Nifty Nanny Enrichment Center

Parent Handbook

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

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: 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: 8:00am-6:00pm (varies with camp times)

Enrollment Policy:  All children who attend must register on the online registration: niftynannydgo@gmail.com. If parents are unable to register online, they may visit the center for a paper copy of the registration.

Fee Schedule:  Payment is due when you book your child’s spot. Payment is accepted through our online registration booking page. All payments are charged with a 3% transaction fee.

Snow Day Policy | We will follow the 9R school closures & offer snow day camps during school closures. All other Nifty Nanny programs will be cancelled; any registration can be credited towards the Snow Day Camp, otherwise it is non-refundable.

****        SICK/ABSENT POLICY | There are no refunds or credits for absent or sick days.

****     TRANSFERS POLICY | We can ONLY transfer days if you give us a future date to move your registered date to. We will NOT transfer sick/absent days, including day of illness. You must request your transfer 1 day prior to your registered date.

****        LATE PICK-UP POLICY: If you are late, you will be billed $15.00 dollars. No exceptions.

List of Programs:

Registration Link: www.niftynanny.net 

No School Camp Days 

Check your school calendar!

*We are closed Memorial Day & Labor Day!

DAILY OPERATIONS

Camp Day 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

COST

The daily cost is $50.00 per day.

Seasonal Camps

Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter

DAILY OPERATIONS

Camp Day 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

COST

The daily cost is $50.00 per day.

After School Care

Available for ALL Students in Durango Schools

*Pick up only available for TJS students M-F & DMS students T-F

DAILY OPERATIONS

M 1:30 - 6

T-F 3 - 6

COST

9R Schools:

  •  M $30 & T-F $15

 

EMERGENCY & DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

EVACUATION & IN ROOM EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

  1. Fire Evacuation:  On duty staff will immediately evacuate children from Room 106 out the door, turn right down the hall, left down the stairs, straight out the South facing doors, and South down the alley sidewalk to 12th Street sidewalk. Cross 12th Street @ 2nd Avenue, continue down the 12th Street sidewalk West to our evacuation site, Crossfit Catacombs (1162 Main Avenue, Durango, CO 81301).  The Director, Vivienne McIntyre, is responsible for meeting the fire department upon arrival.
  1. Fire Signal: RING BELL & TURN OFF LIGHTS: Children stop, look, & listen.
  2. Accounting for children:  Staff will take the green binder on evacuation to account for children after evacuation.  
  3. Contacting families:  Staff will take the green binder on evacuation to contact families after evacuation for reuniting families.
  4. Contact the Director:  Staff must contact the Director, Vivienne McIntyre, immediately after evacuation, (if the Director is not present).  970-403-4931

  1. Lockdown (Active Shooter/Intruder):  On duty staff will secure the safety of all children inside Room 106.
  1. Lockdown signal: : RING BELL &  ANNOUNCE: LOCKDOWN! LOCKS, LIGHTS, OUT OF SIGHT: Children stop, look, & listen.
  2. Moving Children:  All children will move to the kitchen room, lined up against the cubbies, sitting on the floor.  On duty staff will instruct children to have voices off. 
  3. Locking down the room:  On duty staff must close and lock the door, close blinds and lock the windows, and turn off all lights.  No one enters or leaves the room.
  1. Remaining in lockdown until external threat is lifted:  On duty staff must sit with the children, quietly, until the building is secured. Only a first responder officer may enter to lift a lock down and will most likely result in evacuation.
  1. Contact the Director:  Staff must contact the Director, Vivienne McIntyre, immediately after locking down and securing the safety of all children, (if the Director is not present).  TEXT ONLY: 970-403-4931
  1. The Director will contact families to communicate a lockdown protocol has been implemented and instruct that families stay away from the building and will be contacted when the threat has been cleared.
  1. Contact and reuniting with families:  On duty staff may contact families only after the lock down is over.
  1. Families may pick up their children from Room 106 or at our evacuation location, only after they have received information that it is safe.

  1. Shelter-In-Place:  On duty staff will secure the safety of all children inside Room 106 when an external threat is presented.
  1. Shelter-In-Place Signal: RING BELL & TURN OFF LIGHTS: Children stop, look, & listen.
  2. Moving Children:  All children will be moved to the kitchen room, lined up against the cubbies, sitting on the floor.  On duty staff will instruct children to have voices off. 
  3. Locking down the room:  On duty staff must close and lock the door, close blinds and lock the windows, and turn off all lights.  No one enters or leaves the room.
  1. Remaining in lockdown until external threat is lifted:  On duty staff must sit with the children, quietly, until the threat is gone.
  1. Contact the Director:  Staff must contact the Director, Vivienne Yeagy, immediately after locking down and securing the safety of all children, (if the Director is not present).  TEXT ONLY: 970-403-4931
  1. The Director will contact families to communicate a lockdown protocol has been implemented and instruct that families stay away from the building and will be contacted when the threat has been cleared.
  1. Contact and reuniting with families:  On duty staff may contact families only after shelter-in-place is over.
  1. Families may pick up their children from Room 106 only if they have received information that it is safe for them to enter the building.

  1. Lockout:  On duty staff will secure the safety of all children inside Room 201 when an active shooter is on the premises of the Smiley Building.
  1. Lockdown signal: RING BELL & TURN OFF LIGHTS: Children stop, look, & listen.
  2. Moving Children:  All children will be moved to the kitchen room, lined up against the cubbies, sitting on the floor.  On duty staff will instruct children to have voices off.
  3. Locking down the room:  On duty staff must close and lock the door, close blinds and lock the windows, and turn off all lights.  No one enters or leaves the room.
  1. Remaining in lockdown until external threat is lifted:  On duty staff must sit with the children, quietly, until the building is secured.
  1. Contact the Director:  Staff must contact the Director, Vivienne Yeagy, immediately after locking down and securing the safety of all children, (if the Director is not present).  TEXT ONLY: 970-403-4931
  1. The Director will contact families to communicate a lockdown protocol has been implemented and instruct that families stay away from the building and will be contacted when the threat has been cleared.
  1. Contact and reuniting with families:  On duty staff may contact families only after shelter-in-place is over.
  1. Families may pick up their children from Room 201 only if they have received information that it is safe for them to enter the building.

REUNITING CHILDREN WITH FAMILIES PROCEDURES

  1. Fire: On duty staff will text families, after safe evacuation from the building, that all children have been evacuated safely and they may come be with their child/children.
  1. Text Message Should Read: “ATTENTION PARENTS: ALL CHILDREN AT NIFTY NANNY HAVE BEEN EVACUATED SAFELY FROM A FIRE THREAT.  YOU MAY PICK UP YOUR CHILD AT 215 E. 12TH AVE. AS SOON AS YOU ARE ABLE.”
  1. Lockdown:  On duty staff will text families, after lockdown is over, that all children are safe in Room 106 and can be picked up as soon as parents are able.
  1. Text Message Should Read: “ATTENTION PARENTS: ALL CHILDREN AT NIFTY NANNY ARE SAFE AFTER A LOCKDOWN IN ROOM 106.  YOU MAY PICK UP YOUR CHILD AT 1309 E. 3RD AVE., ROOM 106, AS SOON AS YOU ARE ABLE.”
  1. Shelter-In-Place:  On duty staff will text families, after shelter-in-place is over, that all children are safe in Room 106 and can be picked up as soon as parents are able.
  1. Text Message Should Read: “ATTENTION PARENTS: ALL CHILDREN AT NIFTY NANNY ARE SAFE AFTER A SHELTER-IN-PLACE IN ROOM 106 PROCEDURE WAS IMPLEMENTED FOR AN EXTERNAL THREAT.  YOU MAY PICK UP YOUR CHILD AT 1309 E. 3RD AVE., ROOM 106, AS SOON AS YOU ARE ABLE.”
  1. Active intruder/shooter:  On duty staff will text families, after an active intruder/shooter procedure is over, that all children are safe in Room 106 and can be picked up as soon as parents are able.
  1. Text Message Should Read: “ATTENTION PARENTS: ALL CHILDREN AT NIFTY NANNY ARE SAFE AFTER AN ACTIVE INTRUDER/SHOOTER PROCEDURE WAS CARRIED OUT IN ROOM 106. YOU MAY PICK UP YOUR CHILD AT 1309 E. 3RD AVE., ROOM 106, AS SOON AS YOU ARE ABLE.”

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; 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

Injury Protocol:  

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: 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.

SECURITY PROCEDURES

Ratio Policy:  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 members 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.

TRANSPORTATION

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:

  1. Ride in a single file line.  We do not pass anyone, unless riding up hill and we have a meeting location at the top of the hill.

  1. Say “stopping!” when the group leader announces that the group is stopping and the message is passed along down the line from rider to rider.  This is to ensure all riders stop within a safe distance from each other. We do not pass anyone in line when we stop.

  1. Ride on the right side of the river trail.  We do not swerve between lanes or from side to side on the trail or street.

  1. Ride a safe distance between each rider.  A “ghost” rider distance between you and the rider in front of you.

  1. Say “COOKIE DOWN” if someone has fallen and is injured.  This is to help the whole group come to a safe stop, stay together, and signal the leader (if they don’t already know) that a rider has fallen and needs attention.

  1. Ring our bell, ONLY when signaling to a pedestrian that we are moving around them safely.

  1. Are aware of our surroundings and keep each other safe.

  1. Are always listening for on the ride instructions and responding promptly (1st time) from Ms. Vivienne or other leaders.

FOOD AND NUTRITION

Nutritional Lunches:  Parents are responsible for providing a healthy sack lunch with ice pack 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.

HYGIENE PROCEDURES

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.

Sanitation: 

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 break down.

Video Viewing: Rarely will there be video viewing, however, if the time presents itself, parents must have sign the video viewing waiver for the child to view the video.  If the child is unable, an alternative activity will be provided.

STAFF RESPONSIBILITIES

Trash Disposal:  Staff will carry extra trash bags to collect group trash in the event of 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 @ vlyeagy@gmail.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 @ vlyeagy@gmail.com 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.

DISCIPLINE POLICY

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?

Kiddos

Parents

In Backpack:

  • Healthy lunch with proteins, fruits & veggies! (always use an ice pack with proteins!)
  • Morning & Afternoon non-perishable snacks!
  • Water bottle!
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat/Sunglasses (sun protection)
  • Extra panties in plastic bag
  • Extra layer if applicable (rain shell, sweater, hats, gloves, etc.)

In Your Kiddo’s Backpack: 

  • Emergency Contact information
  • Name & Numbers
  • Bike lock combo (if applicable) or key

Ideas of how to put information in backpack:

  • Write information on duct tape and tape on the inside of your kiddo's backpack
  • Write information on a note card and place in small inside or outside pocket. (Psst! Ms. Vivienne can laminate it if you ask!)
  • We can hole-punch the card and use a carabiner, safety pin, or other clip!

On your Body:

  • Dress appropriate for the weather! (Ask your parents what the weather will be for the day)
  • Apply sunscreen before leaving your home!
  • Good walking, hiking, and biking shoes! (No flip-flops please!)

On your Kiddo:

  • Make sure they dress appropriately
  • Keep them posted on weather updates
  • Help them apply sunscreen before leaving the house!
  • Make sure they have good shoes on!

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 Bike!

  • Don’t forget your bike!
  • Tires pumped up
  • Chain tight
  • Brakes working
  • Extra tube or patch kit
  • Helmet
  • Bike lock
  • Water bottle in cage

Your Kiddo’s Bike:

  • Please help them make sure their bike is in good working order before you leave for the day!
  • If you have problems, questions, or concerns about their bike, please give us a call!  We’ll get the bike into the shop before the day’s ride.

Updated: August 2019