Angelís Policy Manual
is run by Angel Peterson, a certified ECE II, who has experience with all ages
as well as with children with varying degrees of physical and mental
challenges. Angelís is here to provide early childhood education and
nurturing care in a home environment. As such, there will be provision for all
age groups, with evening and overnight care available as needed. Angelís prides
itself in being a family like environment. Angelís believes that keeping
the numbers of children low, allows for a more natural family environment and
provides the children with more attentive caregivers. Children will have access
to a variety of learning experiences, through art, nature, field trips,
books, puzzles and free play both indoors and out. The children will have
free access to several rooms in the house, as well as the large, fenced in yard.
There will be a mix of direct and indirect supervision while in the home. Field
trips out of the home will have direct supervision at all times. The program
will be primarily run by Angel Peterson, with the option of having qualified
substitutes or volunteers when necessary. Angelís is proud to exceed child
daycare licensing requirements by keeping numbers low in order to provide a
higher standard of care and individual attention for each child. Occasional and
part time children are welcome.
Angelís philosophy is to
encourage the growth of each child as an individual and as a member of a family,
a peer group and a community. This growth is encouraged in a home-like
environment that is safe, nurturing and respectful of individual needs.
Qualified and professional
caregivers provide a well-planned program designed to meet the needs of the
children. The daily program includes a combination of planned and free play
activities designed to meet the physical, social, emotional and intellectual
needs of the children.
Angel has a vision in which people of all ages and abilities are recognized as
having equal worth; a vision where onesí contributions, opinions and
individuality are valued.
I believe in the family model of child care, where all ages find their place
together, learning from each other and where each childís unique needs are
Children have the right
Receive respect as a human being
Have their interests, needs and abilities taken into account in
order to fulfill their potential
Receive guidance to learn how to have trust in themselves and
Learn to recognize and have respect for their feelings and the
feelings of others
Experience quality play-based programming in all developmental
domains: social, emotional, cognitive, physical and creative.
Be welcomed and acknowledged as the primary caregiver in their
Be recognized as an important member of a team together with
the caregiver; working hand-in-hand in the best interest of the child
Be informed of the policies and schedule changes as it effects
their role in the centre
Receive open and ongoing communication with the caregivers in
relation to their childís development
Recognize staff as qualified, professional early childhood
educators and assistants
- Realize that everything we do
is demonstrating behavior that children will copy, and for this reason will
watch their language and behavior in and around the childcare ex: no smoking,
swearing, or name calling
Be recognized as qualified, professional early childhood
educators and assistants
Recognize and understand the responsibility of his/her
professional standing and work to uphold that standing
Strive in all ways to develop an understanding of the
childrenís needs and interests
Create a learning environment that is nurturing, loving and
Demonstrate an ability to promote open communication with the
parents, children and other staff members, if applicable.
Create an environment that enhances the childís creativity and
curiosity, as well as provide an opportunity to flourish
Children of all
abilities are not only welcome, but valued as children who have much to teach
others in respect to individuality. All children will be an essential member of
our group. Where they have skills and talents, they will be utilized. Where
they have weakness, they will be encouraged to grow. If the child needs
particular care and attention, the other children will develop a caring and
empathic nature as they are encouraged to help one another. Children learn much
from peers and the adults around them. The adults at Angelís will model
respectful, caring behavior at all times.
be closely supervised at all times. School age children may occasionally be
allowed to do activities in another room, as the caregiver tends to younger
children. Children in overnight care will not necessarily be in sight of the
caregiver while sleeping, but will be in close proximity to.
Frequent fire drills
will be implemented with the children to help them become aware of safety
procedures. They will take place approximately monthly. Fire drills will take
place more often in warm weather, less often in winter.
members are required to maintain their Emergency First-Aid and Infant and Child
CPR. In case of an injury that requires emergency care a staff will contact the
parent or parent designate as indicated on the registration form.
If necessary, ambulance will be called and child will be transported to
hospital. Ambulance will be billed to parent. Parents will be verbally told of
minor bumps and scrapes at pick up.
Our Daily Program
A sense of knowing what is
going to happen each day will make the child feel comfortable and help them to
actively participate in the experiences. Our program for the children is a
combination of both planned and free play activities which revolve around a
daily routine. As different children arrive and go at different times depending
on who is registered, the program will be tailored to fit and adjusted as
Traveling to and from school:
Parents are responsible for
making arrangements for their child/children. Angelís is not able provide
transportation to and from school.
Outings and Field Trips:
Angelís Childcare Home tries
to expose children to experiences outside of the centre as frequently as we are
able to afford. We do our utmost to choose those that cost little or nothing to
parents. On occasion, we may ask for donations to offset the cost. Some field
trips will be spur-of-the-moment, depending on weather and which children are
present. There will be permission slips to be signed at enrollment for
transportation. Transportation will likely be with the Directorís personal
Lunches and Snacks
Meals and snacks are provided for the
children, except in the case of infant food and formula.
Children will be encouraged, but not
forced, to try a variety of food. Every effort will be made to accommodate the
childrenís tastes while at the same time providing nutritious meals and snacks
that follow the Canada Food Guide. Parents are responsible for letting us know
of any known allergies, and we will make accommodations.
Please let us
know when you are ready to consider toilet learning your child. If we notice
signs that he/she may be ready, we may contact you first. Either way, weíll
work together so he/she can master this important skill.
We need to work
together on this because your child will be learning to use the toilet both at
your home and at child care. Children canít succeed if the expectations and
practices change from place to place and adult to adult.
Nap time/Quiet time
We believe that
rest/sleep is important in the growth and development of young children.
Therefore, all infants and preschool-age children are given the opportunity to
rest when needed. Toddlers and pre-school children will be encouraged to have a
nap after lunch
We realize that rest periods are
as individual as the children themselves. Please discuss your childís
resting/napping habits with a staff member.
Items from Home
Parents are asked to
discourage their child from bringing personal toys or any other items from home.
Not only can these toys cause sad feelings if they are not shared adequately,
pieces of and whole toys have been known to disappear. An exception would be for
items saved for nap time comfort, such as a favorite blanket or stuffed toy.
are asked to provide the following labeled items for their childís participation
in the program:
- Diapers/wet wipes (if applicable)
- Change of clothes (preferably two)
hat or cap
wear in the summer
We will supply sunscreen and
child-strength insect repellent. Please ask to see the product label if there
are concerns about allergies, etc. A permission slip is required for us to apply
sun screen and mosquito repellent.
We trust that the parent should be able to
determine if the child is ill and needs to stay home. Below are some guidelines
If your child has diarrhea,
not relating to teething, please do not bring him/her into the centre. If your
child has two incidents of watery stools while at the centre you will be
contacted and asked to pick your child up. Exclusion is helpful in preventing
the spread of this illness to others in the daycare.
Ear infections are not
usually contagious, but can cause the child a great amount of discomfort, fever
and pain. For this reason we ask that the child not attend the child care until
these symptoms have subsided.
Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)
Children with the condition
must be excluded from the centre for at least twenty-four hours after beginning
prescribed treatment. Your family physician may recommend an even longer period
of exclusion depending on the cause of the infection. Please follow his/her
Diagnosis by a physician is required. Proper treatment must be started and your
physicianís advice regarding exclusion must be followed.
Please do not bring you child into the centre if he/she has vomited during the
night or upon waking in the morning. If your child has a vomiting episode at the
centre you will be contacted to pick him/her up.
Children with this illness
must be excluded from contact with other children in the centre until he/she has
been on antibiotics for at least twenty-four hours as this disease is very
contagious and can lead to serious complications. Prompt medical attention is
recommended if you suspect your child has strep throat.
In the case of a communicable
disease we need to be
notified so that we can make other parents aware of symptoms to watch for in
their own children. If a child becomes ill during the day, or if their illness
is such that they display lethargic or erratic behavior, we may feel that it is
in the childís best interest for the parent to be contacted so that alternate
arrangements can be made for the care of their child.
Please let us know if you have noticed any behavior that may be a sign of
impending sickness. If the child has diarrhea, vomiting, or a fever of more
than 38.5 C (101F) please keep them at home.
Administration of Medication/Medicine
Please ensure that any and
all medicine/medication is handed directly to a staff member. This ensures that
the containers are safely locked in the fridge or drawer.
Verbal or written consent and
instructions can be given to staff member.
Please send children dressed so they
can concentrate on having fun and not worry about staying clean. Remember,
paint, glue, sand, mud, grass, snow and rain are a part of each of our days in
one way or another. Children should be dressed for the weather as they usually
go outside for a portion of every day, weather permitting. It is important to
encourage the childrenís self-help skills and to develop their sense of
independence therefore we suggest that clothing be comfortable and easily
handled by little fingers.
We ask that you provide one, preferably two, changes of clothes, as it is very
easy for children to get wet and dirty when playing or eating. Please ensure
that all of your childís clothing is clearly labeled. This will ease all
frustrations due to mix ups.
Please take care to notice seasonal changes in weather. Children should be
dressed accordingly. During the warm months please provide loose fitting cool
clothing that can be sprayed with insect repellent so that we do not have to
apply this product to the childís skin. This is helpful also for avoiding direct
contact with the sunís rays.
In the summer if your child would
like to participate in summer water fun he/she must have a swimsuit and if not
toilet trained must have ďswimĒ diapers.
In rain season the children must
have waterproof outerwear and rubber boots. Things to remember in the winter are
snow pants, hats, mitts, neck-warmer and warm boots. Keep your child safe in all
sorts of weather! Extra mitts and socks are recommended.
Fee Schedule & Policies
$30 for full time days (5-9 hours)
$20 for less than 5 hours
$30 for overnight (12-14 hours)
$5 surcharge for drop-offs before
$5 charge for late pick-up (after
6 PM or more than 10 hours)
Casual care is
$5 per hour for any age, minimum $20 per day and due the same day.
fees will be required one week in advance. All fees for the month must be paid
up between the 20th and 30th of every month.
If a cheque is
returned for any reason the parent will be responsible for submitting fees in
the form of cash, money order or certified cheque only, from that point on. NSF
cheques will be subject to an additional fee to cover banking costs.
Please call if
your child will not be attending on a regularly scheduled day. Please give as
much notice as possible as to the hours and days of care needed.
Should you be later than expected
please take a moment to notify us of the situation.
Please provide two weeks notice
if care will no longer be needed.
part of the registration process all parents/guardians will be asked about any
and all custody arrangements for their children that are being enrolled in our
For the safety of
all involved please share any information regarding non-custodial
parents/guardians with the director. For legal purposes non-custodial parents
and non-custodial legal guardians cannot be denied access to their child(ren) if
we do not have current copies of custody &/or restraining orders on file in the
All information pertaining to your
child(ren) will be kept confidential. Parents may have access to their
child(ren)'s file upon request. Child information will only be disclosed once
written consent from the child's parent/guardian has been received except in the
case of suspected abuse, whereby information will be released to the appropriate
child welfare agencies and/or the police.
Suspected Child Abuse
The Child and Family Services Act (1989)
states that anyone who has information that leads that person reasonably to
believe that a child is being or has been abused, or is in need of protection,
must report this suspicion.
Therefore, in the event that I suspect the
abuse of a child, I will:
1. Keep accurate and detailed records of that
child - noting any change in mood, behaviour and/or appearance.
2. If possible, openly discuss these changes
with the child .
3. If necessary a report will be made to the
Parent and Staff Behaviour
All staff and parents are expected to set a
good example in both word and deed. For example: swearing, name-calling, and
smoking are behaviours that are not acceptable on this property, or in the
presence of any of the centreís children, on or off Angelís property. We would
strongly encourage parents to provide this same atmosphere for their children in
their own homes for the benefit of their childís physical and emotional health.
The word "discipline" is derived from the word disciple. It describes the
teaching / learning process by which children develop socially acceptable and
appropriate behaviour as they grow to maturity. Discipline is something that
adults do with and for children, rather than something done
to children to stop them from behaving in undesirable ways. Its intention
is to help children become self-disciplined as they learn appropriate and
acceptable behaviour patterns. Discipline involves a continuous process
of guiding behaviour and is offered while acceptable behaviour is occurring,
as well as before, during and after unacceptable behavior may be displayed.
We use a number of positive guiding techniques with the children. The key to
behaviour management is effective communication; between the child and his/her
peers and between the child and his/her caregivers. We will be clear in our
expectations of the children and we encourage children to attempt to express
themselves verbally. We also encourage children to solve their own problems.
Violent &/or aggressive behaviour (physical or verbal) from children or adults
is not allowed.
Physical punishment, such as striking or hitting, is never used. Children are
never denied necessities, shamed or ridiculed.
These guidelines will be adapted for use with children in a variety of ages
The Children will learn to:
I. Respect themselves, other children and elders.
We help children
respect themselves and others by respecting them.
Consequences for not respecting oneself and others will depend on the
type and intensity of the disrespect shown. There is no tolerance for violent
and aggressive behaviour here. Violence and/or aggression will be dealt with
firmly using the following techniques:
The children will be separated for a cooling down period.
The children will discuss the situation with the caregiver.
A solution will be sought and this solution will be given a chance to work.
If the solution does not work steps 1 to 3 will be followed again. (See
If it is seen that the children cannot get along, alternate activities will
Reoccurring incidents will be document in case further action is required
The consequences for not
respecting oneself or others in a non-violent or aggressive
be dealt with by talking to the child(ren) and if necessary using mediation
techniques. Children will be guided in learning more positive forms of
II. Respect toys, equipment and supplies.
Taking care of
equipment ensures that it is available for use by all of the children.
Consequences for not
respecting toys, equipment and supplies will be:
The child will be talked to about the incident.
The child may have to put away the item in question.
If necessary the privilege of using the item will be suspended for a specified
period of time.
peopleís personal belongings.
If it is not yours,
ask. If the answer is no, leave it alone.
Consequences for not
respecting other's belongings will be:
The child will be talked to.
If necessary (i.e. something is broken or actions are repeated) the situation
will be discussed with the parents.
IV. Be Responsible for their own behaviour - both negative and positive.
An open line of
communication between our children and ourselves is imperative.
We can teach
children to be responsible for their own behaviour by:
setting realistic and clear limits and rules.
encouraging them to seek out help when there is a problem.
showing them ways to find solutions to their problems themselves.
allowing them to experience some natural and logical consequences for
handling problems calmly ourselves.
concentrating on the positive aspects of their behaviour - celebrate
Consequence for not
being responsible for their own behaviour will be:
Depending on the incident, a child may be allowed to experience the natural or
logical consequence for this behaviour. The childís safety will first be taken
The child will be talked to about the incident and alternative solutions will
be sought; mediation may be used.
A loss of some privileges for a specified period of time. During this time the
child may be requested to do some childcare related chores, i.e. sort toys
and/or books, wash toys, organize papers, sort the recycle bin, etc. Parents
will be notified if problems persist.
V. Be Responsible for their own behaviour during field trips and outings.
Children will stay with
the group and their partner. Everyone will follow the rules set down by the
owners/operators of the places that are visited.
Consequences for not being
responsible for one's behaviour during a field trip will be:
The child may be required to miss the next field trip or outing. This may mean
that alternate care arrangements will have to be made for the day of the
missed field trip or outing. Parents will be notified.
In extreme cases the parent will be called to pick up the child from the field
VI. Be Responsible for cleaning up their own mess.
We can teach children to do this by working along side them and not
criticizing a job not done perfectly.
Consequences for not
being responsible for cleaning up their own mess will be:
The child will not be allowed to take out and use that piece of equipment or
the supplies for a specified period of time.
They may be expected to clean up after another child to show what it feels
like to have to pick up after someone else.
A. GROUND RULES
YOU NEED TO AGREE TO SOME RULES BEFORE WE BEGIN:
*NO NAME CALLING OR PUT DOWNS
*TO WORK TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM
B. DEFINING THE PROBLEM
1. Decide who will talk first
2. Ask person # 1: WHAT HAPPENED? - Restate
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT WHAT
HAPPENED? - Restate
3. Ask person # 2: WHAT HAPPENED? - Restate
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT WHAT
HAPPENED? - Restate
4. Ask questions that will help you to understand the problem.
(how long; how often; when; what do you mean; etc.)
C. FINDING SOLUTIONS
1. Ask person # 1: WHAT CAN YOU DO TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM? -
Ask person # 2: DO YOU AGREE WITH THIS SOLUTION?
2. Ask person # 2: WHAT CAN YOU DO TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM? -
Ask person # 1: DO YOU AGREE WITH THIS SOLUTION?
3. Ask: ARE THERE ANY OTHER PROBLEMS BETWEEN THE TWO OF YOU?
If the answer is "yes" go through steps "B" and "C"
After the disputants have agreed upon solutions, ask each
*IS THE PROBLEM SOLVED?
*WHAT COULD YOU DO DIFFERENTLY IF THIS PROBLEM HAPPENS AGAIN?
*THANK YOU FOR WORKING HARD TO SOLVE YOUR CONFLICT.
Angel's 24-Hour Childcare Home
Photograph Permission Form
Photos are a wonderful way to share moments of the childrenís
day with their families. Looking back at photos brings back happy memories
of the fun they have had. For this reason, Angelís not only takes photos of
individual children, but also of the children interacting with their play
mates. Children enjoy sharing these pictures with their friends and
family. For this reason, creating photo memory books for each child is a
part of the program. For this I need parent or guardian permission.
I give permission for my child, _____________________________to be
photographed at Angelís and on field trips.
I give permission for copies of these photos to be shared with the other
Yes ___ No ___
Photos of the children will also be added to our website, with permission of
parent/guardian. The photos could be close up with face showing, or
distance, with face not showing.
I give permission for photos of my children to appear on Angelís web site.
Yes ___ No ___ distance only ___
Signed: ____________________________ Date: _________________________
Transportation permission form
As there are many interesting places to visit, in and around the
city, and field trips are an integral part of the program, Angelís needs
permission to transport children in Angelís personal vehicle.
I give permission for my child, _____________________ to be transported in
Angelís personal vehicle:
Within the city limits: Yes___ No ___ Outside the city limits:
Yes ___ No ___
Signed: __________________________ Date:
Parents will be made aware of any field trips that are not walking distance
Should parents have reservations about transportation or field trips, we
will attempt to come to a solution, whether it involves public transit, the
parentís vehicle or any other suitable solution. There may be times when
public transportation is the preferred travel method for city trips.
Safe, fun, learning experiences are what we are all about!
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