Our Policies

The program at Bright Future is designed as a diverse mixture of mental, emotional and physical activities that provide a balanced mixture of stimulus.


Guidance and Discipline

Natural consequences can be very effective when children learn that their actions will result in certain outcomes. Children will be allowed to solve their own disagreements whenever possible. If needed an adult caregiver will immediately step in, label any unacceptable behavior and explain why it is unacceptable.  At times where disciplinary measures are needed we will redirect children, give directions clearly and positively, offer choices change the activity or environment if necessary.  In order for the child to develop we will give positive feedback for positive behavior.

Simple Rules/Limits will be consistent at Bright Future Child Care. Spanking or physical punishments will not be used. A ‘Timeout’ period will be used in cases where redirection or repeated ‘talks’ are not effective. We understand that each child is at a different development stage and we will be considerate when talking to each child. The goal is to provide a safe learning environment for all of the children’s needs.

Toilet Training

We will discuss the issue of toilet training with parents as their child approaches readiness for it. We will agree, as a team, how we will all proceed. It is best to have consistency between the home and daycare to help the child be successful. The following toilet training criteria have been developed with parents over the years.

A child may begin toilet learning when:

  • The child shows some interest at home or at the daycare.
  • The child is able to retain bowel movements and urination for short periods of time.
  • The child is able to retain bowel movements and urination for short periods of time.
  • The child is willing to sit on the toilet.
  • The child understands what is expected of him/her.

Toilet Training Procedure:

  • Put child on the toilet at routine times – cues taken from the child’s and/or daycare’s schedule.
  • Put child on the toilet at child’s request, as well.
  • No toys are allowed in the bathroom while the child is on the toilet.
  • Rewards are immediate and may be hugs, cheer, or praise.
  • NO material rewards, e.g. candy, stickers, etc.
  • Be CONSISTENT.
  • Present a relaxed attitude. Remember, learning to use the toilet is the child’s job, not yours. Let him assume responsibility for this function himself. He is, after all, the only one who can.

Child Biting Policy

Biting is common among young children.  However, it is an unacceptable behavior that will not be allowed to reoccur at day care.

Infants:  Mouthing and biting is a natural way that babies explore their new world.  Everything that they touch typically ends up in their mouth in attempt to experience new things.  Biting usually occurs during the teething phase when they attempt to sooth their sore gums.  It may also occur when they are playing, excited, frightened, or tired.  I will make firm eye contact with the child and they will be told "Biting hurts" immediately.  Infants will be redirected from this initial mouthing/biting with appropriate teething toys.

Toddlers:  Biting is common among toddlers.  They often may bite in order to communicate their frustrations.  For example, they may bite to get the toy that they want from another child.  When a toddler bites I will make firm eye contact with the child and they will be told "Biting hurts" immediately.  Toddlers will be reminded that biting hurts and is not allowed.  I will offer alternative ways for the child to make his/her desire known.  For example, I will teach the child to ask for or point to a toy that they would like to play with.

Parents will be notified of biting behavior.  It will be the parents responsibility to work with their child on this behavior.  I will enforce the above policy at day care and work consistently with the family in order to overcome this behavior.  If all attempts are unsuccessful and biting continues, the child will be expelled from Bright Future Child Care.

Health and Safety

To protect your child, the staff, and the other children, we request that your child not be brought to the daycare when your child has:

  • A fever (102 degrees or more)
  • Ear, nose, eye or throat infection
  • Mouth sores or drooling
  • Vomiting more than twice in the past 24 hours
  • Diarrhea that cannot be contained by diaper or use of toilet
  • Contagious Rashes

After leaving the daycare because of an illness, the general rule is that a child must be free of symptoms and fever for 24 hours before returning to the daycare. All parents must have emergency plans established to care for ill children.

Medication

Medication will be given only after a medication permission slip has been filled out and the medication is labeled with your child’s name. We cannot administer the first dose of any medication. Special note: When filling a prescription for your child, ask the pharmacist to divide the medication into two containers – one for use at home, and the other to be kept at the daycare.

Sick Days

Parents must pay for all contracted care. The same monthly rate will be paid each month, regardless of absence for illness or any other reason.

Smoking

Smoking is prohibited at Bright Future Child Care.  We are a smoke free home.  This includes both inside and outside of our home including the parking area.

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