Clothes For Class
Children need to be using their large and small motor skills in class or daycare. See below information.We have a classroom, playroom combination classroom, age appropriate playground and a nature trail for the children plus 4 parks. Can you find a place with so many learning options for your child/children?
We'll be having classtime outside when the children show a need for it--weather permitting.
The number one key to class and daycare success, is for the parent's to label everything! (all clothes, shoes, pullups, diapers, wipes,food containers, cups, bottles, toys-- especially since most people buy the same items from the local stores. Initialing with 3 initials is AOK for labeling.
Food allergies/Special diets-Parents who are required to bring food for their child, please send foods NOT to be heated or refridgerated, nor opened with can opener (please check your child's food dates for expiration prior to bringing it over) Buy thermoses that last 12 hours or more so your childs perishable foods stay safe.
A note on buying clothes or shoes to large for your child or children: Please try not to buy shoes that are too large for your child to walk in--this would set them up for class failure for playground activities (riding bikes, climbing, games, kicking balls, walking running and etc...)--which could get intwined into playground toys. We all want to save a few dollars here and there but this is an area that should be avoided-at all cost. Safety should come first! Shoes that are too large for a child's feet can create foot problems.... Plus it's a tripping hazard for them. Your child won't be able to learn to run, climb, skip, play games if their feet have shoes that are too tight or too large for their feet-which sets your child up for failure and not success.
Here is an example: Parent bring in a two year old and he/she wears a size 4 in toddler shoe but parent/guardian buys a size 7 toddler shoe hoping the child one day will grow into it. Now what this situation is creating, is tripping hazzard, the child can't walk let alone can't run wtih the kids then the worse thing happens the child falls off balance and 911 comes and they note in their paperwork the shoes were 3 or 4 times too big for child and if the parent would of bought a proper sized shoe that the fall would not of happened. Please bring in a shoe no more than one inch bigger than the big toe so your child is not put into that scenario.
Please bring your children dressed for the day, just like if you were to take them to the higher academic schools. This sets them up for class success! I have many children here and you may have just one or two children home with you. When all the children arrive, we are busy learning and anyone who sets their child up for class failure will be taking learning time from their own child. Example: Parent brings child in pajamas then during your childs time, I will change his clothes but your child may miss his word box time, activity time--whatever is scheduled for the day. Parents need to be the parents. I do understand parents are busy and are having a harder time finding time to do their parental responcilities but this doesn't mean you pass this job over to the school or daycare. All children need to come into class/daycare with their needs met prior to showing up for class or daycare so they are set up for class success. We will have a desgnated pajama day so the kids can show their PJ's to their friends.
medicine should be given at home before class/daycare and after class/daycare. Unless the child has a mandatory mid day dose while your away then we'll need a doctors not on file.
Diapers/pullups should be changed and clean/fresh before bringing your child to class/daycare so they are set up for class and daycare success. The children here are changed after meals or as needed for BM's. As children get older their bladders become stronger so some children don't need to be changed till their biological clock has them urinate hours later but remember they will wet the diaper/pullup more because their body has saved it up for hours. So if your child is older and only urninates every 4 or 5 hours then we will be on his/her schedule. Note: Diapers/pullups should be the easy velcro whole seam pull away, the kind that pulls from the side. If you want to use this type at your house no probem because it's your choice but you just might want to save that type for bedtime. Rememember if you show up during a meal time we have not change their diaper yet so they might be wet... Infants are changed on the hour when they are 6 months and younger. (No onsies please-the small children dont like to wait for us to button or snap them up)
- Your child should be dressed for class so no bringing in children half clothed or in PJ's so their learning time is taken away from them. We do have a pajama day but that is a special occassion.
- It's parents job to give baths or showers to their child at their homes.
- It's the parent's job to teach their child how to brush their teeth before coming to class and before bed time.
- Please bring your child clean so they can go right to playing. I'm sure you wouldn't want me to bring a child to your house that had sticky gooey hands, face and let them plant their gooey hands right on someone's body, toy or couch. So if your child is sticky take them to the restroom, give the a quick cleaning so they can have a better transition time coming in.
- Please feed your children before bringing them for the day-unless your exactly on time for a meal period (830AM, 10:30AM 1:30PM, 4PM). All gum, candy and foods needs to stay in the car or at your home because this is the time where they learn to be jealous. I'm sure you wouldn't want me serving my kids different foods than your child-if they were part of the class or daycare. Remember kids mirror what they see. I'm sure you wouldn't want your child feeling sad or jealous of someone who might be eating a chicken nuggets and a shake at the table and the class kids are eating carrots and milk-which is healthier for them but kids learn early that the shake is sweeter and the chicken nuggets are pretty yummy also.
- I do understand people raise kids differently at their homes but please keep your rules at your home. When you go to the store, movies, mall, public buildings they all have their rules, just like I do. We do expect the rules and guidelines to be followed.
- Our recourse if the rules and guidelines are not followed, it would best for me to take a another families child ASAP ( I have tours almost daily ) plus I have a few people on a waiting list who paid a deposit for the next available spot waiting for an opening for a specific month) Please understand these rules here work for us for a reason, they've been tested out already. I will work with parents first before giving the spot to someone else.
- We try to do what is best for every child. We want their self esteem to stay high so that they have a great childhood experience. Bringing clothes and shoes that cut off circulation and that are too big brings your childs self esteem down and their day doesn't go well at all. I do understand people are on budgets for clothes and shoes and that grandma or a friend gave you the clothes or shoes but it if it doesn't fit, save it for later when it will and please take the time to buy well fitting clothes from either a store, second hand store or good will. Some people give clothes away (like I do) to people on Craigslist.com or Freecycle.com. I give my kids clothes in one year lots every summer to someone on Freecycle.com--have for years now. If parents can afford to go out, take vacations then I know you can afford to buy age appropriate clothes for your child or children.
- Personal objects that parents provide are clothes, backup clothes, diapers, wipes, pullups, small personal blanket (with moms/dads scents on it), small tiny pillow, sleeping bag, small towel for summer fun, sun screen and diaper oitments, emergency comfort kit filled with non perishable water and foods-see list. Kids who go to the higher academic schools, need to bring their own small/tiny hair brushes so they can ready themselves for school and their homework should be in a very small backpack and what ever is needed for school --like school supplies and snacks/lunches.
Communication is the KEY:
Children may still be in bathing suits if they're playing outside in the heat, if it's hot! If you need them changed into their regular play clothes, just let me know in advance, if your going to be in a hurry and go out to dinner or something similiar to that, when your dropping your child/children off so they're ready to go when you get here..... I don't wan to limit their play experience with play friends. If your not too worried about it, take them home in their swim suits so they'll cool off on the car ride home or maybe they'll be ready to go swimming/playing in water at your place so to keep cool in the later evening.... Sometimes they might be playing dressup and they might be imagining in our dramatic play area... This just means they'll put costumes over their play clothes.... It takes just minutes to get them off of them..... Please don't expect your child to be perfect when you arrive, they have played all day and a childs play is their work! Children move alot on playgrounds and trails, they will somewhat clean but they will have proof somewhere on their bodies that they played with, sand, dirt, leaves, trees, playdough, paint, crayons, food.... We only change them when they are pretty messy... If your child doesn't have their backup clothes in the cubby area, please come to drop some clothes off so they can be changed asap--try to head this off by checking their zip lock for missing items or if you are sent dirty pants that would mean we need more pants back to replace the changed clothes. Parents are responcible to keep their childs backup clothes bag full. We need pants, socks, shirt-long sleeve in winter and clothes need to be functional and well fitting, keep clothes/shoes that don't fit at home please.
Here is another example scenario... The child falls from the slide and hurts themself--was it the slide?, the child? or the shoes that are 3 sizes too big for the child's foot? If a 911 person deems it's the 3x or 2x larger shoes, pants, jacket or clothes that caused the injury, that is what they will write in the report. Large clothes hinders your childs mobility and functionality. It also can hinder their self help skills learning to have them put too small or large clothing on by themselves since it's not age appropriate and it can set the child for failure during playing. These are children who already have a hard time walking, running and putting on clothes just because they are very young and haven't built the necessary small muscles in the fingers to be good at it yet--put an overly large snap shirt, button shirt, sweater, coat and their learning to put these on by themselves is almost impossible. This is setting them up for failure which I would like to turn into setting them up for success! Please save the larger clothes, coats, sweaters, pullovers, pants, shoes for the next year or when they grow into it. Shoes need to be 1 inch above the big toe or 1/2 inch. Sending too small of shoes or clothes can be setting your child up for failure also--too constricting. Cut corners by catching sales or in other areas--please.
Please dress your child for playground outdoor & classroom success!!! It's very important that your child is dressed for messy class projects & outdoor weather play!!! Please send your child in age appropriate weather proof clothing attire, for every rainy day in WA state. It is critical to having an optimum outdoor play experience! Children can play comfortably and not get sick, if they are dressed appropriately for all types of weather.
I really like the children to come in with "I CAN DO IT" clothes & shoes which is great for high self esteem! When a child can put their clothes on easily without adult assistance--it brings their self esteem up! When a child needs to wait till an adult can assist them or the adults expect them to figure it out before their young fingers are ready to do it--it creates frustration with the young child (it can bring their self esteem down) and possibly can frustrate the child & adult who might be in hurry as well --which could cause some stress.
If you can imagine--young children's hands are like having two left hands -at once! With time the muscles in their fingers, hands, legs, feet will grow stronger and they'll be able to do most everything eventually- with MUCH practice.
- I HIGHLY suggest a thick lined warm rain coat for winter or water proof rain coat for summer daily (velcro ideal, snaps and zipper next to ideal, ankle high rain boots that slip on easy or calf size rainboots with loops, water weather repellent hats and mittens/gloves--since it rains 90% of the time in WA state--in the rainy months. ( no unbrellas--please leave in car--or take back to your car with you- till pick up time)
Shoe attire-- Should be weather proof slip on shoes or tennis shoes - velcro type is IDEAL! The "I CAN DO IT" types are best, it helps keep your childs self esteem high. The tie shoes are tripping hazards for the very young child. These type of shoes are hard for young children to put on and it frustrates not only the child but the parent or other care givers. These type of shoes can bring their self esteem down. I will eventually teach the children to tie a pretend shoe puzzle in class, so no need to bring them over in tie type shoes---unless you abolutely have to. I don't know if you've noticed but the fabric industry has pretty much taken tie type material off most kids clothing apparrel--just because of safety issues. Save the fancy shoes for home, functions or parties... (unless you don't mind them getting scuffed up, muddy, wet and possibly ruined) Imagine having to climb the playground slide with high heels, slippery shoes or shoes to big/small for the childs foot--which could cause a tripping hazard-- that could of been avoided...
I can't replace ruined toys, clothes or shoes--all items come in with the notion of getting ruined accidentally. Please mark everything with your childs intials or name--coats, hats, mittens, toys, food containers, drink containers, lids--everything. I do not reimburse for loss of any of these items.
- If it's sunny and hot-- they'll need to come over from home already covered with sunscreen and it should be 45 spf or higher--hair part/ears/neck need sunscreen also--I personally recommend 60 spf or higher. I should also have a back up of your child's sunscreen, for re-application later in the day. It should come from home to be placed in the locked medicine supply area --with your child's name on it. Sunglasses (100 percent protection from UVA and UVB rays -dark lens), sun hats--if your child won't wear sunglasses, mini tiny beach towel, bathing suits should be under your child's clothing before class and should be the two piece variety for girls--it's easier for them to go potty in the rest room unassisted--adults will walk to restroom door but the child will assist themselves alone--after the door closes. I wouldn't recommend shorts for playground time because they seem to get more skinned knees and bruises with them but please bring thin light breathable sweats, knee long shorts or pants, which are ideal. Try to keep away from dark colors as it heats up faster--think light and bright. Swim socks so they can play in water or on the grass--to prevent getting an unexpected foot bee sting.
- If it's snowy or very cold-- they should have thick thermal weather proof jackets with hoods and mittens/gloves with fingers that repell snow/water and are very warm to prevent frost bite. I also recommend waterproof rain pants or snow pants.
- I do not gaurantee your children will be dirt free from playtime or classtime, we often play with non-toxic paints, non-toxic glues & science experiments so send them to get dirty--not to stay clean! Save the fancy clothes for other functions.
- Toys from home- If you must bring toys, make sure your childs name is on ALL of them, they're not a choking hazard for young children and they will need to learn to share them. If your child isn't ready to share, then keep it home. If it's a child's favorite toy--maybe--it should stay home. I can't reimburse for loss, breakage or theft of your childs toys. Parent's bringing in mass number of toys need to make additional time to find the toys at the end of class, that may be in many locations--in the play areas. I will try to help but if I have a busy class day and there are parents that need paperwork assistance--I won't have time to find them. My focus is on class projects and the safety of ALL children. Battery operated toys need to have a screw locking in batteries. It's important that your child learns to share their toys as well as my class toys--they could have future problems in the higher academic years, if not taught this valuable tool. It doesn't have to be an expensive toy.... It should be something that they can loose and not valuable. Bringing in one item is fine but 5 other children will want a turn with it which is a learning lesson in itself. Another learning lesson would be bringing in 6 of the same toy item then everyone gets to experience a share toy all at once--which is another learning lesson--which is good for them. Older children have more patience skills because they've had many years too refine that skill --I work with the very young and the very impatient so they are learning those skills now and won't understand to share in one sitting--it will take 50 or more repetitions of sharing for them to truly understand it.
- Foods brought from home- Please bring home washed/sliced/diced/scored chilled fresh fruits & veggies and as close to natural as possible--it helps with high cognitive learning!!! Please avoid food boredom and bring different items each day--to make snack time exciting! I strongly suggest not bringing ANY food items with high chemicals, perservatives, nitrates, high fructose, salt/sodium, msg, gluten, trans fat --if you can avoid it! If your child needs to bring juice or milk please bring in a chilled insulated cup and a chilled insulated container for their snacks that need to stay cold- thermos is good for hot foods and cold. I can't store everyone's snacks, meals or drinks --my fridge is full enough plus public and private schools won't do this either. Please do not bring things to cook, warm up or heat, slice or dice--my time with the kids --needs to be spent teaching--not cooking. Some insulated lunch bags don't provide the ice packs or gel packs -please buy a few to extend your childs perishable food life. I will do class projects that will be with cooking ingriedents for science but it's always a planned class event. Please do not bring candy or gum to class--save it for your home or car ride but have the kids give it to you in the car, supervised by you or another adult to make sure no choking problems arise--best to do this routine after class--not before class--it will give them something to look forward to after class. If you want to bring a special treat for everyone--we can make that arrangement happen --probably at the end of the class day. I can do a special favor occassionally-- if I have 1 or 2 students for the day but if I am with 5 children--this would create a hardship on my class time with others.
- Once I'm licensed by DEL and open for daycare/childcare parent's/Guardians can make appointements to extend their class time past 1:30pm. As for now I'm only licensed to do Nursery School/Preschool/Pre-K which can't go beyond the 4 hour point for any child.
- All parent's will be required to bring a 1 inch nap mat, small pillow and small sleeping bag which is age appropriate to class for a small rest period for their child. There will be days their child will rest or nap --depending on their regular routines at home. At the start of rest time, I will read a book-something soothing and non violent-children fall asleep best with low key gentle books. Remember children are growing when they nap not only thier bodies but their brain synapses are as well. Not only does it help them with their bodies but it's VERY good for their immunity.It helps heal anything that needs to be healed in their bodies and make them stronger for viruses that are sure to visit your family or class. Rest is good for everyone-consider it a power nap or rest.
- All ointments need a tracking medical form for the class file. No talc powders for diapers or pullups. Have children take medicines at home before class/daycare and after class/daycare. Please label any and all medication prior to coming to class that is to be left at class.
- Tooth brushing, hair brushing and baths are to be done in your home prior to class/daycare or after class/daycare.
- Choking hazards NOT to bring to class-- unless you've taken the necessary precautions to make the foods smaller at home. There are many websites on-line about dangerous foods & toys. Items that cause choking in children Potentially Dangerous Foods for Children. Remember not to bring anything that is too small and can get stuck in another childs airway: This includes hair barretts, ruber bands, dangling earrings, necklaces, bracelets and etc... I have a on site choke tube -I can measure the items in it and let you know if it's acceptable or not for class.
• Hot dogs--cut down the center then dice up • Nuts and seeds--crush • Chunks of meat or cheese--small tid bits or dice or shred • Whole grapes---quarter each one for under age 4 yrs old and slce in half for older children over the age of 4 yrs. • Hard, sticky candy--keep at home or for parties--make VERY small • Popcorn--keep unpopped kernals at home-it's not very healthy unless air popped w/o salt • Chunks of peanut butter--thinned out or very small bits • Raw vegetables--dice and slice small • Chewing gum--keep at home • Source: American Academy of Pediatrics • Potentially Dangerous Nonfood Items for Young Children • Latex balloons--keep at home • Coins--keep at home • Marbles--keep at home • Toys with small parts--keep at home--markers, paints,crayon, color pencils keep at home-I have these items and I supervise the children. • Toys that fit into any child’s mouth--keep at home--anything sharp keep at home • Small balls--keep at home--play guns keep at home-magna blocks keep at home • Pens or marker caps--keep at home • Small button-type batteries and regular batteries--keep at home • Medicine syringes --keep at home
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics
Tips for Parents: Prevent Your Child from Choking
• Keep children seated while they are eating. Don't let them walk or run with food in their mouths. • Cut food for infants and small children into pieces no larger than one-half inch; tell them to chew food thoroughly and slowly. • Don’t allow older children to share "hazardous" foods with younger siblings. • Keep toys and household items with small parts out of reach of children. • Pay attention to age recommendations made on food, bottles, cups,children's silverware, toys packaging; often these designations reflect an assessment of potential choking hazards. It is the adults job to guide children. We won't to help each child learn to be self efficient and learn self help skills, as soon as they can. It helps boost their self esteem. It's also very good for the family dynamics! The less help a child needs from his caregiver the happier he/she is and the adults... Here is an example: A child that is given a bottle at an age where they have teeth and they could possibly suck the rubber/silicone nipple into their airway--choking the child or chew it into a million pieces and eat it. Baby cups sometimes have rubber on them and these peices can be injested --if the child is too old for the cup. It doesn't matter if he/she is attached to the cup/bottle-if it's not safe then toss or recycle it because it's a possible choking hazard. Babies/children don't get to carry around a breast so they shouldn't with these items either. This is why binkies need to go also.... Can be a choking hazard past the age requirements...
Please, keep children home if they are too sick to play or do activities. Any child who is not dressed appropriately for outdoor playtime (rain, snow, sun, wind, etc..) will not be able to go with our outside class group, nature trail walk or the playground area until parents bring proper attire for the weather. The child will stay inside with another adult while the other children learn to socialize outdoors and play games. (see items needed above)
• Keep the area between furniture cushions clean: If children find small items there, they are likely to put them into their mouths. • Prohibit infants and young children from handling coins if not fully supervised visually by an adult 18 yrs and up.