Tiny Tigers Home Daycare, LLC
"A fun-loving, Christian learning environment."
POLICIES and PROCEDURES
ENROLLMENT FEE: There is a one time non-refundable enrollment fee of $50 to hold your child's spot.
SHOT RECORD: In order to meet DHS requirements, every child must have a current up-to-date shot record on file before care can begin.
PAYMENT POLICY: Payment is due on the first of each month. Payment is made in advance (for the upcoming month). A $10 late fee is applied for each day the payment is late, up to three days. After three days, I reserve the right to terminate care. Payment may be made in cash, check or via the brightwheel app. If paying by brightweel you must allow at least 3 business days for the payment to process before the due date.
If the 1st falls on a Saturday, payment will be due the Friday before. If the 1st falls on a Sunday, payment will be due the following Monday.
If I am given a check that bounces, then there will be a $30 fee added onto your usual payment. If a second check bounces then I will only accept cash payments for all future payments. If payment continues to be a problem, then care could be terminated.
OPEN DOOR POLICY: You are welcome to come to my home anytime during my regular daycare hours. I will keep my doors locked at all times for the safety of the children, but just knock and I will quickly let you in.
BRIGHTWHEEL APP: I use the brightwheel app to track daily activities. You will receive a record of your child’s diaper changes, meals and naptime in real time. I can also log behavior, medicine and injuries with the app. The app is also used to check your child in/out from daycare using a code unique to you. I will need the information of any person who may pick up your child so that I can set them up to use the app.
HOURS OF OPERATION: My hours of operation are 7:30am-5pm, Monday through Friday, with the exception of the listed holidays. Picking your child up late will not be accepted unless in the case of an extreme emergency, and I will need to be contacted as soon as possible in an event like this. There will be a late fee of $1.00 per minute, per child, added onto your usual weekly fee if you are late up to $30.
HOLIDAYS: I will take the following holidays and DO NOT provide childcare on these days. There will be no monthly financial adjustments for these holidays.
New Years Day
Thanksgiving (Thursday and Friday)
Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and the day after *If the holiday falls on a weekend, I will have the option to take the day before or after as my holiday.
DAYCARE CLOSURE POLICY: I reserve the right to close the daycare during days and times in which most or no children are attending, such as: bad weather, the day before/after a holiday, etc.
You will need to arrange for a back-up sitter for days that I am closed. In the event that I have to make an appointment for myself or one of my children during child-care hours, my husband Billy Buckmaster or my substitute Danielle Dreher will fill in. Both are First Aid/CPR certified and DHS approved. I will do my best to give you advanced notice if I foresee having to be closed, but please be aware that I cannot always know ahead of time if I will have to close (ie: If myself or my children fall ill.)
VACATIONS: If you are planning a vacation, please let me know at least 2 weeks in advance. Each family will be allowed five vacation days per calendar year, in which I will hold their child's spot with no fee charged, as long as proper notice is given.
My family normally vacations in the summer, with the exception of a few weekend getaways here and there. I will do my best to give you at least 2 weeks notice of a vacation, but it will most likely be an even longer notice. I have 5 allotted paid vacation days.
MEALS: I provide breakfast, afternoon snack, lunches, and drinks for the children. Meals are included with your tuition. Please be aware that it is your responsibility to inform me of any special diet restrictions your child may have. If your child is going to be arriving later than 8:45am, they will need to eat breakfast before arrival. I am required to follow strict guidelines for the food program.
ALLERGIES AND MEDICATION: Please be aware that it is your responsibility to tell me of any allergies and/or medications your child has, and to provide me with the correct dosages/medications in case of an emergency. Medicine left in my possession must be in the original container with your child's full name and directions. All medications are stored in a bin located in the cabinet above the microwave.
Should your child have any life-threatening condition medications, such as epinephrine pens and rescue inhalers, they must be left at childcare at all times the child is present. I keep these medications in close proximity to the child for immediate administration when needed, including outdoors when the child is outside. However, medications are inaccessible to children.
PICK UP / DROP OFF: Children will only be released to parents or persons listed on the form provided. If your child is to be picked up by someone not listed, I must have verbal or written instructions from the parent and they will be required to show proof of identification for the safety of the children.
In an effort to provide a consistent routine for all children, your child must be dropped off within 20 minutes of the scheduled time on your contract. In addition, pick-up or drop-off will not be allowed from 12:30-2:30pm daily, as this is our naptime and pick-up/drop-off during this time tends to wake up the other children. If you have something come up and have to pick up during this time, please give me advanced notice so I can prepare ahead of time.
I ask that you please do not linger at drop off. Even if your child seems very upset, I can assure you that they will adjust to drop off quicker if you do not linger. When you linger it can give them a false sense that they either do not have to stay or that you will stay all day. If they are inconsolable after you leave I will be sure to notify you.
Please let me know when your child will not be attending for the day, either by call or text. If a child does not show up within 30 minutes of our agreed upon time, I will contact the parents to inquire why the child has not yet arrived.
DRESS CODE: Please be aware that your child's clothing may get messy. We will be playing outside each day, weather permitting. Most of our craft materials are washable. No matter how hard we try, we cannot prevent all stains, including food. Please do not dress your children in anything meaningful or expensive. Ruined clothing will not be replaced.
VOLUNTEER POLICY: I will not have any volunteers.
DISCIPLINE POLICY: I have been trained in and will be using Love and Logic as a form of discipline. It is a way to use positive reinforcement and redirection rather than negative discipline. I encourage children to use their words when frustrated. Love and Logic encourages children to think for themselves and learn to solve problems, rather than an adult solving the problem for them. When redirection does not work, I may then resort to a short time out followed by a short discussion of the incident. I often use the terms “good choice” and “bad choice” to help children differentiate between the two. If negative behaviors become a problem and are continuous, then care will be terminated.
*If you would like more information on Love and Logic you can visit www.loveandlogic.com. I can help you find classes and information.
I ask that the children:
Do not hit, push, bite, kick, scratch or pinch each other
Use walking feet
Use inside voices
Respect all property of Tiny Tigers Home Daycare
Do not name call, tease, and bully or use bad words
Remove shoes upon arrival (especially when wet outside)
SICK POLICY: For the safety of all of the children, I do not keep children that are sick. This includes children with fever, vomiting, diarrhea, viruses or any other illness that can be contracted by other children. If I contact you to pick up your sick child please do so as quickly as possible. It is unfair to your child that I cannot give them my full devoted attention when they’re not feeling well. It is also challenging to care for other children when tending to a sick child (preparing and serving lunch, diapering, etc.)
** A sick child may not return until they have been both fever and symptom free for 24 hours.
Is my child sick?:
A child should be kept home for ANY of the following:
Discharge from Eyes
Illness being treated with antibiotics for less than 24 hours
**Young children are very susceptible to contracted illnesses, so the dismissal of any child will always be at my discretion.
It is crucial that all emergency contact information be kept up to date. Please be sure to notify my promptly if any changes in your emergency contact numbers. This includes: home numbers, cell numbers, work numbers and email addresses.
While it is important to keep your children home when sick, I also don’t want to spread illness to them if I become ill. If I become ill and cannot work, I will have to close. Please be prepared with back-up care in case this should happen. I have 10 allotted personal days per calendar year.
INJURY: If your child gets hurt while in my care I will be sure to notify you. If it is a minor injury I will log it via the brightwheel app. If it is an injury needing immediate care I will call you.
PACIFIER POLICY: I only allow pacifiers for children age 2 and under. Pacifiers will only be used during nap/rest time. This helps to ensure that pacifiers are not used by other children or lost.
POTTY TRAINING: I will make every effort to assist in potty training along with your efforts at home. I will begin when the child appears ready for this step. A child must be able to verbally express that they need to use the potty. If a child has to be reminded to potty or taken every so often, this is not considered potty trained. I will ask that your child wear either a diaper or pull-ups that have the velcro tabs (so I don't have to take pants and shoes off to change them) once they are ready to potty train. I will only attempt to potty train if the child is being potty trained at home as well. In order to ensure that the children's environment remains a clean one, your child cannot wear normal underwear while in my care until they have established a successful bathroom routine and are communicating their need to use the restroom (must be accident free for 2 weeks prior to underwear in daycare).
Please be aware that DHS guidelines do not allow me to rinse soiled (urine or feces) underpants/garments/cloth diapers. Soiled garments will be placed in a sealed plastic bag and ready for you at pick up. Due to the time requirements of potty training, no child is guaranteed “private” potty time (it can be hazardous to leave a young child in a bathroom unattended), and children may have to use the restroom with other children present.
Potty training can be a stressful time for both parent and child. Please remember that your child will potty train when they are ready. Try to be patient and encouraging! I have trained my 3 children and many more 2 and 3 year olds over the last few years, I'm always available for questions!
PETS: I have one dog, Sven, who is a German Shepherd Dog. Sven has been raised around my 3 children since he was a puppy and is very friendly. He is an outside dog. Sven will be crated during pick up/drop off times, as well as any time the children are outside (he is friendly, but has bad manners such as jumping!), so please inform me if you will be picking up/dropping off outside of the normal time so that I can crate him. I also have 8 chickens who live in a secured chicken coop. Even though my pets are friendly, the children will not come into contact with them. My dog is current on all shots and has a flea/tick collar. I make sure the yard is cleaned of any waste so the children will never encounter any while we are outdoors.
TRANSPORTATION: I do provide transportation for field trips.
IMMUNIZATION RECORDS: As required by the state of Oklahoma, all immunizations must be current. In order for children newborn to school age to attend childcare, this record must be on file with the provider. Shot records must be kept current with me at all times. I have attached a copy of the immunizations required by the State of Oklahoma. The State of Oklahoma also requires a health statement be on file for each child in childcare. A copy of this requirement is attached. Due to reactions to various vaccines, a child will not be permitted to return to daycare the same day as getting any type of preventative shot or vaccine.
CHILD ABUSE AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING: I am required by the State of Oklahoma to report any and all signs of abuse. If I suspect any type of abuse at home, then I am obligated to report it. If I have any reason to believe that any person is engaging in the crime of human trafficking in children, then I am required to report the matter promptly to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control.
COMPLIANCE FOLDER: As required by the State of Oklahoma to comply with all rules and regulations, I have a compliance folder available for all parents to see upon request. It is located on the desk in the front daycare room.
Emergency Medical Care Plan In the event that a child needs immediate medical care, the child will be transported to St. Anthony ER in Mustang. My van is available for emergency transportation. Parents will be notified immediately by phone. If parents cannot be reached by phone, they will be notified via brightwheel. If I determine it is necessary, an ambulance will be called. The parent/guardian is responsible for any fees related to ambulance/doctor/medical care for the child.
Tornado In the event of a tornado, we will relocate to the tornado shelter. We will take our disaster kit which includes food, water and child information forms. If we can get cell service, parents will be notified via brightwheel, followed by phone. Licensing will be notified.
Flood In the event of a flood, the children will be relocated to a safe place. In the event that there is flooding in the house, we will relocate to the building slab on the northeast corner of the property. If we need to evacuate the property, we will go to Jennifer Gilchrest’s house across the street, or Tammy Stone’s house next door to the south. Parents will be notified via brightwheel, followed by phone.
Blizzard or Ice Storm In the event of a blizzard or ice storm, the daycare will close. If the event is foreseeable, I will close beforehand and send all children home before the weather gets too bad. Parents will be notified via brightwheel.
Fire, including wildfire If there is a fire in the house we will quickly evacuate through the safest exit. We will go to the building slab located on the northeast corner of the property. If we need to evacuate the property, we will go to Jennifer Gilchrest’s house across the street, or Tammy Stone’s house next door to the south. In the event that we need to evacuate for a wildfire, we will leave by vehicle and head to the nearest safe location. Parents will be immediately notified by brightwheel. If needed, parents will be called. Licensing will be notified.
Man Made Disaster including Chemical and Industrial Accidents In the event of a man made disaster nearby, we will shelter in place. Parents will be notified via brightwheel and licensing will be notified.
Human Threats, including individuals with threatening behaviors, bomb threat, or terrorist attacks We will go on lockdown. All doors will be locked, curtains and blinds drawn. TV and any music will be turned off. Children will be moved to the hallway and all of the hall doors closed. The children will be given a quiet activity to do. Parents will be notified by brightwheel. Licensing will be notified.
Earthquake In the event of an earthquake, the children will be taken under the kitchen table. They will be instructed to get on their hands and knees, and to hold onto their head and neck until the earthquake stops. Once the event is over parents will be notified via brightwheel. Licensing will be notified.
Power Outage In the event that we lose power, a call will first be placed to the electric company. If the power will be out for an extended period of time, or will interfere with food storage/prep, then the daycare will close. Parents will be notified via brightwheel. Licensing will be notified.
Shelter in Place Should there be a weather event requiring us to shelter in place, the children will be moved to the hallway. Children will be given a quiet activity. Parents will be notified by brightwheel, licensing will be notified.
TERMINATION & EXPULSION POLICY: The daycare contract may be terminated by the parent by giving a 2-week notice prior to the ending date. The parent must pay for the last 2 weeks after giving notice if the child attends the last 2 weeks or not. The contract may be terminated without any notice by the daycare provider if the parent does not abide by the contract rules and policies or if the child is not a good fit for the daycare.
*I reserve the right to terminate the contract at any time. This ensures that the child properly adjusts to a new environment, and allows me to ensure I am able to successfully meet all of the child's needs at any given time.
TRANSPORTATION AND FIELD TRIPS: I do provide transportation for field trips.
DHS CHILDCARE MINIMUM STANDARDS: Minimum Standards for Registered Child-Care homes can be viewed on the DHS website: www.okdhs.org
*The number to the local licensing office is 405-574-7400
*The DHS child abuse hotline is : 1-800-522-3511
DESCRIMINATION POLICY: Tiny Tigers Home Daycare does not descriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, or any activities provided by the daycare.