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  • 1. Kendal Early Learning Center At Kendal at Oberlin 600 Kendal Drive Oberlin, Ohio 44074 Parent Handbook revised 1/11
  • 2. Table of Contents Revised 3-11INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................. 4 WELCOME TO KENDAL EARLY LEARNING CENTER ........................................................... 4MISSION ......................................................................................................................... 4PHILOSOPHY ................................................................................................................. 4HISTORY ........................................................................................................................ 4KENDAL AT OBERLIN ADMINISTRATION .................................................................. 5KENDAL’S CARE FOR KIDS TEACHING STAFF......................................................... 5PROCEDURE FOR ENROLLMENT ............................................................................... 5KENDAL EMPLOYEES .................................................................................................. 5ORIENTATION PROCEDURE ........................................................................................ 6FEES ............................................................................................................................... 6EMPLOYEE DISCOUNT ................................................................................................. 6CALENDAR AND HOURS OF OPERATION ................................................................. 6SCHEDULING POLICY .................................................................................................. 7PARENT VISITATION, COMMUNICATION, AND PARTICIPATION POLICY .............. 7COMMUNICATION ......................................................................................................... 8PARENT CONCERNS .................................................................................................... 8KENDAL AT OBERLIN POLICY ON CONFLICT OF INTEREST .................................. 8ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE POLICY ................................................................................. 9ILLNESS / COMMUNICABLE DISEASE POLICY ....................................................... 10PREVENTATIVE PRACTICES ..................................................................................... 11MEDICATION POLICY ................................................................................................. 11 FOOD SUPPLEMENTS OR MODIFIED DIETS ..................................................................... 11STAFF HEALTH AND TRAINING POLICIES .............................................................. 11SAFETY POLICY .......................................................................................................... 12EMERGENCY EVACUATION PLAN ............................................................................ 12THREAT OF VIOLENCE PROCEDURE....................................................................... 13EMERGENCY CENTER CLOSING .............................................................................. 13FIELD TRIP SAFETY POLICY ..................................................................................... 13OUTDOOR PLAY POLICY ........................................................................................... 14 2
  • 3. SWIMMING AND WATER SAFETY POLICY ............................................................... 14EMERGENCY ACCIDENT PROCEDURE .................................................................... 14GUIDANCE AND MANAGEMENT POLICY ................................................................. 15CLASSROOM SCHEDULE .......................................................................................... 16 AM PROGRAMMING...................................................................................................... 16 PM PROGRAMMING ...................................................................................................... 16HIGHSCOPE CURRICULUM ....................................................................................... 16INTERGENERATIONAL PROGRAMMING .................................................................. 17CONFERENCES AND ASSESSMENT ........................................................................ 17WHAT DOES YOUR TODDLER NEED AT KENDAL? ................................................ 18WHAT DOES YOUR PRESCHOOLER NEED AT KENDAL? ...................................... 18LAUNDRY ..................................................................................................................... 18NUTRITIONAL SERVICES ........................................................................................... 18NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT ........................................................................ 19DONATIONS ................................................................................................................. 19TRANSITION POLICY .................................................................................................. 19PROCESS OF PREPARING CHILDREN FOR KINDERGARTEN ............................... 20PROCEDURE FOR RESOLVING CONCERNS ........................................................... 20CHILD ABUSE REPORTING ....................................................................................... 21 3
  • 4. Kendal Early Learning CenterIntroductionWelcome to Kendal Early Learning CenterThe early learning center at Kendal at Oberlin is located in the community area of theKendal at Oberlin retirement community. This unique location provides a diverseintergenerational atmosphere for our children. The on-site location allows employeeparents to visit children throughout the program day to observe care and learningexperiences. Many of our Kendal community residents also have the opportunity tospend time interacting with the children in a variety of both planned and spontaneousintergenerational experiences. Children and residents benefit greatly from these specialinteractions.MissionIt is our mission at Kendal’s Early Learning Center to provide the families of on-siteemployees and families from the surrounding community with a high-quality educationalprogram founded on Kendal’s Quaker-based Values and Practices, which provides thefollowing: a written, evidence-based comprehensive curriculum; diverse enrollment of allincome levels from the local community; safe secure environment in anintergenerational setting; and trained and experienced staff.PhilosophyKendal at Oberlins learning center’s philosophy is to work as a team with families,teachers, and with the on-going support of Kendal community residents to provide ahealthy, safe environment that nurtures the development and individual creativity of allthe children in our care by: • promoting physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development; • enhancing the ability to communicate feelings and ideas along with encouraging positive interactions between staff, children, families, and residents; • initiating the ability to make appropriate choices independently and to develop the ability to understand the consequences of decisions and actions; and • enhancing the ability to identify and set individual goals and to strive to complete them while showing the beginnings of time awareness.HistoryKendal’s child care facility opened in January of 1994 and is licensed by the OhioDepartment of Job and Family Services. KELC is a small intimate center serving threeage groups. The facility has two classrooms, a combined Infant/Toddler Room and aPreschool Room. KELC has been accredited by the National Academy for theEducation of Young Children as a quality child care program since 1997 and follows 4
  • 5. NAEYC standards. In January of 2008, KELC completed the assessment process andapplied to the state of Ohio to become a quality star-rated center. In March 2008,Kendal’s Care for Kids became one of Ohio’s Three-Star Centers.Kendal at Oberlin AdministrationChief Executive Officer: Barbara ThomasDirector of Human Resources & Operational Services: Toni MerlenoDirector of Child Care: Kathy KnipperKendal’s Care for Kids Teaching StaffToddler Lead Teacher: Jeni HooverToddler Assistant Teacher: Julie PricePreschool Teacher: Karen MoorePreschool Assistant Teacher: Sara KellySubstitute: Robin JonesProcedure for EnrollmentFamilies who wish to obtain information or enroll a child at the Center should schedulean appointment with the Director. All required paperwork must be completed before achild can attended the Center. • Child Yearly Medical Statement or appointment card (Physical must be in place within the first 30 days of service. Child care will not continue after 30 days without completed current physical and yearly thereafter.) • Health Record/Emergency Transportation Authorization • Health Care Plans, Dietary Restriction/Medication Request Forms (when necessary). • New Child Intake Sheets and Program Permission Slips • Proof of Health Care Insurance • Proof of Custody • USDA Food Income Verification and Enrollment • Kendal Permission for Assessment • Enrollment Fee AgreementIn order to protect all the children in our care and Kendal at Oberlin Residents, KendalEarly Learning Center will not enroll children without the immunizations requires by theOhio Department of Health according to the child’s age, if a child is exempted fromthese requirements for medical reasons medical documentation is required.Kendal EmployeesPriority will be given to care requested by on-site employees who have completed their90-day orientation period. Other participants in Kendals child care program will be giventwo months written notice if care is no longer available because the children of an on- 5
  • 6. site employee need the space in the center. Names will be listed in the order of requestwhen space is not immediately available in the age-group needed for a child in KendalEarly Learning Center. Priority will be given to those requesting full-time care.Please notify the Director of any changes in registration information (change of anaddress, telephone number, etc.). Parent information will be updated quarterly throughout the year.Orientation ProcedureAn initial interview with the Director to: • view center and program; • review enrollment procedures and completed paperwork; and • review with the Director center policies and Parent HandbookParent/Child visit: • Toddlers and Preschoolers – a minimum of two morning visits (9:00 to 11:30)FeesFees will be reviewed annually and a one-month written notice will be given before anyfee increases are implemented. Kendal employees receive a discounted rate. FeeSchedule and Rate Sheets are available from the Director.Clients are billed bi-weekly. There are twenty six billing cycles per year. Payment is duethe first day of every cycle. For your convenience, a payment box is located right next tothe exit door in the Infant/Toddler Classroom. It is the responsibly of the family to makescheduled payments. Failure to make payments will result in the removal of thechild from the program.Employee Discount Employees can have their child care fees deducted directly from their paychecks. Thisarrangement is made at the time of enrollment. Employees can also use a flexiblespending account through payroll deduction to save pre-tax dollars bi-weekly up to theamount of their year-end child care tax credit.Calendar and Hours of OperationKendal Early Learning Center is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30p.m. except for the following Holidays: New Years Day Memorial Day Fourth of July Labor Day 6
  • 7. Thanksgiving Christmas Eve Christmas Day Floating Holiday (date to be announced in advanced)Kendal Early Learning Center will be closed on the first Friday in May and Novembereach year for critical repairs and deep cleaning of the Center. Teachers use this time toprepare for bi-annual parent conferencesScheduling PolicyAs a parent or guardian of a child participating in the Kendal Early Learning program,please note the policy as follows • You must confirm in writing a regular schedule with the Director. • Charges will be made for the arranged schedule commitment whether or not the child utilizes the program. • No credits will be given for general absences or absences because of illness. • No credits will be given for Kendal holidays if they are part of your child’s schedule commitment. • Credits given for vacation days must be submitted to the day care Director on vacation request form 30 days in advance.Vacation credits are as listed: • Full-week children have 2 full-weeks credit • Part-week children have 2 part-weeks credit • Employees on extended medical leave may withdraw from Child Care for a period of no longer than one month without losing their spot. This must be submitted in writing to the Child Care Director. (Not to be confused with short term sick day occurrences.) • Two weeks written notice is necessary prior to withdrawal of a child or prior to making a change in the arranged schedule commitment. Changes will be allowed only if space is available in the appropriate age group. • Additional days can be added to the schedule only if adequate staff and/or child spaces are available. This must be approved by the Director in advance.Parent Visitation, Communication, and Participation PolicyThe Learning Center at Kendal attempts to promote a cohesive, family type unit inwhich parents and staff work together to provide a consistent loving environment.Any custodial parent or guardian of a child enrolled has unlimited access to the Centerduring the hours of operation for the purposes of contacting their child(ren), orevaluating the care or the premises. A parent of a child enrolled at the Center who is notthe child’s residential parent shall also be permitted access unless there is courtdocumentation limiting access and conditions of the nonresidential parent. Legal 7
  • 8. documentation of special custody arrangement must be on file at the Center when achild is enrolled.Parents are encouraged to participate whenever possible in the activities at the Center.They may wish to attend fieldtrips, class parties, special luncheons or simply stop in tojoin the daily fun. Teachers are available to discuss a child’s progress or needs atanytime. However, due to staff responsibilities and schedules, parents are asked tomake appointments with staff when it is necessary to engage in any lengthyconversations. Teachers want to be able to focus on you and your child at these times.CommunicationMonthly newsletters and calendars go out highlighting activities, special events, andupcoming field trips. Daily Schedules are posted. Please check the Center’s ParentInformation Boards in the entrance corridor for information and picture displays of on-going daily programming. Special postings are always displayed on the ParentInformation Board area and parent reminders are often emailed.Children in the infant/toddler group will bring home a daily log sheet in which parents willknow • hours your child slept • daily eating habits and changes • bathroom and diapering information • daily activities • special concernsParent ConcernsIf parents have any concerns or questions at any time it is recommended that thefollowing chain of command be used until an answer or solution is found: • Child’s teacher • Child Day Care Director • Director of Human Resources and Operational ServicesPlease feel free to bring concerns up when they occur. Often they can be addressedwhen they are little problems, before they grow into bigger problems. Staff fully realizethat you trust us with your little ones and we want our relationship to be a good one.Kendal At Oberlin Policy On Conflict Of InterestIn the spirit of our mission, this policy exists to ensure that staff members,children and families are treated fairly and to contribute to an atmosphere ofmutual respect and caring in the community. 8
  • 9. For this reason: • KELC staff work to maintain caring and professional relationship with families and co-workers, keeping their personal problems out of the daily operations of the Center; • staff keep all information regarding children and their families, whether knowledge is acquired directly or indirectly confidential; • staff do not perform special services for families without prior authorization from the Director; • staff cannot be privately employed by a day care client; and, • staff do not except gifts or gratuities from day care clients.Arrival / Departure PolicyParents are required to bring their children into the classroom and to sign the child in onthe sign-in sheet by the door. Any special messages, medications, special pickup notes,etc. are to be given to the teacher. Children may not be dropped off at the entrance ofthe building or be sent inside alone. Staff must be made aware of each child’s presencebefore the parent departs. At the time of pick up parents are asked to make contact withtheir child’s supervising staff member to ensure that staff are aware that the child hasbeen picked up. Parents are responsible for the supervision of their child before sign-inand after sign-out. Children will be released only to parents or to those personsdesignated by parents (18 years of age) in writing on the Emergency Transportationform in the childs day care file.If a person designated by parents on the Agreement form is picking up a child, parentsshould notify the care giving staff so that caregivers may know who is expected and theapproximate time of arrival. Children will not be released to any person who is unable tofurnish adequate identification.If it is necessary for a child to be released to a person who is not already designated onthe Emergency form, parents must notify the Center. Again, the person designated byparents to whom the child may be released must provide identification upon request.It is the parents’ responsibility to notify the director of any changes regarding theperson(s) designated to whom a child may be released.Kendal Early Learning Center closes promptly at 5:30 p.m. If a child is picked up laterthan 5:30, that parent may be liable for a late charge of $5.00 for every 15 minutes.Please contact the director with any questions or concerns regarding the departurepolicy. 9
  • 10. Illness / Communicable Disease PolicyKendal Early Learning Center provides and healthy environment. However, we realizethat children become ill from time to time. If this is your child’s first group careexperience, it is possible that they may experience more frequent illnesses at thebeginning before their immune system becomes more active. We observe all childrenas they enter the program to quickly assess their general health. We ask that you notbring a sick child to the Center. They will be sent home! Please also plan ahead andhave a back up care plan in place if you are not able to take time off from work/school.Signs of communicable diseases for which children will be isolated and immediatelydischarged to a parent or guardian are (listed below): • temperature of at least one hundred degrees Fahrenheit when in combination with any other signs or symptom of illness; • diarrhea (three or more abnormally loose stools within a twenty-four hour period); • severe coughing, causing the child to become red or blue in the face or to make a whooping sound; • difficult or rapid breathing; • yellowish skin or eyes; • redness of the eye with obvious discharge, matted eyelashes, burning and/or itching; • untreated infected skin patches, unusual spots or rashes; • unusually dark urine and/or gray or white stool; • stiff neck with an elevated temperature; • evidence of untreated lice, scabies, or other parasitic infestations; • sore throat or difficulty in swallowing; or • vomiting more than one time or when accompanied by any other sign or symptoms of illness.Kendal’s Early Learning Center follows the current version of the JFS 08077 OhioDepartment of Health Communicable Disease Chart for the appropriate management ofsuspected illnesses. The chart is posted in the childcare bathrooms.A child suspected of having a communicable disease shall be made comfortable on hiscot away from other children (by the Director’s desk) until a parent or guardian arrives.All soiled clothing will be sent home in a sealed plastic bag and the cot washed withsoap and water and disinfected with an appropriate germicide before being returned tothe cot caddy.If your child is irritable, continuously crying, or requires more attention than canbe provided without hurting the health and safety of the other children inchildcare, he/she will be sent home. 10
  • 11. Children will be readmitted to the Center after at least 24 hours of being free offever and other symptoms. If they are not symptom-free, a doctor’s note will berequired stating that the child is not contagious.Please notify the Center when your child is absent due to illness.Preventative PracticesThe Center shall implement the following practices for the management ofcommunicable disease on a daily basis: • The Center will provide training for all staff in hand washing and disinfections procedures prior to working with children. • The Center shall release employees who have a communicable disease or who are unable to perform their duties due to illness. • The Center shall notify parents, within the next day of Center operation, when their child has been exposed to a communicable disease.Medication PolicyThe Center will administer medications to a child only after the parent completes aRequest for Medication form. All proper sections must be completed and the medicationhanded to the teacher each day. Medications will be stored in a designated areainaccessible to children. Medications may NOT be stored in a child’s cubby or book bag.Prescription medications must be in their original container and administered inaccordance to instructions on the label. Kendal’s Care for Kids administers no over-the-counter medication. If parents request any different dosages or uses, a physician mustprovide written instructions on the Request for Medication form.Written permission and instructions for diaper ointment and sunscreen must be on filebefore these products are used, and forms replaced yearly. Parents must provide allointments and creams.Food Supplements or Modified DietsIf your child requires a food supplement or a modified diet, you must secure writteninformation from your physician regarding this. Please speak with the Director for moredetails.Staff Health and Training Policies • All employees are trained by Kendal at Oberlins health care staff concerning health and safety regulations and standards as they pertain to the Kendal Community and the Federal OSHA regulations, before beginning regular employment. • All staff are required to have a physical by Kendals physician or designee before 11
  • 12. beginning employment and every three years thereafter and a yearly TB test. • No staff member will attend the Center if they exhibit signs of communicable disease. The Director reserves the right to request a physicians release for a staff member to return to work. • All center staff will have completed a course in first aid, and in prevention, recognition and management of communicable diseases, approved by the Ohio Department of Human Services, within the first six months of employment. Recertification is required every three years. All staff are certified in CPR. • Each staff member is instructed in: signs and symptoms of illness proper hand washing techniques (directions posted at classroom sinks) proper procedures and scheduling for disinfecting toys and equipment proper diaper changing procedures (posted on the wall of changing table areas)Safety PolicyNo child will ever be left alone or unsupervised. Children are visible to staff inclassrooms at all times. Children can not leave the classroom for any reason without ateacher or parent.Our Center has: • access to a working phone and emergency contact numbers and names of people who have permission to pick up a child listed on index cards in a gray file box next to the phone; • fire drills are scheduled monthly and staff will follow the fire evacuation plan posted next to Center exits; • when there is a weather alert, staff will follow the Weather Evacuation Plan posted next to Center exits and the center phones. • a posted Emergency Plan for Medical, Dental and General Emergencies next to the exits and center telephones. • no spray aerosols are used in the Center when children are in attendance. • Kendal at Oberlin has fully staffed facilities department with a system in place for staff to report hazards. • Repair and housekeeping safety issues are addressed immediately • All personal items (purses, keys, money, etc.) belonging to staff will only be kept in the staff closet areas in which children do not have excess.Emergency Evacuation PlanShould KELC need to be evacuated due to: • fire • threatening environmental conditions (ex. earthquakes, floods, etc.) 12
  • 13. • utility emergencies • threatening conditions of any sort (intruders, hazardous materials, world conditions, etc.)Children will follow the fire evacuation procedures out of the building to their designatedsafe place on campus (the Facility Services building) or if necessary, off the Kendalcampus to the Oberlin Senior High School. Parents will be notified immediately by cellphone for immediate pick-upFire Safety Evacuation Plans are posted in classrooms and practiced monthly.Tornado and Earthquake Evacuation Plans are practiced four times a year.Threat Of Violence ProcedureChildren will be secured in the safest location in the building or outside. Inside theclassroom, infants and toddlers will be secured in the crib area away from entrances.The preschoolers will be secured in the bathroom area away from entrances. Staff willtake the attendance roster, contact 911/Police and 0 for the Kendal receptionist. Staffwill follow the instructions from the authorities, account for children with a name to faceattendance check, notify parents as soon as possible, and complete an incident reportfor parents.In accordance with Ohio H.B. 422 School Safety (or Lockdown) Drills arepracticed yearly.Emergency Center ClosingDuring weather conditions in which local Lorain County schools are closed, parents areadvised to keep their children at home. The Kendal Early Learning Center will remainopen for child care for employee/parents who need emergency services. Kendal doesnot, however, advise parents to put their children at risk by transporting them inhazardous conditions.If the Center is closed due to being without, water, heat, or electricity or any type ofarea-wide threatening conditions, parents will be notified by phone and/or publicannouncement.Field Trip Safety PolicyWhen a field trip is planned: • All child/staff ratios will be maintained. • A first aid kit will always be taken and staff trained in first aid will always be with the children. • An attendance roster for all children on the trip will be taken. • Each child will wear a nametag listing the name, address, and phone number of 13
  • 14. the Center in the event a child gets lost. • A copy of each child’s medical record and emergency transportation authorization will be taken on every field trip. In the event of an emergency, the child will be transported to the nearest emergency treatment center. A staff member will remain with an injured child until a parent arrives. • A field trip permission slip will be posted with the date, time and the destination. The child’s name, the date, and the parents’ signature must be on the form in order for the child to participate. • A general permission statement will be signed at enrollment for walking trips within and around the Kendal facility. • Every child must provide a car seat with shoulder straps (5 point harness) in order to go on bus trips. • Staff will always have a communication device to call for help when necessary.Outdoor Play PolicyThe Center provides outdoor play each day in suitable weather unless unsafeconditions exist such as: • Temperatures are over 90 F degrees or under 20 F degrees. • Weather advisories posted by the local news channels for: dangerous ozone levels, humidity, pollen counts, lightening, rain, and ice or wind chill factors.Kendal has many different outdoor settings and the children enjoy going outdoors to thechild care play yard to use large muscle equipment, Stephens Care Center CourtyardGarden to ride bikes or exploring the covered walkways and the perimeter path way.Swimming and Water Safety Policy • Parents must sign a written permission slip before a child can participate in outside water play or swimming activities in any pool two or more feet deep. • A certified lifeguard will supervise activities in the Kendal pool. • The staff/child ratio plus will be maintained at all times during any swimming activity. • Swimming will be offered to pre-school children who are at least 3½ years old and will be determined by the Director as spaces in the swimming group become available.If there is any type of behavior exhibited in the pool area which the aquatics staff feel isunsafe, a child may be removed from the swimming schedule until the problem hasbeen remedied and/or the aquatics staff feels it is safe for the child to return.Emergency Accident ProcedureIn an emergency and/or accident, the Center staff will follow the posted medical and 14
  • 15. dental Emergency Plan.The staff will: • administer first aid; • summon emergency transportation; and, • contact parents.In an extreme emergency, staff may give syrup of ipecac, on the verbal advice of aphysician or poison control center.Incident reports will be filled out for all accidents or incidents involving a child. Allincident reports are filled out by staff, signed by the Director and a copy given to theparent on the day of the incident (the original kept on file at the Center after the parenthas signed).It is important that any medical emergency information and parent permission slips bekept current in case of a crisis. It is the responsibility of every parent to notify the Centerof all changes (addresses, names, phone number of an emergency contact person(s)and any additional medical information or special needs that pertains to their child).Guidance and Management PolicyOur policy on discipline is based on the belief that children should learn through positivereinforcement, evaluation and consultation. Staff are instructed to approach a problemby the following method: • The staff will evaluate the situation, allowing time for the children to resolve conflicts. • The staff will model language to help children express their needs and feelings appropriately. • The staff will redirect the childs activities. • The staff will offer the child a supervised timeout. (Approximately 1 minute for each year of age). • The staff will listen to the child’s concerns and talk with the child concerning logical consequences and appropriate alternatives. • The staff will reintroduce the child to the group.In excessively aggressive behavior (continued hitting, kicking, biting, etc.): • Staff will bring it to the Directors attention immediately. • Staff and the Director together will continue to observe and evaluate the behavior to pinpoint causes or patterns developing (time of day, health issues, etc.). • Director/Staff/Parent Conferences will be scheduled to develop behavioral strategies and techniques to help encourage appropriate behavioral changes. • A follow-up conference will be scheduled within a four- to six-week period or 15
  • 16. sooner to evaluate a situation and discuss possible alternatives, referral to additional services, etc. • Unresolved aggressive behavior can lead to childcare services being discontinued.All Kendal employees, student teachers and resident volunteers are advised and trainedin all polices and procedures before working in any capacity in childcare. The staff isexpected to adhere to the above day care policy.Staff never use any sort of physical punishment nor do they engage inpsychological abuse, coercion, nor withhold or threaten to withhold food as aform of discipline.Classroom Schedule7:30 - 8:30 Arrival - free play8:30 - 9:00 Breakfast, bathroom breaks, etc.AM Programming9:15 - 10:30 Circle Time - Large Group Teacher-facilitated small group activity Plan-Do-Review10:30 - 11:00 Clean up / Recall / Bathroom11:00 - 11:30 Outside activities - large muscle activity11:30 - 11:45 Story, wash for lunch11:45 - 12:30 Lunch, bathroom breaks, book time on cotsPM Programming12:30 - 2:30 Naps (staff breaks and daily planning)2:30 - 3:00 Snack3:00 - 3:30 Circle time - Monday and Friday (combined group)3:00 - 4:00 Preschool Swimming, Modified Plan-Do-Review, or Preschool Intergenerational Movement, Art, Music, or Cooking3:30 - 4:30 Outside activities (weather permitting)4:00 - 5:00 Free play5:00 - 5:30 Clean up for the dayHighScope CurriculumIn the High/Scope approach, children are involved in direct, hands-on experiences withpeople, objects, events, and ideas. Children carry out their plans and choices byworking with materials and interacting with other children and adults. We plan activitiesand support their learning by using High/Scope’s 58 key developmental indicators,which are behaviors that reflect the important learning areas for young children. The 16
  • 17. focus is on active learning in which staff work daily to offer a wide variety of openended experiences covering all aspect of development and focusing on interestsexhibited by the children. Within this framework, children will experience activities in allfive content standard areas: • Approaches to Learning • Language, Literacy and Communication • Social Emotional Development • Physical Development • Art and Science.These five content standards are aligned with both Ohio’s Early Learning Standards andthe Infant Toddler Guidelines. We welcome families to visit their child’s High/Scopeclassroom. Together we can listen to, talk to, and play with children in ways thatencourage development and strengthen their skills.Intergenerational ProgrammingIntergenerational programming is a vital element of our Kendal learning program. Thephilosophy that children and older adults benefit by having the opportunity to relate toeach other is a key focus of our daily programming. Our intergenerational programallows children and residents to interact on several different levels.It is KELC vision to unite generations with relationships having lasting positive effects onthe lives of their children and residents. This will be accomplished using oureducational curriculum which focuses on the needs and interests of each child and onthe interests and talents of each resident according to Kendal’s person-centeredphilosophyIntergenerational experiences are planned weekly in cooperation with the Creative ArtsTherapy Department. Our main goal during these activities is build relationships thatfocus on respect for all generations and spark that teachable moment and memory forboth the child and resident.Kendal residents often enrich our daily program in a variety of ways by volunteering toread stories, play games, assist children with on-going projects and field trips.Through intergenerational experiences, children in our center develop an understandingof the aging process and experince the true meaning of an extended family andcommunity.Any questions regarding Kendal at Oberlins program should be directed to the Director.Conferences and AssessmentThe Kendal Early Learning Center staff will schedule semi-annual conferences and 17
  • 18. prepare a short developmental report using the High/Scope format. A copy of the reportwill be kept in the childs file. Conferences will be held in November and May. Ourparent-completed Ages and Stages Child Assessments will be completed on theappropriate time-line according to the child’s age and reviewed with parents atconference time or sooner if concerns need to be addressed.What Does Your Toddler Need at Kendal? • diapers (disposable only), please label • change of clothing, training pants (when needed) • blanket and small pillow for nap • appropriate outside clothing for the seasonWhat Does Your Preschooler Need at Kendal? • change of inside clothing • blanket and small pillow for nap • appropriate outside clothing for the season • swimming suit and towel (over 3½ years only)LaundryAll sheets and blankets are laundered and cots disinfected every Friday.Nutritional ServicesChildren will be provided breakfast, lunch and a snack from Kendal at Oberlins DiningServices. • Breakfast 8:30 - 9:00 • Lunch 11:30 - 12:30 • Snack 2:30 - 3:00No breakfast will be served after 9:00.Meals will be served in a family style. This helps children develop self-help skills andappropriate table manners. In addition, by allowing children to make some of their ownfood choices, they are often encouraged to attempt new and healthy food choices. Foodis never withheld nor threatened to be withheld as a form of discipline.If a child has special dietary needs, please include this information on the registrationforms and inform the childcare staff during the initial interview and visit. Every effort willbe made to accommodate special dietary needs. All special diets must be documentedon a request for medication form signed by a physician. 18
  • 19. Food that comes from home for sharing among the children must be either wholefruits or commercially prepared packaged foods in factory-sealed containersWeekly menus with appropriate portion sizes, are posted on the Parent InformationBoard and in the classrooms.The Kendal Early Learning Center is a sponsor of the Child and Adult Care FoodProgram. The Center receives federal dollars toward the cost of meals and snacksserved. These meals must meet federal nutritional guidelines. The CACFP meal patternvaries according to age and types of meal served. Meal reimbursement is based on: • the number of meals served to each enrolled child; • the number of children enrolled for care in the free, reduced price, or paid category; and, • the assigned rate for breakfast, lunch, or snack meals.Non-Discrimination Statement“In accordance with the Federal law and the U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, thisinstitution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin,sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, director, Officeof Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1440 Intendance Avenue, SW,Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is anequal opportunity provider and employer.DonationsDonations of toys, "dress-up" clothes, umbrella strollers, books, crib sheets, etc., aregreatly appreciated.Transition PolicyParents will be notified in writing one month in advance when a child will be transitioninginto a new age group. Transition letters will explain • upcoming rate changes (noted on statements); • the developmental programming changes that will be taking place; and, • the specific time-line for this transition period.Transition periods will be developed to serve the needs of the individual child. Parentswill be asked to meet with the child’s new teacher to prepare for this transition. 19
  • 20. Process of Preparing Children for KindergartenAll information we receive from surrounding school districts concerning the Kindergartenscreening and registration process are passed on to families.The May conference is the major time for assisting families who have children leavingfor kindergarten. Parents are given copies of the Kindergarten Guidelines for Families.Assessment and readiness conversations with families are held explaining theimportance of visiting the child’s school, classroom, and teacher are essential for asmooth transition into such a new surrounding. Parents are advised to seek out localprograms such as Safety Town and Kindergarten Parent /Child Teas (examples fromour local school district) as necessary activities for parents and children to attend inorder to feel comfortable with their new surroundings.Kendal is such a small Center we have an average of 3 to 5 children leaving for schoolevery year and often have three different school districts represented. It is ourresponsibility to impress upon each parent the importance of making a relationship withtheir child’s school long before the first day. We yearly provide parents with information concerning local school districts enrollment policies and procedures.At May conferences parents • are requested to confirm their summer schedules; • are to confirm where their child is registered for school; and, • need to submit in writing when his/her child’s last day at KCFK will be.We encourage parents to plan for their school-age care before the child startsKindergarten so the child’s transition into school is less stressful.Children leaving Kendal for Kindergarten are always recognized with a Graduation Partyin the month of August. Graduation is not held until the second week of August for thosechildren who are in the program all summer long. All children who have been part of thepreschool during the current year are invited to our little graduation party, even if theyhave not attended during the summer session.Procedure for Resolving ConcernsIf concerns regarding your child or Kendal at Oberlin’s child day care develop, pleasemake an appointment with the Director to discuss these concerns. If concerns are notresolved at that level within a reasonable length of time, parents are encouraged tocontact the Director of Human Resources and Operational Services to discuss thesituation.A toll-free telephone number is listed on the facility’s license and may be used to reporta suspected violation of the licensing law or administrative rules. The licensing law andrules governing childcare are available for review at the facility upon request. Thelicensing report including compliance report forms, complaint investigation reports, andevaluation forms from the building and fire departments are available for review uponrequest from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Cleveland District Office. 20
  • 21. Child Abuse ReportingAll child care staff are considered mandated reporters and are required by law to reportif they suspect or know that child abuse is occurring. No staff member is required toreport suspected child abuse to their Kendal supervisor before reporting.Identities of individuals reporting suspected child abuse are kept confidential. To reporta case of suspected Child Abuse call 1-800- Children in Lorain County call Children’sServices at 1-440-329-5340 21

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