Policies

Toddle Inn Policies

The admission process is as follows:

  1. Request an information packet from the school.
  2. Call admissions office at preferred center to schedule a parent tour.
  3. Submit enrollment forms and appropriate fees.
  4. Call the office to schedule school visits for your child.
  5. If your child attended another school prior to Toddle Inn, we reserve the right to request a report from previous teacher and/or school.
  6. Supply verification of updated immunization records.


Non-discrimination Policy

Toddle Inn School admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid or school-administered programs.



Abuse and Neglect Policy


As required by the State Of Maine Law, if the center has a strong reason to suspect child abuse or neglect, the situation will be reported to the State of Maine Department of Protective Services without prior parental notification.



Television Viewing


Toddle Inn Child Care Center has partnered with the 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go Program to limit television viewing beyond the state mandated policy. We only offer television viewing as part of a physical activity or water safety training. Exceptions to this policy would require parental consent.



Closings


If Toddle Inn Child Care ever closes due to inclement weather, there will be a television announcements on Channels 6, 8 and 13. If at all possible, we try to alert families the night before about a possible closing.


Discipline Policy

The goal of Toddle Inn’s policies regarding discipline is to mold or change inappropriate behavior using positive techniques. Some of these techniques include:

  1. Developing with children rules that are stated at the child’s developmental level.
  2. Clarifying the consequences of disobeying rules before disobedience occurs; for example, “If you hit one of your friends you will not be allowed to play”.
  3. Having age-appropriate expectations for children. We do not expect children to understand and obey complex rules.
  4. Re-directing children for some types of inappropriate behavior.  Re-direction engages the child in another activity while taking the child away from friends and current activity for a short time, giving him or her a chance to start over or calm down.
  5. Reinforcing desirable behavior by praising or rewarding the child. When the child realizes that attention comes from appropriate behavior, that positive behavior is more likely to continue.
  6. If your child is disrupting the classroom, or becomes overly aggressive, and redirection is not effective, you will receive a phone call and you will be expected to pick up your child within one hour.
  7. If your child is sent home due to disruptive behavior twice within a three month period, further action up to and including termination of childcare may result.

One of the many roles of the Toddle Inn staff is to work together with parents to help children develop appropriate behaviors. Parents are invited and urged to discuss their concerns about their child’s behavior with teachers and to plan together with staff means of responding consistently to problem behaviors. In this way, children will always get the same message from the important adults in their lives (parents and caregivers) about those behaviors that are acceptable and those that are not.

Illness Policy

Illness is always an issue in child care settings. While we understand the needs of the parents, we must protect our children from contagion. We try to be guided by common sense as well as the following rules and we trust you will do the same. For the protection of all children and staff, your

child should be kept home and will be sent home if s/he displays any of the following symptoms:

  • Temperature – Any child with an elevated temperature of 101 degrees or higher is excluded until there is no presence of a fever for 24 hours.
  • Vomiting – Child is excluded until there is no presence of fever and no vomiting for 24 hours.
  • Diarrhea – Child is excluded if he/she has three or more loose bowel movements within one hour, and until symptoms have ceased.
  • Conjunctivitis (Pink-eye) – Child is excluded until he/she has been on medication for 24 hours with no discharge.
  • Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease – Child is excluded until all blisters have opened and dried, with no open sores in mouth and no presence of fever.
  • Fifth Disease – Child is excluded until no fever is present and he/she can comfortably participate in the program.
  • Impetigo – Child is excluded until blisters are gone, rash is dry and he/she has been on medication at least 24 hours.
  • Chicken Pox – Child is excluded until all blisters have formed scabs, no presence of fever, and he/she can comfortably participate in the program.
  • RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) – Child is excluded until he/she can comfortably participate in all activities and does not require a level of care that would jeopardize the health and safety of others in the classroom.
  • Strep Throat / Scarlet Fever – Child is excluded until he/she has been on medication and had no fever for 24 hours.
  • Head Lice – Child is excluded until he/she has been treated with lice-specific medication shampoo, rinse or lotion and is free of nits.  He/she must be checked daily for 10 days for evidence of new infection.
  • Ringworm – Child is excluded until treatment from pediatrician has begun, and the infected area begins to shrink.
  • Thrush – Child is excluded until he/she has begun on an antibiotic for at least 24 hours.

*Please keep in mind that this is only a guideline. If we feel that your child cannot fully participate in the program, you will be notified to pick him/her up.  We ask that you do so within one hour of our request.

*Parents will be notified of any unexplained rash, complaint or ailment.  Children should not attend until any unexplained rash is seen and/or treated by a physician.

*If your child is prescribed medication of any kind, please allow 24 hours for symptoms to subside and medications to take effect.

*Parents are asked to report when they know that a child has been exposed to a contagious disease for the protection of others, especially pregnant mothers.

*All medications Toddle Inn administers must be in the original container with only the patient’s name on the label.

Our medical consultant, Dr. Christina Manning, has approved this illness policy.

The illness policy will be provided along with the registration packet at the time of enrollment. Toddle Inn requires that a signed copy be returned when enrolling your child.

 

Security

To ensure your child’s safety and protection, activities at the Toddle Inn Child Care Center are monitored by video and audio tape surveillance and recording mechanisms. To preserve your child’s privacy, tapes will not be available for any purpose other than legal protection.



Amendments


The owner reserves the right to amend policies under special circumstances with some notice to parents.



Emergency Management Plan


In the event of a state emergency, staff and students are equipped for an extended stay at each center. If it becomes necessary to evacuate, we rely on the public safety departments to aid us and supply transportation to a secure site. Toddle Inn will alert parents via phone. Call phones are available at each site if land service is interrupted. All pertinent information for each child is kept with management.



Confidentiality and Security of Child Records

All child records are kept in the office in a fireproof, locked safe. Only Toddle Inn personnel have access to child files.