Parents are welcome to visit the facility at any time and to participate in the activities. Parents may talk to the teachers at any time. There are no set times the child has to be in attendance. At the time of enrollment the parents must leave a copy of a valid driver’s license photo identification and social security number to be retained in the child’s records. This is for security protection. If persons other than the parents or guardian are to pick-up the child, the center must be informed of the identity of the person and they must bring picture identification.
The major criterion for exclusion from attendance in the facility is the probability of the spread of an illness from child to child. A child excluded from the facility for a communicable disease may be readmitted by a written certification from a physician, or a permit issued by the local health authority, or a note from a parent for readmission.
The facility will give medicine to the child with written authorization from the parents. The authorization must include the times and amounts the medication to the labeled directions. The medication must be in the original container labeled with the child’s full name and the date brought to the facility. The facility will not administer the medication after its expiration date.
In case of an emergency, a medical emergency, a situation that places the child at risk, the facility will notify the parent immediately. If necessary, the facility will also contact the proper emergency agencies immediately. Within 48 hours, a report of all accidents, incidents and illnesses that require professional attention or that places a child at risk will be given to the parent. Both the director and the parent are to sign and date the form. The facility will also notify the parents of less serious injuries when the parent picks up the child.
All parents will be notified in writing and within 48 hours of becoming aware that a child or employee has contacted a communicable disease, there are lice or other infestation in the group. The notices will be posted in a prominent place in the office.
The discipline is individualized, consistent, and appropriate to the child’s level of understanding and directed toward teaching the child acceptable behavior and self-control. Only positive methods of discipline and guidance that encourages self-esteem and self-control and self-direction are used. Praise, encouragement, reminding of expected behavior, redirecting, and the use of brief time out from the group are all used in the disciplining.
Breakfast, morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack are offered. The child and adult food care program requirements are met. Drinking water is always available. Parents may provide meals and/or snacks for their child in addition to the facility snack and meals.
Each child enrolled in the facility must meet applicable immunization requirements specified by the Texas Department of Health Immunization Requirements. Exemptions from immunizations requirements must meet criteria specified by the same. The facility must have the child’s immunization record on file. A tuberculosis test is required.
Each child that is or will be four or older by September 1, will be screened for possible vision and hearing problems prior to completion of the first 120 calendar days of enrollment. Admission information is required and is to be updated regularly. If there are any policies changes, written notices will be posted in the office. Transportation is not a function of the facility, but if needed, Kids On the Move can be contacted. There is splashing and wading pools in the summer. Consent forms have to be signed. Field trips will be posted and permission sheets have to be signed for each outing before the child can participate.
A parent can talk to the director of the facility at any time to address concerns, policies, procedures, their child’s adjustments and progress. Progress reports are given out once a month. Weekly lessons plans are sent home on Friday for the coming week. The parents are always welcome to participate in the facility’s activities. Parents can read the minimum standards and the facility’s most recent licensing inspection report at any time. The numbers to contact the local licensing office, PRS child abuse hotline and PRS website are posted in the office and in each classroom.