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1. My childcare home is open from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and my childcare services are available to you during that time while you are at work. For example, if you get off work at 3:30 p.m. and your commute time is 30 minutes, you will be expected to be here by 4:00 p.m. to pick-up your child.

2. Your child may not remain in my childcare for longer than 10 hours. I close promptly at 5:30 p.m. If you are going to be late, please call and make arrangements for someone else to pick up your child by 5:30 p.m. There will be a $1 fee charged for each minute after 5:30 p.m. Late fees will only be accepted in the form of cash because any childcare provided after 5:30 p.m. is also being provided after business hours (meaning the childcare is being provided on my personal time); therefore, any late fees received are not considered business income for me or a tax deduction for you.

3. My childcare is closed the following holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the following Friday, and Christmas Day. My childcare also closes early on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve (usually at 12 noon). When any of these holidays land on a Saturday, I will be closed on the Friday before and when any land on a Sunday, I will be closed on the Monday after. No tuition credit is given for holidays.

4. For vacation, I usually close just three days per year. Parents have plenty of notice of my vacation and are responsible for arranging for substitutes when my childcare is closed during those four days of vacation. If I have to close unexpectedly due to illness or other family emergency, I will make every effort to help you find a substitute by giving you a list of other local childcare providers to call. I would like to make it clear that the parent is hiring the substitute directly, rather than through me. I will not be liable if something goes wrong with the substitute arrangement. There is no charge when I'm closed for vacation, illness, or family emergency.

5. Weekly rates are due in advance each Friday morning for the upcoming week. If your child will not be here on Friday for any reason, payment is expected on the Thursday morning before. If your child is sick and will not attend on Friday, please make every effort to still come by to drop off your payment as this is the money that I use to purchase childcare groceries on Saturday morning to prepare meals for your child during the upcoming week. I ask that you give me at least two weeks’ notice before withdrawing your child so that I may fill the vacancy. I have limited space and can accept full-time enrollment only. There will be a $15.00 charge for a returned check. Credit is not given for absences due to illness. If at least two weeks’ notice is given, weekly rates will be discounted 50% for your vacation time. Your child must be absent the whole week (Monday through Friday) to receive this discount. Only two weeks per calendar year will be discounted. Vacation payments are due in advance the Friday before your vacation starts.

6. I strive to help your child develop a positive self-image, to stimulate self-confidence and independence, and to become more secure in social, emotional, and academic areas. Each child is encouraged to express one’s self through various media: art, free play, music, and more. Your children are allowed to develop at their own pace establishing positive attitudes about themselves and the world around them.

7. A breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack menu is posted on my refrigerator each week. Breakfast will be served by 9:00 am; lunch is served at 12 noon; an afternoon snack at 3:00 pm. If your child arrives after meal time, please make sure s/he has been fed prior to arrival. I serve a minimum of sweets. On your child's birthday, we celebrate with cake and ice cream or any other treats provided by the parents.

8. When returning from an illness, your child must be free of all symptoms of illness for 24 hours before returning to my childcare home. If your child becomes ill at my home, I will isolate him or her and call you to pick up your child. Written authorization and dosage information must accompany all medicine brought to my childcare. The authorization must be signed and dated daily or I cannot administer medication.

9. I practice renewal time instead of the traditional time out. I do not treat renewal time as punishment. I explain to the children that renewal time is an opportunity for them to feel better inside as a person. While sitting quietly away from others, they can gather their emotions, read a book, or color. Children usually don't need to be given a time frame for renewal. They can sense when they feel calm enough to play cooperatively and return to the group.

10. Children will be released only to parents or persons specified on a signed parental agreement form.