Wee People Handbook

Please note this is a home, as well as a preschool and daycare. Prospective parents must have an appointment for an interview. Thank you!

Ms. Bonnie’s Wee People * * Lic # 159207

2022/23 Parents’ Guide

Wee People Preschool and Daycare    ###### Road Millersville MD  Lic # 159207

Handbook and Contracts

A contract is a legally binding agreement signed between the customer (the parents) and the business providing service (the provider, in this case Bonnie Haskins). The handbook and the contract provides details about the partnership between you and your provider and can help prevent misunderstandings. The following are things covered in this handbook and in the contract

  • Costs: This covers the rate you will pay, frequency of payment (for example, weekly or monthly), and any additional fees.
  • Payment and fees: This information explains when payment is due, acceptable forms of payment, and late fees.
  • Hours of operation
  • Services: This includes additional services, such as meals and snacks.
  • Program schedule and closures: This specifies days the program is closed and whether payment is required for those days.
  • Termination policy: This specifies how much notice is required if you or the provider needs to terminate the agreement.
  • Authorized adults: This allows parents or guardians to identify who is approved to pick up children from care.
  • Parent and provider signatures and date(s) signed

In addition to a signed contract, your provider has written policies for other important situations. There are typically policies for illnesses, discipline and guidance, emergencies, field trips, and transportation. These are all covered in this handbook. You should not sign the contract unless you accept the policies covered in this handbook.

About  I, Bonnie Baker Haskins, am the sole owner and teacher and have been working with children in various positions since 1990. A licensed home daycare provider in Japan, Ft Meade, Howard County, and in Anne Arundel County for 3 decades of teaching young children!  I have certification in first aid, CPR, SIDS, and training in child development, curriculum, and safety.  I have a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. I have also worked with the state department of social services, as an adolescent substance counselor, and as a contractor with the government for Family Advocacy with children.

To become a licensed daycare home, myself, each resident, and substitute was cleared with background investigations and medical evaluations. Also, our home has been thoroughly inspected by the county fire marshal and the office of childcare for safety and approved according to code. We spent a lot of time remodeling our home, and preparing it for family daycare.

Pets Our family includes animals that are healthy and immunized. We reserve the right to add to our animal family. The animals live separate from the daycare, but they do like visits with the children. I own dogs, cats, a sugar glider, (all rescues), and chickens. They are prohibited from food service, storage, and preparation areas. All waste is inaccessible. All the animals are healthy and immunized according to requirements. Children’s hands are always washed after visiting or handling pets. Children are never left alone with any pet. I teach that all animals are to be treated gently and with respect. 

Philosophy I try to balance the needs of the whole group while being sensitive and responsive to the needs of each individual child. Children learn through play, while having fun in a safe environment. Studies show that the most dramatic growth occurs during a child’s first five years. In order for the brain to experience optimum growth, it is key to challenge children with increasingly complex and varied experiences while the child feels completely safe and secure.  I offer a safe environment, with a variety of toys and tools, and I offer myself as a guide, a friend, and a role model to scaffold the children’s learning.  I also believe in being a life-long learner, and am constantly trying to improve myself so that I can positively influence the children.  My goal is a healthy, happy atmosphere for all, with great communication so we can meet one another’s needs and ensure the best for your child. Please always feel free to discuss any concerns. I promise to do my best to create a loving, respectful, safe environment for your child to play, sleep, and learn.

Substitute  The substitutes are my daughter Alanna, family friend and resident Abbey, and neighbor Laura. Substitutes are fingerprinted, have background checks, and undergo health physicals. Substitutes allow the provider to keep appointments without having to close.

Back up care When choosing Family Child Care where there is only one teacher it is imperative that you have reliable back up care available. In the event of my illness, vacation, or personal time off, it is the ultimate responsibility of the parent to arrange alternate care. I am reliable and will make the utmost effort to remain open when at all possible.

Important Dates and Closings    * PreK begins September 6th (Tuesday after Labor Day)

Holidays:  I will be closed for the following PAID  holidays
JANUARY  Martin Luther King Jr. Day; 
FEBRUARY  Presidents’ Day/Washington’s Birthday;
APRIL  Good Friday and Easter Monday; 
MAY  Memorial Day; 
JUNE 19 Juneteenth;
JULY 4  Independence Day; 
SEPTEMBER 5 Labor Day; 
OCTOBER  Columbus Day; 
NOVEMBER Veterans Day;
NOVEMBER Thanksgiving Day and the day after;
DECEMBER 26-30 Christmas WEEK;

Specific days will be posted in advance. Other than the holidays listed above, I will take paid personal days for vacation, training, etc. If I close, I will give you two weeks notice so that you will have time to make alternative plans for care. In case of illness or emergency, I will call and notify you as soon as possible.

Loss of Power:  I’m not allowed to operate without basic utilities. If we lose power, I will notify you by text, post to facebook, and attempt to call. Please confirm you have received the message and pick your child up within the hour.    If we lose power overnight, I will contact you as early as I can.

Parents Initial:  _______

Child absences Child attendance is important and expected except due to illness or family vacation. Tuition is due year round, regardless of attendance or closings due to public health emergency, parents keeping their child home voluntarily, or closings due to holiday, vacation, illness, or training. You are paying for the slot, similar to rent or cable, regardless of whether or not you use it, as I am limited to the number of slots I have by the state, and I must make a certain income to sustain my business. However, arrangements may be made for very special circumstances.  I do not make up any time for missed hours or days. If you are late in the morning, you cannot pick up late in the evening to make up for it.

Supplies Parents Supply:  Parents must provide 1) change of clothing (seasonally appropriate and marked with child’s name), 2) outside weather appropriate jacket & shoes, 3) food for children on a special diet, 4) diapers or pull ups if needed (see potty training policy). Provider Supplies:  Meals, snacks, and wipes (fragrance free, sensitive).

* Dress your child in clothes you don’t mind if they get messy. Your child will play hard and will get clothes soiled with food, dirt from playing outside, markers from coloring, etc.

Open door policy I have an open door policy, which means parents with children in my care may visit to check on your child during the day. HOWEVER, it does not mean my door is unlocked so that anyone, including strangers, may enter. Please knock and wait patiently as I am busy with the children and it may take me a moment to get to the door. If you visit, please know your child will expect to leave with you. Also, visitors cause children to react in an excited manner that does not normally occur. Please avoid pick-up or drop-off during naptime. Always feel free to call or text to check up on your child.

Naps All children have a rest time daily. The normal afternoon nap is 1.5 hours and is sometime between noon and three p.m. Rest is an important part of preschool development. If you absolutely must pick up your child during nap time, please let me know in the morning so I can nap your child in a separate nap area so as not to wake up all the children..

Discipline All children engage in challenging behaviors at times and they all make mistakes. Discipline means to teach, not punish. This is a safe place, and there is no corporal punishment allowed in the home. Respect of the home and others is taught by positive commands – with “do” rather than “don’t” (ie: “walk” rather than “don’t run”, “be gentle” rather than “don’t hit”). It is always important to assess if behaviors are related to physical illness. Often, out of character behaviors might be the first warning sign of sickness. If not, discipline focuses on effective guidance. Examples of this include positive reinforcement (giving a high five or thumbs up for positive behavior), natural and logical consequences (not being able to play with a lost or abused toy), prevention and redirection (it’s not safe to pull a toy from a friend, let’s find another toy to play with), consistency, and firmness. It is important to work together with the family in a consistent manner to naturally decrease challenging behaviors.  Please be firm but do not give or threaten to give spankings, etc, in our home (or driveway). Please keep us posted of any behavior issues you are having at home ESPECIALLY any kind of physical or violent acting out. We will be happy to help with advice or work on the issues here. Do NOT use profanity while on the premises and especially not in front of the children.

Parents Initial:  _______

 

TOUCH POLICY:  This is a family day care home and the children are treated as family. The children need adult physical contact for their care and healthy development. This contact can be described in three ways:

1). Nurturing: Holding, rocking, hugs and non-intimate kisses, hand holding, gentle tickling, caring and cuddling. This type of contact is never made against the wishes of the children.

2). Safety and Guidance: This includes restraining children from harmful situations, separating physically conflicting children, directing children by leading or guiding them and administering first aid to injuries.

3). Hygienic: This includes face and hand washing, assisting with bathroom duties (as appropriate to the age of the child), diaper changes, examining rashes or unusual marks, nose blowing, applying sun screen and assisting with or conducting necessary clothing changes.

It is also normal and healthy for little children to express affection with the provider and peers. This includes hugs and kisses and hand holding. This type of contact is never made against the wishes of the children. I teach them to respect “no.”

Child abuse Licensed daycare providers are mandated reporters. I am obligated to report any and all cases of suspected child abuse. This includes any suspected abuse or neglect including physical, emotional, medical, or sexual. Examples would be severe or unexplained bruising (note that spanking a child is not legally considered abuse, but leaving marks is) or leaving a child alone unattended. 

Intoxication. If you have been drinking have a relative or friend pick your child up. If you insist on leaving with your child when you appear to be under the influence, I am required to give your information to the police.

Technology No technology is viewed during meals or snacks. Media with commercials for unhealthy food or drinks is not allowed to be viewed. Interactive technology, including computer or visual technology that is educational and age-appropriate is allowed to support physical activity, hands-on exploration, social interactions, and other developmentally appropriate learning activities for children 2 years and older.

CONFIDENTIALITY Personal information about children in my care and their families is confidential. Please do not ask me to reveal information about children other than your own.  Although I will maintain confidentiality, please know that the children are very observant and often share information with one another.  

SPECIAL NEEDS I am committed to meeting the needs of all children. Children with special needs will be accepted into my program, and all families will be treated with respect. It is important for me to know if your child is currently on an IFSP/IEP and to receive a copy in order for me to do my best to work with any special health care providers or services that your child may need.

ARRIVAL and DEPARTURE Orchestrating arrivals and departures is one of the biggest challenges of successfully running a home day care. Young children are typically fussy at this time as they do not like transitions. Please know this is normal and don’t allow it to stress out your day! Please be respectful of my neighbors and drive carefully through the neighborhood. Be extremely careful of children as you drive in and out of the driveway.  Please arrive with your child ready to begin their day: clean, hair brushed, and fully dressed.  Children are not allowed on the driveway or in cars alone.

Parents Initial:  _______

INJURIES and ILLNESS State regulations prohibit a child to enter or remain in care when ill. Assess your child before coming to the day care. If your child is ill s/he can NOT attend. Children showing signs of illness upon arrival will not be admitted. Call in advance to discuss your child’s condition if you have any questions regarding their ability to attend.

Your child can NOT attend child care if s/he is (but not limited to) VOMITING, DIARRHEA, FEVER, unknown RASH, or feels unwell enough to participate in activities.   You MUST notify me at drop off of ANY medication given to the child within six hours of the drop off.  Do NOT medicate your child (Tylenol, Motrin, Cold Meds, etc) to mask fever! This is cause for termination.  You may give allergy meds for mild congestion and runny nose if the child feels and acts fine. Children may not attend with frequent coughing and/or constant runny nose.

In the event your child is sick and will not be attending, please notify me as soon as possible and at least by your normal arrival time. Parents will be notified if their child becomes ill and the child must be picked up within 45 minutes. Children must also be awake and alert before you leave. In case of accidental injury or emergency illness, you will be notified immediately after emergency medical services have been summoned.

Children will often get bumps, bruises, and scratches in the course of a hard day’s play with a group of friends. They may also cause such. Do not get alarmed or worried, this is natural in childcare.

DAILY SCHEDULE Please realize that the following is a guide.

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OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES  For typical outdoor activity we go out in the fenced yard. A couple of times a week we go on a walk through the woods or play on the natural playground, we may go on a walk, or take the bus to the park, a local mall, or food establishment, etc.  A signed travel permission slip is required in your child’s file.  All children will travel in car seats. Parents are expected to bring their child weather-appropriate outdoor gear.

Parents Initial:  _______

EXTREME DISASTER  In case of disaster, I have registered a plan with the state which includes taking the children to our neighbors next door on the other side of the culvert, or going to Southgate Elementary or Old Mill, depending on the nature of the emergency. Otherwise, I would follow the state’s required plan of action. I would try to notify you by text, phone, facebook, and possibly radio. We have a disaster kit comprised of NOAH radio, water, food, and some necessities.  The closest police station is Police Headquarters, 8495 Veterans Highway, Millersville, MD 21108, (410) 222-8050.

NUTRITION I am a participant in the Child and Adult Care Food Program of the US Dept of Agriculture. I provide breakfast and lunch and one afternoon snack daily. Healthy, nutritious foods facilitate a child’s physical and learning development. Children  eat approximately three hours apart to help keep them fueled and active. Helping children to enjoy healthy foods, like proteins, whole grains, and fresh fruits and vegetables is an important concept that will affect them their entire life. I encourage children to try two “practice bites” of each food, to drink lots of water, and to enjoy the taste of natural, whole foods. I have children make their own lunch and snacks as often as it is possible.

 

SAMPLE MENU   I provide meals and snacks such as the below for the children.

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Curriculum, SCREENINGS, AND CONFERENCES  I use the Creative Curriculum for Prek curriculum provided by the MSDE and aligned with the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards. Developmental screenings will be conducted fall and spring.  More will be released about this according to the PreK Requirements. 

 

 

 

 

 

Parents Initial:  _______

Wee People Preschool Contract

This is a legally binding contract between Bonnie Haskins, aka Wee People Preschool and Daycare

 and ________________________________________legal parents requesting care of the following children:

Child’s Full Name   _______________________________________ Sex____ Birth date __________________

Child’s Full Name   _______________________________________ Sex____ Birth date _________________ __

with a resident address of _________________________________________________________________

The Parent agrees to:

  • Costs:  Preschool (9am to 3:45pm) and before and after preschool (7am to 5:15pm) is $200 per week. 

  • Payment and fees:  Payment is to be made in advance of care. Please choose one:

Weekly, tuition payment is due no later than Monday morning for that week of care.

Monthly tuition payment is due on the first of the month for that month of care.

Late tuition payment fee is $10 per day until it is paid. Provider has a no pay, no stay policy. Childcare will be reinstated when payment AND late fees are paid in full.

Tution is to be paid electronically through Zelle, Brightwheel, or Kidkare.

A DEPOSIT equal to one week of tuition is due before the start date which will apply to the last week of care, if you are in care at least six months, give proper notice of termination, and there is no outstanding tuition or fees.

A non refundable HOLDING FEE of $125 is required to reserve a place for fall preschool that could be offered or taken by someone else without it. If you change your mind and your child does not attend it is non refundable. If you begin, it becomes a portion of the deposit.

Tuition is due year round as long as enrolled regardless of attendance or closings.

  • Operation I am open 7am to 5:15 pam. Preschool students must be dropped off between 7am and 8:45 am and picked up between 3:45 and 5:15pm.  There is absolutely no early drop off and no late pick up.  Parents will not allow the child to bring or take away toys or belongings. Parents will not allow the child on the driveway or in cars without them.

    Parent will not bring child sick, will not give the child medication to mask illness, will comply with all public health emergency guidelines. Parent will pick the child up within 30 mins if the provider notifies them it’s required due to emergency, illness, or power outage.

    The parent promises to keep all forms up to date, including how to contact parents or back up in case of illness or emergency,  all program forms that are required, such as immunization, address, place of employment, etc., permission slips, and authorized persons allowed to pick up the child.
  • Pets Parent understands the provider has dogs, cats, chickens, and small animals and will expect children to show gentleness and respect towards them.

  • Services: Meals, snacks, and supplies are included in the tuition. There are some field trips which may require a minimal fee.

  • Program schedule and closures: The program is closed for all holidays, and additional days as stated in the handbook for training, illness, vacation, etc. Tuition is due regardless. Any days closed will be given in writing in advance at least two weeks, except for public health emergency, illness, emergency or power loss.
  • Termination policy: Either party may terminate this contract with at least three weeks written notice or equivalent tuition payment. Tuition is due this three-week period regardless of attendance. Provider may terminate immediately due to blatant disregard for policies herein, failure to pay, sending child sick or illness masked with medication, disrespect to or attempt to intimidate the provider, constant friction, severe child discipline issues, or any unforeseen circumstances that disrupt the balance of the program for the rest of the children.

The terms of this Agreement shall commence on  SEPTEMBER 6, 2022   provided all forms AND fees are completed and have been submitted to the provider.

Trial Period:  A three-week trial period will be in effect starting on the first day of care and ending on the date above. During this trial period either party may choose to discontinue services with written notice for any reason.

Agreement:  Providing quality family childcare is more than caring for children. It also means running a business. This is a legal and binding contract. By signing it, both parties understand and agree to adhere to these arrangements.  Both the parent/guardian and the provider should keep a signed copy of this contract. This contract is subject to review and renewal each year.  The provider has the right to update or change the terms of this contract. The parent will receive written notice of any changes 14-30 days in advance.  Otherwise, this contract will remain in effect until the renewal date or upon termination of care as set forth herein.  Both parties agree to cooperate and work together on behalf of the child and accept this agreement as a binding contract.

At this time I/we shall enter into contract with Bonnie Haskins for care of above named child/ren.

Mother Signature____________________________________________________ Date_________________

Phone number ________________________________


Father Signature_____________________________________________________ Date_________________

Phone number ________________________________

I have discussed this contract with the parent or guardian and accept their child(ren) into my program contingent on all necessary forms and fees being completed and submitted. 

 

Provider Signature__________________________________________________Date_____________________

Bonnie Haskins, MS, Owner/Teacher at Wee People Preschool and Daycare

http://www.WeePeople.Us  

 

PERMISSION TO TRANSPORT

I give Bonnie Haskins and her employees permission to transport my

child____________________________________ in her car on short field trips in the immediate area as part of the child care program. I understand my child will ride in an appropriate car seat. I understand that all precautions will be taken to keep children safe, but accidents do happen and will not hold Bonnie liable for injuries that could possibly occur.

_______________________________________ ______________________

(parent or guardian signature)                                                          (date)

_________________________________ _______________________________

(parent or guardian signature)                                                      (date)

 

Permission to Photograph

I give Bonnie Haskins and her employees permission to photograph my

child/ren________________________________. These photos/videos may be posted on the program website or facebook page, sent in the daily emails to current clients, or be displayed in scrapbooks or bulletin boards.


_______________________________________ ______________________

(parent or guardian signature)                                                          (date)

_________________________________ _______________________________

(parent or guardian signature)                                                      (date)

 

 

 

 

 

 

License # 159207