The Learning Station Parent and Student Policies

Welcome to The Learning Station!  We are so happy that you have chosen our facility as a learning environment for your child.  We hope to make your child’s transition into a new environment an exciting adventure for you and your little one.  This policy packet was designed to explain our center policies and procedures.  Communication is key to a wonderful experience; please do not hesitate to ask questions about anything that is important to you! Always feel welcome to discuss any concerns or ideas with your child’s teacher or administrator.

 

Hours of Operation:

Full time Infant, Toddler, Preschool, and Summer Camp

Monday –Friday 6:00am - 6:00pm

Afterschool

Monday- Friday 2:30pm - 6:00pm

Schedules- Schedule and routine are very important for young children.  For this reason your child’s classroom will have a predictable schedule with meals and activities being roughly the same time each day.  While we do not have set drop off times it is helpful if you refer to your child’s classroom schedule and plan to bring them at times when the class is not in the middle of structured activity i.e. circle time, nap time, etc.

Drop off/Pick Up- Please be sure that your child’s teacher is aware that you are leaving your child or picking up your child.  Children should be walked into the facility and to their classroom.  Please do not drop children off in the parking lot or front lobby, even if they are school age.

Late Pick Up- It is important that you adhere to your chosen schedule.  For 6am-3pm schedules late fees apply beginning at 3:01pm.  For 6am-6:00pm schedule late fees apply at 6:01pm.  An initial late fee of $15 is applied for any late pickup under 10 minutes. Beginning at 3:10pm or 6:10pm $1 per minute late will be charged to your account.

Scheduled Holidays and Center Closings- The Learning Station will be closed on the following holidays and training days.  If the holiday falls on a weekend, a Monday or Friday will take its place.  In the event of an unscheduled closing, you will be given as much notice as possible.

~New Year’s Day

~Presidents Day

~Martin Luther King

~Good Friday

~Memorial Day

~Independence Day

~Labor Day

~Thanksgiving and Friday After

~Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

~2 Staff Development Days per year

 

Please see the list of Important Dates in your enrollment Packet for a complete list of early closings or holidays.  Full tuition is still required during holiday and center closings.  Tuition rates have been adjusted based on the year’s closing schedule.

 

Absences- In the event that your child will not be in attendance we ask that you call the center to inform his or her teachers.  For part time schedules, children who attend programs on specific days may not switch days.  Example: A child who attends M, W, F preschool and is absent Monday, may not attend on Tuesday or Thursday to replace the day.  If your child is enrolled as a full time student, their schedule may not switch back and forth between part time and full time. Full time students receive discounted tuition because we depend on their consistent payments.  We are staffed based on the number of full time children and we cannot change staffing on a week to week basis.  If your child misses a day during the week due to illness, vacation, etc.  the parent/guardian is still responsible for the full tuition payment.  Refunds are not given due to absences, holidays, etc.

 

Tuition- Tuition for all programs is due in advance.  By enrolling your child in one of our programs you are agreeing to pay the cost of tuition until your child ages out of our program or a two week written notice of withdrawal is given.  Tuition rates are reviewed and maybe be increased before the beginning of each fiscal year.  We will give plenty of notice before rates increase.

 

 

Payments- Payments are due each Friday for the upcoming week. Tuition can be paid by check, cash, credit/debit card, or through our automatic draft system, Tuition Express.   If you choose to use Tuition Express, payments may be drafted from your account either Wednesday or Thursday of that week to allow time for processing.  There is a 3% convenience fee for all credit/debit and Tuition Express transactions. Tuition Express is the preferred method of payment as it expedites payments for everyone. If payment is not received by close of business on Friday, then a  

 $35.00 late fee will be added to the account.

Registration/Enrollment Fee- These fees are non-refundable and due upon enrollment and then again annually on September 1st regardless of the original start date.  The enrollment fee for our part time (30 hours or less) and after school programs is $75.  Registration for all other programs is $125.  An activity fee for Summer Camp is due at the beginning of summer registration in addition to the enrollment fees.  This amount varies from year to year and is calculated based upon the activities and trips planned each summer.

 

Withdrawal- In the event that you decide to remove your child from our facility, a two weeks written notice is required.  You will be obligated to pay for those two weeks whether your child remains in the program or not during this two week period.  A form is available in the front office for this purpose.  No exceptions will be made to this policy.

(The Learning Station reserves the right to end a student’s enrollment at any time for any reason not prohibited by law, for non-payment of tuition, behavior issues, if you feel that we are not meeting the child’s needs, or if a child’s parents or guardians are uncooperative or abusive to school directors or staff.)

Open Door Policy- Families at The learning Station have free and unrestricted access to their child at any time.  We also offer two webcams in each classroom and playground that you can view through a secure website.  It is a window to your child’s world!

Web Cameras- Our facility is one of the few in the state that offers state of the art technology.  We have secure live access web cameras in our classrooms and outdoor play areas that allow our parents access to their child’s environment.  Our cameras are through the “Watch Me Grow” system for childcare centers. The cameras are viewable by desktop and smartphone and only accessible through a secure username and password that is issued upon enrollment. This information is only given in person and cannot be requested by phone, email, or fax. Just a reminder it is against “Watch Me Grow’s” privacy policy to screenshot or film the video footage of the classroom as it is a violation of children’s privacy.  Viewing rights may be revoked.

Security- Safety and security of our children is of the utmost importance at The Learning Station.  Our classrooms are located behind a locked door and the only entry into the building is through a biometric system that scans the fingerprint of any authorized person allowed to enter the building.  Emergency exit doors located in each classroom and on the playground are only accessible from the inside out.

Release of Children- It is a requirement of our facility that all children be signed in and out on the keypad each time they come and go, even if they leave and return in the same day.  Children will only be released from the center to persons authorized on the form found in your registration packet.  Please advise anyone that is picking up your child that they will be asked to present a photo ID.  This is to insure the safety of your child as well as all of the children in the facility.  Also, photos will be taken into the software system that we use.  Please let us know when someone other than you will be picking up your child.

Child Tracking System- We will use a “Name-To-Face” child attendance and tracking chart to record the names of children in each classroom and track their movement within the building.  This chart will go everywhere with each group of children and indicate their whereabouts as well as the time of travel.  Each teacher will identify every child by name and face when recording their presence in the group.  Children will be signed in and out on this form in addition to the parent clock in at the front computer.

Regulatory Agency Visits- DSS, DHEC, Horry County First Steps, SC First Steps, ABC Childcare and other agencies will visit our center unannounced in order to insure safety and adherence to regulations.  During these visits, both children and staff may be interviewed, without prior notification, by the representative of the agencies.

Confidentiality- All of the children’s files at The Learning Station are kept confidential.  Only staff members and licensing agencies will have access to these files.  Parents are allowed access to their own child’s files only.  Children’s information will not be copied, posted on a website or disclosed to unauthorized persons without written consent from the child’s parent.

Photo and Media Use- We will take child’s picture for their cubby labels and for identification in our computer system.  Teachers will use the children’s pictures in a variety of ways in the classroom including but not limited to: center play, handmade books, job charts, classroom blogs, visual schedules, and documentation of learning bulletin boards.  The Learning Station also uses Facebook as a means of communication with our families and the local child development community through our TLS Facebook page.  We will post pictures of center events, classroom activities, and celebrations throughout the center.  Each parent will need to initial that they understand our photo policy and the means in which their child’s photos will be used.

Family Communication-Your satisfaction with our program is critical to us.  We are open to questions, suggestions or concerns at any time.  If you are unsure about anything, please speak with your child’s teacher.  Teachers often forget the anxiety parents may have because they spend time with the children and know how things are going in the classroom.  Younger children often will not communicate what they do in class.  You will receive a daily activity report about your child’s day and you are also welcome to visit the facility at any time.  You may also call the center to speak with your child’s teacher to check on his/her day at any time. If, at any time, you have a concern or comment, please speak with your child’s teacher.  In the event that a concern is not handled in a satisfactory manner with the teacher, please inform a director immediately.

File folders are provided for each child either in the classroom or at their classroom door.  Please be sure to check the folders on a daily basis for daily sheets, art work, newsletters and other important school information.

Dress Code- Please remember that most of your child’s day is spent learning through play and often messy hands on experiences.  With this in mind, please send your child to school in clothes that can get messy.  Please be prepared for your child to get messy or have accidents.  It is part of growing up! For the purpose of modesty, girls should have shorts on under their dresses for when they are sitting criss-cross applesauce during circle time or when they are climbing on outdoor equipment.  Because preschool children are gaining their independence, they need to have clothes that they can take off and put on in the event of an accident or when going to the restroom.  Please put children in clothes that they can manage themselves.  Clothing with complicated buttons or closures, especially overalls do not help them with these tasks.  For safety sake, please put rubber soled, closed toed shoes on your child.  Sandals and flip-flops are responsible for most accidents in the classroom and on the playground.

Personal Belongings- All personal belongings should be clearly marked with your child’s name.  Please keep two seasonal changes of clothes here at all times.  Nap blankets and pillows are to be taken home weekly to be washed.

Please let us know if you have lost an item.  We will do our best to find it.  However, we are not responsible for lost items. Please do not bring toys from home unless they are for comfort or security reasons.  There are plenty of items to be played with in our classrooms.  Bringing toys from home only invites fighting over sharing.  They only time it is appropriate to bring toys from home is when they are requested by the teacher for show and tell activities or other special events.

 

Physical Activity/Outdoor Play- Each classroom is scheduled for a morning and afternoon outdoor time.  All children must receive a minimum of 90 minutes of active gross motor play which may include outdoor playground time, nature walks, indoor climbing, and active games such as dancing and exercising.  We will take the children outside every day, weather permitting, so it is imperative that you dress your child in weather appropriate layers.  We will follow the national Child care Weather Watch chart and its guidelines regarding safe cold and hot weather play.  The only time children will not be allowed to play outside is when we are under a weather advisory.  In the event of a weather advisory, appropriate indoor gross motor activities will be planned.

NO SHOTS: NO SCHOOL- A South Carolina Certificate of immunization for day care attendance (DHEC 1148) must be kept on file for your child at all times for all children attending our facility, including those in our school age program.  Immunizations must be kept current.  Your child will not be able to attend our program unless a current immunization record is supplied.

If you have moved here from out-of-state, you need to take your immunization to a local pediatrician or the local health department and have it transferred to a South Carolina form. You will have ten business days, after your child’s first day, to provide a proper immunization form to our facility.

Illness Policy- We can only accept WELL CHILDREN at our facility.  This is for your child’s benefit as well as the well-being of other enrolled children.  We depend on you to help us maintain this policy.  If symptoms of illness are observed (fever over 100°, vomiting, diarrhea, discharge from the eyes, lice, etc.) during the school day, you will be notified to pick up your child immediately.  Please do not bring a child with fever or any communicable disease.  If you child is not well enough to participate in day to day school activities including going to the playground, they should be kept at home until they are well.  YOUR CHILD MUST BE FEVER AND SYMPTOM FREE WITHOUT MEDICATION FOR 24 HOURS BEFORE RETURNING TO SCHOOL.  This policy is mandated by the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). The DHEC Exclusion List is posted on the lobby bulletin board.  There are no exceptions to this policy.

Outbreaks- The Learning Station requires all parents report outbreaks of contagious disease or conditions including Head Lice.  Once an exposure is reported, the school will post a notice to all parents informing them of the situation.  Final authority in all medical issues is DHEC.

Emergency Contact Information- It is imperative that you keep your emergency contact information up to date.  Please notify the office of any changes to your phone numbers, address or employment.  This information is vital in the event of an emergency.

Emergency Drills- Evacuation drills are conducted at least once a month.  Children are taught to line up at the appropriate exit door in their rooms and follow the teacher to their designated meeting place when an alarm is sounded.  Children are also encouraged to have emergency drills at home with their families. Children are also taught that the red pull boxes on the walls are not toys.  If the fire department wastes a trip to our facility because a child has pulled the alarm, they may miss an opportunity to help someone that is truly in need.

Travel Safety- When classes are participating in field trips, a book is taken with each class that includes emergency contact information for each child, field trip emergency procedures, directions to the location and a checklist record when each child gets on and off the bus.

Injuries and Emergency Plan for Injuries- All of our staff is certified in Infant/Child/Adult CPR and First Aid.  If a child obtains a minor injury while at school, we will inspect and care for the injury.  We also may call you to let you know about the accident instead of waiting for pick up time.  This call does not mean that you will have to pick up your child.  You will also receive an “accident report” detailing what happened when the injury occurred and how it was treated and the signature of the teacher who was with the child.  A copy of this report will be placed in your child’s file.

For serious emergencies, we will call 911. After this call, we will notify parents by telephone.  If the child requires transportation to the nearest emergency room, a staff member will stay with the child until the parents arrive.  Any injuries requiring medical attention are reported by the director to DSS within 24 hours of the occurrence.

Medication- At the strong recommendation from the South Carolina Department of Social Services, The Learning Station does not administer medication.  Please ask your child’s doctor to make prescriptions for two times per day so that you can administer the medication before and after school. In the event that a prescription medication must be given during school hours, written, signed parental consent and a doctor’s note is required before medication will be administered by our staff.  Prescription medication must be in the original prescribed bottle and can only be given to the child for whom it is prescribed.  Staff will administer medication only in the prescribed dose, not in excess, and will initial the medication Sign-In Log located at the front desk stating the time the medication was given and the amount.  All medications are kept in a locked cabinet and must be signed in at the office.  Children are not allowed to have any kind of medications in their possession while they are in our facility, including vitamins, cough drops, medicated creams and throat lozenges.

Allergies- In the event that your child has a severe, life-threatening allergy, you will need to provide us with Benadryl and an Epi-Pen to keep here in case of an anaphylactic reaction.

Inclement Weather- In the event of inclement weather, we will follow the Horry County School’s decisions.  If the public schools are closed, we will be closed.  If they are on a delayed opening, we will do the same.  All major television news stations and radio stations as well as the Horry County School’s TV channel announce school closings and delays. In the event of a pending hurricane, we will close if we fall under a HURRICANE WARNING. Children will need to be picked up immediately.  Staff members will remain with the children until all of them have been picked up. Tuition payment is still due if we have to close for inclement weather or any other act of nature.

CACFP Application- In the registration packet, there is an application for free and reduced priced meals.  We request that all parents complete this application, even if you do not qualify. The Learning Station receives partial reimbursements for some of our food supplies, per child, even if their family does not qualify for free or reduced price meal.

Meals - Our facility participates in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).  We provide breakfast, lunch, and snack for your child.  Breakfast is served between 8:30am and 9:00am.  If your child needs to eat breakfast here, please have your child here during that time.  Regular classroom activities start after breakfast is over and food will not be served after this time.  If your child arrives with food either before or after a meal, you are welcome to sit in the breakroom while your child finishes.  It is unfair to the other children to see a classmate with Mc’Donalds, sweets, or other foods when they do not have them.  It causes children to be upset and have unnecessary temper tantrums. It also makes it hard for teachers to monitor for children that have allergies, some of which are life threatening.  Our staff knows which foods on our menu need to be kept from children who may be allergic.  The same policy applies for lunch time, please check your child’s class schedule for their specific time.  

Infants enrolling in our program must fill out an Infant Statement regarding infant formula and food preferences.

Food Program and Allergies- If your child has allergies to any type of food product on our menu, you need to bring them food from home. On the CACFP program, we have to serve what is on our menu.  No substitutions will be made.  Milk will not be watered down. If your child is allergic to cow’s milk, you must provide a comparable milk alternative like soy milk or rice milk.  Water or juice will not be substituted for milk. We MUST have a doctor’s note on file for any substitutions needed.  It is a CACFP requirement that children have a balanced, nutritional breakfast and  lunch every day.  This meal includes meat or a meat alternative, milk, 2 fruits or vegetables and bread or bread alternative.  Please keep these requirements in mind when packing your child’s lunch if they cannot eat what we serve. Food that needs to be heated must be sent in containers suitable for microwave heating.  If food needs to stay cold before serving, place an ice pack in the lunch box.  Refrigerator space is not available for lunches brought from home. In the event that you forget to bring lunch, a turkey sandwich will be served as a main course.

NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT- This institution participates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), a program administered by the United States Department of Agriculture, and adheres to the federal Civil Rights compliance requirements for the CACFP. These regulations require all institutions participating in the CACFP to bin compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. Any person alleging discrimination who wishes to file a complaint of discrimination can write to: USDA, director, Office of Civil rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC, 20250-9410 or call (800)795-3272 or (202)720-6382(TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.  The Civil Rights Discrimination Complaint form can be used when filing a complaint.  Please note that any complaints must be filed within 180 days of alleged discriminatory action.

Staff Training- All of The Learning Station staff are required by regulating agencies to have 15 training hours per year in the Early Childhood field.  They all must also have current certification in Infant/Child/ Adult CPR & First Aid, Bloodborne Pathogens and AED. Upon hiring, every staff member must have taken ECD 101 through an accredited college.  If they have not taken this class, they must take it within one year of their hire date.

Background Checks- All staff members have background checks completed by the FBI, SLED, and Central Registry. When staff members are first hired, they are hired as provisional staff.  They will work under a regular co-teacher until all of their paperwork and background checks are processed and completed as per section 20-7-2727 of the South Carolina Code of Laws.

Staff Health- We can only accept well staff at our facility.  Staff members must follow the same guidelines set forth by the DHEC Exclusion List just like the children.  This list is posted on the lobby bulletin board.

 

 

Discipline

For full discipline policy see the attached Discipline Policy form to sign and return with enrollment packet.

WE DO

·        Communicate to children using positive statements.

·        Communicate with children on their level.

·        Talk with children in a calm quiet manner.

·        Explain unacceptable behavior to children.

·        Give attention to children for positive behavior.

·        Praise and encourage the children.

·        Reason with and set limits for the children.

·        Apply rules consistently.

·        Model appropriate behavior.

·        Set up the classroom environment to prevent problems.

·        Provide alternatives and redirect children to acceptable activity.

·        Give children opportunities to make choices and solve problems.

·        Help children talk out problems and think of solutions.

·        Listen to children and respect the children’s needs, desires and feelings.

·        Provide appropriate words to help solve conflicts.

·        Use storybooks and discussion to work through common conflicts.

WE DO NOT

·        Inflict corporal punishment in any manner upon a child. (Corporal punishment is defined as the use of physical force to the body as a discipline measure.  Physical force to the body includes, but is not limited to spanking, hitting, shaking, biting, pinching, pushing, pulling, or slapping.)

·        Use any strategy that hurts, shames, or belittles a child.

·        Use any strategy that threatens, intimidates, or forces a child.

·        Use food as a form of reward or punishment.

·        Use or withhold physical activity as punishment.

·        Shame or punish a child if a bathroom accident occurs.

·        Embarrass any child in front of others.

·        Compare children.

·        Place children in a locked and/or dark room.

·        Leave any child alone, unattended or without supervision.

·        Allow discipline of a child by other children.

·        Criticize, make fun of, or otherwise belittle a child’s parents, families, or ethnic groups.

 

Nutrition Policy

Policy Statement

Good nutrition is vital to children’s overall development and well-being. In an effort to provide the best possible nutrition environment for the children in our facility, The Learning Station has developed the following child care nutrition policies to encourage the development of good eating habits that will last a lifetime.

 

Child Care Nutrition

The Learning Station follows the child care nutrition guidelines recommended by the USDA CACFP (Child and Adult Care Food Program) for all the foods we serve.  To provide a healthy and balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and limits foods and beverages that are high in sugar , and /or fat, our nutrition policy includes the following:

Fruits and Vegetables

·        We serve fruit at least 2 times a day.

·        We offer a vegetable other than white potatoes at least once a day.

Grains

·        We serve whole grain foods at least once a day.

Beverages

·        We do not serve sugar sweetened beverages.

·        We serve only skim or 1% milk to children age 2 years and older.

Fats and Sugars

·        High fat meats, such as bologna, bacon, and sausage, are served no more than two times per week.

·        Fried or pre-fried vegetables, including potatoes, are served no more than once per week.

·        We limit sweet food items to no more than two times per week.

Role of Staff in Nutrition Education

·        Staff provide opportunities for children to learn about nutrition 1 time per week or more.

·        Staff act as role models for healthy eating in front of the children.

Meal and snack times are planned so that no child will go more than four hours without being offered food.  We provide a variety of nutritionally balanced, high quality foods each day so please do not send your child with outside food and drinks.

Weekly Menus

Our weekly menus are carefully planned to follow child care nutrition guidelines at every meal.  Each menu is designed to provide a wide variety of nutritious foods that are different in color, shape, size and texture.  All of our child care menus include foods that are culturally diverse and seasonally appropriate.  We also like to introduce new and different foods and include children’s favorite recipes in our menu planning.  Menus are rotated on a four week basis to provide the children with a balance of variety of familiarity.  Menus are adapted to incorporate local and fresh in-season produce when available.

Nutrition and Discipline

Staff will never use food as a reward or as a punishment.

Celebrations

From birthday parties to holidays there are many opportunities for celebrations in our child care center.  A birthday party will be held monthly in each classroom.  If you would like to recognize your child’s actual birthday, we request that you send in healthy treats or goodie bags or send a birthday book.  For holiday celebrations, a sign-up sheet with specific foods and beverages will be placed on the classroom door.

Professional Development

Annual nutrition training is required to ensure that all staff understands the important role nutrition plays in the overall well-being of children.

Physical Activity

The Learning Station recognizes the importance of physical activity for young children.  Implementation of appropriate physical activity practices supports the health and development of children in care, as well as assisting in establishing positive lifestyle habits for the future.

Physical Activity in Child Care

The Purpose of this policy is to ensure that children in care are supported and encouraged to engage in active play, develop fundamental movement skills and to have limited screen time.  Our center encourages all children to participate in a variety of daily physical activity opportunities that are appropriate for their age, that are fun and that offer variety.  In order to promote physical activity and provide all children with numerous opportunities for physical activity throughout the day The Learning Station will:

Daily Outdoor Play

·        Encourage a least restrictive, safe environment for infants and toddlers at all times.

·        Provide a designated safe outdoor area for infants (ages 0-12 months) for daily outdoor play.

·        Provide toddlers (ages 1 through 2 year olds) with at least 60-90 minutes of daily outdoor active play opportunities across 2 or 3 separate occasions.

·        Provide preschoolers and school age children (ages 3 through 12 years old) with at least 90-120 minutes of daily outdoor active play opportunities across 2 or 3 separate occasions.

·        Increase indoor active play time so the total amount of active play time remains the same, if weather limits outdoor time.

·        Provide a variety of play materials (both indoors and outdoors) that promote physical activity.

Role of Staff in Physical Activity

·        Will encourage children to be physically active indoors and outdoors at appropriate times.

·        Will provide 5-10 minutes of planned physical activities at least 2 times daily for children age 3 and older.

Screen Time Limitations

·      We do not permit screen time (e.g. television, movies, video  games and computers) for infants and children 2 years and younger.

Physical Activity and Punishment

Staff members do not withhold opportunities for physical activity (e.g. not being permitted to play with the rest of the class or being kept from play time), except when a child’s behavior is dangerous to himself or others.  Staff members never use physical activity or exercise as punishment (e.g. doing push-ups or running laps). Play time or other opportunities for physical activity are never withheld to enforce the completion of learning activities or academic work.  Our center uses appropriate alternate strategies as consequences for negative or undesirable behaviors.

Appropriate Dress for Physical Activity

We at The Learning Station have a Ready to Play Policy! Please bring your child ready to play and have fun each day.  Your child will participate in both indoor play and outdoor play.  Therefore, play clothes and shoes which can get dirty and allow for free and safe movement are most appropriate.  We expect parents to province children with appropriate clothing for safe and active outdoor play during all seasons.  Closed toe shoes are best.  In winter, provide a warm jacket, snowsuit, hat, mittens and boots. In spring and fall, provide a jacket or sweater and boots and rain jacket on rainy days.  In summer, provide light clothing, swimsuit, towel, hat and sunscreen.  Please label all out garments with your child’s name! It is our expectation that children will go outside EVERYDAY!  The only time we will not go outside is if there is a weather advisory.  If you feel your child is too sick to go outside then he/she is too sick to be at the child care center.  We request that we keep him/her at home until they are well enough to go outside.

Professional Development

Annual training on promotion of children’s movement and physical activity is required for all staff.

The Learning Station Biting Policies

Here at The Learning Station our staff has been trained in all areas of early childhood education.  One of the biggest issues that distresses parents and staff alike is biting.  Biting is an natural behavior that occurs in very young children for several different reasons including stress, frustration, gaining an adult’s attention, lack of language skills or a means of persuading another child to give them something that they want.

Because biting is so distressing to everyone and children have the right to be safe, we have developed the following plan of action:

·        Staff will give hugs and encouragement to every child every day to help reduce stress.

·        Staff will respond to and reinforce positive behavior.

·        Staff will avoid any immediate response that reinforces the biting or calls attention to the biter, while providing caring attention to the child that has been bitten.

·        The biter will be removed from the situation to regain self-control.

·        Staff will not overreact to biting.

·        The staff will never bite a child back.  We strongly encourage parents to never bite back or teach their children to bite back.

·        The bite will be washed with soap and water.  If possible, the biter will help with this process.

·        If the skin is broken, we will call the parent.  It will be at the parent’s discretion whether or not to go to the doctor.

·        Parents of both the biter and the child that was bitten will receive an incident report.

·        Staff will shadow the biter to prevent more biting as much as possible.

·        Staff will teach children socially acceptable behavior.

·        Staff will teach non-biting responses and reinforce acceptable behavior.

·        Staff will provide language which includes “biting hurts” or “teeth are for chewing food”.

·        Staff will provide teething rings for children that need something to chew

·        Where possible, no child will be excluded from attendance at The learning Station because of biting. If you ever have a concern or question, please speak to your child’s teacher or to a Director in the office.  We will strive to make every child here have a safe and happy experience.  We have a full 3-ring binder full of many professional articles on biting available in the front office.

Referral Bonus- Thank you for allowing us to serve your family.  We are confident that you will be happy with our center.  We appreciate word of mouth advertising and have a referral program available.  See front office staff for details. Make sure that your referrals let us know that you sent them!

Fundraisers: From time to time, we will ask our parents to participate in simple fund raising projects to help benefit our center.  Your help is greatly appreciated!

We hope that you will find your child’s first school experience to be a happy one.  Thank you for letting us make a difference in the life of your child! We believe great beginnings last a lifetime!

 

Enrichment Program: We have partnered with Enrichment Explosion to offer parents the option to add extra curricular classes to their child’s schedule. Available classes include Dance, Soccer, Fitness, and Spanish and occur during normal school hours on either Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays.