Guidance can be defined as the on-going process of helping children develop inner control so that they can manage their own behavior in a socially acceptable manner. We hope to create an environment where this can happen and children can experience this kind of growth.
The Center will apply positive methods of guidance, utilizing reason, self-direction, and self esteem. The Staff will use reasonable, non-severe guidance or restraint, when deemed necessary, to prevent a child from harming themselves or another person or property.
Caregivers will: explain and enforce the rules in a positive, encouraging manner to make them understandable and acceptable to the child; redirect an uncooperative child to another activity or redirect the entire activity in a more wholesome direction; allow child of comparable size and ability to work out their own solutions; help children understand one another’s actions; explain what behavior is unacceptable, why, and what he/she should do; ask children over 2 1/2 to sit in a “thinking” chair when they have lost control of their actions, words, or when a caregiver feels it would be in the best interest of those involved (sitting in the ”thinking” chair generally is determined as one minute per year of age). A staff member will discuss the problem with a child and help him/her to understand; notify parents if the above measures do not effectively deal with the child’s behavior problems. Serious guidance problems will be resolved through parent, teacher, and Director consultation.
PCFC is mandated by the Child Protection Law (Act #238) and will report to the DSS any suspected cases of child abuse, child sexual abuse, or child neglect.
The Center is only prepared to care for children who are well. It is the parent’s responsibility to determine their child’s state of health while still at home. Staff has the right to refuse to admit children to the classroom for health reasons.
Do not send your child to the Center if he/she is sick, even if it is only a sore throat or a mild fever. Keep your child home if he/she has: a temperature of 101 degrees. The child should be without fever for 24 hours before returning to the Center; a communicable disease (e.g. diarrhea, conjunctivitis, strep infections, etc.), a heavy nasal or optical discharge, or an unexplained rash.
If the Center feels that any of these requirements have been ignored, they reserve the right to deny admittance to a child that is deemed sick.
One week’s fee credit will be given per year for family vacations (anniversary date to anniversary date), if the Center is notified in writing, in advance. This vacation must be taken as five consecutive days, due to bookkeeping and staffing concerns.
Late Pick-Up Policy
The Center closes at 6:00 p.m. If you are late picking up your child, you will be charged $10.00 for every 15 minutes you are late, beginning at 6:01 p.m. After 15 minutes without parental contact, back-up emergency numbers will be called with a request to pick up the child. Consistently late pick-ups may result in dismissal of your child from the program.