PARENT VISITATION

  Our policy is open door for parents. We encourage you to observe your child's daily routine and hope that you to get to know your child's teachers and our staff.

 

ENROLLMENT

  Andromeda Pre-School is an equal opportunity provider of child care services. Applications for enrollment are accepted without regard to race, religion, sex or national origin. We serve children two years of age through twelve years of age.

 

SIGN IN AND OUT

  Children must be signed in and out by parents, or a person specifically authorized by parents, and whose name is listed on your child's enrollment form. Anyone picking up your child must show proper identification, such as a driver's license.

 

CLOSING POLICY

  We charge an additional fee for children left at Andromeda Pre-School after 6:04 P.M. Please call Andromeda Pre-School if you believe you are going to be late. Our staff have families and responsibilities after closing. Payment will be in CASH ONLY.

 

 HEALTH & SAFETY EMERGENCIES If a fire, severe weather, or other emergency occurs, it is important that children react in a safe and orderly fashion. Fire drills are held monthly at Andromeda. Should an emergency occur, we will notify you. DISCIPLINE Our staff will redirect your child if a problem arises. If this does not solve the situation, the child will sit out of that activity in a quiet area for a short length of time, or if necessary, will be removed from the environment in which he or she misbehaved (i.e. sit with the Director in the office). Parents of a child who is a constant discipline problem will consult with the Andromeda staff in order to develop a plan to correct the behavioral problem. If the child continues to be disruptive and a problem in school activities, the child cannot be allowed to remain at Andromeda. Andromeda Pre-School personnel will not spank or physically enforce discipline actions. This is a state law and can not be violated even if the parent authorizes the use of physical punishment. Child development research indicates that fifty percent of all child care attendees will be bitten. We do our best to minimize biting accidents and if your child is bitten, we will comfort your child and care for his or her needs immediately. Biting is unacceptable at Andromeda. If your child bites, Andromeda will develop a plan with you to correct the behavior. If biting continues, breaks skin, or does not lessen within a reasonable period of time, Andromeda may ask you to temporarily remove your child. If biting continues upon his or her return, you will be asked to withdraw your child until he or she is older. SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE Andromeda employees are mandated by the state licensing regulations to report any and all suspected child abuse or neglect. ILLNESS POLICY A sick child must not come to school if one or more of the following conditions exist: 1. The illness prevents the child from participating comfortably in facility activities. 2. The illness results in a greater need for care than the staff can provide without compromising the health, safety and supervision of the other children. 3. The child has any of the following: a. Oral temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater; armpit temperature of 99.4 degrees or greater; accompanied by behavior changes or other signs or symptoms of illness. b. Symptoms and signs of possible severe illness (such as lethargy, constant cough, uncontrolled breathing, uncontrolled diarrhea, vomiting, rash with fever, mouth sores with drooling, wheezing, behavior change, or symptoms of a communicable disease like measles or chickenpox). c. The child has been diagnosed with a communicable disease until medical evaluation indicates that the child can be included in the facilities activities. Sick, feverish children will not be permitted to attend Andromeda Pre-School. Children must be fever free for at least 48 hoursbefore they may return to daycare. Children who require special care due to illness should not attend. Children who develop a fever or become ill while attending Andromeda Pre-School will be isolated and the parent will be called to pick their child up immediately. It is a good habit to always ask your physician for a note stating your child's illness, what medications he/she needs to take and when your child may return to school. MEDICINE POLICY Prescription medicine and over the counter medication will be dispensed at 12:00 P.M. and/or 3:00 P.M. only. All prescription medicine must be in the original prescription bottle. Over the counter medicines will be dispensed according to the label only, unless a written doctor's note is provided. No child will be given medicine unless a medication form is filled out each week the medicine is to be dispensed. Please hand the medicine to your child's teacher. DO NOT leave any medication in your child's bag or backpack. ALLERGIES If your child has any allergies, you must notify your child's teacher and the Director of what he/she is allergic to and what the proper precautions and remedies are so we may take the correct precautions. Please indicate any allergies on the enrollment form. INJURIES Childhood accidents are a normal part of growth and development as children begin to test their movements and limitations. We do our best to prevent these accidents, but in event that there is an unforeseen problem, we will handle that situation to the best of our training and we will contact you if warranted for a major accident. It is very important to keep your phone numbers current. We will also provide you with an incident report. The report for any accident that occurs will need to be signed and returned to Andromeda Pre-School. OUTDOOR POLICY Outdoor experiences should be provided for all young children (through age twelve) on a daily basis. Their physical development is occurring rapidly and young people should go outside daily to practice large motor skills, learn about outdoor environment and experience freedom not always possible indoors. Outdoor time is an integral part of the curriculum. Procedures for implementation of the Outdoor Policy is as follows: 1. All children will go outdoors for at least 20 minutes, weather permitting. 2. Parents will be informed that all children will be going out each day. Children not well enough to go outdoors are probably not well enough to be in school. 3. Plans will be made to provide jackets, sweaters, etc. if needed. 4. Circumstances which might preclude daily outdoor play are: a. Chill factor, heat index. b. Steady rain or downpour, thunder and lightening. c. During tornado watch, tornado warnings and hurricane watches. POTTY TRAINING POLICY Children are accepted at age 2 if they are not fully potty trained ONLY under the following guidelines: 1. You must be working on training at home, with some success. 2. When starting out, pull-ups must be used. 3. Your child must be able to verbalize the need to use the bathroom, "I have to go potty," before they may wear underwear. 3. We will take your child to the bathroom at regular intervals, but 4. Potty training must be successful, with no accidents, for at least one full week, at home, and at daycare, before underwear may be worn. 5. If regression or a power struggle occurs, your child will be back in pull-ups and the process will begin again. 6. Non-potty trained children over the age of two will be charged the two year old rate. SOILED CLOTHING The Center for Disease Control of the United States Public Health Service requires that clothing soiled with bodily fluids (stool, urine, vomit, blood) be placed, un-rinsed, in a sealed plastic bag, labeled with the child's name to be picked up by the parent or guardian at the end of the day by the front door outside. If your child soils their clothing badly, the staff will clean them to the best of their ability. However, you will be called to give them a thorough cleaning.  TUITION AND FEE POLICIES Andromeda Pre-School is a business, therefore we operate on a budget. We count on receiving payments on time, so we can make purchases and pay salaries that ensure our school runs smoothly and meets you and your child's expectations. For this reason, we have established our payment policy. All tuition is based on a five day week. PAYMENTS Weekly payments are due on Tuesday by 5:00 P.M. of the week the child is attending. Monthly payments are due by 6:00 P.M. the first day of the month. We will terminate services after one week delinquency. No cash payments are to be made after 5:00 P.M. Children who have reached the age of three or more, who are still not potty trained, will continue to pay the two year old rate until successful potty training is completed. LATE FEE A late fee of $25.00 will be added to the weekly tuition if not paid on Wednesday by 9:00 A.M. A late fee of $30.00 will be added to the monthly tuition if not paid by the fifth of the month, and the privilege of paying monthly will be revoked. ***Children will not be allowed to attend Andromeda Pre-School when their account becomes more than one week overdue. Children may return after the balance is paid in full. This policy also applies to VPK students who have balances due for hourly, overtime or before and after care.*** REGISTRATION There will be a non-refundable $45.00 registration fee due upon enrollment. This fee is subject to restrictions. If your child iswithdrawn from Andromeda Pre-School, you will be obligated to pay a re-registration fee of $45.00. MATERIAL FEE A material fee will be accessed for the pre-school program. Payment will be made in two installments, due September first and February first. A $5.00 late fee will be accessed and added to your child's tuition if not paid by one week following these dates. RETURN CHECK FEE We charge a fee of $25.00 for all returned checks. After two returned checks, tuition must be paid in cash or cashier's check, unless a letter showing the bank is at fault is provided. VPK ABSENCES Andromeda Pre-School follows State requirements regarding attendance and absences for VPK. Please consult with the Director if you have any questions. These requirements change on a regular basis. ABSENCES You will receive one week free tuition or two weeks half tuition per family per calendar year (January-December) if your account is in good standing and you have had no late fees for the previous three months. Full tuition is expected otherwise. If your child will be absent more than 4 weeks, please consult with the Director about re-registration. If vacation is not taken, it will not accumulate. Please note that our operating costs do not vary when your child is absent. SCHOOL CLOSINGS No deductions for posted holidays will be made. The center will be closed for the following holidays, but are not limited to: New Years Day Memorial Day Independence Day Labor Day Thanksgiving Day and Friday Following Christmas Eve Day Christmas Day Thanksgiving Day and Friday Following, Christmas Eve Day and Christmas are paid holidays. Students attending Andromeda for three days per week will have Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day count as one of their three days. Those attending for more than 2 days plus the holiday will be charged for a full week. If holidays fall on Saturday or Sunday, the previous Friday or following Monday will be recognized as the paid holiday, in accordance with federal government closings
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