Little Raiders Preschool Child Care Information - Oakwood Elementary

Welcome to the Little Raiders Preschool Child Care Program!!!
The first day at a new child care or preschool program is an exciting adventure in your child’s
life. Your child is beginning on a journey that will lead them on many roads of discovery and
learning. As wonderful as this new experience may be, it can also be quite stressful for a young
child as well as their parents. New situations and change can be unsettling for all of us. For
many children this may be their first experience at an elementary school or perhaps the first
experience of separation from parents or caregivers at home. It is common for even the most
outgoing child to be anxious at first. We have provided a few suggestions for assisting your child
during this time of transition.
Remember the Little Raider Staff will be available to provide support and assistance… making
your child’s first days happy ones!
Prepare your child for the new school /daycare experience by explaining what to expect.
Answer all questions directly and honestly.
Convey a positive attitude. Young children are aware of your feelings. Your enthusiasm will
assure the child that school can be a fun and exciting place.
Establish a routine involving both the night before as well as morning preparation. Rituals
and routines will add predictability and are comforting in unfamiliar situation.
Clearly state to your child where you will be and when you will return. It may also be
helpful to discuss what will happen when you are reunited.
Maintain a clear good-bye routine. This may include warning the child you are leaving in
three minutes, a kiss and hug, or a wave from the door. Once you tell your child you are
leaving, it is very important that you follow through. Extending the good-bye with, “OK just
one more hug and then I really have to go” tends to heighten anxiety rather than relieve it.
Avoid sneaking out, as this seems to encourage children to become less trusting and makes
the second day even harder.
Again, please know we are here to help make the first day a happy transition and we look
forward to an exciting and fun year. Welcome!
General Policies
LITTLE RAIDERS PHILOSPHY AND MISSION STATEMENT: Little Raiders is committed to providing a
clean, loving, safe, affordable, high quality and developmentally appropriate environment for preschool children.
Our focus is to provide a stimulating early care and education experience which promotes each child's individual
pattern and timing of social, emotional, moral, physical and cognitive development. We understand and take into
special consideration that each child is an individual with a diverse background which governs each child's
individual pace. We are dedicated to supporting all children's desire to be life-long learners through a "hands on"
approach which fosters creativity and self-expression.
NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY: Little Raiders will maintain and conduct all practices relating to enrollment,
discipline, and all other terms and benefits of child care services provided in a manner which does not discriminate
against any child, parent, family or staff member on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability,
height, weight, marital status, veteran’s status, or any other legally protected status.
HOURS OF OPERATION & AGES SERVED: The Little Raiders program is open to all children from 2 years,
9 months of age through school age eligible. Part time & full time schedules are accepted. Hours of operation are
6:30am – 6:00pm Monday through Friday. .
OPEN DOOR POLICY/PARENT PARTICIPATION: Little Raiders maintains an open door policy for all
parents. Parents are welcome to visit the program at any time. Parents are welcomed and encouraged to be involved
in whatever way they can. Some of the ways you may participate are by attending parent/teacher conferences,
volunteering to help with special classroom projects, volunteering to spend time in the classroom, preparing
materials for the classroom teacher, helping on special celebration days, sharing special interests or hobbies with the
children or help plan special events with the classroom teacher.
STAFFING: STAFF/CHILD RATIO: Little Raiders employs people based on education and experience criteria,
regardless of race, sex, religion, marital status and ethnic or national origin. In order to insure safety of all children a
criminal history background check and DHS clearance is conducted on all staff members. In addition all staff must
be fingerprinted and reported to licensing. All staff is blood borne pathogens, CPR and First Aid certified and
completes yearly training. A staff ratio of 1 adult to 9 preschoolers is maintained
PLAYGROUND: The Little Raiders will go outdoors on the playground daily. During colder weather, the
temperatures must be 15 degrees or warmer, with wind chill factored in, for outdoor play to occur.
FIELD TRIPS: Occasionally staff will take students on walking field trips such as a walk around the block, on the
River Trail or to Old School Manor Park.
REQUIRED FORMS: The following forms must be completed and returned before your child can enter the
Emergency (Child Information) Card – Licensing requires EVERY box(unless stated otherwise) on both
sides of form need to be completed with a WORD. “NA”, “___”, or blank boxes will NOT be accepted.
Health Appraisal Form—DHS health form with immunizations information, to be signed by the doctor or PA.
Permission/Understanding Form—Grant permission/understand stmts. for field trips, photo release, etc.
Child Enrollment Form—Form asks for background information on your child or any special needs of
which the staff should be aware.
Getting To Know You Form –Information to help us get to know more about your child.
Completed forms and $20.00 family registration fee must be received to secure your spot in our program.
Financial Policies
All outstanding child care balances in any program MUST be paid in full before child/ren will be admitted
into summer and/or fall programs.
EARLY DROP OFF/LATE PICK-UP POLICIES: The Center will open each morning at 6:30AM and close at
6:00PM. Children dropped off before opening or picked up after closing time will be charged a late pick-up/early
drop-off fee of $5.00 for each five minutes per child. If the parent has not arrived or called the Center by 6:05
PM, staff will call the first name on the emergency card to have someone come and pick up the child.
FAMILY REGISTRATION(non refundable)............................................................$20.00/family
FULL TIME (4 or 5 days/week - 10 hours of care or less)………………………....$26.00/day
PART TIME (under 4 days/week-10 hours of care or less)………………………..$31.00/day
Additional hours of care (hours over 10 hours)..........................................................$ 3.00/hr.
MULTIPLE CHILD DISCOUNT - Older children discounted 20%
* These rates INCLUDE BOTH a breakfast snack and afternoon snack.
HALF DAY CHARGE (less than 5 hours)..................................................................$16.00/day
EARLY DROP OFF or LATE PICK-UP .................................................................$5.00 per 5 minutes per child
Continual disregard to opening and closing times may result in discontinued care for your child.
PAY PROCEDURES: Payments MUST be received by Monday NOON of each week to avoid late charges.
Bills will be available for payment on Tuesday morning. To ensure proper credit, please include the child’s name on
the check if it differs from yours. Payments may be made in the form of cash, check or money order. Payments may be made during
Latchkey hours or may be placed in Payment Box by check in area in preschool room.
A late payment fee of 6% will be charged to any account not paid by the due date. Continual disregard of
payment deadline may result in discontinued care for your child. If other payment arrangements are needed,
please notify the Program Administrator..
N.S.F. checks: A charge of $10.00 will be assessed for all non-sufficient fund checks received. After receiving one
N.S.F. check, all payments will need to be made in cash or cashier’s check.
PLEASE NOTE: All state assisted daycare families are required to PREPAY their portion of their bill. DHS
grants are available to qualifying families to help with the cost of tuition. This grant does NOT cover the cost of the
registration/activity fee. Applications are available at the Ionia DHS office. Parent will be responsible for costs not
covered as determined by the Administrator. A grant that covers 95% of child care will owe a daily fee of $6.00 per
child. Multiple Child Discount $5.00/for each older child.
JOINT CUSTODY: If separated or divorced parents have joint custody, each parent will contract separately with the center.
6:30 – 7:30AM Latchkey Program
Open Choice Activities
Teeth Brushing
Large Muscle Activity
Gym/Outdoor Play
Story, Songs
Little Raiders Gather
Outdoor Play
Individual Student Check In
Bathroom/Rest Time
Open Choice Activities
2:45 PM
Wake Sleeping Children
Large Group Activity
3:00 PM
Bathroom Break/Snack
Calendar, Learning Activity
Prepare bussers for departure
3:30 PM
Story/Open Choice Activities
Outdoor Play
4:00 PM
Little Raider Outdoor/Gym Time
Center Time
Join Latchkey Program
Prepare for Lunch
Open Choice Activities, Large
Motor Activities, Outdoor Play
*Schedule/Activities subject to change
CURRICULUM: Little Raider Preschool Child Care will be using Zoo-phonics/Creative Curriculum as part of the
children’s child care and preschool experience. Through games and other phonics materials, this program makes the
connection between reading, spelling, literature and student writing. The Zoo-phonics Program teaches the alphabet
using a cast of Animal characters and sounds, and a body movement that directly relates to the Animal/Letter,
allowing children to utilize the alphabet immediately. Zoo-phonics provides teachers, parents and students with
comprehensive, phonics materials, bringing fun and excitement to learning, motivating children and ensuring
success. For more information on Zoo-phonics, go to
SCHOOL BAGS/ BACKPACKS : Each child should bring a school bag or backpack to class every day. It should
be large enough to accommodate Monday folders as well as BIG creations made by the children. Please remember
to label backpacks on the OUTSIDE with your child’s name.
REST TIME: School days can be very long for children of this age. During our afternoon session, please note that
a scheduled rest time occurs. The children may bring a SMALL blanket or beach towel for them to use to during
this time. These will be sent home on Fridays to be laundered .
BIRTHDAY BOOKS: Birthdays are important events in children’s lives and we like to help celebrate them. A
special birthday book bag will be provided for you to take home a day or two before your child’s birthday. Your
child can choose some favorite books from home to share at story time will the children. Birthday treats may be
brought in and shared with the class if desired. Due to potential allergies, we ask you to consider store bought
options….ones containing NO PEANUT PRODUCTS.
Health & Safety Polices/Procedures
CHANGE OCCURS IN PHONE NUMBERS, ADDRESSES, ETC. This is one of the most important documents we have
about your child. Parents are required to annually review child/ren’s emergency card, updating information and initialing and
dating the card.
CHILD RELEASE POLICY: As a condition of providing child care services, parent/guardian must supply the names of at
least two individuals to whom Little Raiders Child Care may release the child to in the event of an emergency. Little Raiders
Staff will only release child to those names on the emergency card. If a child needs to be released to someone not on the
emergency card, parent must provide a written note signed and dated with name of person picking up. Little Raiders Child Care
will also accept phone calls authorizing an individual to pick up a child.
If the individual picking up a child is unknown to staff, Little Raiders Child Care will require photo identification in the form of a
valid driver’s license or photo ID. Non photo identification will not be accepted. Little Raiders Staff is not properly trained to
make assessments relating to intoxication or other impairments and therefore assume no responsibility to assess competency or
condition of any individual appearing to pick up a child.
With respect to child custody disputes, until custody has been established by a court order, neither parent may limit the other
parent from picking up the child, and the provider will release the child to a known identifiable parent. Until documentation is
provided to center, we are unable to withhold a parent from picking up their child.
mandated by Michigan law, Act No. 238, governing all school and child care programs to report any suspected abuse or neglect
of children in their care.
Michigan law requires all child care providers to report any suspected cases of child abuse or neglect. Should abuse or neglect be
suspected, the following steps are the usual course of action:
Child Care Worker must make verbal report of the suspected case to Children’s Protective Services.
Staff member will inform the suspected case to program director.
A social worker or representative of the agency will visit the child at home or at the child care facility.
Child Care Worker who made the oral report must complete written report and submit to CPS.
SANITIZATION PROCEDURES: Little Raider Staff will wash their own hands, using soap and water, upon
arrival to the center, prior to food preparation, after bathroom use, after handling animals or whenever soiled. Staff
will also enforce hand washing, using soap and warm water, of the children prior to consuming any food products,
part of their bathroom routine, after handling animals or whenever soiled. In such cases as water is not available,
hand sanitizer will be used by both staff and students. All tables and food contact surfaces will be washed, rinsed
and sanitized prior to and after each use for food consumption or when soiled. Toys and other surfaces will also be
sanitized on a weekly basis or when soiled. Rest mats are sanitized using a three step process prior to and after each
use or when soiled.
FOOD CONSUMPTION: A breakfast snack will be served after 9:00am after all of our children have arrived at the center. An
afternoon snack and juice or milk will also be provided. At lunch time, the children may either eat a lunch/drink brought from
home or may participate in the school’s hot lunch program. Payment for lunches is paid separately to the school’s lunch program.
All lunch bags must have child’s name on the outside and every day, the date must also be visible. Masking tape is provided by
check-in area for easy dating. When paying for hot lunches, please make checks payable to PPS (Portland Public Schools) and
mark “Lunch” on check. Payments will be credited to your child’s school lunch account. Children who arrive without a lunch
will have a lunch ordered from the school’s kitchen and food account will be charged the current rate for a school lunch.
Monthly lunch menus will be sent home and also posted on Parent Board located by classroom entrance. We follow and meet the
child/adult guidelines of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department
of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or
All staff members are informed of all children’s allergies with allergy/health concerns lists posted in each room. If
your child has a food allergy we will substitute alternative foods or you may be asked to provide other choices for
your child.
Medication including prescription drugs or individual special medical procedures will be given or applied only with
prior written permission from parent/guardian and with written doctor’s instructions. Prescription medication shall
be in the original container and have the pharmacy label indicating the physician’s name, child’s name, instructions,
and name and strength of the medication and shall be given in accordance with those instructions. Provider will not
honor any instruction from a parent/guardian which contradicts the instructions of the physician. Provider will
maintain a record as to the time and amount of any given medication. Medication will be stored out of reach from
children in a locked cabinet or refrigerator if necessary. All non-prescription medicines shall be in original
container with child’s first and last name on container. PLEASE NOTE: Due to any potential allergy or reaction
not administer Motrin or Tylenol for fever.
Please do not send a sick child to the program. Not only is it better for the child’s emotional and physical well-being
to remain at home but a contagious child can affect the health of everyone in the program. If a staff member
observes a change in a child’s health or if a child becomes ill while in the program, he/she will be isolated from the
other children. A parent or designated adult will be contacted regarding the concern or asked to pick up an ill child.
The following should be helpful in deciding when it is appropriate for your child to attend the program before,
during and after an illness. These policies were written with the health of everyone in mind.
Change in behavior: If this is the only symptom, send your child to the program but be prepared to be notified
if your child has developed other symptoms and needs to be picked up.
Fever: If your child’s fever is higher than 100 degrees orally then he/she MUST NOTt attend the program until
24 hours after the temperature has remained normal and the child feels well.
Upper respiratory disturbances: A child with a simple cold may attend the program only if he/she is fully
able to participate in the daily regimen of the program. If he/she is lethargic, please keep him/her at home.
Gastro-intestinal disturbances: If your child vomits or has diarrhea he/she should stay at home and may return
after 24 hours of no vomiting or diarrhea.
Pain: A child who is in pain cannot be comfortable or adequately cared for in a child care setting; therefore, the
child should stay at home until the pain has been investigated and the child feels well enough to return and fully
participate in the normal routine.
Rash: If your child has any rash it must be identified by a physician. Your child can return upon documentation
from a physician.
If your child has a minor illness or has one of the above six symptoms and you are unsure about sending your
child to the program, please call the center.
CHILD ACCIDENT, INJURY OR INCIDENT: Depending on the severity of event, parents will be notified by a
staff member of accidents, injuries or incidents either by telephone or verbally at time of child pick-up.
Chicken pox: The child may return after all skin lesions have dried; usually one week after the first lesions appeared.
Mumps: The child may return after the swelling is completely gone.
Strep throat: The child may return 24 hours after the first dose of medication is given.
Hepatitis: The child may return after a statement of good health has been given by the attending physician.
Impetigo: The child may return after the first 24 hours of treatment.
Ringworm: The child may return after the first 24 hours of treatment.
Measles or German measles: Child may return when the rash disappears.
Lice or scabies: Child may return after treatment and ALL nits from lice removed prior to returning. A head
check will occur before child is allowed to stay.
Conjunctivitis(Pink Eye): The child may return after the first 24 hours of treatment, provided there is no mucus present.
Please call the center to let the staff know if your child will be absent. If your child has a contagious illness please
let us know so we can post the information. To insure confidentiality no names will be posted.
Children are required to have immunizations as determined by the State of Michigan Department of Public Health
before they enter our child care program. If you choose not to have your child immunized, a waiver must be signed
and a copy is sent to the Health Department. Waiver forms are available through the school nurse. A child who has
been exempted from a vaccination is considered susceptible to the disease or diseases for which the vaccination
offers protection. That child will be subject to exclusion from the program if an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable
disease to which he or she is susceptible occurs.
Each child must have a physical examination by a doctor within 30 days of their start date. Health appraisal form
must be completed by a doctor and a copy of immunization records must be submitted for child’s file.
In the event of an emergency, we will contact the parent as well as emergency professionals. If you cannot be reached, the child
will be taken to the hospital specified on the emergency card. If no hospital is specified, the child will be taken to the closest
hospital with a staff member accompanying child. Staff will continue to contact a parent and will also call emergency contacts.
SERIOUS INJURIES: Serious injuries will be reported to State of Michigan Licensing with 24 hours of injury. A Follow-up
written report will be submitted by staff within 72 hours of injury.
We apply sunscreen to children during warm weather months. It is your responsibility to supply your own spray
sunscreen (SPF 35 or higher) Spray sunscreen makes for a quick and easy application. Be sure to label it with your
child’s name and give to one of the child care staff.
Ionia County Health Department (616) 527-5341
Ionia County Mental Health – Portland Office (517) 647-1822
Poison Control 1-800-222-1222
School Nurse (during school months only) (517) 627-2991
WIC Program (616)527-5337
Great Start Connect –
211 – Community Services Referral Line
Kent Regional 4C’s -
Program Information
CLOSURES: *Little Raiders is closed on the following days: Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day after ,
Winter Break, Spring Break and Memorial Day. During our Summer Adventure Program, we are closed two days
at the end of the school year, the Fourth of July and the day after and one week prior to school beginning in the fall
so our rooms can be cleaned and set-up for the start of a new school year. When a holiday falls on a Saturday or
Sunday the Latchkey/Little Raiders Child Care reserves the right to close to observe the holiday either the preceding
Friday or the following Monday.
SNOW/ICE DAYS: The Latchkey and Little Raiders Preschool are both closed if the Public Schools are closed due to ROAD
conditions. School closing information will be announced on TV channels WLSN(6), WOOD-TV(8) AND WILX(10).
conducted per year to ensure staff and children know the emergency evacuation procedures. Children are escorted
out of the building and down the sidewalk to the fence. Attendance is taken once everyone is there and standing
against the fence. After the all clear has been issued, normal activities resume.
Tornado drills occur at least 2 times during the months of April - October. During drills and in the event of a tornado
warning, children are moved to the hallway and sit against the middle inside wall and wait until the all clear has
been issued. After the all clear has been issued, normal activities resume.
Lock down drills will occur at least 2 times during the year. During these drills, the children will be taken into our
classroom restroom and sit on mats on the floor and wait until the all clear has been issued. After the all clear has
been issued, normal activities resume.
In the event of an emergency evacuation, all parents of students in attendance will be notified via telephone as soon
as staff has secured the safety of the children. Emergency Safe Shelter: Portland Middle School
DISCIPLINE POLICY/PHILOSPHY: It is vital to the well-being and successful development of young children
that they have clear, consistent, and appropriate limits on behavior. Because of our commitment to developing a
positive sense of self-esteem, and independent responsible and caring behavior on the part of the children, we
approach setting limits or discipline in a predictable manner. The limits we set arise from two areas of importance:
not hurting oneself or others, and respecting everything in the physical environment. We also set up the environment
to minimize the necessity of limits, and share control with the children in the decision making process.
We strive for a setting that provides children with opportunities to explore their environment with consistent, ageappropriate limits. In this atmosphere, most behavioral issues are prevented. However, if behavioral issues occur,
our philosophy is to help children learn values and problem-solving skills and take responsibility for their choices.
Our first course of action is positive redirection (a child may simply be directed to another activity) and facilitation
of win-win problem solving. Generally these two approaches are successful. If they are not, other strategies are
utilized, which may include removing a child from an area or limiting access to materials for a brief time until the
child is more in control and able to respond to or follow safety guidelines. It is used as a mechanism to assist the
child in calming down, reassessing the situation, and reestablishing some inner control. It also provides the teacher
and child an opportunity to talk about feelings. Ideally, the child determines the length of time by informing the
teacher that she/he feels ready to participate in an appropriate manner. At no time will a child ever be struck,
roughly handled, verbally abused, intimidated or demeaned as a disciplinary measure in the Little Raiders Preschool
Child Care Program.
SERIOUS DISCIPLINARY PROBLEM: A serious disciplinary problem exists when at the sole discretion of the
director, a child consistently inflicts physical or emotional harm on other children, physically abuses staff, or
otherwise refuses, or proves unable to conform to the rules and guidelines of the program. If a child has a chronic
behavior problem the staff will work for a time with both the child and the parents. However, the right is reserved to
dis-enroll any child who is unable to conform to the rules and guidelines of the program.
Sign In/Out Procedures
Please sign your child in and out on the Little Raider’s attendance sheet located on a clipboard at the
check in table. This sheet is used as a checklist for emergencies (fire drills, etc.) and is an important center
record. Also make note if your child will need a lunch or milk from the Oakwood Elementary kitchen.
Children are not allowed to write on this sheet.
Talk with your child about how you will say good-bye when you get to school. Usually a quick good-bye
is best. Tell your child exactly what you will do when you get here and when you will return. Let a staff
member know when you are ready to leave. Make good-byes simple and quick.
When picking up your child, please make sure you tell a teacher and sign him/her out. If the children are outside
on the playground, please use the walkie-talkie to inform staff of your arrival. They will inform you as to which
playground you can find your child.
Please allow enough time for your child to get ready to leave. We close at 6:00pm so give enough time to touch
bases with staff, look for belongings and say good-bye to friends.
If someone other than yourself will be picking up your child, tell a teacher and write the information on the note
pad near the attendance sheet. Be sure to date and sign it. Tell the person picking up to bring a picture I.D. WE
Read notices posted on the bulletin board. Postings will include reminders and notices of communicable
disease exposure.
If you are unable to pick up your child by closing, alternate arrangements for pick up must be made. If the child
is not picked up by closing, all persons listed on the emergency card will be called.
Bussing to and from school/childcare is available only to children who will be attending another program at
Oakwood: Head Start, ECSE or the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP). It is very important that staff is aware
that your child will be a bus rider. We will notify transportation of all bus riders. All bus riders will be checked in
and out of center daily by staff.
abused, intimidated or demeaned as a disciplinary measure in the Little Raiders Preschool Child Care Program
Summer Adventures
Limited to students 3yr., 9 mo. to those who have COMPLETED 5th grade
Summer child care will be provided beginning June 19(tentative) and will end one
week before school begins in the fall.
Center hours: 6:30am – 6:00pm Monday through Friday
FEES PER CHILD (Breakfast/snack included)
FULL TIME (4 or 5 days/week).........................................$26.00/day
SECOND CHILD DISCOUNTED 20%.........…………..…..$20.80/day
PART TIME (less than 4 days/week)Y…………… ….YY..$31.00/day
SECOND CHILD DISCOUNTED 20%..........……...……....$24.80/day
1 CHILD…$55.00
2 CHILDREN…$90.00 3 CHILDREN…$125.00 4 CHILDREN…$160.00
A non-refundable Registration/Activity Fee is required upon registration for all children attending our program, full and
part time. This fee helps offset the cost of a summer tee shirt, activities and field trips. Most trips will require a bus and/or
admission fee. This will eliminate the need of collecting money for each activity.
This program does require each family to register for all days your child will be attending by filling
out summer calendars of attendance. Three (3) excused days from those calendars will be given.
All other days will be charged to your weekly bill.
Fun Exciting Themes, Bike & Blade Days,
Wacky Water Days, Sports, Carnival,
Field Trips, Fishing, Friends!
Come join the FUN!
For more information or to enroll Call: 647-2991 Ext. 3
Portland Public School
Latchkey Child Care
Before School Latchkey Program
- Held at Westwood and Oakwood Elementary
- Hours: 6:30am – 8:35am
- $3.50 - 1/2 session (in 7:30am or later)
$6.50 - full session (before 7:30 am)
- Students may participate in the school’s breakfast program
**Breakfast charges are paid directly to the school’s food service.
After School Latchkey Program
- Held at Oakwood Elementary only
- Westwood students bus to Oakwood Elementary to center
- Open until 6:00pm
- $4.50/half session (out by 5:01pm)
$7.50/full session
- Snack/Juice provided
$20.00 Family Registration Fee and completed forms are
required to enroll in program.
For more information or to enroll
Call: 647-2991 Ext. 3