Welcome to Trinity Lutheran Early Childhood Center,LLC. These are questions that are commonly asked about our policies when enrolling at Trinity Lutheran Early Childhood Center, LLC.
What hours are you open? We are open from 6 am -6 pm, Monday -Friday
What steps do I take to enroll my child?
The following forms must be completed and kept on file before the first day of attendance:
- Tour of the Facility
- Enrollment/Emergency Contact Form & Enrollment Fee
- Immunizations Record, Vaccination Policy Signed
- Any legal documents pertaining to any separated/divorce families
- Pay new family registration & pay the two week deposit if required.
What is the child-staff ratio?
Infants 1:4 Wobblers 1:4 Toddler 1:6 Twos 1:6 Threes 1:10
Fours & 5’s 1:12 kdg & up 1:15
What is the sick policy?
Other daycare arrangements must be made if your child has symptoms of the following: *a bad cough or cold, *a rash or fever, *vomiting or diarrhea, *mattering or red eyes, *other symptoms of communicable diseases. Every child must be fever- free or symptom- free for twenty-four hours (without the aid of fever reducers) before returning to daycare.If any symptoms appear while the child is at Trinity, the parent/guardian will be called and will be expected to pick up the child as soon as possible. Again, admittance back into daycare must be at least 24 hours from any of the symptoms.
Is there a family discount for having two or more children enrolled at Trinity Lutheran Early Childhood Center, LLC?
Families having two or more children in full-time daycare are eligible for a $5.00 per week discount off their daycare charges (please refer to the parent handbook for description of full-time)
How does billing work?
Weekly rates are a flat rate. No deductions will be made for the holidays Trinity Lutheran Early Childhood Center, LLC is closed or for extreme inclement weather. Trinity is on the pre-billing system. Bills are emailed weekly on Wednesday, payment must be paid in full by Friday.
What days will Trinity Lutheran Early Childhood Center, LLC be closed?
We close for the following holidays: *New Year’s Day *Memorial Day *Labor Day *Christmas Eve *Christmas Day *Good Friday before Easter *Independence Day *Thanksgiving Day *Friday after Thanksgiving* July 4th friday before if it falls on a weekend
Do I get any vacation days to use towards my bill?
Families must have a child enrolled in Trinity Lutheran Early Childhood Center,LLC for at least six months prior to utilizing their vacation days. Vacation days are granted based on enrollment status i.e. full-time. (Please refer to parent handbook for description of full and part-time). We encourage families to use their vacation days for the holidays that the center is closed. Vacation days are granted only when your child is not in attendance at Trinity Lutheran Early Childhood Center, LLC.
May Parents visit the facility anytime?
Trinity Lutheran Early Childhood Center, LLC has an “open door” policy, which simply means you are welcome at anytime.
All other guests must have an appointment or check in at the Front office, before entering the Center.
What is your medication policy?
We can’t distribute any medication without a parent’s written daily approval and in the original bottle or script box. Medication is kept in a locked cabinet, which staff will distribute at the appropriate time.
What meals do you provide?
We serve food 3 times through out the day. We serve a.m. snack at 8:30, lunch is served from 10:50-12:00 depending on your child’s age group, and then p.m. snack starting at 2:30 and ending when the last of the school age children arrive at daycare.
What is your discipline policy?
Trinity is responsible for providing a safe and secure environment for all children enrolled. Under no circumstances will your child be disciplined by using threats, verbal or physical abuse. Nor will food be used in any relationship to discipline. We handle discipline in a Christ-like manner: * Praising good behavior * Changing their environment *Redirecting the child *Removing child from the group to allow time for reflection on actions, followed by discussion of actions * Staff write incident reports explaining the incidents leading up to the behavior & the behavior itself. A parent must sign the report which will be kept on file in the office. (Incident Reports are used for staff, parents, and director as an aid to monitor behavior within the center.) If inappropriate behavior is a constant problem we will schedule a meeting with the director, primary provider, and the parents to determine actions to change the behavior. As last resort, other daycare arrangements may need to be considered.
When do they go outside?
Our policy is for children to play outside whenever the temperature is between 25 degrees and 98 degrees. Outside play is a part of our daily routine, please make sure your child is dressed appropriately and comfortable. (Items they may need to play outside: boots, mittens, coat, and hat,) All children will go outside with their group. Leaving children inside would require employing extra staff.
Is there a dress code?
For safety reasons it is our policy that all children must wear tennis shoes and socks while at the center. We ask that you dress your child in comfortable clothing through out the year (winter- layers work well, summer- cooler clothing) please keep your child in mind when dressing them, for example can they work with the zippers/ belts, unbutton shorts/pants? Please have the girls wear shorts under dresses or skirts. All children must dress in a Christian manner. T-shirts logos and illustrations should reflect Christian values. (No inappropriate language or depictions of drugs, alcohol, or tobacco). Your child will get dirty while hard at “play”, so please keep their good clothes at home.
What do the children learn while they are playing?
Clay, Play dough – these “tactile play” choices are very soothing and useful in releasing tensions and channeling feelings of aggression in children. Hand muscle coordination is developed as children poke, pat and roll the material. Basic important math concepts are absorbed as children change the shape of a mass
Table Toys – materials such as puzzles, legos, and lacing cards develop children’s eye-hand coordination, and awareness of concepts of size, shape, color, number, and location- all basic to later reading and math skills.
Dramatic Play – the “play house area is an important place where children practice developing language and social skills. Imagination and creativity are developed when children create make-believe situations and roles. Their sense of their own self-worth is enhanced when they try on different dress-up clothes and look in the mirror.
Water and Sand Play – develops coordination as children learn to pour, and basic math concepts are absorbed as children watch water or sand levels rise or sink in different shaped containers. Also, these materials are wonderfully soothing and hold children’s attention a long time as they experience the texture and learn to solve problems.
Blocks - when children play with blocks, they have a chance to become a giant. They can create whole cities and knock them down and control a miniature world. Wooden unit blocks, which are precisely measured, give children many experiences with practical mathematics. “Two of these make one of these.”
Art Projects – whether it is pasting, finger painting, or cutting, children stretch their imaginations and develop a greater awareness of size, shape, color, texture, and position when they engage in art projects. Eye-hand coordination basic to writing and reading is also developed as children “make a mark” and create shapes and compositions.