Parent Handbook

Below you will find all the information you need including an itinerary for our child care, daycare, and preschool program.

At times Little Newtons may be referred to as “LN”.

About Us

Purpose: To fully communicate our Mission, Core Values, Philosophy, Code of Excellence.

Mission Statement

Little Newtons’ mission is to change early childhood education and provide the highest standard of learning. We’ve created a positive environment that fosters the development and enjoyment of learning, along with first-class childcare. We welcome you to visit anytime of the day during our hours of operation.

Code of Excellence

Our staff set the tone and image of our center, they consider the impact of themselves on others, regular attendance and punctuality, work efficiently, confidently, perform as leaders and have the highest professional behavior.

Core Values

Integrity, Passion for Education, Commitment to Excellence, Innovation, Professionalism and Capability

Philosophy

Little Newtons’ philosophy is based on a mixture of teaching methods.  We have developed a program that encompasses a great breadth of knowledge, excitement, and adventures.  LN believes that, in a child’s life, ages zero to five are imperative to their lives’ journeys.  We are dedicated to providing the most exceptional environment for children to reach such goals and exceed their potential.   All our little ones are under the age of six.  The first six years are the most important ones in a child’s life.  Therefore, we are so serious about development and learning.  Our programs are designed to develop each child’s five senses to their fullest potential.  Each child learns at his/her own pace.  Our programs and lessons help them to develop their social, intellectual, physical, and emotional skills.  Many activities and fun play experiences are provided during each day to the specific age groups that helps them get ready for the next level.   Our teachers all meet the qualifications set by Minnesota State Laws.  They each go through a full orientation and developmental and educational skills needed by children.

Licensing

Purpose: To fully communicate our Licensing Information.

Who Licenses Us

The State of Minnesota, Department of Human Services.  We are also inspected by the County Health Department (Hennepin for Maple Grove, Plymouth and Champlin).

Regulations

We compile with MN state Statute 9503 and Rule 3 Guidelines.

Capacity

Maple Grove is licensed for 115—18 Infants, 31 Toddlers, 66 Preschoolers.

Champlin is licensed for 114—26 Infants, 44 Toddlers and 44 Preschoolers.

Plymouth is licensed for 435—64 Infants, 84 Toddlers, 287 Preschoolers.

Consent

We will receive consent in the event of each occasion of research, experimental procedure, or public relation activity involving a child per MN statute.

Religion

We do not teach any religious doctrines at LN, in part because many of the children come from different backgrounds and beliefs, but we teach how to love and get along with each other.

Fair Enrollment

LN admits students of any race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the Center.  LN does not discriminate based on race, color, sex, creed, religion, age, disability, national and ethnic origin in the source of payment or in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies or other center administered programs.

Programs for Children Enrolled

Purpose: To fully communicate how our age groups are broken down

Infants: 6 weeks to 16 months

Six weeks to 16 months (with a minimum ratio of 1:4)

Our infant’s enrollment plan starts at six weeks old.

We have two infant rooms in Plymouth and Champlin: Younger and Older. Maple Grove has one infant room.

Since learning begins at birth, we carry our care and attention to each one of them individually each day.  Our program for infants, besides eating and sleeping, is completed with games, singing, talking and identifying different forms of objects such as toys, books, etc. Our babies are introduced to our languages, reading, sign language, etc.

Until your baby is ready for regular table food, we will follow your own diet plan; a form will be provided to you to fill out.

What you need to provide each day:  Formula (if you don’t choose to use our formula) or breast milk for your baby in your own bottles (all has to be labeled with your child’s first and last name and dated). Special meals/baby food: all containers are to be labeled with your child’s name and dated.  All left over will be discarded at the end of the day.

Two complete sets of clothes are to be left at the center

Infants are six weeks to 16 months.  Your child’s rate will change when they are 16 months and we have received their updated health forms (Health care summary and immunization record).

Classroom Schedule for Infants

8:00-8:30                Arrival/breakfast

8:30-8:40                Music

8:40-8:50                Tummy time/large motor

8:50-9:00                Changing

9:00-9:10                Spanish

9:10-9:20                Story time; cuddling

9:20-9:30                Massage

9:30-10:30              Morning Nap

10:30-10:40            Exploratory play

10:40-10:50            French

10:50-11:00            Changing

11:00-11:10            Art

11:10-11:20            Body parts

11:20-11:30            Math

11:30-11:40            Game

11:40-11:50            Italian

11:50-12:00            Exploratory play

12:00-12:30            Lunch/changing

12:30-12:40            Reading cards

12:40-12:50            Story time; cuddling

12:50-1:00              Massage

1:00-3:00                Afternoon Nap

3:00-3:20                Snack/Changing

3:20-3:30                Large motor/tummy time

3:30-3:40                Game

3:40-3:50                Fine motor

3:50-4:00                French

4:00-4:10                Sensory

4:10-4:20                Changing

4:20-4:30                Music

4:30-6:00                Free play; Departure time

Toddlers: 16 months to 33 months

16 months to 33 months (with a minimum ratio of 1:7)

We have several rooms–younger and older. The age range for either groups are dependent on the child’s needs first and foremost.  Personal care, attention and individual needs are addressed for each child in our program.  There is plenty of playtime and different fun things a child can watch, touch and do to make each activity a fun learning experience.  Toddlers learn our five languages, math, reading, sign language, encyclopedic knowledge, art, music and dance. Our teachers, during this period, help the children develop new skills such as potty-training, language and self-help as well as small and large muscle group development activities.  LN feels that children should be challenged to avoid repetition and boredom.

There is another rate change at 33 months, potty trained and up to date health forms.

Classroom Schedule for Toddlers

7:40-8:00                Breakfast (structured free play prior to breakfast)

8:00-8:45                Structured free play, arrivals, puzzles, testing on weekly themes with individuals

9:00                         Circle time–days of the week, etc.

9:10                         Spanish

9:15                         Art

9:30                     Italian

9:45                         Dance

10:00                       Reading Cards

10:15-10:45            Outside/gym dependent on weather

10:45                       Encyclopedic knowledge

11:00                       Math

11:15                       French

11:25                       Sign language

11:30                       ABC/Flannel stories/etc.

11:45                       Diaper changes, potty, wash hands for lunch

12:00                       Lunch

12:30                       Storytime

12:45                       Yoga

1:00                         Nap time

3:00                         Diaper changes/potty/wash hands for snack

3:15                         Snack

3:30                         Fine motor—beading, puzzles, coloring

3:45                         Flannel stories

4:00                         Outside if weather is nice

4:30                         ABCs—letter of the week

4:45                         Puppets

5:00                         Combine with pre-k—have an activity at the table—such as play doh, mr potato head, etc

5:15                         Storytime

5:30                         Clean up

Preschool: 33 months to 5 years

33 months to 5 years.  (with a minimum ratio of 1:10)

Preschoolers are eager to learn and they love it.  This is all used to their advantage, from ages 33 months to five (5) years old, to prepare them for kindergarten.  A child’s rate will decrease to the preschool rate when they are fully potty-trained. Children typically transition to our young preschool room without being potty-trained and will still be charged our toddler rate until potty-training is completed.  Parents have the option to bring in pull ups or diapers.

Five languages, sign language, yoga, extensive reading, basic math, science, and art concepts emphasize the program during this preschool program period. The children are each given a chance to develop some new skills such as social cooperation, problem solving, discipline and respect, as well as develop positive self-esteem.

Classroom Schedule for Preschoolers

8:00                         Breakfast (structured free play prior to breakfast)

8:30                         Circle time–days of the week, theme of the day

8:45                         Spanish

9:00                         Gymnastic/tumbling/balance

9:15                         Art

9:30                         Reading Cards

9:45                         French

10:00                       Silly songs and dancing

10:15-10:45            Outside/gym dependent on weather

10:45                       Encyclopedic knowledge

11:00                       Math

11:15                       Italian

11:25                       Sign language

11:35                       Handwriting practice

11:50                       Wash hands for lunch

12:00                       Lunch

12:30                       Storytime

12:45                       Yoga

1:00                         Nap time

3:00                         Wash hands for snack

3:15                         Snack

3:30                         Dramatic play

4:00-6:00                Combine and have structured free play (ie potato head, blocks, etc)

Financial Information

Purpose: To communicate our Tuition and Fee policies.

Method of Payment

LN only accepts automatic payments through ACH.

Late Payments

Late payments are charged if payment isn’t received by 6pm on Monday (of the week of care).  The late payment charge is 10.00/per day. A family has more than a two-week balance over-due on their account, services will be suspended until the balance is paid in full.

Late Pick Up Fee

A late fee of 35.00 plus 1.00 a minute will be applied if your child is picked up after 6pm. It will be added to the following week’s tuition.

NSF Payment

The center will charge a $30.00 fee for any payment that is returned NSF. By consideration of the center, enrollment may be ended if frequent NSF payments are presented.

Vacation Policy

LN provides families with one free week per 12 months. of continuous enrollment. It will fall on your enrollment anniversary. Each family’s tuition will be held on the date they started at LN. For families with multiple children, the anniversary week will fall on the younger child’s date to remain consistent (after the older child leaves).  For example: if one child started on 3/5/2016 and the younger child started on 5/5/2016, the free week will be held on 5/5/2017.  We cannot accommodate any other weeks of free tuition.

Multiple Child Discount

LN provides a 10 percent discount for the younger sibling. When the older child is no longer in attendance, the Multiple Child Discount is not available and the younger child will pay the current rate of tuition.

Tuition Increases

Rather than increasing family tuition annually, we raise the tuition by 3 percent annually and do not raise it across the board to families.  We release our current year rates by March 1st (for the increase to be in effect Sept 1) and any family that enrolls after March 1 pays our new rate as of Sept 1 and any child that moves age groups (infant to toddler) after Sept 1, will pay the new rate.

Example: Child moves from infant to toddler on Sept 5, they will pay the updated toddler rate.  If they move from infant to toddler on August 30th, they pay the old toddler rate.  Our rates are typically updated on our website as well as will be quoted in the move up letter your family receives for changing age groups.

Sick Days

To maintain the high quality of teachers and educational services provided to children at the center, we must maintain our daily costs.  Full tuition will be charged even if your child does not attend every week day – a week being defined as Monday through Friday.

Termination of Care

A two-week written notice must be given to the Center Director when parents wish to terminate care.  Our center also reserves the right to cancel a contract.  The center will also give the parents a two-week written notice of termination.  There will be no refund of your enrollment fee and you still must pay two weeks of childcare fees no matter what your reason is or if your child(ren) attends or not.

Being that we do not have part time care, we cannot prorate or charge for partial days for the two week notice.

We also require you to pay the full two-week tuition the same day your notice is turned in.  Failure to do so will result in the assessment of a fee equal to two weeks’ tuition.  The child’s family will pay any legal fees incurred by LN while enforcing this contract.

Hours of Operation

Purpose: To fully communicate our hours of operation.

Maple Grove

The Maple Grove location is open Monday – Friday, 6:30 am – 6:00 pm.

If children are not picked up by the 6pm closing time, we do have a late fee.  Our license is for care to end at 6pm and aren’t able to provide services after we are closed.

Champlin and Plymouth

Both the Champlin and Plymouth locations are open Monday – Friday, 6:00 am – 6:00 pm.

If children are not picked up by the 6pm closing time, we do have a late fee.  Our license is for care to end at 6pm and aren’t able to provide services after we are closed.

Holidays

We are closed the following Holidays:

  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • The Friday after Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • New Years Eve
  • New Years Day.

If the holiday follows on a weekend, we will be closed the business day closest to the holiday.

For example: If 4th of July is on a Saturday—we would be closed on Friday.   If it is on a Sunday—we would be closed on Monday.

Potty Training and Diapers

Purpose: To communicate our policy on potty training and diapering

Diapering

Diaper changing is provided every 2 hours while awake.  Without parent preference, we do not wake children to change their diapers.

For example; if a child is changed prior to nap at 11am and sleeps until 130pm they would be outside of the every 2 hours, unless a parent wants us to wake at 1pm for a diaper.

We provide cloth diapers and have a service (Do Good Diaper) that services, washes, and picks up our used diapers and drops off new clean diapers.   Children are changed into cloth diapers at the first change of the day and changed into center provide disposable at the last change of the day.  If parents prefer to use disposable diapers throughout the day, they can provide them.

Our tuition includes cloth diapers for infants and toddlers but does not include diapers in our preschool tuition.  Parents can bring pull ups or diapers for a young preschool that is still potty training.

Potty Training

We potty train at least every 2 hours, if parents prefer a different schedule (potty training boot camp) we can accommodate that schedule.  We support what parents are doing at home to be consistent at school.

Because accidents happen, please make sure to have extra sets of clothes for your child.  We do have spare clothing at each location, but sometimes our clothes go home and don’t come back and we run out of spare clothing for an accident.

Hand Washing

Following potty training and diapering the staff and the child wash their hands—this does include infants. Sometimes during the winter months this can cause dryness to occur on their hands.  We do believe the best way to eliminate illness is by frequent hand washing.

Nap and Rest Policy

Purpose: To ensure that each developmental level has appropriate nap and rest policy at LN and parents are given a copy of our nap and rest policy in our parent handbook.

What It Is

1. All children are provided a quiet place to nap or rest at LN.

2. The quiet area is set aside from any play area and/or children that could distract the napping environment.

3. If any child (infant, toddler, or preschool), is unable to take a nap,  they are allowed to get out of their crib or off their cot after 30 mins of quiet time. Also if a child awakens after 30 mins their nap time is considered complete. Children may do quiet activities after their 30 min rest time.

4.  Children can bring their bedding or blankets from home, individual bedding and blankets must be washed weekly and if soiled or wet.  Blankets must never cover a child’s head.

5. All blankets must be placed either in the cubby, locker or on the individual cot—not all together.

6. Cots should be placed on the floor.

7.  Cots are put out after children begin eating, not before.

8.  If a cot needs to be shared, it needs to be sanitized before and after the use.

9.  All cots should be sanitized on Friday evenings, or if soiled by a sick child.

10.  Cribs and cots are placed directly on the floor and are not stacked while in use.

11. Children over the age of 12 months are also allowed to bring a Snuggler item with them for comfort during nap time.

12.  All cribs provided by the center are In accordance to licensing requirements, constructed safely and are sturdy as per the Code of Federal Regulations (Title 16, part 1220).

13.  Each crib is inspected monthly per Minnesota Statues, Section 245A, 146.

14.  A crib is provided for each infant in the number of the licensed capacity.

15.  All infants are placed to sleep on their back unless there is a physicians directive form, approved by the commissioner, on file for an alternative sleeping position.  This form must be kept on file at the licensed location.

16.  An infant who rolls onto its stomach after being placed on their back may be allowed to remain sleeping on its stomach if the infant is at least six month of age, or there is a signed statement from parent indicating the infant rolls over regularly at home.

17. Infants must be placed on a firm mattress with a fitted sheet that is appropriate to the mattress size that fits tightly on the mattress and overlaps the underside of the mattress, so it cannot be dislodged by pulling on the corner of the sheet.  Only a pacifier may be in the crib.

18. If an infant falls asleep before being placed in a crib, the staff must move the infant to a crib as soon as practicable, while remaining within sight of the infant until safely in crib.

19.  When an infant falls asleep while being held, the licensee holder must consider supervision of others when determining how long to hold the infant prior to placing them in their crib.

20.  All infants must not be positioned where the airway can be blocked or anything covering their face.

21.  While it is not recommended and prohibited for any infant that is able to roll over on its own, with written consent of a parent or guardian, an infant may be placed down to sleep in a one-piece sleeper equipped with an attached system that fastens securely only across the upper torso with no construction of the hips or legs.  Prior to swaddling, a parent must sign the form provided by the Commissioner.  Once the infant can roll, both the form must be signed and use discontinued.

22. All cribs and cots are placed with clear aisles and unimpeded access for adults and children on one side of each crib or cot. Sleeping equipment are directly placed on the floor and never stacked when in use.

23.  Crib checks are mandatory in the infant room every 5 minutes.

24. Children should never be permitted to stand or walk on cots.

25.  All children must be in supervision during nap time; the shades may be down and the lights off, but staff must be able to see each child clearly with proper supervision.

Behavior Policy and Plan

Purpose: : To provide a safe environment for all children enrolled in the program.  All staff shall display a positive model of appropriate and acceptable behavior.  We teach them to use their words not negative actions.  Children learn from what you do not what you say.  This policy is tailored to the developmental level of each child that is in attendance.  Children are praised for positive skills and redirected from problems towards constructive activities in order to reduce conflict.  At all times, the safety of the children and staff are continuously protected.

Policy

At LN, we believe that with the proper positive environment, children will thrive.  The following actions are in place before any child would ever be separated from the group.  The staff provides less intrusive methods to guide the child’s behavior in a positive manner.  If the less intrusive methods to guide are ineffective, the child will be separated from the group.  If the child’s behavior at any time threatens or endangers the well-being of the child or another child in the program, the child will be separated.  If a child requires separation, the child will remain within an unenclosed section of the classroom and will be continuously seen and heard by a staff member.  The child will also only be allowed to return to the group when the child’s unacceptable behavior ceases or is then under control.  When the unacceptable behavior that precipitated the separation stops, the child must immediately be returned to the group.

Children that are separated from the group are documented and parents are notified.  There is a separation log in each location’s log binder.  Children between the ages of six weeks and 16 months are never separated from the group.

Separation log: All separations from the group must be noted on a daily log. The license holder must ensure that notation in the log includes the child’s name, staff person’s name, time, date, and information indicating what less intrusive methods were used to guide the child’s behavior and how the child’s behavior continued to threaten the well-being of the child or other children in care.

If a child is separated from the group three times or more in one day, the child’s parent shall be notified and notation of the parent notification shall be indicated on the daily log.

If a child is separated five times or more in one week or eight times or more in two weeks, it is considered persistent unacceptable behavior and a behavior plan must be developed.

Prohibited Action by LN Staff

Bear hugging any children, Corporal punishment such as rough handling,      shoving, hair pulling, ear pulling, shaking, slapping, kicking, biting,  pinching, hitting or spanking.

Emotional stress: name calling ,ostracism, shaming, making derogatory remarks about the child/family, threatening language or frightening the child. Emotional abuse, punishment for lapse in toilet habits, withholding food, light, warmth, clothing or medical care.

Strategies to Use to Help Behaviors in the Program

Shadowing biters throughout the day.  Teaching them that “biting hurts”

Having a child sit in the front of group or next to a teacher

Show the child the mark they have caused so they can connect the act with the result

Maintaining classroom order, schedule and following the curriculum.  Busy and engaged children are less likely to act out.

Give positive praise when children are doing things well.

Give them the why: Why can’t we throw chairs.  Why can’t we push friends.  Why should we listen at group.

Teachers related the information to the Director and the Director contacts the parents with any updates on behaviors, classroom issues, struggles that children have including any injuries. The reason the Director is the one that reports the information to the parent is because it is documented to see trends as well as they can work with the parent on possible solutions (classroom changes, etc).

Center Communication

Purpose: To inform families of how best to communicate at Little Newtons.

Policy

At LN, we make every effort to work with your schedule and we believe that every parent should be involved each step of the way.  Communication among parents and our staff is a priority that reinforces the well-being and education of each child at the center.

We encourage parents to stop in at any time during the day to visit the child or spend a little time with us to get an idea of what we are about and what we do daily.  We always are available, at your request, to discuss your child’s progress at the center.

Management is available by both email and by phone. Our phone is in our Center office and we are so frequently in classrooms, outside, etc. that it is best to try us on email or direct lines to ensure a prompt response.

Center contact information:

Plymouth: Nicole@LNNEST.com

Maple Grove: Alyssa@LNNEST.com

Champlin: Sirena@LNNEST.com

Additionally we have an online calendar that shows what Fun Fridays are, what weekly theme we are doing, what day special guests are coming as well as our lunch menu.  We have a general Facebook that gives the updates from our calendar and also a private Facebook for each location where we share pictures of our day.

Daily written reports are given to parents of infants and toddlers.  These forms include information about your child’s food intake, bowel movements, and general behavior.  Formal conferences are held twice a year to provide you with a written assessment of your child’s intellectual, physical, social and emotional development. discuss your child’s development and any other concerns your child may be having.  Parents are welcome to visit the center during open hours. If at any time you wish to have a meeting with your child’s teacher, please do not hesitate to call.

To make sure that we are communicating well, we follow up all of our parent communication with an email to make sure that what we heard is what the parent was trying to communicate.  If ever there is a disconnect between the parent and the center, we always ask to bring it up asap.

Grievances

During your child’s attendance at LN, there may arise a problem the parent feels should be corrected.  The parent can first bring the problem to the teacher. If the problem is not resolved to the parent’s satisfaction, the problem is to be presented to the Center Director.  We do have an upper management team that consists of our Director of Compliance and our Operating Officer that is also available to resolve any issues. The goal here is to fully resolve the problem.

Exclusion Due to Illness

Purpose: To inform families of our exclusion policy.

Symptoms

Certain symptoms in children may suggest the presence of communicable disease. Children who have one or more of the following symptoms should be excluded from the childcare setting until 24 hours after symptoms have subsided or a physician has certified that the symptoms are not associated with an infection agent or they are no longer a threat to the health of other children.  Parents must report any communicable disease to the center.

SYMPTOMS

Fever: auxiliary temperature of 100 degrees or higher

Respiratory: difficult or rapid breathing or severe coughing

Child makes a high-pitched croup or whooping sound after he/she coughs

Child is unable to rest comfortably due to continuous cough

Diarrhea: an increased number of abnormally loose stool in the previous 24 hours (more than 2 an hour).  Observe the child for other symptoms such as fever, abdominal pain, or vomiting. Child must be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to daycare.

Eye/Nose Drainage: thick mucus or pus draining from the eyes and or nose

Sore Throat: especially when fever or swollen glands are present

Rash: skin rashes undiagnosed or contagions, drainage or crust on skin

Itching: persistent itching of skin or scalp

Appearance/Behavior: child looks or acts differently, unusually tires, pale, lacking appetite, confused, irritable, and different in walking

Unusual Color: eyes or skin yellow (Jaundice)

Stool: grey or white

Urine: dark-tea colored – these symptoms can be found in hepatitis and should be evaluated by a doctor

Vomiting: more than two times since admission on one day

Specific Disease Exclusion Guidelines

AIDS: exclude infected child if he/she exhibits biting behavior, has open skin sores or any bleeding disorder.

Chicken Pox: until all blisters have dried into scabs about six days after onset of rash

Conjunctivitis: bacterial after 24 hours of treatment

Pink Eye: viral until a letter from you doctor is provided to verify that the child does not have bacterial pink eye

Giardiasis: for those with diarrhea only; may return once stools are normal

Hand, Foot & Mouth: until fever is gone and child is well enough to participate in normal activities

Hepatitis B: no exclusion necessary unless child is biting or has open soars

Impetigo: until all sores are healed or can be covered with bandages and until child has been treated with antibiotics for at least 24 hours

Lice: until first treatment is completed and no lice seen

Measles: until 4 days after the rash appears

Mumps: until swelling subsides, usually five days, but may be as long as nine days after swelling begins

Oral Herpes: no exclusion necessary

Pertussis: until five to seven days after antibiotic treatment has been started

Pinworms: 24 hours after an antibiotic treatment has been started

Febrile: 24 hours after an antibiotic treatment has been started

Ringworms: 24 hours after an antibiotic treatment has been started

Roseola: must be fever free for 24 hours

Rubella: after five days are rash appears

Scabies: until 24 hours after treatment begins

Streptococcal Scarlet Fever: 15 MINUTE TEST WILL NOT BE ALLOWED. A 24-hour test is mandatory through the center, child must be on an antibiotic for 24 hours and be fever free before returning

Cytomegalovirus: no exclusion necessary

Fifth Disease: no exclusion necessary

Policy

Parents are encouraged to secure back-up care for the time your child is not allowed at the center because of illness.  You are still responsible for paying your regular childcare fees if you child is absent because of illness. In the event that there is an epidemic, such as the flu or other illness that is becoming hard to manage with staff and children, LN has the right to close for up to one day for cleaning or recuperation when we do not have enough staff to handle normal operation for the childcare.

Health and Medical Information

Medical Records

In the best interest of the child’s health and other children at the center, a current medical record and immunization (on the first day) record must be provided to us within 30 days of enrollment.  These records must be updated in accordance with State Laws.  Each time that an update occurs, you must submit a copy for us to keep on file.

From infant to toddler and toddler to preschool; new Health Care Summaries and Immunization records are required–LN will drop the rate to the next age group, when the child has met the age required (i.e. 16 months for toddlers and 33 months for preschool) and the forms are received.  Our Preschool tuition does not include diapers; if a child is 33 months, parents can opt to bring diapers/pull ups, etc. and receive the preschool rate–otherwise we will drop the rate when the child is no longer using diapers.

Medications

For us to safely and healthily administer medicine to your child, we require that all medications be labeled, dated, and prescribed by a licensed physician.  All over the counter medications will be administered only by following the labeled instructions.  A “medication authorization form,” that we provide, must be filled out by the parent every day your child has to be administered medicine while at the center.  This form is turned over to the center director.

Sick Children

: In case of illness, such as fever or diarrhea, your child may not be brought to the center to limit the spread of illness.  If your child stays at home, please notify the Center Director.  If your child becomes ill at the center, and we feel it would be better for him/her to be at home or see a doctor, we will contact you or the emergency contact person to come pick him/her up as soon as possible.  Until the parent arrives, the ill child will be supervised at all times and isolated in a quiet area away from the other children.  The program staff will: 1. Continue to assess the child’s condition frequently 2. Take his/her temperature every 30-60 minutes if fever is present 3. 911 will be called if the situation appears to be an emergency.

Vaccinations

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has vaccinations guidelines for young children that we strongly recommend the parents to follow.  We file and keep track of all immunizations of each child at the center as required by State Law.

Special Needs

If your child has any special needs, procedures stipulated in Rule 3, will be followed.  An Individual Education Plan (IEP) will be developed to meet your child’s needs.  The plan will be coordinated with either the service plan and/or education plan with your child’s physician, psychiatrist, or physiologist.  The parents must be involved and approve all aspects of the planning.

Allergies

Please let the Center Director know at the time of enrollment if your child has any allergies or if he/she develops one at any time during enrollment at LN. We do require action plans to match the correctly documented health care forms. This will help us take better care of your child’s health.   Any food brought into the center must be peanut free.

Public Health Nurse

LN has a Public Health Nurse once a month at the Center.  She assesses all health procedures and is available for any questions you may have regarding your child’s health.  Please let the Center Director know if you have any specific health questions and she will contact the nurse for your family.

Food

At this time, food is provided by an outside source.  On site, we provide breakfast and snack.  A monthly menu is posted online for our lunch.  Each meal is per the USDA food program.   We are a fully nut free environment. Children cannot bring in any items that contain nuts–including granola bars, etc. We must maintain the nut free environment for the severity of our children with allergies.

Birthdays

The staff at LN believe that a child’s birthday is a very special event and everyone enjoys celebrating! We celebrate each child’s birthday with a crown, happy birthday and locker decoration. You may bring a treat to share on your child’s birthday as long as it does not contain nuts or made in a facility that processes any nuts.

Biting Insects

The center has HVAC and keeps all doors closed at all times.  Whenever outside or at the playground all children are kept away from food, garbage, and flowers and are required to wear shoes.  Parents may provide an insect repellent.  It will be applied using the manufacturer’s instructions with parents’ written permission.

Center Safety Information

Missing Child

In case of a missing child, we will notify all staff members, the Plymouth/Maple Grove/Champlin Police Department and the parents of the child immediately.  Everyone will be searching for the child.

Cameras/Recording

Our centers have cameras/audio in all our classrooms and offices.  We do use this recording for quality assurance as well as for ensuring that our children/staff are safe.  For example, in the event of an injury, we could review the tapes to see how a child got injured.  The recordings/audio are not public and not released to anyone outside of LN but a governing official.

Equipment and Supplies

LN conducts daily maintenance checks on all its equipment and supplies for safety purposes. Cribs are inspected once a month and logged.

Pets

At the present, LN does not have any pets. However, if in the future we would consider a school pet, we will notify all parents and check all our records for any allergies and/ or medical conditions.  We keep safety in mind, always.

Signing In and Out

Our computer swipe system logs your child in when you enter the building and logs your child out when you come in to pick them up. Please make sure to swipe your card upon entering the building and as a safety mandate, please don’t allow people in the building without their cards. We have the card system with our doors lock to ensure those that enter our building is secure. If you have misplaced your card, please let our directors know so they can deactivate your card and issue you a new one!  We do have a 7.00 charge for fobs outside of the 2 issued at enrollment.

Picking Up A Child

None of the children will be released to anyone less than eighteen years of age or anyone who appears to be intoxicated.  Any adults (other than the parents) picking up a child are required to show a valid Minnesota State ID and will have to be on the list of authorized adults submitted by the parents that we keep on file.

Transportation

LN does not provide transportation of any kind to the children attending the school.  Parents are asked to park their cars in the parking lot and walk their child into the building each day.  Please follow these rules as they are mandated by the City of Maple Grove, Plymouth and Champlin. Please be aware our parking lot is a one-way traffic flow. It is for the safety of our children. Please drive slowly and be aware of your surroundings!

Insurance Coverage

LN carries liability insurance for each child in attendance for any incidents that were caused by negligence on behalf of our staff or facilities.

Play Time

LN does not take children on field trips outside of our Center, although we bring in special guests each month to give children exciting opportunities. Many new things are learned every day by children just by playing, and they do plenty of that inside. They also need an outdoor play area to breathe fresh air, to jump and run, and enjoy the seasons.  Our playground area is located right in our backyard. Despite all the large muscle equipment, children can also run, roll, and do outdoor activities. The surface material is wood chips and is maintained as needed.  The children are educated on the safe use of playground equipment.  Staff members position themselves so they can supervise the children on all areas of the playground while respecting the staff/child ratio at all times.  We also ask that you provide us with appropriate clothing dependent upon the weather, as well as sunscreen (required waiver).

Personal Belongings

Be sure your child is dressed appropriately for the day. The children play hard and need durable clothes. Your child is to come to the center with appropriate outside clothing (coat, boots, mittens, etc.), as we will be spending time outside each day, weather permitting.

Children’s clothing and personal belongings should be marked clearly to lessen the chance the items will be lost.  In addition, please remove all your child’s belongings from his/her clothes hook on the last day that he/she attends each week. Toddler and Preschool children will need to have at least two spare set of clothes (shirt, pants, underwear, socks, etc.). Each child will have an assigned locker for their personal belongings. Little Newtons is not responsible for any lost items in our care.

We ask that you not send toys with your child to the Center.  The center has a variety of age-appropriate toys for the children to play with. Young children find it difficult to share their belongings with other children. In the event your child does bring a toy to the center, they will be asked to store it in their locker. The center will not take responsibility for toys your child brings to the center which get lost or broken.

Mandated Reporting

Purpose:  To communicate our Mandated Reporting policy per DHS Statutes.

Who Must Report

Anyone can report abuse or neglect.  However as an employee of a licensed facility, you are required to report if you know or have reason to believe a child is being or has been neglected or physically/sexually abused within the preceding 3 years it must be reported to DHS (within 24 hours).

Where To Report

Immediate danger—call 911

Foster Care of Family Child Care: County Child Protection.

In a licensed facility: Department of Human Services Licensing Division Maltreatment Intake at 651-431-6600

At home or in a family: Local Social Services or Law Enforcement

Possible DHS/Licensing violations: DHS at 651-431-6500

What To Report

Reporting of Maltreatment of Minors Act (MN Statutes 626.556) are found at https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=626.556

Report should include enough information to identify involving child, anyone who is responsible of the neglect and/or abuse, the nature and extent of the maltreatment and or licensing violation as well as include any actions the licensed facility did in response.

An oral report to the above agencies must be followed up with a written report within 72 hours (excluding weekend and holidays)

Failure to report: A mandated reporter who knows or has reason to believe that a child is or has been    neglected or physically/sexually abused, and fails to report is guilty of a misdemeanor.  In addition, a mandated reporter that fails to report maltreatment that is serious or recurring may be disqualified from employment positions that provide direct contact receiving services from the Department of Human Services, the Minnesota Department of Health, or unlicensed Personal Care Provider Organizations.

Retaliation Prohibited

An employer of a mandated reporter may not retaliate against the reports made in good faith or against a child with respect to whom the report is made. The Reporting of Maltreatment of Minors act has special provisions for civil action that can be initiated by mandated reporters who believe that retaliation has occurred.

Internal Review

When the facility has reason to know that an internal or external report of alleged or suspected maltreatment has been made, the facility must complete an internal review within 30 calendar days and take corrective actions, if necessary to protect the health and safety of the children in care.

The review must assess:

Whether the policies and procedures were followed

Whether the policies and procedures were adequate

Whether there is a need for additional staff training

Whether the reported event is similar to past events with the children or services included

Whether is a need for corrective action by the license holder to protect the health and safety of the children in care.

Primary and Secondary Position Responsible for Completing the Internal Review

The DOC is the primary person responsible for completing the Internal Review, if the DOC is suspected for alleged maltreatment, the COO would be responsible for completing the Internal Review.

Part of the Internal Review process for Little Newtons, includes the use of a third party investigative company (Alexander and Associates) to perform video review, interviews, chronological investigation, etc. They will also complete a full investigation and provide a report.

Documentation

The License holder must document the Internal review and make it available to the commissioner immediately upon request.

At Little Newtons: We document all Internal Reviews and save them on Dropbox for easy accessibility.

Corrective Action Plan

Based on the result of the Internal review, the License holder must develop, document, and implement a Corrective Action Plan designed to correct current lapses and prevent future lapses in performance by an individual or the license holder.

Staff Training

License holder must provide training related to the responsibilities of Mandated Reporting as specified in the Reporting of Maltreatment of Minors Act.  There must be documentation of this in the staff personnel record, monitoring of implementation by staff, ensure it is readily accessible.

Emergency Plan

Purpose:  To ensure that the Emergency Drills; which include Fire, Tornado and Lock Down are practiced and successfully completed in preparation for an emergency.

Each School has a site specific information for their Emergency Plan that includes where to go for evacuation, their routes for fire and where the “Shelter in place” areas are (Tornados), Nuclear evacuation, etc.

All Schools adhere to the following information:

Shelter in Place

Shelter in place is the DHS term for Tornados—which is located on the Emergency Floor Plan in each classroom.  Tornado drills are performed monthly (by the 15th of the month during April-October).  The CD logs the drills with time and date in the DHS log binder.  All staff should know where the Shelter in place is.

*If a severe thunderstorm is in effect, be prepared to move the shelter in place if it is upgraded.  A tornado watch is in effect when the conditions available could result in a tornado.  A Tornado warning is when a  tornado is imminent.

*An emergency safety kit which includes: First Aid Kit, flashlight, batteries, portable radio and blankets should be available near the shelter areas.

*Infants are transported in cribs (four to a crib) for all evacuation procedures.

*Class rosters and emergency binders should be taken when leaving the classroom for emergency drills and real emergencies. Headcount should be completed when leaving the classroom, arriving at the shelter    leaving the shelter and, coming back to the classroom.

Fire Drills

Fire Drills are conducted monthly by the 5th of the month.  Plymouth, MG and Champlin are sprinklered and 24 hour monitored by a fire system off site.  All Schools have their fire extinguishers serviced annually.

Assistant teachers are responsible for the clipboard and emergency cards. They are the first out of the classroom.  They count the children and lead the group the safe destination.

Aides are responsible for assisting all children out of the room and counting the children.

Lead Teacher: last out of the classroom and check that no children are left behind.  They also count the children and double check that no children are in the room. They close the windows, turn off the lights and shut the door.

Center Director and/or Admin support does a clean sweep to ensure no one is left in the building.  They grab the master Emergency Binder and are the last out.

Lock Down Drill

Lock down drills are required bi-monthly during the months of January, March, May, July, September and November.

Directors should take a mental note of calling 911 to imitate the drill and announce a “LOCK DOWN”  as the code word.

If in intruder is outside, ensure all doors are locked (should be always).

Directors shall notify each classroom that a lock down drill is active and there is a potential intruder on site.

All Teachers will move everyone to the corner of the classroom and infants in a crib away from any doors or windows.  Staff should stay behind solid walls and doors and lock the door if able.

After everyone is in the safe place in the classroom, the Teachers should start shutting any window blinds (windows if open) and turn off the lights.

Teachers and students should stay in lock down for at least 5 minutes.

Once 5 minutes has passed; the Director shall go to each room and give the all clear signal by knocking on the door, stating their name and that we have a “tater tots” all clear.

At this time, teachers and children may return to their regular schedule.

Directors should spot check a few classrooms and make sure the procedure was followed then document in the DHS log binder.

Radiological Emergency

Becker has a plan in place for this to include evacuation.

Floods

In the event of a flood, evacuate children to higher ground.

Gas Leak

If there is a suspected gas leak. Don’t touch anything and call the Gas company and 911 if necessary.

Temperatures

During the summer, we must be aware of high temperatures and heat indexes. We do not go outside if it “feels” warmer than 85 degrees. Be aware of a “heat index” emergency but we shouldn’t be outside if there is one because of the temperature. Make sure children drink plenty of water when playing outside.

Natural Disasters/Blizzards

Monitor winter storm watch, warnings, blizzard warnings or travel advisories. If we are closed due to weather there will be an email sent out to staff and parents as well as an update on Facebook and the website.

Isolation Policy

See exclusion policy for illness.  In the event of a serious illness, we will notify the Health Department appropriately.

Evacuation Policy

The Plymouth location will evacuate to the Fourth Baptist Church located at 900 Forestview Ln N, Plymouth, MN 55441(763-417-8240). The second evacuation route would be at Parker’s Lake Baptist Church which is14720 County Road 6, Plymouth, MN 55447 (763-473-3552). Fourth Baptist is set up with the City of Plymouth busing and would support our location in the event of a real threat. Maple Grove will evacuate to Plymouth and Champlin would evacuate to Maple Grove via busses.

Reunification with Parents

The emergency binder must be taken in the event of any emergency situation.  If the center is evacuated, once the children and staff are safe the CD and Admin Support will start calling parents to let them know they are safe.   After everyone is safe and parents have all been     notified, DHS would be called as well as an incident report filed.

ALWAYS remain calm—Children feed off of your energy

We practice the drills to make sure that we know how to act appropriately

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN LITTLE NEWTONS NEST.  WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU AND HAVING YOUR CHILD(REN) AMONG US!