Here are a few important policies taken from the handbook
A hardcopy of the entire handbook will be given upon interview
- Hours of Operation:
- Christian Child Care:
Please do not bring your child in before 7:00am or pick them up later than 5:30pm. The door does not open until 7 on the dot! If you are late picking up your child, $1 per min. will apply for the first 5 minutes, then $5 per minute after that.
Child care fees are due whether or not your child attends, unless Amy's Kids is closed for personal reasons. Remember, the weekly tuition pays for the child's spot, not hourly care. The weekly contract rate agreed upon by you and Amy is due each Friday, except those weeks that Amy or children schedule vacation.
As MOST full time employees who receive PAID Holidays, starting Jan. 1, 2015, the following days will be observed and Amy's Kids will be closed WITH payment:
- New Year’s Day
- Good Friday
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Day
- Illness/First Aid:
Amy will reserve the right to determine whether a child should remain in the home when illness is a consideration. If your child becomes ill during the day, you will be promptly notified and are expected to arrange to pick up your child immediately. This includes more than 2 loose bowel movements or throwing up more than once. Your child will, if possible, be isolated from the other children to minimize exposure. If you cannot be reached, the emergency contact person will be notified.
- Behavior and Discipline:
Any behavior that disrupts or threatens the pleasant environment for the other children will NOT be tolerated. Acceptable behavior will always be encouraged with verbal rewards and positive reinforcement.
- Meals & Snacks:
At Amy's Kids, we only serve hot, nutritious, and well balanced breakfasts, lunches and snacks. Children’s behavior can be infavorably affected by foods that are high in sugar and salt, or that lack the proper vitamins and nutrients for development. For this reason we do not provide sugary/salty snacks or meals, nor is your child offered high sugar drinks. Canned/boxed/fried foods are served on a BARE minimum. Most lunches and breakfast will be home-made and consist of many organic foods. Organic milk will always be served for lunch, and 100% juice or water will be served for snacks. Water will be available throughout the day. Some snacks may be different than what is posted due to some cooking in the curriculum.
The weekly menus were created with my own child in mind. It has been tweaked here and there since opening Amy's Kids due to the likes/dislikes of certain items on the menu. While it is completely and totally understood that FRESH and home-made is better, it's not always feasible when it comes to picky children. This is why there are a few pre packaged items on the menu (ex: chicken nuggets/tenders/strips, and Dole Fruit cups in 100% juice). All weekly meals will be posted in the home and on the website.
*Peanut butter is not served to any child at any time in care.
Weekly status is not prorated. If you are contracted for full time, you pay the full time rate each week unless Amy's Kids is closed. If you are contracted for part time you pay for the days contracted and any additional days needed. Since part timers take up a full time spot, you may be free to use whichever days you'd like as long as it's 3 days or less and you MUST give notice of these days before the week begins. Showing up unexpectedly will result in a drop in fee for however many hrs the child is in care. This drop in fee is in addition to the regular weekly fee.
*Deposits must be made in order to hold a position. It is preferred that positions not be held for more than 30 days. However, this may be negotiated depending on how many children are currently in care, especially for those who are expecting. If there is only ONE position available, a larger deposit will be required to hold the spot for more than 30 days. All monies paid prior to care will be used towards tuition. In the event you choose to withdraw the contract, any monies paid is non-refundable. Cash or Check is accepted. Please make checks payable to Amy West. You will receive a receipt for your payments each week as well as an end of the year statement for tax purposes. If you wish to receive an itemized receipt at the end of the year, just ask. This is a business and will be treated as such. It is also tax deductible!
Should any check be rejected by Amy's financial institution, a $35 charge will be added to the sum of the contracted weekly payment, and, restitution will be demanded for any fees Amy should incur associated with the returned payment. Payment, including fees, is expected within 5 working days or sooner of any check being rejected. If payment is not made and no resolution agreement is made, child care services for your child will be terminated. If more than one check is returned, your account will be placed on a cash only basis, no exceptions.
Pets: There is one healthy and friendly dog on the premises. Lilly is part of the family. She is kept up to date on immunizations and parasite control. She will be kept separate from the kids during daycare hours. However, please note that even though Amy does her best to keep the home clean, there will be traces of dog hair here and there, as the dog has free reign of the house during non-business hours. If you don't want to ever see pet hair on your child at all, whatsoever, Amy's Kids may not be the place for you. It is nearly IMPOSSIBLE to keep the home completely FREE of dog hair.
House Cleaning: One of the many reasons I chose to do childcare from home was so that I could also take care of my home. This means that laundry will occasionally get done, floors will be swept and moped, dishes will get done, etc. HOWEVER, Amy's Kids will not be spotless all the time. You may see some dog hair here and there at times and dishes may not be done by pick-up time. It is more important that your children are well cared for and happy. Cleaning will be done during nap time, non business hours, and/or with your child's help. It's great to include them in the cleaning because it helps build character and responsibility! Children should learn to clean up after themselves, therefore will be encouraged to do so. Please note that all cleaning products used are eco-friendly but will be locked in a cabinet when not in use. (Method, Shaklee, and Seventh Generation are some of the products used) Children will eat using washable dishes and use washcloths instead of paper towels or napkins.
*Over all, we are families working together and respecting each other.