Policies and Procedures

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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,

❏ Impetigo,

❏ Lice

❏ 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

❏ influenza

*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.

For example:

  • Antihistamines;
  • Cough suppressants
  • Decongestants
  • 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