Open Door Policy
Prior to taking advantage of our open door policy and visiting your child’s classroom, stop by the office and check in. We encourage you to visit anytime you wish, however the director needs to know of your presence for safety and security reasons.
As every child is unique and individual, we believe that at our center, we provide the very best, high-quality care that each child deserves. We strongly encourage parent participation and involvement, as we believe that by working together, parents and teachers can encourage and promote each child to develop to their full potential. Our Open Door Policy encourages parents to actively engage and participate in their child’s day.
Parents are more than welcome to stay and join in our program, once your child has settled into our center. Your child will feel very special and you will have an opportunity to view our developmentally appropriate programs. We encourage you to discuss your child’s development and progress throughout the year with your child’s teachers. We feel that open communication is essential to the success of our partnership helping your child grow in the right direction.
Please note: Our Open Door Policy does NOT override any legal Court Orders which may be in place regarding Access or Custody. If you have any concerns in this regard, please contact the Director.
Our staff welcomes comments and suggestions to improve the quality of care for your child. When areas of concern arise, the problem should be brought to the attention of the classroom teacher, who will hear your suggestion and/or grievance and attempt to work through the problem. The following steps should be taken:
1. Parents should discuss any problem with the teacher.
2. If not resolved, the problem should be discussed with the director.
3. A conference may be held with the parent, teacher and director.
It is our belief and practice that children require physical contact for their care and healthy development. This contact can be described in three ways:
1. Nurturing (hugs, holding hands, carrying, rocking)
(Restraining from harmful situations, separating conflicting children, administering first aid)
3. Hygiene (face and hand washing, diapering, assisting with toileting,
(Examining rashes, or unusual marks, and necessary clothing changes.)
How do we get started?
Your enrollment fee will hold your child’s space for two weeks. We will ask you to fill out a number of forms. Some of these, like the child’s enrollment record and the health immunization record, are required by the Texas Department of Human Services, the state agency that monitors and licenses child care centers.
Each child must have the following items completed and on file at the center:
1. Current Shot Records (Unless your child is in elementary school)
2. Enrollment Form
3. Health Record Form
4. Physicians Signature Form or Physical Form
5. Tuition Agreement
1. Any court orders restricting someone to pick up your child
2. Any Allergies
3. Food Restrictions
4. Infant’s information sheet (required on each infant in our care)
Paperwork must be completed and immunization records turned in before your child starts. You have two weeks to obtain a physician’s signature validating that your child can participate in a child care program or provide us with a copy of a physical check-up.
Tuition is due every Monday. Tuition not paid by Wednesday at close is considered late and a $10 per day late fee is accessed. Tuition not paid one week after the due date; your child will not be admitted until full tuition is paid. Children holding full time positions are responsible for the full weekly quoted tuition, whether the child attends all or part of the week. You will be charged full tuition for holidays when the center is closed. All About Kids requires a one week written notice before withdrawing a student. Your cooperation is appreciated.
Return Check Policy
A $25 dollar late fee will be charged for all returned checks. All returned checks not picked up within 5 business days and any fees not paid in full to All About Kids will be turned into a collection agency.
Hours of Operation
Our hours of operation are from 6:00 am to 6:30 pm, Monday through Friday. All About Kids is open year round excluding closings listed under Holidays of this policy and parent handbook.
Late Pick Up
There will be a $1 per minute late fee for every child left after 6:35pm. This fee is due immediately and strictly enforced. Please keep in mind our staff have families also, so please be on time.
All About Kids will close on the following holidays:
New Year’s Day * Memorial Day * Fourth of July * Labor Day*Thanksgiving Day * the Friday after Thanksgiving* Christmas Eve * Christmas Day. If the holiday falls on a weekend, we will be closed the Friday before or the Monday after. You will be notified of holiday closings two weeks in advance.
If your child is not going to attend the center on a particular day please notify the center as soon as possible. This helps our teachers maintain attention and control of their classrooms. Please try to have your child at the center before 10:00 am. This allows the class to keep with their scheduled routine and curriculum for the day with limited interruptions. Although, we love your child, we feel it is in the best interest of your child if they are not left at the center more than 10 hours a day. Thank you for your cooperation.
Arrival and Departure
All About Kids request every parent check your child in and out daily at the reception desk. In the event someone other than yourself will be picking up your child, please notify the office. Proper identification will be checked before your child is released to anyone unrecognized by the staff or the center’s director.
All parental notifications will be posted at all entrance doors to the facility as well as the check-in desk.
Bad Weather Policies
Please listen to 89.5 FM or check NBC5i.com for closings due to bad weather. We will try our very best to open even in inclement weather. However, All About Kids will not transport children on these days. If Weatherford ISD closes for bad weather, we will also close.
All About Kids discipline consists of positive redirection. The use of physical punishment is NEVER permitted. In the event of an extraordinary problem, jeopardizing the health or safety of the child or any classmate, the child will be removed from the classroom and taken to the director’s office. Parents will be contacted immediately, in the determination of the director.
All About Kids is concerned about the well being of your child and every other child in the center. Your child should be kept at home if he or she shows signs of illness. Parents must notify the center if the child has been exposed to a communicable disease outside the facility. Children exhibiting any of the following symptoms will be dismissed:
1. A Temperature over 100.4
2. Diarrhea or vomiting
3. Any undiagnosed rash
In the event any of the above symptoms are developed while your child is in our care we will contact you to pick up your child. If the parents are unavailable we will contact the first available adult on the emergency information card. A child must be free of vomiting and diarrhea, and fever for 24 hours before returning to the center, without fever reducing medication such as Tylenol.
All About Kids will administer over the counter medication and prescription medication to children 2 years and up, only if the center has a signed permission slip from the parent. All About Kids will not administer a non prescription medication such as Tylenol or Motrin to a child less than 2 years of age, unless we have a signed statement from the doctor with the dosage and times to be given.
Depending on the level of emergency, All About Kids administration will assess the situation and contact the required emergency medical services. In the event that emergency transportation is not required, parents will be notified and All About Kids will administer care as directed by the parent. In the event that emergency care is needed but ambulance is not required, All About Kids may transport your child for medical services to the medical care facility you as the parent specified on the admissions information form.
Immunizations and Health Statement- Students and Staff
All child care facilities are required by the state of Texas to have up-to-date shot records on file for each child, birth through five years. Texas State Law also requires all child care facilities to obtain a doctor’s health statement for each child, during their first week of care. Prior to employment each teacher is required to take a Tuberculosis test which is conducted by a health care professional.
Hearing and Vision Screenings
The state of Texas requires all child care facilities to have a vision and hearing screening on each child above the age of three. The vision and hearing screening will be held at the center once a year, usually each April. If your child has already had this screening please bring a copy of the screening for us to obtain in your child’s file.
Classroom Supplies Needed
Parents are REQUIRED to supply diapers, wipes, formula and baby food for the infants. Please make sure you have these things at the center for your children. Diaper bags are not necessary, every child has his/her own cubby which holds diapers, wipes, formula, food and etc. Thank you for your cooperation.
Your child will need a small blanket for rest time. We ask all children to bring a change of clothing in case of an accident. Please dress your child in clothing appropriate for the forecasted weather. Your child’s belongings need to be labeled with your child’s name. Please do not allow your child to bring toys from home; All About Kids is not responsible for lost items or broken belongings.
Meals and Food Service
All About Kids Learning Center is on the Texas State Child Care Food Program. The State of Texas reimburses the center for the food provided to each child. Each meal is carefully put together so that each child receives a well balanced meal. We must meet the nutritional needs of the children daily. Our cook and teachers are trained on the importance of preparing and serving food. All meals are served with your child’s health and safety in mind, the proper steps are taken while preparing and serving food. Please be sure to list any known food allergies on your child’s enrollment form. If your child has any food allergies we must have written notification from the parent or the child’s doctor.
There is a rest time daily from the hours of 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm. All About Kids Learning Center provides rest mats for each child. You may provide a small pillow and blanket for your child for rest time. Please make sure your child’s name is on their belongings.
School Transportation/Field Trips
Transportation is provided to area schools. School age children attending the center before school will need to arrive at the center no later than 7:10 am. The bus will leave the center at 7:20 am for the morning school run. Children being picked up in the afternoon from school will return to the center by 3:50 pm. If we do not need to pick up your child on a particular day, please call and notify the center by 12:00/noon on that day. All About Kids will not transport any child under the age of 3 years. All field trips will be posted 48 hours in advance.
Infants and Toddlers will not participate in water activities.
Preschool Children 2 years and older will participate in the following: sprinklers, wading pools and sand and water tables.
School Age Children will be offered swim day at a local swimming facility and be offered to participate in field trips to water parks in the surrounding areas.
A notice will be posted weekly to remind you of your child’s water activity day. Children will be carefully monitored and extra staff will be present during this time. During school age swimming activities a certified life guard will be present. All About Kids will require written permission to apply sunscreen. Each child must provide their own sunscreen for water activities.
OUTDOOR PLAY POLICY
All About Kids Learning Center and their staff will always do their very best to keep the children appropriately dressed for the weather of the day. However, it is always the parent’s responsibility to provide the appropriate clothing for outdoor play regardless of the season for that to happen. All About Kids Learning Center may be able to provide temporary appropriate clothing from time to time, but in no way takes the responsibility to dress each child for the weather of the day.
Parent will be asked to provide sunscreen and bug repellant for each child. Each teacher will be responsible for putting the lotions on their children as needed.
Licensing Regulations: The State of Texas laws require all employees of child care facilities to be alert for and report to the state any, all, and cases of abuse or neglect or sexual assault of a child. All About Kids Learning Center is therefore obligated to report to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services any suspected cases of child abuse and/ or neglect. Abuse Hotline 1-800-252-5400 or www.txabusehotline.org
All About Kids Learning Center is a licensed facility by the state of Texas. As a parent you are entitled to see the following information: The Minimum Standards for this Licensed Childcare Center (www.tdprs.state.tx.us) of the most recent Department of Protective and Regulatory Services Inspection/Investigation Report (www.tdprs.state.tx.us), most recent City Health Inspection, City Fire Inspection, and Gas Pipe Inspection. As a parent you are also entitled to have access to the local Department of Protective and Regulatory Services Licensing office, PRS child abuse hotline and the PRS website. These numbers and addresses are posted within each facility. Please check with the center director for more information.
All About Kids Learning Center does NOT discriminate. Children or Staff of all races, nationalities, and religions is welcomed. All About Kids respects cultural diversity and incorporates it into our daily curriculum.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Each child will receive one-week vacation during the first year of enrollment, but may only be taken after 6 months of attendance. Two weeks’ vacation will be granted on the anniversary of the second year of enrollment. This allows you to remove your child from the center for one or two weeks without being responsible for the full tuition, and without forfeiting your enrollment position. To be granted two vacation weeks your child must be enrolled without interruption for a total of 24 months. Please give the office at least one week written notice of vacation to be a vacation week without being responsible for tuition.
On occasion animals may be used as a teaching tool in your child’s classroom: for example, fish aquariums, class hamsters or rabbit.
FIRE AND EMERGENCY DRILL POLICY
On discovering a fire, set the alarm.
Immediately evacuate the building using the nearest safe exit.
All teachers in classrooms will pick up the emergency binders and roll sheets.
Staff will lead the children out in an orderly manner and should assemble at the designated safe point.
Babies will be placed in mobile beds and 2 members of staff will wheel each bed to the safe point.
The Director will check all area including restrooms, classrooms and kitchen and reception and play areas.
Close all doors behind you as you proceed out.
Dial 911 and ask for the fire Department. Do not replace the handset until the fire service confirms our address.
Check the roll sheets to ensure all children are accounted for.
Account for all staff and any other adult in the building.
No Smoking Policy
Please keep in mind when entering the building that all child care centers are non smoking facilities. This also includes the outdoor play area and parking lot. Thank you for your cooperation.
All About Kids will take snap shots or pictures of children in our classrooms at times. We asked that every parent fill out a permission slip to photo your child when enrolling your child. These photos can be used in numerous ways. Example: Class projects, Facebook-Page and etc. Please make sure you have a form on file.
As a result of House Bill 2086 that passed during the 81st Legislature, Regular Session, Chapter 42 of the Human Resource Code includes section 42.064, effective September 1, 2009. The new statue requires that information about gang-free zones be distributed to parents and guardians of children in care at licensed child care centers. The following is a tip sheet to assist the center in complying with the new law. This information will be posted at the center and copies will be provided to parents.
What is a gang-free zone?
A gang-free zone is a designated area around a specific location where prohibited gang-related activity is subject to increased penalty under Texas law. The specific locations include day care centers. The gang-free zone is within 1000 feet of your child care center. For more information about what constitutes a gang-free zone please consult sections 71.028 and 71.029 of the Texas Penal Code.
How do parents know where a gang-free zone ends?
The area that falls within a gang-free zone can vary depending on the type of location. The local municipal or county engineer may produce and update maps for the purposes of prosecution. Parents may contact their local municipality or court house for information about obtaining a copy of a map if they choose to do so.
What is the purpose for gang-free zones?
Similar to the motivation behind establishing drug-free zones, the purpose of gang-free zones is to determine certain types of criminal activity in areas where children gather by enforcing tougher penalties.
What does it mean for our center?
A child care center must inform parents or guardians of children attending the center about the new gang-free zone designation. This means parents or guardians need to be informed that certain gang-related criminal activity or engaging in organized criminal activity within 1000 feet of your center is a violation of this law and is therefore subject to increased penalty under state law.
What can we do?
As parents, we need to be aware of our surroundings and if we suspect a gang or drug related activity is occurring, please call 911.
Federal Health Reform and Nursing Mothers
President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, H.R. 3590, on March 23rd and the Reconciliation Act of 2010, H.R. 4872, on March 30, 2010. A mother is entitled to breast-feed her baby in any location in which the mother is authorized to be.
Sec. 165.001. LEGISLATIVE FINDING, The legislature finds that breast-feeding a baby is an important basic act of nature that must be encouraged in the interests of maternal and child health and family values. In compliance with the breast-feeding promotion program established under the federal Child Nutrition Act of 1996 (42 U.S.C. Section 1771 et seq.), the legislature recognizes breast-feeding as the best method of infant nutrition.
Added be Acts 1995, 74th Legislature, Chapter 600, Section 1, effective August 28, 1995.
Section 165.002 RIGHT TO BREAST-FEED. A mother is entitled to breast-feed her baby in any location in which the mother is authorized to be.
Mothers are welcomed to breast-feed their children at anytime in the Infant Room
Please do not leave vehicles running in our parking lot with children inside. Please be aware of our children entering and exiting our building when driving in our parking area.
On occasion throughout the year, All About Kids will offer Friday and Saturday Night Care for parents. This is to offer parents a little alone time, which seems to be a rare thing after children.
We look forward to having your precious little one attend All About Kids Child Learning Center.