Active Beginnings Childcare - Your child's home away from home
Policies and Procedures
 
Please read through this information in its entirety. It has been put together for the benefit of you, your child(ren) and us. We believe open communication between you, the parent(s), and ourselves, the caregivers, can only benefit your child(ren). Which is why we are all here. So please speak freely about any suggestions, questions, concerns, or praises. We welcome them all. If you are not comfortable with talking about these things, please drop us a note, write a letter or send an e-mail to pzalcik@gmail.com. However you feel comfortable communicating works for us. We do prefer that you do not bring up anything inappropriate in front of the children. Minor questions or praises are always welcome at any time. Anything more serious, please let us know and we can go somewhere private to discuss them.
 
Mrs. Pamela Zalcik owns Active Beginnings Childcare. Pamela is responsible for overseeing all functions of the business, including all administrative duties. Pamela and Bobby  are responsible for carrying out all the day-to-day operations of the business.
Some education, training and experience that Pamela and Bobby bring to the daycare, are:
 
Child care training
Personal trainer
Musician
Athletes
First Aid & CPR
Wellness director
Artists
Management
Honour Student
Team captain
Bookkeeper
Cook
 
Meals/snacks
 
Any meals or snacks that we provide will be following the Canada Food Guide.  When you are preparing your meals/snacks, please follow the Canada Food Guide and provide two food groups per snack and four food groups for meals.
 
Please ensure at least one item is always from the fruit/vegetable group, and the grains group.  When you provide their breakfast, lunch or dinner, please ensure to provide something from all four of the food groups.
 
Children thrive when they are provided with whole foods. Please do not provide them with any refined, prepackaged, high sugar, or any other sort of filler foods. Whole foods are always the best. They require less food if they eat whole foods instead of refined foods, therefore it is actually cheaper in the end. They tend to get sick less frequently if they eat a diet mainly of whole foods too.
 
We teach the children about healthy eating throughout our days with them. We do this while we are eating with them, playing with them and reading to them. Any natural opportunity that comes up, we teach them about the benefits of healthy eating, and point out to them what is considered healthy and unhealthy. If you provide your child with any "unhealthy" foods, we will be teaching them that there is hardly any nutritional value to the food that they are eating, and inform them of what they could be eating in its place to provide them with the nutrion their brains and bodies need to perform optimally.
 
Capacity
 
We have space for 7 children, between the ages of 1 year to 12 years.
 
Adjusting to daycare
 
1. Talk to your child(ren) about the new daycare and the care providers that will be providing care for them while you are at work, school, etc.
2. Remind your child(ren) that you will always be coming back for them.
3. Talk to your child(ren) about the new toys, new friends, and the exciting new things they will be doing.
4. When you drop them off, understand that they might cry or get upset. Say your goodbye, give hugs and kisses and leave without reaction. Reacting and prolonging your exit does just that, it prolongs the process.
 
Screen Time Policy

Our normal daily practice is that we do not watch screens during the childcare day. The rare time we ever do watch screens, it is limited to one educational show (20 minutes). Whenever we do watch a show or movie, it is during a time when the children younger than two are napping. We usually only do a movie if we have been stuck inside for a bunch of days in a row due to poor weather.  

Active Play Policy

Due to the age variance in our daycare, we set up our play activities to be able to include all the ages of the children. For the most part, we teach the children to keep their active play to outdoor play time, as we don't want kids running into each other while playing inside, or we don't want the children throwing or kicking stuff around the room outside of active play times, and having it hurt or disrupt the other children. 

Weather permitting, we go outside for a minimum of 60 minutes a day. Some days we go out for up to 3 hours. Sometimes the play is divided between morning and afternoon. Sometimes it is morning only, or afternoon only. What we do always depends on the weather and season at the time. Some examples of our outdoor active play are:

  • Unstructured Free Play - The kids are free to play with whatever toys or items in nature, are available to them outside, and we are there to monitor and guide/direct as needs. 
  • Structured Play - Some examples are: kicking, throwing balls, follow the leader, red light green light, move like animals, yoga, ball toss into a bucket, etc.
  • Sand Play - We have a covered sandbox that the children are welcome to use whenever we are outside, and weather permits its use. If we find a child is sitting for too long in the sandbox, we do get them to move along to another activity that gets them moving and using all their muscles. 
  • Water Play - On the warmer days, we sometimes bring out little pools and water toys for the kids to play in the water. Sometimes we will run through the sprinkler. 
  • Going for walks in the neighborhood. 

When the weather doesn't permit outside play, we incorporate safe indoor active play activities. Some examples of our indoor active play are: 

  • Dance party
  • Simon Says (marching in place, bend and touch toes, etc)
  • Moving like animals (ones that don't run or jump)
  • Yoga poses (stationary animal poses)

 Extreme weather Policy

When the weather is too cold, too hot, too smokey, too rainy, too high of UV, or any other weather condition that is not safe, we will be keeping the children inside and doing inside active play instead.  See examples above. 

Smoking Policy
 
Active Beginnings Childcare is a non-smoking facility. There is absolutely no smoking anywhere on the premises. Please respect this rule, as all of us appreciate it.
 
Clothing, Diapers & Pull-ups
 
Your child(ren) should always have an extra set of clothing in their bag if they are still in training or for change in weather. Please provide your own diapers, training pants, pull-ups, etc.
 
Please send your child with appropriate clothing for the weather conditions, as we will always be going outside, regardless of rain, snow or sun.
 
Toques, gloves, mitts, boots, snow pants, jacket, raingear, sun hat, sunscreen, etc.
 
Transportation of Children
 
If we need to transport your child(ren) to a class, activity, field trip, etc., we will be transporting them in a vehicle using an approved safety seat for their age/weight, as required by ICBC. Any regular transportation will have a route plan that is kept on our schedule board.
 
Naps
 
All children will nap or rest daily, dependent on their individual needs.
 
Pick up and Drop Off
 
Children must be accompanied into and out of the daycare. If someone other than the usual person(s) will be dropping off/ picking up your child, please inform us beforehand. This person must be listed on the registration form and may be asked to provide proof of ID if they are unfamiliar to the child.
 
Please request, in writing, any changes to your regular drop off or pick up schedule. This will help us to facilitate all our clients and arrange our daily schedule accordingly.
 
If we suspect that the pick up person may be intoxicated, it is our obligation to file an incident report and if we feel that the child is in jeopardy, I am required to call The Ministry for Children and Family Development. If the individual is driving or walking, I will offer to call a neighbour or friend to pick them up, or call a cab. Should the individual refuse both options and insist on taking the child(ren), then we are required to call the police.
 
Written permission is required from parents for children under the age of 12 years to drop off or pick up children from daycare. We have the right to refuse if we do not feel that this is safe.
If children are left at daycare more than an hour after their allotted time and the parent has not notified us or can not be located, the Ministry for Children and Family Development will be contacted to arrange for care of the child.
 
Health & Safety
 
I am a licensed caregiver, and in accordance with the Ministry regulations, I must report suspected or actual abuse or neglect of a child.
 
Children must be in good health to attend daycare. Should your child show signs of illness, please refer to the attached Sickness Policies page to see whether or not you should be bringing them to daycare. It is imperative that you notify us if your child(ren) has been exposed to or contracted any contagious illness, an infestation of head lice or pink eye. A medical exam is required before returning to daycare.
 
If your child(ren) should become sick while at the daycare, then we will notify you and ask that you arrange for them to be picked up, either by you or someone on your list of alternate people allowed to pick up your child(ren). Your child(ren) will remain in a separate, visible, area until you are able to have them picked up from daycare.
 
Prescription medicine will be administered if prescribed within the previous two weeks and is dated accordingly. Non-prescription medication can only be administered when specific written instruction is provided from a physician and presented to us. The parent must sign a medication consent form.
 
If an allegation is made against me or anyone in my employment or family, I will report it to Interior Health. I will have an alternate person working with the person who had the allegation made against them until the matter is cleared.
 
Guidance Policy
 
Our goals in guidance are listed below:
 
·         Provide a developmentally appropriate environment
·         Establish clear, consistent and simple guidelines
·         State guidelines in a positive manner
·         Offer straightforward explanations for guidelines
·         Focus on the behaviour rather than the child, there are no bad or  
          good people, only actions
·         Make statements of expectations
·         Allow time for children to respond to expectations
·         Reinforce appropriate behaviour with words and gestures
·         Encourage children to use caregivers as a resource
 
While the previous guidance strategies will help minimize inappropriate behaviours, there may be time when we will need to facilitate problem solving with your child(ren). Problem solving promotes a sense of self-help, autonomy, self-awareness, confidence and self-worth. We recognize problems, mistakes, or situations as valuable learning opportunities. The following techniques will ensure and assist with the positive reinforcement of our guidance goals:
 
·         Model problem solving skills
·         Gain the child(ren)’s attention in a respectful way
·         Remind the child of the guidelines
·         Acknowledge the child(ren)’s feelings and or needs
·         Offer appropriate choices
·         Use natural and logical consequences
·         Guide the child in the appropriate use of equipment
·         Provide redirection or a change within their activity or use of
          equipment that will meet their needs
 
Children often use hitting, physical force and or biting in their interactions with other children due to limited ability to communicate verbally their wants and needs, and so these unfortunate solutions are their means to a needed toy or getting someone out of their way. Some of my preventative measures towards these behaviours are:
 
·         Provide plenty of toys
·         Having someone always readily available and supervising to                      redirect and guide
·         Helping children to express their needs
·         Separating children if they are having difficulty working together at
          that moment
 
Emergency Procedure and Location
 
In the event of a fire or any other emergency where vacating the premise is required, I will immediately evacuate all the children. I will take the children to the neighbours home at 6676 Southwind Road. When safely at the emergency location, we will contact 911, then the parents to let them know how we are all doing and what needs to happen next. Ex. Pick up their child(ren).
 
Major Disaster Procedure
 
In the event of a major disaster, please listen to the radio station KISS FM 107.5 for instructions on where to go/ what to do, as this is the station I will be listening to and following their direction. I will have my cell phone (250-306-3958) with me, but there is always the chance that cell communication could be down too. I will be taking the children in my care to the location advised on the radio station, and we will remain there until further notice from the emergency response team.
If I do not have access to a vehicle with enough car seats in it to enable us all a seat to evacuate the area, I will be taking whatever vehicle is available for me to ensure the children are removed from the more imminent danger of the major disaster.
I have emergency supplies, including food, water, blankets and more, to take with us if need be. It is also available to us if we become trapped in our own home without water or electricity.
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