Carousel of Learning Policies for Parents

 
The following is a comprehensive listing of Carousel of Learning Childcare center policies and procedures. If you have any questions regarding any of the policies or procedures listed here, please contact us at (973) 884-2052.

This page is divided into sections as shown below. Clicking on the section name will take you to that part of the page. Clicking on "Back To Top" will return you to the top of this page.
 

Communication Policy

 
Communication between home and school is a critical component to your child’s success. Monthly newsletters are emailed to parents and can be found on our website. Email is an important means for us to communicate general center updates, announcements, health notices, and about community events. Periodically notices may be placed in your child’s cubbie. Important information pertaining to individual children may be shared by phone and will be communicated through notes or weekly sheets provided to you by your child’s teacher(chicks and chipmunks). Parent-teacher conferences are also offered upon request as another opportunity for sharing information about your child.
 

Enrollment Policy

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There are several forms the make up the Carousel of Learning’s enrollment packet. This enrollment packet must be completed and returned before we can assume the responsibility of caring for your child. This is to ensure that your child will get the very best care possible and satisfies the record keeping requirement of state licensing guidelines. All forms will be reviewed annually. If there are changes to any of the forms in the enrollment packet, please notify your director to update your records.

If you have any questions regarding the completion of these forms, please feel free to ask the director.

Registration Fee: There is a $60 Non-Refundable registration fee per family at time of enrollment.
Last month security deposit: Each parent when enrolling must pay an amount equal to one month’s childcare as a last month of care security deposit. This payment may be made in installments but must be paid in full within 90 days of enrolling.
 

Tuition / Payment Procedures

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Your specific rates will be outlined in your Contract and Rate Agreement. Tuition is payable in advance and is due the 1st day of the month that your child attends daycare, unless another arrangement has been agreed upon. Payment may be made by check, money order or cash. There will be a late fee of $25 for failure to pay by the 1st The success of our center depends upon the prompt payment of tuition/fees in order to take care of day-to-day expenses that are encountered. Tuition and fees are computed with the following factors in mind:
  • Milk and snacks, health supplies, craft/activity/curriculum supplies, toys, play equipment and books provided for the children
  • Outside play equipment
  • Employees' Social Security, Medicare, Workers Compensation, Unemployment Compensation and employee benefits
  • Employees' continuing education
  • Employee wages and benefits
  • Building rent, heat, electricity, telephone, maintenance, and liability insurance
  • Additional time spent, each day, on record keeping, parent-provider communication; clean up from day care, and shopping trips for food and supplies
Parent Vacation: You must continue to pay your tuition on your vacation to hold your daycare spot.
 

Bounced Checks

 
If a check is returned for non-sufficient funds, there will be a $15 fee incurred as a result of the returned check for the first occurrence. Childcare services may be halted until full payment of tuition and NSF charges has been made, in CASH. In addition, upon the second returned check within 6 months, only cash or bank check will be accepted for 3 months.
 

Late Fees

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A $25 late pickup fee will be assessed for all children picked up after closing (fifteen minute minimum). This can be paid with the following month’s tuition.. This will be strictly enforced, and habitual tardiness may result in termination of services.
 

Hours of Operation

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We offer both full and part time care. Full time is considered from 7am-6:00pm. Part time is either 5 hours per day or 3 hours (9-12:00) either 3 or 5 days per week. Add-ons or schedule changes may be accepted to our daily schedule only if there is a position open for that day, and they will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Please remember that schedule changes of this nature create some disruption to our normal schedule. We would appreciate as much notice as possible, so that we can plan for proper staffing, sleeping arrangements, and any changes in activities that may occur.

We maintain an open door policy for parents during daycare hours. This means that parents are always welcome to call or drop in to see their children. We would appreciate your taking into consideration our schedule when dropping in or calling, and remember that visitors usually cause children to react in an excited manner. If you call during the day, please be aware that we may be busy with the children and may not be able to answer the phone. If you would leave a message, we will call you back as soon as possible.
 

Arrival and Departures

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Children are to arrive clean and fed (unless arriving before 9:00). We will try our best to send your child home with a clean diaper, and would appreciate the same consideration when you drop off.

It is normal for some children to have difficulty separating from parents, or cry when dropping off. Please make your drop off brief, the longer you prolong the departure, the harder it gets. A smile, cheerful good-bye kiss, and a reassuring word that you will be back is all that is needed. In my experience, children are nearly always quick to get involved in play or activities as soon as parents are gone.

Please be brief at pick-up times, as well. This is a time of testing, when two different authority figures are present (the parent and the provider). All children will test to see if the rules still apply. During arrival and departure, we expect parents to back up our rules. Please be in control of your child during pick up times.

Please leave your cell phones in your car so that the director, teachers and your child will have your undivided attention at pick up or drop off time.

Our normal procedure is to release the child only to his/her parents, or someone else the parents designate on the Authorized Pick up and Emergency Contact Form. If someone other than the parent is to pick up the child, please notify us ahead of time. A verbal notice is fine on that day, if this person is on the list of people who are authorized to pick up your child. Please inform emergency contacts, or people designated to pick up your child, that if we do not know them then we will need to ask for identification. This is not meant to offend them. This is simply a measure taken for the child's protection. Drop off and pick up are not good times to discuss serious problems. Little ears and minds hear and understand everything. Your director can set up a time where the issues can be discussed in private.
 

Policy on the release of children

 
Each child may be released only to the child's parent(s) or person(s) authorized by the parent(s), -to take the child from the center and to assume responsibility for the child in an emergency if the parent(s) cannot be reached.
If a particular noncustodial parent has been denied access, or granted limited access, to the child by a court order, the center shall secure documentation to this effect, maintain a copy on file, and comply with the terms of the court order.

If the parent(s) or person(s) authorized by the parent(s), fails to pick up a child at the time of the center's daily closing. The center shall ensure that:

1. The child is supervised at all times;
2. Staff members attempt to contact the parent(s) or person(s) authorized by the parents; and
3. An hour or more after closing time, and provided that otherarrangements for releasing the child to his or her parent(s) or authorized person(s) have failed and the staff member(s) cannot continue to supervise the child at the center, the staff member shall
call the Department's State Central Registry Hotline (1-877 NJABUSE/1-877-652-2873) to seek assistance in caring for the child until the parent(s) or person(s) authorized by the child's parent(s) is able to pick up the child;

If the parent(s) or person(s) authorized by the parent(s), appear to be physically and/or emotionally impaired to the extent that, in the judgment of the director and/or staff member, the child would be placed at risk of harm if released to such an individual;

1. The child shall not be released to such an impaired individual;
2. Staff members attempt to contact the child's other parent or an alternative person(s) authorized by the parent(s); and
3. If the center is unable to make alternative arrangements, a staff member shall call the Department's State Central Registry Hotline (1-877 NJ ABUSE)/1-877-652-2873 to seek assistance in caring for the child.
 

Absences

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Childcare fees are based on enrollment (a reserved space), not on attendance. To maintain a reserved space, fees must be paid during the absence of a child due to illness, holidays, vacation, or for any other reason. If your child is absent please call us. If we do not hear from you we will call you if your child has been out three days.
 

Holidays / Vacations

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The following is a list of the holidays that Carousel of Learning will be closed:
 
  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr.Birthday
  • Presidents Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
 
  • (Staff Training Day)
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Thanksgiving Day and the day after
  • Christmas Eve Day
  • Christmas Day
 
f one of these holidays falls on a weekend, then we will be closed either Friday or Monday.
 

Clothing / Attire

 
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Children should arrive dressed for play. We like to have fun! Having fun involves outdoor play and lots of messy activities, so make sure that your child is dressed appropriately. Please don't dress your child in nice clothing and expect them to be spotless when you arrive to pick them up. Clothing should be comfortable and seasonally appropriate for outdoor play. Make sure to include hats, mittens, and coats for cold weather. All children (not including infant room) must wear GYM shoes only. (no exceptions)
 

Personal Belongings

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We prefer that children do not bring toys from home unless it is something for show-n-tell or as part of our Fun Friday. Children have a difficult time sharing with others, and it is even harder with their own special toys. We are not responsible for any loss or breakage of personal items. All personal items must be clearly marked with the child's name.
 

Supplies

 
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Parents must supply the following items depending on age and need:

Diapers, wipes, pull-ups, powders/ointments, pacifier, bottles, bibs, and a complete change of clothes (replace when soiled and/or change of season), sunscreen & bug spray.

All personal belongings should be marked with your child's name. Eating utensils, cups and dishes will be supplied.
 

Infants and Toddlers

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Infants and toddlers will not necessarily follow the same schedule as the preschoolers. They are not capable of sitting still for circle time, may need a morning nap, etc. Infants will spend a minimum of 1 hour daily outdoors (weather permitting). Infants are always fed on demand. Breast feeding infants need to have an adequate supply stocked and properly labeled with child’s name and date expressed. Breast feeding is available at any time in our classroom. All bottles and food that needs refrigerating will be stored in labeled baskets in the fridge. Toddlers usually eat meals and snacks on a set meal schedule.

A report will be prepared for each infant/toddler each day and available to parents. It will include things such as, time of feedings, what was eaten, amount eaten, time of diaper checks and results, times of naps, any medication given, and various comments about the child's day.
 

Preschool Schedule

 
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Preschoolers enjoy a structured schedule that allows for flexibility. A schedule helps the day to flow more smoothly and allows the children to anticipate upcoming events. We will adhere to our written schedule to the best of our ability. There will be times when we have to make adjustments to the schedule. We appreciate families considering our schedule when picking up or dropping off children. It is better if arrivals and departures do not occur during quiet time, but when they do, please take note of the fact that children may be sleeping. Come and go as quietly and quickly as possible. Children who arrive during quiet time will be expected to rest or play quietly until the rest period is over.

We thank you for the information you filled out for us regarding your preschooler's individual needs and schedule. It will help us get to know your child better.

Our daily schedule, while very flexible, is as follows:
7:00 – 8:30 Arrival, Breakfast, Free Play
8:30 – 9:00 Bears and Dinosaurs play in centers in Bear room ( when breakfast is finished)
9:00 – 11:45 Separate into classes according to age
Daily Class Activities Include:

Calendar and Weather
Pledge
Exercise
Theme Discussion
Circle Games
Story Time
Readiness Activity
Arts & Crafts
Science
Free Play (Outside, minimum 30 minutes, Weather Permitting)

11:45 – 12:00 Clean Up and Get Ready for Lunch
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30 – 2:30 Rest Time
2:30 – 3:00 Snack
3:00 – 6:00 Indoor play and/or Outside Play, minimum 30 minutes, Weather Permitting
Centers, Stories, Circle games
Summertime outside water play
 

Meals

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All parents must provide all meals. Snacks and drinks will be provided by Carousel.(example: veggie straws, goldfish crackers, pretzels and raisins), Carousel encourages healthy eating. No gum, candy, or soda will be served. It is recommended that all lunches contain 1 grain, 1 protein, 1 vegetable and 1 fruit. Please see Nutrition recommendations at a glance posted in each classroom.
Children who arrive after meal times should be fed before they arrive. It is our belief that infants should be fed on demand. If parents have another feeding schedule in mind, please let us know.
If your child has allergies, we must be notified of this in writing. We will need to have a physician's written instructions describing any foods the child is not permitted to eat. If a child has so many allergies that he/she cannot eat our snacks we may require the parents to provide his/her snacks.

We never force a child to finish what is on his/her plate, but we do encourage each child to try one or two bites of everything. Sometimes they are surprised by what they like! All eating patterns will be communicated to the parents.
 

Cleanliness / Hygiene

 
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We do our best to maintain strict cleanliness and hygiene standards. Children's hands are washed before and after meals and after toileting. We use paper towels for drying hands, so children do not have to use the same towel. All employees are required to wash their hands frequently and also use antibacterial gel.

Infants sleep in separate cribs, with clean sheets used only by them. Beginning at toddler age, washable nap mats are used. Each child has a separate sheet and a blanket that are washed weekly (unless soiled, then they are washed as often as necessary) and mats are wiped with disinfectant daily.

Children use separate cups, plates, bowls and eating utensils that have been thoroughly washed. High chair trays, etc. are disinfected after each use.
 

Fire Drills

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We are required by state law to do 1 fire drill per month. We vary the time of day to help the staff and children prepare to evacuate the building quickly and safely. We will not do fire drills when the temperature is below 20 degrees or above 85 degrees. Evacuation cribs with wheels are used to transport infants and non-walking toddlers to the emergency meeting area.
 

Emergency Planning Preparedness Information

 
In case of an emergency, and we need to evacuate the school we will walk the children across the street to Lake Parsippany Public School. You will receive a telephone call if this ever happens. The Department of Human Services requires us to have written consent to walk the children to our destination. Your signature on the Parent Handbook Confirmation gives Carousel of Learning Permission to walk your child to Lake Parsippany Public School in the event of an Emergency Evacuation
 

Toilet Training

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When you feel your child is ready for toilet teaching, we ask that you begin this teaching at home during a weekend or vacation. We will follow through and encourage your child while in our care. The child must be showing signs of readiness. When a child is ready, the process should go pretty quickly. The child must be kept in pull-ups. Putting a child in diapers part time, and pull-ups part time, can be confusing and delay the training process. Please keep in mind that the activity level here can distract your child from responding to an urge to use the potty, more so than at your home. Therefore, we may continue to use diapers or pull-ups until your child has a good amount of success with being dry and not soiled.
Parents need to supply pull-ups, plus a couple of extra changes of clothing each day (don't forget the socks!).

During toilet training, we ask that the child be dressed in "user friendly" clothing, as much as possible. The best items are shorts and pants with elastic waists, or dresses. Try to avoid really tight clothing, pants with snaps and zippers, and overalls. These are difficult for children to remove "in a hurry".
 

Screen Time Policy

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We only offer screen time to our Bears and Dinosaurs during our Technology Toolbox class once a week for 30 minutes.
Chicks, chipmunks, and Monkeys do not participate in screen time.
 

Nap / Quiet Time

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There will be a designated nap/rest time each day. All children must nap, rest, read or play quietly during this period. Rest time gives children a much needed break during the day. Without rest time, some children are argumentative in the afternoon, short-tempered with others, and not real happy when they go home in the evening.

Infants nap at varying times and their schedules will be accommodated. Somewhere between 12 and 18 months, children usually drop down to one nap per day. At this time, we will attempt to put them on the scheduled nap/rest period.
 

Special Needs

 
Carousel of Learning will make all reasonable modifications to our policies and practices to accommodate children with special needs, unless to do so would be a fundamental alteration of our existing program. Each child will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine eligibility. Back to Top
Parental Involvement
There will be times and ways you can get involved in your child's daycare experience. You are welcomed and encouraged to participate in any or all of these. Some examples of ways to be involved include:
  • Lending objects for units of study
  • Coming and talking about your job, when asked
  • Helping your child at home with the concepts we are studying here (see monthly newsletter)
  • Helping your child prepare for "Show and Tell"
  • Helping to provide treats or other items for our parties
Home Language Policy
Here at Carousel of Learning we make every effort to communicate with children and families whose primary language is not English. Parents are asked to share words in their home language with their child’s teacher to help make their child feel more comfortable in the classroom. Teachers will attempt to label some of the classroom materials in the Home Language of the students. Parents are also encouraged to share books or other materials in their home language with the class. Non-English speaking parents are encouraged to bring with them someone who can help interpret and translate questions, concerns, and documents.
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Activities / Curriculum

 
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Our main objective is to have fun, improve social skills, and encourage creative expression. We will utilize a variety of activities to accomplish this goal. Free play, reading, arts and crafts, music/singing, dancing, dramatic play/pretend, and puzzles, are just some of the activities we will be doing.

Music helps to develop young brains and will play a strong role in day-to-day activities. We may have special music activities and may also play music during other activities, for example, during arts and crafts or meal times. Some of the music we will be using may include, classical, children's songs (by a variety of artists), foreign language tapes and others.


Children of all ages will be taught age appropriate curriculum daily.
 

Center Rules

 
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There are certain center rules that all children will be taught and expected to follow. This is for the safety and well being of everyone. In addition we realize that we must expect a certain amount of wear and tear where children are concerned, we do not want to have our center "demolished".

There will be no running permitted in the center. Hitting, pushing, biting, grabbing, kicking, spitting, or pinching other children/infants/adults will NOT be allowed. No standing or climbing on chairs or tables. There will be no use of obscene, derogatory or disrespectful language.

Children may not walk around the center with food, cups or bottles. Respectful treatment of other people and all property, toys, and furniture is expected. Willful destruction of property will be charged to the parent at the cost to replace the item. Please support us in the enforcement of these rules, in order to create a better environment for all (see Departure and Arrival).

No smoking is permitted on the premises.
 

Reporting Requirements

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As a child care center we are mandated to report to the Department of Human Services if we feel a child is being abused or neglected. Always be sure to let your director know when you drop your child off if he/she has any unexplained cuts or bruises.

If you ever feel that Carousel of Learning is not operating in a safe manner, please bring the matter to our attention. If you desire a copy of the state licensing guidelines, we will be happy to supply you one. We are proud to say we do our best to follow state licensing guidelines to the letter. Our staff is highly trained in knowing and complying with all applicable state and local laws.

Dept. of Children and Families, Office of Licensing
Information to Parents
Under provisions of the Manual of Requirements for Child Care Centers (N.J.A.C.10.122), every licensed child care center in New Jersey must provide to parents of enrolled children written information on parent visitation rights, State licensing requirements, child abuse/neglect reporting requirements and other child care matters. The center may comply with this requirement: 1) by reporting and distributing to parents this written statement, prepared by the Bureau of Licensing in the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS); or 2) by incorporating the required information in its own handbooks, brochures or other informational materials. In keeping with this requirement, the center must secure every parent’s signature attesting to his/her receipt of the information.
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Our center is required by the State Child Care Center Licensing Law to be licensed by the Bureau of Licensing of the New Jersey Division of youth and Family Services. A copy of our current license must be posted in a prominent location at our center. Look for it when you’re in the center.
To be licensed, our center must comply with the Manual of Requirements for Child Care Centers (the official licensing regulations). The regulations cover such area as; physical environment/life-safety, staff qualifications, supervision, and staff/child ratios; program activities and equipment; health, food and nutrition; rest and sleep requirements; parent/community participation; administrative and record keeping requirements; and others.
Our center must have on the premises a copy of the Manual of Requirements and make it available to interested parents for review. If you would like to review our copy, just ask any staff member. Parents may secure a copy of the Manual of Requirements for Child Care Centers, for a nominal fee, by writing to the Bureau of Licensing, Division of Youth and Family Services, CN 717, Trenton, New Jersey, 08625.
We encourage parents to discuss with us any questions or concerns about the policies and program of the center or the meaning, application or alleged violations of the Manual of Requirements. We will be happy to arrange a convenient opportunity for you to review and discuss these matters with us. If you suspect our center may be in violation of licensing standards, you are entitled to report them to the Bureau of Licensing. Of course, we would appreciate your bringing these concerns to our attention, too.
Our center must have a policy concerning the release of children to parents or people authorized by the parent(s) to be responsible for the child. Please discuss with us your plans for your child’s departure from the center.
Our center must have a policy about dispensing medicine and the management of communicable diseases. Please talk to us about these policies so we can work together to keep our children healthy.
Parents are entitled to review the center’s copy of the Bureau of Licensing’s Inspection/Violation Reports on the center, which are issued after every State licensing inspection of our center. If there is a licensing complaint investigation, you are also entitled to review the Bureau’s Complaint investigation Summary Report, as well as any letters of enforcement or other actions taken against the center during the current licensing period. Let us know if you wish to review them and we will make them available for your review.
Our center must post its written statement of philosophy on child discipline in a prominent location and make a copy of it available to parents upon request. We encourage you to review it and to discuss with us any questions you may have about it.
Our center must post a listing or diagram of those rooms and areas approved by the Bureau for the children’s use. Please talk to us if you have any questions about the center’s space.
Our center must offer parents of enrolled children ample opportunity to participate in and observe the activities of the center. Parents wishing to participate in the activities or operations of the center should discuss their interest with the center director, who can advise them of what opportunities are available.
Parents of enrolled children may visit our center at any time without having to secure prior approval from the director or any staff member. Please feel free to do so when you can. We welcome visits from our parents.
Our center must inform parents in advance of every field trip, outing, or special event away from the center, and must obtain prior written consent from parents before taking a child on each such trip.
Anyone who has reasonable cause to believe that an enrolled child has been or is being subjected to any form of hitting, corporal punishment, abusive language, ridicule, harsh, humiliating or frightening treatment, or any other kind of child abuse, neglect, or exploitation by any adult, whether working at the center or not, is required by State law to report the concern immediately to the Division of Youth and Family Services’ Office of Child Abuse Control, Toll-Free at 1 (887 NJ ABUSE. Such reports may be made anonymously.
Parents may secure information about child abuse and neglect by contacting: Community Education Office, Division of Youth and Family Services, CN 717, Trenton, New Jersey, 08625.
 

Indoor / Outdoor Play

 
 
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Indoor play: We provide a variety of age-appropriate toys for indoor play. Toys may be rotated or placed temporarily out of use so that the children do not become bored. Younger children have less-developed organizational skills and can get easily frustrated or upset when there are too many toys to choose from. It is also more difficult for them to help with clean up when there are toys everywhere, because it is so overwhelming to them. For this reason, during free play times, each child may select one or two things at a time to play with. They will be shown how to put those things away before selecting something else.

Outdoor play: We will be playing outdoors every day that weather permits. Please make sure that your child is appropriately dressed (see Clothing/Attire section) for outdoor play at all times. Our activities will include walks (for the infants in strollers), playground, water play (sprinkler in summer), and others. We do not go outside when the temperature is below 35 degrees (including wind chill), or above 98 degrees (including heat index). We are mandated by state law to take the children outside. Parents who feel that their child is not well enough to participate in outdoor activities must keep them out of daycare until they are able to participate in all activities.
 

Discipline

 
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We maintain a positive discipline policy, which focuses on prevention, redirection, love, consistency and firmness. We stress two main patterns of behavior: respect for other people and respect for property. The children are explained the rules of the center frequently, so they are all familiar with the guidelines. Please keep in mind that there WILL be disagreements between children. Young children have a hard time expressing their feelings. Sometimes they hit, throw toys, bite, etc. We will try to prevent problems, redirect when appropriate, discuss inappropriate behavior, encourage making amends when offense involves another person, and sometimes withdraw privileges based on the principle of "natural consequences". An example might be where a child is misusing a toy then he/she will not be allowed to play with the toy for a period of time. The use of time outs will be rare except when a brief cooling off period is needed. Sometimes when children are fighting or throwing toys, we will put the toy in a short time out, and then bring it back into circulation a little later. This seems to work better than giving the child a time out.

Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES will there be any spanking, physical abuse, verbal abuse, name calling or isolation used. Neither food nor sleep will ever be withheld from children as a means of punishment.

If a discipline problem arises that does not respond to the above mentioned techniques, we will hold a conference with the parents. Together, we will try to find a solution. You may be called to remove your child if his/her behavior prevents us from being able to properly care for the other children. If the problem continues, other arrangements for the care of the child will have to be made, for the safety and well being of all.
 

Illness

 
 
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Carousel of Learning is a "well-child care facility". At no time do we provide sick childcare. The following illness policies will be strictly enforced, for the health, well being and safety of all concerned.

Sick Child Policy: Under no circumstances may a parent bring a sick child to daycare, if the child shows any signs of illness (see SYMPTOMS REQUIRING REMOVAL OF CHILD FROM CHILD CARE), or is unable to participate in the normal routine and regular day care program. Sick children will expose all children and staff members who they come in contact with. These people can in turn expose the other children. Sick children want care from their parents in the comfort of their own homes. If other children become ill due to exposure to your sick child, either because he/she was returned to day care before full recovery or because he/she was not picked up promptly upon notice of becoming ill, other parents will be unnecessarily inconvenienced. Because this is disruptive to other children and their families, your cooperation on this issue is extremely important.

Every effort is taken to reduce the spread of illness by encouraging hand washing and other sanitary practices (see Cleanliness and Hygiene).

If your child is unable to participate in the normal activities of the daycare (including being able to play outside), then your child MUST stay home.

Children will be visually screened when they arrive in the morning. In the event a child becomes ill and needs to be picked up, the parent(s) will be called and are expected to come pick the child up within one hour (60 minutes). If the parent(s) cannot be reached, or have not arrived within an hour, the emergency contact person will be called and asked to come pick the child up.

For the benefit of our staff and other children in our care, a sick child will not be permitted to return to care for 24 hours after condition has returned to normal. The child may return 24 - 48 hours (depending upon the illness) after they have received the first dose of an antibiotic. If a child receives an antibiotic for an ear infection, he/she may return to day care immediately if he/she has been free of other symptoms mentioned for at least 24 hours. If you aren't sure about whether or not to bring your child to care, please call the director to discuss it. Allergy related symptoms, and non-communicable illnesses do not require exclusion if you have a note from your doctor.

Symptoms requiring removal of child from day care:
  • Fever: Fever is defined as having a temperature of 100°F or higher taken under the arm, 101°F taken orally, or 102°F taken rectally. For children 4 months or younger, the lower rectal temperature of 101°F is considered a fever threshold; (a child needs to be fever free for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to daycare, that means the child is fever free without the aid of Tylenol®, or any other fever reducing substance.)
  • Fever AND sore throat, rash, vomiting, diarrhea, earache, irritability, or confusion.
  • Diarrhea: runny, watery, bloody stools, or 2 or more loose stools within last 4 hours.
  • Vomiting: Note: please do not bring your child if they have vomited in the night.
  • Breathing trouble, sore throat, swollen glands, loss of voice, hacking or continuous coughing.
  • Runny nose (other than clear), draining eyes or ears.
  • Frequent scratching of body or scalp, lice, rash, or any other spots that resemble childhood diseases, including ringworm.
  • Child is irritable, continuously crying, or requires more attention than we can provide without hurting the health, safety or well-being of the other children in our care.
Just a note: Many times our child care may get blamed for the illness of a child, meaning that we have "allowed" sick children to come here. Parents may not stop to think that when sick children are brought to our center, our entire staff is also at risk of exposure. How would you feel if another parent brought their sick child and exposed your child? We STRESS this again -- if you are not sure whether or not it is okay to bring your child, please call ahead to ask us. We may require a doctor's decision as to whether or not the child is contagious. We appreciate you cooperation in this matter.

Policy on the Management of Communicable Diseases
If a child exhibits any of the following symptoms, he/she should not attend school. If such symptoms occur at school, the child will be removed from the classroom, and you will be called to take him/her home.

Severe pain or discomfort Acute diarrhea
Episodes of acute vomiting Elevated oral temperature of 1010F
Sore throat or severe coughing Yellow eyes or jaundice skin
Infected untreated skin patches Difficult or rapid breathing
Skin rashes lasting longer than 24 hours Swollen joints
Visibly enlarged lymph nodes Stiff neck
Red eyes with discharge (Pink eye must be on drops 24 hours)
Blood in urine

Once the child is symptom free for 24 hours and has a physician’s note stating that he/she no longer poses a serious health risk to themselves or others, he/she may return to school. If your child has a fever or vomits in the evening he/she needs to stay home for 24 hours. Your child could use the rest and chances are whatever caused your child to be ill is still in their system and could contaminate the other children. Please do what is best for your child and the health of the teachers and other children.

If your child is removed from school for a fever, vomiting, diarrhea, or any other health reason, they may not return the next day. Your child must be symptom free for 24 hours prior to returning.

If a child contracts any of the following diseases, please report it to us immediately. The child may not return to school without a doctor’s note stating that the child presents no risk to himself/herself or others.

Table of Excludable Communicable Diseases

Respiratory Illnesses Gastro-Intestinal Illnesses Contact Illnesses
Chicken Pox (out min. 5 days) Giardia Illnesses* Impetigo
German Measles* Hepatitis A* Lice
Hemophilus Influenza* Salmonella* Scabies
Measles* Shingella* Coxsackie**
Meningococcus*
Mumps*
Strep Throat (must be on antibiotics 24 hrs before returning.
Tuberculosis*
Whooping Cough

*Reportable diseases, as specified in N.J.A.C. 10:122-7, 10(a)
**Must be out a minimum of 48hours.
If your child is exposed to any communicable disease at school, you will be notified.
Medical Home Policy

Carousel of Learning believes that children’s health and medical needs are best cared for in an environment that promotes the sharing of information about a child’s growth and development with their parents/caregivers. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends all children have a Medical Home which they define as being “the delivery of advanced primary care with the goal of addressing and integrating high quality health promotion, acute care, and chronic condition management in a planned, coordinated, and family-centered manner”. In order to establish a proper Medical Home, it is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics that all babies and children have a primary pediatrician who knows the family and the child well and understands the individual’s medical history to play a central role in the coordination of the child’s medical care. An Emergency Room, an urgent care center, clinic, or specialist cannot be considered a Medical Home since they cannot take on the central role of primary care. Carousel of Learning encourages all parents/caregivers to establish a primary pediatrician for your child to serve as their Medical Home.
 

Medications

 
Medicine
 
Parents will provide any medications needed by the child, including over-the-counter and prescription medicine. Written authorization is needed for us to administer ANY medication, prescription or over-the-counter. NOTE: All medicines must be in their original container with pharmacist's or manufacturer's label, child's name, dosage instructions, current date, name of medication, and times to be administered clearly written. Non prescription meds can be given for only 3 days without a note from a doctor.
 

Medical Emergencies

 
Ambulance
Minor bumps and scratches are inevitable, but we make every effort to keep the children safe through supervision and childproofing. Minor injuries receive appropriate first aid, and if an emergency injury or illness occurs, you will be contacted as soon as possible. If necessary, your child will be taken to the nearest hospital where you will be asked to meet us. If you are not going to be at your usual place of employment, or at home, please make sure that we have a number where you can be reached.

Parents are responsible for all costs involved in emergency medical treatment, including emergency transportation, if required. The owners of Carousel of Learning will not be held liable for any sickness/injury of either parent/guardian or child while on these premises.
 

Expulsion Policy

 
Unfortunately, there are sometimes reasons we have to expel a child from our program either on a short term or permanent basis. We want you to know we will do everything possible to work with the family of the child(ren) in order to prevent this policy from being enforced. The following are reasons we may have to expel or suspend a child from this center:
IMMEDIATE CAUSES FOR EXPULSION
The child is at risk of causing serious injury to other children or himself/herself.
Parent threatens physical or intimidating actions toward staff members. Parent exhibits verbal abuse to staff in front of enrolled children.
PARENTAL ACTIONS FOR CHILD'S EXPULSION
Failure to pay/habitual lateness in payments.
Failure to complete required forms including the child's immunization records.
Habitual tardiness when picking up your-child,-
Verbal abuse to staff.
CHILD'S ACTIONS FOR EXPULSION
Failure of child to adjust after a reasonable amount of time.
Uncontrollable tantrums/ angry outbursts.
Ongoing physical or verbal abuse to staff or other children.
Excessive biting.

SCHEDULE OF EXPULSION

If after the remedial actions above have not worked, the child's parent/guardian will be advised verbally and in writing about the child's or parent's behavior warranting an expulsion. An expulsion action is meant to be a period of time so that the parent/ guardian may work on the child's behavior or to come to an agreement with the center.
The parent/guardian will be informed regarding the length of the expulsion period. The parent/guardian will be informed about the expected behavioral changes required in order for the child or parent to return to the center.
The parent/guardian will be given a specific expulsion date that allows the parent sufficient time to seek alternate child care (approximately one to two weeks notice depending on risk to other children's welfare or safety).Failure of the child/parent to satisfy the terms of the plan may result in permanent expulsion from the center.
A CHILD WILL NOT BE EXPELLED If a child's parent(s): Made a complaint to the Office of Licensing regarding a center's alleged violations of the licensing requirements.
+ Reported abuse or neglect occurring at the center.
+ Questioned the Center regarding policies and procedures.Without giving the parent sufficient time to make other child care arrangements.
PROACTIVE ACTIONS THAT CAN BE TAKEN IN ORDER TO PREVENT EXPULSION

Staff will try to redirect child from negative behavior.
Staff will reassess classroom environment, appropriate of activities, supervision. Staff will always use positive methods and language while disciplining children.
Staff will praise appropriate behaviors.
Staff will consistently apply consequences for rules.
Child will be given verbal warnings,
Child will be given time to regain control,
Child's disruptive behavior will be documented and maintained in confidentiality
Parent/guardian will be notified verbally.
Parent/guardian will be given written copies of the disruptive behaviors that might lead to expulsion.
The director, classroom staff and parent/guardian will have a conference(s) to discuss how to promote positive behaviors.
The parent will be given literature or other resources regarding methods of improving behavior.
Recommendation of evaluation by professional consultation on premises.
Recommendation of evaluation by local school district child study team.


General Resources for Parents and Families
Child Development and Special Needs
Zero to Three http://www.zerotothree.org
NJ Parent Link (provides links to various types of services) http://www.nj.gov/njparentlink/
Moms2Moms http://ubhc.rutgers.edu/mom2mom/links.htm
Early Intervention System (birth to 3 years) http://nj.gov/health/fhs/eis/index.shtml
Family Link (birth to three years) http://www.familylinknj.org/
Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) www.spanadvocacy.org
Autism Speaks http://www.autismspeaks.org/

Parent workshops and informational articles may be found at:
Upcoming Parent/Family Events/Workshops in the Morris/Sussex County Region
http://www.morrissussexresourcenet.org/news-events/events/
United Way Success by 6 http://www.unitedwaynnj.org/ourwork/ed_successby6resources.php
National Association for the Education of Young Children http://families.naeyc.org/

Oral Health
Healthy Children http://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy- living/oralhealth/Pages/Teething-and-Dental-Hygiene.aspx and www.healthychildren.org
American Academy of Pediatrics
http://www2.aap.org/commpeds/dochs/oralhealth/index.html

Nutrition and Physical Activity
Let’s Move https://letsmove.obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/
Eating Healthy www.nutrition.gov/life-stages/children
My Plate https://www.choosemyplate.gov/

Communicable Diseases/Preventive Health Care
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/
Medication Administration Safety
Healthy Children https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-home/medication-safety/Pages/default.aspx

General Child Safety
Healthy Childrenhttps://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-pre...
Safe Kids https://www.safekids.org/safetytips

Mental Health Services
Primary Screening Center for Morris County:
St. Clare’s Hospital
25 Pocono Road
Denville, NJ 07834
24/7 Hotline: (973) 625-0280
Behavioral Health Services Central Intake: 1-888-626-2111

Emergency Services Affiliated with Screening Center:
Morristown Medical Center
100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960
24/7 Hotline: 973-540-0100

Mental Health Association of Morris County- (973) 334-3496 http://www.mhamorris.org/
Directory of Morris County Mental Health Services http://oem.morriscountynj.gov/directory-mental-health/

Perform Care (behavioral health for children)
1-877-652-7624 http://www.performcarenj.org/index.aspx
Substance Abuse
Prevention is Key www.mcpik.org

Health and Human Service Resources
First Call for Help: Dial 211 or 1-800-435-7555:
NJ 2-1-1 is a statewide information and referral service that is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Go to www.nj211.org to search their resource database on your own.

Morris County Department of Human Services http://morrishumanservices.org/services.asp



New Jersey Regional Crisis Hotlines
2nd Floor Helpline: 1-(888) 222-2228 Geared for children and young adults ages 10-24 years of age. Free and confidential helpline for youth ages 10-24 to call 24/7. Visit the web site at www.2ndfloor.org
Contact We Care: 24/7 Helpline 908-232-2880 Information and referrals, crisis suicidal helpline and listening service and covers Bergen, Essex, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset and Union Counties.
Family Crisis Intervention (Adolescent): 24 hour: 1-908-298-7800
Addictions Hotline of NJ: 24 hr.: 1-800-238-2333
Gambling: 1-800-GAMBLER
Parents Anonymous Helpline-Referral: 1-800-THE-KIDS
National Child Abuse Hotline: 1800-422-4453
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK
National Runaway Switchboard: 1-800-RUNAWAY
NJ AIDS/STD Hotline: 24hr: 1-800-624-2377
Health Care:
NJ Family Care http://www.njfamilycare.org/default.aspx
New Jersey State Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs and Medicare Part D
http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/doas/home/pbp.html
NJ Drug Card - http://www.newjerseydrugcard.com/index.php

Housing Assistance
http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/dfd/programs/emergency/
http://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dhcr/offices/ha.html

Additional Resources
Child and Family Resources http://www.childandfamily-nj.org/
Devereux Center http://www.devereux.org/site/PageServer?pagename=nj_index
Children’s Safety Network http://www.childrenssafetynetwork.org/
Family Partners of Morris and Sussex Counties http://www.familypartnersms.org/
Caring Partners of Morris and Sussex Counties http://www.caringpartnerscmo.org/
Deirdre’s House: Morris County center for child victims of abuse and/or neglect http://www.deirdreshouse.org/
Jersey Battered Women's Services, Inc. (JBWS): Emergency Shelter
24 Hr. Hotline: (973) 267-4763 TTY: (973) 285-9095Office: (973) 267-7520
 
Contact us for more information about our childcare center or our education philosophy. (973) 884-2052