At Peek-A-Boo! Family Child Care & Preschool, we are committed to providing excellent childcare services to families in and around Southborough, Massachusetts. We use the Experience Early Learning Curriculum for children aged 3-5. Our child care home also provides meals and snacks for the children.
Your child will enjoy numerous activities each day, from playing outdoors to making artwork.
Arrival, greetings, free play
Clean up the kitchen, floor play, potty/diapers, hand washing
Circle time (music, stories, books, learning opportunities, etc.) Math, Science, Reading, Language Arts, History, Social Studies, Etc.
Outdoor or indoor play for large muscle development
Come indoors, use potty, change diapers, wash hands, toy clean up, quiet reading, get ready for lunch (occasional educational TV)
Lunch time, family style, teachers eat with the children
Hands and face washing, potty/diaper time, set up sleep areas
Quite time - nap or rest
Get up from nap, diaper changes, potty time, hand washing
Indoor or outdoor play, specific learning experiences (Art, Science, Math Skills, Pre-Reading Skills, Etc.) free play, cleanup Is Encouraged
1. The Red Cross, First Aid, and poison guidelines will be followed.
2. All educators are certified in First Aid and CPR for children and infants.
3. A Fiirst Aid kit containing the necessary items, as identified by the Department of Early Education and Care, is kept on the premises and in all vehicles used by the children.
Children exhibiting signs of infectious diseases, such as rashes, fevers, secretions from the eyes, head lice, vomiting, diarrhea, and/or severe coughing and sneezing, or any other severe illness will be excluded from attending the daycare as deemed necessary by the educator.
After a fever (100.4 or higher) or vomiting, a child’s symptoms must be normal, without the use of any medication, for 24, from the end of the day your child went home, hours before returning to daycare. After an infectious disease, a child must not return to our child care until the recommended time allowance given by their pediatrician has passed; a note must also be presented.
If your child becomes ill during the day, you will be notified and be expected to pick up your child within a reasonable period (one hour if you work some distance away, half an hour if you work nearby). We will make him/her as comfortable as possible by providing fluids, rest, fever reducer, and hugs, as needed.
If your child will be absent due to illness, please notify us by phone on the previous evening or the morning of the day of the absence. You can call the cell phone at any time, day or night, and the house phone as late as 11:00 PM or as early as 5:30 AM. The law now states that if you don’t contact us, we must establish contact with you in the event of an unexplained absence within 30 minutes.
Hand Washing, Diapering, Sanitizing, and Laundering Policies:
1. Childcare educators will wash their hands before and after diapering, toileting, eating, preparing food, handling contaminated materials, etc.
2. Diapers will be changed regularly and immediately following a bowel movement. Bottoms will be thoroughly cleaned, and A&D Ointment will be applied as needed with written parental permission. Parents can provide other types of preparations if preferred.
3. The diapering area will be sanitized after each use. An individual barrier is used for each child.
4. Contaminated utensils/toys will be sanitized regularly.
5. Bottles and nipples will be washed in the dishwasher.
1. All vitamins or prescribed medications must be labeled with the child’s name and must be accompanied by written permission from the parent for dispensing. If you give us a second bottle of the prescription with the pharmacy label, this will take the place of the written permission from the doctor. The parent needs to fill out the form that gives us permission to administer medication to their child. It is preferred that vitamins be given at home whenever possible.
2. Medications must be in the original containers as prescribed. We keep the fever reducers that you provide and a permission slip in a binder for use if needed for teething, fever, or other illnesses.
1. Immunization records and the date of your child’s last physical examination must be kept up-to-date. Please bring this form following all well-baby checks and physicals. When the child reaches nine months, age 2 and age 3, the Department of Early Education and Care requires lead level results.
2. Please notify us of any special health problems or concerns that your child or your family may have (vision problems, allergies, etc.), as this allows us to give your child the best care possible. All changes due to medical/food issues require a special form to be filled out and signed by the child’s pediatrician. We will be happy to give you the form.
Confidentiality of Records:
Your child’s records are kept confidential. The people allowed access to these forms are the following: The Department of Early Education and Care, Wendy Buzzell, Jennifer Cales her assistant, the parents of the child, and Providers Food Program. Copies will be made available upon request for a minimal fee.
To reduce the threat of injury from fire, smoke detectors are installed throughout the home and checked regularly to make sure they are working. Fire drills are conducted monthly as prescribed by the EEC. We have also installed carbon monoxide detectors in areas where the children are most likely to sleep. Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are law in all homes.
In case of a fire, all of us will evacuate the daycare from one of two doors – the front door or the back door. We will go to the playground. Parents will be called immediately as we carry our cell phones with us during an evacuation. Evacuations are practiced regularly.
When a serious incident involves a child in this family childcare home, an incident report is made. This information is given to the parent/guardian, Department of Early Education and Care, and the insurance company.
The purpose of these reports is to inform you of the incident and any follow-up actions that were taken by the teacher or actions that the teacher feels you should take on behalf of your child. Incident reports are made for the following serious incidents: