The KKLC is committed to offering a seamless, comfortable, and safe venue for its families and their children. Current and prospective parents can see our procedural policies below as well as in our family handbook.
Children experiencing a fever, diarrhea, vomiting, swollen and/or discharge from the eye should plan for alternate care until the symptoms have disappeared for at least 24 hours. If requiring hospitalization or emergency medical or dental treatment, we will use parent’s preferred doctor or dentist unless not available.
- Immediately notify parent
- If licensed, Notify LARA within 24 hrs.
- Complete incident report, file & copy to parent
Communicate with local public health for guidance. Follow infectious control policy. Follow CDC recommendations & state requirements re: social distancing & masks. Encourage vaccinations. Support vulnerable population.
Your child cannot be picked up by anyone who is not on the Child Information Record form. If there is someone that you would like to add to your list, it needs to be documented on your form. You must use your full signature in addition to your initials, when signing your child in and out.
If an enrolled child is absent without notice for more than 3 consecutive days, we will make every effort to contact the family. In the event that we do not hear back, child will be automatically dropped from the roster.
Medication also brought into the center must be in original form and packaging. Routine antibiotics, fever reducers, asthma management medications may be the only meds taken on the premises and given by our staff.
Rest time is an integral part of the daily routine. Rest time is required for 60 minutes. Developmentally appropriate early learning practices require rest time to be a part of the early learner’s day. However, that does not mean they must sleep—although they might from the relaxation, it is very normal
for children under the age of 5 to take a midday nap we will not force your child to sleep but they must rest their bodies on their assigned cot and the teacher will give him or her a book/writing board to calm their mind and rest their body. An exception to rest time may be given to Children with Autism receiving ABA Therapy due to their individual needs. This will be assessed on an individual basis.
The family may choose to directly address the grievance to the director. If another staff member is approached, they will immediately refer the family to the director. The director will research the grievance/situation and work towards reaching a satisfactory outcome for all parties involved. Grievances at this level will normally be resolved by discussion and clarification of the needs or wishes of the family or by clarification by the director. Resolution may also involve the development of a new policy if it is a situation that has not been addressed. The director will follow up all grievances with a written letter to the grievant and document all related information. All matters will be treated confidentially.
Outdoor Play: We will be playing outdoors every day that the weather permits. Please make sure that your child is appropriately dressed (see clothing/attire section in Parent/Student Handbook) for outdoor play. Our activities will include walks, playground, water play (in summer), snow/ice play (in winter) and others. We will always try to go outside. There is no absolute restriction of weather to outside play. Please make sure your child is always dressed appropriately. Center closings: The center does not always close if the school districts and/or neighboring schools are closed.
Center closings will be announced on the Preschool Facebook page, auto-email, website and via voicemail.
In the case of a TORNADO the RESPONSE is SHELTER-IN-PLACE. Take children to an interior protected area on the lowest level without windows if possible, or a designated tornado shelter. Keep children away from windows. Take attendance. Bring emergency medical kit and medications and equipment for children with special needs and chronic medical conditions to the designated safe location. Director or designated leader is to communicate with local officials regarding the status of the tornado and all clear announcements.
If there is a FIRE, children must be EVACUATED in a calm manner. Exit routes and meeting locations should be well established from practice drills. Once outside it is important to do attendance for the children. Items to bring outside include records for each child, the emergency kit, and equipment and medications needed for children with special needs and chronic medical conditions. If cribs have wheels, infants may be evacuated in them. Return to the building is only after a fire official gives the all clear.
In the case of an INTRUDER (or any other potentially violent situation) call 911 and INITIATE A LOCKDOWN. Secure each occupied room by locking it, securing the door with furniture, pulling the blinds, staying away from the windows, and remaining silent. Designated staff members should remain in a
form of silent communication, like texting, with parents, authorities, and staff. Children and staff should remain in the locked down room until first responders indicate that the emergency is over.
Play is a tool that children use to discover the world. We do not provide toy weapons. If a child through their own imagination conceptualizes a weapon or engages in “violent” play our staff will allow them to explore because once they have—they are not as driven to continue. It seems to be a better outcome than to deny their curiosity. We believe violent play DOESN’T mean kids will be violent people. Weapon play has a different valence/weight for kids than for adults. Like with other parts of learning, we can try to look at it through their eyes!
We spend less time policing behavior and more time teaching vital life skills. At the KKLC, our educators are equipped to integrate social-emotional learning, discipline and self-regulation. Conscious discipline is a proven comprehensive approach and leader in classroom management. It is a self-regulating program that we have equipped our classrooms and teachers with.
- Approach calmly, stopping any hurtful actions. Place
yourself between the children, on their level
- Acknowledge children’s feelings
- Gather information
- Restate the problem
- Ask for ideas for solutions and
- choose one together
- Be prepared to give follow-up support
There is not one “right” way or one “right” age to learn how to use the toilet. Most children develop control over their bowel and bladder by 18-24 months. This skill is necessary for children to physically be able to use the toilet. How ready a child is emotionally to begin learning to use the potty depends on the individual child. Some children are ready at 18 months, and others are ready at 3. While every child is different, about 22% of children are out of diapers by 2½, and 88% of children are out of diapers by 3½.
The KKLC believes there are two stages or steps to potty training or toilet learning:
- Toilet trained – The child is capable of using the toilet BUT it is the adult who gets the child to the bathroom on time by putting the child on the toilet at certain times or on a schedule. At this stage, the child often needs assistance with the whole toileting process – this includes pulling pants up and down. Accidents occur frequently in this stage. This is the first stage towards becoming toilet learned or potty trained.
- The child must be showing signs of readiness and able to control their bladder and bowel movements.
- The child must be kept in a diaper, pull-ups, vinyl training pants, or underwear.
- Please keep in mind that the high activity level here at the Center may distract your child from responding to the urge to use the potty more so than at home.
- Staff cannot wash out soiled clothing per regulations set by the Center for Disease Control. They are required to put soiled clothing in a plastic bag for you to take home and wash.
- Please send them to child care with loose fitting clothing that your child can manage independently. Try to avoid tight clothing, pants with snaps or buttons, overalls, and tight leggings.
- The child will be encouraged to use the toilet every 30 minutes.
- Parents are required to supply the diaper/pull-up or vinyl training pants and extra clothing (including socks) daily.
- A pull-up or diaper will be put on the child during naptime.
- We encourage parents to communicate with your child’s teacher throughout the toilet training process.
- Toilet learned – The child is not only capable of using the toilet BUT has the developmental ability to express the need to go (both urine and bowel movement). In this stage, the child will demonstrate all or most of the readiness signs as listed below. Accidents still occur, but very infrequently in this stage.
In both stages, adults are needed. The latter not as much, but still essential as adults are responsible for the health and hygiene of children in care.
Our center is a halal, nut free environment. We provide care for children who have life-threatening allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs etc. and our priority is safety. Due to this, we ask that families do not bring outside food or treats into our center unless it is vegan. This includes special treats, breakfast, or an extra snack.
If you are willing to provide vegan food, it must be verified by the front desk before entering the building.
WHAT WE PROVIDE
The KKLC serves breakfast, morning snack (infant/toddlers, early pre’s) lunch, afternoon snack and supper. The morning snack is not meant to be a replacement for breakfast. Meals are prepared in the school by a trained cook. If your child is arriving after 9:15 am, they will not receive breakfast. A menu is posted in the hall as well as in each classroom.
SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS
Children who require a special diet must have a letter from a pediatrician. If your child has any food allergies, parents must send in a written letter about the child’s allergies to the Director or the teacher. If your child is required to eat a special diet, we will try our best to accommodate or parents may be responsible for bringing the meal.