Admission Policy until June 2020
This policy is in effect until June 2020.
Ready, Set, Go! Learning Center accepts children between the ages of 2 years and 12 years old.
Children of any race, color, national or ethnic origin are welcome to all the rights and privileges of all programs/activities offered at Ready, Set, Go! Learning Center. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin.
We offer early childhood development activities for infants and toddlers. Children ages 2 to 5 receive preschool/nursery school and school preparation activities. Our before and after school program includes homework help/tutoring, games and crafts. Special age appropriate activities will be planned for snow days, teacher inservice and vacations.
Hours of operation– 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM until July 2020, 8 AM to 5 PM as of July 2020
Ready, Set, Go! staff are hired based on their desire to care for children in the best possible ways and their education background, certifications and experience. SBI Criminal history and Child Protective Service reports are required on all staff prior to employment. Infant, child and adult CPR and first aid are a requirement for all staff. Our staff is required by state law to participate in 30 hours of training per year.
Children with Special Needs
Ready, Set, Go! Learning Center will comply with all standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Children with special needs will not be excluded from participation in any activities or programs as long as it does not fundamentally alter the program for the other children. When this becomes a concern, then every effort will be made to accommodate the child with special needs by utilizing trained volunteers or alternative staff.
Child Guidance and Discipline Policy
To encourage a child’s self esteem, self-control and self-direction
To create a supportive and nurturing environment that encourages active learning and independence
To teach children to respect themselves, their friends and their teachers
To help children to appropriately express their emotions
- Staff training- review discipline and guidance policy, model in the classroom and use reflective practice during staff meetings
- Allow children to participate in the establishment of classroom and playground rules- post in a visible position and review periodically
- Teachers will model appropriate behavior
- Give children ample notice prior to transitions
- Prevent boredom, waiting and hurriedness with a consistent routine that involves all children and allows for teachable moments and flexibility
- Provide consistent and age appropriate discipline and goals
For conflict resolution in toddlers-
- encourage use of language skills if appropriate for the age of the child
- Redirection using positive statements such as “use your inside voice” or “use nice/gentle hands” or redirect to another activity or toy
- Use praise and positive reinforcement by focusing on good behaviors
- Consistently and patiently repeat verbally the goal/desired behavior and model or guide the child whenever possible
For conflict resolution in Preschoolers-
- encourage use of language skills
- Redirection using positive statements such as “use your inside voice” or “use walking feet”
- Use praise and positive reinforcement by focusing on good behaviors more than unacceptable behavior
- Consistently and patiently repeat verbally the goal/desired behavior and model or guide the child whenever possible
- Provide choices to guide child to goal
- Allow child to resolve problems independently when appropriate without imposing adult solutions
- Recognize a child’s strengths
- Allow for individual differences
“Take a Break” spot- children will be asked or may direct themselves to the “Take a Break” spot where they can take some time to themselves until they are ready to deal with the upsetting situation. The “Take a Break” spot will include a cozy bean bag in a semi-quiet area with books or puzzles for options. There will be no specific time set and the child will be allowed to exit whenever they seem ready, but will be asked to talk about the situation that caused upset before returning to activity.
Biting policy- Incident reports/records, as well as accident reports for the victim, will be kept for all biting incidents that occur. Names are always kept confidential. If biting continues on a weekly or daily basis, a communication journal will be kept for parents and teachers to record the incidents. This will help to determine what may be provoking the child to bite. Teachers will then work to remove the possible causes. If biting continues, then teachers and parents will meet to discuss options and techniques to deal with the problem. Possible techniques to explore may be: encouraging crunchy foods such as carrots, using an iced teether, wearing a “chewy” necklace, using positive language such as “teeth are for chewing food”, and reading books such as Teeth are Not for Biting.
Disruptive behavior policy
The first step in observing disruptive behavior will be to communicate with parents through incident reports. The next step will be to keep a journal of behaviors to look for trends that may show causes for the behaviors. The third step will be to create a planning team involving director, parents and teachers. The group will decide on a consistent plan and implement it. If every option has been exhausted then outside support1 will be suggested such as a CDS evaluation. A child who continues to be disruptive after all these options have been explored or if a parent refuses the option of evaluation, then the director may ask the parents to look for alternative care with or without notice depending on the situation.
What will not be used
- Corporal punishment as defined in Rules for the Licensing of Child Care Facilities (1.6)
- Punishments using food, naps, toilet training
- Pinching, shaking, biting, hitting, putting anything on child’s mouth, humiliating, ridiculing, rejecting or yelling at a child using harsh, abusive or profane language
- Placing child in an unsupervised area such as a closet or room with locked door
- Requiring child to be silent or inactive for long periods
- Restricting a child’s movement, holding or restraining unless in danger
1Outside resources Child Development Services, Center for Community Inclusion, Child Care Plus, Child Care Connections
In accordance with Maine state law, Ready, Set, Go! is required to report any suspected abuse or neglect of a child to the State of Maine Department of Protective Services without prior parental notification.
We will have a fire drill at least once per month for child awareness and as part of our staff emergency training. In the event of a true emergency, parents will be contacted immediately after the safety of the children has been secured. The owner’s residential house is located on the same property and can be used as an alternate shelter if needed. EMS will be called with life threatening injuries and parents will be contacted immediately afterward. Parents will be contacted first for serious injuries that are not life threatening. EMS will only be called if requested by parents or legal guardian.
Every effort will be made to keep the children safe through supervision and childproofing. All staff are trained in American Red Cross First Aid, and Infant, Child and Adult CPR. If an emergency injury or illness occurs, you will be contacted as soon as possible.
No child will be accepted with a fever, vomiting, diarrhea, runny crusty eyes, or unexplained rash or has had any of these symptoms within the last 24 hours. Should the child become ill during his/her day here and he/she is not able to participate in the normal routines, parents will be notified and asked to pick up their child. If a child is thought to have a communicable disease, parents will be notified and asked to pick him/her up. The child will be isolated from the other children and given special attention and comfort until the parents arrive. This will be the same procedure for head lice. The child will be accepted back with a physician’s note stating that the child is no longer contagious. All other parents will be notified of the possibility of a communicable disease and what symptoms to watch for. Please take into consideration the other children and their families, as well as, the benefits of allowing your child to recover in the comfort of his/her own home when deciding whether your child is well enough to attend.
Please keep in mind that any child introduced to a group setting is likely to become ill when exposed to new children until immunities build up.
Fever- Child may return to care after being fever free (without fever reducing medication) for 24 hours.
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea- Child may return after free of symptoms for 24 hours.
Chicken pox- Child may return to care after all chicken pox have scabbed over.
Conjunctivitis- A child may return to center after treatment has begun and there is no evidence of discharge.
Lice- A child may not return to center until treatment has been administered and all evidence of lice and nits are absent.
Both nonprescription and prescription medications, ointments, and creams can be given to your child if needed. New medications must be administered at home 24 hours before returning to center in case of a reaction. Parents are required to fill out a medication form and to supply all medications in their original containers. These must be labeled with the child’s name and physician. Medications that are expired will not be dispensed and medication forms must be updated every six months.
Arrival and Departure
Children are to arrive clean and diapered. We do not provide breakfast but you are welcome to bring in breakfast for your child if you will be dropping off before 8:30 am. We will be eating snack between 9:00 and 10 am. It is normal for children to be hesitant and cry when dropped off. This experience is different for every child and age group. If your child is having a hard time it may be a good idea to be very brief (no more than 5 minutes) during drop off times. The longer you prolong the departure the harder it is for both of you. A smile, cheerful good-bye kiss, and a reassuring word that you will be back is all you need to do. Almost every time, children are fully recovered within minutes of your departure. Every effort will be made to make this transition as easy and painless as possible for you and your child. It is important that your child is prepared for the day when dropped off. You are always welcome to stand outside the door and listen or call in and check up on your child. Some children may be more comfortable with drop off if you plan to stay and play a few minutes (or more) to help transition your child. Parents are always welcome to observe, help out or participate in our program.
Please do not leave your car running and unattended in the driveway. .
Please do not allow your child to play near the vehicles at any time.
No child will be allowed to leave with anyone except the parent without written permission from the parent. Anyone picking up, other than the parent(s), will be required to show proof of identification. Please make the alternate pick up person aware of the requirements.
Children will be allowed to watch no more than ½ hour educational videos only. This will be a rainy day activity or related to our weekly theme lessons. Television will not be a daily activity. Children are NEVER required to watch TV. Alternatives will always be offered for children who are not interested.
- Parents are required to bring two complete changes of clothing, a pair of slippers and one set of socks and shoes appropriate for the weather. Soiled clothing will be sent home and a clean change of clothes will need to be brought back the next day. Good clothing is not recommended because children will be participating in messy activities daily.
- All items need to be labeled with your child’s initials.
- Parents are asked to supply diapers for the ride home. We provide cloth diapers while at daycare through a diaper service. We also provide wipes and all natural diaper creams. Please note that Desitin brand products can not be used with cloth diapers.
- Bottles and sippy cups are provided. If you prefer to use your own bottles, please label every part of your bottle. Bottles must be plastic and not glass.
- Personal blankets can be brought in for nap time or we can provide one. We also provide toothbrushes.
- Ready, Set, Go! will supply organic snacks. Please refer to school menu. Staff will work with parents on an individual basis for children with food allergies or special diet needs.
- Naptime necessities such as pacifiers, special blankies, or plush toys are welcome but will be kept in cubbies or personal bags except for rest times.
No toys should be brought from home except for Show and Tell and other special activity days.
Toilet training will begin when the child and the parents are ready. We will work together to make this a positive experience for everyone. Once potty training has begun, preferably by you at home, it is expected that the child will wear training pants or cloth pull ups at all times to prevent confusion. Potty training children need to wear easy access clothing such as elastic waist pants- no onesies, overalls, belts, or pants with buttons. Also, please supply extra sets of spare clothing for this training period.
Each child in attendance for more than for hours is required to have a rest period of at least one hour. Rest time for children other than infants on their own napping schedule will be from 1 to 3 pm. If your child no longer naps, he/she may participate in quiet time activities such as looking at books, coloring, or table centers, but must remain quiet for the other children. Please be considerate of this time period when deciding to pick up or drop off your child as it can be very disruptive to the other children and disappointing to your own child.
Ready, Set, Go! Learning Center will be closed for major holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Patriot’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, Friday after Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. We also close early on Christmas Eve. Tuition payment is due for contracted days that fall on these holidays.
Open Door Policy
Parents are welcome to visit the center anytime during the day when your child is in attendance, especially if still nursing. Please respect our quiet time hours (1-3 pm) and keep in mind that it may be difficult or confusing for your child if they already experience separation anxiety.
Parents are always welcome to call throughout the day. School age children will be allowed to call their parents if they desire and it does not normally affect their mood (homesickness). Please let us know if this is not convenient for your working situation.
Parent involvement is always encouraged. Parents who volunteer for 4 or more hours a week will receive a 10% discount on the following week’s tuition. Volunteers must file paperwork with the provider prior to visit.
We reserve the right to terminate for the following reasons (but not limited to):
- Failure to pay
- Failure to complete the required forms
- Lack of parental cooperation
- Failure of child to adjust to the child care after a reasonable amount of time
- Physical or verbal abuse of any person or property
- Our inability to meet the child’s needs
- Lack of compliance with handbook policies
- Serious illness of child
- False information given by parent either verbally or in writing
Other Important Notes
A copy of your child’s immunization records is required before enrollment.
No smoking is allowed on premises.
Changes to Policies
Changes may be made to these policies as needed with 2 weeks notice. The policies, contracts, consents, and forms will be reviewed and updated, if needed. Please give written notice of any changes that may occur, especially of name or address, or of updated immunizations.