Our Team

Jocelyn Gomez
Licensed Childcare Provider

Parent Handbook


Children may be enrolled from 6 months through 12 years of age, regardless of race, creed, or religious beliefs. 
 

The following forms are required by the state of California and need to be read, completed and/or signed prior to enrollment:


1) Parent Handbook (read)
2) Parent & Provider Contract/Enrollment Application (complete/sign/date)
3) Deposit & Start Date (complete/sign/date)
4) Child’s Preadmission Health History-Parents Report (complete/sign/date)
5) Permission To Administer (complete/sign/date)
6) Consent For Emergency Medical Treatment (complete/sign/date)
7) Identification And Emergency Information (complete/sign/date)
9) Notification of Parents Rights (sign/date)
10) Parent Notification Additional Children In Care (sign/date)
11) Daycare Hours, Communication, And Points Of Contact (sign/date)
12) Termination Policy and Advance Notice (sign/date)
13) Payment Policy and Attendance (sign/date)
14) Affidavit Regarding Liability Insurance (sign/date if applicable)
15) Family Child Care Consumer Awareness Information (read)
16) Caregiver Background Check Process (read)
17) Guidelines for Illnesses Requiring Exclusion (read)
18) Making a Smooth Transition Into a Family Home Daycare (read)
19) Building and Maintaining a Positive Relationship with Your Child’s Provider (read) 

20) Supplies Needed At Daycare (read)
21) Immunization Record (complete/supply)


Definitions
Full time childcare: Monday through Friday anytime between the hours of 5:30 am and 5:30pm 

Part time childcare: Limited days of the week anytime between the hours of 5:30am and 5:30pm 

Infant/Young Toddler: younger than 24 months
Older Toddler/Preschooler: 24 months and older


State Licensing Requirements
Little Bright Minds Daycare is licensed and complies with all applicable licensing regulations and standards. These standards relate to our home, staff, health, safety procedures, nutrition, care giver to child ratios, and record keeping. We believe that these standards are in the best interest of the children. Our home is subject to inspection by state and city health, fire, and licensing officials.
 

Ages Accepted
At Little Bright Minds Daycare, we specialize in childcare for children ages 6 months to 12 years old.


Termination Policy
The first 30 Days will be regarded as a trial period, in which case either party may terminate the contract without notice. After the first 30 Days of enrollment, a two-week written notice from parent or provider is required to terminate the contract, with the exception of gross misconduct on part of the provider, parent, or child. This is grounds for immediate discontinuation of service. In cases of non-payment, legal action may be taken, and the parents will pay all legal fees incurred.



Daycare Hours
The daycare is open Monday through Friday 5:30 am to 5:30pm with the following holiday exceptions:


Holidays
Memorial Day
4th of July (if it falls on a weekend, the business day closet to the 4th) Labor Day
Thanksgiving and the day following Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve - New Year's Day (Christmas Break)


Note: If the holiday falls on a Saturday daycare will be closed the Friday before. If the holiday falls on a Sunday daycare will be closed the Monday after.

 


Deposit

A nonrefundable deposit equal to one week of childcare costs is due at time of enrollment. However, do not give us the deposit until you have signed the Parent-Provider Contract/Enrollment application and thoroughly read the parent handbook. Your child’s spot is not secured until we have received both the deposit and the signed Parent-Provider Contract/Enrollment application. The deposit will be credited towards the last week of your child’s enrollment.
Note: Please make checks payable to Little Bright Minds Daycare.


Payment Policy /Attendance
Payment is due on Monday of each week attending daycare.
It must be understood that to hold your child’s space, payment must be paid whether your child attends or not. Payment is based on contract, not attendance.
Your weekly or monthly daycare payment will remain the same (AKA grandfathered in) through your child’s first day of enrollment to their last except in the following scenarios. 1: When graduating from Infant/Young Toddler class (0–2 yrs) to Older Toddler Preschool class (2 yrs +). 2: When changing contracted days of attendance. In both scenarios your new payment will default to the current price of the newly enrolled schedule and not to that of the price of the “newly enrolled schedule” was when your child first enrolled.
The following paragraph only concerns part-time schedules. Unfortunately, we cannot switch around your child’s scheduled days of enrollment on an occasional or semi-occasional basis. In other words, your days contracted are your days and cannot be altered on a weekly basis. If you feel you need and/or want a more flexible schedule then you may want to consider adding days or going to full time.


Late Pickup Policy
If your child is picked up after 5:30pm there will be a late charge assessed of $1.00 for every one minute (unless prior arrangements have been made). Please be courteous and arrive on time.


Health Matters
For the health and safety of your child and all of the children in our daycare, please do not bring your child to daycare sick. In which case we may become sick making it difficult to care for the children at the high standards that we have set for ourselves. We can only care for children with mild cold like symptoms that are otherwise feeling and acting well. Mild cold like symptoms are clear runny nose, slight cough, and no fever. If you are not sure if your child should be brought to daycare, then please call/ text and check with us. If a child becomes ill during daycare hours the parents will be contacted to pick up their child. Parents need to pick up their children within one hour of being notified. If parents are not available, the emergency contact person will be notified.


Note: Once the child is removed from daycare due to illness, they may not return to daycare until symptoms requiring removal are no longer present. The child must also be void of any contagious disease, unless accompanied by a doctor’s note stating the illness in question is not contagious, and the child is otherwise feeling well enough to participate in our daily schedule.

 


Child’s Absences and/or Vacations
If your child will not be attending daycare due to illness or other, please let us know as soon as possible so the day’s activities won’t be held up waiting for your child to arrive. Also, we need to know how many children we need to prepare meals for. No discounts will be given for your child’s absences due to illness or vacations. If your child will not be attending daycare for whatever reason, you are still required to pay.

 


Reporting Child Abuse
We are required by law to report any suspected incidents of possible child abuse or neglect. Your child can be questioned by child protective services at any time without your consent.

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Diaper Policy
It is the parent’s responsibility to provide diapers, wipes, and diaper cream for your child. It is also the parent’s responsibility to check periodically to see if or when your child needs more diapers, wipes, and cream, (not the providers). Each child has his or her own clearly labeled diaper bin. Diapers are checked frequently, and changed every two hours or more often if required. Diapers containing #2 are changed immediately. The diaper changing tables are cleaned and disinfected between each diaper change, and hand washing of childcare provider and child is performed after each diaper change.


Toilet Training
We are more than happy to encourage potty training as long as the child is ready (typically between 2 and 3 years old). The initial start needs to be done at home for at least two weeks with success before it can be effectively started at daycare. Parents will be required to supply pull-ups and wipes. Children will be allowed to come to daycare in cotton training pants/underwear after they have been accident free for at least two weeks in pull-ups. 

Communication between parents and the daycare provider is imperative for a successful transition from diapers to toilet.

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Open Door Policy
Please feel free to come and go at anytime throughout the day to visit your child. However, please keep in mind that in doing so it can prove to be disruptive to the other children in our care. During times like these the other children have a hard time listening and following our directions.


Behavior Management & Discipline

We believe that the discipline of a child is achieved through patience, consistency, and positive reinforcement. We also try and teach the children in our care manners, kindness and to be respectful to others. One of the ways in which we do this is by the example we as providers set. We understand that our actions and reactions speak much louder than our words. The children are explained the rules of the daycare frequently, so they know what’s expected of them. Once a child is old enough to understand the rules and disobeys them by, exhibiting inappropriate behavior (hitting, aggression, etc), hurts others, or property, the following developmentally appropriate guidance techniques will be used. These techniques are as follows:
1) Positive Reinforcement: The child will be encouraged when he or she is demonstrating acceptable behavior.
2) Redirection: The child is redirected to another activity and given an opportunity to try again at another time.
4) Last Resort: When a child’s behavior is continually upsetting or dangerous to others, a conference will be called with the parents. If the problems cannot be resolved, arrangements will have to be made for the child to go elsewhere for care.


Note: Sometimes if both a parent and a provider are both in the same area (examples would be during drop-off and pick-up times) a child may forget the rules or test the boundaries. Please help show your child that you respect us, the rules of our house, and our property by reminding them that the rules still apply when you are around. We will also remind them of the rules and correct them if needed.


Cleanliness
We take the well-being of your child very seriously and work hard to provide an environment that is as healthy as possible. We are committed to keeping our home and the children in it as clean as possible, in order to help minimize and/or prevent the spread of germs. Our home is kept clean and disinfected at all times. We thoroughly clean surfaces that children come in close contact with using soap and water, or Lysol, etc. The high chairs are cleaned between each use, and the diaper changing tables are cleaned and disinfected between each diaper change. Toys are cleaned and disinfected often, and water-play tables are cleaned and disinfected before being filled with water and carefully supervised when in use. Hand washing is the single most effective practice in preventing the spread of germs. We wash our hands many times throughout the day, as well as the children's hands before and/or after engaging in a thorough list of activities.


Arrival and departure

Please send your child clean, dressed (no pajamas, unless you don’t mind your child wearing their pajamas all day), ready for the day, as well as all of your child’s necessary supplies needed for that day’s care. Please do not send food i.e. (half eaten breakfasts, breakfast bars, candy, etc) or gum with the children. If food will be brought from home please make sure its labled with child name. Please make your goodbye brief (no more than a couple minutes): the longer you prolong departure the harder it gets for both parents and especially for your child. Also, please be mindful there are other children that require our attention. If there’s any questions or concerns a conference can be scheduled. Never leave without telling your child goodbye and telling them you will be back to pick them up. Please be in control of your child during drop-off and pick-up times. No one other than the parent or person designated by you will be allowed to pick up your child without advanced written permission indicating the person’s name and relationship to your child. 

If there is a court order keeping one parent away from the child, we must have a court order copy from the custodial parent in our file to that effect. Otherwise, we cannot prevent the non-custodial parent from picking up the child.


Supplies needed
Parents are responsible for supplying the following items: diapers/pull-ups, wipes, diaper creams, weather appropriate clothes and a couple change of clothes, jacket, shoes that lace-up or Velcro and/or stay on feet (no flip-flops please), pacifier (if needed), and a swimsuit. We supply and apply sunscreen every day to any child playing outside. For the older children sleeping on a matt: a crib sheet, a blanket, and a pillow are needed. If necessary a comfort object for rest-time, and anything else your child may need. Your child’s crib sheet, blanket, and pillow should be taken home every Friday and washed and retuned to daycare the following Monday. There is a good possibility your child will get dirty throughout the day because of food, paint, markers, dirt, bubbles, potty accidents, diaper blowouts, etc. So please dress your child accordingly for play. Wet, dirty, and soiled clothes will be put in a plastic bag in your child’s locker to be taken home and cleaned. We are not responsible for replacing stained or soiled clothing. We suggest that you write your child’s name on the tags of their clothing (especially socks and underwear) in order to prevent any clothing mix-ups.


Note: Please periodically check your child’s locker/cubby to make sure they still have all of their necessary items needed at daycare. Furthermore, as the weather changes throughout the year, so do your child’s items needed at daycare. We greatly appreciate your adherence to this subject, as it helps ours and the children’s day run more smoothly to have all of his or her necessary belongings with them at daycare. This way we can care for your child in the best possible way.


Meals/Snacks
Each day we provide 3 nutritious and well balanced meals. We provide morning breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack. Milk or juice is served with all the meals and snacks, and water is offered throughout the day. The meals and snacks for each week constantly vary in order to ensure the children receive a well- balanced diet. The children are offered the food, but they will not be forced to eat. It is our goal to offer nutritious meals and snacks to the children in our care, as nutrition is a vital part of a child's health. Children need to eat well-balanced meals in order to meet his or her daily energy needs and to help them build a strong body and mind. We know that the good food habits a child develops will help them prevent cavities, iron deficiency anemia, and obesity, etc - all common nutritional problems in young children.


Special diets
If your child has any particular dietary needs resulting from being a vegetarian, or having allergies, religious beliefs, or non religious beliefs, etc, then just let us know. If the typical type of meals we serve do not meet your criteria for whatever reason, that's perfectly fine, however, in which case, all of the child's meals and snacks will have to be provided by the parent.
 

Learning and fun
For ages two through five, your child will enjoy activities ranging from art and craft projects to games, songs, finger plays, storytelling, creative dramatics, exercises, science, shapes, numbers, colors, alphabet, and much more through various monthly themes. Some of these projects will be taken home to share with you, and others will be group activities that you can ask about. We know that children learn best by “doing”. Therefore, the activities the children participate in are developmentally appropriate, concrete, hands-on, and most of all fun, because we believe that learning is an exciting experience.


For ages 24 months and younger we work on and with the following: throughout each day we practice on large and small motor skills by reaching, grasping, rolling, sitting, crawling, standing, walking, climbing, throwing, catching, kicking, cooing and talking; whichever developmental stage your child happens to be in at the time. Infants and toddlers learn through play by utilizing flash cards, books, numbers, shapes, colors, the alphabet, stacking blocks, puppets, age-appropriate toys, and much more. We encourage participation, but the child will not be forced to participate. Most importantly, our goal is to make learning for all ages fun, and non- intimidating. It is our hope that both you and your child will be as enthusiastic as we are about our program.


Activities
We know that children also learn through play; because of this, we do not under estimate its importance on a growing child’s mind, body and spirit. Therefore, the children under our care receive lots of both free-play and structured-play throughout each day. During structured-play we primarily have only one group of toys or activity out at a time in order to allow the children to concentrate fully on each thing they do. Age appropriate activities will be scheduled with the flexibility allowed to respond to the needs of each individual child and their various ages. Activities that we and the children participate in, include, but are not limited to the following.
Indoor activities include: books and story-time, Legos, circle-time, tumbling exercises, Lincoln Logs, Kids- K’nex, music and dancing, dress up, play food, interactive stuffed animals, cars/trucks/planes, arts and crafts, puzzles, flash cards, animals/dinosaurs, trains, musical instruments, balls, dolls and Barbies, various learning toys, musical instruments, various games, Mr. Potato Head, bean bag toss, blocks, beads and string, song games, play dough, coloring, sing along story books, painting, science, board games, puppets, Simon-says, and singing.
Outdoor activities include: climbing, sliding, jumping, running, balls, jump rope, racing, water balloons, parachute, catch, bubbles, follow the leader, squirt bottles, ride-on toys, wagons, tunnels, safe water toys, various games, water table, painting, neighborhood walks, exploring nature/weather, soccer, and yes falling. As you know, children play hard and will get some bumps and bruises from time to time. We do our best to limit the amount of times this occurs, with constant supervision and watchful eyes. Due to the safe environment/toys we have surrounded ourselves with, we hope to prevent any injuries before they can happen. During the summer months (June, July and August) we allow for more outdoor activities and creative art projects. Weather permitting, we play outdoors every day.


Nap Time
The infants sleep in provider provided cribs, and the toddlers sleep on cots. Our goal is to have the two different age groups (24 months and older, younger than 24 months) sleeping on the same afternoon nap schedule. Typically children 18 months and younger will take a morning nap as well, moving toward a one nap a day schedule between 12 and 18 months. Typically children 6 months and younger may need a third nap during the day, which can be incorporated into their late afternoon schedule. The State of California requires that all children under the age of five have at least a two hour rest period every day. No child will ever be forced to sleep, however they are encouraged to remain quiet and on their mat during this time. For

the older, toddler age children, sleeping on mats, please send a crib sheet, pillow, and blanket that can be kept at the daycare for your child.


Communication

So we can provide the best possible care, please feel free to communicate any needs, wants and/or concerns regarding your child. It is only through good parent/provider interaction that good quality nurturing care can be achieved.

 


Contract Adherence
This is our home as well as our business, so please be respectful of our family and home by adhering to the policies and procedures outlined in the parent handbook. We realize this is a lot of information to absorb. Because of this, please keep your parent handbook accessible so you can periodically review our policies and procedures as necessary. We reserve the right to amend any portion of the Parent-Provider Contract/Enrollment Application, and Parent Handbook at any time. If and when we do make a change to the contract you will be given a copy.


A Final Note
It is important that you feel comfortable with our policies and procedures. If you do not understand something, have a concern, or you feel uncomfortable with one or more of our policies and/or procedures it is important that you express that to us before enrolling your child in our daycare. We are always open to suggestions and feel communication is a very important part of a quality daycare. If there are any problems or concerns in the future, we encourage you to talk to us about them. If a lengthy discussion is needed, a time that is convenient for both of us will be scheduled, as the other children still need our attention during business hours. Thank you for the opportunity to work with you and care for your little one. We look forward to a future of keeping your child smiling and safe.

 

~ Miss Jocey