Nifty Nanny Enrichment Center
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
ALL CDC GUIDANCE CAN BE VIEWED HERE: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/guidance-for-childcare.html#SocialDistancing
ALL COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT GUIDANCE CAN BE VIEWED HERE: https://covid19.colorado.gov/safer-at-home/safer-at-home-child-care-facilities
Purpose: The purpose of Nifty Nanny Enrichment Center is to provide child care for school-aged children 5-10, when school is not in session. We provide opportunities for adventure through self-transportation around Durango, using the River Trail system and spending our time exploring outdoors. As well as, seasonal crafts and literacy enriching activities to engage each individual child.
Permanent Location: 1309 E. 3rd Avenue, Durango, CO 81301 #106
Field Trip Locations: Due to COVID-19, all biking field trips have been suspended until further notice. Below is a list of locations that we will visit while on Field Trips. All locations have been carefully selected because of the availability and safety of public sanitary use of restrooms and drinking water. All buildings have been selected because they are up to code with fire safety and public health safety. When stopped at locations children will be encouraged to fill up water bottles and use the facilities.
Breakdown of Locations:
Hours of Operation: 9:00am-6:00pm (varies with camp times)
Enrollment Policy: All children who attend must register online on our website at: www.niftynanny.net. Please send us any questions at: firstname.lastname@example.org. If parents are unable to register online, they may visit the center for a paper copy of the registration.
Fee Schedule: By submitting registration parents agree to pay the total amount owed, no exceptions. All fees are due WEEKLY, Monday of each week, in CASH or CHECK form only.
REFUND POLICY | Due to COVID-19, there are no refunds or credits for absent or sick days. You have registered for a spot in our very limited enrollment program.
SICK/ABSENT POLICY | There are no refunds or credits for absent or sick days.
CLOSURE POLICY | Due to the ever changing dynamic of the pandemic, we cannot offer refunds due to a closure. We have instead instituted a WEEKLY payment plan, to hopefully alleviate any monetary loss that may occur due to a closure.
LATE PICK-UP POLICY | If you are late picking up your child, you will be billed $15.00 dollars. No exceptions.
TAXES & RECEIPTS | We do not provide year end totals. You are responsible for tracking all receipts, invoices and records of enrollment for tax and other financial purposes.
NIFTY NANNY TAX IDENTIFICATION NUMBER | For your tax purposes, our tax identification number is 47-1812570.
List of Programs:
Registration Link: www.niftynanny.net
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday - Thursday
$960/month: 4 days per week
$720/month: 3 days per week
Remote Learning Support
January - May 2021
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday - Thursday
$1040/month: 4 days per week
$780/month: 3 days per week
EMERGENCY & DISASTER PREPAREDNESS
EVACUATION & IN ROOM EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
REUNITING CHILDREN WITH FAMILIES PROCEDURES
Fire Safety Preparedness of Public Buildings: All buildings have been carefully selected because they pass Fire Safety Protocol. All staff will be knowledgeable of fire safety evacuation protocol of each building. In the event of a fire, all fire safety evacuation protocols will be carried out. Staff will discuss proper evacuation procedures with children, before entering a new public building.
Natural Disaster Preparedness:
Inclement Weather Preparedness:
Contact with Families in case of Emergency: In the event of any disaster listed above or other serious threat, once the children and staff are safe at the designated safe locations or sheltered from inclement weather, families will be reached via a phone call. Staff will call the legal parent or guardians to inform of what has happened. If legal parents or guardians cannot be reached, emergency contact numbers will be dialed.
Shoreline Activities: With written consent from the child’s legal parent or guardian, children may wade in the eddies of the Animas river and Junction Creek; so long as the river is flowing at 1,000 cfs or less. Staff present must be able to swim. At least 1 staff member must be at shoreline while less than 15 children are near or in the river. 2 staff members must be at shoreline while more than 15 children are near or in the river.
Parent or Guardian Contact information: Staff will at all times have access to parent or legal guardian contact information, and must have readily available emergency contact personnel accessible if the parent or guardian cannot be reached.
HEALTH AND ILLNESS POLICY
Medication Protocol: If your child is in need of prescribed or over the counter medication that is not a life-saving medication such as an Epipen or inhaler, parents must administer the medication before or after operation hours. Parents may also come during operation hours to administer medication to their child. Nifty Nanny Enrichment Center will not store, carry, or administer any prescribed or over the counter medications.
If your child has a life-saving medication such as an Epipen or inhaler, parents must contact the Director to submit an individual child health care plan within 7 days of the child’s first day of attendance.
Required Statements of Health Status: At the time of admission, the parent must submit health information, a current copy of your child’s immunizations on the Certificate of Immunizations form or on an approved alternate certificate approved by Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The parent or guardian must also submit a statement of the child’s current health status signed and dated by an approved health care professional who has seen the child within the last 12 months.
Reporting Communicable Illness: When children have been diagnosed with a communicable illness such as hepatitis, measles, mumps, meningitis, diphtheria, rubella, salmonella, tuberculosis, giardia or shigella, the center must immediately notify the local health department or the State Department of Public Health and Environment, all staff members, and all parents and guardians of children in care. Children’s confidentiality will be maintained.
As a parent, you have a responsibility to report any diagnosed communicable illness to the Director as soon as possible.
Illness Policy: If your child is displaying signs of illness, they may not attend camp and a refund will not be issued. If you arrive at our classroom with your sick child, we will ask you to return home. If your child becomes sick during the day, you will be asked to pick up your child immediately. For the health and safety of your child, our staff and other children, your sick child will be isolated in a separate room in our classroom away from other staff and children until you arrive to pick up your child. Unsure of when your child is too sick to attend camp? Review our Illness Policy Handout below or follow this link: Illness Policy Link
Injured or Sick Children: Any child that is injured or sick should not attend a registered camp day. The legal parent or guardian will be contacted in the event that an injury or sickness occurs during the day and the legal parents or guardian will pick up their child. If the child is running a fever, showing visible signs of illness, they will be separated from the group and group items in our kitchen room, until their legal parent or guardian can pick them up.
First Aid Equipment: First Aid equipment will be easily accessible to staff members and inaccessible to children. First Aid must be stored in a controlled area, away from food, cleaning compounds and toxic substances. First Aid supplies and equipment with an expiration date shall be discarded and replaced once that date has passed.
Ratio Policy: Current ratios are 1 adult to 10 children, mandated by the Gov. Polis. Nifty Nanny staff to ratio policy is 1 adult to 15 children in the classroom and 2 adults to 15 children when on field trips. We believe that smaller adult to child ratios provide a more intimate, free spirited setting that allow our staff to travel freely and safely with children on field trips and throughout our classroom.
Protocol for keeping track of all children:
Protocol for a lost child: If a staff member identifies a child as lost, they will immediately dial 911, provide dispatch with a description of the lost child, location of disappearance, and time of disappearance. The staff member will contact the Director. The Director will immediately go to the location of the group and contact the parents/legal guardians. The staff members and group must remain in the location until help arrives.
Protocol for being around strangers: While we use public buildings and public parks, there is an unavoidable reality that we will be around strangers throughout our entire day. Children will be asked to stay close to the group, and always travel in pairs or more. Staff will be constantly observant of other public building and park users. Staff will take head counts periodically while at such locations, as well as, before, and after. Staff will also take children to public restrooms, and keep a headcount throughout the restroom break time.
If for any reason, a staff identifies that an area, building, or park is not safe due to unsafe behaviour that may be occurring at that location or natural threat, the group will gather to discuss other location options. If the group moves, the staff member on duty will contact the Director to note change of location.
ALL FIELD TRIPS ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Field Trips: Nifty Nanny Enrichment Center will take field trips daily. A detailed schedule of locations, times, and contact information will be posted visibly for parent accessibility at the center and online. This way if a student arrives late, the parent has a means to contact the group to drop-off the student.
Daily Transportation: Nifty Nanny Enrichment Center is a self transportation center, will be walking and bike riding on sidewalks and our local river trail system. Permission signatures are required for daily field trips.
Ride Safety Protocol: Group riding rules and safety protocol are discussed thoroughly at the beginning of every group session, and when a new rider arrives. Each child is expected to follow these protocols for their own safety and for safety of the group. If a child cannot follow these safety protocols, the child will have 3 chances. If the child cannot follow ride safety protocol after 3 warning, the parent/guardian will be contact to pick up their child.
When we ride as a group, we:
Sledding: All children will wear appropriate fitted helmets when sledding. One staff member will always be at the bottom of the sledding hill to monitor safety. Two staff members must always be present when sledding.
Biking, Scootering, Rollerblading: All parents/children are responsible for bringing their own bike, scooter or roller blade and must provide a proper fitting helmet. Parents are responsible for ensuring that said equipment is in safe working order. All children will wear appropriate fitted helmets when biking, scootering or rollerblading.
Water Play: If children wish to participate in water play during camp hours, they may bring water appropriate clothing and towels. Children are not required to participate. Water play during the summer consists of, but not limited to: sprinkler, slip ‘n slide, water sponge wars, and Animas river or Junction creek. Parents must notify staff if they do not want their child to participate.
FOOD AND NUTRITION
Nutritional Lunches: Parents are responsible for providing a healthy sack lunch with ice packs and non-perishable snacks for their child every day. If a child brings a lunch from home that does not appear to meet ⅓ of the child’s daily nutritional needs, the center will have foods available to supplement the child’s meal. All meals are consumed within 4 hours of children arriving at the facility.
Water: Parents are responsible for providing a water bottle for their child everyday. If the child arrives at the center with an empty water bottle, staff must insure that the bottle is filled within :30 minutes of arriving.
Emergency Water Source: Staff will carry an extra water jug around for emergency water on field trips. All locations have safe drinking water and kids will fill up water bottles when stopped at locations.
Facial Covering/Mask: All children are required to bring and wear a facial covering/mask at ALL times; unless to eat or drink & when outside with appropriate social distancing in place. All students and staff are required to wear a facial covering at all times. Any student who arrives without a facial covering/mask may not attend camp that day. (We do have kid masks available for purchase: $10.00 each). Any student who voluntarily removes their mask without permission may be immediately suspended for the day or future of enrollment.
Sunscreen: All children are required to bring their own sunscreen. Children should apply sunscreen before arriving. Staff will remind children to reapply sunscreen after lunch. Sunscreen Liability Waiver in Registration Form.
CHILD INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITIES
Entry Fees: All children are required to bring entry money or pass to museums or other venues.
Personal Belongings: Children are required to carry a backpack with all personal belongings, including their sack lunch and water bottle. Staff are required to carry their own personal belongings.
Bike Equipment: All children are required to bring their own working bike for self-transportation and helmet. Along with their own bike and helmet, the staff will carry appropriate bike tools for fixing bikes in case of a breakdown.
Video Viewing: Rarely will there be video viewing, however, if the time presents itself, parents must sign the video viewing waiver for the child to view the video. If the child is unable, an alternative activity will be provided.
Trash Disposal: Staff will carry extra trash bags to collect group trash in the event no trash can is present.
Staff: At all times, at least one staff member in the group will be CPR, First Aid Certified, Universal Precaution Certification, and Medication Administration Certification, and Medication Administration Delegated.
Play Equipment: Most of our time is spent enjoying the outdoors, requiring little equipment. Staff will carry all play equipment that is present. Play equipment can include: squirt guns, chalk, bubbles, puzzle games, jump rope, and blow up beach ball. All equipment will be transported to and from Room 201 everyday. Equipment will be cleaned and bleached weekly.
VISITORS AND VOLUNTEERS
Visitors: If you wish to visit during the day, please contact Vivienne Yeagy via e-mail @ email@example.com or 970-403-4931. All visitors must discuss a day, time, and reason for visit before your proposed scheduled visit.
Volunteers: Please contact Vivienne Yeagy via email @ firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970-403-4931 if you are interested in volunteering for the summer. The Director, Vivienne Yeagy, or a substitute director supervises all volunteer staff. All volunteer staff commitment is subject to their availability and willingness to participate with Nifty Nanny Enrichment Center. Volunteer’s will be asked to engage in activities with kids, read with kids, ride bikes with the group, help keep head count of the group, and help maintain a positive, safe environment for wherever the group finds itself located throughout town.
Nifty Nanny recognizes the individuality of each child and encourages mindfulness among all children and staff. With being mindful, we can adapt discipline to any situation that arises. When a situation develops, children will be encouraged to talk among themselves to solve the problem of concern with a staff leader overseeing the conversation. If this method does not work, staff will step in to resolve the issue.
We encourage parents to inform staff of suggestions for child’s behavior and support regarding discipline.
If a child’s behavior is so severe that it jeopardizes the physical or mental safety of other children or staff, people of the public or public property, Nifty Nanny Staff reserve the right to remove the child for the day and possibly the future of the child’s enrollment.
Nifty Nanny staff reserve the right to terminate the child’s enrollment in the program for any reason.
Positive Incentives: When children model the core values of our program, respect and kindness, or by following rules, working hard independently or with others, playing nice and fairly, they can earn points on our online system, Class Dojo. Students can help earn points for the class individually and as a group to earn a class prize.
Kid Code of Conduct:
RECORDS AND REPORTING
Mandatory Report of Child Abuse: All staff are mandated by the state of Colorado to report suspicions of child abuse.
If you have any questions concerning child abuse please call La Plata County Human Services at 970-382-6150 or 970-382-2879.
To File a Complaint: To file a statement of complaint please call The Department of Human Services at 303-866-5948, or La Plata’s Human Service Coordinator, Amy Davilin at 970-556-1987.
Americans with Disability Act: We do not discriminate against any child or children with disabilities and would be more than accepting into our program. Please contact Vivienne Yeagy for further information regarding possible enrollment, health care plans, individual hires for one-on-one care.
What to Bring to Camp?
In Your Kiddo’s Backpack:
Ideas of how to put information in backpack:
On your Body:
On your Kiddo:
You are more than welcome and in fact, strongly encouraged to send an extra bag of clothing, shoes, etc. if they choose to dress themselves, but you know they need backup! ;)
Your Kiddo’s Bike:
Updated: May 2020