Philosophy / Goals
Country Day School, Inc. is an Early Childhood education program designed for children ages 6wks - 12 years old and provides an optimal setting for play and learning. The center is arranged in attractive learning centers designed to capture the child’s interests, natural curiosity and eagerness to learn. Each center enhances one or more areas of a child’s social, cognitive, emotional, physical and creative development. Subject areas of math, science, art, music and literature are integrated into the curriculum through a wide variety of hands-on materials and small and large group activities. Activities and materials are multi-level and open-ended to provide challenges for each child and to enhance their individual development. Our goal is to provide quality childcare in a safe, healthy, nurturing environment in which they can be the unique individuals that they are. Each child will be encouraged to be the best person that they can be and to respect his or her self as well as others around him or her. We believe that the lessons we teach will last throughout your child’s life such as sharing, cooperation, respect for others, and self confidence.
Country Day School, Inc.
45960 North Ridge Rd.
Amherst, Ohio 44001
*Tax I.D. is available upon request
This center is licensed to operate legally. The center is licensed to serve, Infants, Toddlers, Preschoolers, and School Age children.
The staff to child ratios will be as follows:
Preschoolers School Age Infants Toddlers
1:12(3’s) 1:18(6-12) 1:5(6wks-18mos) 1:7(18mos-30mos)
Max group Size:
Preschooler (3's) Preschooler (4's) School Age
24 28 36
6wks - 18 months 1.5 years - 2.5 years 2.5 years - 3years
10 7 8
Child Enrollment Policy
Each child attending the center shall have on file a medical exam which is dated within the past twelve months and be on file within thirty days of the child’s date of admission and every thirteen months thereafter, until the children are attending Kindergarten or above. Also needed is the Child Health and Enrollment record, which includes the health record, emergency transportation information, and parent or guardian roster permission, also needed is the child pick up form.
Parents or guardians of a child enrolled in the center are welcome to visit the center at any time. Please notify a staff member upon entering the center. Parents are also permitted access to all parts of the center during the pre-admission interview. If any parent/guardian comes into the center, which is not known by the staff member in charge, at that time, the staff member will request to see a valid driver’s license that will be checked with the Child Enrollment form that is on file with each child. If the parent/guardian does not have a valid driver’s license and/or is not listed on the Child Enrollment form, they will be denied access to the center and the parent listed on the form will be notified.
The secured entry in the front foyer area is for your child’s protection. You will not be allowed in without an employee letting you in. There will be a full view door for you to be able to see inside the facility. Upon arrival and departure it is the parents responsible to make sure their child is sign in and out with their individual classroom. We ask that the parents walk their child to their designated classroom and make sure that the staff member in charge is aware that the child is in attendance and also when leaving make sure that the teacher in charge is aware of the child’s departure. This policy will assure that no child shall ever be left unsupervised.
Child Tracking Policy
If your child is scheduled to arrive at the center from school and they will not be arriving due to illness or other pick-up arrangements, we ask that we be notified of this change. If we are not notified we will call the parent first and then the school to try to track the child’s whereabouts.
Custody Agreement Policy
Upon enrollment, if there are custodial agreements, copies must be presented at time of first arrival. All staff members will be aware of custodial agreements and will comply with them. Center must be notified upon any changes. Should custodial disagreements occur the staff is obligated, for the safety of the child, to contact the Police Dept.
The center’s policy regarding the release of a child from the center is as follows: The child will only be released to persons 18 years of age or older, except when parent or guardian has given permission on file. This written permission must be signed and dated by the parent or guardian and the administrator. Only the persons specified on the child’s pick up form may pick up the child unless Country Day School was given written request or a verified phone call. The request must state the name of the person and relationship to the child. The person will also need picture identification. We will not allow your child to leave the center with any unknown, unverified person.
Emergency and Accident Policy
In case of an emergency and or serious incident, injury or illness, Country Day School would follow the posted medical and dental emergency plan and complete an incident report form. All incident report forms which are located in each room will be completed by the staff member in charge of each group. They will be provided and explained to the parent upon pick up time, and a copy of the report will be provided upon request. The center would administer first aid, then call 911 for emergency transportation when necessary, and contact parents or authorized persons if parents are unavailable. If emergency transportation is necessary a staff member will accompany the child as well as the child’s medical record, and emergency transportation authorization form. The staff member will stay with the child until released to a parent or guardian.
In case of any general emergencies which include, any threats to the safety of children due to environmental situations or threats of violence, or any natural disaster such as fire, tornado, flood, etc., or loss of power, heat or water, we will evacuate the center and escort all the children to Golden Acres Nursing Home, just south (approx. 500ft.). All children’s files shall be transported with the children and the parents/guardians shall be notified to pick up their children.
Monthly fire drills will be conducted at various times each month. A record of drills is kept and is available for review upon request. Fire emergency and Tornado Evacuation Routes are posted in each classroom. Plans include a diagram showing evacuation routes, action to be taken and staff responsibilities.
Guidance and Management Policy
Our guidance and management policy is one of guidance not punishment or physical force. We will never embarrass or ridicule a child when he or she misbehaves.
The child care staff member shall:
1. Use developmentally appropriate techniques suitable to the children’s ages and relevant to the circumstances; such as, but not limited to:
a. Setting clear limits.
b. Redirecting the child to an appropriate activity.
c. Showing children positive alternatives.
d. Modeling the desired behavior.
e. Reinforcing appropriate behavior.
f. Encouraging children to control their own behavior and cooperating with others and solving problems by talking things out.
The child care staff members shall not:
1. Abuse, endanger or neglect children.
2. Utilize cruel, harsh, unusual, or extreme techniques.
3. Utilize any form of corporal punishments.
4. Delegate children to manage or discipline other children.
5. Use physical restraints on a child.
6. Restrain a child by any means other than holding children for a short period of time, such as a protective hug, so that the children may regain control.
7. Place children in a locked room, or confine children in any enclosed area.
8. Confine children to equipment such as cribs or high chairs.
9. Humiliate, threaten or frighten children.
10. Subject children to profane language or verbal abuse.
11. Make derogatory or sarcastic remarks about children or their families.
12. Punish children for failure to eat or sleep or for toileting accidents.
13. Withhold any food (including snacks and treats) rest or toilet use.
14. Punish an entire group of children due to the unacceptable behavior of one or a few.
15. Isolate and restrict children from all activities for an extended period time.
A “time-out” may be used and children will then be redirected to an appropriate activity. Any “time-out” will not exceed in time one minute for each year of the child’s age. Guidance and Management Policies must be adhered to by all employees in the center.
If a child is unable to control their behavior through the above noted methods a private conference will be scheduled with the administrator and the parents. A plan for more positive behavior will be worked out and closer contact with the parents will be instituted. Outside consultation with a specialist may be required. If a child does not respond to help with controlling their behavior, and if a child is a danger to himself or to other children, or if the parents refuse to seek outside consultation when recommend, the center reserves the right to terminate the child care services.
Management of Illness Policy
The administrator will review with all staff members the signs and symptoms of illness and proper hand washing and disinfecting procedures. This review shall be given to each new employee and discussed periodically at staff meetings. Each staff member will be required to be trained and certified in communicable disease recognition and will update their certification as outlined by the state. No staff member shall attend the center if they exhibit signs of communicable disease. The administrator reserves the right to request a physician’s note for a staff member to return to work. A staff member will be available to observe all children upon entering their group. The center will notify the parent or guardian of a child’s condition when a child has been observed with the signs and symptoms listed on the chart below. A child who has been suspected of communicable disease shall be provided with a cot and blanket and isolated. The child will be within sight and hearing of an adult at all times. No child will be left alone or unsupervised at any time. The child will be readmitted after illness to the center when he or she is free of symptoms of the illness and/or has a doctor’s authorization to return. The communicable disease chart is posted in the Office. Parents of other children in the center will be notified of exposure to communicable diseases by written notification posted on the Parent Information Board. Decisions regarding discharging a child will be made by the administrator and parent.
Isolate and send home
1. Temperature of at least one hundred degrees Fahrenheit when in combination with any other sign or symptom of illness. Temperature shall be taken by the axillary (armpit) method with a digital thermometer. The thermometer shall be sanitized after each use.
2. Diarrhea (three or more abnormally loose stools within a twenty-four period.
3. Severe coughing, causing the child to become red or blue in the face or to make a whooping sound.
4. Difficult or rapid breathing.
5. Yellowish skin or eyes.
6. Redness of the eye or eyelid, thick and purulent (pus) discharge, matted eyelashes, burning, itching or eye pain.
7. Untreated infected skin patches, unusual spots or rashes.
8. Unusually dark urine and/or gray or white stool.
9. Stiff neck with an elevated temperature.
10. Evidence of untreated lice, scabies, or other parasitic infestations.
11. Sore throat or difficulty in swallowing.
12. Vomiting more than one time or when accompanied by any other sign or symptom of illness.
Administration of Medicine Policy
The centers policy regarding the administration of medicine, vitamins, modified diets, inhalers, topical medicine or lotions is as follows: Medication brought to the center must be in the original bottle, with the child’s name, dosage amount and instructions, and expiration date. An Administration of Medicine Form must be filled out completely with a parent’s signature and a physicians signature is required if it is a prescription medication. Medicines will be kept in a locked cabinet inaccessible to children. Medicine will be given be a designated staff member in the center and will be recorded on the form.
Transportation of Children Policy
Our center’s plan for safety whenever children are transported from the center for field trips or special outings is as follows:
Staff/Child ratio requirements will be met on all field trips. Children will be assigned to specific child care staff member for all trips, with an accurate record listing each child on the trip.
Parents, guardians or adults authorized by the center may be drivers on field trips provided that they are at least eighteen yrs. old, hold a currently valid driver’s license and not be under the influence of any substance which could impair driving abilities. All vehicles must have seat belts for each child and the vehicle must be in good working condition.
A person train in First Aid and CPR will be available on each trip and a First Aid Box which meets state requirements will be available on each trip.
An emergency transportation authorization form and health record is to be taken for each child on all outings.
Each child on the trip will have identification, stating the center’s name, address and telephone contact number.
Written permission will be required from the parent of each child. This must include the child’s name, the date, time frame and destination of the trip, and also the parent’s signature.
Any vehicle owned, operated, or leased by the center is required to have an annual safety check, with documentation on file.
Meal and Snacks
Balanced meals, with food from each of the four basic food groups are served daily. A monthly menu is posted on the Parent Information Board and copies are available for those who want them. Breakfast is served at 8:00am – 8:30am daily. It will consist of cereal and fresh fruit. Nutritional snacks will be served to your child at 10:00am and 2:30pm every day. Some examples of the snacks we serve are pretzels, cheese and crackers, granola bars, and different fruits. Lunch is served daily at 12:00pm - 12:30pm. An example of a daily meal would be Lasagna, garlic bread, carrots and applesauce. Parents of children with special dietary needs must provide or supplement meals and snacks, if they are unable to eat the meals provided by Country Day School.
Evening care begins at 6:00pm and ends at 12:00am. Any parents needing evening care must reserve their care ahead of time. If your child is scheduled to be picked up before 6:00pm., then you must do so or you will have to pay an additional fee for the time used and also for dinner. Dinner will be served at 6:30pm and a snack will be given at 8:15pm every evening. The dinner that is served will be the same menu for lunch and the snack will be the morning snack that is on the monthly menu.
Any items brought to the center for evening care such as bedding, sleeping garments, or personal belongings for hygiene will be stored in individual containers that are labeled and not shared with anyone else.
At 6:00pm the outside door will be locked so no one will be allowed access to the center without an employee granting access. An outside door bell will be provided for the parents to obtain access. No one other then employees or parents will be allowed in the facility after 6:00pm without permission from the administrator.
6:00pm-6:15pm Free Play
6:15pm-6:30pm Prepare for Dinner
7:00pm-8:00pm Self-Choice Activities/Homework
8:15pm-8:45pm Quiet Activities/Relaxation
8:45pm-9:00pm Prepare for Bedtime
(personal grooming & bedtime clothes)
**Evening schedule and bedtime will vary due to parent’s choice
Outdoor Play Policy
The center shall provide outdoor play each day in suitable weather. We will not be going outside if the temperature is below 40 degrees or above 95 degrees. We also will not be going outside if it is raining or lightening. Special precautions will be used on days with high humidity and dangerous ozone levels, play will be limited to 15 to 20 minutes, and sun screen will be applied with written parent permission. We also will have water available for all children. On days that we are not able to go outside we will provide large muscle activities indoors.
What to Wear
We recommend that your child wear play clothes to the center. They will be painting, playing outside, playing with sand and water, and lots of activities that may get their clothes dirty. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather. Children will not be allowed outside without the appropriate clothing. Also make sure to write your child’s name on the inside of his or her coat, hat mittens, etc.
Items Brought to the Center
We ask that you do not allow your child to bring toys from home. Toys from home often get lost or broken and distract the children from the activities that are going on within the center. Your child may bring a stuffed animal or doll for nap.
The center will be closed on these days throughout the year: New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day after, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.