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Happy and Healthy Children
Children should bring two snacks, a lunch with a snack and three beverages. Nutritious meals and snacks are important for your child’s good health, performance at school, and overall feeling of well-being. Please make sure that all of the foods you pack for your child are nutritious. Sweet snacks could be replaced by healthier fruits or pudding to encourage proper nutrition. We hope the following information will be helpful in planning meals and snacks your child will enjoy while meeting his/her need for nutrients.
|Food Group||# Servings Per Day||Serving Size for 3-5 year olds|
|Milk & Milk products|
|1 c milk=1 oz cheese=3/4c plain yogurt|
|Meat or meat alternative|
|1 1/2 oz meat or fish=3/4c dried beans or peas or 1 egg|
|Vegetables & Fruits|
|1/4 c carrots, dark green veg., cantaloupe, 1/2 c orange or grapefruit juice, oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, broccoli (vit. C)|
|1/4 c potatoes, corn, green beans, lettuce, cabbage, apples|
|Breads & Cereals|
|1 slice bread=1/2 c rice, pasta, dry cereal=1/4 c hot cereal|
Meals and snacks should be planned to provide at least one-third of your child’s daily nutritional requirements. Additionally, the following principles of good nutrition should be kept in mind:
- Choose foods for meals and snacks that contribute not just to good nutrition, but also to good dental health, i.e. limit overly sweet and sticky foods, especially those high in refined sugars.
- Children do not need salt added to their food. Limiting salty entrees and snacks (i.e. chips, popcorn, etc.) is beneficial in hypertension prevention.
- Whole grain breads are preferable to white for sandwiches.
- Fruit drinks and punches do not contain many of the vitamins and minerals found in natural juices and are high in sugar.
- Please do not include hard candy, nuts or thick peanut butter as these can be choking hazards for preschoolers (We are also a peanut and nut safe school!).
Some suggestions in each category could include:
- Sandwiches: Lunches could include sliced meats, lunch meats, tuna, chicken or egg salad, cheese, hummus and tabouli, and cream cheese with jelly.
- Hearty soup or stew with crackers (Send in a thermos to keep soup warm)
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Cheese and crackers
- Leftovers, i.e. casseroles, scrambled eggs, stir fries (Send in a thermos to keep warm)
- Yogurt or cottage cheese and fruit
- Carrots, celery, cucumber slices, salads, and raw vegetable sticks with dip are especially popular.
- All varieties of fresh or juice-packed canned fruits.
Fruit breads/mini-muffins, plain cookies, crackers, pudding, Jell-O, pretzels, granola, trail mix, bagels and low fat cream cheese, celery stuffed with cream cheese, dry cereal.
- Juice boxes, thermos of milk or water.
We do have refrigerators in each classroom. Label all items and place them in the refrigerator in the morning if needed. We would appreciate families utilizing ice packs to keep foods cold as often as possible. And please pack food in a thermos if it needs to stay warm. All food should be prepared at home and should include the necessary eating utensils so that your child can eat independently at school. Before leaving each night, please pick up any leftovers or containers from the refrigerator or cubby.
Compiled by Anne McDonald, Nutritionist
Items to Bring From Home
If your child is in the process of potty training we request that the pulls ups have detachable sides. Pull ups with sides that easily open enable the teacher to change your child’s pull up quickly; giving her more time to spend with all the children. This also means that your child’s teacher does not need to remove socks, shoes, pants or shorts (as well as tights and leggings) to change your child.
We also ask that you have a supply of pull ups and wipes, labeled with your child’s name, stored here at CKH. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. We want to do all we can to make potty training a positive experience.
We will send a notice home when your child’s supply of pull ups or wipes needs to be replenished.
Children will need a crib-size blanket and may bring in a small lovey for rest time. Please store these items in a small bag with your child’s name clearly written on the outside as well as on the bedding. All bedding should be taken home every Friday for laundering.
Children should be dressed in clothing that they can manage themselves. Belts, complicated suspender buckles and extra layers of clothing can make it difficult for a young child to use the toilet independently and can lead to more accidents. Clothing should be comfortable to play in, both indoors and out. Children climb, crawl, paint and dig in the sand at school so be sure to utilize sturdy, washable clothing that can get dirty. Dresses can be difficult to play in, but they can be made more appropriate by wearing shorts or leggings underneath. Sneakers are the most appropriate footwear for running and playing.
At least one complete change of clothing should be brought to school in case of spills or accidents. Include underwear, pants, tops and socks folded in a large zip lock bag with your child’s name on it. Please be sure to put your child’s name on his or her clothing as well. The plastic bag will be used for soiled or wet clothes that need to go home. Please return clean clothing the next day (in a new zip lock) so that your child is prepared for any other spills or accidents.
Parents are encouraged to share their talents, hobbies, or vocations with the children at arranged times. Please speak to the teachers to plan for this. Children also have the opportunity to share their individual interests with their classmates. Teachers allow time for children to discuss activities and events they have enjoyed during circle times and some classrooms plan Show and Tell times. Your child’s teacher can give you more information.
The center provides many new play experiences for the children so it is best to have your child leave his or her personal toys at home. This also helps to prevent issues with sharing. If your child has a special toy he or she would like to show to the class, have him or her bring it in for Show and Tell.
Children enjoy celebrating their birthdays with school friends. If you and your child would like to, your child may bring in a store bought treat (ex. cupcakes,cookies) to share that is in its original package. Please remember that we are a peanut and nut safe school! Please be sure to speak to the teachers a few days ahead of the date. To keep from hurting anyone’s feelings, please do not distribute invitations to parties unless every child in the class is invited.
Our Behavior Management Policy
The goal of behavior management is to guide and teach children pro-social behaviors. “Guidance Teaching is character education in its truest political sense, guiding children to develop empathy, self-esteem, and self-control needed to make decisions.” (Kamii)
We believe that children learn best when helped to process information rather than simply being told what not to do. When children act inappropriately we redirect them to positive actions they can take. Our goal is to help them understand how to better handle the situation next time it arises. By asking questions regarding their behavior we are able to understand what they were trying to accomplish, and then guide them to create other options for meeting their goal.
We will be consistent and fair as we respond to inappropriate behaviors and will continually display our love for each individual child. We will seek to help them succeed by offering them opportunities to create classroom rules and by making sure the rules are developmentally appropriate, clear and easy to follow.
Our center staff will at all times be respectful of the children and will show them love while responding to negative behaviors. We will keep each one safe as they either exhibit or witness inappropriate actions. We will never subject children to cruel or severe punishment such as humiliation, verbal or physical abuse, neglect or abusive treatment. We will never use corporal punishment, including spanking. We will not deprive children of meals or snacks; force feed children; or discipline a child for soiling, wetting or not using the toilet. This includes forcing a child to remain in clothing or forcing a child to remain on the toilet, or using any other unusual or excessive practices for toileting.
If at any time a parent/guardian has a concern about a child’s activities, behavior, or development, he or she may request a personal meeting with the child’s teacher and/or the director. If Campus Kinder Haus has concerns that a child’s developmental needs are not being appropriately met in the daily program, the child’s behavior is uncontrolled and dangerous to the children or staff, or that the center cannot meet the needs of the parent/guardian, every effort will be made to involve the parents/guardians in the process of identifying the problem and working toward possible solutions.
In this process, the teacher will document immediately in writing the behavior and any other pertinent information throughout the day, schedule a meeting with the parent/guardian and offer referral suggestions of services provided to young children. The director maintains a list of current referral resources (in a referral packet) in the community for children in need of social, mental health, educational and medical services. Included in this list is contact information for the Quincy Early Intervention Program. Campus Kinder Haus will make every effort to assist the parent in finding the most appropriate program for his/her child.
As a center staff, we strive to make this school one where every child who enters can succeed. Yet at times issues arise which make it necessary for the center to terminate enrollment. These issues include but are not limited to: excessive or dangerous behaviors; a family’s refusal to seek further professional help; special services which the center cannot accommodate; two consecutive weeks of unpaid tuition; multiple late pick-up; a family’s refusal to return necessary paperwork; disrespectful or discriminatory comments made by a family member towards other children, families or staff; behaviors which make the center unsafe or uncomfortable for other children, families or staff; and refusal to uphold center policies.
The center will work with the family to make this transition as smooth as possible. The director will notify the family of the termination in writing including the reason(s) for termination and efforts the program has made prior to the termination. When possible, the family will be given a two-week notice and the center will follow the typical goodbye routine for the child’s class. The center will also support the family in finding a new center when appropriate. If an immediate termination is necessary, the center will strive to have all of the children’s belongings together at the time of dismissal. If this is not possible, the family can contact the director to set up a time to come and pick up the belongings. The director will have all of the belongings together in the office.
Your Parental Rights
Parents are encouraged to visit the center and are frequently asked to assist with field trips, parties, and to share talents, hobbies, or vocations with the children. We have an open-door policy, so you may visit your child at any time. However, if your child is having a difficult time saying goodbye to you in the mornings, it is best to wait until he or she has smoother drop-offs before visiting the center during the day.
Communication Between Home and School
Progress reports will be written in January and May. Parent conferences will be scheduled in January and May to discuss your child’s activities and participation in the program. However, if concerns regarding your child arise, your child’s teacher will speak with you and, if necessary, schedule a parent meeting at that time. Also, parents may request a conference at any time.
Parents are encouraged to share their ideas and suggestions with their child’s teacher and/or the director. Parents also have the opportunity to support the center by joining the Parent/Teacher Committee that meets monthly during the after school program.
All information contained in a child’s record shall be privileged and confidential. We will not release information without your written request and approval. However, the Office of Child Care Services, an office of the State, has the right to access all children’s files but must maintain the confidentiality of the individual records. You have the right to add information, comments, data or any relevant material to your child’s records. Parents also have the right to request deletion or amendment of any information contained in the child’s record. A conference will be scheduled so the parent can express, clarify or correct such information. Within one week after the conference a decision, in writing, will state the reason for the decision. If the decision is in favor of the parent(s), we will immediately take steps to put the decision into effect.
Immunizations Required for Child Care
All children must have a yearly physical in their file at school and must have all immunizations up to date. Families should be aware that both lead screening and Varicella (the Chicken Pox vaccine) are required by the State for school admission.
Prescription medication can be administered to children only when requested by the prescribing physician. Each container shall carry the name of the medication, the person for whom it was prescribed, the name of the prescribing physician, and the physician’s instructions. The child’s medication must be in its original container. No medication shall be transferred between containers. The family must also complete a medication authorization form before the center may administer any medication. A child must remain at home for 24-hours after beginning a new medication to ensure that he or she will not have a reaction to the medication.
Non-Prescription medication can only be given once the center has received the written order of the physician and a signed medication form from the parent/guardian. The authorization forms will be valid for one year. Parents will be notified each time a non-prescription medication is administered to their child. This is in compliance with state and federal laws.
A child with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will be sent home and may return to school after being symptom-free for 24-hours. If a prescription medication is prescribed, a 24-hour recovery period is mandatory before the child may return. It is recommended that families create a plan for responding to illnesses. It is critical that the center staff be able to contact either a family member or emergency contact person quickly when a child is ill and that children have the opportunity to recover at home until they are well enough to take part in all of the typical school activities. Parents will be notified if a child within the center contracts a communicable illness.