About the provider
have been caring for children of all ages, since I was very young. I have been a licensed childcare provider since August
2004. I have also earned my Maryland State Childcare Credential, which means the State has recognized me for being an outstanding
childcare provider. George, my husband, and I have 3 beautiful children together; Brandon, Katie & Hailey. I cherish this
opportunity to be at home with them. I chose this profession because I love children. I will treat your child as if they were
my own. We do own 1 pet, a dog, named “Pluto”. He is a very friendly, fun loving, lab. He is current on all vaccinations.
am licensed to serve up to 6 children. I care for school-age children only; between the ages of 5yrs - 12yrs.
Enrolling your child
are required to keep me informed of any changes in address, telephone numbers, and other pertinent information. Before I will
accept any child into care, I require all forms, completed contract, and registration fee. Please keep me advised of all new
information, including the person’s who are allowed to pick up your child, should it change.
fee is a deposit equivalent to 2 weeks of childcare. This will be applied to your child’s last 2 weeks of care. Your
fees are my entire income, which include taxes and social security. Beyond that, your fees pay for insurance, training, toys,
equipment, art supplies, and all other items that your child will use.
tuition is expected on Friday’s each week, prior to the next week of care. Please note, a payment received after the
end of your contracted time, will be considered late and late fees may apply. Tuition may be paid by check, money order or
cash. In cases of your child’s potential absence due to a parent’s maternity leave or extended leave from their
job, I still require payment for the entire time of your child’s absence. If a child is going to be on vacation or using
personal time, tuition will be due prior to the start of your vacation or the payday missed otherwise, you will be responsible
for late fees. You are more than welcome to postdate your check.
payment will be due early when the normal payday falls on a holiday; you may postdate the check for the date of the normal
payday. If I close my business due to mine or one of my children’s illness, payment will be accepted on your first day
back to childcare. Childcare providers depend on their income, just as you do, so
please do not be delinquent.
whose payments are returned NSF, will be placed on a cash only basis. NSF checks will be responsible for a $30.00 cash fee,
plus the amount of the check in cash. Payment will be considered late and
is subject to the $10.00 per day late fee. Any charges incurred due to the returned check will be the responsibility of the
parent/guardian. Care will not continue until all fees and payments have been received. If any charges and/or late fees are
unpaid at the time of termination, all legal and court costs necessary to collect the outstanding charges will be the responsibility
of the parents/guardian.
Late Tuition Payment
- $10.00 per day may be assessed if you do not make the tuition payment each week by your contracted pick up time.
Late Pick-up/Early arrival - $1.00 per child/per minute that pick-ups are late or drop-offs are early from your contracted hours. While I usually
do not have a problem if parents are a minute or two late, please do not make it a habit. If I find that the lateness is becoming
a problem, I will not hesitate to charge the late fee. While calling me to inform me that you will be unavoidably late, is
considerate, it does not waive your late fees. Please don’t make me ask for late fees.
or alternate childcare is the responsibility of the parents when the contracted childcare home is closed. I cannot
stress enough the importance of finding alternate care before it is needed. When choosing family childcare it is imperative
that you have reliable back up care. I always try to give as much notice as to closing as possible, however, keep in mind,
emergencies do occur.
Arrivals & Departures
you are going to be late dropping your child off at care, please call. If you know ahead of time that you will not be attending,
please give me as much notice as possible. I also will not release a child to anyone who is not listed on the emergency card
for pick-up. I will not accept phone calls, this MUST be in writing. If I do not know the person, I will ask for proper ID.
It is the parent’s responsibility to keep me informed of such persons, if I cannot release a child because of identification
issues, parent will still be held responsible for any and all late fees accrued.
of divorced parents, or in custody agreements: Parents
be advised, I legally cannot deny the release of a child to his or her parent without a court order.
arriving into my home, if you have snow or mud on your shoes, please take them off and leave them at the front door. This
would really help me keep my floors clean for all children.
Assistance in Payment
receiving assistance in payment of childcare tuition or fees from any source are still liable for all tuition and fees.
Set, Grow Childcare will be closed on the following paid holidays in the year 2006
Years Day; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Labor Day; Thanksgiving Day; Day after Thanksgiving; Christmas Eve; Christmas Day.
an above paid holiday fall on a Saturday, the preceding Friday will be taken as the paid holiday; payment will be expected
on Thursday prior and you may postdate the check. If an above paid holiday should fall on a Sunday, the following Monday will
be taken as the paid holiday.
payment is expected for the parent’s vacation. Please give me the courtesy of at least 2-weeks notice when you are planning
receives 10 days paid vacation, 2 paid personal days, 3 paid sick days, and 2 paid continuing education days per calendar
year. Vacation pay is due prior to the start of my vacation. Provider may take vacation at any time within the calendar as
a single vacation days or in a 1 or 2 week increment. I will try to pick a day that is convenient for the majority of the
parents, if possible.
are responsible for supplying a full change of clothing, sunblock, Off, or any other supplies your child may need. Please
have your child dressed in weather appropriate clothing, including outdoor clothing and shoes. Provider is not responsible
for your child’s personal items brought to childcare. I will let you know when I need more supplies for your child.
A backpack would be a great idea, however not necessary. Papers, crafts, and letters will be consistently going home. PLEASE
LABEL ALL ITEMS!
your child must bring in a toy or an object from home, please know that if the child is unwilling to share this toy with the
other children it will be put away until the end of the day. I do not mind if a child brings a toy from home, but if a certain
item becomes a problem I will have to ask that the item be left at home. Toys do break no matter how careful we are. I am
not responsible for your personal items, so use your discretion carefully when allowing your child to bring a toy or favorite
object from home.
Termination of Services by Either Party
hope it doesn’t happen, but one of us may find it necessary to say good-bye and terminate our childcare relationship.
Children grow up, work arrangements change. Regardless of the reason, there will come a time when we need to end our childcare
relationship; we need to agree in advance that the transition will be kept as loving and as comfortable as possible for the
children. All new children will be cared for on a 2-week trial basis. During this trial period, either party may terminate
care with only a 24-hour notice. After this trial period a 2-week written notice is required by either party to terminate
the childcare agreement. Termination notice will not be accepted while provider or parent is on vacation. Provider reserves
the right to terminate for the following reasons, but not limited to: Late payment,
Late Pick-up, Blatant disrespect towards me or my family, if parents knowingly bring their child to care while ill, failure
of child to adjust to childcare after a reasonable amount of time, lack of parental cooperation, lack of compliance of outlined
policies, failure to complete required forms, failure to get required immunizations and/or failure to show up for 2 days without
any communication. Provider reserves the right to give written notice of immediate termination. When the childcare relationship
does end 2-weeks registration fee is still applied and there will be no refunds. If for whatever reason, we end up having
to go to court to settle any type of dispute, parent or legal guardian will be held responsible for any and all court costs
Emergency Procedures & Weather Closings
Set, Grow Childcare has written policies and procedures for dealing with emergencies. We will schedule, carry out, and document
emergency drills on a monthly basis. Evacuation plans are posted on each level of my home. In the event of an emergency all
parents will be notified by telephone. Daycare service is usually available and no adjustment will be made due to absenteeism.
In the event of severe weather, all efforts will be made to keep daycare open. However, cancellation of daycare, delayed opening
or early closing is up to the provider’s discretion. Please call in advance if you have any questions regarding my opening.
If we have a power outage due to weather, daycare may need to close. A short period without electricity will be okay, but
several hours is not. If you plan to be late due to weather, please call.
bumps and scrapes are inevitable, but I make every effort to keep your children safe through supervision and childproofing.
Minor injuries will receive appropriate first-aid, and if an emergency injury or illness occurs you will be contacted immediately.
If necessary, your child will be transported by ambulance to the nearest hospital. Parents are responsible for costs involved
in emergency medical treatment, including transportation if required.
- Filming or picture taking will not be allowed without parent permission.
- Parents may not record or video activities without permission from me.
- A “Permission to photograph” form may be signed at the time of
enrollment and permission will be granted at that time, as to the use of these photos.
& W-10 Forms
keep a record of your payments, including: amount, check #, and date paid. If you should ever need to know how much you’ve
paid to date, I can supply you with that information. In January each year I will provide you with a W-10 form. This is so
that you may claim childcare credit on your taxes. It is imperative that both parties claim the same amount of their taxes
as this will send up a red flag to the IRS and may result in an audit of both parties. If you think the amount is incorrect
then you must let me know so that it can be researched and corrected if needed.
Shot records & Medical information
comply with all state, county, and local regulations regarding immunization and health requirements. All children’s
immunization records must be kept current. According to state regulations this form must be updated and returned within 24
hours of receiving shots. Provider reserves the right to refuse care to any child found not up to date on immunizations. Parents
are responsible for supplying provider with written statement from the doctor regarding current immunization records each
time their child is inoculated. Parents may request from provider a copy of the childcare immunization form to take to the
doctor’s visit and have updated. Your physician can also provide parents with the necessary form for your child’s
required childcare immunization records. It is extremely important for parents to advise me if a child has a health problem
parental consent is required to permit me to give medication of any kind. Please try to give medication at home whenever possible.
All medication must be provided in the original container with a label attached bearing child’s name, current date,
time and dose to be given, and number of days to be administered. Please keep in mind this does not constitute the physician’s
am allowed to give only one does on non-prescription medication per illness,
except acetaminophen (Tylenol) and topical medication. I will not administer the first dose of any new medication to your
child. You must administer the first dose at home with several hours for parental observation of a possible allergy.
will administer prescription medication as directed by a licensed physician or dentist. Written permission must be secured
from a parent/guardian and/or physician for any prescription medication to be administered. An individual medication form
must be filled out for each prescription medication and signed by the parents/guardian. You will be provided a few of these
in your packet; should you need more, you can simply ask for more or print them off of my website.
If your child is sick, they are not allowed to come to childcare. The following is a list of some of the
things you should not bring your child to care if they have:
· fever of 101 or higher
· diarrhea more than twice
· sore throat/strep
· runny nose other than clear
· draining eyes or ears (pink eye or suspected pink eye)
· excessive cough
· unexplained rash
you are not sure your child is well enough to attend childcare, please call & discuss it with me. Masking your child’s
symptoms with over-the-counter medications and bringing them to care anyway is unacceptable and I will call you and ask that
you come and pick up your child. A sick child, should be allowed to get better at home so that the other children and the
provider do not risk unnecessary exposure. If your child is out sick, regular fees still apply. If your child becomes ill
while in my care I will call you. You will be expected to pick up your child within a reasonable amount of time. If you do
not show, I will call the people on your emergency form. Your child may be brought to care if they have a common cold (which
means a slight cough, clear runny
nose, sneezing), Provider reserves the right to determine when a child should be sent home. Your child may return to care
24 hours after symptoms of illness end. While I understand and respect your
need to be at work, your cooperation is extremely important on this issue. I will not risk unnecessary exposure to myself,
my children, or other daycare families. If I become ill, I will have to close. If my children become ill, I will have to close,
so please make sure you do not send your child to care while ill. I will hold very firm to this policy; this in non-negotiable.
Please call by your normal drop off time if your child will not be in attendance that day. If you know the night before, please
call me then.
Reporting Child Abuse
a licensed childcare provider, I am required by law to report any suspicion of child abuse, child neglect, child sexual abuse,
child maltreatment, verbal abuse, emotional abuse and neglect. I will not hesitate to report any suspicions that I may have.
children are required to adhere to the rest period in the afternoon. All children must nap, rest or read quietly during this
period. Although the specific time may vary depending upon activities, it will usually only be for 1 hour in the afternoon.
Meals & Snacks
at Ready, Set, Grow Childcare we only supply breakfast, snacks and drinks. We do not supply lunch. Breakfast will usually
consist of Oatmeal or dry cereal. You must supply a bagged or boxed lunch for your child. I will supply all utensils including
cups. Meal times are: Breakfast 7:30am, Lunch 12:00pm. If you arrive after a set mealtime, you must feed your child prior
food or drink will be consumed anywhere except the dining/kitchen area. Please do not send your child in carrying a juice
cup or eating food; this invites unwanted guests into our home, BUGS!. Please hand me any uneaten food and I will place it
in the refrigerator.
Rules of the Childcare home
Ready, Set, Grow Childcare, there are rules in place for all children. I teach respect for pets, property, self and others.
All children will be reminded of these rules frequently. It may also help for you to go over them with your child as well.
· No Running indoors
· No gum chewing
· No Hitting, Pinching, Biting, Kicking, Pulling, Grabbing or Scratching
· No yelling or screaming
· No climbing or standing on furniture
· Everyone helps at clean-up
· No mistreatment of toys, (throwing, kicking) or belongings
· All children must eat & drink in the kitchen
· Use good manners (Please, Thank-You, Your Welcome, I’m sorry &
I forgive you)
· Follow Directions
things in the childcare home will go through “normal” wear and tear. However, if your child should intentionally
damage or break any item(s) in the childcare home, FULL reimbursement will be expected no later than your next tuition payment
believe discipline should be used to teach a child. The children are explained the rules of the childcare home frequently
so that they are all familiar. I reward positive behavior in an effort to avoid discipline measures, should efforts fail,
the following techniques are used.
* Encourage children to
solve problems themselves
* Intervention and discussion
* Re-direction to another
* Loss of Priveleges
* Phone Call to mom or
the behavior warrants, I will not hesitate to call you and ask that you come and get your child.
Open Door Policy
are always welcome to visit at any time.
parent handbook is designed to promote my program here at Ready, Set, Grow Childcare and to foster a spirit of cooperation
between parents and myself. I reserve the right to make changes and to update this contract throughout the year. An addendum
will be added and signed when/if this should take place.
publish a quarterly newsletter. This will include things such as: activities, parenting issues, interesting tidbits, and other
news items. Newsletters are available to enrolled parents and are made available on my website.
Outdoor Play Area
outdoor play area is fenced and kept free from hazards that may injure your child. Children are also supervised during outside
play. We will play outside during all types of weather, however, in extreme heat, cold, snow, sleet, rain, we may not go outdoors.
Please dress your child appropriately for each day’s weather.
Allergic Children & Parties
your child is here during the summer months or when school is closed, we may do special themed type of days where we may provide
food. Please feel free to bring in games, food, drinks, etc. as long as there is enough for everyone. Please keep in mind
that my daughter, Katie, is highly allergic to peanuts.
if you do not celebrate holidays/birthdays due to religious reasons, please advise me so that we can make arrangements. We
here at Ready, Set, Grow Childcare celebrate all Christian holidays, including Christmas.