Faery Home Childcare Daycare Booklet FOUNDER, LESLEY CRESSMAN, RECE
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" I love the simple wonder and joy of children as they discover their world around them." Keith and Lesley have been married for 29 years. Together they have raised four children; those children are 29-21. Today they are emptynesters. They have small a dog. They live in a smoke free bungalow in Kitchener, Ontario. Lesley worked as a home daycare provider for 19 years before returning to college to earn her ECE Diploma in 2012. Lesley has worked in the ECE field as an ECE in a Co-Operative Preschool for two years. Lesley also worked at KW Habilitation, one of the resource agencies with the Region of Waterloo, as Enhanced Staff. She worked with Autistic children in the centre, to find a way of inclusion within the space. She utilizes the skills of nursery rhymes, storytelling, and felt board songs each day within her program. Lesley loves working with families and children within her community. She is a Reiki Master, Red Tent Facilitator, and she is a Certified Doula. She runs a doula collective with 5 staff members. Lesley's heart is in social sevices and she values our community as a whole, she is accepting of all religions, cultures, social economics and GLBT accepting. Lesley is a strong educator, who utilizes the theories of Gardeners Multiple Intelligence within her classes. Lesley utilizes a combination of Theory, Visual, and Movement activities to assist her students in bringing the learning into practice. Personal Philosophy: It is my belief that children learn best with "Play" as the medium; where they learn by exploring their development of social, emotional, cognitive, language and physical skills. I think it is fundamental to have hope and faith that all children can learn through a rainbow of experiences. I feel that ALL children are capable of steering learning opportunities and enter into care with prior knowledge. Moreover, I believe that ALL children and families deserve the best of care. It is my highest expectation and my personal goal to assist the families and the community in which I live to become an inclusive place where all children can flourish. Child Care and Early Years Act: “Duty to disclose if not licensed 12. (1) Any person who does not hold a licence shall, before providing child care in a circumstance described in paragraph 2 or 4 of subsection 6 (3), or, if relevant, in subsection 6 (4), disclose to the parent of the child, in a manner that may be prescribed, that the person does not hold a licence. Duty to retain record of disclosure (2) A person who makes a disclosure in accordance with subsection (1) shall retain a record of the disclosure in a prescribed manner for at least the prescribed time period, or if no time period is pre-scribed, for at least two years from the date the disclosure is made.” According to the Law, Lesley is acknowledging that she is a regulated home childcare provider. Contracted under the Region of Waterloo, Home Childcare, as of November 1st, 2018.
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Education, Quality Matters and Redirection Beliefs: Lesley is a graduate from Conestoga College in the Early Childhood Educator Program. She graduated with a GPA of 3.83 in April 2012. Redefining Early Learning and Care for the Early Years. She graduated with a GPA of 3.75 Spring 2013. Lesley took the first term of Social Services, she successfully passed: Developmental Psychology, Sociology I, Social Service Systems I, Social Work And The Law, and Group Process And Dynamics. Quality Matters 1) Vulnerable Sector Check, on the entire family 2) Family and Children Service Check, on the entire family 3) TB Testing, on the entire family 4) Up to date vaccinations, on the entire family 5) Valid First Aid and CPR 6) Reaching In Reaching Out 1 and 2, (two 6 hour day weekend courses) 7) Redefining Early Learning and Care, (a 30 hours course run by Conestoga College and The Region of Waterloo) 8) ABC Workplace Safety Course 9) WHMIS. Lesley utilizes the High Scope Philosophy of Redirection with the 6 Steps for Problem-Solving: This is achieved through love, consistency, and firmness. The home childcare does not use Time Out or Removal of Privileges, instead the concept of Time In, where the provider will position herself into the situation. 1) Approach calmly, stopping any hurtful actions 2) Acknowledge the children's feelings 3) Gather information 4) Restate the problem 5) Ask for ideas for solutions and choose one together 6) Be prepared to give follow-up support As a Last Resort when a child's behavior is continually upsetting or dangerous to the provider or others, communication will be started with the parents. If the problems cannot be resolved, arrangements will have to be made for the child to go elsewhere for care. The ultimate goal is to have a healthy home like environment where all the children within its umbrella are safe and secure. Please remember this is also OUR home and if your child is purposefully destroying items you may be asked for help in recovering those costs; even though the Faery Home Childcare is insured with a Home Daycare Rider.
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Lesley runs her Home Child Care Program in complete compliance with the Ministry of Educations Child Care Modernization Act, 2014. Lesley will only care for up to a maximum of 6 children in her home at anytime. She will only have a maximum of two children under the age of two; the remainder of the possible 6 children will be over 2 years of age. Lesley’s own children have aged out and no longer impact on her numbers. Lesley gives two weeks written notice on cancellation of care. She can/will cancel care for the following, but not limited to: Non-Payment/late payments , Our Family Emergency, Destruction of Property, The Child Not Adjusting to Care. Lesley will cancel care immediately if it is in the betterment of the children already in her care. If a situation becomes explosive, she will cancel care with no refund or notice for the children in her care. Lesley requires a two week non refundable deposit to register a child in her program; unless the child's fees are being paid by the Region of Waterloo, Home Childcare. If late payments are outstanding, or she gives three written notices she can choose to cancel immediately as well. Lesley requires two weeks written notice/ or payment from parents on cancellation of care. Your two weeks deposit is used for the last two weeks of care or if care has not started yet, to cover some of the losses of finding a new family for the spot. Hours/Fees/Holidays/Closures GENERAL: Please notify Lesley by 8 am if your child will not be coming for the day. Payment is still required. Parents are required to keep me informed of any change in addresses, telephone numbers, and other pertinent information. No smoking is allowed on premises; there is an ashtray on the front porch, please put out your cigarette before coming into or near our space. This is done to ensure the butts are not in our play space or on our grass area. The daycare home will have a fire drill at least once per month. Lesley has an open-door policy for parents during daycare hours. Payment Schedule: Fees are payable in advance and are due no later than drop off time on the first day of the week the child is in care. A fee of $15 per day charged on late payments. Email transfer payments are to be accessible by 9:30 am on the Saturday before care. Late- Over-time fee: A late fee equal to $5 per child, per 15-minute intervals for pickups later or drop off earlier than the above agreed upon time. Family Holidays: Lesley charges 50% of care fee for holding your family's spot. There is no limit on the amount of holidays a family can take; as long as payment is given to Lesley before the holiday. This policy applies to holidays with a minimum of one week. HOLIDAYS/CLOSURES: Daycare Holidays: Daycare will be closed with pay on the following holidays: New Year's Day, July 1st, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. The daycare is closed: The daycare will be closed for one week between Christmas and New Year's, exact dates to be given. There is a possibility of up to three weeks a year being taken off throughout the year. Those dates include Professional Development Days to remain current in my learning. These weeks do not require payment and the most amount of notice will be given.
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Privacy Practice, Medical Emergencies, Illness, Medication Personal information provided to Faery Home Childcare is collected under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and is kept in confidence. Lesley Cressman is authorized to access personal information based only on her need to deal with the information for the reason for which it was obtained. Lesley keeps all student files in her office and restrict access to family files. Please remember, Lesley is required to grant the Ministry of Education, access to collected information. MEDICAL EMERGENCIES: Minor bumps and scratches are inevitable, but every effort to keep the children safe through supervision and childproofing will be made. Minor injuries receive appropriate first aid, and if an emergency injury or illness occurs, you will be contacted as soon as possible. If necessary, your child will be taken to the nearest hospital where you will be asked to meet us. Parents are responsible for all costs involved in emergency medical treatment, including emergency transportation if required. ILLNESS: No child will be accepted with a fever and/or a combination of other symptoms within 24 hours. Diarrhea – two or more liquid stools or a change in the normal pattern of bowel movements (i.e. runny, watery, or bloody stools within the past 24 hours). Vomiting in the past 24 hours. Eye discharge – yellow or white. Severe cough or sore throat. Heavy nasal discharge. Irritability, continuous crying, or requires more attention than can be provided or has had any of these symptoms within the last 24 hours. MEDICATION: Both non-prescription and prescription medications, ointments, and creams can be given to your child if needed. Parents are required to fill out the proper forms and to supply all medications in their original containers. These must be labeled with the child's name and prescription information clearly legible on the container. Lesley will only give medications with the Five Right Policy: Right Medication, Right Name, Right Time, Right Amount, and Right Label. If these are not available Lesley will not give the medications, but contact the family. SUPPLIES: Parents bring a blanket for rest time to be kept at the daycare home and a complete change of clothing (including socks) appropriate for the weather to be kept at the daycare home. Soiled clothing will be sent home and a clean change of clothes should be brought back the next day. Good clothing is not recommended. Appropriate hats, mittens, boots must be brought to daycare to be kept here or as requested. All items need to be labeled with your child's initials. Parents must maintain these items at all times. Parents are required to supply diapers and you will be notified when your child's supply needs to be replenished. The Provider will supply all food: (except breast milk/formula and/or baby food for infants, baby wipes). Parents are responsible for feeding the child if he/she will arrive at daycare after a mealtime. Infants are always fed on demand. Parents are to provide breast milk/formula, cereal and baby food for infants. Toddlers will be supplied meals as per the daycare meal chart. Lunch menus for the week are posted. NAP/REST TIME: Lesley follows the Day Nursery Act per Rest requirements, each child 5 years of age and younger is required to have a rest period. If your child no longer naps, he/she may look at books, but must remain quiet for the other children. Outdoor Play: At Faery Home Childcare, we try to get outside every morning and afternoon; depending on weather of course. Children under the age of 5 are directly supervised at all times. Children over the age of 5, depending on development and maturity will have an outdoor agreement with the parents, child and provider. It is Lesley’s goal for all parties to be confident with the agreement.
Faery Home Childcare Contract, Owned and operated by Lesley Cressman Agreement is entered into on: _____________________________________ Daycare Provider: Lesley Cressman And the Family Entering Care: Name: ______________________________________________________________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________ Telephone: _____________________________________________________________ Child/ren: ______________________________________________________________ Start Date:____________________________ RATE : ____________________________ Hours of Operation: Normal hours of operation are 7:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday. For special accommodations please speak with Lesley Cressman. Payment Schedule: Fees are payable in advance and are due no later than drop off time on the first day of the week the child is in care. A fee of $5 per day will be charged on late payments. Over-time fee: A late fee equal to $5 per child shall be made per 15 minute intervals for pick ups later or drop off earlier than the above agreed upon time. HOLIDAYS/CLOSURES: Daycare Holidays: Daycare will be closed with pay on the following holidays: New Year's Day, July 1st, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. The daycare is closed for family time: One week, the week between Christmas and new years exact dates to be given. There is a possibility of up to three weeks a year being taken off throughout the year. Those include Professional Development Days to remain current in my learning. These weeks do not require payment and the most amount of notice will be given. Privacy Practice: Personal information provided to Faery Home Childcare is collected under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and is kept in confidence. Lesley Cressman is authorized to access personal information based only on her need to deal with the information for the reason for which it was obtained. Lesley keeps all student files in her office and restrict access to family files. Please remember, Lesley must required to grant the Ministry of Education, access to collected information. MEDICAL EMERGENCIES: Minor bumps and scratches are inevitable, but every effort to keep the children safe through supervision and childproofing will be made. Minor injuries receive appropriate first aid, and if an emergency injury or illness occurs, you will be contacted as soon as possible. If necessary, your child will be taken to the nearest hospital where you will be asked to meet us. Parents are responsible for all costs involved in emergency medical treatment, including emergency transportation if required. PERMISSION TO TRANSPORT: Occasionally, Lesley will need to take children to school or go on a Field Trip excursion. All children will be placed in safety-approved car seats as required by Ontario Law. Parents may be requested to provide a car seat for the day. Copies of the emergency forms with a picture of each child attached will be in the possession of the caretaker at all times. In the event of an emergency away from the daycare home, your child will be cared for and you will be notified as soon as possible. ________________________ gives his/her permission for ___________________(child) to travel in the Childcare Provider's vehicle. Parent Signature:_______________________________
All About Your Child: Child’s Name: _________________________________________________ Child’s: _____years & ____months Health Card #_____________________ Child’s Date of Birth ______________________________________ Child’s Gender: _______________________________________________ Parent/Guardian Names:________________________________________Number____________________ Alternate Phone:______________________________________________ (indicate home, cell, work, etc.) Emergency Contact: _____________________________ Number:__________________________________ Favorite foods:_____________________________________________________________________________ Allergies and Steps To Be Taken: ______________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ Interests:__________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ Anything you feel I should know: ______________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ Also please attach a copy of your health card and Immunization Record to this page at the bottom Child’s Name:______________________________ Date:___________________________ Parents Name:____________________________ Contact Number:____________________ ___________________________________________________________________________
Faery Childcare is an unique program: we explore in the forest or nature as much as possible. So please expect your child to get messy. We have Singing and Signing here on a weekly basis and we travel to play groups weekly. Additionally, Faery Childcare has an assist who comes and helps out. This allows us to participate in activities that would be a little harder for one adult to manage with 5 children in care. She, like any adult within the program have their police checks done, and her first aid.
“If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote magainst the boredom and disenchantment of later years, the sterile preoccupation with things artificial, the alienation from the sources of our strength.” — Rachel Carson, “The Sense of Wonder”
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