Deposits and Registration Fees
Deposit: Your child's position is reserved upon receipt of 2 week’s tuition deposit. This deposit will be applied to the last 2 week(s) of care.
Registration Fee: I require a non-refundable registration fee of $50.00 to cover administrative costs.
There are several forms you are required to complete prior to your child's attendance:
The trial period will be 2 weeks. This period is used to observe the child's adjustment to care and to talk about concerns. I will talk to you daily about your child's day. Please tell me if you have any concerns. After a 2 week trial period, I will determine if the child care services are satisfactory to everyone. If any problems cannot be resolved, the care is terminated.
Termination of Services
Parents MUST inform me (2) weeks’ in advance when removing their children from Little Feet Day Care/Preschool. This will enable me to seek a replacement for your child/children, without interrupting my family income. Parents who do not give proper notice will be charged two (2) weeks’ severance pay in lieu of proper notification. Your deposit will cover last 2 weeks of care.
The following are conditions that will cause child care to be terminated:
Continual late payments
I reserve the right to terminate a child when necessary in order to preserve the rights and safety of the other children in my care. Reasons for termination might include severe emotional disorders, harmful behavior to self or others, failure of the parents to participate in resolution of behavioral or other problem concerning your child.
Not respecting child care setting and policies (children and/or parents)
Failure to make payments when due, continued abuse of Little Feet Daycare/Preschool rules and regulations will also result in termination.
Permission for Free Access
You have the right to access during business hours to any areas of my home used for child care. You are welcome to visit or drop-in unannounced to observe your child. Please schedule time in advance if you would like to have a meeting with me or my staff, so we can arrange to speak away from the children.
Communication plan with parents/guardians
Please contact me in person, by phone or email anytime you have a question or concern about your child, or our child care program.
Drop off and pick up times are opportunities for us to communicate on a daily basis anything important about your child so that we can support each other in providing the best care to help your child thrive. Be sure to share with me anything you think I should know, and I will do the same.
I will schedule a regular time to meet with you twice each year to discuss your child in a more formal way through a family/provider conference. In these conferences we will communicate with each other about goals, strengths and challenges for your child, and how I can support you in your parenting as you support me in my care-giving.
Screenings and Assessments
Developmental screening is conducted within 90 calendar days of child/children’s enrollment using ASQ questionnaire. Screening results are shared with parents within 30 calendar days of of the screening being conducted. Based on the screening results parents will be provided resources to support the child’s needs. Parents will be required to sign the screening form, parent conference form. Dated screening results and notes will be included.
Ongoing assessments are used to identify your child’s strengths and record the growth that is taking place as children play, try out new ideas, solve problems, make new friends and to show this I will be collecting sampling of child’s work by creating a portfolio for each child in care. Assessments will be conducted 90 calendar days after child has been enrolled after that, assessments will be conducted three times a year. I will share information with parents by having either a conference or email communication. Assessment information is used to individualize instruction for the child. A written summary of your child’s performance developmental profile is provided.
Fees and Payment Plan
Birth to 2 1/2 years $1400.00
2 ½ (or when potty trained) $1300.00
Before and after school care $ 730.00
Before OR after school care $ 625.00
Part Time care (if space available) $40.00 per hour or $90.00 a day
Your contract will specify your child’s days and hours of care;
children cannot exceed 10 hours a day.
Payment Plan, Penalties, and Extra Charges
Payment Plan: Parents are required to pay for the time their children are scheduled to be in care.In other words, parents are paying for a space whether their child is there or not. Payment for care is due in advance on the 1st of the Month. Special payment terms are negotiable on occasion and will be defined in the contract.
Holiday Pay: Fees are not reduced during months/weeks that have holidays.
Adverse Weather: When Northshore School District is closed due to snow or adverse weather conditions, Little Feet Day Care/Preschool will be closed as well.
Vacations and Absences
Field Trip Fees: Field trip fees will be charged when necessary. You will receive advance notice of any charges.
Transitioning into Kindergarten
The most important part of our transition process from Little Feet to Kindergarten is our practice of allowing them to be preschoolers. Of course, we support them as they deal with the logistics of getting ready for the move to elementary school. Our transition process is designed to build trust between the children, their teachers and their parents. Our focus on trust builds community. Everyone helps everyone in order to provide an environment where our children can relax, observe, learn, and grow. Our transitions work because we respect the children in our care and strive to empower them to make good decisions in a loving, warm atmosphere. But we, as early childhood educators, remember two things: for children, transition can be scary, and children who are stressed do not transition well. So we have fun as well.
Television, Video and Computer Use
Little Feet Day Care/Preschool limits screen time to one hour per day (TV, movies, computer games.
Special Activities at Little Feet Day Care/Preschool are birthday parties, movie days, and play lots of exciting games. Children learn best from experiencing the world around them. I teach yoga for children, sign language.
Confidentiality policy including when information may be shared (WAC 170-296A-6275) -- Information about children in the program will remain confidential. You have the right to access your child’s records. Anything of a sensitive nature will be shared outside of the presence of the children.
Checklist of Child Care Supplies
Behavior Management and Discipline (WAC 170-296A-6050)
We will use consistent, fair, positive methods of managing children’s behavior. Methods used will be appropriate to the child’s abilities, developmental level and culture.
Spanking or any form of corporal punishment, physical or mechanical restraint, the withholding of food, or any form of emotional abuse is prohibited by anyone on the premises including parents. No corporal punishment will be used in our program. This includes biting, jerking, shaking, slapping, spanking, hitting, kicking or any other means of inflicting physical pain.
All staff and volunteers will be trained on the following policy and practices:
The goal of discipline and guidance at Little Feet Daycare/Preschool is to teach the children how to become self-regulating. Using consistent, simple rules and techniques we strive to coordinate learning about behaviors with each individual child’s needs and progress.
Our guidance techniques are positive, fair, consistent and related to the child’s behavior and individual needs. We seek to avoid behavior problems by:
We try to keep misbehaviors from happening but when they do occur there are certain steps to be followed:
There are certain rules that we have established for Little Feet Daycare to lessen the danger of injury to persons or property. These rules may seem unnecessary to you, for in your home situation, there are only one or two children, but such rules are essential to the safety and smooth functioning of the Little Feet Daycare.
The “House Rules” are as follows:
Care of Young Children
Saying Good-bye: Be positive about school, keep your good-bye short. If you feel there will be separation problems, let us know and we will work together on them
Parents are to provide diapers. Disposable diapers are disposed in lidded garbage; cloth diapers are placed in plastic bag and sent home with the child.
Toilet training will be initiated when the child seems ready and with permission of parents. We will not begin toilet training until parents are ready to follow through at home. Toddlers will never be allowed in the bathroom alone. We will assist in teaching proper toileting and hand washing. Parents are responsible to supply extra clothes and underpants. All soiled clothes will be placed in a plastic bag and sent home with parents to launder.
Infants are held when feeding, and bottles are not propped. Parents are responsible to supply all bottles, formula or breast milk. Bottles must be labeled with child’s name and date. Bottles must have a cap to cover the nipple when not in use to reduce the risk of cross-contamination. Bottles will be stored in the refrigerator or freezer until needed. Mothers are welcome to come and breast feed at any time. Plastic bottle must not contain the chemical bisphenol-A or phthalates. All babies in care who are being bottle-fed will be held during feeding. Babies over 9 months old may hold their own bottles if they are sitting up in a highchair and are closely supervised. Bottles or Sippy cups will not be given to any child in a prone position. Infants will not be allowed to share bottles or sippy cups. Bottles will be heated in warm water never in microwaves. Breast milk or formula will be thrown away if it has been sitting at room temperature for more than one hour. We will wash the bottles and put in plastic bag to send home with child.
Infant Solid Feeding
Parents will introduce all new solid foods to infants. We will watch the child to see if a reaction happens to any new food introduced. We will feed all infants using separate dish and utensil and test for safe temperature before serving.
Naps and Rest Periods
Every child through the age of five (5), by state law, will have a rest time. The SIDS Foundation of Washington, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Department of Health currently recommend placing infants to sleep on their backs, and to avoid using pillows, fluffy blankets and crib bumpers. Because this has been shown to reduce the risk of SIDS, we will follow these recommendations. Parents who choose for their infants to not follow these guidelines will need to have a letter from their child's doctor stating that the infant is not to follow the guidelines. No child will sleep in a swing, bouncy chair or other sitting or reclining devices. Six years and older, non-napping children are expected to do quiet activities while younger children sleep.
Infant Sleep Position
To reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) I will:
Child Abuse Reporting (WAC 170-296A-6275)
As a child care provider, I will protect children from all forms of child abuse or neglect. I am required by mandatory reporting laws to report any suspected child abuse, neglect, or exploitation to Child Protective Services (CPS) or my local law enforcement agency immediately (without prior notification to the parents involved). I will also inform my licenser. All staff or volunteers in this program, as well as my family members, are trained on prevention and reporting of child abuse and neglect.
Meals and Snacks (WAC 170-296A-7125-7200, 7500-7650)
All meals and snacks are prepared and served in accordance with the U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines.
It is your responsibility to notify me of any allergies or adverse reactions your child may have with certain foods or beverages. If you choose to provide alternative food for your child, I will need a written and signed plan.
• Home canned foods are not allowed to be served.
• Safe drinking water will be served.
• Whole milk will be served to children 12-24 months.
Meals Served/Sample Menu and Description of How Foods Are Served
• Breakfast - (example) Cold Cereal - Cheerios, Cripx, Kix, Fruit Cocktail, Milk
• Lunch - (example) Marconi and Cheese Banana Peas Milk
• Snacks - (example) Graham Crackers Apple -- Milk
Food Handling Practices
I will be the one preparing food for the children I have a valid Food Handlers Permit
I wash all dishes using the dishwasher.
Safety of Food Containers and Preparation Area
We use all glass containers to heat food. We sanitize preparation area before we begin to prepare meals.
Policies for Food Brought From Home
Food brought by the child will be labeled, dated and stored properly. Left over food will be stored properly. Hot foods will be kept hot on the stove, and cold food will be kept cold in the refrigerator. Food will not be left out before or after a meal to spoil.
Transportation and Field Trips (WAC 170-296A-2450)
Parents are responsible for transportation to and from my home.
Examples of field trips include: Woodland Park Zoo -- Craven Pumpkin Farm
Staffing Plan (WAC 170-296A-5600 and 5775)
We will maintain the State required staff to child ratios at all times. If I need to be absent for any amount of time, you will be notified. Any Staff who covers for me in my absence will meet all State requirements to care for the children, and be fully trained according to State requirements and on the policies and procedures of our program. You may ask for access to our staff training and professional development records.
If we have any staffing changes, or I need to be absent for an extended period of time, you will be notified in writing.
Pets (WAC 170-296A-4800)
I have a dog his name is Tucker. Occasionally Nicole brings her dogs Kiki and Magnet. They are kept separate from the children’s play space. All of the pets are up to date on immunizations. They are in good health, show no evidence of disease and are not aggressive. We will always be present when children play with pets, and the children will wash their hands after handling pets. We have a separate area, other than the children’s play space for pets to relieve themselves.
Health Care Practices
Emergency preparedness and evacuation plan (WAC 170-296A-2825)
I have a fire evacuation plan posted and we will practice fire evacuation (Fire Drill) monthly. Please take a look at the plan so you are aware of our fire evacuation procedures.
When someone discovers a fire childcare providers or children will yell FIRE or blow whistle and calmly evacuate and direct the children to the closest exit outside to the bench in the front yard or to the back corner of the back yard. Staff will evacuate the children out side and carry the children that can’t walk. We will make sure all people are evacuated and accounted for by counting and then we will call 911. We will do all this before the fire department arrives.
In the case of an emergency, my first responsibility is to evacuate the children to a safe place outside of the home and account for all children in attendance. After evacuating children, 911 will be notified. I will then contact all parents/guardians to arrange pick-up of children if needed. Please refer to my posted evacuation plan for a full list of details, floor plan, and gathering place outside of my home.
We will practice earthquake drills quarterly, and a lock down drill annually.
During an earthquake the childcare providers and their staff will do the following:
Drop….Cover and Hold
Avoid being near windows
Avoid running outside especially near brick buildings and large glass windows
Help the children stay safe and covered
The childcare providers and staff will account for the children during an earthquake by counting and acknowledging each child by name.
After an earthquake the childcare provider and the staff will assess whether the licensed space is safe for the children by
If I am notified by law enforcement of a lockdown situation I will lock all the doors and windows.
The children will stay safely inside the facility by avoiding windows, vents and doors. Childcare provider will close the blinds and avoid windows, vents.
In the case of a disaster of any kind, I have prepared my home for evacuating the children and have emergency supplies for up to seventy-two hours.
I have practiced turning off water, power and gas. Shelving, furniture and heavy objects on high shelves have been secured to protect against falling. I continually check my home for potential hazards.
Emergency supplies include:
Food, water, blankets, flashlight, sanitation plan, first aid kit, children’s medication and records.
Should my home become inhabitable in a disaster, the children and I will go to Wellington Elementary School if possible. Address is 16501 NE 195th St, Woodinville, WA 98072. I will leave note on door. If we leave the day care we will use a stroller for the children that can’t walk and leave a note on the front door as to our location.
I will carry my cell phone (206) 898-0999.
During a disaster, communication may become challenging. Often it is easier to contact an out-of-area phone number than a local or cell number. We will establish an out-of-area number to relay information throughout a disaster. Please put this number in a convenient and accessible place so that you are able to get information about your child should local calling become challenging. Out-of-state contact is:
Name: Barbara Argyros (Wendy’s Sister) • Phone: 727-776-3433
Injury or medical emergency response and reporting (WAC 170-296A-3575, 3600 and 2275)
Medicine Management (WAC 170-296A-3325)
b. Non-aspirin pain relievers and fever reducers
c. Cough medicine
e. Anti-itching creams
f. Diaper ointments and powders
Non prescription medication not included in the categories listed above; taken differently than indicated on the manufacturer’s label; or lacking labeled instructions shall only be given if authorized in writing by a physician.
5. Any medicine taken by mouth for children under two will need written permission from your doctor.
6. A detailed record will be kept of all medicines given at child care.
Ill Children (WAC 170-296A-3210)
1. Each child will be observed daily for signs of illness.
2. Children who are contagious must stay at home. All parents of children in my care, as well as the Health Department, will be notified by phone within 24 hours of communicable diseases or food poisoning.
3. Please call me if your child will not attend due to illness. If you are unsure your child should come or not, please call.
4. If a child should become ill during the day, you will be notified immediately and will be expected to pick up the child as soon as possible. In such event, your child will be isolated from the other children until you arrive.
5. The parent is responsible for finding substitute care in case of the child's illness.
6. The following illnesses or children who are exhibiting these symptoms are not accepted in my home per instruction of the Department of Public Health:
Diarrhea: Three or more watery stools in a 24-hour period, especially if child acts or looks ill.
Vomiting: Vomiting on two or more occasions within the past 24 hours.
Rash: Body rash not associated with diapering, heat or allergic reactions, especially with fever or itching.
Eyes: Thick mucus or pus draining from the eye, or pink eye.
Appearance/Behavior: unusually tired, pale, lack of appetite, difficult to wake, confused or irritable.
Sore Throat: Especially if associated with fever or swollen glands in the neck.
Fever: Temperature of 101 degrees F. or higher and sore throat, rash, vomiting, diarrhea, ear ache, irritability or confusion.
Lice: Children who have lice may not return to day care until they are louse and nit (egg) free.
Whopping Cough: Prolonged cough that may cause a child to vomit, turn red or blue or inhale with a whooping sound
Chicken Pox: Children may return when the blisters have dried and formed scabs.
Please read "Keeping Your Ill Child at Home" from the Seattle-King County
Department of Public Health.
Reporting and notifying conditions to public health
I am required to notify the Department of Health, my licensor, and all families of children in my care within 24 hours if there is an outbreak of a communicable disease in the child care, or in my family.
Certificate of Immunization Status (WAC 170-296A-3250)
A CIS form or similar form supplied by health professional must be used, and be current and updated yearly (more frequently for infants). All children must be current on their immunizations. If there is a signed exemption to immunizations, the child may need to be excluded from child care if there is an outbreak of a vaccine preventable disease that the child has not been immunized for.
Hand Washing Practices and Hand Sanitizers ( WAC 170-296A-3625 and 3650)
We (children and adults) will be washing our hands upon arrival, before and after preparing food, when handling pets, after playing outdoors, after diapering or using the toilet, and whenever in contact with body fluids. Hand sanitizer will not be substituted when regular hand washing procedures can be practiced, and can only be used by children over twenty-four months and for whom I have a signed parent permission on file.
Cleaning and Disinfecting (WAC 170-296A-3850-3925 and 0010)
Cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting practices include daily sanitizing all toys and eating utensils that are mouthed by children. Tables and all food prep surfaces are sanitized before and after each meal, snack or other messy play activity. Carpets within the child care space are vacuumed daily and undergo a deep clean at least once a year. Bedding, blankets and other items used during rest time are cleaned weekly or more often if soiled. When using a bleach solution to disinfect, I follow the proper ratio of: ¾ teaspoon of chlorine bleach to one quart of cool water.
Bloodborne Pathogen Plan All staff caring for children in my program has completed the Blood Borne Pathogen training. When Staff comes in direct contact with bodily fluids, we will wear disposable gloves, follow proper cleaning procedures and disinfect the items and surfaces that are contaminated and then properly dispose of all waste. All persons exposed will wash hands before returning to care.
I will check daily to make certain that both the indoor and outdoor play areas are safe for children and families – free from broken glass, toys and equipment are safe and the area is free from hazards. All cleaning products and chemicals will be inaccessible to the children.
A rest period will be offered for all children under five years of age Alternative quiet activities will be available for those children who no longer need a nap. No child will be forced to sleep. I will work with you to discuss your child’s sleep patterns and needs. Infants and toddlers will follow individual sleep schedules.
Smoking (WAC 170-296A-4050)
Smoking, and the use and visual possession of tobacco and unapproved nicotine delivery products are prohibited on our property during business hours, including, but not limited to:
• Indoor and outdoor grounds
• Adjacent sidewalks
• Parking lots
• Private vehicles
This policy applies to all persons on the premises, regardless of their purpose for being there. Federal law prohibits smoking within 25 feet of the premises.
Scientific evidence has linked respiratory health risks to secondhand smoke.
Drugs and Alcohol (WAC 170-296A-4025)
No illegal drugs are allowed on the premises. Alcohol may not be consumed during business hours. No one under the influence of drugs or alcohol may be in the presence of the children at any time. Any alcohol in the home will be stored inaccessible to the children.
I do not discriminate in my enrollment, hiring practices, client services or in the care of children based on race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, gender, marital status, veterans status, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, religion, differing physical or mental abilities, use of a trained dog or service animal by a child or family member, communication and learning styles. I will assist children and parents who have limited English language ability by writing down what I want to communicate.
My Family and Background
I have three grown children. Five grandchildren. My husband James and I have been married for 36 years. James enjoys helping with child care needs as needed. My daughter Nicole is a backup volunteer here in the child care and brings her three boys with her occasionally. I enjoy interacting and teaching the children
My Training and Experience
The State of Washington requires that I take annual trainings on topics related to teaching and caring for young children. Feel free to ask me about my trainings. I will share any interesting things I learn with the families in my program. I recently acquired an Associates Degree in Early Child Care Development.
Sign-in and Sign-out Procedures*
Arrival and pick-up instructions
When arriving; the parent, guardian or authorized person must sign the child in, and sign-out at pick up time. The sign-in/sign out form is located on the table by the front door. You are required to sign in/out using full name, date and time.
Please identify on the Child Care Registration form who is authorized to pick up your child. I will not release your child to any person without your written permission. The person picking up your child must have identification, as we may ask for verification of identity before releasing a child.
Anyone who appears to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol arriving at child care to pick up a child will be asked to call someone else to pick up that child. If a person leaves with a child while they appear to be under the influence, I will call 911.
Back-up Child Care
I recommend that you have access to an alternate child care arrangement. You may need care if I am ill or when I am on vacation. If I am ill you will be notified as soon as possible so that you can make other arrangements. It is always your responsibility to find backup child care. For a child care referral, please call: Child Care Resources (206) 329-5544
Receipts and Taxes
1. I will email you a payment receipt when you pay for child care.
2. You will receive an excel spreadsheet reporting your annual child care expenditures for the applicable tax year.
Items Brought From Home
Children should not bring toys they are unwilling to share. Valuable, fragile or irreplaceable toys CANNOT be guaranteed to return in the same condition.
Insurance Coverage (RCW.43.215.535)
• Professional liability insurance: Capitol Indemnity Corporation
• Accidental/medical insurance: East King County Family Child Care Association.
• Supplemental auto insurance: Allstate Insurance Company.
Policy number is 0 17 427870
Contracts may need to be renewed each year. The need to renew contracts shall be determined by either change in the body of the contract and/or an increase in the fees for childcare. If such changes occur, it will be necessary for new contracts to be signed by all parties prior to the date upon which changes become effective.
The provider reserves the right to make changes in the body of the contract as the need may arise. This means that while the normal contract renewal time is September of each calendar year, the contract may be amended and renewed at any time during the year, at the discretion of the provider.
Contract Between Provider and Parents
Childs Name: ____________________________________________________________
Childs Arrival time: ________________________________
Childs Departure time: __________________________ (can not exceed 10 hours a day)
Days per week: 5 days a week Monday thru Friday.
Agreement regarding: Absences, illness in child’s family, late arrival or pickup, holiday’s, vacations and fee’s.
Beginning ______________ a monthly payment of $___________.
A one month deposit of $_______________ to be paid before child/ren begin which will be applied to the last two month of childcare if a month written notice is given on the last day of any given month.
We require an annual registration fee of $50.00 every September to begin after one year of care.
Source of payment Overtime rate: $5.00 per minute per child beginning at 5:00 pm.
Returned N.S.F. check fee: $60.00. (cash payment will be required for future care)
Late payment fee: If payment is late a $10.00 per day late fee will be charged (weekends included).
The Provider will take off all legal holidays with pay (a schedule will be provided, if they fall on a weekend the Friday or Monday will be taken off). A two week paid vacation will be taken we will give you the dates of our vacation days at the beginning of the year. Provider would like to know in advance if your child will be taking days or weeks off from childcare.
When parents decide to take hours, days, or weeks off due to illness, vacation or any reason.... the provider will still be paid the above set fee.
A one month written notice is required before terminating childcare. Which must be given the last day of any given month, or the one month deposit will be forfeited (We do not refund deposits).
When Northshore School District is closed due to snow or adverse weather conditions, Little Feet Day Care/Preschool will be closed as well.
I understand that I am fully responsible for the terms of this agreement as stipulated above. I have read, understand, and agree to comply with the policies and procedures of Little Feet Day Care/Preschool.
Parent Signature ________________________________________ Date ___________
Provider’s Signature______________________________________Date ___________
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