1. Release of Child Policy
Children will only be released to the child’s custodial parent or any person the custodial parent has authorized to pick-up the child. Parents and custodial guardians will list authorized pick-up persons on the center’s emergency information card. Parents must give the center a written statement if the non custodial parent may not pick up the child.
If a non-custodial parent is denied access to a child by court order, the center must receive a copy of the document. When children have not been picked up after the center is closed, the staff will attempt to notify the parents or authorized pick-up persons. When attempts have failed and staff are no longer able to supervise the child, the staff may call the DYFS hour Child Abuse Hotline for assistance. If a parent or other authorized pick-up persons arrives at the center to pick up a child and appears, in the judgement of the staff, to be physically and/or emotionally impaired to the extent that the child may be placed at risk or harm if released to the person, the center may not release the child to the individual.
Staff will attempt to contact an alternate authorized person. If arrangements cannot be made, the DYFS 24 Hotline will be called.
2. Discipline Policy
Positive discipline is a process of teaching children how to behave appropriately. Positive discipline respects the rights of the individual child, the group, and the adult. Methods of positive discipline shall be consistent with the age and developmental needs of the children, and lead to the ability to develop and maintain self-control.
- We will anticipate and eliminate potential problems.
- Have a few consistent, clear rules that are explained to children and understood adults.
- Have a well planned daily schedule.
- Plan for ample elements of fun and humor.
- Include some group decision making.
- Make it possible for each child to feel he/she has had some positive impact on the group.
- Provide the structure and support children need to resolve their differences.
- Share ownership and responsibility with the children. Talk about our room, toys.
- When problems arise, we will look at possible causes including how our classroom environment may be changed to solve problems. We will also look at our daily time schedule to see if it contributes to problems. Also, we will examine the possibility of other causes impacting on a particular child.
- We will explain to the child what inappropriate behavior has occurred. We will sometimes use humor, distraction, and sometimes offer alternatives.
- If disruptive behavior is severe, we will work closely with parents to find out what methods they use, share our methods, and work together.
- Catch the child being good; Acknowledge praise the child.
- Redirect to a new activity to change the focus of a child’s behavior.
- Provide individualized attention to help the child deal with a particular situation
- Remove child from area of conflict.Offer a choice only if there are two.
We will NOT:
- Hit or otherwise hurt a child
- Scare or humiliate
- Use any form of violence,, as violence teaches violence
- Use food or withdrawal of food
- Use withdrawal of affection
3. Communicable Diseases Policy
Communicable disease is an illness that can be caught from other people. If a child shows symptoms of communicable disease while at the center, parents will be notified and arrangements will be made to have the child picked up. Parents must supply the center with a doctor’s note when the child returns. Some commonly seen communicable diseases in children are:
❏ Chicken pox
❏ Strep throat,
❏ Severe pain
❏ Acute diarrhea
❏ Episodes of acute vomiting
❏ Elevated oral temperature of 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit
❏ Severe Coughing
❏ Yellow eyes or Jaundiced skin
❏ Red eyes with discharge
❏ Infected, untreated skin patches
❏ Difficult or rapid breathing
❏ Skin rashes in conjunction with fever or behavior changes
❏ Skin lesions that are weeping or bleeding
❏ Mouth sores with drooling
❏ Stiff neck
*Diseases that are reported to the Department of Health
4. Administering and Control of Medicines Policy
.he center will administer prescription medication or a prescribed health care procedure to a child with a short-term illness. The center will also provide reasonable accomodations for the administration of medication or health procedures to a child with special needs, (if failure to administer the medication or health care procedure would jeopardize the health of the child or prevent the child from attending the center.)
The administration of medication and health care procedure to children is as follows:
1.) Medication and health care procedures shall be administered only after receipt of written approval from the child’s doctor.
- Staff designated to administer medication and health care procedures are informed of each child’s medication and health care needs.
- The child’s group teacher is authorized to administer medication or health care procedure by, those children whose parents authorized it.
2.) All medication and health care equipment shall be kept either in a locked cabinet or in an area that is inaccessible to the children.
- All medication shall be kept in its original container.
- Medication shall be refrigerated if so indicated on the label.
- Unused or expired medication and health care equipment shall be returned to the child’s parent or disposed of safely in a child-resistant waste receptacle when no longer being administered.
3.) All prescription medication for a child shall be:
- Specifically prescribed for the name of the child; and
- Stored in its original prescription container, which has been labeled with the child’s name and expiration date of the mediation, the date it was prescribed or updated and directions for its administration.
4.) The center shall be dispensing of non-prescription over-the-counter medication to the following types of medicines, which shall be dispensed in accordance with the recommended dosage, age and/weight of the child, as indicated on the label.
- Cough suppressants
- Non-aspirin fever reducers/ pain relievers; and
- Topical preparations, such as Eczema creams
5.) The center may permit dispensing of non-prescription medication other than those listed above, or according to instructions other than those indicated on the label, if the child’s health care provider authorizes it in writing.
6.) the center shall maintain on file a record or the following:
- The child’s name and parent authorization for the cent