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Services
Kiddie Kottage will continually assess the needs of each child. Any special need identified will be discussed between the classroom teacher, the owner or director and the parent. Parents are responsible for obtaining any special services their child may need, but Kiddie Kottage welcomes professionals from outside agencies (Ex. Speech therapists, occupational therapists) into our center at any time to work with those children.

Kiddie Kottage will accommodate IFSP/IEP goals and plans for individual children.
Age Groups/Ratios​
Classrooms will be divided in the following order and child/staff ratio. 
Infants (0-1 year)         1 teacher per 5 children 
Toddlers (1-2 years)     1 teacher per 6 children 
Toddlers (2-3 years)     1 teacher per 10 children 
Preschool (3-4 years)    1 teacher per 12 children 
Preschool (4-5 years)    1 teacher per 14 children 
School-Age (5 and up)  1 teacher per 15 children

Class Programs
Each class operates on a daily schedule that provides a planned program of activities geared to the individual needs and development levels of the children served.  These activities provide experiences which promote the individual child’s physical, emotional, social, and intellectual growth and well being.   The daily program provides experiences in art, music, library, block building, science, dramatic play, plus others.  A fenced playground area provides year-round opportunities for development of gross motor skills on age-appropriate equipment.  Equipment specially selected for a variety of activities is maintained indoors and outdoors.  Children have opportunities for free choice of activities and playmates, as well as practice in self help procedures in respect to clothing, toilet habits, hand washing, feeding, and cleaning up.  Children are supervised at all times and all supplies and equipment are maintained in top working condition.

Confidentiality
Any information pertaining to a child enrolled in Kiddie Kottage Daycare is held in professional confidence and shared only with other teachers, the director, owners, parents of the child or particular helping professionals in an attempt to provide complete service.

Communication
In order to meet the needs of each family served by Kiddie Kottage Daycare, a communication system is developed to allow for open, honest, direct discussion.  The director is available to discuss any concern, problem, suggestion, or plan upon request.  In addition, parents may feel free to call the daycare at any time to check on their child or talk to their child’s teacher.

Medical Care
Teachers are trained in CPR and first aid in an attempt to provide on the spot care.  However, if the child’s injury or illness warrants medical care, the director will notify the parent to provide such for the child.  If immediate emergency medical care is needed, 911 will be called and the child transported to the parent’s hospital preference.  The parents will be notified after 911 is called.  If a child is transported by ambulance without the parent being reached the Medical Consent form located in the enrollment pack will be sent with the ambulance.  This is the parents written consent that their child can be treated if they are unable to be reached.  Parents are to make sure that their child’s medical form has current health information regarding their child.  All teachers are aware of any health conditions the children may have.

Security/Pick Up Authorization
All the facility doors remain locked at all times.  This is to protect the children from going out and from strangers coming in.  The front door has a key pad with an access number to unlock it.  Parents are responsible for locking the door back when they come in and go out.   When enrolling a child, parents are required to complete a list of the people who can pick up their child.  Children will only be released to the people on their list unless the parent calls and tells us otherwise.  Proper picture identification is required if we do not know the person.  Parents may occasionally even be asked for identification if one of our teachers does not recognize them.  Please do not be offended, this is for the children’s protection.  If there is a certain person that is not suppose to pick up a child, it must be documented on the child’s enrollment form.  All teachers will be made aware of these situations.  If that person is the parent of the child, we must have court documentation to stop them from taking the child.

Special Needs
Kiddie Kottage will continually assess the needs of each child. Any special need identified will be discussed between the classroom teacher, the owner or director and the parent. Parents are responsible for obtaining any special services their child may need, but Kiddie Kottage welcomes professionals from outside agencies (Ex. Speech therapists, occupational therapists) into our center at any time to work with those children.

Kiddie Kottage will accommodate IFSP/IEP goals and plans for individual children.

Potty Training
Potty training is encouraged when a child is promoted to the two year old classroom.  Children are taken to the bathroom at regular intervals.  Positive encouragement and reinforcement is used at all times.  Children are allowed to progress in toileting at their own speed.  At no time will any form of discipline or negative response be used.

Transportation
From time to time, Kiddie Kottage will plan field trips for our preschool and school aged children. Kiddie Kottage Daycare will provide all transportation for any said field trips in compliance with 922 KAR 2:120. Kiddie Kottage will use the following policies and procedures when transporting children:
  • Proof of insurance coverage will be on file at all times.
  • All KRS and KAR guidelines will be followed.
  • kiddie Kottage will provide transportation on a permitted bus, to and from field trips, for children at Kiddie Kottage Daycare and Preschool. For each trip that is taken a written plan will be kept on file in the office that includes the schedule of the staff members supervising the field trip, a map of the route in which the bus will take, and the place where the parent can pick up the child from if needed. Parents will be notified prior to the field trip and will be required to complete a permission slip that includes the child’s name, date of field trip, location of field trip, departure and arrival times, and parent’s signature.
  • Emergency procedures and evacuation drills regarding transportation will be practiced monthly.
  • Children will be transported by a Kiddie Kottage bus. The bus seats 14 people and is equipped with seatbelts, a fire extinguisher, a first aid kit, emergency reflective triangles, and a device to cut restraints. The Kiddie Kottage bus is licensed by the Kentucky State Transportation Cabinet. 
  • Bus monitor and Bus driver will be supervised by the director to ensure that they are performing their duties related to transportation properly.
  • Safety procedures will be followed at all times the children are being transported. Children will remain seated and restrained at all times the vehicle is in motion. Children will be instructed to keep their hands to themselves. At least two staff members will be with the children at all times, when being transported. Children will be escorted to and from the bus at each place where they load/unload. A sign in sheet will be maintained with each child’s first and last name and the exact time they get on and off the bus at each site. These records will be completed by a staff member that is not the driver and kept for 5 years. When loading and unloading from the vehicle, the children will be in a single file line. When loading, one staff member will be on the bus signing children in on the sign in sheet and one staff member will be in the back of the line ensuring that all children get on the bus. When unloading, one staff member will be at the door of the bus, signing children out on the sign in sheet. The other staff member will be in the back of the line on the bus ensuring that all children exit the bus. While off the premises of Kiddie Kottage Daycare, staff members will do random head counts to ensure that all children accounted for and remain with the group. Staff members will always maintain adequate supervision of all children. At least one staff member that escorts the children on field trips will be certified in CPR and First Aid.
  • Kiddie Kottage has a safety inspection list that they use to check each bus before each trip. Kiddie Kottage keeps all of these inspections on file in their office.
  • Teacher to child ratios will be maintained at all times during field trips. Staff members will spread themselves out among the children when riding on the bus or when at a field trip site.
  • Never, under any circumstances, will a child be left unattended at a field trip site or on a vehicle.
  • Children will not be allowed to cross any streets without an adult escort.
  • The vehicle will never be refueled while children are on board. If the driver is not in the driver’s seat then the engine will be off, the keys removed and the emergency brake set. The vehicle will never transport guns, ammunition, etc. while transporting children.

Rest Period
Regular time is set aside in each classroom for a sufficient rest period.  This period is designed to allow those children who need to sleep the opportunity to do so, and a quiet restful period for those who do not normally sleep.  Children are encouraged to listen to music, watch special movies, read books, etc. during this quiet time.  No child will be forced to take a nap but all will be encouraged to be still and quiet to respect the needs of others during this time.  This time will not exceed two hours for preschool children. Individual baby beds and mats will be provided for the children.  Parents are asked to bring a favorite small blanket and crib sheet from home for their child.  All blankets and sheets will be sent home on Friday to be washed.  This keeps them smelling like their home and helps them relax while at daycare.  Parents are asked to please remember to bring them back on Monday.

Food/Mealtime
Kiddie Kottage participates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program.  Breakfast, lunch and snack are provided by the daycare. Menus are developed with the four basic food groups in mind and posted for parent’s information.  Any child with food allergies which would necessitate meal alterations or special food must provide a signed doctor’s statement.