy book area) *Also includes working in small groups and individually with children on the objectives of the lesson plans and each child’s needs

9:30-9:45        Snack (teacher sits, role models, and converses with the children), wash hands, wash tables and sweep the floor

9:45-11:15      Center time/Free play:  to include housekeeping, art, sand and water, nature/science, writing table, blocks, music, manipulatives, math/numbers, listening center, and cozy book area) *Also includes working in small groups and individually with children on the objectives of the lesson plans and each child’s needs

11:15-11:30    Clean up, diapering and pottying, wash hands and tables to prepare for lunch

11:30-12:00    Lunch (teacher sits and role models and also engages in conversation with the children), wash hands, wash tables and sweep the floor

12:00:12:15    Clean up, diapering and pottying, wash hands and tables to prepare for rest time (put down cots, turn on quiet music, read stories quietly)

12:15-12:30    Story time (teacher reads with lights out and children on cots)

12:30-2:30      Rest time (children who do not sleep or are awake are offered quiet activities on their cots or at the table sitting next to the teacher)

2:30-2:45        Lights on, wake up children, diapering and pottying, wash hands and tables to prepare for snack

2:45-3:00        Snack (teacher sits , role models, and converses with the children), wash hands, wash tables and sweep the floor

3:00-3:30        Outdoor or Indoor gross motor free play

3:30-4:30        Center time/Free play:  to include housekeeping, art, sand and water, nature/science, writing table, blocks, music, manipulatives, math/numbers, listening center, and            cozy book area) *Also includes working in small groups and individually with children on the objectives of the lesson plans and each child’s needs

4:30-5:00        Clean up, diapering and pottying, preparing to depart with parents

5:00-5:30        Departure: Table/rug toys (children can choose puzzles, legos, duplos with cars, people, and trucks; stringing beads and cards; pegboards, art), also cozy book area.  Free play:  to include housekeeping, art, sand and water, nature/science, writing table, blocks, music, manipulatives, computer, math/numbers, listening center, and cozy book area) *Also includes working in small groups and             individually with children on the objectives of the lesson plans and each child’s needs

5:30-6:00        Move to the 3 year old class to join them for Table/rug toys as listed above

Older 2’s Class Schedule

7:00-8:00        Children arrive (all children meet in the 4 year old classroom):  Table/rug toys (children can choose puzzles, legos, duplos with cars, people, and trucks; stringing beads and cards; pegboards, art), also cozy book area

8:00-9:30        Indoor or Outdoor free play (all 2 year olds go to the young 2’s class):  to include housekeeping, art, sand and water, nature/science, writing table, blocks, music, manipulatives, math/numbers, listening center, and cozy book area) *Also includes working in small groups and individually with children on the objectives of the lesson plans and each child’s needs         

9:30-9:45        Snack (teacher sits, role models, and converses with the children), wash hands, wash tables and sweep the floor

9:45-11:15      Center time/Free play:  to include housekeeping, art, sand and water, nature/science, writing table, blocks, music, manipulatives, math/numbers, listening center, and            cozy book area) *Also includes working in small groups and individually with children on the objectives of the lesson plans and each child’s needs

11:15-11:35    Circle time: can include story time, language activities, math/number activities, songs and fingerplays, music/movement, etc…

11:35-12:05    Lunch (teacher sits and role models and also engages in conversation with the children), wash hands, wash tables and sweep the floor

12:05-12:30    Clean up, diapering and pottying, wash hands and tables to prepare for rest time (put down cots, turn on quiet music, read stories quietly)

12:30-12:45    Story time (teacher reads with lights out and children on cots)

12:45-2:30      Rest time (children who do not sleep or are awake are offered quiet activities on their cots or at the table sitting next to the teacher)

2:30-2:45        Lights on, wake up children, diapering and pottying, wash hands and tables to prepare for snack

2:45-3:00        Snack (teacher sits , role models, and converses with the children), wash hands, wash tables and sweep the floor

3:00-3:30        Outdoor or Indoor gross motor free play

3:30-4:30        Center time/Free play:  to include housekeeping, art, sand and water, nature/science, writing table, blocks, music, manipulatives, math/numbers, listening center, and cozy book area) *Also includes working in small groups and individually with children on the objectives of the lesson plans and each child’s needs

4:30-5:00        Clean up, diapering and pottying, preparing to depart with parents

5:00-5:30        Departure: Table/rug toys (children can choose puzzles, legos, duplos with cars, people, and trucks; stringing beads and cards; pegboards, art), also cozy book area  Free play:  to include housekeeping, art, sand and water, nature/science, writing table, blocks, music, manipulatives, computer, math/numbers, listening center, and cozy book area) *Also includes working in small groups and             individually with children on the objectives of the lesson plans and each child’s needs

5:30-6:00        Move to the 3 year old class to join them for Table/rug toys as listed above

Four Year Old Class Schedule

7:00-8:00        Children arrive (all children meet in the 4 year old classroom):  Table/rug toys (children can choose puzzles, legos, duplos with cars, people, and trucks; stringing beads and cards; pegboards, art, math/numbers), also cozy book area

8:00-9:00        Indoor or Outdoor free play (all 2 year olds go to the 2 year old class):  to include housekeeping, art, sand and water, nature/science, writing table, blocks, music, manipulatives, math/numbers, listening center, and cozy book area) *Also includes working in small groups and individually with children on the             objectives of the lesson plans and each child’s needs

9:00-9:30        Outdoor or indoor gross motor free play

9:30-9:50        Clean up, bathroom, wash hands and tables to prepare for snack

Snack (teacher sits, role models, and converses with the children), wash hands, wash tables and sweep the floor

9:50-10:10      Circle time: can include story time, language activities, math/number activities, songs and fingerplays, music/movement, etc…

10:10-11:30    Center time/Free play:  to include housekeeping, art, sand and water, nature/science, writing table, blocks, music, manipulatives, math/numbers, listening center, and            cozy book area) *Also includes working in small groups and individually with children on the objectives of the lesson plans and each child’s needs

11:30-11:45    Clean up, bathroom, wash hands and tables to prepare for lunch

11:45-12:15    Lunch (teacher sits and role models and also engages in conversation with the children), wash hands, wash tables and sweep the floor

12:15-12:30    Clean up, bathroom, wash hands and tables to prepare for rest time (put down cots, turn on quiet music, read stories quietly)

12:30-2:30      Rest time (children who do not sleep or are awake are offered quiet activities on their cots or at the table sitting next to the teacher)

2:30-2:45        Lights on, wake up children, bathroom, shoes on, music and movement, wash hands and tables to prepare for snack

2:45-3:00        Snack (teacher sits, role models, and converses with the children), wash hands, wash tables and sweep the floor

3:00-4:00        Center time/Free play:  to include housekeeping, art, sand and water, nature/science, writing table, blocks, music, manipulatives, math/numbers, listening center, and            cozy book area) *Also includes working in small groups and individually with children on the objectives of the lesson plans and each child’s needs

4:00-5:00        Outdoor or Indoor gross motor free play

5:00-6:00        Departure: Clean up, bathroom, preparing to depart with parents.

Free play:  to include housekeeping, art, sand and water, nature/science, writing table, blocks, music, manipulatives, computer, math/numbers, listening center, and cozy book area) *Also includes working in small groups and individually with children on the objectives of the lesson plans and each child’s needs

 

Three Year Old Class Schedule

7:00-8:00        Children arrive (all children meet in the 4 year old classroom):  Table/rug toys (children can choose puzzles, legos, duplos with cars, people, and trucks; stringing beads and cards; pegboards, art, math/numbers), also cozy book area

8:00-9:00        Indoor or Outdoor free play (all 2 year olds go to the 2 year old class):  to include housekeeping, art, sand and water, nature/science, writing table, blocks, music, manipulatives, math/numbers, listening center, and cozy book area) *Also includes working in small groups and individually with children on the             objectives of the lesson plans and each child’s needs

9:00-9:30        Outdoor or indoor gross motor free play

9:30-9:50        Clean up, bathroom, wash hands and tables to prepare for snack

Snack (teacher sits, role models, and converses with the children), wash hands, wash tables and sweep the floor

9:50-10:10      Circle time: can include story time, language activities, math/number activities, songs and fingerplays, music/movement, etc…

10:10-11:30    Center time/Free play:  to include housekeeping, art, sand and water, nature/science, writing table, blocks, music, manipulatives, math/numbers, listening center, and            cozy book area) *Also includes working in small groups and individually with children on the objectives of the lesson plans and each child’s needs

11:30-11:40    Clean up, bathroom, wash hands and tables to prepare for lunch

11:40-12:10    Lunch (teacher sits and role models and also engages in conversation with the children), wash hands, wash tables and sweep the floor

12:10-12:30    Clean up, bathroom, wash hands and tables to prepare for rest time (put down cots, turn on quiet music, read stories quietly)

12:30-2:30      Rest time (children who do not sleep or are awake are offered quiet activities on their cots or at the table sitting next to the teacher)

2:30-2:45        Lights on, wake up children, bathroom, shoes on, music and movement, wash hands and tables to prepare for snack

2:45-3:00        Snack (teacher sits, role models, and converses with the children), wash hands, wash tables and sweep the floor

3:00-4:00        Center time/Free play:  to include housekeeping, art, sand and water, nature/science, writing table, blocks, music, manipulatives, math/numbers, listening center, and            cozy book area) *Also includes working in small groups and individually with children on the objectives of the lesson plans and each child’s needs

4:00-5:00        Outdoor or Indoor gross motor free play

5:00-6:00        Departure: Clean up, bathroom, preparing to depart with parents.

Free play:  to include housekeeping, art, sand and water, nature/science, writing table, blocks, music, manipulatives, computer, math/numbers, listening center, and cozy book area) *Also includes working in small groups and individually with children on the objectives of the lesson plans and each child’s needs

Pre-K Class Schedule

7:00-8:00        Children arrive (all children ages 2 and up meet in the 3 year old classroom):  Table/rug toys (children can choose puzzles, legos, duplos with cars, people, and trucks; stringing beads and cards; pegboards, art, math/numbers), also cozy book area

8:00-9:00        Indoor or Outdoor free play (all 2 year olds go to the 2 year old class):  to include housekeeping, art, sand and water, nature/science, writing table, blocks, music, manipulatives, computers, math/numbers, listening center, and cozy book area) *Also includes working in small groups and individually with children on the objectives of the lesson plans and each child’s needs

9:00-9:30        Outdoor or indoor gross motor free play

9:30-10:00      Clean up, bathroom, wash hands and tables to prepare for snack

Snack (teacher sits, role models, and converses with the children), wash hands, wash     tables and sweep the floor

10:00-10:30    Circle time: to begin with roll call and then teacher directed story time, language activities, math/number activities, songs and fingerplays, music/movement, etc…

10:30-11:30    Center time/Free play:  to include housekeeping, art, sand and water, nature/science, writing table, blocks, music, manipulatives, computer, math/numbers, listening center, and cozy book area) *Also includes working in small groups and           individually with children on the objectives of the lesson plans and each child’s needs

11:30-11:45    Clean up, bathroom, wash hands and tables to prepare for lunch

11:45-12:00    Closing Circle Time (to review days activities, plan for tomorrow, and close out the day)  **All Part Time VPK students leave at 12:00**

12:00-12:30    Lunch (teacher sits and role models and also engages in conversation with the children)

12:30-1245      Clean up, bathroom, wash hands and tables to prepare for rest time (put down cots, turn on quiet music, read stories quietly)

12:45-2:30      Rest time (children who do not sleep or are awake are offered quiet activities on their cots or at the table sitting next to the teacher)

2:30-2:45        Lights on, wake up children, bathroom, shoes on, music and movement, wash hands and tables to prepare for snack

2:45-3:00        Snack (teacher sits, role models, and converses with the children), wash hands, wash tables and sweep the floor

3:00-4:00        Center time/Free play:  to include housekeeping, art, sand and water, nature/science, writing table, blocks, music, manipulatives, math/numbers, listening center, and            cozy book area) *Also includes working in small groups and individually with children on the objectives of the lesson plans and each child’s needs

4:00-5:00        Outdoor or Indoor gross motor free play

5:00-6:00        Departure


Pre-K Class Schedule

7:00-8:00        Children arrive (all children ages 2 and up meet in the 3 year old classroom):  Table/rug toys (children can choose puzzles, legos, duplos with cars, people, and trucks; stringing beads and cards; pegboards, art, math/numbers), also cozy book area

8:00-9:00        Indoor or Outdoor free play (all 2 year olds go to the 2 year old class):  to include       housekeeping, art, sand and water, nature/science, writing table, blocks, music, manipulatives, computers, math/numbers, listening center, and cozy book area) *Also includes working in small groups and individually with children on the objectives of the lesson plans and each child’s needs

9:00-9:30        Outdoor or indoor gross motor free play

9:30-10:00      Clean up, bathroom, wash hands and tables to prepare for snack

Snack (teacher sits, role models, and converses with the children), wash hands, wash tables and sweep the floor

10:00-10:30    Circle time: to begin with roll call and then teacher directed story time, language activities, math/number activities, songs and fingerplays, music/movement, etc…

10:30-11:30    Center time/Free play:  to include housekeeping, art, sand and water, nature/science, writing table, blocks, music, manipulatives, computer, math/numbers, listening center, and cozy book area) *Also includes working in small groups and individually with children on the objectives of the lesson plans and each child’s needs

11:30-11:45    Clean up, bathroom, wash hands and tables to prepare for lunch

11:45-12:00    Closing Circle Time (to review days activities, plan for tomorrow, and close out the day)  **All Part Time VPK students leave at 12:00**

12:00-12:30    Lunch (teacher sits and role models and also engages in conversation with the children),

12:30-1245      Clean up, bathroom, wash hands and tables to prepare for rest time (put down cots, turn on quiet music, read stories quietly)

12:45-2:30      Rest time (children who do not sleep or are awake are offered quiet activities on their cots or at the table sitting next to the teacher)

2:30-2:45        Lights on, wake up children, bathroom, shoes on, music and movement, wash hands and tables to prepare for snack

2:45-3:00        Snack (teacher sits, role models, and converses with the children), wash hands, wash tables and sweep the floor

3:00-4:00        Center time/Free play:  to include housekeeping, art, sand and water, nature/science, writing table, blocks, music, manipulatives, math/numbers, listening center, and cozy book area) *Also includes working in small groups and individually with children on the objectives of the lesson plans and each child’s needs

4:00-5:00        Outdoor or Indoor gross motor free play

5:00-6:00        Departure