Creative Beginnings has been licensed by the State, and we meet or exceed all state standards pertaining to building, classroom equipment, staff ratios, safety and health procedures, nutrition, curriculum and playground equipment and areas. Important information is posted in the reception area, including our state license, state regulations, weekly menus, communicable disease chart, parental access notice, fire and severe weather evacuation notices, and management staff identification.
Creative Beginnings management is required to report to the appropriate State agency suspected child abuse, neglect, exploitation, or deprivation.
Parent concerns or complaints regarding the operation or policies of the center may be addressed to DSS
Lexington License # 23064
Irmo License # 22294
Creative Beginnings offers quality care and development for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age.
We accept children without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, or religious beliefs.
Creative Beginnings will not discriminate against anyone due to disability. We will work with each family in the best interest of the children in our program, on a case-by-case basis. We will be willing to make reasonable adjustments to our program to meet the needs of all children, their families, and our employees.
We require that all children meet the health requirements of the state and our center. A Certificate of Immunization obtained from your pediatrician must be presented at the time of the first day’s attendance.
At the time of enrollment, parents should meet with the Director to familiarize themselves with the policies and procedures of the center. Prior to your child’s first day, parents are encouraged to visit to observe the daily routine of their child’s classroom, as well as the rest of the center.
It is the parent’s responsibility to immediately inform the management or staff of any significant changes in their parents information file.
A two week written notice of withdrawal is required. Parents will be charged the regular tuition rates for this period. If center management deems it necessary to withdraw childcare services, a two-week notice will be given to allow parents adequate time to locate other suitable arrangements.
Creative Beginnings is not liable for lost or damaged articles brought into the center. We strongly recommend that all personal articles, including clothing, be marked clearly with your child’s name. All children should have an extra set of clothing kept at the center in case of accidents or water activities. Children are taken outside daily, weather permitting, so please dress them accordingly.
Please ensure that your child leaves all toys, gum, pets, money, and food at home (unless specific foods are required for a special diet or a “show and Tell” day is announced). Should a child require a special “Huggie” for nap periods, please label it clearly.
DROP OFF/PICK UP PROCEDURES
Creative Beginnings provides a covered portico to allow for ease in drop off and pick up during inclement weather. For the safety of the children please do not use portico at other times than inclement weather. Please DO NOT leave your car unattended for any length of time. You should always accompany your child into and out of the center, but if you wish to stop and talk with the teacher or management, please use the parking spaces provided.
Creative Beginnings will release a child only to the parent or guardian who enrolled the child, or to persons specifically authorized by the parents or guardian.
A copy of the drivers licence must be on file. It will be checked in the child’s room and the office to make sure the person picking up is on the list.
Each child is signed in on each teachers role as they enter and signed out when they leave for the day or transitioning to other rooms. The Role is also done daily in the office. Counts and role are done throughout the day to ensure each child’s safety.
Both parents will have Free and Full access to the child unless we have a court order that stipulates otherwise. Regulation 114-503 F(2) 114-503 F(1) 114-504 A(3)
HOURS OF OPERATION
Creative Beginnings will be open from 6:45 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday, twelve months of the year. We observe 9 holidays each year. New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and the Friday after Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Good Friday.
We ask for your cooperation in picking up your children by 6:00 pm. A management person and one staff member must remain at the center with any child after closing hours. If an emergency situation occurs to delay this pickup time, please call the Center immediately.
A $10.00 late charge will apply if you pick up past 6 0clock. 6:10 there will be an $15.00 for each additional 15 min increments.
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Our “Open Door” policy lends itself to parental visits at any time. However, we do ask for your cooperation in not disrupting classroom programs.
All visitors are required to sign in and present identification at the Front Desk and must be accompanied by a member of the management team while in the building.
All doors remain locked through out the day. Please use the main door to enter and exit. Caution should be used to not allow others, especially those unknown to you, to enter as you enter or exit. All visitors must register with the Preschool office.
Providing a safe environment for your child or children is extremely important to us, and we promote safety rules and regulations to minimize accidents. However, should a serious accident occur the parent will be notified immediately. The director or assistant director will assess each accident to decide if parent should be notified by phone or not. An incident report will be written for all accidents and given to parent.
WE USUALLY FOLLOW LEXINGTON 5 SCHOOL SCHEDULES FOR SCHOOL CLOSINGS OR CLOSING EARLY. Closure will be determined at the discretion of the Director.
For severe weather or emergency evacuation of the building, emergency plans are posted in the lobby and each classroom. Parents will be notified as soon as possible of any closing of the center.
EMERGENCY MEDICAL PLAN
In the event of a medical emergency the Child Development Staff will:
1. Make every attempt to contact the parent
2. If CPR or First Aid is necessary, trained staff will administer treatment.
3. If needed, an ambulance will be called to the CDC. The parent is responsible for all medical costs for injury or illness. All accidents will be reported to the parents on an incident report requiring the parent’s signature. A copy will be filed in your child’s file.
4. A CDC staff member will remain with your child until the parent arrives.
DSS Regulation 114-505 C
In the event of a disaster that required the evacuation of the CDC, the following steps will be taken: DSS Regulation 114-505H (3)
1. Public Safety would be called to assist us with crowd control
2. Parents would be called to pick up their child
In the event of an immediate emergency evacuation, we will transport to the following location using EMT’s and personnel vehicles
IRMO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
7401 Gibbes St.
Irmo SC 29063
And we will remain with your child until they can be picked up
Teachers train at the orientation when starting employment
CONFIDENTIALITY OF RECORDS
Children’s records are open only to the particular child’s teacher the director(s) or authorized employees of the Department of Social Services, and the child’s parent or legal guardian.
Staff personnel records are open only to that staff member, the director(s) or director designee, and authorized employees of the Department of Social Services.
All Files will be locked in the director’s office. Dss regulation 114-503
Upon enrollment you must submit to us a Certificate of Immunization for Day Care Attendance (DHEC 1148). Your child may attend the CDC for no more than one month after the “Date for Next immunization shown in Section One of the certificate. Please remember to ask your immunization provider for the correct form (DHEC 1148) each time your child receives immunizations. Return the form to the office.
Only management will administer medication prescribed by your doctor. You must sign a Medication Authorization form each time authorizing us to dispense medication. The medication must be in its original container, clearly indicating the child’s name, physician’s name, and the prescribed dosage along with the proper measuring utensil.
If at all possible every attempt should be made to give your child’s medicine at home. However if not possible we will administer at 10:00 and 2:00. reg. 114-503 f(2)
Children with seasonal allergies must have a Doctor’s Statement on file. If the allergies persist to the point of extreme coughing, respiratory distress, or head congestion, the Director will call the parent to pick up their child.
Parents of children with life-threatening allergies to foods or insects should provide the Director and all the child’s teachers during the day a note for their file explaining the symptoms and treatment procedures related to the particular allergy. We will take all precautions to meet your child’s special needs. A photo of your child will also be placed in the classroom and office along with allergy, so that anyone that may not know your particular child’s name can identify them with the photo.
If parents want sunscreen applied to their child during the day, parents will need to provide a new bottle of sunscreen each spring with your child’s name clearly written on the bottle and the date you are bringing it to the center. Parents need to apply the first application of sunscreen in the morning. CDC staff will apply the next application of sunscreen after nap each day.
Children will be provided the opportunity to play outdoors daily except in the event of inclement weather or extreme temperatures. During hot weather, water is available at all times. Children should be dressed according to the temperature outside. Make sure coats and hats are provided.
Television is used only for video viewing and only on special occasions. Children who wish not to view the video will be offered other activities.
DIAPERS / CLOTHING
Parents are responsible to make sure your child has diapers and extra sets of clothing at all times in the center. When the teacher uses your last diaper, you will be called at work to come immediately and bring more diapers. If they put the last set of clean clothing on your child and your child has another accident in their pants, you will be called to bring more clothing to the center.
Diaper changing is done approximately every 11/2 hour intervals or as needed except during nap time. Mats are sanitized with each change.
Potty training needs to be a cooperative effort between parents and school. A child sometime around 18 months to 2 years should begin potty training. A child should be very close to being potty trained before we start at the center level. Potty training guidelines will be discussed with each parent when child shows signs of readiness. No child will move up to 3 year old class room until potty trained. Children will be required to wear underwear instead of pull-ups during training. Pull-ups only slow down the process and confuse the child. Every parent will be encouraged to start potty training over a weekend period. A conference will be held with the director for potty training tips.
Parents are encouraged to visit with their child’s teachers to exchange information and concerns whenever necessary. If you would like to schedule a special conference Please see your teacher who will coordinate the conference with the Director. Regular parent-teacher conferences to discuss the child’s progress will be scheduled semi-annually. Daily notes between teacher and parent are good ways to keep communication for the needs of child or questions you may have for the teacher as not to interrupt class time and to make sure all children are being watched correctly and safely. Each child will have a file and will be checked daily for parent notes as well as parents should check file for teacher’s notes.
REST OR NAP TIME
Children that are over 1 year old and older are given a nap from approximately 12:30 pm until 2:30 pm each day. Rest time is required be state regulations. Children who do not fall asleep or awake early may be offered a choice of a quiet activity such as reading books. It would be appreciated if you could arrange pick up time before or after nap. Younger children need more sleep and are on their own schedule and require more napping time. When children are not napping they are out of their cribs and are interacting.
The telephones are for emergency communication. Only call when you have an urgent need. When a teacher is on the phone with you, there is 50% less supervision and care being given to the children. Children act up when the teachers are on the phone at school just as they act up when a parent is on the telephone at home. We air on the side of caution at all times and contact the parent if we see any “out of the ordinary” behavior with your child. If you do not hear from us you know everything is o.k.
The center is mandated by law to report suspicion of child abuse or neglect. The law requires we report for the following.
1. Any physical injury, sexual or emotional abuse inflicted on a child, other than by accidental means, by those responsible for his or her care, custody, and control (with exception of discipline including spanking administered in a reasonable manner) shall be considered abuse.
2. Failure to provide by those responsible for the care, custody and control of the child, the proper or necessary support, education as required by law, medical, surgical or any other care necessary for his or her well-being, shall be classified as
Nutrition is an important part of your child’s overall physical development. Therefore, healthy eating is an important part of our curriculum. The center will provide a light breakfast, lunch, and a p.m. snack daily. Foods served meet or exceed the nutritional guidelines and requirements of the USDA and DSS Agencies. We are a peanut free school so unless approved we do not accept outside foods. A preapproved list for birthdays supplies are listed in the classroom. Menus are posted on the parent board in the hallway. It is extremely important that we are notified of any allergies. Parents of infants are asked to provide unopened baby foods, cereals, and formulas that are not routinely provided. If child has an allergy to milk products they will need to provide an alternate (ex. Soy) for their child to drink. This is only for allergy situations and not because of a specific preference. A Dr. note must be supplied.
Breakfast will be served at apx. 7:30.-8:00. If your child arrives after that please make sure they are fed.
All employees have read the Code of Ethics and signed confidentiality statements each year. Staff is expected to share information concerning a child with caregivers who have contact with the children, administration and the child’s parents only. Staff should not share information concerning a child with other parents.DSS regulation 114-503 1
POSITIVE GUIDANCE AND DISCIPLINE
Our goal is to guide children in understanding right from wrong through teaching, guiding, and role modeling. Our goal is to teach The Three R’s. Respect, Responsibility, and Resourcefulness. We want to teach them:
1. Self control
2. The ability to make good choices
3. An understanding of right and wrong
4. Positive and appropriate core values
5. Respect for self, others, and things
6. To identify their feelings and emotions by labeling their feelings
Our staff will use techniques to guide children in positive ways:
1. Role modeling appropriate behavior
2. Positive verbal guidance with problem solving
3. Labeling of feelings as they are demonstrated
4. Gentle redirecting
5. Quiet Time when needed to regroup and when they have calmed down they may rejoin the group. This is used after all else has been tried and the child is clearly upset and needs time to calm himself down
6. Taking away of privileges or materials that are not handled appropriately
7. A predictable schedule so the child can feel secure
8. Reinforcement of limits, rules, and expected behavior
9. Praise for good behavior
10. Loving assurance and acceptance under all circumstances
11. Maintaining the dignity and integrity of every child
12. constant conversations on how to behave with their friends
13. Our Staff will not use corporal punishment of any kind
14. Emotional abuse is prohibited including profane, harsh, demeaning, or humiliating language. Threatening, humiliating, or ignoring a child.114506
15. Withholding, forcing, or threatening to withhold or force food, sleep or toileting is prohibited. 114-506.
16. Unsupervised isolation of a child shall not be allowed. The shall shall be within sight of staff if isolation from the group is used. 114-506
17. Using other children to discipline other children is prohibitied. 114-506
18. children shall not be restrained through drugs or mechanical restraints.
If your child is a biter we will talk to and redirect your child from the stressor, you may be asked to contact your child’s pediatrician for advice. You must talk to your child about only putting food in his/her mouth. If your child continues to bite and has bitten 5 times your child will be placed on a 1 day suspension and each 5 time occurrence thereafter
Transitioning to another class for infants and toddlers are arranged according to the developmental needs of the child and availability of space. Transitions do not coincide with the child’s birthday. Classroom placement is at the sole discretion of the director. We will make every attempt to transition your child with notification, however, sometimes we may have to move quicker depending on your child’s need or the centers need. Children are mixed with similar age groups during morning and evening transitions.
THINGS YOU SHOULD SEE
We will strive to be a high Quality early childhood program with an emphasis on providing a safe and nurturing environment while promoting the physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual development of young children.
You should see:
1. Frequent, positive, warm, interactions among adults and children.
2. planned learning activities appropriate to the child’s age and development
3. specially trained teachers
4. adults who respond to individual children
5. many varied age appropriate materials
6. a healthy safe environment
7. nutritious meals and snacks
8. regular communication with parents who are welcome visitors at all times
9. effective administration and on going systematic evaluation
10. Health and safety precautions are taken to limit spread of infectious disease
11. The teacher talks with, sings to, and reads with infants/child. Language is a vital,
Lively, form of communication with individuals.
12. Teachers respond quickly to cries or calls of distress
ALL INFANT ROOMS HAVE A NO SHOE POLICY TO ENSURE CLEANLINESS BECAUSE THEY ARE ON THE FLOORS.
ALL PARENTS/CAREGIVERSWILL NEED TO TAKE SHOES OFF BEFORE THEY ENTER THE ROOM TO ENSURE THAT NOTHING FROM OUTSIDE IS BROUGHT IN FOR BABIES TO PUT IN THEIR MOUTH. THIS IS A NAEYC STANDARD AND A STANDARD OF THIS CENTER. THE WORKERS WEAR CENTER SHOES AND THE PARENTS EITHER NEED TO PUT ON THE SHOE COVERINGS OR PROVIDE SOCKS IF TAKING OFF YOUR SHOES FOR HEALTH REASON
CHILDREN SHOULD BE EXCULUDED FROM THE CENTER FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS (this list covers most common illnesses but not inclusive of all reasons for exclusion)
ILLNESS that prevents the child from participating comfortably in program activities
ILLNESS that results in a greater need for care than our facility can provide
WITHOUT COMPROMISING THE HEALTHE AND SAFETY OF OTHERCHILDREN.
FEVER is defined as 100 auxiliary 101 orally
SYMPTOMS and signs of possible severe illness include but are not limited to, lethargy, uncontrolled coughing, inexplicable irritability or persistence crying, difficult breathing, wheezing, or rash
Fever accompanied by other symptoms, (diarrhea, vomiting)
Diarrhea-2 or more watery, bloody, or unformed stools
Vomiting-2 or more times during the previous 24 hours
Rash with fever or behavioral changes or an unidentified rash
Purulent conjunctivitis defined as pink eye or red conjunctive with white or yellow eye discharge until on antibiotics for 24 hours
Head lice until after treatment and all nits are gone
Scabies until after treatment has been completed
Impetigo until 24 hours after treatment has been initiated
Strep throat or other streptococcal infection, until 24 hours after initial antibiotic
Treatment and cessation of fever
Chickenpox/shingles until all sores have dried and crusted (usually 6 days)
Mumps until 9 days after onset of parotid gland swelling
Pertussus, until 5 days of antibiotics
Hepatitis A virus until after 1 week after onset of illness
Measles, until 4 days of onset of rash
Rubella until 6 days after onset of rash
Child return policy
Children must be symptom free for 24 hours unless otherwise
Children have been treated with antibiotics for 24 hours unless otherwise stated
Children can participate comfortably in all program activities
A DR. note is required for all returns before 24 hours
We do not care for Mildly Ill children. Dss Reg 114-509 B
ITEMS TO BRING
Infants need all bottles labeled and dated each day and formula already made.
A crib sheet and a thin blanket labeled.
Several changes of clothes to leave here at the center.
ALL ITEMS NEED TO BE LABELED (car seats, extra clothes, bibs etc.)
Wipes, diapers, and any ointments needed.
Wipes need to be brought either one large container a month or one small container weekly. You will be notified when you need to bring them in.
We do not have a lot of storage space so bring a small cooler or bag to bring bottles in; we do not have a place for large bags.
Please check refrigerator for take home bottles. We get very busy here during pickup so make sure all is packed up before you leave.
Somewhere around the 1 year of age we will start transitioning your child from bottle to cup and we have them off the bottle at 1 year of age. (Pediatric recommendation) at this time you will need to supply a sippy cup.
Crib size sheet for mat
Cuddly if use one.
Extra clothes carried in a back pack.
All items need to be taken home and washed every Friday.
Sheets CANNOT be returned dirty.
ALL ITEMS NEED TO BE LABELED
Children should be dressed in play clothes and closed toed shoes with socks.
We have sand on our playgrounds and red clay. Clothes are going to get soiled please dress them for play. Please dress your child according to the weather forecast, hats, coats, scarves, gloves etc.
Preschoolers should not bring any toys, sippy cups, or pacifiers from home.
After 18 months old your toddler will be on a regular small drinking cup to help with language skills and will not use a pacifier while at preschool.
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