What’s good care for infants and toddlers?
The smile of a thriving baby and the prance of a 2 year-old are charming, but the day-to-day care of an infant or toddler is a challenge that requires knowledge and effort.
A Good Caregiver
Here is a list of what we believe signifies an amazing caregiver
- loving and responsive. One who hugs, rocks, cuddles, seeks eye contact, and enjoys the emerging skills and interests
- Is sociable and interested
- One who understands and welcomes children’s development
- Finds ways to expand upon each experience
- Respects the child’s individuality
- Recognizes the child’s personal rhythms, style, strengths and limitations
Why In-home Child Care?
Family child care is the most common type of child care for infants and toddlers. The small group size in family child care homes generally means less noise, tension and tendency to regiment children. Because of the smaller group size, this can also be a fairly protected situation for a baby who catches colds or other infectious diseases easily.
General Information & Policies
Questions you may have and the answers you need
Are there enough toys and games for all of the children?
Yes, we have safe toys, games, puzzles, easels and other toys that will help your child grow mentally, physically, socially and emotionally. We rotate new and different toys each month for the children to play with.
What meals will my child be given?
Depending on drop-off and pick-up times, your child will be served an adequate amount of food during meal times. This may include breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack. All the important food groups will be served throughout the day for healthy eating habits. Food is included in tuition with no extra charges.
What activities are planned for my child?
Activities? Boy do we have activities! Your child will engage in a daily schedule including free play, circle time, arts & crafts, healthy well balanced meals, outdoor play, indoor play and often field trips into our very own community. With our daily schedule you can be assured your child will have experienced language & literacy, mathematics, social-emotional learning, wellness and basic nutritional concepts, creative expression and even begin mastering a second language, Spanish.
Your child's toys
Vast arrays of toys are provided for your child to play with. Any toys brought from home will be shared with all the children that day. Nellie’s Daycare will not be responsible for broken or lost toys brought from home.
Each child is provided with a 2” foam nap mat. Each bed is disinfected weekly.
Bringing a favorite blanket (for nap time only) is encouraged. This way, the child will feel more comfortable sleeping away from home if they have a little piece of home with them. Children are not forced to sleep, but are encouraged to rest and must stay quiet during this time.
Please provide a blanket for your child to use for nap time. All blankets are gathered and washed weekly. Please allow the blanket to stay at day care through out the child’s care here.
Contacting staff of Nellie’s DayCare is prohibited
Phone calls, texts messages, emails and Facebook contact is prohibited between Nellie’s DayCare staff and child care parents as long as your child(ren) are enrolled at Nellie’s DayCare. If contact was made in the above manner provider, not any staff member. This is to insure a clear line of communication. Only exception will be in an emergency situation, if Jeanelle Vinson is not able to be contacted, a parent may then contact a staff member.
Placement in care. This deposit will be applied toward the last month’s billing. If for any reason parents decide to terminate their child’s care slot, a full reimbursement of the tuition would be provided if a 30-day written notice is given to the Day Care provider. Spaces will not be held unless the deposit fee is paid in full.
Part time slots are not required to include a deposit at this time. This is subject to change.Registration is not complete, and care will not commence until all paper work is turned in. Prior to or on the start date of care the following must be received by Nellie’s DayCare for each child
• Oregon’s Child Enrollment and Authorization (front & back sides)
• Oregon’s Certificate for Immunization (front & back sides)
• Parent/Caregiver Contract
• Affidavit for Liability Insurance
• Consent for Emergency Medical Treatment
• Website Photo Wavier
• Non-Refundable Deposit (for Full-Time children ONLY)
• Northwest Nutrition Services Form
Parents agree that all monthly fees (full time and part time attendance) will be paid either; in advance, monthly, or bi-monthly. Payment is due prior to the first day of care. At times this may fall on a Friday. If payment is missed there will be a $25 fee, for each day missed until payment is made. Drop-in fees are payable per occurrence.
Unpaid fees are subject to immediate suspension or termination of care unless reasonable arrangements are made and accepted by both parties. A fee of $25.00 will be charged for all NSF checks. Upon a second occurrence of a NSF check, all subsequent payments must be made in cash.
Parents agree that a child who is ill (i.e. fever, infection, diarrhea, communicable disease, or any other type of illness that may be passed on to others, with the exception of the common cold) will be kept at home to protect the well-being of my family and other children in my care. The parents further agree, should a child become ill while in care, that immediate arrangement will be made to remove the child from the day care.
Children will not be allowed to return to day care until they have been symptom free for at least 48 hours. In some cases, a note from a doctor may be necessary. A longer time to recover may be requested by the provider. Please respect my illness policy. If a child is not well enough to go outside to play or attend school, they are not well enough to attend day care. (Click here to open the “Illness Policy” page.)
Late arrival & pick up policy
Please advise the day care prior to drop-off time if your child will be arriving earlier or later than the pre-arranged time. A late fee of $10 per 15 minutes, per child will apply if a child remains in care after 5:30 pm. This late fee will be applied to the following billing cycle.
You must notify the day care if an unauthorized person will be picking up your child. Verbal or written permission must be received before I will release a child to anyone who is not authorized on the registration form. The person must then present a valid ID before the child is allowed to leave the daycare.
In the event that a parent cannot be contacted, it is the policy of Nellie’s DayCare to call an emergency contact should a child remain in care after the pre-arranged pick-up time if prior notification was not made.
Nellie’s DayCare reserves the right to suspend or terminate care of any child without notice, should it be deemed necessary for the overall safety and well-being of my family and/or other children in my care.
Parents agree that a minimum notice of one full month will be given for permanent withdrawal of any child from care or agree to pay a month’s fee in lieu of. No exceptions will be made.
My home is child-proofed to the best of my ability, however, accidents do happen. Any damage to my home, personal belongings, equipment or toys that is willfully caused by your child will be replaced or repaired at the cost of the parents.
Nellie’s DayCare will repair or replace broken day care equipment & toys due to normal wear and tear.
Potty training policy
I will work in conjunction with parents during potty training. If you have a method that has been working for you, please let me know and I will adopt it for your child. I will work with you – but not for you. Should you discontinue potty training at home, please let me know. If a child shows no interest in potty training, I may choose to discontinue and try again at a later date.
Breast feeding policy
Parents do have the right to enter Nellie’s DayCare to breast feed a nursing infant. This is asked to be done in a non-disruptive manner. The staff will continue care and follow the daily schedule for all others in care. Please give
plenty of notice when planning to come feed, so your infant does not have to wait and staff can make a bottle if needed.
I use the 1-2-3 Magic technique. Asking a child to follow a direction and giving them a chance to obey by the time I count to 3 really works well. If a child doesn’t follow the direction by the count 3, they have a consequence.
Consequences can be either, loss of a privilege or time out. Time out is given as one minute for each year of the child’s age. I find time outs to be a good and safe method, as well as redirection.
Spanking, hitting, slapping, shaking and so forth are not permitted in registered/certified homes or by my personal values.
Services We Offer
With our after school program, our goal is to spark students’ enthusiasm, persistence and determination in regards to what they are already leaning in their regular school. Students are encouraged to finish all school work before heading home each day. We believe, we are the advisers in getting your child’s work done so you can enjoy positive family time once they are home. Non-school days are spent out and about in our community celebrating their hard work. The students love these days and make lasting memories which will have them begging to attend Nellie’s DayCare year after year. Full-time Summer placement is also available for school age children.
Preschool is the first introduction to a lifetime of learning. “The future of the world is in my classroom today.” Along with the ABC’s and 1, 2, 3; we teach proper behavior in-home and in the community with an emphasis in respect for themselves and others. Our caring staff works hand-in-hand with each child on any challenging areas, while always communicating and supporting families along the way. We use Mother Goose Time curriculum which includes award-winning materials organized for each day of the week and practiced all year around.
As children construct knowledge through everyday experiences, we guide children to become the best versions of themselves! Each staff member volunteers at the local Elementary School in the Kindergarten classrooms. Here we have developed a special bond between private preschool and public school kindergarten. What is expected of a kindergartner? What skills should they walk into a classroom already mastering? What does a Kinder teacher expect from her students? By working side-by-side with public school teachers we have learned what we must do in our preschool setting to prep children for this wonderful road ahead.
Toddlers grow and develop at their own pace. “If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” Our goal at Nellie’s DayCare is assuring families that their toddler will be in a safe, healthy environment where they can enhance both social skills and responsibilities at their own pace. Providing a variety of developmentally appropriate activities that include, but limited to, arts and crafts, self-directed play, dramatic play, physical activities both indoors and out, field trips, manners, self-discipline and community service acts.
We understand children are a precious gift; each is special and unique. First and foremost, basic health and safety requirements are met and upheld to the highest standards. We address everything from hand washing procedures and sanitation practices for minimizing the spread of infection, to policies for administering medications and guidelines for safe sleeping. The state of Oregon requires staff to take 15 hours of early learning childhood education classes, however here at Nellie’s DayCare, our staff is expected to double those hours and take 30 hours a year with an emphasis of 15 clock hours specific too infant and toddler care.
By the staff focusing on the unique learning abilities of babies, they are then able to plan appropriate activities, how to use daily routines to bond with babies through cognitive stimulation through conversation, interaction and responsive relationships.
Mother Goose Curriculum
What is Mother Goose Time?
Mother Goose Time is a nationally recognized preschool curriculum that supports your child’s social, emotional and intellectual development. They provide teachers professionally developed, research-supported lesson plans with engaging hands-on materials to use with your child. Preschools and childcare providers who invest in this quality curriculum offer you peace of mind that your child is receiving a quality educational experience that results in a foundation to lifelong learning. Learn more about the research behind the Mother Goose Time Curriculum at www.mothergoosetime.com.
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