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Emergencies

In case of emergency, one of the parents will be notified immediately. We ask that each family provide at least one alternate emergency contact should either of the parents not be accessible.

drop-off/pick-up

We understand that dropping off your child can be emotional for both of you. However, our experience has shown that it is less traumatic for the child if it is done quickly. A hug, kiss and some brief reassurance will ensure smooth transitions between your care and ours.

At the end of the day it is just as important for the transition to happen quickly. While we are always available to address parent questions/concerns and encourage open commu- nication, our attention needs to remain focused on the children at all times. We are very happy to schedule a phone call after hours, or a meeting.

bringing personal items/toys from home

There is no need for children to bring their own toys. A blanket and quiet time stuffed friend is permitted, and can remain at Maple Bear Academy. Items coming back & forth typically get forgotten which then becomes a nuisance for all concerned.

Absences & drop-ins

Please notify us if your child will be absent. Their scheduled weekly fee is required regard- less of attendance.

We also have an open door policy and parents are welcome to stop by anytime. However, if your presence disrupts the program, you will be asked to leave. If your child becomes upset when you leave, you may need to take them with you.

Toilet training

We will be happy to assist with toilet training when the time comes, and as a cooperative effort between child, parent, and staff. When the child is ready, parents will be asked to supply additionals clothing (pull up diapers, pants, socks). Once the child has proven ma- turity with the toileting procedure, we will mutually advance them to underwear.

Discipline

Children are disciplined in a positive manner at a level appropriate to their age and action. This is to ensure safety, promote self-discipline, respect for others, and respect for property. Discipline is implemented immediately following the troublesome behavior or infraction.

Biting is a serious problem and one we must all work on without delay to ensure the safety of other children. Between parents and staff, we will work together on an action plan to discourage and eliminate biting behavior from recurring. This is appreciated by everyone. We don’t want your child to be the victim either!

Parent provisions

Parents are expected to provide the following items for their infants up to 23 months: - Diapers
- Wipes*
- Diaper rash cream/ointments

- Formula/breast milk (clearly labeled with child’s name) - Bottles
- Change of clothes x3
- HatS

- Blanket
- Sunscreen for infants 6+ months - Vinyl bibs x5

Parents are expected to provide the following items for their toddlers/preschoolers (23 months and up):
- Diapers/pull ups
- Wipes*

- Diaper rash cream/ointments
- Change of clothes x3
- Blanket & quiet time stuffed friend (optional)
- Sunscreen
- Vinyl bibs x5
- Riding toys, helmet
- Re Cot for quiet time. These can be purchased new or used through Maple Bear. We will launder all bedding once per week and as needed.
- Hats

* Parents of all diapering and toilet training children will alternate in purchasing a case of wipes. This is discussed further at enrollment.

Safety

As a safety measure, children will only be released to their parents.

Should another individual be picking up your child, please notify us in advance of the change. If this notification occurs over the phone, the other parent will be notified. Identi- fication will be requested from the individual picking up your child, as well as their vehicle make, model & license plate number. The individual must know the “family password.”

Safety dress code

ABSOLUTELY NO CROC’S OR FLIP-FLOPS TO BE WORN BY CHILDREN OR STAFF.

All shoes must have closed toes & running shoes are preferred. Sandals with a full wrap around the ankle is acceptable. For more information on the dangers of children wearing Croc’s, please visit seanthelawyer.com, then scroll to “Croc’s - A Special Danger.”

This shoe policy is to help keep your child safe and avoid injuries caused by wearing im- proper shoes.

Health and illness

When your child is sick, remember that it is you the parents they want and need. Please be considerate of the other children in care and keep your child home.

If your child becomes ill during the day, you will be notified and requested to pick them up immediately. This includes fever (>99.9 F), lethargy, diarrhea, vomiting, rashes (excluding diaper area), discharge from the eyes, or other symptoms interfering with your child’s ability to participate.

If your child is taking antibiotics, they may return after 24 hours if they are feeling well enough to participate and the above mentioned symptoms have resolved.

Medication will only be administered from its original container. A medication consent form complete with instructions is required.

All children must be up to date with their immunizations. We do follow the State of Califor- nia Immunization schedule.

No child will be enrolled when not following the immunization schedule. This measure pro- tects all children in care.

Maple bear academy provisions

Maple Bear Academy will provide the following items for infants up to 20 months: - Diaper changing pad
- Face washing cloth
- Stroller

- High Chair
- Tummy time play mats
- Whole milk or Soy milk (parent preference) after they have graduated from formula/

breast milk.
- Infant cereal & homemade first foods (advance diet as appropriate) - Reusable water bottle
- Daily email report to parents.

Maple Bear Academy will provide the following items for toddlers/preschoolers 20 months and up:

- Diaper changing pad
- Face washing cloths
- Toothbrush/toothpaste
- Sippy cup for water/H2O Bottle
- Nutritious, delicious snacks and lunch (Menu posted weekly)

 
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